July 2020 WEB

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JULY 2020

Keep Warm!

inside

Who do you think you are?

Vale to Raymond Kelly & Pat

McCormack

Alison Erwin receives her

message from the Queen

…and the usual

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Installation of all fifty (50) turbines complete

Energisation of substation complete

Ongoing commissioning of turbines

Ongoing energisation of turbines

Installation of bottom tower sections (S1 & S2) completed at all 54 turbine locations

Three (3) turbines fully installed

All access tracks, hardstands and substation complete

Energisation of substation complete

All turbine components have been delivered to site

Three (3) Main cranes now onsite to support turbine installation

Nightworks may take place as installation works progress

Road maintenance and repairs will continue as we monitor on weekly basis

Ongoing Electrical completion of turbines

Ongoing commissioning of turbines

Ongoing energisation of turbines

Did you know the main installation cranes at

Moorabool South wind farm are fitted with an

aviation warning light? These are operational at all

times.

Image -Installation of the first turbine at Moorabool South wind farm


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Community Centre comprising: Jim Elvey,

(general editor and chair) Dawn Macdonald,

David Jones, Stefania Parkinson and Ian Penna.

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comprising Pam Ridd, Peter Boer, Don Atherton

and Jim Elvey.

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ADVANCE

MEREDITH

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B’BURN ART

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BLUE LIGHT

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BOOK CLUB

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Meredith

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Morrisons

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CHILDCARE

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COMMUNITY

CENTRE

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CRICKET

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Junior

(U16,U14,13)

0448 291074

Meredith

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SCOUTS

Anakie

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ELAINE HALL

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HISTORY GROUP

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MEMORIAL HALL

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..or start something.

TENNIS

Elaine

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Meredith

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FRIENDS OF THE

BRISBANE

RANGES

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If you have a special interest

you would like to share with

like minded people, let us

know and we will help you get

it sorted.

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(from mobile phone) 000 or 112

Meredith Police Station 5286 1222

Police non emergency 131 444

Power Failure 132 412

Nurse-On-Call 1300 606 024

Mental Health Advice 1300 280 737

Poisons Information 13 11 26

Barwon Water 1300 656 007

SES Emergency - 132 500

flood & storm

24 Hour Helpline 1800 629 572

24 Hour Drug &

Alcohol Counselling 1800 888 236

Kids Help Line

24hr 5-18yo 1800 551 800

Golden Plains Shire 1300 363 036

A.H. Emergencies 0408 508 635

Ranger 52207111 or

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Pets and Horses 24/7 5281 2226

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Justices of the Peace

Mr Don Atherton. 0409 869 960

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"If you think you are too small to make a

difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

- Dalai Lama


4 MEREDITH and DISTRICT NEWS

Young people across Golden Plains Shire have

written messages of hope to be sent to isolated and

vulnerable members of the community.

A new initiative developed in partnership between

Council’s Youth Development and Active Ageing

and Disability Services teams, the Messages of

Hope project will see 150 residents who use

Council’s aged and disability services receive a

postcard with a message from a young person in

the Shire.

The Messages of Hope project was designed to

combat isolation through providing some much

needed connection and positivity through the

written form. Students from Bannockburn P-12

College, and the Meredith and Shelford Primary

Schools have all participated, with the postcard

recipients invited to reply with what they are most

looking forward to doing once restrictions are fully

lifted.

Examples of some of the messages include:

Remember there is always a rainbow after a

storm. Breathe, laugh, relax and smile. Everything

is going to be ok

You are not alone. Things are getting better

each day; even if you can’t see it right now. Have

faith that this too, will pass.

All you need is hope and strength. Hope that it

will get better. Strength to hold on until it does. I

hope you are keeping well and safe. Keep smiling

This afternoon, Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr

Owen Sharkey met with Meredith Primary School

students to collect the messages the students had

written.

PHOTO OMITTED FROM

ONLINE EDITION

Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey with Meredith Primary School

students and Principal Steven Trotter.


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Community

Church News

The State Government has given the following directive:

Current restrictions on gatherings at places of worship and

ceremonies are:

Places of worship can open for private worship or

small religious ceremonies for up to 20 people in each

separate area.

Up to 20 people, in addition to the celebrant and couple

getting married, can attend a wedding.

Up to 50 people can attend a funeral in addition to the

person leading the funeral and other funeral staff.

Meredith and District News has always provided church service

details as a free service to the community and will continue

to provide contact details as known to us. Churches are

invited to provide more information as appropriate.

Meredith Memorial Hall Hire

The Hall is open for hire adhering to the Victorian Health

Restrictions including a limit of people and adhering to

the 4 square metre rule. Facilities are required to record the

names of visitors who are in facilities for more than 15

minutes.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish - 0417 319556

Catholic Archdiocese of Australia Elaine - 5341 5544

Anglican -

Rev. Timothy Smith , 0412 673152

Rev. Glen Wesley : 0429 146 566

Serbian Orthodox 5341 5568

Uniting Church 0409285182

The deadline for copy is

9.00 am on the last Thursday

of the preceding month


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Recreation

Elaine Cricket Club

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 15th July 7pm

All Welcome

ECC is a senior and junior cricket club with excellent

facilities, who in 2019/20 had a senior team which made

the finals which were unfortunately cut short because of

COVID 19. ECC U17’s combined with East Ballarat to be

undefeated in the home and away season, and were

awarded the Premiership, due to the season being

abandoned. Our U13’s also made the finals. We are

looking for a volunteer/coordinator to run a junior blasters

(formerly Milo Cricket) this season also. New and old

members always welcome.

Enquires ph 0429 820 604 President :Julie Pandzitis

Elaine Cricket Club Inc.

5213 Midland Highway, Elaine, 3334

Website: http://elainecc.vic.cricket.com.au

Email: elainecricketclub@gmail.com

Elaine Tennis Club

2020/21 AGM will be on Thursday 16th July 7pm at the

clubrooms.

Excellent tennis facilities.

All new and old members welcome.

