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Road safety risk By Tyler Wright Macclesfield residents are calling on two local councils to take action to repair a significantly damaged section of road posing a significant safety risk for motorists. The intersection of Kennedy and Merretts Road sits on the border of Yarra Ranges Council and Cardinia Shire Council areas; is the beginning of a two-lane dirt road. Local Ann Felgate said the condition of the intersection makes it difficult for vehicles to enter Merretts Road. “The intersection is extremely dangerous. I’ve wrecked a tire. Other people people have damaged their car... it’s carrying traffic that’s supposed to go two ways because it’s a dead end street, but it’s not wide enough to take two cars,” Ms Felgate said. “One or the other car has to back up...and that’s because you can’t get off the road because the drainage on the side of the road is now at least two foot deep, so if you drop your wheel down there, you’ve got to get a tow truck to get you out. “The only way we can get in and out is through this corner…there are nine houses past me [on Jardine Road]... but the council over the last 40 years allowed subdivision and allowed people to come and build, but they’ve done nothing about the infrastructure to go with it,” Ms Felgate said. Since late 2022, the condition of the intersection has further deteriorated, according to Ms Felgate, with a spring breaking open within the road increasing the size of an existing hazardous hole. “Now it’s got to the point, with all the

Residents are calling for the intersection on Kennedy and Merretts Road in Macclesfield to be repaired, and for a long-term plan to fix the condition of the road. Left to right, Nicki Charman, Jody Marotta, Cooper, Ann Brigham and David Brigham. Picture: SUPPLIED weather over the winter months, that it’s subsided into the never never and now there’s a dirty great big ditch there,” she said. “[Yarra Ranges Council] came along... they dug up that section and they filled it full of crushed rock. They pulled the bitumen out and they put the crushed rock in there, and at that stage, they dumped the two loads of crush rock on the side of the road,” Ms Felgate said. “There’s just signs there...and now the crushed rock is washing away.” In July 2020, Ms Felgate sent a letter to Yarra

Ranges Council with signatures from neighbouring residents to call for the infrastructure team review the conditions on Merretts Road, taking into considering the widening of the dirt roads, appropriate signage to indicate to drivers that the road is a shared zone with children, riders and walkers as well as a speed limit restriction signs indicating a speed limit no greater than 40kph. Ms Felgate said council staff visited the site a short time after the letter was sent and placed signage on the road.

“Another issue is unknown people. As residents, we all know what the bloody state of the road is, and if I want to go out in my mobile, what I do is I text all my neighbours to say ‘I’m leaving here at 12:00pm to get the mobile out, so let me know if you’re coming in at that time, or give me five minutes to get out. “I don’t want a three lane highway. I understand that there are lots and lots of priorities. I just don’t want anybody to end up getting hurt.” Both Yarra Ranges Council and Cardinia Shire Council told the Star Mail they are aware of the road surface issue at the intersection of Kennedy and Merretts Road, with Yarra Ranges Council responsible for the intersection and Cardinia Shire Council responsible for works further down on Kennedy Road. “Heavy rainfall throughout last year has resulted in significant damage to the road pavement and structure. Both Cardinia Shire Council and Yarra Ranges Council have been working together to resolve the issue,” a Cardinia Shire Council spokesperson told the Star Mail. According to the spokesperson, Cardinia Shire Council actioned initial repair works on Kennedy Road on 10 January, which were due to commence the week beginning Monday 16 January. However the full rectification works were postponed because of wet weather. “Council expects to begin the full rectification works on Kennedy Road next week,” they said. “While road surface repair works are underway, Council encourages motorists to approach and use the intersection with caution.” Continued page 2



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Search finally over By Parker McKenzie After four years of searching and dead-ends, the Upwey Men’s Shed has signed a licensing agreement with a local high school to relocate to its premise. Upwey High School granted the Men’s Shed permission to have a storage container on Education Department land at the rear of the high school, with plans for the new shed set to be announced later in the year. Men’s Shed President Gerran Wright said the community group’s pleas were answered by the High School. “We are very grateful for the generosity of Upwey High School and community members who want to help with donations of tools and equipment,” he said. “Now we can start to say yes to offers of donations of tools and equipment.” The Men’s Shed is a community-based, non-profit and non-commercial organisation, aiming to create a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects. Mr Wright said the groups fundraising has been successful with “regular sausage sizzles, raffles and bolstered by grants from Bendigo Bank, Home Instead Aged Care Services, Federal, State and Local Government to build a community shed.” “We have raised or secured promises of grants for our shed of around $250,000 including $5000 to $6000 in fundraising from our sausage sizzles and raffles in 2022,” he said. “Our last raffle was extremely well supported by thirty-three local businesses in Upwey and surrounding districts.” In September 2022, the Men’s Shed put out a call to the community to help find a location for storage, as members had been storing tools and materials at their own homes. Despite having no permanent home, the Men’s Shed

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The Upwey Men’s Shed four-year search for a permanent home is set to end. has maintained a membership of around 40 members. Mr Wright said he is expecting an increase in membership when the plan for a new shed is announced in 2023. “There will be an increase in membership from community members showing interest in gaining access to a large 250 square meter community workshop,” he said. “Further partnership opportunities will be


explored with Upwey High School and Upwey -Tecoma Community Recreation and Sporting Hub to further develop the Upwey Men’s Shed as a valuable community asset.” The Men’s Shed storage container will be located at the rear of the High School at 1451 Burwood Hwy Upwey, with the exact location and details of the new shed yet to be finalised. For more information about the Upwey Men’s Shed and future events, visit

From Page 1 Yarra Ranges Council’s Acting Director of Environment and Infrastructure, Phil Murton, said staff have been “monitoring the deterioration of the road surface, while designing works to address the issue”. “Earlier this week, we received a quote from a contractor and have awarded them a contract for the repair works. These works will be underway within the next fortnight,” Mr Murton said. “In the meantime, the road surface is safe to drive with caution. We will continue monitoring the surface of the road, and will investigate closure of the intersection – with detours in place - if it continues to deteriorate further. “We’d like to thank Cardinia Council for actioning works on Kennedy Road, which falls inside their municipality, and we look forward to completing these road repairs as soon as possible.”



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Restrictions ahead By Tyler Wright The fire danger period is set to begin at 1am on Monday 30 January this year in Cardinia Shire and the Yarra Ranges. Those who burn off without a permit during the fire danger period are at risk of a fine up to $22,000 and/or a term of 12 months imprisonment. “One thing that people don’t realise is that during the fire danger period, police will corespond with us to all jobs that come up as a burn off or illegal burn off. We have no say in that - the police will automatically attend and then it’s up to the police whether they fine the resident or what action they take,” Emerald Fire Brigade Captain Klaus Brodeck said. Cpt. Brodeck said even though we have seen quite a bit of rain, warm weather has approached and drying out the area quickly. “There are some significant bushfire risks... in the bush but also in the paddocks as well, when you get to paddocks with the grassfire that’s where they have the ability to travel quite quickly, particularly on windy days.” “Even though we have had quite a bit of rain, we’ve had some warm weather of late and we’ve seen things dry out really quickly... if you look around the area there are some quite long grasses which can burn very quickly.” For CFA units, the fire danger period signifies the time of year where fire is most likely to spread, and grasses and fuels are dried out the most. Increased temperatures and faster winds are also expected to take hold during the period; creating the ingredients of possible big fire. “When they actually announce the fire danger period, it’s not taken lightly. There’s a lot of consultation between CFA and councils and other departments to ensure that it’s done for the right period of time and not too long or too short,” Mr Brodeck said. “It’s only done as a last resort, hence now

Ahead of new fire restrictions on 30 January and the expectation of a scorching 2023 and 2024, Upper Ferntree Gully CFA Captain Peter Smith is calling for members of the community to bolster the brigades’ membership. Mr Smith said he has lost 13 members of his brigade to a ‘tree change’ recently, although none have left the CFA completely, instead joining their new local brigades. “They are in the top bracket in the brigade — from lieutenants to six crew leaders — which makes it difficult to replace them,” he said. “But I’ve got to keep to keep pushing people through; we don’t have many younger people in the brigade because Upper Gully is an older area.” The brigade currently has around 30 volunteer members, but Mr Smith said he

The Fire Danger Period will commence for Cardinia Shire on Monday 30 January. Cardinia is at the end of January, which is pretty late. Normally it can be even October, November or December. So they really do focus on the conditions and we don’t know how long that will be in place for.” Locals are advised to notify authorities of their plan to use fire to clean their property before the fire danger period through the Fire Permits Victoria Website (www.firepermits.vic. or by calling ESTA on 1800 668 511. To apply for a Permit to Burn during the fire danger period, residents can use the Fire Permits Victoria website. However, strict conditions are attached to the permits. “It’s not a done deal just because they apply for it; normally we have no burning during the fire danger period at all,” Mr Brodeck said. “There has to be some due diligence done by the council as well by the prevention officer to see if it is worthwhile and it’s required... “It is very rare that one does get approved.”

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The Emerald Fire Brigade will hold a fire danger period session on Thursday 2 February to educate the community on how they can prepare their property for fire. CFA will be introducing further FDPs for municipalities in the coming weeks based on assessments of the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and local conditions. Based on the latest outlook, the fire season is expected to be normal in Victoria, except for parts of central, north east and eastern Victoria where the potential is below normal. More information about burn-off restrictions specific to your area can be found by consulting local council. More information and restrictions are published at Victorians can find out “Can I or Can’t I?” information at or by calling VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Works to repair roadside debris in the Dandenong Ranges National Park caused by the June 2021 storms are recommencing, after being paused due to wet conditions over winter. Forest Fire Management Victoria is undertaking the work to reduce bushfire risk caused by fallen trees and to enable emergency services to respond faster to fires in the forest. Deputy Chief Fire Officer Tamara Beckett said in a statement that assessments show soil conditions along roadsides have now dried out enough to allow the work to restart. “The key objective of this work is to reduce bushfire risk caused by fallen and hazardous trees from the storms and to enable safe and rapid response to future bushfires in the forest,” she said. “FFMVic will maintain oversight of all works to ensure environmental, biodiversity and cultural values are managed during debris management operations.” VicForest and contractors have been engaged to assist the agency with the recovery works, which include along Board Track. The track and roads 15, 16 and 17 will be closed to the public during the works, with heavy machinery active in the area. DCFO Beckett said some fallen trees will be left in place because they are a valuable habitat for wildlife. “For all other debris, the best end use will be considered – this may include using it for domestic firewood collection, commercial firewood and timber products,” she said.

