Meander Valley Gazette

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The Criterium Masters

FeatureJoanne Eisemann
Competitors in the Masters Criterium power past the Village Green in Westbury on Boxing Day.

Competitors in the Masters Criterium power past the Village Green in Westbury on Boxing Day.

Kayne 7yrs enjoys the community ride with dad Greig Watson.

Kayne 7yrs enjoys the community ride with dad Greig Watson.

WESTBURY’S TRANQUIL streets bordering the Village Green came alive with cyclists of all ages and abilities on Boxing Day. The green was tinged with gold when the superstars of Australian track cycling descended for the 2018 edition of the Westbury Cycling Criterium, which kick started the 2018-19 Tasmanian Christmas Sports Carnivals.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold medallists Sam Welsford, Alex Porter and eventual winner Kelland O’Brien headlined the men’s race, while in the women’s Alexandra Manly was upstaged by local Perth-raised rider Georgia Baker, who was upbeat in praise. “It’s always great to be back in Westbury.”

The day also had a Masters Criterium and a people’s community ride which ensured more than 100 cyclists showcased their talents and the feature events had the largest amount of competitors across all three Criteriums in the series. Meander Valley Council Mayor Wayne Johnston said he was thrilled that carnivals’ criterium racing had returned to Westbury after an absence last year. “It’s fabulous that cyclists of such high calibre graced our streets on one of Tasmania’s most challenging and spectacular criterium courses,” he enthused.

The Mayor also launched the 30-minute community ride which kick-started the criterium festival. Participants had the opportunity to complete as many laps of the 1.3km circuit as possible and new Councillor Susie Bower led the charge. Council and Carnival organisers were very pleased with the great atmosphere for families. Mayor Johnston described Westbury’s Boxing Day criterium festival as a success and one that is sure to grow in coming years.

Photo | Mike Moores

Connecting our community - celebrating 5 years as Meander Valley’s local newspaper!

FeatureJoanne Eisemann

TURNING FIVE may not seem like a big achievement, yet it is a number loaded with significance.

Behind the scenes, ‘5’ adds up to countless hours of volunteering time that has been given by a small army of helpers to create and deliver the paper, month in, month out. Without their vital help, the paper wouldn’t exist. This is because the Gazette is, for all intents and purposes, very much a local, community-driven project.

This story is written to give you a better understanding of the Gazette as an enterprise, and to publicly recognise the valuable contribution made by so many wonderful people who help us out, each and every day.

When our region lost its local newspaper more than five years ago, it quickly became clear that something else went missing too. The valley lost the means to collectively share its stories - its triumphs and tragedies, news and tidbits, joys and friendships.

Equally, local businesses lost a key means to reach out to existing & new customers, and local council lost the ability to broadcast its latest information.

Since the start of the Gazette in 2013 (the first issue went to print in January 2014), all of the above has been made whole again. Five years on, we still regularly receive letters of gratitude and thanks for publishing a local newspaper. We enjoy telling the stories, capturing the valley’s living history and keeping young & old alike in touch with the amazing people and talents that surround us.

People often think that the paper is put out by Meander Valley Council. This is not so. While we are supported by our local council, especially through the inclusion of their Public Notices pages, the newspaper is actually run and published by a small, local not-for- profit organisation called Meander Valley Connect.

As well as the Gazette, Meander Valley Connect manages two Online Access Centres (Deloraine and Mole Creek) as well as Pixels Digital Art Gallery in Deloraine.

Meander Valley Gazette pays a small amount of money to a handful of core staff each month; however, for the most part, the paper is produced by volunteers.

Weekly meetings are held to discuss the paper’s content and direction. The content is predominantly written by volunteer writers who develop stories under direction of the editorial team. We also receive submissions by local community members, politicians and other services/ events visiting Meander Valley.

The stories and advertisements are brought together using industry standard software, two computers and the wonders of ‘cloud computing’, which allows people in a few different locales to access and contribute to the process.

Then, once a month on a Saturday, proofreaders gather in Deloraine to correct any errors. The paper is then converted into finished artwork and sent to the printers.

