Saturday, December 3, 2022



Exhibition with local connection

Here’s an interesting exhibition being held in Williamstown from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December which will be of interest to people living in the local area: it’s a curated range of rare wallpapers from the personal collection of former Castlemaine resident Phyllis Murphy ... Some of the wallpapers date back to the mid-19th century.

Ride for a Roof rocks Wyreema

In less than 48 hours, Bracknell Lodge was transformed into an arena, hosting the ‘Ride for a Roof’ event raising money for the newly-formed Common Ground Foundation. The event was organised to raise money to purchase a house in Toowoomba in which families can stay while they have a loved one in hospital. And raise money it did.

Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival, Kyogle, 21 January 2023

Not long to go now until the fantastic, fun-filled Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival. Spread the word to family and friends over Christmas. It’s going to be an action-packed day to enjoy for the whole family. Displays of giant pumpkins, watermelons and various other gigantic vegetables.

South Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Alexandrina Cove, April 2023

The South Australian Wooden Boat Festival (SAWBF) will be sailing into new territory for the April 2023 Festival, with Coorong Quays hosting the two-day event at the Alexandrina Cove Lifestyle Village, Hindmarsh Island. This biennial occasion will showcase the finest wooden boats from our region and beyond.

First Nations gallery open for business

A dedicated and permanent First Nations gallery, Djaa Djuwima, has officially opened at the Bendigo Visitor Centre with its first exhibition. Gurangarr Dja Dja Wurrung Djayi (you are on/in Dja Dja Wurrung Country) brings together stunning works from 20 First Nations artists and celebrates their connections to Country.

Charles Jangala Inkamala

Charles Jangala Inkamala was born 1968 in Ntaria (Hermannsburg) ... Charles lives in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and began painting with Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists in 2017. He paints significant cultural sites such as Rwetyepme (Mount Sonder) and Yapalpe (Glen Helen Gorge) in stylized detail.

Labor’s reasons for Ag Shows funding cuts

Murray Watt, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has been asked for an explanation as to why the grants have been discontinued and if there is potential for any other funding for the various agricultural societies which run local shows ... "While there were many competing priorities for funding in the October Agriculture Budget, the Albanese Government's overriding priority was to strengthen Australia's biosecurity defences ...": Senator Watt.

Dorrigo Show, 25-26 November 2022

Dorrigo & Guy Fawkes Agricultural Association Inc Dorrigo Show is BACK! Bigger, Better and Brighter than Ever! There has been much detailed planning for Dorrigo’s first...

112th Circular Head Show, 26 November 2022

After a two year recess, the 112th Circular Head Show is back! The Show retains all the traditional features you expect of an agricultural show including equestrian events; wood chopping; home industries, dairy and beef cattle competition and the very popular animal nursery; culminating with the Grand Parade at 3pm.

Daylesford Show, 26 November 2022

The Daylesford Show on Saturday November 26th will again feature exhibition of the work of local people who are so proud of what they have produced in the last twelve months, or in this case three years.

Arenas come alive as Equitana returns after a four-year break

The competition arenas at this year's return of Equitana to Melbourne after four years were filled with some of Australia’s finest horses.

Roo Fest

Stephen Cranby. What is Roo Fest? Both Donna [Publican] and Mandy Connell [Organiser] agree. Roo Fest is about bringing artists together from around this region of Victoria to provide a venue for musicians who haven’t necessarily been heard or been up this way before. 

Labor cuts Ag Shows funding

Labor has confirmed it is scrapping funding for the Agriculture Shows Development Grants Program. In Estimates week, Agriculture Minister Murray Watt said $14 million in funding for Ag shows was being “reprioritised”. Maranoa MP David Littleproud said Estimates had sadly proved Labor was taking even more money out of regional and rural Australia, with infrastructure funding for Ag shows now gone, including in the electorate of Maranoa.

Norco Primex celebrates

Norco Primex has bounced back after local natural disasters with a near-capacity event. More than 10,000 people attended the final day of Norco Primex 2022 on Saturday ... “We chose to go ahead late this year to ensure Norco Primex 2022 would deliver for North Coast communities": director Bruce Wright.

Exhibition, artist talk and workshop

‘A Common Thread is a collaboration between three Kuranda artists — Toni Rogers, Marcelle Dieben and Shiree Burnside,’ said Councillor Peter Hodge. ‘Each artist has a diverse background, but they have all been influenced by their grandmothers’ creative legacy and share passions for weaving, sewing, sculpting, and using recycled and natural materials.'

It’s Christmas lights time!

Tablelands Regional Council’s Christmas Lights Competition is on again! Mayor Rod Marti is looking forward to seeing the festive spirit reflected in light displays on houses, in gardens and across streets in the region.

158th Edenhope Show! 19 November 2022

158th Edenhope Show! 19 November 2022

Roma Cup, 19 November 2022

Roma Cup, 19 November 2022

Coonalpyn 2022 Show report and results

An excited crowd of over 600 people attended the recent Coonalpyn & District A & H Show on October 15th. Even though there were a few light showers in the morning, everyone was keen to see what the day had to offer. Coonalpyn always welcomes patrons from far and wide, and tripled its population for the day!

Traditional Arts Fair at Buda Historic Home and Garden

It’s back! Buda brings the Traditional Arts Fair to Castlemaine on Sunday 20 November from 10am till 4pm. Buda will showcase traditional arts, cooking and gardening in as many and varied forms as possible in the spirit of the Leviny daughters ... New this year is Gold Panning!

Giant reward for a giant Ekka pumpkin

Entries are open for the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) Giant Pumpkin Competition, with anyone able to get seeds delivered to them for free. The competition offers more than $3,400 in prize money, with a new bonus $1,000 for the heaviest pumpkin over a whopping 500 kilograms.

Wooden boats return To Lake Talbot

Like a scene from yesteryear, a number of timber-built boats recently descended on Lake Talbot. The Classic Australian Wooden Powerboat Association members are fond of Narrandera and have had their “annual gathering” at Lake Talbot since 2002.

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