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having a bit of a panic attack. All of a sudden we become more relevant than we were two years ago.” 2023 and 2024 are expected to be hot years because of climate change and the El Nino weather pattern’s warming effect, after three years of the colder La Nina. Mr Smith is particularly interested in talking to and recruiting younger members from the community and said the CFA is a valuable place to learn new skills. “The camaraderie around the place is brilliant and we’re a very family-orientated brigade,” he said. “It’s a great mob of people and the diversity we have in the brigade, it’s like we are the United Nations.” Anyone interested in joining the Upper Ferntree Gully CFA should contact Captain Peter Smith at 0438 330 361 or at captain@

Ahead of the Fire Danger Period beginning on Monday 30 January, Knox City Council inspectors will visit over 2,400 homes in bushfireprone areas to ensure fire risks are being managed. “Bushfires and grassfires do not only impact properties in rural areas. Fires can occur in urban areas, where houses have grass, bushland or parkland surrounding their property,” Knox City Council said. “Preparing for bushfire season, will help you manage fire risk on your property, as well as protecting the safety of your family and pets.” The council suggested the following ways to keep your property prepared for bushfire season: Keep grass to less than 10cm, keep gutters clear of leaf litter, cut back any branches overhanging buildings, remove dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark, and store flammable liquids and woodpiles away from the house. “It is also recommended that you prepare an emergency plan and kit, in case an emergency arises,” the council said. “This way, everyone in your family know what actions to take to protect themselves.”


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would like to see those numbers grow to around 50. “My goal has always been 50 operational members because not everyone is available all the time and you have to respect that,” he said. “Everyone has a family life and other things to do; even I do as much as people would find that hard to believe.” Fire restrictions in Upper Ferntree Gully will come into effect on Monday 30 January with the world entering a period of warming due to weather cycles. Mr Smith said many people who have recently moved to the area aren’t aware of the fire risk of the surrounding areas. “The last couple of year people wouldn’t even know the risk, but the last few days with the hot weather coming back they’ve started to become more aware of it,” he said. “Everything is drying out and everybody’s



Police detected over 20 drivers during Operation ‘BOUND’ in the Belgrave area on Tuesday 17 January. A plainclothes patrol was set up on Burwood Highway, detecting a number of offences including, 14 mobile phone offences, four seatbelt offences, four over double lines offences and one unrestrained child passenger a 10-month-old child in the lap of a passenger. The total cost of the fines was over $11,000.

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Decades of loyal service By Shelby Brooks Emerald Primary School’s long-term handy man has retired, but he was more than just a maintenance worker. Dennis Fuller had served as a teacher at the school for a decade, before transitioning into the new role as a way to continue his connection with the community. He taught in the Mallee before he moved to Emerald and started as a classroom teacher in 1989 where he taught every grade except prep over the following 10 years. “A lot of people do the job because it’s their job, but I came along every day because I enjoyed it,” he said. During his time as a classroom teacher, Dennis wrote plays for the students to perform. He also developed a skill at storytelling, which he then did professionally at other schools across the state. Some stories are from books, others he makes up from his own imagination. His favourite to tell is about a Native American tribe first getting horses. “I’ve told that story to preps, secondary students and adult audiences,” he said. “I never heard anyone move or say anything apart from listen, it’s a lovely story.” Dennis is particularly famous for the story, Who’s Got My Hairy Toe?, which young students can become completely entranced in, he said. “I always believed if a child has a smile on their face, you can teach them anything,” he said. “If they’re grumpy, they are someone else.” In 1999, Dennis retired from classroom teaching but he didn’t leave the school completely. He began to work as a maintenance and odd-job worker around the school.

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Dennis Fuller has said goodbye to Emerald Primary School since serving there from 1989. 312985 Pictures: STEWART CHAMBERS For over 15 years, Dennis could be found early Monday mornings making the school look presentable for the week. “I became part of the furniture,” he said. “Monday morning 6.30am to make sure everything is tidy, no leaves, no mess. “If things break, I try to fix it. “It’s good because I can enjoy the kids without the responsibility.” In addition to being the go-to person to

fix something, he has also left his own quirky marks on the school. Raise your eyeline into the trees and you’ll see a plethora of little creatures looking back at you. Dennis approximates his passion for woodworking has resulted in about 70 individual wooden animals or artwork around the school. “There’s stuff everywhere,” he said. “Inside the classes, I started with little creatures on every door sign. It grew from there.”

Poppy from reception and Dennis have been working together for a long time. 312985 Dennis Fuller retired from his role at Emerald Secondary College at the end of 2022, much to the sadness of students and staff at the school. “The people at the school have been helpful and friendly,” he said. “The peak of that has been Emma and Carice as one and two of the school. “It’s a warm place to be you feel supported the kids are very nice and friendly.”






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Insurance premiums rise By Tyler Wright Insurance premiums are rising across the Yarra Ranges after recent rain and storm events, seeing residents paying more for their cover. Principal broker at Suburban Insurance Brokers based in Rowville, Helen Urban, said individual claims have risen about $5,000. “An individual claim might have been an average of $5,000 before, if there was a bit of storm damage to a house, but now it would be eight to $10,000 because of the high increased costs of repair and labour,” Ms Urban said. Ms Urban said areas like heavily populated Belgrave hit by the storm event in 2021, have experienced an increase in premiums due to the amount of claims. “[Insurance companies] have gotten a bit picky about it...different areas that they have, like Rochester...down Bairnsdale way is a bit tricky; they had all the fires and then they had huge storms and water there, and the same with the Yarra Ranges,” she said. “They’re so specific now on risk; everything goes into the computer, every street has a different risk on it, so they know if you’re close to bushland, they know if you’re in a flood zone, they know if you’ve got high trees around you.” According to Ms Urban, some insurance companies are increasing excesses. “We found that excesses used to be say 4 or $500, and now minimum excesses can be $700...that cuts out a lot of claims,” she said. “Up in the ranges, they found because of a lot of weather events happening in the last few years, that if something is going to occur, it’s going to be a big one. “You have to consider that if it’s a fire, usually they happen in less dense areas. “You’ve got country areas where you might lose 200 homes and a farm in one fire, but if you have a floodplain, you can lose 2000 properties in an afternoon.”

An Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) spokesperson told the Star Mail each insurer has their own insuring criteria, determining the type of cover they will offer. “We encourage people to take the time understand their individual risks and shop around for cover that best suits their needs,” the spokesperson said. “We know that the affordability and availability of insurance is a concern for those who live in areas most exposed to extreme weather risk.” The spokesperson said the ICA has been calling for greater investment by government in measures that better protect homes and communities from the impacts of extreme weather events like flooding. “This can include household-level resilience such as retrofitting, and projects that

protect the community like levees and floodways,” they said. “In some extreme cases this may include buying back properties because there is no viable mitigation of the risk. “The ICA has also called on state governments to amend land use planning legislation to include a mandatory requirement for planning approvals to consider property and community resilience to extreme weather, to improve building codes so future homes are made more resilient, and to remove state taxes on insurance, which only drive up the cost of insurance at a time when It’s most needed. “ Ms Urban said there are landslip areas in the Dandenongs that would not be able to be built on now; posing a problem when replacing a house and the removing debris on a slope. “You really have to look at your sums in-

sured because if you had a small home that may of 20 years ago cost 250,000 to replace, 200,000 to replace, If you lose most of that home with a tree going through... you have to still replace that house with one that’s got the high [fire] rating on it, so it may cost you to hundred thousand dollars more than you thought,” she said. “You may not be able to build a split level home on a block that’s been unstable, you might have to put retaining walls up to block it out in a different way.” Ms Urban advises home owners to check what they are insured for - and said flood cover does not include water damage from rain. “If it’s going to be the difference between getting your house replaced or saving $200 in a year, you’re better off having you’re house replaced,” she said.

Joey rescued after wallaby abandoned by hit and run By Parker McKenzie

We’re removing level crossings on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines As part of Victoria’s Big Build, we’re removing 110 dangerous and congested level crossings, with 67 already gone. Train disruptions: Buses replace trains in both directions Belgrave and Lilydale lines The baby wallaby, now named Kim, was saved near Belgrave after its mother was hit by a car. Picture: ROB CAREW the past year, with more and more getting hit on the road. “Wellington Road is a disgrace, there’s so many getting hit there and they need to put up those virtual posts along the side of the road, they’ve reduced the amount that has been hit down at Lysterfield Road,” she said. “It’s not a very nice road at the best of times.” Aside from macropods like wallabies and kangaroos, possums, wombats and other native animals are also cared for and rehabilitated at the wildlife centre. For more information about Emerald Monbulk Wildlife Centre, visit facebook. com/emeraldmonbulkwildlifeshelter

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A wallaby joey who miraculously survived its mother being run over by a car in Belgrave is now on the mend at a wildlife rescue centre in the hills. On Sunday 15 January, the young joey was found in its deceased mother’s pouch, before being taken to the Emerald Monbulk Wildlife Centre. Carol Seeger, who runs the Wildlife Shelter, said the joey was found just off Burwood Highway in Belgrave after a wildlife rescue group was contacted by the property owner. “She’s only 300 grams, but that’s viable with a joey, and she’s drinking well. It’s a little girl and I’ve named it after the lady who called it in,” she said. “It was just inside the fence line and I had to get down into the creek. The wallaby had its legs taken off, so the people were a bit distressed as well.” Mr Seeger said she euthanized the mother because of the extensive injuries it had received, before taking the joey — named Kim — to her wildlife sanctuary. “It’s very unusual for someone that hits an animal to ring up, it’s mainly the other way; they keep driving and a bystander calls it in,” she said. “At least pull it off the road and ring the local vet, and they can get in touch with somebody if you don’t know who to ring, but it’s always Wildlife Victoria or Wildlife Rescuers or a local shelter like me.” Mr Seeger and her 50-odd volunteers at Emerald Monbulk Wildlife Centre have been caring for the joey, which will need two years of care before it can be released into the wild because joeys are reliant on their mothers for the first 15 months of their lives. She said she’s seen a lot of wallabies in

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2023 Cardinia Shire

Awards Cardinia Shire Council is proud to announce the nominees for this year’s Australia Day Awards:

Citizen of the year • David & Julia Graham • Shelley Beardshaw

Senior Citizen of the year • Audrey Dodson • Dianne Divola • Janice Crittenden

Young Citizen of the year • Ace Simpson-Braden • Charlotte O’Sullivan • Samuel Nichols

Event of the year • Art Show Pakenham • Cardinia Mens Shed Senior-tivity Day • Emerald Arts Society Annual Art Exhibition 2022 • Gembrook Market • Growing Cockatoo Food & Film Festival • John Dudley Portrait Prize • Pakenham Cricket Club – Pink Stumps Day • Sports Community Leaders Luncheon - Forum Change our Game towards Gender Equality • Trending Art Exhibition

Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you for your contributions to our community. The nominees will be officially recognised and winners announced at an Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 25 January 2023.




