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See more photos from Baw Baw's markets in the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen's new monthly food section - Page 5 Also in the August Food lift out: cold climate wines, what's in stores, truffle infused eggs, the inside word on what to expect at next month's markets, and restaurant menus.

Labor makes penalty rates an election issue in McMillan McMILLAN // LABOR candidate for McMillan Chris Buckingham has come out swinging against a Productivity Commission report recommending a reduction in Sunday penalty rates.

Many recommendations have been outlined in the report, but the suggestions of reducing the Sunday penalty rate to be in line with INSIDE

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Saturdays for hospitality workers and the introduction of more negotiable contracts stand out. The Liberal Party commissioned the review in a bid to ensure industrial relations laws "work for everyone."

The government has not said it would adopt the commission's reccomendations, but Mr Buckingham has warned they could be "WorkChoices 2.0" if enacted - a reference to the Howard government's unpopular enterprise bargaining policy. // Story continues on Page 10

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Plaque will improve Aboriginal health: elder

Sandra Mullett, WGHG CEO Dan Wicks, Cheryl Drayton, Graham Morris, Troy Jennings, Bill Leahy, WGHG chair Jane Leslie and Brett Allsopp at the unveiling. PRN01034

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WARRAGUL // THE WARRAGUL Bowling Club's continuing lease of crown land has been approved by Baw Baw councillors, but ministerial consentisstillrequired. On Wednesday councillors approved a request from the not-for-profit club to continue leasing the site for another 21 years with a rental of$1 per annum. The council will take responsibility for building insurance.

WEST GIPPSLAND // KURNAI elders expect a new plaque at the West Gippsland Hospital in Warragul will improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people. The elders joined the West Gippsland Healthcare Group for the unveiling of the plaque acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land earlier this month as part of International Day of the World's Indige-nous Peoples. Elder Cheryl Drayton told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen the plaque was a step in improving health outcomes for the Kurnai comm-

unity. "It tells the story that this hospital is a hospital that looks after Aboriginal people, and they can see it in the plaque so there's not that fearful element of not being able to come into the hospital and not having some cultural safety around it," Ms Drayton said. "When community members come they can see the plaque they know it's Aboriginal-friendly. I think today's efforts were fantastic in that they did it in a way it will be there forever – when the new hospital comes it will be shifted over."

The need for the hospital to better engage with Aboriginal people was noted in last year's Six Generations Yarning Together report. "The report highlighted the WGHG needed to do more about acknowledging community members, and part of the process of having cultural competency is showing that the plaque is a way of saying 'we accept Aboriginal people,'" Ms Drayton said. The simple action of displaying the plaque will have a real effect on Aboriginal people with chronic illnesses.

"When they come into hospital for chronic illnesses or high dependent areas of chronic disease, they will stay longer because they know the ethic of the hospital says it is safe," Ms Drayton said. "Hopefully seeing the sign people will say 'yes, we can stay longer.' "Men in particular tend to sign themselves out if they have really chronic disease. "This plaque means they know the staff have been through a crosscultural awareness process." The plaque was made by local Men's Shed volunteers.

The shire has made the following recommendations for review by the VEC: "1. Multi-councillor wards are working well "2. The current number of nine councillors is working well "3. Many travel corridors within the shire run north south rather than east west and the wards should reflect this "4. An unsubdivided model could not adequately ensure that residents in outlying smaller areas and townships are represented "5. A mix of multi-councillor and single-councillor wards would result in inconsistent vote counting systems within the municipality and this may be confusing and present an unnecessary cost to residents "6. Wards that define the larger towns of Warragul and Drouin so as to exclude the more rural areas within the municipality, or cause a “donut effect” risk creating a sense

of provincialism within the municipality would likely prove to be detrimental and foster a sense of adversary between wards." A map provided with the council's submission showed a proposed new ward layout, with a three member ward for Drouin and areas north and south, a four councillor ward for Warragul and areas roughly north and south, and a massive two member ward for everywhere east of that - roughly half the shire. The present ward structure has a ward for Warragul, another for Drouin and two larger wards for everywhere else. The objections centred around the scale of wards. "One of the main reasons I want to speak against, to state my case, is I don't know what the VEC has in mind," Cr Kostos said. "I saw a change from single councillor wards in 2005-08 to what we

