Girgarre Gazette September pg 2
GIRGARRE COMMUNITY NEWS
CROWD ENJOYS THE LAUNCH OF THE SOUND TRAIL
A large crowd of campers, locals and Campaspe Shire Cr. Adrian Weston gathered at the Railway Siding on
Saturday September 24th for the official launch of the Sound Trail. Chair of the Development Group, Jan
Smith, thanked the creators of the unique and novel installations; Rob Axen for the huge gongs (installation
delayed by wet weather) and Wallace Williams for the Drum Circle, the Song Pipes, Katy Cream Can, a Music
Box (yes, it plays a tune) and the ‘Flight of Ibis’ double bass. Both of the latter were created by Wallace from
repurposed old Dethridge water wheels. Wallace also thanked Ken Stewart for his assistance with the installations,
a two man job and no mean feat, completed in a short time.
Jan said it all started in 2016 when Pete Gibson suggested the group create an orchestra out of re-cycled
items. “We invited Graeme Leak from Scotland, to come and facilitate the creation of a ‘Junkestra’. Wallace
picked up on the idea and made his tin violin. The Junkestra was a great success, performing in the Deakin
Edge Theatre in Melbourne to great acclaim. Not wanting to let the creative spirits of these people fizzle and
die, I asked Wallace to weather proof an old piano. With the installation of ‘Piano Piano’ and the musical
fence, along with the ‘Fire Bells’ in 2019, the Sound Trail was born.”
Wallace played Waltzing Matilda on the tin violin and Ray Pereira AOM, the
percussionist charged with training up the Girgarre Drummers for the
launch along with Pete Gibson, (pictured below), led the crowd along the Trail
to inspect the new items as Wallace and Rob gave a brief demonstration of
each. The event concluded at the drumming circle with a magnificent
drumming skills by the
led by Ray and his son,
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What a busy time we are having, there is so much going on with the launch of the Sound Trail,
celebrating Stanhope Festival, Jig Jammin camp weekend, the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour,
official opening of the Girgarre-Stanhope Rail Trail and AGM season. Phew! Throw in the fact
that September/October is my busy time for reporting (for funding and compliance purposes )
and the days are flying.
We held our AGM on the 19th of September and I would like to welcome new and returning Committee members;
Chairperson-Duncan Roderick, Vice President-Richard Ashe, Treasurer-Jenny Bassett, Secretary- Marlene Rodrick
and general committee members; Robert Axen, Dale Donehue, greg Fitzpatrick, Douglas Johnstone, Allan Ohlin,
Sue Solty and John Warde.
I am busy planning Carols, Christmas Party-Celebrating Volunteers and Australia Day so watch this space to keep
abreast of what is coming up.
In regards to Australia Day about 4 weeks ago, I received a call at 4.30pm on a Friday afternoon, saying that Council
was closing the Waranga Ward and merging Girgarre, Stanhope, Toolleen, Corop and Colbinabbin into Kyabram
& District as Rushworth were unable to run future Australia Day Celebrations. After a flurry of phone calls, I spoke
to Adrian Weston and said that Girgarre and Stanhope would be happy to work with Council to organise and run
the Waranga Ward Australia Day nominations to maintain our autonomy. I am working on getting representatives
from each community to form a panel which will judge the awards. If you are interested in this, please contact me.
These changes will not in any way affect each
towns Australia Day celebrations. The only
change will be the winner of The Shire of
Campaspe’ s award will not travel to Rushworth
but to the town who’s turn it is to host, 2023 will
To nominate a person or a group (see info left)
you may do this online or pop into The Cottage
for a nomination form. Completed forms may
also be returned to The Cottage.
In addition to The Shire awards, Girgarre has its
own unique award.
The Girgarre Community Award is the only award
presented by the Girgarre Community. This Community
Award ensures a worthy local citizen (or
group) is recognised in Girgarre each year on
Australia Day. Forms available from The Cottage
or phone to have one emailed to you.