Enquires

Phone: 0439 742 419

President: Simon Colla

Meredith Recreation Reserve

Committee of Management

Newly elected office bearers

President: Greg Kitchen Ph: 0438 215 224

Vice President: Gordon Primmer Ph: 0429 315 575

Junior Vice President: Kim Medlyn. Ph: 0429 214 988

Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Rooney. Ph: 0408 545 246

We ask that any person who has keys that are not in use,

please return them to 18 Wilson street, Meredith.

Kim Medlyn

Our Cover

This month features a couple

of walkers heading down the

track next to Sutherlands

Creek West Branch near

Steiglitz taken by Jim Elvey.

Why not share your favourite

pics with us? You might even

make the front page.

You can even join our Click Clique.


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LINDY ALLINSON

Lindy Allinson has always been creative having

picked up a pencil to draw as a toddler - almost

before she could talk! Over her life her artistic talents

have been explored and revealed in many ways: from

drawing, sculpture, painting and photography through

to garden design, house renovation and writing a

book (The day the Brisbane Ranges burnt). But there

is much more to Lindy. She is passionate about and

heavily involved in community work (especially

trying to fund raise to move the old Steiglitz school

building into the town), ‘Airing the Quilts’ and ‘Back

to Steiglitz’, is a civil celebrant, has worked in the

mining industry and been a journalist. She thrives on

keeping busy and is always eager to try new

experiences which are then channelled into her

creative endeavours.

Lindy’s mum was an amazing artist who still draws.

However, it was her grandma who inspired,

encouraged and nurtured her as well as her Uncle

‘Googy” (described as ‘bald like an egg’) who, when

she was seven years old, told her ‘you can do

anything’ and was very encouraging. As a young

child, Lindy spent a great deal of time with Great

Aunts who were strong, older women and some were

very eccentric. They helped shape her strong

philosophies about life and her strong belief that

women need to support other women and that we are

capable and can do anything. As somewhat of a free

spirit, it is her connection with the Earth and its

magic, her surroundings that really inspire her and

give her energy. Lindy sees life as a gift, embraces

her ‘uniqueness’ and has an overpowering need to

create and becomes ‘edgy’ when she can’t.

At the age of 28 Lindy began attending classes at

Geelong Fine Art School and credits Robert

Drummond and, especially, Patty Semmler with

guiding her towards the development of her own

style. Although, like her mother, she can copy

brilliantly this doesn’t give her the satisfaction of her

own work. Lindy believes that there is no such thing

as an individual thought, but that you can combine

lots of things in your own individual way. Her

current creations involve repurposing things she has

collected over the years; things that trigger memories

and thus making her art very personal.

Born and bred in Geelong, Lindy was first introduced

to Steiglitz through Mrs Intz (her Art teacher at

school) and had an immediate affinity with the place.

She has now lived here for 27 years in the last town in

Victoria without power, sewerage or water. As a

creative outlet where she displays her art Lindy

currently runs a retro shop called “Lindy’s Emporium

of Collectable Curiosities” at Geelong Vintage

markets. In future she hopes to set up a vintage shop/

information centre called “Steiglitz Emporium of

Collectable Curiosities”. In 2018 Lindy, together with

Tania Alonso, Isobel Paton and Kaitlyn Church,

exhibited in St Paul’s Church, Steiglitz as part of the

Golden Plains Arts Trail. With the support of Parks

Victoria she is planning a solo exhibition for 2021 in

the white church.

Lindy’s studio is both colourful and calming. It is

dominated by a wonderful paper mache model of a

women with long hair (inspired by her time travelling

in Iceland), an incredible multi-coloured table cover

made from more than 2000 hand cut fabric leaf

shapes individually glued in place, paintings and

drawings and her current wall-hanging project. Lindy

believes that life is constantly evolving and the

variety of her artwork is a testament to this

philosophy. It will be fascinating to see where

Lindy’s creative journey takes her between now and

her solo exhibition in 2021.


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10 MEREDITH and DISTRICT NEWS

the unCultured

Goats

think!

Steve Goat

We certainly are fortunate here in Meredith District.

Jim Elvey and his hardworking volunteers put the

Meredith News out every month, hail, rain, shine and

now, even during this pandemic. Not so in so many

other towns and cities around Australia. Local papers

struggle at the best of times, but with falling

advertising revenue and shut down pressures from

health authorities, doors are closing and printing

presses fall silent.

But there is also something else going on. The

Murdoch News Corporation, in the last few years, has

been increasing its stable of regional and rural

newspapers. Then centralising news rooms and failing

to adequately cover the local news. Now with the

impact of Covid19, these newspapers are going digital.

It is yet to be seen how successful this will be. Their

financial model seems to be broken.

As the ABC struggles with on going budget reductions,

it has had to reduce the ABC presence in these regional

areas. Even closing a few country offices. Such a pity,

when we consider how important Aunty is in times of

trouble and emergency. Their role in the recent bush

fires should not be diminished. As the pandemic has

widened, the public have turned to the ABC for the

latest, most accurate coverage again.

With all the discussion of a “ new normal” in the

months and years to come. One of the things we will

need is a national broadcaster that is funded

sufficiently to provide this essential service.

And of course, our own local Meredith News

Thank You

A very big Thank You to our

lovely readers who, reading that we

were losing money while

discounting rates for our

advertisers, made donations to ensure we stay

afloat. This is a heartening gesture and brings

home the point, as Barry Finn said, “we are all in

this together.“

Be assured, the Committee is keenly focused on

the long term sustainability of our Newsletter and

even more so, knowing it is so valued.


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Balancing Act

Life is all about balance. Work/life balance, dietary

balance, active/inactive balance…the list goes on.

And while the word ‘balance’ drums up images of

people chanting Om while perched on top of large

rocks at the beach, it often means an internal fight

that can create a sense of unease within an

individual.

Why? Because balance means the even distribution

of weight, as well as placing something in a steady

position so it doesn’t fall. Now, tell me that the

idea of steadying some element in your life, so that

it won’t fall, does not make you a tad uneasy.

It was while I was finishing up work one evening

that I realised how much inner turmoil balance can

cause. At the time of writing we were only just

recently allowed to go back into the world and

have dinner cooked by a professional whose scones

don’t turn into rocks (re: last month’s article). My

friend and I decided to book into our favourite

restaurant for dinner and catch up over some good

food and good wine.