have now. In 2012 we retained the current boundaries with minor tweaks. "I know it's very difficult at the moment – we have a lot of travel [in the larger wards.] "The current submissions sees a very large ward in the eastern end. "I would really like councillors to consider at least keeping the same structure... to make it, I believe, better accessible for councillors to access their constituents. "I do believe that we should keep the current structure." Cr Balfour, who initially said he was "a bit either way" about the motion, said a return to an older system might work better for the more regional areas. "I believe the system we had seven years ago... was much easier to work and communicate with your local communities," Cr Balfour said. "In the last seven to eight years [I've had to visit] so many commu-

nity groups. It's a lot for two councillors to keep up with. "Over the last seven years I've probably let other communities down because I've been involved in other issues." Warragul ward councillor Joe Gauci was one of the majority who supported the motion. "I'm a Warragul ward councillor, [the farthest I travel is] the outskirts of Warragul," he said. "This spreads the burden on councillors a little more."

DiscomfortoverVECreviewsubmission BAW BAW // A MINORITY of councillors have expressed concerns about Baw Baw's submission the Victorian Electoral Commission's review of the council's ward structure.

The VEC is undertaking a review of electoral representation in Baw Baw and has sought input from the community on what people think might work best. Baw Baw's councillors this week voted to endorse the council's own submission, but the vote was not unanimous. Mount Worth ward councillor Peter Kostos and North ward councillor David Balfour spoke against the endorsement motion, arguing the council was going in the wrong direction and larger wards were not the answer. The council's submission states "the current model works reasonably well but would benefit from minor modifications."

"If you look at the structure of the wards at the moment, Noojee links right into Warragul [but is in a different ward]."

Cr Gauci warned against any suggestions Baw Baw become a single ward council. "My view would be if we had a one vote one person station, we could have six councillors of nine from Warragul, or all nine from the two major towns," he said.

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GIPPSLAND // The Victorian Labor government will put $200 million toward its Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund if the Port of By JackLacy jack_m_lacy Melbourne is leased, but the opposition has criticised the plan as jack.lacy@warragulcitizen.com a “poor substitute” for its own.


Labor has said the newly introduced fund would accelerate economic growth, create jobs and boost exports, benefiting farmers and regional communities in Gippsland and across the state. According to Eastern Victoria Labor MP Harriet Shing, the $200 million fund will compliment investment in agricultural infrastructure and supply chains to improve productivity, lift exports and reduce costs so local farmers, businesses and industries can remain competitive. “This new fund will invest in critical infrastructure, providing concrete benefits to the many thousands of hard-working farmers and primary producers in Gippsland,” Ms Shing said in a media release. “It will be available for practical projects and programs that wholly benefit the agriculture sector including transport, irrigation, and energy projects, as well as skills development programs and market access campaigns.” However, the establishment of the fund depends on the passage of Port of Melbourne lease legislation, which has been rejected by the opposition and Nationals. In parliament this week, Narracan Liberal MP Gary Blackwood said the Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund was “a very inadequate replacement for regional Victoria to the Regional Growth Fund of

$500 million.” Mr Blackwood said the move would also not cover changes to the Roads and Bridges Fund, $160 million in funding for small local government areas and the Transport Solutions Fund. He said that despite his initial support for leasing the Port of Melbourne, the Andrews government's approach is a cause for concern. “The Coalition maintains its support for the lease of the Port of Melbourne,” he said, “but not at the expense of the development of a second container port or with conditions of lease that bind Victorian taxpayers to pay compensation if the Port of Melbourne faces competition from a second container port that could be constructed by a future government.” “The Coalition had plans for the lease of the port to a private consortium with a lease of around 40 to 50 years, via an open and transparent process that would achieve a fair return for the Victorian taxpayer.” According to Mr Blackwood, the Andrews government changed its plan after last year's election. “Labor went into the 2014 state election committing to the construction of a second port, which was known as the Bay West option,” Mr Blackwood said. “Labor's Bay West option would have required the blasting of the rocky Port Phillip Heads at the