In line with our ethos of supporting small business, Meander Valley Gazette is printed in Tasmania in Franklin, Huon Valley. It travels to north via 3 different trucks, with Sunrise Trailers in Deloraine lending a final hand in the process by using their forklift to take the pallet of papers off the truck and place them onto the back of a flat tray ute, which is then delivered to the Deloraine Online Centre.

A team of folders get cracking unloading the pallet. Thousands of papers are hand-folded, ready to be delivered by Australia Post and a local contractor. Thousands more are delivered to Salmat in Prospect who organise delivery to residents in Prospect Vale and Hadspen. Yet more volunteers deliver papers to shops and businesses throughout the valley. Once delivered, the whole monthly process starts all over again!

We estimate the paper takes, collectively, around 400 hours per month to put together. Most of these hours are volunteered.

Currently, we are printing 9,500 copies per month. Plus, many people are accessing the paper digitally through our website (Previous editions of the paper can be downloaded there, too. Just head to the shop and download for free).

During the time we have been printing we have uncovered a wealth of skilled artisans and craftspeople. We’ve also looked into many rurally-based enterprises, and the biggest surprise always comes when we discover another local business that is sending their products all over the globe. Innovation is clearly alive and well in Meander Valley and its our aim, with your help, to promote the area to its best advantage.

All up, we’ve been fortunate to be able to call upon the assistance of many people who have long experience in publishing and communications. In fact, the Gazette provides an ideal vehicle for people to express their creativity and make a meaningful contribution to the welfare of the community.

It also provides a wonderful training ground for those wanting to become journalists, photo journalists or graphic designers and we have mentored many of these over the years.

One of the hallmarks of the Gazette is its wonderful photos. We have been fortunate to have the input of Mike Moores, a photo journalist with some 40 years’ experience in both English and Australian newspapers.

The paper is offered free to all residents and visitors of Meander Valley and is financed by advertisers, sponsors and donations.

The break even costs of producing the paper each month are considerable, and we are very grateful to all of our advertisers for their financial support. Three local businesses have recently taken out 12-month sponsorships, helping to smooth out the ups and downs of monthly advertising income and helping ensure the current 20-page format can continue.

As always, our aim is to keep the residents of Meander Valley informed. To ensure that we can do the job properly we need your input. If we don’t know about an event we can’t tell the story!

If it’s interesting to you then it is probably of interest to other people too. Please email if you have a story and/or pictures to share, or phone 6286 8212 on a Tuesday or Wednesday to speak with one of the team.

It’s always affirming when we hear the wonderful feedback the paper receives, and it confirms our steadfast belief that there still is a much-needed place in this digitised world for the printed word.

Thanks for reading your very own local paper!

Matthew Bowen lends a steady hand and keen eye to the job of paper folding.

Matthew Bowen lends a steady hand and keen eye to the job of paper folding.

Carol Tracey looks after our advertisers.

Carol Tracey looks after our advertisers.

Never too old to volunteer, 87 year old Victor Smith delivers hundreds of papers to local businesses each month.

Never too old to volunteer, 87 year old Victor Smith delivers hundreds of papers to local businesses each month.

Land sale plan a reprieve for Quamby Parish churches

FeatureJoanne Eisemann

January 2019 | Sharon Webb

THE PROPOSED sale of a church-owned block of land in Carrick has removed three Quamby Parish churches given to the people in perpetuity from the Anglican church and cemetery fire sale.

In December of 2018, Tasmania’s Anglican Bishop, Richard Condie, released a list of church properties to parishioners state-wide, indicating which are to be sold and which reprieved.

St Mary’s Church rectory and cemetery in Hagley, built with donations from the Dry family; St Andrew’s Church in Carrick, given by the Reibey family; and St Andrew’s Church in Westbury, built by the British Government with convict labour, now will not be sold – if the parish can raise $400,000 from the sale of vacant land on the corner of Meander Valley Rd and East St in Carrick.

In addition, Deloraine’s saleyards, church hall and cemetery, and Meander’s St Saviour’s Church appear to be saved from the chopping block.

But according to Reverend Josephine Pyecroft from Quamby Parish, a row is brewing over which real estate agent will sell the Carrick land.

“We had it valued by Harrison Humphreys; Rob Harrison is a descendent of the Reibey family who gave the church to the people. But the Anglican Hobart office wants to arrange the sale with their choice of estate agent.

