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How beeswax bags are helping keep plastic, food, and textiles out of bins Page 3
Want to grow veggies but can't be stuffed with the upkeep? Two words: wicking bed. Page 5
Bob Murphy was back at his old home ground on Saturday. We said hi! Page 8
'It can be hard' to be heard
Semi-local band Wake The Blind performing in Trafalgar on Saturday.
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INLND Presents, host of several for youth, by youth music events in Trafalgar, is facing regional pressures. Page 4
Lillico Road changes
Road debate deferred Councillors will decide next week whether to begin the process of closing a section of Warragul's Lillico Road. By William Kulich @WillPJK
The decision on whether to discontinue the small section of road, which would be replaced by new roads built as part of a residential development, was due to be made at last week's Baw Baw Shire Council meeting, but was deferred to next week's meeting after a small number of locals raised concerns.
Should councillors decide to support the closure, vehicles on the road will be diverted through a new roundabout built slightly west of the replaced road, giving drivers the option to either continue back onto Lillico Road, into the new residential estate, or south west on a new road connecting with Brandy Creek and Dollaburn roads. (Don't worry, we have a rough map of the changes on Page 2!) The motion presented to councillors asks that council officers be authorised "to give public notice of the intention to discontinue the
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relevant portion of road," and "if submissions are received, [requests] officers provide a further report to [councillors] to hear the submissions." Of course, no official submissions would mean the plan would simply go ahead. Central ward councillor Mikaela Power moved the motion to defer the vote after hearing community submissions. "The reason for seeking the deferral is because I've heard some things this evening that I want to question, and while the
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Charity tin stolen POLICE â&#x20AC;˘ A charity donation tin was stolen from a Warragul business last week. According to police, an attendant of a medical clinic on Latrobe Street was away from the front counter tending to a patient. On their return they found a donations tin for the Love Your Sister charity had been stolen. The theft occurred at around 8pm on Tuesday 7 August. Police have asked that anyone with information about the theft contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at crimestoppers.com.au.
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intent of [this motion] and the recommendation [from council staff] we have before us is to go out for consultation on the intent to discontinue the road, I really want to make sure I've heard all that information," Cr Power said. "Obviously you shouldn't be at a point when you come to a council meeting that you're not in possession of all the information. Sometimes that happens, and it's pretty rare that this council would seek to defer a motion at all - we're not in the habit of doing that so I don't do this lightly." Fellow Central ward councillor Danny Goss agreed. "It's very rare that I change my mind, especially in the middle of a council meeting, but my mind was not 100 per cent made up," Cr Goss told councillors. "I listened tonight [to community submissions, which have] raised some safety concerns in my mind. "As I said, I don't like to jump ship in the middle of something, but I can't see any problem with deferring this for a couple of weeks. "They've raised some serious safety issues that we've heard part of before but I haven't heard in that particular detail." Councillors voted unanimously
for the deferral. So, what are these potential safety issues? Here's what local John Roberts told councillors before their meeting. "One of the concerns I do have... is the safety aspect at the intersection of Eve Road and Lillico Road," Mr Roberts said. "They've done a magnificent job with the road - they've curbed it, they've sealed it, they've altered the profile so it comes out currently almost at right angles to the current portion of Lillico Road - but if your proposal goes ahead, [people leaving] Eve Road will have to have necks like ostriches to look back to see traffic coming down on the new part of the road." Mr Roberts argued for keeping both the existing Lillico Road as well as the new section "There are a number of trucks that are going to have to deal with that particular intersection, and it's already been indicated from a number of truck operators that that roundabout
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is a very difficult intersection to handle," Mr Roberts said. East ward councillor Peter Kostos asked Mr Roberts if he had considered that were both roads to remain, the resulting connections would result in two additional roundabouts. Mr Roberts' response? "I think you have roundabout mania at the moment." Find more details of the proposed changes at bbcit.co/808maps.