entry to the bay, causing damage to the many marine parks and worsening erosion of Victoria's most popular beaches due to increased water volume and wave activity.” “The Bay West option now appears to be off the table altogether, as we all know, and not through mindful reconsideration of the values I just outlined but rather because the purchasers of the port of Melbourne will want a monopoly on our port to increase the potential earnings from the deal.” Ms Shing refuted the claims and said Labor was sticking to its original plan. “Before the election, we promised that a Labor Government would lease the Port of Melbourne,” Ms Shing said in a media release. “We are working to deliver on the promise and to ensure our local farming and regional communities in Gippsland get the support they need. Ms Shing suggested the Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund would ensure an investment in the necessary infrastructure to help local farmers and producers sell their goods on the market quicker and pursue international export opportunities. “Leasing the Port of Melbourne will make our port even better for farmers in Gippsland, increasing efficiencies and competitiveness, including a significant benefit from the Port's decision to implement an export discount.” Farms and farm businesses, industry, agribusiness organisations and asset owners, including water authorities and local government, would be considered eligible applicants.

YARRAGON // COUNCILLORS have responded positively to calls for a skate parkto be builtin Yarragon.

A joint letter signed by 461 people asking the council to build an all ages, all abilities, family friendly skate park in the town was presented to councillors at a meeting in June. At that meeting, councillors allocated $5,000 for a design for the park to be developed with community consultation. The idea of a skate park in Yarragon is not new and has been researched by the council in the past. The council's BMX Strategy 2012-2030 was developed to investigate BMX facility needs across the local government area. That strategy found there was a need to develop new skate facilities in Yarragon and Erica or Rawson. At this week's council meeting, a motion to undertake community consultation "to identify a suitable site for a skate park in Yarragon and complete its concept design in 2015/16 and "consider the budget required for the detailed design and construction of the Yarragon Skate Park project as part of the prioritisation of the Long Term Infrastr-

ucture Plan for the 2016/17 budget cycle" was passed unanimously. "This recommendation sets out a further plan in progressing a skate park in Yarragon," Mount Worth ward councillor Murray Cook told councillors at the meeting. "The community, and especially the youth in Yarragon, stepped up and spelt out quite clearly the need for such a project and I was very impressed by the presentation of the youth at a previous council meeting."

Fellow ward councillor Peter Kostos added: "our shire is going to grow extensively in population over the next number of years and if this skate park gets the funding it needs it will be a great asset for the future."

Drouin ward councillor Tricia Jones echoed Cr Cook's praise of those lobbying for a skate park. "I have no hesitation to support this motion, especially as it was initiated for the community by the community," Cr Jones said. "What I think is very important is the children can make representation on an issue that is important to them, and that they can make a difference and are listened to."

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THE latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating system has landed, and includes many features and changes that will make your computer faster and easier to use. Windows 10 builds on the performance improvements of its predecessor, Windows 8, and improves usability with many features first developed for Linux. Top of the list of changes is the new Start menu. The full screen of tiles is gone (though can be restored if you liked that design) and in its place is a much more accessible and traditional menu. Another handy new feature to Windows is the search tool. It may not sound new, but its application is - placed next to the Start button on the taskbar, the menu rapidly searches your apps, files and the internet to find what you are looking for. Internet searches open alm-

ost instantly thanks to Microsoft's new Edge web browser. Edge replaces Internet Explorer as the default web browser in Windows, but that's where the similarities end. Fast and stable, Edge shows Microsoft is serious about improving the user experience in Windows 10. Other new features in Windows 10 include the Action Centre, which collects system and app messages for you to check later, more advanced login and security features and Task View - a different way of organising your open apps. It's not all smooth sailing though. People upgrading to Windows 10 may experience issues with their video card drivers and touchpads. The issues can in most cases be fixed, but some fiddling with system settings and update settings is required. Also of concern to many users a feature which turns your computer into part of Microso-

Later start time makes 2015 Reading Hour a family affair WARRAGUL // LIBRARIES in West Gippsland will acknowledge the national Reading Hour event with special bedtime Story Time sessions on Tuesday. Children are being encouraged to dress in their pyjamas, grab their teddy and bring their parents or carers along to the event. In Baw Baw, the Warragul Library will acknowledge The Reading Hour with stories by authors shortlisted in Children's Book Week, songs and some craft activities. The event will run from 18:00 until 19:00 at the Library.