“However the deeds say the land can’t be sold without the signatures of the priest and two wardens and we need to go to the Reibey family to sell it.

“We want Harrison Humphreys to sell it, then the money must come back to the parish. We will then donate the money to the Anglican’s Child Sexual Abuse National Redress fund.”

Rev Pyecroft said she was amazed at the decision to save the three churches and their cemeteries.

“I thought we might save Hagley because Sir Richard Dry, the first Tasmanian-born premier of this State, is buried beneath the altar there, but all three churches were off the list,” she said.

“In the lead-up to the decision I asked parishioners to pray every day for two minutes at 12 noon and I’m silly enough to think that had a lot to do with it.”

Quamby Parish has raised more than $50,000 to head off the churches’ sale; in addition, new State draft legislation decreeing cemeteries cannot be closed until 100 years after the last burial instead of the current 30 years has damped down Bishop Condie’s sale plan. St Mary’s Church is defined as a cemetery because Sir Richard is buried in it.

Rev. Pyecroft said she could identify with people distressed at the thought of the sale of land containing their relatives’ graves; her parents’ ashes are buried in her husband’s grave in St Mary’s cemetery.

“This has been the emotional and spiritual abuse this year,” she said.

“I haven’t heard of anyone against the sexual abuse redress scheme, but all the while this other abuse has been going on in the background. This is not the Anglican Church I know.”

Rev. Pyecroft was also able to shed light on the rationale for Bishop Condie’s churches and cemetery sale plan.

“The Bishop told us he had to raise $8m for the redress scheme and he proposed to sell 106 properties,” she said.

“Twenty-five per cent of the money raised was to go to the redress scheme and the rest to be used to start a new Tasmanian ministry, where congregations would meet in school halls and people’s houses.

“The former Sydney Archbishop Peter Jensen and his brother, Dean Phillip Jensen totally changed the face of the diocese to create an almost nonliturgical church run on Calvinist lines. And Bishop Condie has announced that he’s a Calvinist.”

Rev. Pyecroft, who has not been paid by the Anglican Church for the past 18 years, said clergy were not told what the new Tasmanian ministry would be like, just that the Quamby Parish would need to raise $216,000 for the redress scheme and $200,000 to indicate they could pay the salary of a new priest.

“More than $400,000 is an impossible task so we put in a submission to the Anglican Church Diocesan Council proposing to sell the Carrick land,” she said.

Two thirds of the Anglican properties listed for sale have not been rescued, including the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hadspen, the Fencing Paddock in Carrick, and vacant land in Elizabeth Town.

Photo | Mike Moores

St Andrews Church, in Westbury is one of four Meander Valley churches to escape closure and sale.

St Andrews Church, in Westbury is one of four Meander Valley churches to escape closure and sale.

Enjoying the peaks of success

SportJoanne Eisemann
Jak Oxford and Tom Stylianou on the mountain biking circuit.

Jak Oxford and Tom Stylianou on the mountain biking circuit.

January 2019 | David Claridge

THERE ARE A couple of Mountain Biking pros riding around Meander Valley, having just shown Australia how good they are. Cycling brothers Jak Oxford and Tom Stylianou recently competed in the Australian Shimano Enduro Tour which spanned across Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria, with Jak winning the series overall in their division (1180 points) and Tom coming third (920 points).

Father and mentor, Mike Stylianou has stood by them as they go from strength to strength. “This is the biggest event they’ve been involved in to date. Jak rode in all three events, Nerang-QLD, Derby-Tasmania and recently Mount Buller in Victoria,” he said. “Tom only rode in 2 rounds due to a broken collar bone and cracked ankle sustained during training back in August and coming back from injury placed 3rd at Derby and took 1st place at Mt Buller.”

The boys now have their sights set on the Enduro Series in the Asia-Pacific Continental Enduro Series, with an international trip beckoning in 2019. “What’s next for us? We’re looking at New Zealand. There is a competition coming up in February, which is part of the Asia Pacific Enduro Series.”

Friends around the world

NewsJoanne Eisemann
Deloraine Rotary is planning to provide residential vocational training for young people in Nepal.

Deloraine Rotary is planning to provide residential vocational training for young people in Nepal.

