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Soccer plan kicks off By Esther Lauaki and Laura Michell Salesian College has been proposed as a site for a major regional soccer facility for the Hume and Macedon Ranges areas, according to the sport’s state governing body. Football Federation Victoria recently released its Football Facilities Strategy, outlining the sport’s infrastructure requirements until 2026. The strategy suggested upgrading the Rupertswood pitch, among five other possible north-west metropolitan locations including Moonee Ponds, Strathmore, Ascot Vale and Coburg, to meet increasing demand for competition-standard pitches in the next eight years. In the report, Salesian College was put forward as a possible site for a major regional venue because of its proximity to the northern suburbs, Melton as well as the Macedon Ranges.

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For lovers of gardens Specialist plant growers and artisan tool-makers will share their knowledge during the upcoming garden lovers fair at one of Mount Macedon’s most famous estates. Up to 1000 people are expected to attend Mount Macedon Horticultural Society’s two-day annual event at heritage-listed Bolobek on October 6 and 7. Gardening experts, including Stephen Ryan, of Dicksonia Rare Plants, author of eight gardening books Penny Woodward and succulents enthusiast Attila Kapitany will share tricks of the trade and insights during a series of gardening Q&A sessions. First held in 2002, the former plant lovers market has been expanded to include children’s activities, local wines, homemade food and coffee. Bolobek’s Brigid Robertson said there will be something for all at this year’s event in the “green heart” of the ranges. ‘‘People will be able to wander through the property, which includes about 2.5 hectares of garden and 2.5 hectares of parkland,’’ Ms Robertson said. ‘‘We’re making it a real day out. And spring has definitely sprung. The camellias are coming out and things are really greening up.’’ Bolobek is at 370 Mount Macedon Road, Macedon. Entry: $12, or $20 weekend entry. Children enter for free. Details: www.gardenloversfair.com.au

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“FFV has researched existing and potential regional venues with a geographical spread which could enhance player pathways, competition depth and service the elite level of the game,” the strategy stated. It stated that the existing regional venues that service all levels of the game, from junior development to representative teams, are of varying quality and are often “not the focus or priority of local councils”. According to the FFV, there needs to be a program to increase the number of regional venues and improve the quality of facilities. There are 2406 players in Hume and that number is expected to grow to 3900 by 2026. Hume council corporate services director Daryl Whitfort said the council was working to address the growth of soccer in Hume. He said the council had opened five pitches this financial year and would have two more pitches available in early 2019. Meanwhile, the Macedon Ranges, home to 517 registered soccer players, would require one more pitch to cater to at least 620 players that are projected to register in the next eight years. The FFV wants lighting upgrades for Macedon Ranges venues and drainage installed at Dixon Field in Gisborne and drainage and lighting at Barkly Square in Kyneton.

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Rotting corpses under scrutiny By Esther Lauaki Macedon Ranges council is investigating a Romsey property where up to 100 dead horses were left in the paddocks to rot. The RSPCA and Racing Victoria are both part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recent gruesome discovery of carcasses of mixed breeds and ages. Council confirmed the investigation in a statement, saying complaints had been made over fears the dead animals could contaminate

the land and nearby waterways. “Council, the RSPCA and Racing Victoria have been conducting an investigation at a property north of Romsey following a complaint to council,” the statement read. “Between 75 and 100 dead horses of various breeds were found on a property north of Romsey in various states of decomposition. “The investigation is ongoing, but it appears none of the horses died on the property – we believe they all were dead stock which had been euthanased by their owners or veterinarians

and brought to the property for disposal.” Building materials and other rubbish were also found on the site. The council is investigating whether the owner breached any planning laws. An RSPCA Victoria spokeswoman told Star Weekly it appeared the horses were euthanased via humane means by their owners or vets elsewhere before being disposed of at the property and there was no evidence of animal cruelty. Racing Victoria issued a statement last

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There’s some rock-solid plans for Hanging Rock. Macedon Ranges council last week adopted the Hanging Rock Strategic Plan to guide management of the site for the next 50 years. The plan outlines more involvement for traditional owner groups. It is subject to the state government agreeing to work with the council on how the plan will be implemented, discussing the ownership of the council-owned east paddock and funding $375,000 for maintenance. Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the plan offered protection for the site. “We have worked and consulted with the community on coming up with a list of priorities … it came to the point we need a higher level document,” Cr Anderson told a recent council meeting. “As it stands, the only income at Hanging Rock is gate fees, so we need to formulate our priorities.” Macedon Ranges council also plans to hold workshops, involving members of the Hanging Rock Action Group and other stakeholders, to identify time frames for projects in the reserve. Friends of Hanging Rock member Luke Spielvogel said the group was excited about the strategic plan. “We’re pleased that discussions regarding the future ownership of the east paddock have been initiated,” Mr Spielvogel said. “Friends of Hanging Rock have long advocated for ‘One Rock’, as a single precinct, enjoying common ownership.” Details: mrsc.vic.gov.au/minutes

