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Hold tight for the Bush Dance, it has been postponed until warmer weather.
OPEN GARDENS SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2019
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COTTAGE COORDINATOR’S CATCH UP
I hope this finds you happy and healthy!
We are seeking motivated and passionate people to join our committee, to help give back and
create new opportunities within our community. If you are interested in learning about what we do or
becoming involved please come along to our AGM. Nomination forms available at GCC.
AGM Monday 16 th September at 7pm (supper provided) RSVP for catering to:
Tel: 5854 6482 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to say a huge thank you to Kara Canny for her outstanding work and dedication to the
Cottage over the last three years. Kara has been offered more opportunities in her alternative field of
employment. We wish her the very best.
We are also saying goodbye to our playgroup leader, Sharon Pell, who is leaving us as her
family commitments have grown. Sharon will still be around in the capacity of our relief
worker. We welcome Bernie Smith as our new playgroup leader. Bernie will continue to
work with Steele to run this fantastic session. Playgroup runs on Monday’s 10-12. If you
would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Christmas Hay Bales Competition in partnership with the Development Group is on again
with two categories, adults and children. Great prizes up for grabs and judging will take place on Tuesday
17 December. Start planning your designs, save some bales and contact us to register your entry.
The Weird and Wonderful Veggie Competition is held in April 2020. I know it sounds a long way off, but it
is not, a blink of the eye folks! You may wish to think of what you will be planting and start preparing
your patch as the weather slowly starts to warm up.
Some more housekeeping…no more suitcases please folks. You have all been very generous and we now
have enough cases for the next year or two. Thank you for heeding our call but alas, we have run out of
storage space. However, now that we have all of these cases please remember we need to fill them. So
think of us when you need to rehome old glasses, bras, mobile phones, toiletries or bottle tops (milk, water
and soft drink). Thank you!
I had the pleasure of attending our Carpet Bowler’s end of local
season dinner last Thursday night at Tony’s Pizza. What a great and
diverse group of people they are and very competently led by Rob
Varcoe and Theo George. In attendance were Kelli Smith, Erin
Owen (President), Mark Hicks, Liz, Mitchell and Ross Waddington,
Julie, Teagan and Tamara Kelly, Tanner Stokes, Dylan Povely, Rob
and Theo. Thank you for sharing your evening with me, it was a
Rob Varcoe and Theo George.
Looking forward to seeing you,
the heaters are on!
Take care and bye for now
The Girgarre Gazette is a Community Cottage Publication
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GARGARRO GARDENS - working bees last Saturday of every month
From front cover -
Representatives of TCL, (Landscape Architects), the Gargarro Gardens Project, the Cranbourne branch of the Royal Botanic
Gardens and an expert Horticulturist met on site at the Gardens on a beautiful morning, Friday 30 th August for a Design
Development Meeting. Following a walk around and a look at the progress the local group have made over recent months,
the group adjourned to the McDonald residence for a working meeting to design and plan the next stage of the project.
Clare Wood – Regional Development Victoria
Nuon Lu – Landscape Architect TCL
Doc McDonald - Chair of Gargarro Botanic Gardens Ltd.
Lucas Dean- TCL (Taylor Cullity and Lethlean Associates)
Paul Thompson – Horticulturist
Bernie Ryan - Chair of the Friends of the Gardens (Gargarro Gardens Project)
Jill Burness – Landscape Architect, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Cranbourne Gardens)
Red Letter Day For Gargarro
The visitors were here to discuss the next stage of the Gargarro Botanic Garden design. Lucas Dean and Nuonan Lu from T.C.L.
were accompanied by Paul Thompson. Paul is recognised as one Australia’s leading experts on native plants and worked with
TCL on the design of the Australian Garden at Cranbourne. He is responsible for the species selection for Gargarro.
Also travelling from Melbourne was Jill Burness, who is a Landscape Planner at the Cranbourne Gardens. It was Jill’s first visit
to Girgarre, but a welcome one. When the idea of a Botanic Garden first germinated in the Girgarre community in 2012 the
Cranbourne Garden was contacted for advice. Jill was nominated as the contact person, and after receiving encouragement
from her, the Gargarro steering committee spent a day wandering around the Australian Garden in her company. Jill is providing
technical and practical advice to the Girgarre community during the design process. Regional Development Victoria has
provided funding for the design work, Clare Wood from the Bendigo office in the process, attended and joined in the discussion.
Gargarro board members Jan Smith and Doc McDonald, as well as Bernie Ryan from the Friends of Gargarro provided
the local input.
T.C.L. is working on the detailed design of the northern part of the garden, which includes an open park like area around the
Soundshell and the first of the sensory gardens, the See Garden. The design will be completed in the coming weeks and released
to the public later in the year. The Melbourne visitors were full of praise for what had already been achieved by the
Girgarre community and the bold vision that they had for the future. A C McDonald
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GIRGARRE PATCHWORK QUILTERS
From front cover— Photo, L - R Shirley Pyke, Rosemary Hunt and Nola Williams (who quilted the finished piece) Bill Perry
and Donalda Walker.