DELORAINE ROTARY has recently received a Department of Foreign Affairs National Friendship Grant of $60 000 towards their RAWCS trade training centre project in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu. Aiming to encourage participation in Australia’s aid program, one grant was given to Deloraine Rotary because of their effective international projects to build sustainability in neighbouring countries in need. In Nepal for four years the club is involved in building schools, supplying water and sanitation in schools and villages and conducting eye screening and surgery in remote villages.

Over the past 2 years, with the Rotary Club of Bhadgaon, Deloraine Rotary has been helping young people attend school. In particular, helping young girls by providing personal hygiene kits made by Days for Girls. The grant project is the construction of a centre to provide residential vocational youth training for disadvantaged rural boys and girls, preparing them for employment and small enterprises. Some will be special needs students, very disadvantaged and at risk of homelessness. Short intensive courses will cover trades, hospitality, sewing and light manufacturing. Currently, thousands of young people in remote areas of Nepal have no access to education or vocational training. Girls are also discriminated against and find it hard to attend any form of school.

The donation of land in Kathmandu by a local businessman has enabled Deloraine, supported by other Australian Rotary clubs, to proceed with the project. The construction will include training rooms, a residential floor for 40 students, community room and conference training facility to generate operating income for the centre. The build will take 12 to 18 months, with the first pilot training course to start late in 2019.

Tasmanian Rotary Clubs have a strong commitment to building international relationships, reducing poverty and improving lives, particularly aiming to help young people at risk of child marriage, slavery, trafficking, sex trade, homelessness, exploitation, violence, starvation and deprivation.

Project manager Dr Lois Beckwith will be promoting the project in Tasmania to gain more financial support. $150,000 is needed to get the first stage completed. Fundraisers will be held across Tasmania to help make the centre fully operational. Information: contact Lois Beckwith, 6369 5393, loisbeckwith@bigpond. com or Maree Matanle on 0402 692 066. Alternatively, you can email

Running off the pudding

SportJoanne Eisemann

January 2019 | David Claridge

CHRISTMAS IS a time to be happy, to marvel at the colours that fill the stores and gild the decorated trees. Around the end of November, the Christmas-themed treats seem to come out and the supermarkets start stocking shelves with colourful and yummy looking chocolates and candy canes.

I celebrate the festive season by getting a Beer Advent Calendar, my ‘treating myself’ is in full swing even before Christmas Day when the coup de grace of eating and drinking time comes.

By the time Christmas and New Year are over, I’ve gained weight and I haven’t been active for weeks.

Fortunately, there are tips and tricks to turn to, so as to not completely wreck yourself over the festive season. After speaking to two local health enthusiasts, I discovered a few things to keep in mind leading up to and following the holiday season.

Westbury based Personal Trainer, Liza deLautour, who runs You & Me PT, believes that where everyone goes wrong is with all the food on Christmas Day.

“Part of the problem with Christmas is all of the leftover food, it tends to last for days,” she said.

“We have become a nation of people who like to socialise over food and drinking alcohol. We need to move more and find other ways to socialise.

“I would suggest that people move, move as much as they can. We tend to be sitting, eating and socialising a lot around this time of the year.

“Put on some music and dance, drink lots of water, its finding that balance.

“Everyone has to find something they love to do. There is no point joining a gym if they hate being inside. If you love walking or dancing, get out there and do it.”

Deloraine-based Personal Trainer, Kimberlee Dixon believes that people need to have more self-control when it comes to the big day and an ongoing commitment to what you eat and do.

“I tell my clients that they have to do dieting and exercising,” she said.

“A lot of people often think they only need to do one or the other. Unfortunately, you have to do both to get the best results.

“Eating bigger breakfasts, medium lunch and a smaller dinner is the key. We need to fuel our bodies for the day, and by the end of it we go to bed with less in our stomachs.

“Many of us end up eating a lot at Christmas, but we are all human at the end of the day.

“If you want to stay in shape you need to try and resist large portions. Give time for your body to process, go for a nice walk or play some cricket in between, said Kimberlee.

It’s up to us to be good to our bodies, still enjoy the holidays but rethink our eating habits and be social in ways that are more active. I still over ate this Christmas, but now I have some tools that will help to improve my overall health and wellbeing.