Sunbury Neighbourhood is celebrating Go green for aKitchen chance to win five years of serving more than 170 guests every Monday night by “paying it forward”. The community is invited to the charity’s major annual Pay It Forward fundraising event on September 24 to have a meal and experience the passionate work of volunteers who dedicate one night a week to feeding people who are doing it tough. Entertainment on the night includes local musicians Marty Rose, Pip Joyce, Ken Murdoch and Cameron Williams. Organiser Marianne Williams said the $40 fee for the event will go towards funding at least 10 meals for a single guest who accesses the Sunbury Neighbourhood Kitchen. She said last year’s Pay It Forward event raised enougha funds to serve meals to 150 session Attend community drop-in guests for 20 Mondays. on of Hanging Rock “Let’sthe rallyfuture as a community and beat that record this year,” Ms Williams said. Donations of items to be auctioned off on the evening can be made to the Sunbury Neighbourhood Kitchen. The Sunbury Neighbourhood Kitchen is a non-profit organisation aimed at providing nutritional meals to those in need. Tickets: trybooking.com/XUKD Esther Lauaki

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Sunbury College students have had a crash course in being entrepreneurs. Year 10s Hayley, Ellie and John were among dozens of students tasked with refreshing Hume council’s Multiversity further education program as part of the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, which involved students across six schools. Supervising teacher Chris Fellows said students learned about a broad range of business topics, including strategic planning, finance, marketing and pitching ideas. “The kids had to develop a business plan to reinvigorate the Hume Multiversity initiative,” Mr Fellows said. “They were asked to design a model to see how could we make it more successful.

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Macedon Ranges council environment team and Sacred Heart College Kyneton will develop a nest box monitoring program aimed at finding feather-tailed gliders across Macedon and Mt Macedon. The glider is the world’s smallest gliding possum and there has been fewer than 20 official records of the species in the Macedon Ranges. Students will monitor the nest boxes and all findings will be entered in the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas. FOR BREAKING NEWS, VISIT Web: starweekly.com.au Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Star Weekly @star_weekly

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Ranges ringed by protection By Esther Lauaki Tighter planning regulations will be put in place to protect the historic Macedon Ranges from over-development. Planning Minister Richard Wynne last week declared the region a ‘distinctive area’ under the Planning and Environment Amendment Act – meaning it will be covered by the highest level of planning controls to protect its environment and cultural treasures. The change in status follows a consultation report on the draft Macedon Ranges localised

planning statement, conducted earlier this year, which received 207 written submissions and 134 online survey responses. The controls will protect Hanging Rock, Mt Macedon, the Wombat State Forest and Mt William and the Stone Axe Quarry from urban encroachment. Mr Wynne said that settlement boundaries around townships, including Gisborne, Kyneton, Romsey, Riddells Creek, Lancefield and Woodend, are still to be finalised to keep sprawl into natural landscapes at bay. The boundaries, once established, can only

be altered with the approval of both houses of the Victorian Parliament. “The rich landscape of the Macedon Ranges includes some of Victoria’s most historic townships and beautiful areas and will now be protected by the highest level of planning protection,” Mr Wynne said. “We’re delighted to be protecting areas beloved by all Victorians, including the Wombat State Forest, Lerderderg State Park and Hanging Rock. “The government will continue to work closely with community, the Macedon Ranges council, traditional owners and key

stakeholders to ensure that policy reflects the community’s vision for the future of the Macedon Ranges.” Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas told Star Weekly it was important to recognise the “extreme state significance” of the Ranges. “We’re protecting the charm and beauty of the Macedon Ranges from over-development for generations to come,” Ms Thomas said. “Local residents know and understand this unique area better than anyone and they’ve been at the forefront of shaping the final planning statement.”

Turning over a new leaf Macedon Ranges landowners are being encouraged to turn their properties into native forests. Volunteers planted 3000 trees in Newham in recent weeks to revegetate a property now dubbed the New Forest as part of an initiative run by not-for-profit environmental group Greenfleet. The saplings are overlooked by Hanging Rock, and will grow into a native forest to capture carbon emissions and protect the climate. Landowner Kate Warne said the new trees would be enjoyed by their family for years to come. They will also improve soil quality and provide habitat for local wildlife and protection from the weather for the property which farms cows and sheep. “We are so excited to revegetate our land – not only to help the climate, but also to create

a better environment for our kids,” Ms Warne said. “We want them to grow up experiencing the wonder of a native forest. “For us, it made complete sense to plant on our property.” Greenfleet chief executive Wayne Wescott called on other landowners to join the movement. “Everybody wins. For landowners, their land is revitalised and the trees and planting are funded by supporter donations,” Mr Wescott said. Details: www.greenfleet.org.au Esther Lauaki

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Council meeting to consider Localised Planning Statement A Special Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 13 September to consider the Victorian Government Localised Planning Statement for Macedon Ranges Shire. The localised planning statement, now known as the Macedon Ranges Statement of Planning Policy (SPP), recognises the importance of Macedon Ranges Shire as a distinctive area and landscape to the local and Victorian community and puts in place long-term settlement boundaries. For details, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/agendas or call 5422 0333.

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Get your body moving in Term 4 Enrol now for a variety of new sports programs including basketball, netball and exercise classes, kicking off at Council’s sports stadiums in Term 4. To find out more, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/leisure or drop in to your local centre today.

Shape the future of Gisborne Council is working on a major project that will set an updated strategic direction to guide future planning and development of the town and town centre. Come along to one of the following community information sessions from 10am to 1pm in the Gisborne Village Shopping Centre (near the food court area) to find out more: • Saturday 22 September • Wednesday 26 September For more information, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/gisborne-futures or call 5421 9502.