Rob Axen, Bill Perry and Rosemary Hunt, representing the Girgarre RSL, were on hand for a lovely morning tea on
Friday 30 August, courtesy of the local Girgarre Patchworkers who presented a beautiful panel depicting the Anzac
experience in 1914-18. The quilt was crafted by Gwen Ward and Nola Williams from a central pre-printed panel and
the ladies then worked the border including the poppies around it.
RSL secretary Bill Perry said he was impressed with the skill and quality of the work shown in the quilt. He said it
reminded him of the panels created with love by a patch work group over in Marysville following the black Saturday
fires. Rob Axen added that the fields of the now so familiar poppies, were the first thing the soldiers saw as they hit
the beaches at Gallipoli. He added, the golden wattle and eucalypts were the first thing they saw as they disembarked
onto Australian shores after the conflict had ended.
Rob Axen, Rosemary Hunt and Bill Perry admire the fabulous finished product.
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GARDENING NOTES from Monet’s Garden
GREEN THUMBS NURSERY
Opening Hours are
Monday and Wednesday
10am until 1 pm or by appointment.
Phone Loraine 5854 6236 or The Cottage.
Carol is on hand while Loraine is away.
On the menu tonight were
frogs legs and snails in garlic
sauce. Frogs legs were pretty
tasteless and the snails were a
Photos sent by Loraine Warde.
DREAMING BIG - Musical Geniuses Of The Future
Girgarre's Music Man, Pete Gibson, was over
at Shepparton’s Gowrie Street Primary
School on Friday 13 th August for the School’s
‘Dream Big’ Fair. It was all about encouraging
the kids to have a go and to experience
different cultures. And plenty did! Activities
included Bunnings Hardware, giving them a
‘hands on’ experience with tools, local
Islander dancers in costume and a local
indigenous cultural display along with fun
games like 10 pin bowling. Pete loaded up
his ute with all the instruments he had, many
of them from re-purposed materials, so
called ‘Junk’ along the lines of the Junkestra.
It created huge interest. They loved all the
instruments, especially the ones made from
recycled materials. A fun day outdoors even
though the weather was a little chilly.
Pete’s harps, all of them hand made were a hit with the kids as were the tin whistle and the homemade Pan Pipes. It was a fun day.
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Our first walking excursion was to the Girgarre Post Office.
Today we worked on writing an invitation to special guests
for the upcoming Father’s Day Afternoon. Children helped
address the invite, offered to write their name for who the
invite was from, address and seal the envelope.
After sealing the invites in the envelopes, it was time to
mail them! As a group we walked to Girgarre Post Office
and met Australia Post staff, Barry and Sandy.
With Sandy’s assistance the children were able to stamp
their envelopes before mailing them in the mailbox.
Thank you for letting us visit Sandy and Barry.
We are planning another Walking Excursion in Kyabram in early September with the Kyabram Bakery, Library and Unwin Street
Kindergarten. We thank the Kyabram Bakery for allowing us to visit as it is completely free. We will make bread, decorate a
biscuit and watch the process of a donut being made. I am going to look into more “walking excursions” in Girgarre so stay
It is never too late to join in the fun at Girgarre Kindergarten!
We are under the umbrella of KPMC (Kyabram Preschool Management Committee) which have formally closed enrolments for
2020 but there are still places at Girgarre. Families are welcome any time during opening hours to drop in and view the daily
events and enrol. Our hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am to 2pm.
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BOOK WEEK AT GIRGARRE P.S.
Girgarre Primary School Grades P-2 Book Week 2019
Book Week had an amazing variety of characters and we loved the spirit of the
day. The kinder joined us for a bit of Heel Toe Polka, Shotgun and Riptide. This
gave one and all the chance to show off their dance moves.
Girgarre Primary is in the midst of their 4 yearly review and it is a good time to
celebrate our achievements and to look to the future for improvement. We
welcome this extensive process.
This week we head to Melbourne to view the musical, Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory. It is a great opportunity to enjoy the sights of Melbourne
CBD and the lushness of Her Majesty’s Theatre. A big day out but well worth
Our beavers have been moving mulch donated to us from PowerCor onto our
garden beds…only catch is the beds needed weeding first….but it has
developed a great ownership of our learning community. We thank our ukulele
instructors giving our students the opportunity to develop their skills.
Community helping community…we love it!
Peter Caldow—Principal Girgarre Primary School.
Chevy O’Neill—Where’s Wally
Lilyann Hancock—Cat in the Hat
Peter Caldow as Aladdin
Girgarre Primary School Grades 3-6 Book Week 2019
Left—Nina Slade, Fiona Chique (Willy
Wonka) and Ashleigh
Buckland (Little Red Riding Hood)
Below—Hunter Gebbie as Steve from
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Development Group General Meeting - Tuesday 27 August 2019
The vision: To build a sustainable vibrant community and create
opportunities to celebrate the achievements of the town.
