Sunday, November 28, 2021



Unveiling of preschool community art

Last Sunday Maldon Preschool unveiled their beautiful decorative mosaic. Located at the front of the preschool the mosaic pays tribute to the local area and Mt Tarrengower.  The two metre long project is the culmination of art sessions at the preschool with the children, as well as community outreach activities and incorporates links to families of the region and the local environment.

A platform for the blues

Last Saturday proved ideal for the second of SteamPacket’s railway platform Blues Masters gigs. The Master this time being the Mistress of the Blues Guitar, Fiona Boyes, who accomplishes the almost impossible task of singing highly expressive lyrics while playing highly complex blues licks at the same time with astonishing ease. (Something B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton never mastered. They sing, then they play: or vice versa.)

Museum re-opens

Apart from brief periods during April, May and August the Maldon Museum has been closed to the public for most of this past year. Volunteer activities have continued during this time however, and much has been achieved behind the scenes in the way of conservation, cataloguing and indexing. The planned re-opening of the museum is eagerly awaited by the museum’s volunteers who have created a special informative display of Maldon’s mines from days long gone. 

On the road to recovery: Finish delivers water tanks to Aussie farmers impacted by drought

A Victorian farmer has received a donation of a critical 22,500L tank and water to help assist in the recovery from drought thanks to the #FinishWaterWaste initiative. Almost half of Australia’s farms are serviced by the Murray-Darling Basin’s Victorian waterways, including dairy farmer Fiona Rourke’s property near Shepparton.

Rumble for a cause

Kirstin Nicholson. The district was filled with the sights and sounds of 110 motorbikes and 44 cars on the weekend, all part of the Gannawarra Memorial Toy Run (GMTR). The toy run was organised by John Webb and his team for the Combined Churches group. Toys and money collected on the day, and in the collection bins around the district, will be used for hampers to be distributed across the district in December. 

Anglican parish news – headers to harvest

Ruth Arthur. On Monday, following a call from my sister, Diane, that she thought there might be a photo opportunity in Moulamein not seen before, I travelled to see her and the new experience for Moulamein that was about to happen.

Barefoot bowls

Kirstin Nicholson. After an SOS from the Leitchville Bowling Club to save their bowls club, the community came out in force to try their hands at barefoot bowling on Wednesday, November 17. President, Tony Cantwell, said they hoped to give a taste of bowling to people who had not tried it before and hopefully attract new members to the club.

Breathing life back into Barre Warre Yulluk: Vic Govt

Victorian Minister for Water Lisa Neville has released the Barre Warre Yulluk Action Plan, identifying seven directions and 30 actions to protect the region’s waterways ... Barre Warre Yulluk – the Rivers of Barwon – includes the whole network of creeks and rivers from the Barwon (Parwan), Moorabool (Murrabul), Yarrowee (Yarowee) and Leigh (Waywatcurtan) rivers and their tributaries.

Avoca War Memorial has new lease on life

Avoca’s iconic War Memorial will be celebrated this week, following months of restoration work ... Built in 1921, the Avoca War Memorial was constructed by the local community to remember those who fought in the First World War. The memorial was later rededicated in 1988 to also commemorate soldiers who served in the Second World War.

Community concerns can’t be culled

A petition of more than 1150 signatures has been tabled in the Victorian Parliament requesting the Government abandon aerial and ground shooting of wild horses.  The Government wants to remove 560 brumbies from the Bogong High Plains and Eastern Alps this year. Petitioners argue that the population counts, and the environmental damage apportioned to the horses, are wildly exaggerated.  Member for Western Victoria Bev McArthur, tabled the petition.

Book review – Sold Down the River

An in-depth review of an excellent, timely and well-written book. Sold Down The River is really a text book on water trading for the uninitiated which sums up the tragedy of the Murray-Darling created by successive governments of all persuasions. Highly recommended.

Modern mining in Maldon: gold found at Union Hill

Kaiser Reef Limited (ASX:KAU) is extremely pleased to announce the first exploration results for the high-grade Maldon historic gold mine. Managing Director, Jonathan Downes stated, “We are delighted that we are finding high-grade gold in our first trial drilling campaign. Maldon is one of the great goldfields and it has received extraordinarily limited modern exploration."

Mount Alexander Business Excellence Awards finalists

Two Maldon businesses are finalists in the Mount Alexander Business Excellence Awards. Warral Maldon and Maldon Takeaway were both selected for demonstrating excellence in their fields ... Since 1896, when the great-great grandfather of the current owner of Warral Maldon, Lindsay Callaway, fell in love with bees, this one family has spent more than 125 years perfecting the art of apiculture ... Maldon Takeaway strive for excellence each day.

Book launch at the Book Wolf

Annabel Harz’s new book, 'Journey into the Shadow and Sunshine', is being launched at the Book Wolf on Friday 26 November at 6pm ... Her art and poetry are a blend of works from adolescent through to adulthood and are a powerful portrayal of the depths of depression and despair that many are able to relate to.

Central Goldfields Art Gallery brings significant artworks of regional Victoria onto Google Arts & Culture

Over 100 artworks from Central Goldfields Art Gallery now can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people around the world, due to a new partnership between Google and the Gallery. Central Goldfields Art Gallery is the latest Australian partner to join more than 2,000 cultural institutions from over 80 countries across the globe, bringing important works from regional Victoria online, for the world to explore and enjoy.

New SAM building now open

Greater Shepparton City Council is excited to announce the official virtual opening of the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) building on Friday 19 November at 7.00pm. The virtual opening will be available online for everyone to view and will feature some very special guests and presenters.

Santa came early for Koondrook CFA

After 33 years of excellent service to Koondrook Fire Brigade, old faithful has been moved on, replaced with a shiny new model with all the bells, whistles and, of course, sirens! The well-kept secret was unveiled to the excited CFA members with a jet of water announcing the arrival of the new tanker ... The replacement tanker now has many extras that we never had on the old one, says Koondrook CFA captain, John Shultz.

Australian Open cups visit Koondrook

Kendall Jennings. Locals were blessed with a visit by the Australian Open singles trophies on Tuesday. The trophies, affectionally named ‘Daph and Norm’, were accompanied by Tennis Australia representatives celebrating 100 years of women’s tennis championships in 2022, and the Dungala Culture on Court tour, partnered by Anglicare Victoria.

Cohuna to world stage

Kirstin Nicholson. As the Cohuna Golf Club prepares for the Stuart Appleby Pro-Am next week, we talked with home grown hero, Stuart Appleby, about his journey from local Cohuna lad to household name and international golfing legend. It was when his parents took up golf that Stuart Appleby was introduced to the game. As a 14-year-old, he played cricket and football, but it was golf that caught his eye and stole his heart.

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