The transformation of the 150-year-old Romsey Primary School site into a medical centre and ecotherapy park has been nine years in the making. Cobaw Community Health Service and the Greater Romsey All-Abilities Park group have worked with Macedon Ranges council on the nature-based health and wellbeing park. Stage two of the Romsey Ecotherapy Park project was completed in recent weeks and includes an active nature space with a 40-metre flying fox, balancing logs, basket swing, and a cubby built around a historic oak tree. A medical centre opened in July in the main building. Park committee member Jenny Stillman said that the park was designed to provide sensory

therapies through engagement with nature and was a community-led initiative aimed at building an accessible passive recreation space for locals and visitors. “There are spaces that have got really significant health and wellbeing purpose behind them,” Ms Stillman said. “This is not just a community park, it’s really important for Romsey in an economic development and visitor economy perspective.” But she said more is needed for the final stage of the development which will include a sensory therapeutic garden, ephemeral billabong and water play area, and an arts and cultural space for art installations and performances. Esther Lauaki

Events Take a journey with Hell Ship Comedian and actor Michael Veitch stars in this remarkable story of endurance and survival from Australia’s maritime history. When: Friday 21 September, 7.30pm Where: Kyneton Town Hall, 129 Mollison Street Book: mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets or call 1300 888 802 Join the school holiday fun

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Fire school’s election upgrade By Esther Lauaki A New Gisborne school that was badly damaged by fire could be in line for a $3.1 million upgrade, if the state government is re-elected in November. The upgrade to New Gisborne Primary School, announced last week, would include new classrooms, a new music room and improvements to the oval and outdoor spaces. School principal Andy Kozak said that students, families and staff were devastated

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after fire gutted the school’s art room in 2011. Mr Kozak welcomed the upgrade saying that, while the art room was rebuilt last year, there is still more to be done. Premier Daniel Andrews said a bigger art room with an extra area for outdoor art classes

is also included in the upgrade plans for the school as well as installation of solar panels. “We’ve already built a great new art room for kids at New Gisborne Primary School but there’s more to do … to deliver the state-of-the-art facilities students and staff need to achieve their best,” Mr Andrews said on a visit to the school last week. Meanwhile, nearby Gisborne Primary School is one of nine Victorian schools that will get new double-storey classrooms to meet growing student enrolment as part of the

education department’s building program. Nine modern double-storey classrooms will be installed at Gisborne Primary School by early next year. Education Minister James Merlino said that the classrooms would provide a cost-effective, fast and flexible option to respond to the growing needs of local schools. “We’re delivering modern, multi-storey classrooms because we know that quality infrastructure gives our students and teachers the learning environment they need.”

Farming out new ideas Melissa Connors admits she was in over her head when she moved from Melbourne to Kyneton nearly a decade ago. Her family moved to a four-hectare property and bought six Angus steers – but by winter, feed had run out and the cattle had charged through the fences. Ms Connors launched a community project called This Farm Needs a Farmer in 2015 to link retired farmers with tree changers and anyone else new to the agriculture sector to share knowledge and to network and connect. She was last week named Victoria AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award winner for her idea and won a grant to expand her project by organising more face-to-face events. “We didn’t know what we had taken on,” Ms Connors said of their move to Kyneton. She said her idea was sparked after an encounter with her neighbour Noel Jenner, a retired farmer. “The older generation will never butt in

and tell you what you are doing wrong,” Ms Connors said. “Noel walked past our property for three years and didn’t say a thing. “A lot of knowledge about managing farms and agri-businesses is buried in our cemeteries and I knew we could be better harnessing this knowledge and encouraging this generation to share their tips.” An upcoming chook workshop will teach novice farmers how to properly set up coops and keep their chickens healthy. Future sessions will provide advice on fencing and livestock. Ms Connors will represent Victoria at the national awards night in October. Esther Lauaki

Melissa Connors has won the Victoria AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. (Supplied)

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MY PLACE Danny Attard’s roots in Scouting run deep. The Sunbury Scout leader chats to Esther Lauaki about his nearly 30 years service. What is your connection to Sunbury?

What’s kept you in Scouting for so long?

I’m a resident of Sunbury, I went to boarding school at Salesian College in ’78 and ’79. I’ve known Sunbury for quite a long time.

Scouting is all about the youth, and families certainly have a part to play. All the better for groups when families are involved … it’s very important. For me, it was an activity that I could do with my three sons. It’s an outdoor activity, or it can be indoors and there is a wide variety of things that you can do. The scope is endless. Why not do something that you love with your own children and take others along for the ride as well?

I’ve lived here since 1990, so 28 years. What are you passionate about? Scouting and being part of the community. I’m a Cub Scout leader at the 3rd Sunbury Scout Group. What brought you to Scouting? Scouting started for me in 1970. My two older brothers were Cub Scouts in Strathmore, my father was a Scout back in Malta – he was a Scout master – it was a natural progression. I never left, even when I was at boarding school, I would come back to the troop. How long have you served in Scouts and what were your roles? I started in Cubs and moved through the ranks at the group in Strathmore, up to Venturers at about 17 … eventually became a leader and took on a role as chairman of the board of management for the Rowallan Scout Camp in Riddells Creek. I’ve always been doing something in Scouting. I started at Sunbury in about 2003 when my eldest son turned eight and I took on a uniformed role again as a leader so that I could be there for him.

What is the best thing about Sunbury/ Macedon Ranges? Sunbury … is a terrific location for its history, and parklands. Especially around Jacksons Creek. We do love the Macedon Ranges also … for example Mt Macedon at the top where the memorial cross is. It’s somewhere we have spent a lot of Anzac dawn services. Are there any events coming up in Scouting? The Hume Scout district is organising for a contingent to travel to Canberra for the 100th anniversary of Armistice of the Great Wall on November 9. What would people be surprised to know about you? Not a lot. Most people in my community know that I’m a passionate (and long-suffering until last year) Richmond Football Club supporter. I also like going to Bathurst for the Bathurst 1000 regularly.