ACM Report - John Hommes reported that they are processing
400,000 litres of milk into skim milk powder and the associated
organic butter is on sale at Coles Supermarket at the moment.
John said that it is planned to move to 24-hour production,
manufacturing 700,000 litres of milk in the next couple of
weeks. John also reported that the factory has processed its
first load of goat’s milk with more to come. Planning for the
new cheese factory addition has passed through the Shire and
is now in the hands of the EPA.
Resource Resolutions - Ian Bertram reported that discussions
are ongoing re bio digester but investors are now drilling down
on the project. Ian also flagged that perhaps we should revisit
the Robin Fox Light and Sound Show we were proposing in the
Micro Solar Farm - Greg Fitzpatrick reported that much activity
is taking place on Henderson / Morrisey Road construction
site with Power Cor on site and panel construction at rear of
Solar Farm - Peter Leeson reported he hoped that they are
only two weeks out for agreement on grid connections- fingers
crossed. The whole process has been complicated by solar
farms closer to Shepparton. Peter has people on site now
doing initial planning work while waiting for approval to occur.
Market - August market was another typical winter market –
weather forecast had a huge effect on stall holder numbers
and attending patrons alike, even though the day was not as
bitterly cold as predicted. It is only understandable that stall
holders with goods that could be damaged by inclement
weather will cancel. Twilight market is to be held at Gargarro
on 29 November– we need to find out what support we have
from our stall holders and approach as many stall holders as
possible who may consider attending. Hopefully the Twilight
market will become an annual event.
Place Based Planning - Sam Campi has made contact re an
over arching plan that would see an area-based scheme implemented
for our surrounding communities. Sam believed that
collaboration between the small towns could have valuable
advantages for our area. Initial conversations would be around
the sharing of assets and services that some of these small
towns do not have and ideas that could bring more people into
Tennis Club - Duncan Rodrick reported that new executives
have been elected to take the Tennis Club into the future -
Josh Maudsley has been elected as the new leader of the club.
Jigarre Jammin - Continued with its revamped winter program
and was again a hugely successful day with around 70 people
filling our hall. Campers from the park joined in the day with
many joining in at walk-ups and some just dancing the day
away at the back of the hall. Three lots of campers were from
Tasmania and were making return visits to Girgarre just to be
part of JJ which they had stumbled on through the signage at
the toilet block. The success of the winter program has encouraged
new thinking about how we program for the whole year
with some new initiatives being introduced, which will hopefully
support our leaders who invest a large amount of time in
programming. It is planned that JJ will collaborate with The
Cottage re Christmas Carols.
Signage Boards - Have contacted Karl Devlin re updating
information on boards at rear of the hall.
Girgarre Stanhope Rail Trail Walking Track - It is expected that
work will start on Stage Three of the walking track to Stanhope
in the near future. This will involve clearing, weed control and
fencing. Sandra reported that the Annual Meeting for the Rail
Trail will be held on 8 October at the Business Centre in
Stanhope at 7.30 pm, all welcome.
RSL - Rob Axen reported that visitors from the Tatura and
Mooroopna Legacy groups had visited Girgarre and had warm
praise for both the RSL and Girgarre.
Gargarro Botanical Garden - Doc McDonald reported that he
had attended a BGANZ (Botanic Gardens Australia, New
Zealand) meeting in Mildura at the Inland Botanical Gardens.
The next BGANZ meeting is planned for Girgarre in 2020.
Doc also reported that TCL Landscape Designers, Lucas Dean
and Nuonan Lu, will be accompanied by Paul Thompson one of
Australia’s most renowned experts on native plants, who is
acting as a consultant to TCL on the Gargarro project and Jill
Burnett, a landscape designer from the Cranbourne Gardens,
will be journeying to Girgarre this week as part of the Detailed
Design element of our Gargarro Gardens.
Friends of the Garden – Bernie Ryan reported he had received
a letter from the campers who enjoyed the recent camp over
and were very complimentary of the facilities, our town and
the beautiful meal that Friends of the Garden prepared for
campers on Saturday evening.
Marlene Rodrick also reported that Friends had held another
very successful working bee with mulching of the eastern
boundary plantation completed as well as some additional
plantings and staking along the Southern boundary. Doc
McDonald and George Dibattista were thanked for supplying
equipment necessary to complete the project. Marlene
advised that the AGM for Friends of the Garden will be held on
29 October at 6.30 at Hall - all welcome.
Recreation Reserve - Greg Fitzpatrick reported that the Football
Netball Clubs had a successful year with section U17, U15,
and U13 all reaching the finals in the netball and the seconds
football team also making the cut. Greg reported on two very
successful events held by the Footy Club, one being the Vote
Count when 135 meals were served and a very successful fund
-raising Hypnotist evening.