The same person or group can be nominated for
both awards. Take care, Bye for now, Kezia
Girgarre Gazette September pg 4
GIRGARRE COMMUNITY NEWS
HAPPY CAMPERS AND A FUN WEEKEND
The AFL Grand final, held on the same weekend as Girgarre’s annual September camp did not dampen the
spirits of the Jigarre Jammers. If they were torn between coming to Girgarre or taking in the finals action,
one way or another, it didn’t show. One thoughtful group of footy die-hards from Bendigo, brought the
spirit of the grand final to Girgarre by setting up the supper room for a footy themed ‘happy hour’. They
decorated the tables with Cats and Swans memorabilia and served up the appropriate footy food, like
cocktail savs and tomato sauce and other goodies. A nice touch, well and truly appreciated.
There was a lot of variety packed into the camp program. Highlights included the launch of five new
installations along the Sound Trail, (see report pg 2), plus many open mic opportunities and a fabulous
concert. The draw for the popular Five Minute of Fame bands and a chance to perform at Saturday
evening’s concert added excitement to the program.
An hour of drumming at a workshop conducted by world renowned percussionist and African Drummer,
Ray Pereira and his son Lucky, was another popular highlight. The co-ordination skills of the participants
were well tested, creating a lot of fun and laughter – and very loud noise. Ray has spent many weeks
working with a group of 12 local and ex
Junkestra players via zoom, video links and
on-site, whenever Covid allowed, to learn a
drum set for the finale for the launch of the
The Jigarre Jammin’ Camp weekend was a
huge success, one of the friendliest we’ve
experienced. The atmosphere surrounding
the 52 caravans and tents and camps was
inclusive, helped along by the mild and
beautiful weather. Over 83 happy campers
and visitors enjoyed a weekend overflowing
with variety and joy. Irene Labbett
RAIN AND MORE RAIN
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The continuing wet weather is putting paid to the best
laid plans of the Gargarro Gardens volunteers. The
grounds are not drying out enough between rain
events. It has become increasingly difficult to complete
the plantings and plan for an opening ceremony, Chair
of the Gargarro Gardens Committee, Doc. McDonald
said. “The weather is still uncertain and the ground so
sodden I am reluctant to set a date for the opening until
further notice. It is disappointing, but the plantings
are continuing when ever the weather allows.” he said.
In the meantime, there was a window of opportunity in
September when seventeen qualified landscape gardeners, all staff members of Taylor, Cullity, Lethlean (TCL), the
design architects for the Gargarro complex, came from Melbourne to assist the locals with the plantings. The group
included Director, Scott Adams and the Office Manager Doreen Heuer (pictured in the red boots, purchased especially
for the occasion). TCL Associate, Lucas Dean, liaison for the Gargarro design, and local volunteers in John
Warde, Rob and Lyn Axen directed proceedings and the Friends of Gargarro provided a BBQ lunch.
Below Doreen Heuer, Office Manager in red boots.
Right Group photo of TCL landscape architects
Right Lucas Dean in red
jacket, watched by Rob
Axen and John Warde.
Left Wet grounds, Director
Scott Adams (wheelbarrow)
Girgarre Gazette September pg 6
Don’t be a Doomscroller: How to Read the News and Not Feel Doomed
Computers and mobile devices help to increase knowledge of our community and can be lifesaving at times, but if
you’re reading an excessive amount of bad news that leaves you stressed or anxious, you might be doomscrolling
(don’t worry, it’s not as dramatic as it sounds).
In 2020, the Covid pandemic pushed society online and compelled us to stay informed. And it’s no coincidence that
in 2020 the word “Doomscrolling” entered The Macquarie Dictionary. Doomscrolling is defined as “The practice of
continuing to read news feeds online or on social media, despite the fact that the news is predominantly negative
and often upsetting”.
A 2015 study conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that people who watched three minutes of negative
news before starting their day were 27% more likely to report having an unhappy day than people who watched
three minutes of solution-based news.
Being drawn to negative news stories is part of a natural psychological phenomenon known as “negativity bias”.
Our brains prioritise things that can harm us; A useful habit in ancient times, but not so much in the modern. So,
what to do?