Of course, if I need some professional help, Liza and Kimberlee are out there and happy to help us reach our goals.

Thank you to ‘You & Me PT’ and ‘Kimberlee Dixon Personal Training’ for taking the time to help with this story.

(L to R), Emily & Phyllis shape up after Christmas with Tamsyn Stock-Stafford of Body & Soul Wellness Studio in Deloraine.

(L to R), Emily & Phyllis shape up after Christmas with Tamsyn Stock-Stafford of Body & Soul Wellness Studio in Deloraine.

Always served with love & care

EventsJoanne Eisemann
Helen Clayton (L) and Joan Loone in the planning stages of another delicious oering to raise funds for the Deloraine Hospital.

Helen Clayton (L) and Joan Loone in the planning stages of another delicious oering to raise funds for the Deloraine Hospital.

January 2019 | Wendy Laing

FIFTY YEARS AGO Mrs Joan Loone became an inaugural member of the newly formed Deloraine Hospital Auxiliary. She had been part of the original steering committee who worked hard to form the Auxiliary. Their job would be raising funds to help with the ongoing costs of running the Deloraine hospital.

“The first items we bought were toothbrushes for the patients,” Joan Loone said. From 2010 until the present time the Deloraine Hospital Auxiliary has raised over $286,000. The funds are amassed from catered functions, donations and bequests. TV’s and air conditioners for patients rooms, washing machines and garden benches are a few of the items bought by the Auxiliary, the latest being a Bladder Scanner worth $15,000. Auxiliary members make regular hospital visits, and gifts are given to all patients who are in the hospital at Christmas time. “We have a great relationship with the hospital staff,” President Robin Cato said.

Every year as a thank you for their dedication, the hospital Manager, Lester Jones and the staff cook a Christmas lunch for the Auxiliary members. The main fundraising lunch which has been held at the Bowls Club each year is in the process of being transformed. “Our members are becoming older,” President Cato said, “and catering a main meal and sweets for over 200 people takes a lot of time and energy which is exhausting.

However, because people especially enjoy our homemade desserts, plans are in hand to decide on an easier option for the future.” Each September the Auxiliary will continue to cater for their popular High Teas. Catering quotes for functions can be obtained from Helen Clayton on 6362 2658. New members are most welcome. If you can spare a few hours a month to become a volunteer with the Deloraine Hospital Auxiliary, please ring the President, Robin Cato on 0408 521 836 for more info.

Photo | Mike Moores

Summer water saving tips

RuralJoanne Eisemann

AS THE WEATHER warms and summer starts, TasWater is encouraging people to use less water.

“Traditionally, we use more water during summer, but with the weather bureau forecast of warmer than average days this summer, we are asking everyone right across Tasmania, to conserve water,” TasWater Asset Strategy Manager David Graham said.

“Conserving water helps to protect a precious resource, helps to make sure there is enough water for everyone and also reduces the impact on our environment – the less water people use, the less water we divert from rivers and dams.

“This flows right through to sewage – less water down the drain reduces the amount we need to treat, which then reduces the amount of treated effluent being discharged into waterways.

“Using less water means we don’t need to treat and pump as much water and sewage, also reducing our costs and carbon emissions.

“If everyone makes a small amount of effort to change the way they use water, we can better manage the demand and help protect our environment.”

Making small changes around a home and business can be a big help in making our water last longer.

TasWater also takes steps to help ensure we are as efficient as possible too. We continually monitor our drinking water catchments, review our operations for improvements and have an ongoing renewal program to upgrade ageing infrastructure.

Tips to conserve water

Inside your home:

• Check all leaky taps - a new washer can make a big difference. A very slow dripping tap can waste up to five litres of water per hour.

• Try not to run your taps - cleaning teeth and washing your hands under running water can use up to five litres of water.

• Make the most of your dishwasher and washing machine - full loads are the go.

• Dual flush toilets are super efficient. A half flush uses three litres of water; a full flush is six litres of water. Old cisterns can use 18 litres of water in a single flush.

• Keep those showers short and sharp - five minutes is all you need! A water efficient shower head will use nine litres per minute as opposed to a standard shower head that uses 18 litres per minute.

Outside your home:

• Hand watering uses less water - invest in a watering can for those pots and garden beds.