Girgarre Website - Sally Canny, who is an administrator of the
Girgarre Website is requesting each group to review their
individual pages and provide updates, information or changes
they wish to see to ensure our web page can be as amazing as
Moosic Muster – Planning is well underway with sponsorship
just completed. Concerts for Friday and Saturday nights are
fully booked with some old favourites and some new ones
attending. Both nights will be very entertaining and of a high
quality. Pleasing to have booked a blue grass band as there has
been a couple of years since we attracted one to the festival.
New flyers are being produced and Jenny will co-ordinate
dispatches to likeminded musicians across the state. Contact
has been made with the Rec Reserve to again host the ukulele
Cottage - Duncan Rodrick reported that Kara Canny had tendered
her resignation as Bookkeeper to The Cottage and
thanked her very much for her much appreciated service – her
bright and bubbly personality will be missed around The
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Stanhope Girgarre Rushworth GIANTS Presentations.
The SGR Giants drew to a close on Sunday 25 August with a Presentation Day and under 14s vote count. All players
in the club were presented with medallions.
Danny Miller had a great season and took out the under 14 Best and Fairest award for 2019, closely followed by
Mitch Wright who took home the Runners Up trophy. It was a tight contest in the race for best and fairest with only
a couple of votes between the top three.
Other under 14 awards went to Jack Doolan, Harrison Wigg, Kane McLeod and Mitch Wright.
Under 12 awards on the day went to Stephan Sutton, Josh Francis, Jack Neyland and Charlie McLean.
The SGR major raffle was also drawn on the day with prizes going to; 1st Bridget Tinning, 2nd Jamie Donovan and
3rd Daryl Harrison.
GIRGARRE TENNIS CLUB
Girgarre Tennis Club is looking for junior and senior players interested in playing Saturday tennis
for the upcoming season.
We will once again be offering the Hotshots program for children ages 3 and up to learn the basics
of tennis before playing competition.
Please register your interest by phoning Club Secretary, Fiona Smith, on 0408502274.
Girgarre Tennis Club held it's Annual General Meeting, where we elected a new President, Josh Maudsley, and Treasurer, Jo
Saunders. We thank Josh and Jo for taking on these roles within the Club and thank outgoing President & Treasurer Duncan
Rodrick for all of the effort he has put into the Club over many years. Thankfully, Duncan has been persuaded to stay on the
committee but we are always looking for people to help share the load of running the Club, especially parents, so that their
children can continue to play the game they love.
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Rushworth & District Community Bank - Partnering with Girgarre
Bendigo Bank and Community Bank ® opened
Bendigo Bank House 12 months ago providing
short-term, affordable and subsidised accommodation
facility at Bendigo Hospital for regional patients,
their carer’s and families who need to be away from home
while being treated at the hospital.
Over $200,000 was been invested in establishing Bendigo
Bank House by the Bank and 13 of its community banks and
regional communities in partnership with Bendigo Health,
Spotless, Exemplar Health and Gouge.
Rushworth & District Community Bank ® invested $30,000 to
provide two accommodation rooms for local residents and in
the last 12 months over 2100 people have accessed this
service. People needing accommodation for cancer treatment
and supporting families whose loved ones are in hospital care
long term have been able to access affordable rooms to
support them during challenging times. The board and branch
staff are so proud to be able to invest in this service for our
community. This investment is only possible due to our
ongoing commitment from our customers and shareholders
and we thank you for your support.
The ability to invest $30,000 into Bendigo Bank House for our
local communities to access accommodation comes from the
banking our customers bring to the branch. As customers, you
can be proud your banking is making such a difference to our
community. If you want to know more about how your banking
can support our community, give the Rushworth & District
Community Bank® a call on 58562122 or call in to the Rushworth
Branch to discuss how we can help you.
Until next time. Christine Borger (Chair)
Zucchini Custard Slice
4 bacon rashers
1 diced onion
1 garlic clove crushed
2 cups grated zucchini
2 cups cooked rice
250ml natural yoghurt
2 cups grated tasty
1 teaspoon chicken stock
Pepper and salt.
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a slice tin with baking paper.
Fry, onion, garlic and chopped bacon.
In large bowl beat the 5 eggs, add yoghurt, zucchini, rice, sautéed
bacon etc, stir through 1.5 cups cheese.
Pour into the prepared slice tin. Sprinkle with remaining half
cup of grated cheese.
Bake 35 minutes until set.
Let stand and cut small squares for finger food or serve with a
TIP. A nice addition is smoked paprika to the recipe and
sprinkled on top before baking.
Great for freezing also.
PAT’S CAR REMOVAL
Phone: 0415 164 855
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27 Olympic Street Girgarre 3624
PO Box 35 Girgarre
GIRGARRE COMMUNITY COTTAGE
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND THE
GIRGARRE COMMUNITY GROUP
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON
Monday 16 th September, 2019
AT 27 OLYMPIC STREET, GIRGARRE
Please contact the Cottage for a nomination form.