At approximately 4pm, my stomach started

rumbling. ‘No, I’m going out for dinner,’ I thought.

‘I must not spoil my appetite by snacking.’ I kept

on working away for another hour, keeping busy

enough not to notice this small hunger pang.

I finished work and got about performing some

evening chores, feeling increasingly famished. Not

just I-could-go-for-a-snack hungry, but full-blown

is-it-dinner-time hungry. I started weighing up my

options and came to the same conclusion every

time: it was too late; I’d gone past the point of no

return.

While I got ready to leave the house, I

contemplated what a delicate balance eating times

could be. If I had have timed it right, I could have

had it all: a cheeky snack AND a fancy dinner. But

I let the scales tip too far one way and threw the

balance off.

As a consequence, I arrived at my friend’s house

delirious and unable to hold a conversation – my

responses to questions often bordering on the

melodramatic (hard to imagine, I know). Luckily, I

had passed the hangry stage and bad-temper due to

being hungry was no longer a threat.

So it was then that I learnt how crucial balance is to

a healthy life. Not just for the welfare of friends who

become victims of circumstance, but also for the

wellbeing of one’s own person.

It seems that the achievement of balance in all

aspects of life will be a constant quest, but we can

only do what we can. Whether that means ensuring

that your workday doesn’t extend into your

weekends, or eating a piece of fruit at the right time

so that you don’t ruin your dinner (sorry Mum, I’m

still ignoring that advice – even in adulthood).

Gemma

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100 Years Old

Marg Cooper

Alison Erwin was born on 16/6/1920. On Tuesday, 16

June, 2020 she celebrated her 100 th birthday.

Alison and her husband Des bought a 50 acre farm just

south of Meredith town on the Midland Highway in the

mid 1980’s. Alison had been a teacher and Des drove his

school bus to Geelong each day and back after school.

Alison joined many organizations including CWA, Red

Cross, Church of England, Guides Support Group and

made many friends in Meredith. She was very valued

because she had skills, one of which was to write Banjo

Paterson type poetry about local events and people. Her

poems were compiled in a book so they would not get lost.

Failing health caused them to sell the farm and move to a

unit in Winchelsea in 2004. Des died in 2013 and Alison

has continued to live happily in her unit with the help of

family.

Alison finds it hard to believe that she has lived for 100

years and puts it down to either good genes or just luck

that she has not suffered from any major health issues.

She rates sanitation and refrigeration as the two of the

most important benefits to mankind in her time.

She has never experienced anything like the Covid 19

virus but vividly remembers young children being wheeled

along St Kilda esplanade in cots during the Polio

epidemic. She remembers her teacher father and musician

mother instilling in their children a love of learning, taking

them on holidays and introducing them to new experiences

and providing them with the best equipment to play sport.

Alison also was grateful for her education at Melbourne

Grammar.

At 13 years of age a green coat with a flared skirt and a fur

lined collar was bought for her. She wore it to church with

patent leather court shoes. Her mother had made all of her

clothes prior to this purchase. Her father died

unexpectedly at 60 years of age and suddenly she needed a

job to help support her mother. She became a student

teacher at Caulfield North and then went on to attend

Melbourne Teachers’ College. She was appointed to

Wensleydale in 1942, boarded with the Erwin family and

fell in love with their youngest son Des. At the time she

was annoyed to be sent to the country as life in Melbourne

was pretty exciting in 1942 with soldiers everywhere.

When asked if she would have changed anything she

replied, “I would like to have been beautiful.” However,

her motto was to accept and adjust. There was a saying

that she often uttered, “If I live to be a hundred I’ll never

understand you kids”.

She has lived to be 100. She was planning a big party but

Covid 19 has caused that to be put on hold but,

nevertheless, her children partied with her and she

received numerous well wishes. She received lovely cards

from the Queen, the Governor General and his wife, the

Prime Minister, Libby Coker and Sarah Henderson and a

grand daughter framed a page documenting important

events of 1920.


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e x p e r i e n c e a n d s e r v i c e t o t h e r e g i o n

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● S a t e l l i t e / V A S T s y s t e m s

● M e t r o & R e g i o n a l R e c e p t i o n

● O n s i t e S i g n a l t e s t s & q u o t e s

● H o m e T h e a t r e , D A T A & P h o n e

● F r i e n d l y S e r v i c e , A d v i c e & 5 y e a r

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16 MEREDITH and DISTRICT NEWS

In our Nature

Wendy Cook

The sweet bursaria was perched on the edge of a small

cliff. It had started life as a seed, blown from the dry

brown pod of its parent plant. The seed had landed on the

cliff, where gentle rain had allowed it to germinate. As its

first tiny leaves grew upwards, an equally small root grew

downwards into a patch of soil. It pushed through the

grains of earth and particles of rock. Its tip was protected

by a root cap covered in a slimy substance called mucigel,

which prevented it from drying out and aided its

movement through the soil. The mucigel also assisted in

one of the root’s main purposes, absorbing water and

minerals to feed the plant. As it grew, the root developed

root hairs, which increased the surface area over which it

could uptake food. Tubes of xylem cells within the root

drew nutrients upwards to nourish the rest of the plant.

Some of the hormones required for development were

created in the root, and also travelled up through the

xylem. The leaves expanded and branches began to grow.

Carbon dioxide from the air and light from the sun reacted

during photosynthesis in the leaves, to create sugars.

These were drawn downwards within tubes of phloem

cells, through the stalk of the young plant into its root.

Sugars fed the root and were stored there. The plant’s root

continued down, weaving a path among the stones in its

way.

trees, that had grown in that place, had already forged a

track through cracks in the rocks. The sweet bursaria

followed. As it grew deeper, its grip on its precarious

position improved. Its roots grew thicker and expanded the

cracks, until a rock on the cliff face split. Part of it fell to

the ground. The roots continued their journey, spreading

through the soil and rock beyond the edge of the small

tree’s crown. Now securely anchored and fed, its branches

extended and in summer grew sweet-smelling white

flowers. Below it, the flax lily had spread over the cliff top.