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of Empire. The exhibition will run until Sunday, September 16. The museum is at 67 Piper Street and is open Friday to Sunday from 11am-4pm. ■ www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/museum

The St Andrews Uniting Church is having a Biggest Morning Tea, 10.30am on Sunday, September 16. Have a cuppa and raise money for the Cancer Council. ■ Carol, 0427 993 795

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Written and performed by Michael Veitch, Hell Ship – The Journey of the Ticonderoga portrays one of the most dramatic yet now forgotten chapters of Australia’s early maritime history. On Friday, September 21, from 7.30pm at Kyneton Town Hall. ■ 1300 888 802

Students and staff from this year’s Complete Flute residential course will present a concert at Jubilee Hall on September 27 starting at 7pm. The concert will feature performances by Leone Buyse, former principal flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Macleod, principal piccolo at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. ■ www.thecompleteflute.com.au (iStock)

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Meet a firey

The Sunbury Fire Brigade invites members of the community to visit their local station, participate in a few child-friendly activities and grab a quick bite to eat while saying g’day to the members of the brigade. The community event is on September 30 between 10am and 3pm.

Woodend car boot sale

The inaugural Woodend car boot sale will be held on Saturday, October 6, from 9am-noon across the creek from the monthly farmers market. Clear out your shed and cupboards to make some money. Free spots are being offered to community groups. There will be a free busker’s spot for local musicians or music students. ■ trybooking.com/402806

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Immunisation time

Join Victorian National Parks Association’s Caitlin Griffith for a chance for primary school-aged children to try out being wildlife biologists. Caitlin will be holding a nature workshop for kids at the Woodend library on October 4 between 10am and 11am. ■ 5421 9660

Night light

Light the Night is returning to Sunbury on Friday, October 5. Show support once again for those diagnosed with blood cancer and their families and raise some funds for the Leukaemia Foundation ■ 0417 714 613

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The Sunbury Wellness Support group

meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Sunbury Neighbourhood House from 7-8.30pm. The support group is open to all people with mental illness. ■ 9740 6978

Women of war

The Woodend village market is on again. It will run from 9am-2pm on Saturday, September 16, at Woodend Community Centre, corner of High and Forest streets.

Discover the stories of women who returned from serving in the First World War through the Kyneton Museum exhibition, Women

Immunisation sessions are held in Gisborne, Kyneton and Woodend on the first Thursday of the month. Sessions are also held in Riddells Creek and Romsey on the third Tuesday of the month. The next session is on September 18 from 11.30am-12.15pm. ■ www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/immunisations

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Macedon Ranges theatre ensemble Company 13, brings a family-friendly take on an old classic with wit and humour. Macdeth will be performed at Kyneton Town Hall on October 1. ■ 1300 888 802

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Meet Isuru Madusanka and Chiran Hemadasa – heroes of Melbourne food and restaurants. Not just the western suburbs, and not only in the cheap eats field. Though they are both of those, too. No – what they are doing at their fine establishment, Fusion Ceylon, warrants acclamation beyond any geographical or price restrictions. CTS has been a fan of the place since its doors opened a few years back. But there’s no doubt – based on the visits being used to compile this story – that the Fusion Ceylon crew has lifted its game; a lot. The food is cooked with flair and imagination, and presented beautifully, all the while fully retaining its funky Sri Lankan/Asian soul. And as the use of the word “fusion” in its title hints, there’s a lot of wok cooking going on here. That means wait times will rarely stretch beyond 15 minutes. Prices are ridiculously low. Much – but by no means all – of the fun and games is to be found on the regularly changing specials list. Singaporean chilli crab with egg fried rice and vegetable chop suey is a dream. The superb rice is fab, fluffy and freshly prepared. The simple vegetables on the side are very good. The shellfish component consists of three blue swimmer crabs. Even with that number, the amount of your actual crab meat to be had is modest – and getting at it is messy, sticky

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Glenwood Stud, a property of about 28 hectares between Woodend and Lancefield, is beautifully set up for horses and other animals. The large complex has five stables, kitchen, feed room, holding area and breezeway; three shelters; four-bay machinery shed; cattle yards; and good fencing. Five dams, abundant tank water and rich soil are also here. The well-built house has three bedrooms, the main with walk-in robe and en suite. The main bathroom is freshly updated, while a study could be a fourth bedroom. A large carpeted lounge room, with wood heater, offers rural vistas; and a spacious slate-floored family-meals area incorporates a timber kitchen with dishwasher and new 900mm cooker. A wraparound verandah is a great bonus, while the double garage has an office. Hesket Primary School is 10 minutes away.

Clowes Run, a c1860 cottage, has many original details intact, such as baltic pine floorboards showing the patina of age, boarded ceilings and walls and a brick fireplace. Entry under the original verandah (check out the shingled ceiling) is to a lounge room with a wood heater and colonial windows dressed in roman blinds. Other living areas include an adjoining study, meals zone, sunroom and a carpeted living room right at the back. The kitchen has an angled ceiling and a cooker set within the chimney space. Of three bedrooms, two have robes; they all share a large bathroom with clawfoot tub and there’s a second toilet off the laundry. Other features include updated wiring, 5kW solar system, town services, sheds, aviaries, chicken and dog runs, workshop, double carport and double garage and a 12-metre shipping container with verandah. A primary school is close by.