Office Bearers and General Committee Member positions available.
R.S.V.P. By Monday 9 th September
Reception – 58546482
Email – email@example.com
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Video of Theatre Performance
If you would like to see the official version of the Junkestra performance at the Deakin Edge Theatre Melbourne, then please
go to www.graemeleak.com and follow the links. There are also videos of the launch of Piano Piano and The Fire Bells, along
with a video of Graeme’s last workshop with the Jigarre Jammers. The videos have come up well and are worth a look.
R U OK? Day
It’s OK to say
“I’m not OK”
Are You Ok Day is an annual national day of action that aims to get Australians, right across the entire spectrum of society,
connecting with friends and loved ones, by reaching out to anyone doing it tough and simply asking: "Are you ok?" Talking
about suicide with someone at risk actually reduces the chances of them taking their life. It is the one thing we can all do to
make a real difference. R U OK ? Day is about preventing little problems turning into big problems.
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THE FOUR PILLARS OF GIRGARRE
WHO WE ARE
Celebrating the Achievements
of our town.
Building a Sustainable and
The Girgarre Primary School
Preparing a Path to the Future
The Girgarre Community Kindergarten
We aim to achieve an environment where everyone belongs,
feels welcomed, valued and respected, while providing
learning opportunities for children
through exploration and play.
The Community Cottage
The Community Centre exists to help,
support and encourage people of this rural
area to enrich their lives by developing
friendships and new learning skills.
The Girgarre Recreation Reserve
The Girgarre Football Netball Club
The Girgarre Tennis Club
The Girgarre Cricket Club
Our active and vibrant community, working together
CONTACT THE COTTAGE
Girgarre Community Group Inc.
A1601 ABN: 66 944 230 131.
27 Olympic St. (P.O. Box 35), Girgarre, 3624
Phone: (03) 5854 6482 Fax: (03) 5854 6484
Coordinator: Kezia Talbot
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Tongala & District Memorial
Aged Care Service Inc.
Serving the Community since 1925
• R.M McHale Hostel, Koraleigh Nursing Home
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CLASSIFIEDS & SERVICES
Contacts for Events at Girgarre.
Jan Smith 5854 6283/ E: firstname.lastname@example.org for info
re January’s Moosic Muster, Jigarre Jammin' or
Gargarro Gardens Project.
Di Burgmann 0408 011634/E: email@example.com re
workshops for the Muster, Jigarre Jammin', Volunteers
Irene 58521 995/0429 149 246/
E: firstname.lastname@example.org re this newsletter.
Gwen 0456 223 184 /E: email@example.com publicity
for the Muster/Jigarre Jammin'
Lyn 5859 0297/E: firstname.lastname@example.org for the web page
and the ‘Jukes’ Ukulele group. Facebook: Jigarre Jammin'
concert venue. Webpage: www.girgarre.com.au and follow
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Passing on a message for those who know Gloria Graham that lived in Olympic Street to say her husband Norm Graham
passed away 23rd August 2019. Norm passed with his family by his side after a long illness.
Gloria’s address is now 1 Windmill Street , Huntly. 3551.
Last week we had our new seniors welcome day and we
recruited three Seniors yippee! Bringing our total to 15, not
bad for a town with a population of 194. Debra provided a
hearty creamy pumpkin and potato soup with lovely warm
toasties, delicious. Bingo was on the agenda with the winners
Malcolm, Joy and Keith thrilled, but left being owed the
winning prizes…oops. Trust us, we will make good on our
promise. Sheri Doyle, Environmental Project Officer - Organics
Campaspe Shire Council, presented the “Give A Scrap” talk on
the Shire’s new composting/ green bin initiative, which was
It was our pleasure to welcome a group of Seniors from
Shepparton to join us for lunch. We had lots of fun and it was
very enjoyable having some fresh faces and new conversations.
Food does really bring people together, laughter
ensured as we shared scones, cauliflower soup and spaghetti.
More conversation flowed, while we enjoyed more coffee
and scones. Yes we did roll people out!
A very happy bunch of seniors enjoyed Anthony Tenace, their
favourite entertainer, at the Shepparton RSL “Merry
Melodies”. Gloria, George and Theresa hit the dance floor and
did some boot skootin’ to the joy of the group. Lunch was
roast of the day or fish and chips with pav for dessert.
We had the fantastic team at Truffles catered for our digital
Skype lunch and what a tremendous job the ladies did. Roast
beef and pork with all the trimmings, pav and a scrumptious
walnut cake. Debra and Wendy had the day off cooking and
thoroughly enjoyed the break. Our tutor Craig from Rushworth
did a brilliant job instructing us on how to Skype and we thank
him for his time. Next week we are off to Rochester, touring
the Neighbourhood House, visiting the silos and murals and
Julie and Kate from “Truffles” catered
for the digital Skype lunch
☺A Canadian lumber camp advertises for a lumberjack. A skinny little guy shows up at the camp the next day carrying an axe.