Among its leaves grew branching stalks carrying blue

berries. A skink, rustling through the leaf litter, found one

of these fallen fruits and ate it, before climbing onto a low

branch of the sweet bursaria to sunbake.

The sweet bursaria and the flax lily were growing in a

tough place, with a shallow, often dry, layer of low nutrient

soil, over rocks. Their roots were adapted to cope with

these conditions, just as plants throughout the world have

evolved to tolerate the environment in which they are

naturally found. There are plants that can find food and

thrive in locations where heavy metals, salt, poor drainage,

waterlogging, drought, heat or cold would kill the roots of

most plants. In many places in the world, roots have the

ability to tolerate an amazing range of different conditions,

to keep their plant alive.

Wendy

This first root became the sweet bursaria’s taproot. From it

branched lateral roots which spread out across the soil,

expanding the plant’s search for food. Australian soils are

generally low in nutrients, so plant growth can be slow.

Much of the water and minerals which the plant needed

were to be found in the organic material of the top layer of

soil. Here the earth was richest due to a layer of dead

leaves, sticks and bark, and the activities of the creatures

and fungi that lived in it, gradually breaking it down into

soil. As the roots grew through the earth, they were

nibbled by insects, such as bardi grubs. They encountered

threads of fungi. Some of the threads bonded with the

roots, beginning a relationship essential to the sweet

bursaria throughout its life. The fungal threads extracted

extra nutrients from the soil which the plant could use. In

return, sugars from the plant fed the fungi.

The sweet bursaria seed was not the only one to land in

this place. A raven flying over left its droppings,

containing another seed, near the young tree. When this

seed germinated, it grew the long tough leaves of a flax

lily. Its root system was different to the sweet bursaria’s.

Instead of a taproot reaching deep into the ground, the flax

lily had a horizontal rhizome, from which grew a

shallower fibrous root system, useful for holding the top

soil together and preventing erosion.

Over the years, the sweet bursaria’s taproot travelled

deeper. It encountered the larger rocks that made up the

cliff. Now it was harder to find a path. Roots of long-dead

The

Things

We Say

Gemma Hanan

Full of Beans

Often used to describe children

that are experiencing scary

bursts of energy and are

bouncing off the walls, being

full of beans means being

energetic/hyperactive.The

origin of this phrase is most

often attributed to Roman times

when horses would be fed beans

which made them more

energetic than non-bean fed

horses. A modern interpretation

is that it relates to coffee beans.

Which – let’s face it – makes a

lot of sense. We’ve all had one

too many chocolate-covered

coffee beans in our time, with

varying degrees of

consequence.


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18 MEREDITH and DISTRICT NEWS

fromtheMAYOR

Cr Owen Sharkey

Mayor, Golden Plains Shire

Time flies or time crawls – for most of us, time in

isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic was a

strange experience.

Fast forward two months and we can now see the light

at the end of the COVID tunnel. As many return to

our daily routines, here at Council we’ve been very

pleased to be able to reopen playgrounds and

recreation parks, libraries and campgrounds over the

past month. It’s an optimistic start to see our families

and community groups come back together – at a

social distance, of course.

As we are heartened by these new steps forward, we

are also acutely aware that there are many people in

Golden Plains who are facing a tough road back to

normal. We understand that some people will need an

extra helping hand, and that’s why Council created its

new Financial Hardship Policy for residents and

businesses. If you need some extra time to make

payments or you’re trying to get your businesses back

up and running, please call Council for a confidential

chat. It may not be a call you’d usually make but these

are unusual times – and it may be that we can offer

the help you need.

In the meantime, please know that Council is working

to get the rest of our services and facilities back in

action, when allowed by the Victorian Government

directives. Both the State and Federal Governments

have committed to funding infrastructure to create

jobs and boost the economy, and we are making sure

that Golden Plains is on the list. We’re off to a very

positive start with $500,000 from the Regional

Infrastructure Fund, $1.33 million from the Local

Roads and Community Infrastructure Fund, $100,000

for ICT Technology, and 20 new local jobs for

unemployed people under the Working for Victoria

program. Over the coming months, we’ll continue to

seek support for the COVID-19 recovery in Golden

Plains and we’ll be reporting back to our residents.

In our country and in our communities, it’s great to be

reopening the doors and yet, we appreciate that this is

just the start of getting back to normal. As I have

previously written, Golden Plains is full of supportive

people and strong communities. The COVID-19

pandemic has once again shown this to be true and

together we will work through this recovery and

return to the life we love in Golden Plains.

Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey

COVID-19: COUNCIL UPDATE

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,

Golden Plains Shire Council has implemented a

number of changes to its operations to reduce the risks

to residents, staff and volunteers.

Council’s Bannockburn and Smythesdale Customer

Service Centres are now open for face-to-face

interactions. Council greatly appreciates the

community’s support while these centres were closed

and look forward to welcoming the community at our

modern, accessible centres.

This information is current as of 25 June 2020. For upto-date

information on the status of Council’s services

and events, visit goldenplains.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

or call Customer Service at 5220 7111.

GOLDEN GROWERS PROJECT

Council recently launched its new online resource hub

dedicated to inspiring families to grow and cook with

more vegetables: Golden Growers.

The Golden Growers page features a series of ‘how to’

videos showcasing tips and tricks on growing,

preparing and cooking with a range of vegetables,

recipes, and content submitted by community members

and Council’s partner organisations. Visit the Golden

Growers page at goldenplains.vic.gov.au/

goldengrowers

Do you have an idea of something you would like to

see on the page or have a vegetable-packed family

recipe that you would like to share? Contact the

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EAT

Steve Duffy

The famous Marx Brothers film title”Duck Soup” refers

to the American slang for something easy, hence I’ve

chosen “Duck Soup” as the name for this contribution.

Duck Soup

One of the joys of country living is growing and eating

one’s own produce. I have found myself dealing with the

total food chain, where one prepares, cultivates and

harvests the fuel of life. Not just physically but

emotionally. Providing for one’s own needs.

The vegetable garden takes work and planning. The

poultry demand attention, providing food and safe

containment. But the rewards come when you convert the

efforts into meals that sustain. In simple terms I’d like to

share with you the benefit of home grown produce.