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Close to schools, transport, shops and Calder Freeway entry, this appealing house spanning two blocks measuring about 905 square metres has the layout and colour palette today’s families value. The grey-carpeted main bedroom, off the entry way and opposite an open study, has a walk-in robe and sleek en suite with bowl basin. Three more share a rear hallway with main bathroom, laundry and french-door linen closet. An open lounge room – with a pair of great picture windows – couples with an expansive light-filled family-meals space to easily provide for spread-out and hang-together times. The kitchen, with stone-topped island bench for four, has charcoal cabinetry and all mod-cons. A covered deck provides relaxation space and there’s a good-sized lawn for kids and pets. There’s side access for van or boat and the double garage has extra space.

North-facing and solid brick, this two-bedroom unit will pique the interest of first-time buyers, investors and retirees. It’s just two blocks from the town centre and close to the station, schools, churches and most community services. Newly carpeted, the residence has a living area under a soaring ceiling with clerestory windows admitting streams of light. The adjoining kitchen has good bench space and an electric side-by-side cooker. The carpeted and fitted bedrooms are along a hallway which they share with a bathroom/ European laundry arrangement with enclosed toilet. It has a small courtyard at the back and a shared carport space. Currently vacant, the unit faces a spacious lawn area and Five Mile Creek Reserve. This is the kind of place that would respond beautifully to a revamp, although it’s fine as is.

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Price: $650,000

This rare and wonderful Georgian Colonial house built in 1870 has been carefully restored, with all the period details intact. Named Cluain Meala (Gaelic for “Honey Meadow”), the house is a dreamy one, with charm oozing from every nook and cranny – but with an eye for today’s demands, executed sympathetically. Beyond a verandah that wraps three sides, entry is to a hallway where the same period features as throughout are first revealed: 3.6-metre pressed metal ceilings with ornate cornices, pressed metal dado panels, deep skirts and wide Baltic floorboards. The sash windows still have

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their original hand-rolled glass and doors with original fittings are still in place. Two fitted bedrooms, with fireplaces and mantelpieces, flank the entry hall. Windows, as all through, are dressed in French drapes with Laura Ashley fabric. A glass-panelled door then ushers in the lounge room, which has a cast-iron Heatmaster fireplace (with mantelpiece) that dramatically increases efficiency while still looking just right. There’s also a French chandelier adding its blingy drama. A dining room/library next door has another fireplace which is flanked by bookshelves. A door opens from here to

the west-facing verandah which looks out to dense gardens, planted with roses and many bulbs – and there’s a water fountain. At the back, flanking a step-down vestibule, are the bathroom and kitchen. The large bathroom has a claw-foot tub, heated towel rails, a modern vanity and shower and concealed laundry. Travertine tiles line the floor, as they do in the kitchen. The kitchen-diner, with two cast-iron chandeliers, has a walk-in pantry, a glorious Aga gas range, a butler’s sink, travertine benches, cabinetry with recycled porcelain handles and a gorgeous leadlight casement window. A door opens from the kitchen

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“ The Aspy” - Business only ❙ Cafe/Coff f ee Shop in the heart of the township of Lancefield ff ❙ Great country charm and character awaits a new owner ❙ Currently off f ering a range of vegan dishes as well as non-vegan food ff ❙ Popular for breakfast, morning / aft f ernoon tea, lunch and the once a ft month curry night ❙ Continue with current menu & hours or expand, the choice is yours. ❙ A wonderful “walk in, walk out” opportunity is here

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“Business for Sale” - Quality Butcher ❙ As new band saw, As new mincer ❙ Tw T o excellent display cabinets ❙ Large rear preparation area in spotless condition ❙ Lease is until 30 June 2019 ❙ Option for two further terms of a two year lease ❙ Side access/ parking / surrounded by busy local traders ❙ Rental at $440 per week inclusive of GST

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Exceptionally high quality residence in a terrific location, only a short walk to Woodend village, cafes & train station. 4 spacious bedrooms, main with WIR and en-suite, family bathroom with separate powder room and basin, study/ fifth bedroom with bespoke timber cabinetry. Timber flooring, 10’ceilings, connected to NBN, double garage and high quality finishes throughout.

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Reserve Price $1,250,000

Golden Opportunity to Purchase a Stunning 88 Acre (35 Ha) Farm Original late 1800's cottage set within an established garden. Beautifully elevated land with excellent soils, sensational long views and a stunning vista to Mount Crystal and Camels Hump. Opportunity exists to restore the cottage or to build a new home (STCA) on a number of outstanding sites which take in lovely views as far as the eye can see.

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After a nervous couple of weeks, Gisborne can finally celebrate earning promotion from Football Federation Victoria state league 5 west. Gisborne didn’t played the last two rounds, firstly due to Kensington City pulling out of the competition and then a bye – so they needed results to go their way. Keilor Wolves needed to win their final two games by a combined 16 goals to overtake Gisborne. While they got a win in the first game, they drew 3-3 with Melton Phoenix on Saturday, ensuring Gisborne finished second and earned promotion. In state league 3 north-west, Sunbury United finished the season fifth, finishing with a 4-1 loss to Sebastopol Vikings. For more on Gisborne earning promotion, go to starweekly.com.au/sports. FOR MORE SPORT, VISIT Web: starweekly.com.au Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Star Weekly @starweeklysport @star_weekly Rhys Magin was one of Kyneton’s best in a disappointing day. (Shawn Smits)