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Ceremonies and awards By Parker McKenzie Australia Day in the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley will see new citizens’ ceremonies and awards handed out to exceptional members of the local community. On January 26, Yarra Ranges will host an invite-only citizenship ceremony before announcing the recipients of its Australia Day Awards, who were nominated by the community. Yarra Ranges Mayor Jim Child said the awards will be attended by state and federal members of parliament, with a large list of awards being handed out. “We’ve had a really good group of nominations this year,” he said. “In terms of the Australia Day discussions, it’s business as usual for us at the council.” The Australia Day Awards feature categories for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Environmental Achiever of the Year, Ken McIntosh Memorial Award (Young Environmental Achiever), Community Group of the Year, Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ian De LA Rue Award for Community Achievement. Yarra Ranges Council has yet to make any social media posts about Australia Day, aside from promoting nominations opening for the awards in December 2022. The Rotary Club of Wandin is hosting an Australia Day celebration at the Wandin North Oval from 11am to 4pm on January 26, featuring a sausage sizzle, inflatable slide, face painting, games, activities and more. Knox City Council will also host an inviteonly citizenship ceremony on Thursday 26 January and its own Australia Day Awards, featuring awards for the Young Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Local Hero, Environmentalist of the Year, Volunteer of the year and

Australia Day in the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley will see new citizens’ ceremonies and awards handed out to exceptional members of the local community. Picture: ON FILE Citizen of the Year. Cardinia Council will host an Australia Day event at Alma Treloar Reserve Amphiteatre on

Thursday 26 January from 8.45pm. The Reserve is located at 77 Pakenham Road, Cockatoo. Its own Australia Day Awards will be handed out

at an invite-only ceremony on 25 January, and a citizenship ceremony will be held on Australia Day in Pakenham.

Belgrave Survival Day to be held on Sunday 12 March By Parker McKenzie Belgrave Survival Day won’t be held on January 26 in 2023, with organisers choosing to move the event to Sunday 12 March. The annual event, which was first held in 2008, celebrates the survival of Indigenous people, culture and heritage and has previously been held on Australia Day. In a statement, the Belgrave Survival Day Committee said the decision was not easy, but the significance of the date needs to be acknowledged. “This date offers greater opportunity for local community involvement, in particular Mob. We are reconnecting and reigniting this Festival,” it said. “The solid commitment of our partners, Burrinja Cultural Centre through its Director, Gareth Hart, we have an active application

Uncle Bill Nicholson performs a smoking ceremony at the 2016 Belgrave Survival Day. Picture: VICTORIA STONE-MEADOWS covering four years of funding from Yarra Ranges Council.” The event was started by locals in the hills and was first held on January 26, 2008, at the Cameo Cinema.

The committee said the decision reflects the overwhelming response received from the local Indigenous community and partners who want the choice to acknowledge January 26th in their own way. “We understand that Belgrave Survival Day is an important event for many people in our community and this change may bring some disappointment. This decision reflects the overwhelming response we received from the local Indigenous community that we partner with as key stakeholders,” it said. “We are thankful for the staff at Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, who share their cultural knowledge and spirit in supporting each event. It is important for our deadly partners to have opportunities to engage in other events like supporting the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra, and as a Committee, we honour and respect their

choices. We thank the Indigenous Elders for performing the Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country.” The Committee thanked all past and present committee members, volunteers, performers, artists, vendors and the community “for what we have created and for all your support. This is the next vital step in the Belgrave Survival Day evolution.” “Please help to keep Belgrave Survival Day running. We need you! Please step up as a Volunteer or join the Survival Day committee. Have your say. Help us work together with the Kulin Nation to keep this Festival strong,” the statement said. “Please know that members of the Survival Day Committee will be gathering at Borthwick Park on January 26 from 12pm. Bring a picnic, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded this.”



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The world of permaculture By Tyler Wright Life in the Dandenong Ranges brings with it a luscious landscape rich with flora and fauna of various types, and the need to maintain the environment around your property. One Monbulk-based permaculture designer is looking to teach others how they can create their own sustainable eco-systems in their own backyard. “I help people find their way with a different way of doing things on their property, a more of a sustainable way of doing things using composting, reducing their household waste, growing their own food and becoming a bit more resilient and sufficient,” Jane Coleman said. Ms Coleman said there is a “huge range” of Indigenous plants across the Dandenongs, as well as a large diversity of wildlife. “It’s changing all the time with land clearing, new houses being built...some biodiversity is being lost, and I think people are really interested in how to keep wildlife in their gardens and look after the soil.” When Ms Coleman talks about living soil, she refers to the casual network in the soil microbes; anything in the soil that breaks down organic matter. “If you think of all the trees on the forest floor, all those leaves, twigs and even little dead creatures, bugs and things that break down into the soil, and all the little bugs and microbes are working through all that and feeding the soil,” she said. “The mycorrhizal network also helps spread that little bit further and helps feed plants. Would you believe there’s a whole network of fungi under the soil which brands everywhere? “You can’t even see it, but quite often, if you lift dump your mulch in the garden, you can see all this white stuff underneath it...that’s a fungi, and that’s actually breaking down your mulch. It’s really good to have that. “ Ms Coleman will be holding a workshop called Encourage Nature & Biodiversity in Monbulk on Sunday 5 February, to help others keep Indigenous plants in the area going. “People will be quite horrified to see how many of the things that we take for granted

Monbulk resident Jane Coleman will be holding a permaculture workshop on Sunday 5 February. Picture: SUPPLIED that we see in our gardens, that they’re quite rare. It’s quite shocking when you have a look at the statistics,” she said. “I want people to observe what’s happening in the garden, actually take time to go out to the garden, have a look what’s happening, what species are living there? what birds do you have visiting your garden? Do you have any butterflies? What sort of bees? “It’s about observing and then taking action and making alterations to re-address the balance of the ecology in your own garden... “If everybody already did that a little would make a big difference on a much broader scale.”

Ms Coleman started her business - Earth & Soul Gardening - in February 2019, and after discovering permaculture through a Diploma of Sustainable Living with the University of Tasmania, completed her permaculture design course with local provider ‘Pete the Permie’. Since then, Ms Coleman has run workshops for the Belgrave Food Garden, including a session about organic vegetable growing. “The committee there are really committed to integrating into the community and getting involved in running these [mostly] funded workshops, so anyone can come along and learn about different things, whether it’s growing vegetables, looking after chickens, learn-

ing more about permaculture, biodiversity,” she said. “I’ve talked to them about the biodiversity and the diverse plantings they’ve got around their food garden, and I think they’re going to look at doing a design with me to increase that, which is important when you’re growing veggies, to have an even balance of the ‘good guys’ and the ‘bad guys’.” Through her workshops, Ms Coleman is hoping to provide attendees with resources - like the Knox Environmental Society - and help others realise it isn’t difficult to create a sustainable garden. “If the ecological system on the property is balanced, you’re going to have the food production [with] minimal pest problems, because you’re inviting things into the garden that will take care of those problems for you. “You’ve got to be willing to share with the wildlife too; you can exclude them with exclusion nets...I say ‘that’s for you and this is for me,’ to keep them coming in the garden because they’ve got a job to do.” It doesn’t matter whether you are in Monbulk or the neighbouring Emerald, Ms Coleman said, vegetation will be different. “Observe it, and if you’re you’re new to the area, observe it for a year, through all four seasons...have a look at what the sun is doing, where is the rain settling in the garden? How can you harness that rainwater? How can you direct it to where you need it in the garden? “Once you have tackled the nature around you, then you can alter it to suit you, to grow food. “There’s so much to learn out there, and I think people want this because we’re fed up with paying so much money at the supermarket now. People want to be more self sufficient and it’s all about doing it yourself.” To learn more about Ms Coleman’s Encourage & Nurture Biodiversity workshop, contact her directly through earthsoulgarden@ or visit encourage-and-nurture-biodiversity-registration-498062136257 The cost of the workshop is Cost is $145, with 10 places available.

Stamping out biggest threats to the Dandenong Ranges By Parker McKenzie Overuse, illegal tracks, foreign weeds and exotic species are some of the biggest threats to the Dandenong Ranges, according to the park ranger in charge of the national park. Ranger Team Leader at Dandenong Ranges National Park Trevor McIntosh said over time, with different recreational activities taking place in the park, illegal tracks being created and overuse are a problem in the area. “We do get illegal tracks occurring through the park and they’re directly through some of our pristine areas,” he said. “That certainly has an impact and from those we get increased erosion and animals, both native and un-native, utilizing these tracks potentially spread weeds along those areas and introduce exotic flora.” Another issue is people bringing their pets into the Dandenong Ranges National Park according to Mr McIntosh, who said dogs have a detrimental impact on native wildlife. “There are illegal activities, whether it is firewood gathering or just bringing dogs into the park,” he said. “Even if they’re on a lead, they can attack native wildlife and cause disturbances.” Another risk is the threat of natural disasters such as storms, floods and bushfires, which can cause consequences beyond what is immediately apparent. “We certainly had a major wind event, with hundreds of hectares of the national park being heavily impacted and a large number of trees falling over. That creates a reduced canopy, allowing extra light to come into the forest and the potential for more weed volume,” Mr McIntosh said. “It has a whole range of impacts; it can 8 MAIL


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The Dandenong Ranges National Park sees over a million visitors a year. be flooding, wind through, tree death, plant death or the introduction of exotic animals. It changes the whole dynamic.” The Dandenong Ranges National Park covers an area of 35.4 square kilometres, spanning from Ferntree Gully to Silvan. Mr McIntosh said there are plenty of ways people enjoying recreational in the national park can ensure they don’t cause damage to it. “Read up on regulations before you go, or visit the Parks Victoria website to see what you can and can’t do,” he said. “Don’t light fires on days of total fire bans, leave your pets at home and take your rub-

bish with you. Make as minimal an impact on the environment as you can.” Another way to assist is to join the many friend groups that help take care of the national environment in the Dandenong Ranges. Mr McIntosh said the national park is largely “in really good condition.” “Over the years we’ve made land acquisitions, so some small pockets we haven’t really started work on yet. They might have been agricultural areas, so they’re not in great condition,” he said. “The bulk of the National Park, which is

Picture: JAMES GREER three and a half thousand hectares, is in pretty good nick.” Parks Victoria is currently running weed and animal control programs, targeting deer and foxes in particular. Mr McIntosh said illegal dumping is common in the National Park. “Things like dump tires, occasionally dumped asbestos and they all have a cost to us,” he said. “Sometimes it’s just general household rubbish like mattresses and couches; it certainly has an impact on our labour resources. We could be doing something more useful.”