I am not dismayed to find myself dispatching a chicken or

duck, when I can combine them with my homegrown

vegetables and spices. Recently I butchered one of my

ducks, so I wanted to make the most of the outcome.

Butchered, plucked and dressed, I did not want to have

just one meal out of this fine bird. So three meals were

envisaged: Roast the whole bird, have the breasts as a

meal, use the legs as a cassoulet and then use the trim and

bones for a soup. The home grown Bok Choi and other

veg from the garden would compliment the rich stock

from the carcass.

Before slow roasting the duck, parboil in spiced water for

five minutes, with garlic and star anise. Then slow roast

the duck on a rack over some of the spiced water. Turn

the bird a couple of times, allowing the skin to crisp up

and let the duck fat and juices drip into the pan. About

170 degrees C for about 2 and half hours. When ready

slice off the breasts and serve with roast root veg and

garden salad. Enjoy, reserving the rest for the other meals.

I used the legs for a cassoulet the next day.

That left me with the bones with still a bit of meat

attached. I then removed all the meat and made a stock

with the pan juices. When cooled I drew off the duck fat,

later using some for stir frying.

Now for the soup: Stir fry onions, garlic, carrot, celery,

capsicum and the Bok Choy. In goes the duck meat

trimmings and the stock. Then add noodles (or even home

made fine pasta). Lastly adjust the seasoning with salt or

fish sauce, soy, chilli and maybe a little soy or hio sin

sauce.

The great joy of growing and eating your own produce is

one of the great pleasures of life.

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22 MEREDITH and DISTRICT NEWS

Vale to Patricia Ellen

McCormack

1/11/1926 – 28/5/2020

Pat Brown was born when her parents lived at Malmsbury.

They moved to Meredith and lived in the CRB house on

the corner of Wallace and Lawler Street. Her father was

Road Patrol Supervisor, head of the CRB crew at Meredith

that looked after the main road from Geelong.

When she was 14 years of age she started working for Mar

Mooney at the Royal Hotel. She was required to live at the

hotel, presumably as company for her employer, although

her family house was next door. She saved her money and

had a coat made from local rabbit skins. She wore it to

dances etc and looked very smart. There were many social

functions, to farewell soldiers and to make money to send

“canteen orders” to all the local boys serving in Australia

or overseas. She was Secretary of the Committee that

organized the “canteen orders” and she did 200 hours plane

spotting from the Billiard Room, next to the Royal Hotel

during WW11. It was manned 24 hours a day. Pat also

played tennis.

When she was 19 years of age she became a house maid at

Geelong Hospital.

She married Jack McCormack, a young man from

Morrison at Ashby in October 1946 and they lived in

Lawler Street Meredith until 1962. The house had been

built at Morrison by Martin McCormack, left to Jack and

shifted to Meredith while he was in Egypt, by his mother,

who moved into the house in Meredith after Pat, Jack and

family moved to Geelong. They had 6 children, Ann,

Susan [dec], Ted, Geraldine, Pauline, Bob and Bernadette.

Jack worked on the railways as a ganger. They moved to

Watsons Road, Newcomb when their eldest daughter Ann

was about to join the workforce.

Pat worked as assistant cook at Kirrewur Court Reception

Centre, working nearly every night for 23 years. Three of

her children had their wedding receptions there. Ann tells

that cooking was a big part of her mother’s life and she

was an accomplished cook. She also dressed beautifully,

had smart outfits, had smooth, clear skin and took

particular care with her grooming. Pat was a member of

many organizations including War Widows, Legacy and

Senior Citizens and had a huge number of friends.

Limited numbers were permitted at her funeral on

4/6/2020 but it was live steamed to family and friends. Her

youngest brother John Brown died 4 weeks before Pat and

at that time only 10 could attend the funeral. John had been

married to Leonie and had lived at Kyneton.

Pat left the family home in Watsons Road a year ago and

became a resident of Eden Park Retirement Home where

many of her friends and some relations were. Pat’s family

also moved Pat’s brother John to Eden Park after his wife

died in January.

A lovely lady has departed.


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24 MEREDITH and DISTRICT NEWS

Miles from Meredith

Marg Cooper

You may have seen Miles on the ABC Television

Program “Hard Quiz” in Episode 12 which was

screened recently although it was recorded in October

last year in Melbourne. Miles applied earlier in 2019

and waited 6 months for an audition when four or five

people evaluated his suitability to be a contestant.

His selected topic was Mazda MX5’s: their history,

the models, the weight but not the mechanics of the

cars.

He has owned four Mazda MX5’s. He bought his first

Mazda

MX5, a 1989 model in 2006 (It died of old age!). He

then bought another 1989 Mazda MX5 but,

unfortunately, a kangaroo launched itself through the

windscreen. Now he has a red model which is fast,

low and sleek.

Miles was eliminated before the “Head to Head”

round because he was “too slow on the buzzer”. He

enjoyed the experience and found the compere, Tom

Gleeson, to be great fun.

Miles had 2 points of difference that the compere

questioned him about. His name is a mononym. He

says that his father was always just called Miles (his

surname) and that the son was called Minnie Miles or

Kilometres when he was young but now he is Miles in

his own right. Miles as a single name has been

approved by Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Miles is of Welsh birth but took to wearing a kilt

when he was in the British Army. He started wearing

a kilt to the pub with his Army mates so he’d be

noticed by the girls because, being the shortest, he was

often overlooked. It worked so well that his mates also

took to wearing kilts. This led to Miles collecting

kilts. He currently has 19 kilts including one made

from leather. He is about to send a length of

Australian tartan to his kilt maker in London to make

his 20 th kilt.

Miles came to Australia ten years ago. He works as a

fleet co-ordinator for Lend Lease. Having recently

built a house in Meredith, Miles and his wife are now

enjoying living in a country town.

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26 MEREDITH and DISTRICT NEWS

Who Do You Think You Are?

In Meredith

Kerrie Kruger

In 2019 the research team at MHIG had been liaising with

the production team for the previous few months,

researching someone’s ancestor, William Edwin Bazley.