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Kyneton has exited the finals in straight sets on the back of consecutive 100-point losses in the Bendigo Football League. The Tigers hoped the double chance they secured for the first time since 1999 would lead to some finals wins. But after a disappointing first-up final against Eaglehawk the previous week, the Tigers didn’t do any better on Sunday against Sandhurst. The Tigers went goalless in the first quarter and trailed by 37 points at the first break. While they managed to get on the scoreboard in the second quarter, the margin increased to 45 points. Things went from bad to worse for the Tigers from there. The margin was out to 73 points at the last break, before a six goal-to-two final quarter put the gap beyond 100 points, the Dragons winning 24.9 (153)-6.13 (49). Fintan Brazil was the only target up forward for Kyneton, kicking four of the Tigers’ six goals. Experienced midfielders Rhys Magin and Josh Govan were named the Tigers’ best, but they had little support. The loss was compounded with injuries to Max O’Sullivan and Dan Davie. The result puts Kyneton into the record books for the wrong reason – it’s the first team to lose two straight Bendigo Football League finals by 100 points. In the preliminary final, Sandhurst will play Strathfieldsaye, which was upset by Eaglehawk 16.9 (105)-9.11 (65). Kyneton’s A-reserve netball team remains alive after defeating Gisborne by one goal in a semi-final on Sunday. The Tigers will play Sandhurst for a spot in the grand final against Kangaroo Flat.

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Wilson doubles down for end-of-year netball honours Star Macedon goaler Chloe Wilson had a week many people could only dream of, claiming not one, but two league best and fairests in the space of four days. Wilson was named the Victorian Netball League division 1 most valuable player at the start of the week. She was also named in the division 1 team of the year. Then on Wednesday night she won the Ryan Medal, the Riddell District Football Netball League’s top netball honour. Wilson said both awards were so unexpected she did not have a speech prepared for either honour. In the Ryan Medal, Wilson was eight votes clear after 10 rounds and she sealed the win with two rounds to go. She finished on 29 votes, eight clear of Rockbank’s Rianne Vining. “I have been consistently shooting goals, but there is so many good players in other teams and I thought for sure players from my team

would take votes off me,” she said. “I was six or seven votes up with two rounds to go, I was like ‘OMG this can’t be happening’.” Wilson shot the highest number of goals this year in the A-grade competition with 556 goals in 18 games. Only Rupertswood’s Hannah Keane, who plays both under-19s and B-grade, shot more goals across all divisions. Wilson was quick to praise her teammates. “It’s been really good, but I’ve got girls around me who can feed me so damn well, it’s a credit to them too,” Wilson said. “It’s a team award.” The Cats will this week face Romsey in the grand final. Wilson was named in the team of the year along with four of her Macedon teammates. Katie Clarke, Janelle Birch and Caitlyn Alifraco were named in the starting seven alongside Wilson. Tayissa Coppinger was named on the bench.

Others in the team of the year were Stefanie Symes, Prue Stanley, Rebecca Hicks, Rebecca Morabito, Lauren Close and Rebecca Colwell. Chris Cameron was named coach of the year, while Hicks was named the Western Water player of the year, voted by the coaches. Wallan’s Jesse Davies won the Bowen Medal, for the league’s top footballer, finishing on 27 votes, three votes clear of Rupertswood’s Brent Swallow. Davies also won the Ontime Delivery Solutions Player of the Year. Riddell’s Jamie Elliott was named coach of the year. For more on the RDFNL’s awards night, go to www.starweekly.com.au/sports. Tara Murray Chloe Wilson won the Ryan Medal. (Damian Visentini)

Redbacks fan flag fever By Tara Murray Romsey is eyeing back-to-back Riddell District Netball League premierships after nailing a grand final berth with a solid win against Rockbank. Facing the surprise packet of the finals, the Redbacks were able to inflict damage early to end the Rams’ finals run. Having established a lead in the first half, the Redbacks were able to hold strong for the rest of the game, winning 52-41. Redbacks coach Luke Marko Rawlings said the players were ecstatic. Not many people would have predicted the Redbacks would be back in the final match of the year, having lost several of last year’s premiership team in the off season. “Everyone was up and about on Saturday,” Marko Rawlings said. “This season has been so good. It’s shown it doesn’t matter who you have – with a little bit of belief, you don’t know what will happen.” The Redbacks set the tone early with a 12-5 first quarter. Marko Rawlings said the good start helped the Redbacks get their game going and dented any momentum the Rams had gained through two upset finals wins. “They had so much momentum from the last couple of weeks, beating Rupertswood and Wallan,” he said. “We had to hit the ball hard and break that momentum – it was a key thing for us, [as] we haven’t started well lately. “In the warm-up everyone was up and about and the talk and intensity was there.” The Redbacks increased the lead to nine goals at half-time. With a solid lead, the Redbacks looked to their bench to give everyone some experience playing in finals. Marko Rawlings said that was something that might come in handy this weekend. Chelsea Ross continued her good form, shooting 38 goals from 39 attempts. She was named the Redbacks’ best, along with Stefanie Symes. Rams goal shooter Rebecca Hicks was named their best. This week’s grand final, against Macedon, will be the Redbacks’ sixth flag decider since 2010. They will be going for their fifth premiership in that time. Marko Rawlings said that record showed the strength of the netball community in Romsey and how it could keep bringing through players to sustain success. Macedon stands in the way of the Redbacks.