Best recycling practices By Tyler Wright Out of their Kallista property, husband and wife duo Kathy Tyler and Lachlan Maclean voluntarily run their recycling initiative, collecting recyclable goods from drop-off points throughout the Dandenong Ranges. “It’s more of a hobby than a business. We have two aspects of it where we have things that we collect from stores and then we take those things to various recycling centres, so that makes it easier for people, they don’t have to go off the mountain” Kathy said. Kathy and her husband began the Hills Recycling Reduce Reuse Recycle Directory around six years ago; a resource where locals can find drop off points for their home batteries, mattresses, toothbrushes and other items to reduce waste. “I did a stall at Kallista Market and I used to sell things [like] reusable bags, and I had a box there for compact fluorescent globes. I also then got batteries because that was really popular, and I went from there,” Kathy said. “It obviously came that it would be better to have a more permanent site because people would forget the market was only once a month. “It grew because when I went to the transfer station, I could see how much more could be recycled, so I took on some of those products to be recycled as well.” Kathy works with local drop-off points including the Kallista General Store and Recy-

Kallista locals, couple Lachlan Maclean (left) and Kathy Tyler (right) collect recyclable items from local businesses to take to transfer stations. cled Roots and Leaves Plant Rescue Nursery in Silvan, who collect mobile phones, CDs, DVDs and computer cables, for Kathy to then transport to the Coldstream Transfer Station or the Monash Transfer Station in Notting Hill. A battery recycler will then transport the goods to a plant in Gisborne. “We also [collect] corks and bread tags. The corks are only reused, they go to schools for art and craft,” she said. “The bread tags...go to a small business in

South Australia..and they make breadboards [and bowls] out of them.” A self-confessed “fiend” for finding recycling hot spots, Kathy alerts the community when retailers offer re-use opportunities; including a recent Facebook post when she shared that sport shoes could be dropped into Rebel Sport stores for the material to be used to create gym mats and kids’ playgrounds. “There’s people that are keen to do the right thing and you see when they find out about things that they can recycle. I think once

people know that they can recycle their shoes, they’re going to do it,” she said, “What we’re trying to do is make it easier for people to recycle locally. So if they only just have to go up the street rather than have to go all the way to the transfer station... that means they’re more likely to actually do the recycling.” Priceline Pharmacy stores also collect empty makeup products, which are sent to TerraCycle to be cleaned, sorted and recycled. “You can take eyeglasses to your local optometrist... that’s a bit of an obscure one that people don’t know,” Kathy said. “There’s some other really obscure ones... you can donate your piano for reuse or deconstruction and reuse of the materials.” “Bunnings and Woolworths take batteries. and Bunnings takes power tool batteries, which is a really good thing.” Officeworks also takes items including used printer cartridges and computers to be re-used, which Kathy said is a “really good service”. “It’s where you want to see recycling going, is that the store that produces the thing is taking it back and taking some responsibility in the recycling of things.” To find out more about where you can donate your items, visit https://hillsrecycling. GthMJrg1UgRhYHuzcEtYzu35ow5J2XGqtgUT yfHO22A_2Ki3R3AIc

Single-use plastic ban confusion before the deadline By Mikayla van Loon Being a week away from a statewide singleuse plastics ban, businesses, not-for-profits and other hospitality services have been left scrambling to figure out what they can and can’t use. Mount Evelyn’s Tasty Az founder Jules Morman said she has been “crazily trying to prepare” with a “skeleton of information” provided by the State government before 1 February when the ban takes place. As a social enterprise catering and cafe business, single-use items can be key to the way Tasty Az operates. Under the ban, the use of plastic cutlery, single-use plastic straws, plastic plates, cotton buds and foodware and cups made from expanded polystyrene is a fineable offence Although taking steps herself to more ecofriendly practices by using bamboo cutlery and PET biodegradable containers and lids, Jules said some things remain unclear. “We understand single-use straws. We totally get that, we understand. There’s no plastic cutlery and I think everybody’s been walking away from that for a long time. We understand anything that’s harmful to sea life or wildlife. “We’ve all been diligently doing our bit

postable and biodegradable plastics for such paper items. Having spoken to colleagues and others in the hospitality industry, Jules said it has all been rather confusing, with no one quite clear on the ban. With potential stock piles of straws or other items, given many organisations were forced during Covid for hygiene reasons to use single-use items, Jules said she is now unsure what to do with them. “My concern is, well, what do I do with them now? I’m not going to put them in the rubbish, because that’s what we’ve been trying to avoid doing. “Ultimately, the end result is the same, that those single-use plastics end up in the environment, regardless of who puts them there but there’s not that clarity, in the rules or in the government websites that are giving us some answers there.” The fact sheet states organisations under the ban should contact their suppliers to see if they can return or exchange items or “contact a local recycler to see if they can accept any of your items.” Star Mail contacted some local sporting clubs about the ban, as they will also be held liable for the use of single-use plastic items

listed, and while most said the ban wouldn’t impact them too much, they were either grateful for the reminder or weren’t aware the ban came into effect in February. This ban comes as Australia makes a push towards reusable items across businesses, not-for-profits, sporting clubs, charities, manufacturers and many more to reduce landfill waste. From 1 January 2026, manufactured products with single-use items like juice boxes with straws or yoghurt tubs with spoons will also be banned from circulation. As organisations in the Yarra Ranges work towards the 1 February deadline, Jules said many are working together to understand the ban. “We’re also busy trying to run our businesses, so I’ll talk to the supplier and we’re sharing information amongst ourselves at the moment,” she said. In the lead up to the ban, information can be accessed via the website, by calling the toll free hotline on 1800 844 946, or emailing sustainability@nra. The National Retail Association is also conducting free information sessions every Friday at 11am until the end of February.

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but now we’re looking at all those extra little things that haven’t been addressed.” A spokesperson from the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action said this ban falls inline with others happening around the country in NSW, SA, QLD and WA. “We’re taking action to protect our environment by banning problematic single-use plastics and supporting businesses to switch to reusables, to protect our health, waterways and our planet,” they said. Within the State government’s fact sheet about the ban, biodegradable straws have also been highlighted as ‘not allowed’ despite potentially using “compostable plastic or ‘plant-based’ plastic”. “We currently do have straws and last year we moved them over to biodegradable straws, but they are about to be eliminated. So no single-use straws will be in so we’ve got them until the end of January,” Jules said. While this is just the first phase of the single-use plastics ban, paper plates which have a plastic lining won’t be included until November 2024 but businesses are advised to begin reducing these products now. Jules said “that’s where I’m stumbling”, finding it hard to gain clarity around com-




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Tuesday, 24 January, 2023




Creative support By Mikayla van Loon

The Hills Art Alliance will hold an AGM on Thursday 16 February. Picture: MIKE PETRUCCI UNSPLASH

Hills Art Alliance By Parker McKenzie A new collective for creatives and artists in the hills is calling for interested locals to participate in an AGM on Thursday 16 February. Formed with seed funding from Cardinia Council through the Arts Grant stream before the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hills Art Alliance aims to connect and support creative workers with the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley “to build collective capacity.” Founding member Phil Bryers said the idea was to start an organisation that can help artists with grant funding and help run artistic festivals. “There are lots of people who continue their practice and maybe feel like they’re doing it on their own,” he said. “To try and get the support, you might need to go for a grant and don’t know where to start.” Members of the Hills Art Alliance want it to be an “umbrella organisation” for arts groups and individuals to work together and progress agendas and ideas in the region, by providing support in grant writing, advice on insurance, events and resources, creating networking avenues and embracing the creative talents of people living in the hills. Founding Committee member Jules Konda said she decided to become involved to support the arts because of a lack of studio spaces for practising artists in the hills. “I can see the value in organisations like the Hills Art Alliance, in terms of being a support network for artists to share information,” she said. “Things like call-outs to artists, funding streams and events, just to keep track of it all. A lot of us miss out on opportunities because we aren’t aware of them.” The group has been registered as an incorporated association with Consumer Affairs and will elect a committee at its first AGM in February. Mr Bryers said he encourages people to come and find out how they can be involved at the AGM. “This concept has been dragging along because of Covid-19, when we first got the grant we wanted to get it up and running with a strong group and see what sort of response there was once a few projects launched,” he said. “By all means, we want to encourage people to become members and join the committee down the track.” The Hills Art Alliance is seeking interested people to attend the AGM and nominate to join the committee of management and encourages people of all ages, gender, sexual diversity, racial, cultural and religious diversity to participate. The AGM will be held at the Emerald Hills Hub at 7.30pm on Thursday 16 February. More information can be found on the Hills Arts Alliance Facebook group closer to the date. 10 MAIL


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Artists and creatives from the Yarra Ranges are invited to sign up to a free professional development program to expand their learnings and craft over the coming months. The ArtsACTION program organised by not-for-profit Jumpleads NFP is being run across six metropolitan Melbourne council areas for the first time between January and June this year. It’s aiming to provide career support to artists in any stage or age of their creative journey, as well as in all mediums from musicians to visual artists, performers to writers. For Yarra Ranges Council, strengthening its capacity to help support creative industries in the region was a key factor in choosing to offer this program to local artists. “Council recognises the important role the creative industries play within our communities and the value in providing ongoing opportunities for professional development, upskilling, and building connections to support growth of the sector,” Yarra Ranges Council Executive Officer for Creative Communities Jenny Davies said. Offering 20 subsidised positions for artists in the Yarra Ranges, ArtsACTION provides a Zoom workshop series over six weeks, mentoring artists on different topics, as well as providing emailed resources throughout the course of the program. Having seen the impact Covid had on creative industries and creatives themselves, the council saw this as an opportunity to gauge the need for upskilling and industry support to decipher where guidance or connections can be made in the future. “Creative businesses in the region have been particularly impacted over the past few years by Covid-19 and storm events. The ArtsACTION program provides an accessible capacity building offering for our creative industries,” Ms Davies said. The professional development and business aspects of the course which may touch on career pathways and building market reach could cater more to emerging artists while the