West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation CEO John Murrell said in a media release the time had been chosen to make the event one for families. "We hope the later timeslot of these events, from 6-7pm and 78pm, makes it easier for parents and carers who work during the day and aren’t able to join us at our regularly scheduled Story Times," he said. The Reading Hour promotes reading and storytelling as an important life skill. Warragul Library is located on Victoria Street.

ft's distribution network. After you install 10, your computer will start sharing setup files with other computers all over the internet, taking a load off Microsoft servers but blowing many people's internet data caps. Thankfully this can be disabled, but action is required. Performance improvements of up to 30 per cent can also be found through system tweaking. Windows 10 is still being rolled out for free to some Windows 7 and 8.1 users, but anyone can upgrade. If you would like to learn more about Windows 10, discuss your needs and see if the new operating system is for you, drop into ITaffinity. If you need help updating, ITaffinity can also install Windows 10 and tweak it for a lower price than you might think! ITaffinity.com.au - PC sales and repairs 2 Smith Street, Warragul 0499 999 869

Sunday's Snow Train good to go

Last year's Snow Train attracted a crowd at Warragul Station. PRN01033

Sunday morning with over 500 passengers for the journey down to Gippsland," the spokesperson said. A timetable published in the Steamrail Victoria's popular spec- special's brochure suggests the train ial will ferry tourists from Melbo- will depart Newport at 08:15 on urne through West Gippsland to the Sunday, arriving in Warragul at snow at Mount Baw Baw, the 10:25 on its way to Gippsland. It is expected to leave Traralgon townships of Walhalla, Erica and Traralgon and the wineries of for Melbourne at 17:00, reaching Gippsland will run on Sunday as Warragul again at 17:50. The times are subject to change planned. In a post on social media, a and past years' services have experispokesperson for Steamrail said the enced delays. Steamrail keeps those who want sold out service has not been impacted by two fires which destroyed to see the train updated on expected rolling stock at its Newport times via its Facebook page - just workshops in March and earlier this search for Steamrail Victoria. The service will be hauled by two month. "Despite the fire, our 2015 Snow R class steam locomotives and will Train will depart Melbourne next feature restored carriages. WEST GIPPSLAND // RECENT fires at the Newport rail workshops will not affect the running ofthe annual Snow Train this weekend.

Council sponsorships held pending review

BAW BAW // COUNCILLORS have voted to defer a decision on two community sponsorship requests until after they endorse a new sponsorship policy is endorsed.

Councillors were due to vote on a motion to allow one-time sponsorship payments to the West Gippsland Music and Drama Eisteddfod and Olivia's Place at Wednesday's meeting, but a motion from Warragul ward councillors Joe Gauci which was supported by all councillors postponed that decision. "I'm not against any of the sponsorship proposals," Cr Gauci

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said. "We've worked really hard on the grant situation. What we haven't finalised yet, but it's close, is the policy on sponsorship. "I'm really hopeful in thinking the policy won't be that far away." Cr Gauci said he did not want to approve the sponsorship proposals on the night because they "need to be after the policy is passed to ensure they are in line with the goals." "It has to be fair," he said.

"Sponsorship is very important to many parts of the community." Five submissions from groups seeking sponsorship were made to councillors at the meeting, four of which were from supporters of the eisteddfod, including group president Pauline Hastings. "We have sourced smaller and cheaper venues," she told councillors. "With these savings we have managed to [develop] a contingency to allow for one eisteddfod with no funding. "There is absolutely no further fat to trim from our costs."

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Wet winterÍž good wine GIPPSLAND // THIS year's cold, wet winter may have been tough for the people of Baw Baw, but it bodes well for the upcoming wine grape harvest. Baw Baw is a region which grows cool climate wines. The reason is pretty obvious - cooler temperatures and wetter winters mean grape vines grow and ripen in a different way to warm and hot climate wines grown closer to the Murray. West Gippsland's famously wet weather also comes in handy for wine growers in another way - some wineries are able to choose not to irrigate. "A distinctive factor between cool climate varieties and the irrigated varieties is the production level," Wild Dog Winery owner Gary Surman told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. "We would produce about a fifth of the volume of tonnes per acre compared to irrigation vines. Vines are controlled by nature and it's dependent on winter rains and the

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roots going down deep and taking up the water that's acquired there over the winter period. "If you irrigate in a cool climate you destroy the whole tradition of what wine's all about, it's a natural, seasonal thing. What the big wineries do is they manufacture their wines to a formula, whereas here what's grown in a particular year is what comes out. "You get increased flavours because the plant's had to hold its own against the seasonal conditions." But Mr Surman said the effect of climate on the flavour of wines is a matter of debate, but climate change will have an impact on the local wine industry. "There's always lots of debates about what's best," he said. "It all relates to having the right varieties in. An important point with cool climates and global warming is even one degree difference is going to bring a lot of marginal cool climate vineyards into other varieties.