Lauren Anglin looks to get a pass off for Romsey. (Damian Visentini)

The Cats are yet to lose a match this season. The Redbacks, though, have gone as close as any, with the Cats winning the semi-final between the two sides by a goal in extra time. Marko Rawlings said they were looking forward to getting another chance.

“They said they didn’t play their best netball last time,” he said. “I say we didn’t let them play their best netball. “Hopefully, a couple more things will go our way and we hopefully get the result.”

Grand thrills as Bulldogs upset minor premier Gisborne is the first team through to the Bendigo Netball League grand final. The Bulldogs, who finished the regular season second, upset minor premier Sandhurst for the second time this season on Sunday. This time, though, it earned them a spot in the final match of the year. Bulldogs coach Kim Bailey said they were able to set up the 57-45 win in the first quarter. Bailey said it was good to test themselves against Sandhurst with a full team for the first time this season. “We were up at quarter-time and after that it was pretty even,” she said. “They got back to seven goals in the last quarter, but we got on a run late in the quarter. We played OK and were a little down in a few areas that we need to improve.” After losing the last quarter in their first finals win, Bailey was happy that they were able to finish this game off on a better note. With the game in hand, Bailey said they worked on a few things late, including quick ball movement and scoring quickly off the centre pass that might benefit them in the grand final. Bailey said goal attack Ella Bertachinni was best on court after doing a lot of work up the court. She said Tiana Newman was the other standout. “She ran and ran,” Bailey said. The win means the Bulldogs are through to their first A-grade grand final since 2013. While Bailey is in her first year at the club, she said several of the players had suffered some heartbreak in the past few years after falling just short of the grand final and they were thrilled to return. The Bulldogs will face either Sandhurst or Kangaroo Flat in the grand final. Bailey said whoever they faced, they would have to lift their game to another level to take home the premiership. The Bulldogs’ A-reserve team was knocked out, losing to Kyneton by one goal in a semi-final, but the under-17 team won through to the preliminary final. Tara Murray

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Cats rue missed chances as grand final slips away Close, but not close enough – that was the story for Macedon as it fell just short of a grand final appearance in the Riddell District Football League. The Cats came back from a poor first half against Diggers Rest to hit the front in the last quarter of their preliminary final at Romsey Park. But a couple of Cats mistakes proved costly, with the Burras responding with two goals. The Cats were able to get one back, but ran out of time, with the Burras winning 10.8 (68)-9.12 (66). Cats coach Ben Tankard said that in the end, two factors had cost them a grand final berth. The first was a poor first half. “We had good starts in our two finals, but Diggers Rest addressed that and had a clear plan,” he said. “We panicked and made mistakes. The positive was that we were still in the game at half-time. They could have put the game away.” Tankard gave his players a spray at half-time and, with nothing to lose, took a lot of risks.

Jordan Watkins was moved to the wing and told to focus on attack. Daniel Markworth was moved forward and Jason Cooke was isolated deep in the forward line. Casey Summerfield played all of the second half in the middle. Those changes worked and brought the Cats back into the game. Tankard said they could have found themselves in front in the third quarter but they didn’t make the most of their opportunities – the second area that hurt them. “We couldn’t quite finish the job,” he said. “We dominated the first 10 minutes of the last quarter, but couldn’t convert. “Diggers kicked 3.0 to 3.4 in the last quarter and that was the difference … Diggers had reasonable chances and were able to take them.” Cooke was the leading goalkicker on the ground with three goals. Tankard said Summerfield was the clear standout for the Cats, with Tom Waters, Cooke and Watkins the other good players. Having won the premiership last season,

Tankard viewed the Cats’ season with mixed thoughts. “We started the season well and then had a couple of lulls during the season, which cost us from finishing top three,” he said. “The second half of the season, we were inconsistent through injuries. “While those guys have been out, we’ve played young guys who were on the fringes and brought them along. “It’ll make us a bit better next year and in the long run.” Diggers Rest will face Riddell in the grand final on Sunday at Clarke Oval. For the reaction from Diggers Rest, go to starweekly.com.au/sports. Tara Murray

Macedon’s Tom Waters jumps high against Matthew Krul. (Damian Visentini)

Thunder rolls on for final By Tara Murray A dream has become a reality for East Sunbury in Essendon District Football League division 2. After forming a senior team in 2013 the Thunder has slowly built on that foundation and climbed up the ladder. This year the aim was playing finals for the first time, which they achieved. With that ticked off, the Thunder weren’t content at stopping there. This weekend they will play in their first grand final after defeating the Northern Saints on Saturday. While Thunder coach Glenn Hopkins has not been at the club long, he can see how much it means to not just the players, but everyone at the club. “It’s a wonderful thing,” he said. “The feeling around the rooms was excitement and feeling proud. “We’ve got a good following of supporters. It’s a good boost for the players, to know they are behind them. “We thought if we played the way we knew we could, we could get there.” The Thunder will enter the grand final full of confidence after a massive win against the Saints. After a hot start they never looked in doubt and won 18.13 (121)-7.8 (50). Hopkins said the focus was on being disciplined and doing the right team things. “We got some early goals doing the disciplined things and attacking the ball,” he said. “We were in front all day. We wanted to play the same football at the start and at the end. “It’s what we did all day.” Despite having the game all but sealed up at half-time, Hopkins said they kept their heads in the game and focused on the task at hand. Hopkins said the back six stood strong, including keeping the Saints to three goals in the first three quarters. Brad Bernacki was busy in the middle again, while Kamen Ogilvie kicked four goals moving between the forward line and middle. Jorden Braddy’s excellent form in the ruck continued. The Thunder managed to get through the game injury free, but do have a nervous wait with gun midfielder Tom Cree reported. He will face the tribunal on Tuesday night. Hopkins said they would be doing everything they could to have him playing on Saturday. The Thunder now face Roxburgh Park in the grand final on Saturday at Windy Hill. Both sides will be going for their first senior premiership. The two sides have played three times this season, with the Magpies leading the ledger 2-1.