After sharing research, we Skyped with the production

team and it was decided that Marg was the face of history

in Meredith and with confidentiality agreements signed,

we awaited the day of filming. Then on Saturday 29th

June 2019, Meredith turned on the most dismal cold rainy

day, but Roy & Diane had the home fires burning as we

greeted Denise Scott and the crew.

We made cuppas and morning tea, so while the crew set

up, we chatted with Denise. As she has mentioned in

interviews, she continued to film even while being pulled

away emotionally by a present-day family crisis, so we

offered another cuppa and let her chat. She mentioned

seeing an amazing rainbow on her way into Meredith, and

that she had seen one at nearly every place they had visited

as the rain seemed to be following her. It took nearly all

day of filming including a visit to Morrisons, in the

pouring rain and lunch at Back Creek Café. And so, we

waited a whole year, before we could reveal what we had

been up to on that cold winter’s day, a year ago.

So that’s the present day story, but who was this ancestor,

if you watched the program you will know the story, but

in case you were distracted by the watching Marg and you

missed the content we will recap…. Denise was in search

of where ‘Nanna Scott’ came from.

William Edwin Bazley, Denise Scott’s 2 x great

grandfather is buried in an unmarked grave at the Meredith

Cemetery. But how did he get there?

On 10th May 1847 in Stepney Middlesex London UK,

William (30) married Mary Ann Williams (21).

William was working as a Postal Clerk. They had 3 babies

Amanda Charlotte Ann b 1848, Ann and Richard b 1849

all died in infancy. Then one day in 1849 William

pocketed several letters addressed to a Ship’s Captain,

who he knew had not yet returned to port, one of them

contained a half sovereign. William was convicted at the

Old Bailey in 1849, to 7 years transportation. William

wrote to the local Pastor asking him to petition the courts

on his behalf, claiming that he was entirely innocent of

theft, but entirely guilty of carelessness and neglect of

duty. The Pastor did so, but with no positive outcome.

William spent next 2 years aboard the prison hulk ‘Stirling

Castle’ during which time he attempted suicide. In 1851 he

was transported on the ship the ’Miden’ to Western

Australia, leaving his wife Mary Ann behind. On arriving

William was granted a ticket of leave. This meant he could

work and be paid, but unable to leave Western Australia.

William obtained a position as a Senior Clerk at the

Convict Depot in York WA. His assistant John, wrote

about William in his diary summing him up as a small

man with long dark hair who was addicted to drinking of

spirits, an atheist, and a philosopher.

William received a conditional pardon, and as such able to

travel anywhere in Australia, but not leave her shores. So,

he heads to Victoria and ends up in Meredith. After 5 long

years, who does he start his new life with?

Well Mary Ann of course. She arrived on the ship ‘Marco

Polo’ in 1856 and in July 1859 they have a daughter

Amanda born at Moorabool. Her birth certificate list

William as a cook at the Morrison Station.

We have no records that help fill in the time between 1846

to 1859,nor how they arranged to meet up and where, but it

was a great love story of her waiting and travelling out to

be with her man.

William and Mary Ann stayed at Morrisons and had 2

more children, Robert Augustus b 1861 and Arthur b 1864

but by now William is suffering from Tuberculosis. In

1865 he spent 4 months in the Geelong Infirmary but came

home to Morrison’s, to be with his beloved Mary Ann,

they had 11 years together before he finally passed away

on 22 November 1867. William was buried at the Meredith

Cemetery.

Eighteen months later, still at Morrison Station, Mary Ann

39 years old with 3 children, marries 23 years old Joseph

Elsegood.

The new family leave Morrisons for a new start but after

17 years of marriage, unfortunately, Mary Ann has to bury

another husband. Joseph dies of Tuberculosis age 40 in

1886. He was buried at Boroondara Cemetery Kew

Melbourne.

Mary Ann does not remarry and lives to be 93, when she

dies of Senile Decay in 1918. She was buried next to

Joseph.

How does all this relate to Denise Scott?

William and Mary

Ann’s daughter Amanda

married David Little,

they had 14 children

with the second

youngest being Alice.

Alice married George

Scott, and there you

have ‘Nanna Scott.’


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28 MEREDITH and DISTRICT NEWS

Marg’s

Book Review

“Suitcase of Dreams” by Tania Blanchard.

This would be a great book for book clubs to

discuss because it explores many topics, is set in an

era that many of us remember and raises lots of

questions.

After enduring the horror and chaos of postwar

Germany, Lotte and her family arrive in Australia

in November 1956 full of hope for a new life and a

better future for their children. But, they soon

discover that finding their place in Australian

society and beginning all over again is far from

easy.

For Lotte and her husband Erich, “the never ending

sight of eucalyptus trees is a constant reminder that

we’re not in Germany any more”. The novel further

explores the difficulties of living in a migrant camp,

not having qualifications recognized and being

short of money. Not understanding language and

customs, being abused for taking Australian jobs

and being offered basic wage jobs because

Australians won’t do them, were other challenges

faced by Lotte and Erich. In contrast their two

daughters were more adaptable.

When Lotte and Erich start to get on their feet,

Erich becomes a unionist in the time when they

were suspected of being communists. They become

fearful, so both their mothers come out to live with

them and, of course, bring their old ways with

them. Erich has a serious accident and takes a long

time to recover and begin earning an income again

and, in the mean time, the Vietnam war reminds

them of the war they left behind.

The book is written from Lotte’s perspective in first

person, so we’re very much in her head and privy to

her highs and lows, her worries and ambitions. She

is a very honest narrator. She also has inner

strength. She worked hard and kept a positive

attitude, with the aim always to provide a secure

future for their daughters.

Suitcase of Dreams is inspired by the true story of

the author’s grandparents. Tania Blanchard has

shared the true story and historical background in

this book about the migrant experience of the

1950’s and 1960’s. It reflects on society, culture

and politics of the time, offering us some reminders

that we need to better learn from the past.

Lotte is a photographer who becomes an artist.