Wild Dog Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon An elegantly restrained nose of blackberries and nettles leads into a soft refined palate, silky but firm tannins provide a backbone for the delicate fruit flavours skilfully enhanced by the craftsman like use of oak. This wine is a beautiful example of a true cool climate Cabernet from a mature vineyard. Awarded 94 points by James Halliday. COST: $25 WHERE: Wild Dog Winery Cellar Door Warragul Korumburra Road, Warragul

"It will only improve our vineyards, it won't make them any worse, but if you think of the really hot climates now it could tip them over the edge if they get too many hot days in a row or run out of water. "In the future there will be a lot more vineyards in cool climate areas." Wines produced in Baw Baw have performed well nationally. Wild Dog recently achieved a five star rating in renowned critic James Halliday's Wine Companion book after a run of almost equally high ratings over previous years. Halliday went so far as to say the winery was "one of the more consistent producers of good-quality wines" in Australia Particularly highly rated were the winery's 2013 Gippsland Shiraz (95), Reserve Gippsland Shiraz (95) and Gippsland Cabernet Sauvignon (94). A positive review in the popular guide means a lot to wine producers and tourism.

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White wine vines at Wild Dog Winery, Warragul. PRN01024 "Because the guide is national and there are so many wines featured in it every year, people buy it, and they will base their visits on the wineries that are well rated," Mr Surman said. "If you're a wine buff and going to, say, the Barossa Valley, you'd be looking up all the wineries that have the good scores." The high rating is not just because of the region though – in the 11 years the Surmans have owned Wild Dog they have employed a full time, qualified viticulturist, retrellised the whole vineyard, planted and grafted new varieties and engage a full time winemaker. "If you're serious in the winemaking business, you must have qualified people in both ends of the sector," Mr Surman said. Other wineries were approached for comment for this story.

Wild Dog Winery 2013 Shiraz Deep red with amazing richness and depth of colour, the nose has a black cherry fruit with hints of cinnamon. A firm backbone overlaid with a soft roundness displaying cloves, leather and spicy coffee. This wine will cellar well for over ten years. Awarded 95 points by James Halliday. COST: $25 WHERE: Wild Dog Winery Cellar Door Warragul Korumburra Road, Warragul

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EGGS that taste like truffles are not what most people expect to find, but one Warragul Farmer's Market stallholder has made them reality. Emma Brown of Glorious Googies produced them for the Truffle Melbourne Festival, which was held early last month. "We had a whole lot of black truffle with the eggs and because the egg shells are porous, they absorb the flavour right to the yolk of the egg," Ms Brown said. "Because we hand collect, hand clean and haven't been washed in anything, they give a really nice, natural flavour to the eggs. "The eggs are free of contamination. The process of truffling eggs is actually really simple and can be combined with the truffling of other foods. In the image above, Ms Brown is holding a jar of both rice and eggs with truffles. Not much truffle is required to flavour the eggs, which is good given the notoriously high cost of truffles. "It has quite a strong aroma so you don't need a lot with it," Ms Brown said. And how strong is the flavour? "It's actually a really nice, delicate, smooth flavour," Ms Brown said. "It's different.

"To be honest, the truffle to me by itself isn't overly appetising, but with the eggs I love it, it's really nice." The truffle eggs will not be at this month's market through - the seaso-nal nature of truffles means they will not be available again until next year. PRN01027

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I love pancakes. You love pancakes. We love pancakes. Everyone loves pancakes – Sofie Rasmussen founder of Naked Seeds. Fuel your body with 1 00% natural gluten free, soy free and can be made vegan pancakes. These pancakes are for the health focused individual, but don’t worry you can make them naughty by selecting deliciously wicked toppings! Now the hard part N deciding what flavour to get your nakedstack on! Two more pancake mixes have just been released; Matcha & Vanilla and Cacao & Coconut to go alongside the original Maca and Chia mix. Have you decided yet? If so, get in the kitchen and let the fun of picking your own toppings begin!