Avoid/minimise bad news. When sitting down to read the news, be deliberate. Set a timer, focus on stories that
make you feel empowered, not hopeless.
If you have a smartphone, have a look at “notifications” inside the settings of your phone and turn off news notifications.
Practice resilience. Seek out solutions-based, empowering news. Being optimistic is a skill that can be learned,
positive self-talk is a great start.
Being informed is a part of connecting to society, but healthy news consumption in modern times is a new skill we
are all having to learn.
Girgarre Gazette September pg 7
Friends of Gargarro
Annual General Meeting
Sunday 23rd October 12.30pm
At Green Thumbs Nursery Winter Rd
New members always welcome
For further information ph Marlene
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASSIFIEDS & SERVICES
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FRIENDS OF GARGARRO
Need catering for a
Well, the Gargarro Gardens
Catering Team will be more
than happy to cater for your
needs depending on
Phone Bernie Ryan for more
info if you are planning a
Ph: 5857 2407
Mob: 0455 578 722
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To keep updated on all Kinder information
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Stanhope & District Men’s Shed
We are open three mornings a week Mon, Wed
and Fri from 9 to 12 noon. If anyone would like
to call in and see what is on offer they would be
most welcome. Membership is $25 which includes
insurance whilst at the shed.
We offer woodwork, metal work, welding,
leatherwork, a large range of books to read and
a friendly cuppa at around 10am.
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As you know, our well appointed and well used
Girgarre Memorial Hall
and Supper Room
are available for hire.
Girgarre Post Office
Ph: 5854 6200
Open Monday –Friday 9am - 5pm
KYABRAM TOWN HALL
Girgarre Gazette September pg 10
An Outing with Mum
Mum woke us up early one morning, singing Gene Kelly’s Good morning, good morning, it’s a beautiful day, from
one of her favourite movies, Singing in the Rain. She had a surprise for us: she was going to take my sister and me
to the pictures in Melbourne – a new film released on 1 April, 1965, called Mary Poppins. My sister was six and I
Mum loved to dress us girls up and we loved it, too. It was very exciting. She rolled our hair in rags the night
before, making it very curly just like Shirley Temple’s. We had beautiful dresses, black patent shoes, and little white
gloves all ready to go. We were full of anticipation as we hopped into the car and drove to the station to wait for
the Melbourne train, a red rattler, as they were affectionately known back then.
Mum held our hands quite firmly as there were many people around wanting to get on, too. The heavy doors
were pushed open with a hard thud and we all climbed into the carriages lined with luxurious leather seats. Mum
sat us right near the windows where we were able to peek out – very comfortable with our little white gloves on.
Lynn’s brand-new hat had a white daisy sticking up the back. The train jolted forward and we were off. The window
sills had dust along them. Of course, we had to skim our fingers across. Oops! Dirty finger on our white gloves. A
frown from Mum – but we weren’t too concerned, as we were so excited.
Travelling to the city was fun – rocking back and forth, whizzing along at high speeds, looking out into the
backyards of the houses at all the clothes hanging on the Hills Hoist clotheslines, as it was back in the 1960s. Then
– factories, railway crossings, bells going, traffic sitting waiting for us, lights flashing on and off. After many stops we
arrived at Flinders Street station. Mum held our hands firmly as we weaved our way through the crowds, climbing
stairs and ramps, and finally arriving out the front under the famous Flinders Street clocks – a meeting place for
generations of Melbournians to this day!
At the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Street, we stopped at the traffic lights, with people, cars, trams,
buses and trucks and loud noises everywhere. It was a lot to take in. The policeman blew his whistle, the lights
turned green and he waved us across the street. There was a special little shop in Swanston Street that sold little
girls’ shoes and Mum bought us both brand-new slippers. We felt very special. I cannot remember the colours –
back then soft blues, pinks and lemon were very fashionable.
A tram glided past with people lined up ready to come of and others ready to get on. Next was Bourke Street
to Coles cafeteria. Time to have lunch – a pie and chips and a shared chocolate milkshake. Yummy! Across the road
was Myers where our Auntie Thellie used to operate the lifts. She would say what was on every floor as the door
opened. In the girls’ section Mum bought us dressing gowns.