Artist Pauline O’Shannessy took part in ArtsACTION when the program came to Ballarat. She is seen here dowling in her studio. Picture: JUMPLEADS networking and diversity of creatives involved may assist those who already have an established business. Having conducted this course across regional communities over the last few years, Jumpleads director and program facilitator Sharon Seyd said often the work of artists can be overlooked. “This program recognises that creatives are often under-resourced and overlooked - despite their importance as a highly valuable, vital sector of our communities,” she said. “According to Creative Victoria, in 2019-20, the creative sector contributed $31.6 billion to the Victorian economy, 8.6 per cent of the total state workforce. “Through our experience delivering the previous four programs and working with thousands of artists, we have found most creatives want greater opportunities for exposure. Many need information, methods, and frameworks to maximise their potential.” Yarra Ranges Council is currently taking expressions of interest from creatives in the

region who might be interested in filling a subsidised position in either March or May. There are two online workshop series to choose from: Zoom Series #1 | Thursdays 10.30am - 12pm | 23 Mar – 18 May Zoom Series #2 | Tuesdays 5.30pm - 7pm | 16 May – 20 Jun Not only does ArtsACTION aim to connect people to artists already in the industry but also from across the six participating councils including Yarra Ranges, Brimbank, Cardinia, Hume, Melton, and Nillumbik. Although the workshops have limited places available, emailed resources can be accessed by anyone by signing up. For more information go to: To join immediately, complete the form at: To register for workshops, visit:

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Honouring an influential artist’s legacy By Tyler Wright An influential artist who left her mark in the Dandenong Ranges community is being honoured by the Sherbrooke Art Society and her husband in an exhibition held from Saturday 4 February to Saturday 25 February. Barbara Beasley Southgate - a founding member of Sherbrooke Art Society - passed away in 2019; leaving a legacy of “outstanding” pastel works. “She had a beautiful way of capturing Australian light and Australia character, both in her portraits and her figures and landscapes,” Sherbrooke Art Society president Jeffrey Hughes said. “She’ll be remembered for her art, for sure, and her perception on the world. Barb had very strong spiritual beliefs and a love for everybody and a love for Australia and a love for nature, and that’s what reflects through her work.” After Barbara’s passing, her husband Dennis was left with a large body of work, which is set to be displayed in the exhibition. “The main aim of the exhibition is that retrospective look at Barb and celebrating her art and her life, but also an opportunity to fundraise and get these paintings into the hands of collectors and people that will love them,” Hughes said. “She left a legacy of some of the finest pastels ever done in Australia... she would describe herself as self taught, but she would also say that she’s learnt from others as well.” “She was hungry for the knowledge to learn to paint and she became better and better over the years.” Murphy said Barbara lived in a flat at the back of the art society in Belgrave for a period of time before moving to Eildon, and returning to the Hills later in life to re-ignite

Barbara Beasley Southgate, pictured painting plein air, will be honoured in an exhibition at the Sherbrooke Art Gallery. Picture: SUPPLIED her art career. Barbara was also an Honorary Life Member and past President of the Sherbrooke Art Society.

The Barbara Beasley Southgate retrospective exhibition will be held at the Sherbrooke Art Gallery, located at 62 Monbulk Road in Belgrave.


A whole world of dolls at Millers’ Homestead By Parker McKenzie

Emily Lowe alongside her acrylic on canvas artwork The last patch fo purity, currently being exhibited in the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale. Picture: ROB CAREW

A local lens By Parker McKenzie As a local to the hills, Emily Lowe draws upon the native scenery, wildlife and natural environment all around her as inspiration for her art. “I’m heavily inspired by the local landscape and particularly birds and native plants and flowers,” she said. “What really inspires me is when I’m in those environments.” Primarily working in painting acrylic, she also does drawing and illustration, “mainly bouncing between the two and sometimes they collide.” “I like to do abstract backgrounds sometimes with really stick foregrounds and subject matter,” Ms Lowe said. “I would describe it as fun, enjoyable and playful.” A studio artist at Burrinja Cultural Centre, her work is currently on display in the centre’s gallery as a part of the Climate Change Biennale exhibition alongside the work of 43 other local and interstate artists. The exhibition closes on Sunday 26 February.

Ms Lowe said being a part of the Aerie Studios at Burrinja has allowed her to communicate with like-minded people and further develop her skills as an artist. “That is really important as a young artist especially,” she said. “It also allows me to interact directly with the community and people who I know are already interested in art, taking a lot of the search out of it.” She said she paints the beautiful natural environments she is inspired by to pay respects to them. “I really enjoy painting local honeyeaters on certain flowers and how they interact with the flower, that’s definitely a big interest of mine,” she said. “I like to paint realism, especially just to pay homage to the importance of the natural world.” For more of Ms Lowe’s art, visit her Instagram emilylowefinearts or the Aerie Studio at Burrinja Cultural Centre in person. Burrinja Cultural Centre is located at 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey.

An exhibition featuring dolls created by three different artists in three different styles will be held at Millers Homestead from Tuesday 24 January. The Art of the Doll features the work of Jenny Cody, Shirley Dougan and Merryn Griffiths and features creations made from paper mache, polymer clay, textiles, mixed media and crotcheted yarn. Ms Griffiths said she has been creating crotcheting dolls for around three years, having only started the technique five years ago. “My daughter taught herself to crotchet and she was pumping out the most extraordinary kinds of cushions and blankets with amazing textures,” she said. “I came across a pattern that I fell in love with and wanted it for myself and asked if she could make it for me, unfortunately, because she had so many projects at the time she said no, but I can show you and teach you how to.” Ms Griffiths’ work focuses on fantastical creatures like fairies, unicorns and even Cthulhu, the fictional cosmic entity featured in the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Ms Dougan said doll-making has been a large part of her life, and she has taught it in Australia, New Zealand and America.

One of Merryn Griffiths’ crochet creations.

“I had a bit of a name in the doll world there for a while,” she said. “When I gave my talk at Millers during my previous exhibition, I just said it was an important part of my life and a staff member said can we do an exhibition with those? She had these other two people as well.” A meet the Artists event will be held at the Homestead on Thursday 16 March from 5 to 7pm. Ms Griffiths said Millers’ Homestead is a building that she never noticed, despite living in Boronia for a decade. “When I walked up the pathway and into the entrance, I was just in awe of the place,” she said. “Seeing a beautiful period piece home that’s been so well preserved alongside the art that will be there with these dolls, it brings out the inner child.” The exhibition closes 30 March, and can be viewed from 9.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm Monday to Friday. Millers’ Homestead is located at the corner of Dorrigo Drive and Melrose Court, Boronia and is one of three historic homesteads owned by Knox City Council. Eastern Region Libraries currently has a licensing agreement to run cultural, artistic and musical exhibitions, events and performances at the homestead.


Tecoma-based author publishes first fantasy novel By Tyler Wright A Tecoma-based father-of-two has released his first book; a fictional tale of two teenage siblings who find themselves on a magical trail of adventure. Peter Lewis’ Secret of the Lost Souls follows 13 and 12-year-old Isla and Jack Claremont who come across potion masters, headless horsemen and ghosts while discovering the story of a family curse. The Secret of the Lost Souls is the first instalment in the three-part series Children of the Magic Realm, inspired by times when Lewis’ family of four would sit down and create imaginative stories instead of reading a book. “I would start telling a story and then we would go around in the circle and my wife and the kids would take it in turns to add to the story, and it was an opportunity for us to all use our imaginations,” Lewis said. “That’s what planted the egg in the first place with this story, [it] actually turned an idea that I had which included my two children as the two main characters, into a fun mystery, fantasy fiction story.” Lewis’ idea then snowballed after he received help from professional editors and an illustrator to bring his story to life - a process which would take around six years. “[In] the first four-year period, it was still a hobby and a bit of fun in writing the book, and then it wasn’t until the last two-year period that I decided, ‘well, I could actually do a lot more with this and take it to a published level,’” he said.

Tecoma-based author Peter Lewis has released his first book; a junior fiction novel about two teenagers who learn about a family curse. Picture: ROB CAREW In October 2022, Lewis’ self-published novel was released, but it wasn’t until Friday 13 January that the book hit retail shelves. “It’s actually quite apt that it was released on Friday the 13th because of the type of book that it is...there’s superstitious and scary elements to the book that relate to some interesting characters,” he said. Although drawn from Lewis’ children - now aged 17 and 19 years old - the attributes of the two main characters, including their names,

were changed throughout the editing process. “[My children] been really supportive and any mention of the book and any steps forward that I’ve been able to take with the book... they really love the idea that the characters were based off them, but they’re relieved in a way that the characters aren’t totally them,” he said. Lewis is currently working on the second book in the series called the Children of the Magic Realm, which is expected to hit book-

stores before Christmas in 2023. The third book in the series is expected to be published at the end of 2024, but may possibly be pushed into 2025. One of the most enjoyable experiences working on the series Lewis said, has been the cover design; which reflects Enid Blyton-style illustrations with a modern edge. “The front cover of the book itself is representing one world in the book, and then the back cover of the book represents the other world within the book,” he said. “The spine itself has a little character on it who is the link between both worlds, and it’s not until you read the book... and you have a look at the front and back covers, you wouldn’t know that detail. “I really love that concept the illustrator and I worked with to have that happen.” Belgrave Book Barn is the first retailer to support Lewis, with The Secret of the Lost Souls now on hand for eager readers to purchase online and in store. “The feedback has been really positive and really encouraging to the point where people are actually researching some aspects of the book... to fact check but to also have them understand totally what’s happened in the book,” he said. “I find that really rewarding that they’ve been engaged enough to do that.” To find a copy of The Secret of the Lost Souls, visit Belgrave Book Barn’s website or purchase the book on Kindle through Amazon KDP. Tuesday, 24 January, 2023




The Emerald Community House stocked with dig in produce.

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The team helping with Foodbank distribution.

The place to be this year Creativity underpins the courses on offer at Emerald Community House in 2023. There is something for everyone – from cooking to writing to gardening to the arts. The success of the Emerald Messenger will reinvent itself as a project based learning opportunity. Those interested in putting their writing and editorial skills to the test can join this course and learn how to produce a community newspaper in four editions throughout the year. Interested in applying your experience as a

tutor for this project? Give us a call and send in your resume. As always, we will look forward to community submissions from the hills residents. If you just want to join a group and improve your writing skills, ECH offers a creative writing course which runs throughout the year. Poetry, memoir or commentary styles are all popular approaches for this group. Cooking, literacy and numeracy for adults are all basic skills that we all need to have to get through the daily grind and save money.