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If you haven’t tried this butter you haven’t lived. We’re addicted to this butter and can’t get enough of it spread it as thick as cheese on everything. If you’re in need of a creamy tang on your pancakes, add some of this. Plus it’s cultured so we consume the beneficial bacteria. This butter packs so much flavour due to the fermentation (24hours) and ripening (3 weeks) techniques. Also, the salt flakes throughout make our taste buds do a little happy dance!

Fresh in store on Tuesdays this mild creamy cheese will be sure to tickle your fancy, we love it with Miellerie honey on Maca & Chia pancakesN. mmmmmm.

As soon as you dip a spoon into the tub you will be smiling just thinking about how rich and decadent this cream is going to be!

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Like a bit of grappa in your morning espresso? Why not smother your pancakes with some raspberry grappa jam as well!

Best honey ever, literally ranked! Smash this on top of your pancakes and your tastebuds will be buzzing ;)

Hand made in Healesville by the lovely Lisa this jam will kick start your morning.

If you haven’t purchased anything from our store yet you’ve gotta get this! Richard Cornish stated in our store that “it’s a national treasure”!

Pour this decadent maple syrup all over your pancakes. You may also be tempted to drink it straight from the bottle! This syrup is so magical unicorns are clearly behind this creation! Hand crafted to perfection you can choose two different flavours - Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured or Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Egyptian Chamomile Blossom Matured.

A little something you might not know is that it’s made from Gippsland milk!

Take your taste buds to smooth town city limits and make sure you thoroughly savour the silky melt in your mouth texture while you scoff down your pancakes!

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So Frank, what will be in season at next month's market?

The next lot of new produce will be avocados, mandarins, veggies are still going strong, Queensland has been cold so produce coming out of Queensland is slow. That includes bananas and pineapples, but even some of your green beans – there are no beans grown down here at the moment, they start sewing late September when the ground warms up. A majority of above ground veggies at the moment are not local. Cauliflowers and broccoli are local, they're year-round.

Has the cold winter had an affect on whatyou stock?

Yes. The cold hit in early, and that's the thing that has slowed the growing season down here. It's a bit longer. A majority is Queensland at this time ofyear. PRN01028 NextLongwarry market: 6 September.

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Ed McDowell with his award. Photo: William PJ Kulich. PRN01025

WARRAGUL // Wild Dog Winery may be well known for its wine, but the food it produces is fast becoming recognised as some of the best in south eastern Australia. Last month Wild Dog Winery Restaurant was announced as winner of the Restaurant in a Winery category in the 2015 Savour Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence. Restaurants from Victoria and Tasmania entered the awards, and Wild Dog will now be judged as part of the national competition in Brisbane later this year. Head chef Ed McDowell told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen the award came as a surprise.

"We're a member of the Restaurant and Caterers in Victoria, and they send out applications every year to see if we want to enter the Savour Awards for Excellence and this year we did," he said. "We have done so every year since we opened except last year, but this year we did and to our surprise we actually won. "We were actually shocked. "It's completely anonymous - we didn't know when the judges were arriving. They visited in May or June. "From what I believe they're nonindustry people, so they're not people who own restaurants or chefs, they're just people who have a love offood and wine." Mr McDowell has put winning down to his and his staff's constant dedication to task. "We try to achieve a really high standard of food and service at Wild Dog, and you don't rest on your laurels from your last service, you just keep pushing yourself for front ofhouse to back ofhouse," he said. "I think having that drive to always provide great service and food and experience to the customers is what sort of pushed us and helped us win." Public response to the award has been "really great," according to Mr McDowell. "From a social media point of view, I think it's one of the biggest points of interest on our page," he said. "We get this awesome award plaque with a plate and, from a marketing point of view for the restaurant and the winery it's really important. "Locals are really important to the business. We also get a lot of people coming from Melbourne and from everywhere. Families, just couples from everywhere – national