• Try watering early of a morning or late of an evening when there is less evaporation.

• The best watering system is a slow, low flow drip system.

• Use plants that are native to the area or drought resistant.

• Mulching your gardens will prevent up to 70 per cent of evaporation and keeps those weeds suppressed.

• Use your broom, not your hose. High pressure cleaning of paved surfaces wastes large quantities of water.

For further information,- call TasWater media contact, Kirsty Reid on (03) 6422 5310.

A slow dripping tap can waste up to five litres of water per hour.

A slow dripping tap can waste up to five litres of water per hour.

Success is sweet for Deloraine aged care students

BusinessJoanne Eisemann
Deloraine Trade Centre’s successful aged care students. Back: TasTAFE teacher Anne James, Gaye Donohue, Elizabeth Sherriff, Simone Claridge, Ann Barber, Rosanne Barrett. Front: Aleisha Bott, Gracey McGee.

Deloraine Trade Centre’s successful aged care students. Back: TasTAFE teacher Anne James, Gaye Donohue, Elizabeth Sherriff, Simone Claridge, Ann Barber, Rosanne Barrett. Front: Aleisha Bott, Gracey McGee.

January 2019 | Sharon Webb

EIGHT ADULT students qualifying at the Deloraine High School Trade Training Centre are looking forward to employment in the aged care sector in 2019. The centre’s co-ordinator, Berice van der Aa, said the class will return to complete final units in February before completing a four week work placement, followed by graduating with a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community).

“Some students from this group have been successful in gaining employment while training while others are looking for positions; aged care work is a growth area,” Mrs Van Der Aa said. “They will work as carers in a variety of settings including in-home, respite care and in residential facilities and the great thing is they will all make a difference to someone’s life.”

Deloraine’s Trade Training Centre, based at the high school site, was boosted last year by the addition of a new building, where the Individual Support course is now located off East Church St. The new building creates a bright, welcoming multipurpose learning space for adults from Deloraine and wider Meander Valley region and for Year 11 and 12 vocational education students.

Ms Van der Aa said a Certificate II course in Kitchen Operations will be offered to Year 11/ 12 and adult students from the beginning of 2019 followed by Certificate II in Hospitality, depending on enrolments. “The automotive studies workshop will be upgraded to standard for delivery of Certificate I and II in Automotive which will be an option for Year 11/12 students in 2019. “Certificate II Agriculture is also offered,” she said.

Other big wins in 2018 included:

• The centre’s first students achieving a Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE);

• Five current high school students are employed on Australian School Based Apprenticeships where they participate in paid work for one or two days per week under a formal agreement, while they work towards a vocational qualification as well as their TCE;

• Students supported at school to work on individual interests and qualifications including screen and media and business courses;

• A growth in Year 11 enrolments for 2019.

Places are still available in the 2019 Individual Support course, which runs every Monday and Friday during school terms. TasTAFE trainers will hold an Individual Support information session early in March at the Trade Training Centre.

*Individuals, businesses or organisations interested in full certificate or skill set training should contact Mrs Van Der Aa. Phone 0407 936 391 or email Classes can be arranged for evenings or weekends to meet industry and business needs.

Photo | supplied

Fields of fire

NewsJoanne Eisemann

A grass fire adjacent to Meander Valley Rd Deloraine received prompt attention when 2 tankers and 3 helicopter water bombers were called in to extinguish a fire threatening newly baled hay.

Photo | Mike Moores


Quamby Summit

RuralJoanne Eisemann

January 2019 | Tara Ulbrich

THERE ARE TWO kinds of bushwalkers in the world, forest folk and peak people. Regular readers of this column will probably make a good guess which category this writer belongs to.

I’ve been instructed that excursions into the wild are best done in groups of four, one to stay with the injured and two to go for help. I’ve generally aimed for this protocol but a recent climb to the summit of Quamby Bluff was different. It became a twoway challenge, going it alone and pushing physical effort.

The walk is promoted as a 4-5 hour return and though well marked, I appreciated the directions of previous walkers. They’ve laid branches on false tracks explaining no, not this way. Mostly though my internal dialogue was about the forest scenery, particularly the changes from wet tea tree, to dogwood to myrtle and then sassafras. Approaching the saddle, I savoured a clump of pepperberry like I have never seen before. But there I go, reverting to type, forest fancier.