These courses are ideal for those looking to improve their English language and reading, as well as people with disabilities. Permaculture Design has been running at ECH for decades with Pete the Permie and this is your last chance to get into this course. Later in the year, we will explore what it takes to develop a market garden. This is suited for those who want to get into the business of growing and selling produce or just for those who want to increase their yield all year round. The Fire Arts Studio is fired up to deliver

on its second year in operation. Jewellery making, pottery, glass fusion and other hand crafted activities help people to clear their head and channel their focus toward designing and making wearable, usable art. As always, ECH is here for the people providing Foodbank supplies and affordable, licensed childcare. The perennial Emerald Wellbeing Group meets weekly and it’s free - so is Tax Help. Give ECH a call for more information. New programs are added throughout the year. Ph 5968 3881,

Term 1, 2023 Pottery Enamelling, Glass Fusion and Jewellery Making Kids Pottery Permaculture Design (w/Pete the Permie) Cooking for Adults Developing Your Writing Skills Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Developing a Community Newspaper Develop a Market Garden (Term 3 and 4) Emerald Wellbeing Group Foodbank support Dig In Community Grocery- specialist foods and goods 356 - 358 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald VIC 3782 03 5968 3881 • Open M,W,F 10-3 12586898-KJ04-23



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Olinda Community House Sing, Rattle and Groove class.


Exciting classes ahead Olinda Community House has seen an influx of delightful new classes and popular classics for 2023. For busy families who would like a little peace in your life, why not swing by after school and join Kids Mediation & Mindfulness? Make Monday nights a little calmer by coming along to this parent and child meditation group with registered Senior Meditation Teacher Tracy Hambly. Mondays 4pm – 4:45pm.

Or have you or your friends/parents recently received strange calls, texts or emails that have you wondering who to trust? Join IT professional Jesse for this essential course on computer safety and cyber security, learn to protect yourself from scammers, so you or your family members don’t get stung. Tuesdays 9:30am – 10:30am. Another class you won’t want to miss at Olinda Community House is Art Therapy

(Indoor/Outdoor) on Thursday mornings 10:30am – 12pm, where Denise will guide you to reconnect with yourself and nature in this brand new friendly group. Or head along to popular under five years singing and music group Sing, Rattle and Groove. Led by local muso and registered music therapist Cath Russell, this program will have your littlies playing and singing along all morning. Fridays 9:30am – 10:15am.

All these and more engaging classes are run at Olinda Community House, 79-81 OlindaMonbulk Rd, Olinda (next to Olinda Pool). Don’t forget that both excellent venues, Olinda Community House and the Olinda Hall are available to hire for birthdays, weddings and gatherings at a great price. To view the whole program, visit www.och. For more info or for venue bookings, call 9751 1264 or email

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Forging stronger bonds By Tyler Wright Sessions bringing dads in the Yarra Ranges together are set to begin in February in events organised by local group Mountain Men and Yarra Ranges Council. A part of storm and pandemic recovery, four sessions will take place from February to May, helping men in the Dandenong Ranges forge stronger connections with each other and their families. Upwey father-of-one and Mountain Men member, Heath Pawley, said the sessions which focus on are a chance to learn from peers as well as experts in fields including building and maintaining healthy, respectful and strong relationships. “It’s not going to be something that’s a targeted to a relationship in crisis scenario, but it’s an opportunity to chat with other people, see what we learn from peers as well as an expert in that field and ask questions and hopefully walk away with some more far as maintaining those relationships,” Heath said. “It’s not necessarily just the relationship with your partner, it could be family, it could be kids.” The first session will be a ‘walk and talk’ bush walk at Glenfern Valley Bushlands in Upwey, guided by Ash Dargan on Wednesday 8 February, followed by ‘Relationships DIY’ on Tuesday 7 March. Men young and old will also be able to attend a yarning circle on ‘Being Dad’ on Tuesday 4 April, and a Q&A with medical professionals discussing mental health and and physical well being on Tuesday 2 May. Heath said Mountain Men’s yarning circles events began in 2021, when people “screaming” for in-person interaction. “While some people have been able to create better working at home conditions or change jobs and improve things here and

Heath Pawley (left) at the 1000 steps in Tremont recently, with members of Mountain Men. there, others are still grossly overworked and getting burnt out from the amount of work,” Heath said. “That strain goes through the family and the relationships as well.” Alongside these well being sessions will also be a Dad’s Bush Playgroup at One Tree Hill Picnic Ground in Tremont and Birdsland Reserve in Belgrave Heights, run by Yarra Ranges Council. Community Recovery Officer at Yarra Rang-

es Council, Mike Colling, said it is an opportunity for dads to come together for social interaction while celebrating the area they live in. “There’s quite a long list of positive outcomes we’re trying to meet [the] program,” Mr Colling said. The intimate bush playgroup session will take place Saturday 4, 11, 18 & 25 February from 9am 10.30am. The first three will be based at One Tree Hill

Picture: SUPPLIED Picnic Ground, with the last held at Birdsland Reserve. Bookings are essential and can be made at Bookings for the well being sessions are also essential, with bookings available through Mike Colling, Community Recovery Officer at Yarra Ranges Council via

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Get ready for April Get ready to unleash your inner adventurer and make a difference in the lives of homeless canines at Adventure Dog 2023! This one-ofa-kind event is set to take place on 2 April at Wandin Park Estate Gruyere, and it’s not one to be missed. For the dog lovers out there, Adventure Dog offers the ultimate challenge for both you and your furry best friend. The event features 25 obstacles over a 4km course that will test your mind, body, and bond with your dog. Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or new to the game, Adventure Dog welcomes participants of all fitness levels. With 1,000 competitors expected to take on the challenge and 4,000 people cheering from the sidelines, the event is sure to be an unforgettable experience. But Adventure Dog is more than just a


aid Mark Menze Animal Aid CEO physical challenge – it’s an opportunity to give back to the community. The event raises funds for Animal Aid, an organisation dedicated to helping homeless dogs. Regular competitor Aaron, with his dog Brandy, completed four laps of the course last year and was moved by the outpouring of support for Animal Aid. He

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has chosen to fundraise again this year to help the lost and homeless animals at the shelter. The event village is filled with dog-related market stalls, live music, and entertainment, and offers a family-friendly atmosphere for both participants and spectators. Spectators are able to cheer on from the side-line for free. This year, Adventure Dog aims to raise over $80,000 for Animal Aid, which supports over 6,000 homeless animals each year at the shelter. Mark your calendars for 2 April 2023 and join the adventure at Wandin Park, 305 Victoria Road, Gruyere, VIC, 3770. Adventure Dog 2023 is more than just a physical challenge, it’s a chance to make a difference in the lives of animals in need. Register now at adventuredog2023.raisely. com


Babylon Starring Diego Calva, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie Rated MA15+ 3.5/5 A brash, gaudy but reverent tribute to early Hollywood, Babylon is somewhat less than the sum of its scintillating parts. Directed by Damien Chazelle, Babylon excels in its visual language and more restrained dramatic moments. Diego Calva anchors the film as Manny, an ambitious Mexican-American film assistant, delivering Golden Age good looks and charisma. Brad Pitt has a touching, tragic arc as Jack Conroy, a fading movie star who comes to accept that he has attained immortality through his work. A major theme in Babylon is the film industry’s struggle to adapt to sound in the late twenties, and the film’s stand-out sequence is a nerve-wracking yet funny ordeal of a crew driven to sweaty, screaming rage as they keep messing up a scene. Babylon has sumptuous cinematography, and certain scenes invoke The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist, Lost Highway and Carrie. Only film nerds like me will get this, but a subplot involving an outrageously angry German director (Spike Jonze) is almost certainly a riff on Fritz Lang. Babylon has several impressive long takes, but the close-up dialogue scenes have distracting handheld camerawork. Even for the heightened reality of Hollywood, some scenes go too far with bodily fluids and bizarre, debauched atmosphere. Babylon’s opening party, an overstimulating literal orgy, will be an instant turn-off for some viewers. The tone comes full circle with a macabre mob party, but it’s too outlandishly disturbing – think David Lynch on bath salts – to be taken seriously. Margot Robbie is Babylon’s weakest link: Robbie plays budding actress Nellie LaRoy with great range and gusto, but Nellie’s story of a rising star succumbing to drug abuse just isn’t very interesting. Babylon is engaging and passionate but messy in more ways than one, and is playing in most Victorian cinemas. - Seth Lukas Hynes

A hive of theatre activity Eltham Little Theatre Join ELT for a Season of Theatre Games in February and March. Theatre Sports improvisation Competition 11 February. A Play in a Day (or two) 24-25 February. Theatre Trivia 10 March. The Basin Theatre Season 1: Two and Two Together. Rachel’s husband, Victor, never suspects that she is keeping an assignation with a young man in the house of her good friend Georgina. Why should He? He has other things on his mind – in the shape of the said Georgina, who he is meeting secretly while her husband Henry, an actor, is safely occupied in the theatre. But Henry returns home unexpectedly, and the two couples are forced into a riotous whirlwind of lies and misunderstanding… Season: Thursday 23 February – Sunday 5 March. The Basin Theatre is holding The Basin Showcase . WHAT: A wide variety of acts will be on show at this event. It is not a competition, but a celebration of the best talent in the community. The MC will be Jacinta Parsons, ABC Radio presenter. WHERE: The Basin theatre Doongalla Rd. The Basin. WHEN: Sunday 12 March. Gemco Community Theatre Take Ten Play Writers’ Festival May 2023. Audition and Performance 19 Kilvington Dve Emerald

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Kemp’s curtain call Following the huge success of the 2022 Take Ten Play Festival, Gemco Players are now gearing up for 2023 Play Writers Festival. Gemco invites you to consider being one of the actors or directors. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who like to step on the stage, or shape a story, but can’t commit to a full length play. Each play is under 10 minutes and is performed over a weekend at the beginning of May. Interest for Directors: Gemco invites Directors to come along for our play reading afternoon on Sunday 5 February 2-6pm. when Gemco judges will select the final 10 plays. This is a good chance to get a feel for the plays on offer as they will be read aloud by a group of the current actors. Audition for Actors: Auditions will start on Sunday 12 February at 1 – 3pm. If you are interested please contact Joy McLeary on Performances in May: Friday 5 May at 8pm. Saturday 6 May at 8pm Sunday 7 May at 2pm.