The head lumberjack takes one look at the puny little guy and tells him to get lost.
"Give me a chance to show you what I can do," says the skinny guy.
"Okay, see that giant redwood over there?" says the head lumberjack. "Take your axe and cut it down."
The guy heads for the tree, and in five minutes he's knocking on the lumberjack's door. "I cut the tree down," says the guy.
The lumberjack can't believe his eyes and says, "Where did you learn to chop down trees like that?"
"In the Sahara Forest," says the puny man.
"You mean the Sahara Desert," says the lumberjack.
"Sure......That's what they call it now!"☺
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Group Name Details Contact name Contact number
The Girgarre Community Group Inc. President Duncan Rodrick 0427 391 706
The Girgarre Community Cottage
3rd Monday 7pm
Words on Wheels
Coordinator Kezia Talbot 5854 6482
Tuesdays 10:45am Debra Stelzer 5854 6482
Discuss chosen books
3rd Tuesdays 6pm
Carol Ohlin 5854 6371
Girgarre Green Thumbs Nursery Nursery Sales Carol/Loraine W Carol 5854 6371
Girgarre Open Garden Committee Open Garden Festival Loraine Warde 58546236/0438 546 237
Girgarre Playgroup 0-5 years
Jigarre Ukulele (J-Ukes)
1st & 3rd Wed (5th) 1:30pm
Girgarre Patchwork Quilters
Girgarre Line Dancers
Thursdays 2pm $7
Carpet Bowls-Thursdays 7:15pm
April to August
Begins 2nd week of terms
Play/learn with others
Quilters and sewing group
Bernie Smith 5854 6482
Lyn Cosham 5859 0297
Nola Marke 5854 8226
Memorial Hall Gloria Atkins 0400 539 778
0428 740 976
0409 975 997
Girgarre Community Kindergarten Lead Educator Robyn Swan 5854 6368
Girgarre Primary School Principal Peter Caldow 5854 6275
Girgarre Returned Services League
1st Tuesdays 7pm. Feb-Nov
RSL Club Room
Laurie Young 5854 6303
Girgarre Country Fire Authority
1st Monday 7:30pm
Stanhope/Girgarre Lions Club
2nd Wednesday 7pm
CFA Meeting Room
Maree Gadzinski 5854 6264
Avis Weller 5854 6383
Girgarre Community Church
Stanhope and District Men’s Shed
Mon, Wed, Fri. 9am-12
Christian Church Ron Gregory 5854 6382
Have fun and create.
3 Tivey Rd. Stanhope
Des Crichton 0457 300 321
Girgarre Memorial Hall Committee Memorial Hall Sandra McDonald 5854 6324
Girgarre Development Group (DGD)
Last Tuesday, Jan-Nov 7:30pm
Jan Smith 5854 6283
Gargarro Project Gargarro Botanic Gardens Athol McDonald 5854 6324
Friends of Gargarro Garden Chairperson Bernie Ryan 5857 2407
Girgarre Craft Market
2nd Sundays. 8:30-12
Bookings/enquiries Carol Ohlin 5854 6371
Girgarre Farmer’s Market Bookings/enquiries Jan Smith 5854 6283
Jigarre Jammers. Feb to Nov
4th Saturday 10:30-4pm $2
Acoustic Music Irene Labbett 0429 149 246
Girgarre Living History
Book title “Girgarre”
Record of local history
Girgarre Recreational Reserve President Darren Butler 0427 546 332
Girgarre Football/Netball Club President Brendon Nicholson 0413 022 398
Girgarre Cricket Club President Mick Coyne 0488 296 566
Girgarre Tennis Club
0400 546 766
0408 502 274
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OPEN MIC SESSIONS
Colbinabbin Country Hotel are hosting Open Mic sessions the next one is on
Sunday September 15 and on the third Sunday of each month. Pizza available
all arvo. Performers can win a fully paid gig.
Organisers are the “Rambling Siulers” pictured.
From left: Graeme Prowd, Ray Martin, Helen Blomquist and Des Halberd.
The “Rambling Siulers” will be performing at the Saturday evening Jigarre
Jammin’ Camp concert in Girgarre September 28.
Strum ‘n’ Sing invite you to……
…….a musical event to be held at Lifestyle Clubhouse
65 Channel Road, Shepparton
FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER
Home owners and Guests are invited to present 2-4 songs
(or more depending on interest) to a supportive audience.
Please invite friends to participate.
We will provide a modest sound system with 2-3 mics.
If you have queries, or wish to lodge your interest please ring Di - 0408 011 634
BYO drinks and nibbles.
SHEPPARTON WORKWEAR & SAFETY
189 – 197 High Street SHEPPARTON VIC 3630
FOR ALL YOUR WORKWEAR CORPORATE
WEAR AND EMBROIDERY
Ph.: 5831 4838
Fax: 5831 1696
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Girgarre - ’What A terrific Town…’
The ‘Bushwackers’ RV Club chose the lovely
surrounds of Girgarre as the place to be for
their 25th anniversary weekend and dinner.