POLICE • A trailer carrying an excavator and equipment was allegedly stolen from outside a Longwarry house last week, prompting police to remind locals that building sites are popular theft targets. A police spokesperson said a large vehicle would have been needed to move the trailer and load from the Acacia Court address. The theft occurred at around 2pm on Thursday 9 August. The stolen items were later found at an address in Coburg with the help of a tracking device. "There’s a building boom in the area, these thefts are going to be more and more common and a potential soft target," the spokesperson said. "Boom areas across the board get spikes in offences. "We've been having discussions with builders about target hardening – engraving, tracking, so on. The spokesperson said many thefts from construction sites were "crimes of opportunity," which are "very preventable." Stay updated in Baw Baw with our FREE email updates! Subscribe at bbcit.co/email
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Get a buzz from these green goodies! FEATURE • Bees are great. They pollinate our crops, they create honey, and they might even hold a solution for reducing plastic wrap in your kitchen! Lorraine Downie of Buln Buln has been a busy bee working with beeswax. For almost two years years now she has been creating and selling beeswax wraps and bags for use in the kitchen. These take the place of cling wrap and plastic bags, which are not only terrible for the environment, but also make your food degrade quickly. We caught up with Lorraine at the Yarragon Craft & Produce Market to find out how it all works. "The advantage is it's a recycled cotton fabric, coated with just pure beeswax with no additives, and the idea is the beeswax breathes and keeps fruit and vegetables fresh, bread soft, and mould away," Lorraine said. "You can use them on containers to seal your leftovers, or your can of dog food, or you can wrap sandwiches. Cut fruit, avocado, you just wrap it and it stays fresher." Wait, so a breathable bag is good for your bread and veg? That might come as a surprise to many who have grown up in this age of plastics. "It keeps food fresher because it does breathe, so the moisture in the food stays in the food," Lorraine explained. "In paper it could dry out, in plastic it could go soggy and mouldy. The beeswax wrap just breathes for it and keeps fruit and
Cemetery break-in POLICE • A Warragul cemetery's maintenance shed was the target of a burglary earlier this month. Investigations are underway after unknown offenders forced entry into the Burke Street site's shed and rummaged around. A police spokesperson said nothing was taken from the site. It is believed the incident occurred at some time between 12.30pm on 3 August and the same time on 6 August. The spokesperson asked that anyone with information about the incident contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at crimestoppers.com.au.
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Lorraine Downie at the Yarragon Craft & Produce Market.
veggies a lot fresher. "It also stops the ends from drying out and keeps the crust soft, and is even great for cheese, stopping it going mouldy. What's surprising is just how well the upcycled cotton and beeswax moulds to what you wrap it around. It doesn't work like cling wrap does, instead the beeswax softens from the heat of your hands enough for you to shape a wrap
around the top of a bowl. Unsurprisingly, these wraps and bags have a pretty identifiable (but lovely) smell of beeswax. While the wax is a key part of the products, you're not putting a bag down with your fingers covered in the stuff. The wax has to be well integrated into the fabric. "We just melt the beeswax and then continually brush it on. Have it in the oven, take it out, brush the
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wax until it's smooth. "These can last indefinitely. If they begin to get a little bit worn, you can refresh them by putting them between some baking paper under a warm iron which remelts the wax. "The wraps and bags are becoming more and more popular. People are more conscious of not using plastics, but also keeping their fruit and veggies fresher for longer."
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Another view of Wake The Blind performing at INLND's Trafalgar gig last Saturday.
FEATURE • Baw Baw isn't known for a diverse music scene, but that hasn't stopped a young musician from Drouin trying to make something work. Blaike Murphy was 18 years old last year when he started organising regular live music events by and for young people out of the Trafalgar Public Hall. Initially called INLND and now INLND Presents, the shows aren't just a few people standing around in a hall - gigs have proper audio and lighting setups and someone at a mixing desk making sure it all sounds right.
Blaike Murphy, the young muso behind INLND.