Then Mum took us to see Mary Poppins. My word! We were in awe of the magic on the screen as you can imagine,
especially back then – a very different world. I cannot remember if we got a memento. Mum usually gave us
a little gift each around the theme of the movie. In any case, we were very impressionable. About a week later we
were still so engrossed with the movie, playing in the backyard on our swings, dressed up in our play clothes and
pretending we were Mary Poppins.
Perhaps I suggested to my little sister that she could fly just like Mary Poppins as she had the same hat. I found
an umbrella and she was keen to fly. Remembering our ages, it escapes me now, how she got up on top of the dunny
roof. Maybe I encouraged her. She looked magnificent with her outfit and umbrella and hat and said the magic
words. Then! Off she stepped and we just expected her to lift up in the air like Mary Poppins. But – down with a
thud and a scream she came, hurting herself, quiet badly … so much noise … and me in shock not knowing what to
do. Mum dashed out the back door to all the clamour and drama and blood. Lynn had bitten straight through her
tongue with her teeth.
Oh, what a lesson in reality! It’s not like the pictures. Oh! What a shock! Not supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
at all! Julie Roberts © 2022
Julie is a member of the Kyabram Town Hall Writers’ Group. Members are diverse in interests, ages and backgrounds. This makes for some very
interesting and informative discussion while sharing stories, poetry, and the problems of the writer’s craft. The KTHWs’G has produced a book – Celebrating
Women, a collection of original written works and art from the community. It is for sale at $20 from the Kyabram Town Hall, and online (plus
postage if required) through the writers’ group email address: email@example.com
Girgarre Gazette September pg 11
The Gargarro Café is expected to be
opening early November.
Watch this space!!!!
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Girgarre Gazette September pg 13
Tongala & District Memorial
Aged Care Service Inc.
Serving the Community since 1925
R.M McHale Hostel, Koraleigh Nursing Home
for planned & emergency respite care &
permanent residential aged care
Deakin Village – retirement rental units
Memorial Drive Retirement Village
For further information contact:
Sarah Tee, 18 Purdey St, Tongala Vic. 3621
Phone: 03 5859 0800
“Care in a Friendly Town”
Girgarre Gazette September pg 14
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
Coordinator Kezia Talbot 5854 6482
0404 686 344
Girgarre Seniors Tuesdays 10:45am Debra Stelzer 5854 6482
Words on Wheels
Discuss chosen books
3rd Thursdays 6pm
The Cottage 5854 6482
Gargarro Green Thumbs Nursery Nursery Sales Loraine Warde 0438 546 237
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
Begins 2nd week of term
Play/learn with others
Robyn Swan 5854 6482
Lyn Cosham 5859 0297
Girgarre Patchwork Quilters
Quilters and sewing group
Nola Marke 5854 8226
Girgarre Line Dancers
Thursdays 2pm $7
Carpet Bowls-Thursdays 7:15pm April
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
Girgarre Country Fire Authority
1st Monday 7:30pm
Stanhope/Girgarre Lions Club
2nd Wednesday 7pm
RSL Club Room
CFA Meeting Room
Laurie Young 0429 009 515
Shaun Halls 0487 740 001
Avis Weller 5854 6383
Girgarre Community Church
Christian Church Ron Gregory 5854 6382
Stanhope and District Men’s Shed
Mon, Wed, Fri. 9am-12
Have fun and create.
3 Tivey Rd. Stanhope
Merv Andrew 0457 300 321
Girgarre Facilities Committee
Girgarre Memorial Hall
Girgarre Recreational Reserve
Memorial Hall (Bookings)
Sandy & Barry
0427 546 332
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 -
working Bee 4th Sunday of month
Chairperson Bernie Ryan 5857 2407
Girgarre Craft Market
2nd Sundays. 8:30-12
Bookings/enquiries Jan Smith 5854 6283
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 Football/Netball Club President Brendon Nicholson 0413 022 398
Girgarre Cricket Club President Mick Coyne 0488 296 566
Girgarre Tennis Club
0400 299 942
0408 502 274
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OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2022
TOWN HALL GALLERY
OPEN 10-4 Mon-Sat
FOUR EXHIBITIONS in OCTOBER /NOVEMBER
ESSENSE OF AUSTRALIA
Exhibition takes us from the vast arid landscapes
of the outback to pastoral scenes.