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and international." Recent years have seen some changes to the way the restaurant works, as well as a continuing push for local produce. "We changed the style from a full à la carte menu to a somewhat limited set menu, featuring great local produce for a set price," Mr McDowell said. "Local produce is really important. From a chef's point of view and a restaurateur’s point of view it's important to support local business, local growers, local farmers, and for me the produce in this area is second to none, it's amazing stuff. Finding local producers is, however, not a simple task. "In some cases the farmers end up being customers in the restaurant, word of mouth and you get talking to people," Mr McDowell said. "You have a chat with them and you find out they are producing this and you go down to the farm or they bring samples up and you have a look at it, have a play with it and you create stuffwith it." Local food is matched with local wine, of course sourced from the Wild Dog Winery. "We do do wine matchings," Mr McDowell said. "I'm not 100 per cent experienced in matching wine, that's for the winemakers - they help us match the dishes to the wine." The restaurant business is not one which stands still, and Mr McDowell has started pushing into new flavours. A bush tucker garden planted on site three years ago is now producing fruit from plants including lemon myrtle, mountain pepper, and muntries. Flavoured olives from over 600 trees planted at the winery are also in the pipeline. "You never stop," he said. "You're always thinking of new ways of doing food and the thought process never ends. "Food trends are changing all the time and what's hot this year is definitely not hot next year so you're always looking for the next thing. "It sort ofnever ends. "With the bush tucker garden, we're trying to establish some of the ingredients into something we can then sell – a cross between using it in the restaurant on the plate from then letting the customer know they can purchase it. "The great thing about the garden is it's open to everyone - you can have a wander through and sample, rip a leafoff, have a smell."

In Season with Terry Pilikidis - Longwarry Fire Brigade Market What new produce can we expect to see at next month's market, Terry?

We hope our beautiful Australian mangos are in season and are not far away from local asparagus. Koo Wee Rup has some fantastic asparagus, some ofthe best in Australia, so hopefully we will have some ofthat coming through. Imperial mandarins are finishing, sumo and honey murcott mandarins are coming slowly. Queensland bananas have had a bit of a chill and colour won't be fantastic but will be eating good and hopefully some more raspberries and berries coming through. In a few weeks we will start seeing Queensland stone fruit, and it will be [around nine] weeks until we see more local cherries. That's a rough estimate Photos by William PJ Kulich PRN01029 Next Longwarry market: 6 September. See Page 6 for more In Season.

Flowers power up for spring - Longwarry Fire Brigade Market

Colleen MACKinnon with her daffodils at the Longwarry market. Daffodils have recently started to flower and will continue to do so into spring. PRN01030

Potatoes - Warragul Farmer's Market PRN01032

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"Tony Abbott’s review of workplace relations by the Productivity Commission shows the Liberals are determined to introduce WorkChoices 2.0," Mr Buckingham said on social media. "The recently released report makes a number of recommendations in relation to, among other things, penalty rates, the minimum wage, unfair dismissal, individual arrangements, enterprise bargaining and the Fair Work Commission. "The Commission has proposed a two-tier penalty rate system, which Labor will not support and the Abbott Government must immediately rule out. "An adoption of this two-tier system would create two Australias. One Australia where some people are fairly remunerated and another Australia where there is a working poor who are unable to sustain a modest, decent standard of living." "With wages growth at its lowest in 20 years, penalty rates are essential to workers here in McMillan, but Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey’s Liberals are seeking to attack

penalty rates through the back door of the Productivity Commission. "The Government wrote the terms of reference for the review, they specifically directed the Commission to look at penalty rates and the minimum wage. "This is a slippery slope to wholesale cuts to wages and other conditions." The Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen asked Liberal MP for McMillan Russell Broadbent his thoughts on the Productivity Commission report on Monday, but there was no response before deadline. He did however respond to questions from WBBC after parts of an early version of the report leaked in January. Mr Broadbent said "I've always been a proponent of more flexible workplaces." But, asked if he believed there should be a reduction to minimum pay, Mr Broadbent said "no." "I always had a caveat on that that says there is a no disadvantage clause," he said. "So over the longer period of time, and employer and an employee can come to an arrangement that suits