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Burton’s must read PASSION FOR PROSE WITH CHRISTINE SUN A review of Underground by Mirranda Burton This is the sixth and final in a series of six reviews featuring the 2022 Readings Young Adult Book Prize. If you are going to read one graphic novel this year, make sure you choose Underground: Marsupial Outlaws and Other Rebels of Australia’s War in Vietnam, winner of the 2022 Readings Young Adult Book Prize. The book started in 2011, when the author Mirranda Burton became artist in residence at Dunmoochin, about 35 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, in Australian artist Clifton Pugh’s former studio. We are familiar with Pugh’s legacy as a three-time winner of the Archibald Prize, including his famous 1972 portrait of former prime minister Gough Whitlam. Yet, it is rarely known that the artist had a pet wombat who was registered for military service in Vietnam in 1972. This inspired Burton’s investigation into Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. After years of extensive research and numerous interviews, the graphic novel was born, featuring six memorable characters whose stories intersect in unexpected ways. The first and foremost is Jean McLean, who convened the Save Our Sons Movement that from 1965 to 1973 campaigned against conscription and Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Initially they were seen as “rabble-rousers”: “Oh for goodness sake, go home and cook your husbands’ dinners!” “Shame on you t’call yourselves Australian.” “Let our boys join the army. It’ll teach them some discipline!” “Show some respect for our diggers! What would you women know about war?” But by 1970 the tides of public opinion had turned. When McLean and her team spend 14 days in Melbourne’s Fairlea Women’s Prison after being changed with trespass while distributing anticonscription leaflets, 4,000 waterside workers in Port Phillip Bay went on strike in solidarity with these mothers. Adding to the momentum was the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam in May that year, with 100,000 people taking to the streets in Melbourne alone. Similar demonstrations were held in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart. Entwined with this unforgettable page of our nation’s history are the stories of Bill Cantwell and Mai Ho, survivors of the Vietnam War on the opposite sides. Cantwell witnessed his father’s prolonged suffering from the trauma caused by the Japanese military torture on the Thai-Burma Railway, before becoming permanently injured himself in Vietnam at the age of 20. Meanwhile, Ho was only 14 when America and its allies left Vietnam after the Paris Peace Accords in January 1973, leaving behind “a decimated, scorched and poisoned country” where three million of Vietnamese people were killed It took years for Ho and her family to manage an escape from Saigon by boat, finally arriving in Australia as refugees in December 1982. And, finally – having been registered for military service under the name “Hooper Algernon Pugh”, the wombat disappeared when his marble was drawn from the ballot in March 1972. Whether or not he was a conscientious objector remains unknown, but, thanks to him, we now have a stunning graphic novel, full of empathy, courage and resistance. Tuesday, 24 January, 2023





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BAY VIEWS, WALKING DISTANCE TO TOWN IT really doesn’t get much better than this. A home designed to capture the stunning views of Cardinia Reservoir and beyond with a deck to settle back on with a glass of the best and enjoy the beauty that surrounds. The home offers brick and timber construction and has large living areas that show off the view that include lounge with gas log fire as well as an enclosed sunroom that will be your favourite room in the house, bask in the sunlight while you make the most of this incredible view and enjoy special times with family and friends. A sliding door from this section of the home leads out to the deck where alfresco dining will be a delight in the warmer weather. The timber kitchen is the hub of the home with dishwasher, hotplates and wall oven and plenty of cupboard space. All three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, the master with a full ensuite. A family bathroom complete with a bath services the remaining rooms and has a separate toilet adjoining. There is a huge amount of under house storage that will cater to the hobbyist, gardener or handyman. A water tank will assist with your garden and is piped to the kitchen. The established garden features a variety of flowering ornamentals that are just bursting into bloom, a variety of native specialities and fruit trees as well as a pond and meandering grassed areas. For those with four legged friends, the rear yard is fully fenced. A double garage with rear access completes this most desirable property that is situated within walking distance of all that our friendly town has to offer. Make the most of the best of country living with everything at your fingertips. The vendors are motivated to sell, inspection is a must. ●

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OUTSTANDING PRIVATE FAMILY HOME THIS three-bedroom plus study, twobathroom family home is bursting with features and stunning views and is located close to Emerald township. Situated on five park-like acres, sit back and watch the wildlife such as deer and wombats meander across the manicured lawns to your own spring fed dam. The home includes a welcoming front deck/porch, with the front glass door leading into the light filled open plan lounge and dining room. The lounge features a built-in fireplace, and elegant strip lighting under the TV mount. However, it is the view from the doubleglazed floor to ceiling windows that will catch your attention as light floods into the home and invites you out onto the rear decking to enjoy the view. There is also a split-system air-conditioner to keep you cosy in the kitchen/dining area and a ceiling fan. The contemporary kitchen features wooden bench tops, a gas stove top and electric oven, and is cleverly designed with a toaster nook and built-in pantry. This home includes a study area, separate laundry with access to the front porch, and three bedrooms all with built-in wardrobes.

The master bedroom is private, situated at the end of the home with direct sliding door access to the rear decking, and has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. The further two bedrooms are serviced by a luxurious family bathroom with both a bath, shower and toilet. Outside, animals and children are catered for, with a paddock for your pet alpaca or sheep as is currently insitu, and a fantastic children’s play area. The children’s play area includes play equipment and an elaborate giant cubby with fully covered sand pit area, there are even rock-climbing points on the retaining wall. There is also a double lock-up garage with concrete floor and power, a double car port, and open sided roofed shedding at the rear of the garage. This property features off grid water supply, bottle gas, has an extensive 13.2kW two-phase solar set up, as well as a generator inlet and changeover switch at the switch board. 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. ●

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Immaculate & Contemporary Family Home with Gorgeous Views! On 1/2 an acre, this modern home has spectacular views, a master suite with walk through robe & a double showered ensuite, & a home office space. With a further 3 large bedrooms, all with BIRs, & a family bathroom with free-standing bath & shower. The open plan kitchen features stone bench tops, stainless steel appliances, electric oven, gas stove & instant hot water. The lounge room opens with French doors onto the expansive deck. Upstairs is a second living space with backyard access. The home features reverse cycle air-conditioning/heating, ducted gas heating & a heat panel in the kitchen/meals area. The garden has gravel paths, a coffee nook, raised organic vegetable gardens, gardening shed, cubby house & sand pit area. There is a sealed asphalt driveway & DLUG with workshop & workbench & additional pedestrian access door, water tank, power & concrete floor. Samantha Scott M 0438 680 032





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Upwey vs Monbulk It was a mixed bag of results for Upwey-Tecoma in a big weekend of cricket action. The 1st IX hosted cellar-dweller Monbulk but were wary of their opponent after a 1 run win in their previous encounter this season. The Tiger captain Jackson Waters lost the coin toss, his side asked to bat in sunny conditions. An early wicket provided a boost for the Hawks, before opener Andrew Evans (56) and Waters (70) went to work. A 120 run stand for the 2nd wicket put the Tigers in command, with some late hitting from Jase Lansen (28*) pushing the total to 5/205 at the halfway point of the match. Wickets were difficult to come by for the Tiger bowlers, with the Hawk openers battling hard to be 0/65 after 20 overs. With the required run-rate rising rapidly, wickets began to tumble. Monbulk lost their last 7 wickets for just 6 runs to be all out for 139, with Liam Dunning claiming 4/35 and Jay Colee 3/18 to be the chief destroyers. The 66 run win sees Upwey-Tecoma well entrenched in the top four with 5 games to play. The 2nd XI suffered a heavy defeat away to fellow finals aspirant Monbulk. Upwey-Tecoma never recovered from the loss of opener Chris Jewell on the first ball of the day, limping to 101 all out. Only all-rounder Daniel Wiles provided resistance with the bat with 32 not out. Monbulk lost 5 wickets in their pursuit of the target with Jewell’s 2/20 the pick of the Tiger bowling efforts. The 3rd XI went down to Lysterfield by 23 runs, finishing on 3/157 chasing 180. Noah Weston and James Dobbie-Hayward both scored half centuries, while Rhett Chapman was best with the ball capturing 3/26. The 4th XI were soundly beaten, away to

Eastern +55 senior pennant By David Waters

Opening batter Andrew Evans in full flight. Upper Ferntree Gully. James Todd (69) and captain Brett Snell (40) combined well to set a target of 179 but the Kings made light work of it chasing it for the loss of only 2 wickets. In the junior ranks, the Under 16’s had a

Picture: SUPPLIED great win against Upper Ferntree Gully at Dobson Park. The total of 7/136 proved plenty as the Kings were all out for 70 in reply. Captain Oscar Taylor led from the front with an unbeaten 49 with the bat and 3/10 with the ball.

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Tennis club concerns over Australian Open coin toss Urban Design Framework opportunity for tennis junior By Parker McKenzie New plans for Monbulk have raised concern for one sports club in the area, with the Monbulk Tennis Club currently having no clubrooms or storage space in the draft plans. With the Monbulk Recreation Reserve being redeveloped and Monbulk Rangers Soccer Club moving to a new playing field at 121 Old Emerald Road, Yarra Ranges Council has released its draft Urban Design Framework for Monbulk. In the draft framework, the current location of the Tennis Club will be replaced by a mix of townhouses and unit development “to increase housing options within Monbulk.” The tennis courts will be relocated to the southeast section of Monbulk Recreational Reserve, however, there are no plans to relocate the club rooms. In a statement to the Star Mail, Monbulk Tennis Club President Laurence Jacobs said

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the club is seeking a meeting with the council. “We as a Tennis Club have a number of concerns with the proposed council plan,“ he said. “The club can provide a further update once this consultation meeting has been held.” The nearby pavilion already has three tenants —Monbulk Football Club, Monbulk Junior Football Club and Monbulk Netball Club —and there are concerns about where the club will be able to store its memorabilia such as honour boards, trophies and pennants. Yarra Ranges Council was contacted for comment. Engagement for the draft plan closes on Sunday 12 March and can be viewed at D01XyV2xxO7COsyV8TI-c_GOyFR4qYDpBrEtp1gEqDw1H2fb3cZu88


Tennis Hot Shots player and Belgrave local, Caitlyn Crilly, stepped out on court at the Australian Open this week, tossing the coin between Nuria Parrizas Diaz and Donna Vekic, ahead of the match up on MCA. A once in a lifetime grassroots to Grand Slam opportunity, connecting aspiring players with champions of the game, the money can’t buy experience is reserved for local Tennis Hots Shots participants and Super 10 development players from across the country. “What a wonderful opportunity to connect our kids starting out their tennis journey with the very best tennis players in the world, while also and honouring the remarkable achievements of our past champions.” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said. “Each Tennis Hot Shots player that steps on court to toss the coin during the Australian Open will be surrounded by current champions of the game and will take home a special reminder of one of the greatest champions our sport has ever seen.” The Australian Open 2023 coin features tennis legend Ken Rosewall, honouring the 70-year anniversary of his 1953 men’s singles triumph. Rosewall remains the youngest man to have won the Australian Open Men’s Singles title, winning at just 18. Claiming subsequent titles in 1955 and 1971, Rosewall also won in 1972 aged 36, marking 19 years since his inaugural title – another record that remains to this day. Renowned for his enviable backhand as illustrated on the AO 2023 coin, Rosewall amassed an impressive 18 major titles across three decades including nine Men’s Doubles titles and a Mixed Doubles title at the US Open in 1956. “It’s a wonderful honour to be recognised on the Australian Open coin. Seventy years seems like a long time, but it feels just like yesterday that I was a young hopeful stepping out on court for a shot at my first major title,” Australian tennis legend Ken Rosewall said. More than 170 Tennis Hot Shots kids and

Caitlyn Crilly ahead of the match between Nuria Parrizas Diaz of (ESP) and Donna Vekic of (CRO) on Margaret Court Arena Day 6 of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Saturday 21 January 21. Picture: SUPPLIED Super 10 development athletes will take to the courts of Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, John Cain Arena and Kia Arena to toss the coin during the two weeks of the Australian Open. Tennis Hot Shots is the official development program of Tennis Australia, designed for kids aged 3 to 12. Played on smaller courts with modified equipment to make it easier and more fun to progress. Tennis Hots Shots is run by qualified coaches and volunteers who help kids build confidence, sport skills and new friends. Coaches and clubs across Australia offer free trials. Head to to find out more.