East Sunbury’s Callum Lever is put under pressure by his Northern Saints opponent. (Shawn Smits)

The last game they played, the Magpies won by one point. Hopkins, who has coached in several grand finals, said they would try and keep things as normal as possible.

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“They’re a big, strong side and well disciplined,” he said of Roxburgh Park. “We’ll try to play our game.” Airport West won the division 1 grand final, defeating Tullamarine 16.11 (107)-13.16 (94).

Fast start Lions back in finals hunt The Sunbury Lions showed some glimpses of their best netball as they got their Ballarat Netball League premiership dreams back on track. After a disappointing first finals performance, the Lions were keen to show why they finished minor premiers against Lake Wendouree. They started well and at half-time looked on track for another preliminary final. The second half they let the foot off the pedal, but still did enough to win 45-43. Lions coach Adam Boldiston said he was happier than the previous week. “The first half we were fantastic,” he said. “We executed in the front half and drilled the ball speed and were getting good stops. “We then went away from it and let them back into the game. “We went away from our ball speed and they got a run on and we failed to halt them. “They got the scores back to level.” The Lions were able to get back in front in the dying minutes. Boldiston said their experience showed through. He said that Ruth Smith was really good in the first half, while Ash Hardy won quite a lot of ball in defence. He said they worked well as a team in the first half. In a plus for the Lions, Tarnee Adams returned from a knee injury. Boldiston kept Renee Hulls in the starting goal shooter position, before making the switch at three-quarter time. “Renee did a great job of setting up Ruth,” he said. “She was opening up the circle. She was a little quieter in the third quarter and we just wanted to get Tarnee some game time. She shot some good goals.” Aila Pera was a bonus inclusion for the side. The Lions now face East Point in a preliminary final. Boldiston has one wish. “If we execute our game like we did in the first half for four full quarters we will be hard to beat.” The Lions top three netball teams will all play in preliminary finals on Saturday, along with the reserves and under-18.5 footballers. Tara Murray


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A new Odyssey unfolds By Alistair Kennedy, Marque Motoring

AT A GLANCE MODEL RANGE

Honda Odyssey has been on sale in Australia since 1995 when the people mover was the vehicle of choice for those needing to transport more than five. For most of that period it’s been a three-way tussle between Odyssey, Toyota Tarago and Kia Carnival, although the SUV phenomenon has taken many sales away from the segment. Honda made a bit of a gamble in its third and fourth generation model by lowering Odyssey’s height to make it look and perform more like a station wagon, but with the arrival of the gen-five model in 2014 it reverted to its previous height of just under 1.7 metres. The MY2018 Odyssey gave it an external facelift, an upgraded interior and improved driver assist technology.

Odyssey VTi 2.4-litre five-door wagon: $37,990 (CVT) Odyssey VTi-L 2.4-litre five-door wagon: $47,590 (CVT) Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Honda dealer for drive-away prices.

Passive features (crash mitigation) are front, side and full-length curtain airbags with whiplash mitigation front seats; and Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering structure.

Driving

Styling

Two variants are offered, VTi and VTi-L, with the L standing for luxury rather than a long wheelbase as used elsewhere. VTi now has the aero front fascia design that was previously only available with higher spec VTi-L. It also has bright chrome surrounds for the new front foglights. Two new paint colours have also been introduced for the MY18 Odyssey – Cobalt Blue Pearlescent and Platinum White Pearlescent.

Interior

Odyssey VTi comes with eight seats while the more luxurious VTi-L has seven. The latter features twin buckets in place of the second-row bench in the VTi. The dashboard-mounted gearshift together with a pull-out storage tray and drink holders opens up the space between the front seats sufficiently to allow access to rear rows of seats.

Honda Odyssey is an attractive spacious and economical people mover. (Supplied)

Conventional access to the rear seats is made easy through powered sliding side doors

Engine / transmission

There is only one powertrain – a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol unit with peak power of 129 kW and top torque of 225 Nm at 4000 rpm. It drives through the front wheels using the greater efficiency of continuously variable transmission (CVT). Fuel consumption is listed at 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres; at 8.2 litres per

100 kilometres, we came reasonably close to during our test. These are impressive figures for a big seven-seater.

Safety

Active safety features (crash prevention) in the Odyssey VTi include ABS brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution; emergency stop signal; stability and traction control; hill start assist; daytime running lights; and tyre deflation warning.

With its large glass areas all round Odyssey has a lovely airy feel inside and provides outstanding exterior visibility. Around town it behaves in a surprisingly sprightly manner; it cruises effortlessly on the motorway. The suspension generally copes well, but rough roads can cause it hassles at times. Handling really isn’t the reason for choosing a people mover, but Odyssey is safe and sure at higher than normal cornering speeds.

Summing up

In this era of crossover vehicles that attempt to be jacks of all trades, it’s nice to review a vehicle that has one clearly defined purpose – to provide spacious, comfortable and economical transport for more than five occupants. Although not necessarily the market leader in sales Honda Odyssey has long been the queen of its class; the MY18 update sees it remain so.

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