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The school entered 85 of its Select Entry Accelerated Learning program students in the competition earlier this year and results were released earlier this month. Noah Lawton (year 7) and Carmel King (year 9) achieved high distinctions, which places them in the top one per cent of participants nationally. Distinctions, which indicate a score in the top 10 per cent, went to Conan Hoggett (year 7), Josh Geiberras (year 8) and David Jeffries (year 10). In the top 25 per cent of participants with credit awards were: Ethan Bertolli (year 7), Amber Hanly (year 7), Meagan Hawkett (year 7), Jennifer King (year 7), Seth Benson (year 8), Thomas Marshall (year 8), Lorna Mirams (year 8), Karla Hobson (year 8), Raamy Zafar (year 8), Erica Hill (year 9), Zoe Perkins (year 9), Lauren Akers (year 9), Claire McKee (year 9), Emma Stewart (year 9), Larisa Aloyts (year 10), Thomas Kirkbright (year 10), Abbey Stanway (year 10) and Lachlan Warren (year 10).

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both of them regardless of awards, so it doesn't reduce their income but it changes the way they operate in the workplace. "If people want to be scaremongering about it, you can, but I want things that are positive for this nation." Mr Broadbent said he was a supporter of WorkChoices. Asked why, given there were situations under WorkChoices where workers were left worse off, he said: "and WorkChoices didn't get up." WorkChoices was passed in 2005 and came into effect in 2006. The legislation was repealed in its entirety by the Rudd government in 2009. WBBC asked Mr Broadbent to clarify his comment. "Well it didn't get up in the long run," he said. WBBC said it would have got up in the long run if there had not been a change of government. Mr Broadbent replied: "had there been, as I had advocated for all the way along, a no disadvantage clause, we'd still have had those very good workplace relations laws in place now."


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Walhalla lights up and sings out 1 4 AUGUST 201 5 · WARRAGUL & BAW BAW CITIZEN

WALHALLA//There's a lonely goatherd, and goats, high in the hills around Walhalla this month as the former gold mining town lights up for its annual Vinter Ljusfest.

The hills are alive with song and strudel during the festival of lights, as the town celebrates the 50th anniversary of the movie The Sound ofMusic. The annual festival is about lighting up a town that has no street lights. During August, Walhalla glows at night with vibrant colours and exciting projections, which bring to life a different theme each year. There were fears the fifth Vinter Ljusfest might not go ahead for lack of funding. However the state government came through at the last minute with a $3,000 grant under its Country Victoria Events program. The well-known songs from The Sound ofMusic, written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, will echo around Walhalla's Valley of the Gods when the Double the Black a'capella vocal group sings in

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the streets on Saturday 29 August. Each Saturday night the Vinter Ljusfest Light Train will be running and there will be Ghost Tours at the mine. Kids will love the free High on a Hill puppet shows in the mechanics hall twice each Wednesday and Saturday and there will be stroganoff and strudel every night from 5.30 at the Greyhorse Cafe. Another highlight is the Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest Beer Fest tomorrow night (15 August) from 6pm. The German Lederhosen Dance Troop from Melbourne will create the perfect atmosphere for a night of music and dancing. The fire will be burning and many Austrian and German beers will be available at bar prices. Tickets for the entertainment and supper are $40


per person. Keen photographers can erect their tripods on Wednesday and Saturday nights during August for the Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest Photography Nights. There are prizes to be won for the most breathtaking photos. The popularity of Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest has been growing from year to year. Being a Swedish concept, it was only fitting that the theme for the first festival in 2011 was Sweden. Then in 2012 the town celebrated the 40th anniversary of Neil Diamond’s number one charting album Hot August Night. 2013 saw an acknowledgement of Walhalla’s 150 years of gold. Last year it was China. Before heading up for the 2015 Ljusfest, it's best to check events on the Visit Walhalla web site. The lights go on at 6.30pm each night during August. Climb whatever mountains you need to, to get to Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest. It will definitely end up on your list of favourite things.

Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest. Photos: Troy Longson

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DROUIN // Local house music creator Peruw released a new song on Wednesday.

A much more drum-based piece than his precious works, City of Gold is a less complicated, more relaxed, club-friendly instrumental release with some elements reminiscent of The Presets' first release. At just over seven and a half minutes, City of Gold is also one of the longest pieces released by Peruw so far. You can listen online at soundcloud.com/peruwtunes.

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