Thumping midweek loss By Jack Rollings Again, it was a hot windy day. The fire siren went off in Monbulk and the emergency app reported several fires in the zone. But luckily all the Monbulk sides were able to complete their games with the temperatures hovering just below the cutoff of 36 degrees. Mind you, it felt a lot hotter than that out on the greens. Monbulk 1 played at home against Boronia 1. The Monbulk players were expecting some motivated competition, after the one-shot win against Boronia last Saturday. But in fact, they were fairly subdued opponents on Tuesday. Jim Bras’ team dropped only seven ends for the day, with nothing more than doubles, and only two of those. While on Monbulk’s side, they picked up a 3, a 4 and a 5, as well as five doubles. The Boronia team was not at full strength with two players brought up from a lower side. But the Monbulk team took no chances and didn’t relax until the last bowl went down. Monbulk won the rink 28 shots to 9. Brian Smith’s team won the first two-thirds convincingly, only giving up four ends and building a margin of 12 shots. The final third was a whole different story. Monbulk managed to win just one more end while Boronia kept winning the mat and eating into the margin. Luckily the finish line arrived while the score was still in Monbulk’s favour 21 shots to 17. Eric Markham’s team dropped a 5-shot clanger on the first end, and that 5-shot losing margin kept haunting the game, on the fourth end, the eighth end, the thirteenth end, the fifteenth end and the eighteenth end. But the final three ends belonged to Monbulk. In a near

repetition of Saturday’s come-from-behind win, Monbulk managed to wipe out the deficit and, in a perfect bookend finish, they even claimed their own 5-shotter on the last end to win the rink 21 shots to 18. Overall Monbulk won the round 70 shots to 44, with three rinks up. Monbulk is now third on the ladder, and not far off second. Next week they travel to Healesville, which is in seventh place. Monbulk needs those points. Monbulk 2 played away against Pakenham. And although the Monbulk bowlers got to play under the roof, out of the sun, they still reported that it was very hot and sticky. Pakenham is on top of the ladder, with only two losses for the season. Peter Lee’s team won seven ends including a 3 and a 5, but in between, Pakenham took some big scores and kept up the pressure. Monbulk lost the rink 15 shots to 37. Tim Stapleton’s team won a 4 on the first end, then dropped a 5 on the second. So, from the start, all the bowlers could see it was going to be a hard-fought game. Monbulk led by 2 shots at the halfway mark, then stretched the lead to 5 shots with just four ends to go. Then, in a strong run to the finish, Monbulk picked up 10 shots to win the rink 32 shots to 17. Alan Hamilton’s team had a struggle all day, one of the hardest matches for the season. They could only get hold of the mat four times, five if you count the toss. One positive was that Monbulk only dropped two clangers – they were able to contain the other losses to minor scores. Monbulk lost the rink 7 shots to 27. Overall Monbulk lost the round 62 shots to 102 with one rink up. Yes, it was a thumping, but Monbulk is still third on the ladder, close

to second. Next week Monbulk plays at home against Cranbourne who are nipping at the heels in fourth place. Monbulk 3 travelled to Yarra Glen to play against their second side. Matches were played on a new synthetic green with a lot of sand still on the surface. Yarra Glen is second on the ladder with only two losses for the season. Monbulk wasn’t able to worry them in this round. Mike Harris’ team won six ends, but the losses were many, and many of those were clangers. Monbulk lost the rink 8 shots to 45. Graeme Seymour’s team led for most of the front half but dropped a couple of 5 shotclangers around the middle of the game and couldn’t recoup those losses. Monbulk lost the rink 15 shots to 22. Bruce Cockerill’s team suffered a shocker this round. Bruce happens to be the highestranked Monbulk player in this section – out of all the 161 players from all the sides, he is ranked 14th. Unfortunately, in this round, his team came up against the Yarra Glen skip, Geoff Rowe, the number one player in the section. Monbulk was able to win only three ends, while Yarra Glen feasted. Monbulk lost the rink 5 shots to 51. Overall Monbulk lost 28 shots to 118, with no rinks getting over the line. Yes, it was a thumping. It wasn’t Monbulk’s day. And Yarra Glen was too good. Monbulk is now fifth on the ladder, but still within one good win of a topfour spot. If they can break back into the top four and get a foot in the finals, anything can happen. Next week Monbulk has the bye, so no points on offer, but the run home after that will be against sides that are absolutely beatable.

Jim Anderson using a mechanical bowling arm. Picture: SUPPLIED

Monbulk bowlers play Bayswater to hold onto top spot By Jack Rollings The temperature was the high twenties, not much wind about. You needed to be sun smart, but still, a pretty good day for bowls. Monbulk 1 played away against Bayswater 1. The green was a sand-filled synthetic, very wide and quite fast but not as fast as Monbulk’s. Even though they are sitting sixth on the ladder, on their home ground, Bayswater is always hard to beat. Yesterday was no exception. Jim Bras’ team had a close tussle for the first few ends. Then, just before the tea break, they picked up a 4 and a 3, to take a 6-shot lead. In the back half Bayswater collected a few wins but Monbulk was always able to win the mat before Bayswater could draw level. Monbulk maintained the 6-shot margin and won the rink 22 shots to 16. Brian Smith’s team won more ends than Bayswater and stayed in front for most of the match, including good pickups of a 3 and a 4 in the front half. But along the way, they also dropped a 5, and then in sight of the finish line, they dropped two 4s to give up the lead. With one end to go, Monbulk needed a 3 to win but unfortunately dropped a 2 to lose the rink 20 shots to 24. Eric Markham’s team struggled to make an impact on the scoreboard, with their first win coming on the sixth end. After the tea break, the Monbulk team was able to win as many ends as Bayswater and reduce the margin slightly, until the last end when they gave up a 3-shot clanger to lose the rink 13 shots to 24. Karen Rice’s team also started slowly and also, not by choice, put off making a score until the sixth end, when Bayswater already had 9 shots. The Monbulk players then started working out the green and, by the halfway mark, had reduced the margin to 5 shots. After the break, the game changed completely. Monbulk took the lead on the thirteenth end, and from there to the finish, they led by 1 shot, then Bayswater drew level. Repeated four times. On the last end, Bayswater just managed to convert the head to again claim a single shot and force the rink draw at 16 shots all. Overall Monbulk lost 71 shots to 80, with one and a half rinks up. Monbulk has now lost the top position on the ladder to Lilydale but still remains in a strong second place. Next Saturday Monbulk will host Healesville

Carole Wight bowls for Monbulk. who are in seventh place. Monbulk needs the win and they need every percentage point they can collect. Monbulk 2 played at home against Ferntree Gully. Klaus Eisele’s team had a close front half until, just before the break, when they picked up a big beautiful 6 shotter. Monbulk came out even stronger in the back half and dropped only three more ends for the day. Their wins towards the finish were not flashy, just singles and doubles, but they kept winning the mat and keeping Ferntree Gully away from the scoreboard. Monbulk won the rink 24 shots to 13. Peter Lee’s team had a close game all day

Picture: SUPPLIED with the lead changing several times. With three ends to go, the scores were locked at 15 shots all. And that’s when Ferntree Gully pulled out all the stops and claimed all three ends to take the win. Monbulk lost 15 shots to 19. Alan Hamilton’s team won a similar number of ends as their opponents, but the losses included three 3s. With four ends to go, and trailing by eleven shots, Monbulk staged a comeback, winning all four ends for 9 shots and coming very close to a win. Monbulk just lost the rink 16 shots to 18. Mike Harris’ team won nine ends including five doubles, but they did drop a 5 shot clanger in the front half, to give up the lead,

and they could never quite recover from there. Ferntree Gully won seven ends in the back half and Monbulk did well to contain those losses to minor scores. Monbulk lost the rink 14 shots to 18. And how good did that composite board look! Overall Monbulk won 69 shots to 68 with just one rink up against a good, middle of the ladder side. Monbulk is still third on the ladder, a fair distance from first or second, and less than a game’s win above fourth and fifth, and those lower sides are ready to pounce. Next week Monbulk plays away to Upwey-Tecoma 3 who are yet to register a win this season. No excuses, Monbulk must win this one. Cockatoo-Monbulk played at Cockatoo against Mooroolbark 7. Mark Coulter’s team trailed throughout the front half but levelled on the thirteenth end and then took the lead for the rest of the day. They finished with some good 3 shotter wins to build a decent margin and win the rink 22 shots to 13. Alan Brooke’s team led for most of the day, only dropping eight ends. Two of the losses were clangers – a 4 and a 6, and that stopped any thought of a blowout win. They still managed a strong win on the rink 24 shots to 19. Mark Blythman’s team won the first five ends for 10 shots before Mooroolbark scored. Then just before the break, the team dropped a 6-shot clanger, to let Mooroolbark back into the game. The teams then traded wins until the nineteenth end when Mooroolbark claimed a 4-shotter to get within 2 shots of the lead. Mark’s team then won the last two ends to take the rink 23 shots to 17. Anthony Young’s team only dropped seven ends, with nothing worse than a double. The wins included a 3 and two 4s. Three times they won four ends in a row. They grew their margin steadily and took the rink 26 shots to 8. Overall Cockatoo-Monbulk won 95 shots to 57 with all four rinks up. It was a very strong win. They are now second on the ladder in a crowded top four. Next week they play away at Eastwood Golf Bowls Club, who are sitting on the bottom of the ladder with no wins. It has been a steady climb up the ladder for the combined side. It is a reasonable ambition for them to target the top spot by the end of the season. Tuesday, 24 January, 2023



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