Bernie Ryan and the Gargarro catering team
did them proud with a silver service dinner and
all the trimmings. They walked around the town and were impressed
with the Sound Walk and Sound Shell and the Girgarre town panels,
visited ‘Bonshaw’ and generally had a great time, promising to come
back again in the future.
From the Bushwackers latest newsletter
“What a terrific Community-minded town we visited for our 25th Birthday
celebration. The Hall grounds were terrific – flat, green, wellmown
and decorated with a couple of garden beds. There was
plenty of room for us all and with the weather being kind, we could sit
in the sun, go for a walk, chat and generally relax. To the Hall helpers,
to the Committees that maintain the historical and beauty of the town
walk spaces, to the beautiful Homestead gardens that some Bushies
were taken to, and to the Hall Committee for the ease that enabled
our weekend to evolve smoothly, The Bushwackers sincerely thank
Jigarre Jammin’s Winter Program was a popular place to be
on a lovely spring-like day on the 24 August. ‘Favourites’ was
the theme of the day and the presenters in Pete Gibson, Kim
Burns (Bendigo), Di Burgmann (Shepparton), Audrey Dickins
(Gunbower) and Mick Crawford (Yarrawonga) presented an
eclectic mix of old and new including pop and country plus
some familiar but great folk songs remembered from the 60’s
and 70’s. It was a fabulous day enjoyed by the more than 70
participants including a number of children and younger folk.
So good to see.
Wayne and Sandra below
known at “Just Us”.
IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE.
One of the highlights of the day were a duo from Tasmania,
Wayne Elliot and Sandra Pearn currently on a musical tour of
Victoria with their friends. Singing at the recent Lockington
Country Music Festival, the Kyabram Club and many other
Country clubs and venues as they enjoyed all that Victoria has
to offer. Camped in the park, they read the notice board near
the amenities block and were happily surprised to find it was
a jam weekend. Jigarre Jammin'’ always offers a walk up
segment and Wayne and Sandra starred with a couple of their
own country songs along with some of our regulars and other
visitors from Tassie, one of whom, Ken Sulman of the Southern
Tasmania Bluegrass Group who meet at Miena in the
centre of Tasmania. Ken was more than happy to run an
impromptu jam for a few late stayers at the close of the day.
September (26-29) is Jigarre Jammins’ camp weekend with
many workshops, Saturday night concert $5 entry and Sunday
morning old time gospel singalong over in the Community
Church, planned for the campers and day trippers who come.
Keep an eye on the web page for the program and updates,
it’s a jam packed weekend of musical fun with something for
everyone...www.girgarre.com.au or on Facebook page,
Jigarre Jammin'' - we're making music, for updates.
All contacts on page 15.
MOOSIC MUSTER 2020 January 9-12 Camp.
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COMING EVENTS - Tiny Towns, Small Communities Supporting Each Other
Kyvalley Hall—Sunday Afternoon Melodies Featuring – Daine Runnalls -
Daine sings a wide range of popular tunes, from 1960s through to
the present for you to Sing Along & Enjoy. He’s a songwriter,
acoustic musician & jingle writer. A fabulous entertainer!
Kyvalley Hall Sunday, 8 September. 2:00pm
Admission $20 includes afternoon tea.
Hall Heated. Raffles. All Welcome.
Bookings appreciated Beryl 0408 137 635 or Bev: 0417 360 687 /
58 521 853. Proudly presented by Kyvalley Swimming Club Inc.
KYVALLEY RURAL DROUGHT SUPPORT DINNER
INVITATION TO FARMERS & Assoc. Businesses & Families
FREE Sunday Roast Meat & Veg & Desserts. BYO Drinks
Sunday, 22 nd September
Midday – 4:00pm
Meal served at 12:30pm
Raffles. Bookings Essential:
Beryl 0408 137 635 or Bev: 0417 360 687 / 58 521 853
Proudly Hosted By: Campaspe Primary Care Partnership
& Kyvalley Swimming Club Inc.
LOCAL EVENTS AT A GLANCE
8 September Girgarre Farmers and Craft Market (Chook Auction)
16 September The Community Cottage AGM 7pm (The Cottage Utility Room at rear)
27,28, 29 September
Jigarre Jammin’ Camp Weekend (Memorial Hall)
Jiggare Jammin’ Saturday Night Concert
5 October Football Netball Presentation Night.
8 October Rail Trail Walking Track AGM 7:30. Stanhope Business Centre
13 October Girgarre Farmers and Craft Market (Chook Auction)
26 October Jigarre Jammin’ (Memorial Hall)
27 October Girgarre Open Gardens
29 October Friends of the Gargarro Garden AGM 6:30pm Memorial Hall
23 November Jigarre Jammin” (Memorial Hall)
29 November Twilight Market at Gargarro Garden site
9-12 January 2020 Moosic Muster Camp weekend.