"Gippsland was dead in regards to the local music scene and it needed to come back," Blaike told the Baw Baw Citizen. "Being in a band myself (Doonie Way), I could see nothing was happening and it sucked! "INLND is really laid back. Your time [on stage] is your space to do anything. Being able to practise your stagecraft with wireless mics, running around the hall, or even just being able to play in front of people in a live setting is rad!" But Trafalgar is a small town, and Baw Baw as a whole doesn't have a huge population. When the shows attract enough people to make a profit, which isn't a primary goal of the venture, what little there is goes to paying the bands who are otherwise there just to have fun. Low population density, distance, and businesses being unwilling to promote a privately run event have been issues for INLND. "A lot of the hardship with things like this is [getting] people turning up and supporting," Blaike said. "The people who do I am greatly appreciative of because without them INLND would be long dead by now. "If I could get more people through the door I'd be able to give more of an opportunity for local bands to showcase their stuff.
Last weekend was Blaike's 11th show, including one at a Melbourne venue and another in Traralgon. On the bill was a band with strong links to Trafalgar: Wake the Blind. "It felt great to play at the Traf Hall again, the last time I played there was back in Year 9 with our old lead guitarist Dan for a school event," drummer Adam Spackman told the Baw Baw Citizen. The group doesn't get to play home gigs much any more, largely focussing on Melbourne venues. "We tend to play most of our gigs in the city, even with other Gippsland bands like Atlvs," bassist Adam Humphreys added. Adam H listed the same issues facing performing in regional areas, also adding how difficult affordable transport can be to find at night." Getting regular local live music aimed at young people off the ground is a labour of love, and Adam H said people like Blaike "have been an absolute godsend to local music." "It's been great to see him and INLND continue to drive the local scene and to give both more established acts and up and coming ones an opportunity to play down here. "We've been backing him since he started INLND." You can find out more about INLND Presents on Facebook, facebook.com/INLND.
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How a wicking bed can make gardening easier GARDENING • Lowanna College Agricultural Studies Teacher Judy Stewart recently spoke about wicking beds at a Baw Baw Sustainability Network event in Yarragon. No idea what a wicking bed is or why you'd want one? You're in luck - we asked Judy all about why you might want one and how to make it. "All wicking beds feature a reservoir at the bottom, and on top of the reservoir you have sand," Judy told the Baw Baw Citizen. "On top of the sand goes a layer of felt matting," and on top goes the soil you can actually grow plants in. A fill pipe from the reservoir layer to the surface allows topping up on the rare occasion that's nessecary, and a drain at just above the felt level stops the soil from getting soggy and losing minerals. Judy's signature wicking bed has a reservoir made of old milk bottles with holes drilled in the sides, but none where sand could fall in. "The sand is there to actually wick the water from the bottom of the reservoir up to the soil layer on the top where the plants are. If you don't have the sand, it doesn't work as a wicking bed, it's just like any other garden bed you have anywhere else."
But what are the benefits of a wicking bed over a standard raised garden bed? "With milk bottle depth reservoirs, [one of my gardens] has been watered only eight times in three years. That was twice each summer." You can grow everything from vegetables in about a foot of soil on top of the sand, to Judy Stewart teaches a class at a Baw Baw Sustainability Network event how to make a mini wicking bed. trees in deeper soil. So long as the sand can wick the water up to the soil, the plants will be happy. Judy has taught students at her school how to make wicking beds, and her class' efforts saw them become finalists in an international prize. "They built wicking gardens out of barrels, vinegar barrels from the cheese factory so it's food grade (which is the reason milk bottles are used)," Judy said. "Our school was a finalist for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, and we're applying for that again this year. "Being a finalist meant we were actually flown over to Abu Dahbi, we went to the sustainability expo over there, it was a really big thing. That put our program on display to the world." So why not save up a few old milk bottles and build your own wicking bed? It could save you a lot of time and water come summer!