OPENS 3rd OCT
VIC QUILTERS -
ONE STEP FURTHER
Contemporary Textile Artwork A Bi Annual
juried exhibition OPENS 3RD DEC
www.kyabramtownhall.com.au 0490 371 641 5852 1546
Splinter Contemporary Artists
One of the leading physics model of the last
half century suggests the universe operates
with ten dimensions but the world, as we
know it, has three dimensions of space …
length, width and depth. A third dimension
adds solidity to a two - dimensional system.
This exhibition will feature
relevant cartoons from
Punch magazine of 1902-3
Photographs of founders
and early meetings. Memorabilia
of the times.
Celebrating the 121st
anniversary of the event.
Girgarre Gazette September pg 19
2022 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Cocktail Party
Join us for Stanhope’s 2022 Lexus Melbourne Cup tour fundraising event.
The cocktail garden party will be held in the tranquil surrounds of Robgill Homestead, have fun with your friends,
family, and work colleagues. Enjoy delicious finger food with unlimited bubbles, red/white wine and beer whilst
taking in the wonderful atmosphere and excitement of the
2022 Lexus Melbourne Cup tour.
Bid on the silent Auction, buy a raffle ticket, and help raise
funds for the Stanhope’s new animal education centre.
The 2022 Lexus Melbourne Cup will stand proud in the gardens.
Date: Friday October 14 th
Cost: $55.00 per ticket
Time: 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Bookings Brett 0428 135 734 or via email at email@example.com
For more information
and booking procedure,
please see page 24.
Girgarre Gazette September pg 20
Girgarre Community Kindergarten
Term three has been a busy one at Girgarre Community Kindergarten.
Over the last school holidays Girgarre Community Kindergarten
interior walls were painted. It looks fresh and welcoming.
We look forward to the remaining of the Refurbishment
and Minor Works (Major Grants stream) grant to complete
the painting of the exterior of the kinder building and new flooring installed in the near future.
This term has seen the children introduced to the School Readiness Funding item we applied for the year-
“Kimochis”. Kimochis is a playful way to help children (and adults!) learn how to identify and express feelings.
When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social skills that lead to
lasting friendships and success in all aspects of life.
The group has been delighted to utilise with both educator Kerrie
and l the Kimochis resources (soft toys, books and guide) through
our teachings. It has been a great insightful and fun way to assist
children with their emotions and feelings as well as sharing our journey
with the kinder families to assist at home with utilising Kimochis
key ideas with parenting.
We are also taking “small steps”
towards introducing to Girgarre
Community Kindergarten the other
School Readiness Item we applied
for this year – “Bush Kinder”.
The children and educators (as
well as parent volunteers) have
started “walking excursions” around the Girgarre community. We have
already visited Girgarre Post Office and Girgarre Primary School to enhance
Father’s Day preparations and Book Week celebrations. We hope
to visit more Girgarre community sites throughout term 4 including our
next excursion (which was postponed due to the inclement weather),
Gargarro “Green Thumbs” nursery.
To prepare for Bush Kinder there is a lot of behind the scenes we need
to work upon with devising a “Bush Kinder Risk Assessment”, a comprehensive
understanding and following Shine Bright EYM’s Bush Kinder policies
and ofcourse finding a Bush Kinder site. We hope to introduce Bush Kinder in
2023 at Girgarre Community Kindergarten.
Term 4 will begin with our postponed Father’s Day celebrations, continuing
walking excursions around the community, inviting loved ones to “Special
Person’s Day” and of course finishing the year with our exploration and
celebrations of Christmas!
Robyn Swan. Lead Educator, Girgarre Community Kindergarten.
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A huge thank you to the
Girgarre Development Group
who provided a free BBQ to all who
attended the launch of the Sound trail.