Because of her artistic eye readers are treated to

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30 MEREDITH and DISTRICT NEWS

Who Do You Think You Are:

it’s history

Meredith History Interest Group

After waiting for 12 months and not being able to tell anyone

who the celebrity who came to Meredith was, all has

now been revealed. The episode that brought Denise Scott

to Meredith was shown on SBS on Tuesday, June 16 at

7 .30 pm and will be available on SBS On Demand. Please

find the story of her two-times great grandfather who was

interred in the Meredith Cemetery in a separate article.

Significant Trees of Meredith & District:

The book of over 200 pages featuring over 100 of the photos

submitted for the exhibition in October 2019 is OUT. It

is in full colour. It is printed on glossy paper. As you open

the book the history of the tree is on the left hand page and

the photo of the tree is on the right hand page. It is available

for $35 from MHIG. It is amazing what history is included.

There are murders, cemeteries, sites of old houses,

historical characters associated with trees, trees that have

been removed and trees planted for special occasions.

Street Plant Nursery:

To help pay for maintenance of the grounds a Street

Nursery is being placed next to the Street Library, outside

MHIG. A collection of plants will be displayed there. The

cost of the plants and the name of the plant (if it is known)

will be individually marked. We ask you to please put the

money for your purchases through the slot in the fence.

Contributions of plants are welcome. For example, if you

have just dug up your dahlias and have too many, feel free

to place some on the nursery tray.

Ice Cream:

“Some sensation has been caused in connection with the

sale of ice cream in London by itinerant vendors. Last

month three boys died in London after partaking of this

delicacy. The stocks of ice cream in the possession of a

number of itinerant Italian vendors were seized and subjected

to analysis. Startling revelations have been made

with respect to the composition of the substances analysed.

It was found that in some cases sewerage water had been

used for making the ice cream.”

From Argus Cable printed in Steiglitz Miner, 1898.

MHIG Newsletter:

The newsletter will be in the mail and emailed on Thursday,

June 18. Thanks to Tony Scott for editing and members

for contributing. It is an important connection with

members especially at this time.

Open Times:

MHIG is open on Thursdays from 9 am or by appointment.

MHIG has a web site and facebook page.

Interesting history!

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families

used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken &

sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you

were "piss poor."

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't

even afford to buy a pot; they "didn't have a pot to piss in"

& were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands & complain

because the water temperature isn't just how you like it,

think about how things used to be. Here are some facts

about the 1500s.

Most people got married in June because they took their

yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by

June. Since they were starting to smell, however, brides

carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour.

Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when

getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man

of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then

all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally

the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was

so dirty you could actually lose someone in it . . . hence

the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath

water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no

wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get

warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs)

lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and

sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof,

resulting in the idiom, "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the

house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where

bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean

bed, therefore, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over

the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds

came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other

than dirt, leading folks to coin the phrase "dirt poor."

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the

winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to

help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added

more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all

start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the

entrance-way, subsequently creating a "thresh hold."

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big

kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the

fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly

vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the

stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold

overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes

stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while,

and thus the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge

cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel

quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang

up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a

man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a

little to share with guests and would all sit around and

"chew the fat."

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with

high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto

the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened


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most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so,

tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the

burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and

guests got the top, or the "upper crust."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The

combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for

a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would

take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They

were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and

the family would gather around and eat and drink and

wait and see if they would wake up, creating the custom

of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started

running out of places to bury people. So they would dig

up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and

reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of

25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside

and they realized they had been burying people alive, so

they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it

through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to

a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all

night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus,

someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a

dead ringer.

And that's the truth. Now, whoever said History was

boring?

Reference: Website #TheMoreYouKnow Jan

McDonald, Meredith History Interest Group

Meredith History Group’s latest book.


32 MEREDITH and DISTRICT NEWS

Healthy

Ingredients

Method

and

Slow Cooker Beef Casserole

Serves 4

Prep time 30 mins & Cook time 7-8 hours

1 large brown onion chopped

3 sticks celery chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped

4 medium potatoes cut into large chunks

3 carrots cut into large chunks

Beef stock – 1 cup

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Thyme, rosemary and sage

Frozen peas

1 tablespoon tomato paste

700g beef casserole pieces

Season beef pieces with salt and pepper. Brown in

a frypan on medium heat with olive oil.

Transfer to slow cooker.

Saute onions, celery followed by the garlic then

add the tomato paste.

Pour in beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, soy

sauce, thyme, rosemary and sage. Transfer to

the slow cooker.

Add the potatoes and carrots to the slow cooker

and season with salt and pepper. Stir.

Cook on low for 7 – 8 hours. Add the peas and if

sauce needs thickening mix a small amount of

cornstarch in a little water and stir into casserole

to thicken while peas are cooking. Approximately

20 minutes.

Serve with crusty bread.

Recipe from – Best Ever Slow Cooker Recipes - Google

Stefania

Vale to Raymond Kelly

19/6/1937 – 25/5/2020

“The Heritage of Lethbridge” by Eric McGillivray says

that the Kelly family first came to Lethbridge in 1923

with Patrick Kelly (Raymond’s grandfather) obtaining

employment at Nash’s Quarry. He and his family left for

a time but returned to Lethbridge in 1928. Patrick’s son

James Kelly married Rebecca (Rita) Scanlon in 1935 and

two sons were born to them, Raymond and Kevin. James

also worked at Nash’s Quarry. They first lived at the

quarry before purchasing the house of his Aunt Mrs

Annie McGillivray in English Road, Lethbridge in 1942.

Raymond lived in this house with his mother after his

father died in 1990 and then lived there by himself after

his mother died. After leaving Lethbridge State School

he received his education at Geelong Junior Technical

School, travelling by train to Geelong every day. The

train left Lethbridge at 7.45 am and returned at 6 pm

which was a long day! Fellow travellers described

Raymond as quiet and bookish.

After finishing school Raymond joined the Victorian

Railways at Geelong as a junior in the Pay Section. Over

the years he worked in various departments including

“Pay”, “Time”, “Costing” and “Accounting” until he

retired in 1991 after 38 years service. It is not surprising

that Raymond developed a tremendous knowledge of and

passion for railways. He loved to travel and share stories

about his travels and, of course, his railway knowledge.

Raymond lived across the road from the railway line and

a short distance from the Lethbridge Station.