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'Finally!' Nilma Darnum Seniors Nilma Darnum take victory celebrating another EDFL • Nilma Darnum Seniors have been encouraged by the team's strong home victory over Neerim-Neerim South on the weekend. The Bombers scored 10.60-69 to the Cats' 6.8-44 in wet conditions. Nilma Darnum Coach Matt Shorey was pleased with the team's progress. "I'm proud of the group," Matt told the team after the game. "To see you guys, the way you reacted at three quarter time against that little bit of breeze and the way you were working the ball, we've just got to remember there's a couple of little things we've just got to get better at. I know that it's going to come, I can see it coming. "I'm super happy for the club to sing the song again, it has been a long time. But as I said to you last week, I want two more wins. I've been saying all year that we need one scalp, and I'll tell you now, the way you guys played that last quarter, if we can take that to the Dusties and take a few risks... it's game on. "I'm really looking forward to next week." Nilma Darnum footy manager Joel Wishart was also celebrating the win in a largely frustrating season for the team. "Yeah, finally!" He said when the Baw Baw Citizen commented
"good game." "Patchy again though, we've been patchy for a lot of the year," Joel continued. "We were better than we have been for a long time. We're a bit more composed and made them come to us a lot more. Happy to get the win. "It's one we needed. We've matched it with the best sides all year. We've lost a heap by under a
Trafalgar rules out return to Warragul District Cricket Liam Durkin Trafalgar Cricket Club secretary Amid the uncertainty and ambiguity of the future of cricket in Gippsland following the denial of the Latrobe Valley Cricket Association to affiliate with the Victorian Country Cricket League, the Trafalgar Cricket Club has decided not to seek affiliation with the Warragul District Cricket Association. Given Trafalgar’s geographical location, which borders on the WDCA boundary, the club has held informal talks with WDCA executives in the past month to gain a broad perspective into what would serve the clubs best interests. Following the formation of the LVCA, Trafalgar officials held grave concerns regarding a number of aspects, most notably the apparent lack of consideration given to junior competitions, and the overall timeframe in which the new league was to be constituted. Having said that, at a recent meeting of the clubs committee,
Trafalgar voted not to pursue affiliation with the WDCA. Given the 2018/19 season is less than two months away, the club believed it would not be fair or give its players and members enough time to modify preparations. In addition, league officials stated that there was virtually no chance that Trafalgar would be put into the Division 1 competition, which meant risking the competitive balance of the WDCA with Trafalgar playing in Division 2. At time of writing, the club is arranging to play a normal season, in which it will compete against the majority of towns located within Latrobe City. Trafalgar competed in the WDCA from 1931 until 1991, and again from 2001 to 2010. The club has won twenty-three premierships in the league, including thirteen in Division 1 as well as a record breaking four in a row in Division 5 from 2004/05-2007/08. One of the club's all-time greats, Lester Tatterson, took an astonishing 10/28 in the 1949/50 Grand Final.
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couple of kicks, and then we've lost a lot by a lot." Joel put the improvements down to consistency and "some honesty through the club the last couple of weeks." "Training's been better, and we know where we want to be next year. The guys, they're embracing that; we know we have to be better, so as a group we're committed to being exactly that."
victory as finals loom EDNA • Nilma Darnum A Grade celebrated a comfortable home victory over Neerim South on Saturday, scoring 59 to 32. It was a great result for the team, which is again thriving under the guidance of its coach. "We've found our form a little bit in the last few weeks," netball club president Jackie Clark told the Baw Baw Citizen. "We had a bit of a rough game against Poowong, but come good again in the lead-up to finals." So what changed recently to bring Nilma Darnum back up? "Our coach was away for a month, and I think he gels the team together," Jackie explained. "He came back the week after Poowong and we then had a two-point win against Catani, who were sitting in second place on the ladder so that was a good win for us. "Since then we've had some good wins, like against Nyora (73 - 26) and now Neerim South. The past three games have been a lot better." Nilma Darnum is presently
third on the ladder, behind number two Poowong and top team Ellinbank. Catani sit two points behind in fourth, and it's another four points back to Warragul's Dusties closing out the top five. It's a good place to be in in the lead-up to the finals. " We're hoping to finish [in third], but that will depend on this weekend's result," Jackie said. "Warragul are in fifth, and if we beat them we'll stay in third but if we don't we'll most likely drop to fourth. But that would still be the highest we've finished in A Grade in six years or more." "If we finish fourth we'll be in the elimination finals, but if we finish we'll play in the qualifying final. "2012 was the last year [our] A Grade made finals at all, and then finishing that high would be longer than that. We beat Warragul the first time we played them this season by just five points (Round 8, 42 - 37), so it'll be another really close game this coming weekend."