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COTTAGE SERVICES AND LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS
COTTAGE HOURS. The Cottage is
open 10am to 3pm, Monday to
Thursday at 27 Olympic Street,
Girgarre. Coordinator: Kezia Talbot.
Telephone: 5854 6482 for services
FOOD BANK. Food parcel available
for those in need. Confidentiality ensured.
Available Monday to Thursday
10am to 3pm.
COMMUNITY CAR. Information and
criteria for bookings. Contact The
SENIOR'S GROUP. Meet weekly for
outings or social events. Meet Tuesdays
10am at the Cottage.
UTILITIES ROOM FOR HIRE. Need a
space to hold a meeting, do some training,
hold an event or activity? The
Cottage has a room for hire including
tea & coffee.
ITEMS TO HIRE Specialty items
including shower chairs, walkers, porta
cots, child's car seat, wheel chair, baby
bath, high chair, walking sticks.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED. Teach a class,
join the committee or help out at the
FREE PLAYGROUP Mondays 10am to
12pm. Held at the Girgarre Kindergarten.
BOOK SWAP Leave a book and take
one. Free Service at the Cottage.
DONATE CLEAN DENIM Ros makes it
into quilts. Stains don't matter.
DONATE ITEMS TO HELP OTHERS
Spectacles , mobile phones, routers,
bras, baby items, mastectomy items,
cotton clothing suitable for Fijian
Plastic lids off soft drink bottles, juices
and water bottles for Envision.
GIRGARRE (CAMPASPE) REGIONAL
LIBRARY Borrow a book, DVDs, talking
books - thousands of titles can be
ordered online at
and delivered to The Cottage.
PRESCRIPTION SERVICE Leave your
scripts for collection and return. Free
service at the Cottage
Enrolments welcome anytime
phone 0428 738 147
GIRGARRE HALL FOR HIRE Available for
your next event. Phone Sandy Fletcher
at the Girgarre Post Office T: 5854 6200
STANHOPE MEN'S SHED Open Mon,
Wed & Fri, 9am to Noon. Tea & coffee,
chat, computers, wood and metal
lathes. Phone Des 0457 300 321
WORDS ON WHEELS Everyone
welcome. Stimulating discussions on
topical subjects. Third Tuesdays 6pm.
Phone Carol Ohlin 5854 6371
LOCAL PHONE BOOKS - there are 150 local phone books to distribute. Call into the Cottage if you would like one.
They are not available from the Post Office.
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK LUNCH AND DINNER
MONDAY – FRIDAY $10.00 LUNCHES AVAILABLE
Come in, relax and enjoy our fabulous modern facili-
82 ALLAN STREET KYABRAM Ph: 5852 2431
QUALITY BISTRO DINING, SUN SHADED PLAYGROUND,
FOXTEL, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, OFF STREET PARKING,
SPORTS BAR, LANDSCAPED COURTYARD WITH
BARBEQUE FACILITIES, CONFERENCE ROOMS, TAB,
KENO AND EFTPOS FACILITIES.
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Girgarre Farmers Market Part-Time Co-ordinator
required—if you love community and getting people
together for fun, consider sharing the role of Girgarre
Market Co-ordinator to promote the monthly market.
Approx. 10 hours a week. Fabulous support team to
For more information email@example.com
MARKET WET WEATHER POLICY
Morgan St Closure...A permit has been obtained from the
Shire of Campaspe enabling the closure of Morgan Crescent
to traffic if inclement weather is affecting the parkland.
Effective between the hours of 6.30am and 3.00pm for the
following Market days. 8 September,
13 October, 10 November, 8 December
Friends of the Gargarro Gardens A.G.M.
Tuesday 29 October, 2019
Girgarre Memorial Hall (Morgan Cres.)
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Major fundraiser for the Girgarre Community Car &
Stage 1 of Gargarro Botanical Gardens
Detailed designs of plantings, buildings and structures.
SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2019
5 SPECTACULAR GARDENS TO VIEW from 10 - 3.30pm
At ‘BONSHAW’ homestead (3366 Midland Hwy) we will have:
BBQ (tea & coffee) available from 10:30 - 4pm (small charge for kinder)
• High Tea (2-4pm) Price included in admission fee
• Art Display by Ross Franzi “Black Cockatoo Gallery”
• Live Music 1-3pm Pete Gibson
• Raffle with fabulous prizes, drawn at 4pm
Winners will be notified if not in attendance
Green Thumbs Nursery open 9.30-2.30pm
Purchase Garden Passes from 9:30 at Girgarre Community Cottage
(27 Olympic Street.) Available at the Open Gardens from 10.00 am.
Entry $15 accompanied children free No dogs please
Girgarre Community Cottage
P: 5854 6482
Proudly supported by Shire of Campaspe &
Bendigo Bank Rushworth
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