Raymond was also very community minded. He played

tennis, becoming Club President and Secretary for many

years and took younger team members to matches in his

two door 1972 Volvo. It has been reported that he was a

very good player and somewhat cunning. He was

Treasurer of the Football Club, Secretary and Treasurer

of the Recreation Reserve and Trustee and Secretary of

the Lethbridge Cemetery. Eric’s book also describes how

Raymond was a keen gardener with his floral displays

being a treat to see.

After Raymond retired from the railways he became a

cleaner. His cleaning duties included the toilets at

Lethbridge and Meredith and the Recreation Hall and the

Memorial Hall at Meredith. He was a dedicated cleaner

and he also worried about overflowing bins, toilet roll

dispensers, messes created by people and lack of

communication. He said “I’m treated like a bloody

mushroom, kept in the dark all the time”. He was very

upset when he read in the newspaper that a contracting

business had been appointed as the new toilet cleaners

for the Shire.

Raymond was an encyclopaedia of Lethbridge history.

He remembered, collected, researched and wrote. He had

a particular interest in cemeteries, visiting many far away

cemeteries to research families, monumental masons,

funeral directors and priests. In his later years he visited

the Parish Centre at Meredith on Fridays to share lunch

and friendship. He had always been a devoted Catholic, a


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loyal member of St Mary’s at Lethbridge until it closed

and a counter of the money. As with his other jobs he

was committed, he performed the job exactly and with

passion. He often lamented the fact that collection

amounts had declined and worried that parishes would

not be able to survive financially.

Raymond was a well known and respected local

identity. With his passing we lose his extensive

knowledge and passion.

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Sun 12th July

10am—12.00 noon

$20.00 per person - bookings essential

Waterhole group sessions offer an opportunity to connect

with the horses and engage in mindfulness and relaxation

exercises. Morning tea included.

Please refer to our website or Facebook page for more

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Corangamite CMA Launch

The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority has

launched a new Community Engagement Network (CEN) to

enhance community input and perspectives on how the

Corangamite region’s natural resources are managed.

The Authority is looking for a cross section of the community

from a diverse range of views and skills; individuals who

farm, fish, are involved in forestry, interested in conservation

or simply like to go camping, are encouraged to apply to be

apart of the Network.

The new CEN will run for a three-year term. With two

gatherings a year with the first planned for later this year. The

forum will provide members the opportunity to exchange

views and give input on issues facing the community.

CMA CEO John Riddiford said, “As a Catchment

Management Authority, our key role is to improve the health

of our natural resources and sustainable productivity of the

Corangamite region. We can only achieve this by working

with the community.”

Of the types of people, the CEN hopes to attract, Mr Riddiford

said, “You might run a business that uses natural resources or

be employed by one. You might be a farmer or like to relax by

bushwalking or bird watching or be part of an outdoor club.

All of these provide a unique insight into our natural

resources”.

Applications for the CEN are open now and will close July 31st.

Members will be appointed by the Corangamite CMA Board and

will be remunerated for their contribution. For more information

visit https://bit.ly/39QyTzn or contact the Corangamite CMA on

1800 002 262.

Located in Meredith 0408 791 097


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Bannockburn Pharmacy Newsletter

Proprietors: Scott Wilkes & Damian Bennett

6 High Street

Bannockburn VIC 3331

Phone: 5281 1519

COVID-19 Update

During this COVID-19 pandemic we are continuing as we were last month. Please read

carefully below what is changing.

1. We are splitting our pharmacy team into 2 teams. This means we will have slightly

reduced staff members working each day so please be patient as wait times maybe longer

depending on how busy we are. Please note that our staff WILL NOT be left financially

disadvantaged by splitting our teams.

2. OPENING HOURS

- Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 5:30pm (After June long weekend we ‘may’ increase to 6pm)

- Saturday's: 8:30am - 1:00pm

3. CAR PARK PICK UP service will still be available

- you can ring & order ahead,

- we will get your order ready & ring you back to arrange payment over the phone,

- when you arrive phone us and we will bring your order out to your car when so you don't

have leave your vehicle.

4. NO VACCINATIONS in our pharmacy vaccination clinic

- we don't have the personal protective equipment that Doctors/Nurses have to safely

protect our pharmacists so we cannot offer this service during this period of time.

- We will still have flu vaccinations available to purchase if you have a prescription from your

Doctor.

We know that there a lot of people who may be struggling financially at the moment and we

just wanted to share some of the services/benefits/tips we can offer by shopping with us

that might be of assistance:

1. LOYALTY CLUB

- FREE to join

- 5% of all non-prescription sales accumulates as money to spend in the pharmacy e.g.

spend $50 & $2.50 goes onto your loyalty profile

– no expiry (you can save money up as long as you like)

- no minimum spend/redemption. You can spend what you want when you want on nonprescription

items.

- no card (everything is stored securely & electronically on our pharmacy point of sale

computers)

- legally we are not allowed money spent on prescriptions to accumulate as loyalty dollars

on your profile. We would if we could.

2. BABY CLUB

- FREE to join

- works exactly same as Loyalty club except DOUBLE (10% of all mother & child related

non-prescription sales) accumulates as money on your Baby club profile e.g. spend $50

and $5 goes onto your loyalty profile.

– $5 bonus will be added to your Baby club profile when you first join.

- Baby club runs until your child turns 2 years old

3. 20% off ALL GIFTS ALL YEAR (Loyalty & Baby club members)

- includes Glasshouse & Circa Home products

4. AFTERPAY available on everything!

- Aftepay allows you to split your purchase over 4 equal fortnightly payments

Pharmacy Features:

medAdvisor

Vaccination Clinic

Glasshouse Fragrances

Circa Home

Ear piercing

Nose piercing

Medela (we hire Breastpumps)

MooGoo

Roogenic teas

Natio

Sukin Organic Products

Nude by Nature

Diabetes Australia Agency -NDSS

Giftware for all ages

Salt & Pepper

Passport photos

Webster-paks

Home Medicine Reviews

Free gift wrapping

Temporary Trading

Hours

Monday:

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Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday: CLOSED

9:00am - 5:30pm

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