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Bob Murphy comes home SPORT GIPPSLAND LEAGUE
INTERVIEW â&#x20AC;˘ Former premiership-winning captain of the Western Bulldogs and, most importantly, Warragul Gulls alumni Bob Murphy was back at his home ground on Saturday. Having launched his autobiography just two weeks before, Bob signed some copies before joining mates to watch Warragul Seniors beat Maffra in the rain. We caught up with Bob, now based in Melbourne, and asked what it was like to come home.
Bob Murphy: "You know what? For me, it's a bit like time travel in the best possible way. I spent most of my Saturdays as a kid either playing out there or watching footy and walking from one end to the other to follow the full forward and cheer the goals and to bag the opposition full back. I'm a bit of a nostalgia victim, so it's nice to be back on a cosy Warragul football day. Baw Baw Citizen: Your memories of growing up with this club have been quite good, I assume.
BM: I played for the Colts Under 12s, but then [came here] for under 14s, 16s, and sort of all the way through. I guess in some ways it's a pretty unremarkable story, but it's my footy club. It's a home footy club and I don't get back as much as I'd like to, but just to
come back and watch the seniors, I get a bit of a buzz out of that. It's just a nice feeling to be among my people. BBC: So you still keep up with your old team to some extent!
BM: Yeah, it is kind of hard because I just am unable to get [here] and I work Saturdays, so it's a bit of a treat for me to be back today. I always keep an eye out and just ask around. BBC: And you've met up with some old mates here too.
BM: It's cool. Because I haven't been back much at all, you come back and 'oh God,' realise that 20 years has passed that quickly. It's a bit of a shock, and nearing middle age now but that's okay too. It's nice to see some familiar faces. Some things change but not a lot really. It's really nice. I like the familiarity about it.
BBC: You've just launched your book, Leather Soul. Tell me about it. BM: It's two love stories; one with a girl, one with a game. It jumps between a traditional memoir and a captain's diary. The timeline sort of jumps around a bit but a lot of the stories about growing up in Warragul and riding my bike, jumping the back fence
looking for adventure, and learning how to kick on both sides of the body and junior football mornings, getting up early in the fog to go and play in the various satellite towns around Warragul. BBC: How has it been received so far?
BM: It has been pretty warmly received so far, I think. I think people are kind of into it. It's a different kind of footy book. I mean, I wrote it so that kind of makes it a different footy book because I don't know if any other players have written it (sic), so it's a different kind of vibe but people seem to be into it. BBC: And the title?
BM: [It represents] football leather, football soul, and the game and all the bumps along the trail that kind of age you a bit like leather. And it's a Beatles reference, in the Beach Boys font.
BBC: You've met a few young people today, they must feel pretty inspired to have you here. BM: When I was growing up, there were people who had been drafted and played league football who grew up in Warragul, but I don't remember thinking that was possible. That wasn't really what
Young Gulls Koby, Tadhg, and Callum with Bob Murphy at Western Park last weekend.
happened when I was a kid. I hope maybe kids don't feel like that in Warragul now; if you want to have a crack at it you can do it.
I had a good time, I enjoyed it, but I'm kind of enjoying now just watching and listening to other people's stories.
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