Others have told me that solo hiking tunes your senses in to making smart choices with each footfall. You only have yourself to rely on. A prerequisite for safety is humility for your environment and the two sections of vertical rock face generate such respect. The top one on the western edge is particularly challenging – steep and slippery. Don’t be distracted by the view back down into Jackeys Marsh.

On the top you’ll continue northeast across spectacular open alpine terrain to the 360 degree viewing position. On a clear day the lowlands and Kooparoona Niara will offer themselves up. If weather has moved in they won’t. On the day I climbed, this is exactly what happened but I didn’t mind. Exhilarated, I had climbed as high as one possibly could, challenging a few ideas about myself in the process.

Photo | Jade Hallam

Solo hiking tunes your senses into making smart choices with each footfall.

Solo hiking tunes your senses into making smart choices with each footfall.

The hot colours of high summer

Meander StyleJoanne Eisemann
The metre high Coreopsis grandiflora; common name ‘Tickseed’

The metre high Coreopsis grandiflora; common name ‘Tickseed’

January 2019 | In the garden with Nell Carr

GARDEN WRITERS are spoiled for choice for subjects at this time of year with so many perennials in their full summer regalia. The metre high yellow Coreopsis grandiflora (Tickseed) is amongst the most conspicuous of the smaller perennials.

There are smaller varieties, such as the pink C.rosea, but this has shown to be more temperamental, and has not survived for very long. C.grandiflora self seeds readily, filling a bed with masses of colour in December and January. Alternatively, in winter, plants which have grown too clumpy may be divided after cutting back, and spread around. The picture was taken at the end of December.

In the vegie garden Tomatoes are the most prolifically grown vegetables in our state. One local retailer said they had 20,000 plants for sale - no doubt some gardeners bought a second supply to replace those killed by the early November frosts.

When the first fruit begin to develop, a tablespoon of mixed fertiliser spread around the roots, and watered in every five or six weeks will give them a boost - avoid watering the foliage. A thick mulch of straw will keep the soil moist and keep the weeds down.

Where Song Began

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Young Australian classical musicians Anthony Albrecht and Simone Slattery will perform at Deloraine’s Little Theatre.

Young Australian classical musicians Anthony Albrecht and Simone Slattery will perform at Deloraine’s Little Theatre.

January 2019 | Sharon Webb

TWO OF AUSTRALIA’S most adventurous young classical musicians perform a musical celebration of Australia’s birds and how they shaped the world at Deloraine’s Little Theatre on Saturday 19th January. In Where Song Began, Violinist Simone Slattery and cellist Anthony Albrecht tell the story of the evolution of song, featuring music spanning 300 years, stunning visual projections and an immersive soundscape. The show is based on ornithologist Tim Low’s best - selling book, Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds And How They Changed the World.

Audiences have described the 50-minute show as “like being sung to by the country.” Where Song Began is being performed in many venues around Tasmania with $1.00 from every ticket sold donated to Birdlife Tasmania or a related cause. Anthony Albrecht said the show includes music by J.S. Bach, Vaughan Williams Sarah Hopkins and even a traditional indigenous hymn, Ngarra Burra Ferra. “We perform the music to a projected film of beautiful birds and Australian landscapes,” he said. “All age groups enjoy it and children find it really engaging so I always encourage parents to bring their children along.”

Tim Low’s eye-opening book tells the dynamic but little-known story of how Australia provided the world with songbirds and parrots, among other bird groups, why Australian birds wield surprising ecological pow - er, how Australia became a major evolutionary centre and why scientific biases have hindered recognition of these discoveries.

The renowned biologist with a rare storytelling gift says Australia’s birds, from violent, swooping magpies to tool-making cockatoos, are strikingly different from birds of other lands often more intelligent and aggressive, often larger and longer-lived. Simone Slattery was recently awarded a PhD in Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and performs regularly with Australia’s finest ensembles. Anthony Albrecht is an Australian graduate of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program and is now based in London.

Polynesian Scallop Ceviche

Meander StyleJoanne Eisemann
This dish combines juicy Australian scallops with some Vietnemese flavours and textures.

This dish combines juicy Australian scallops with some Vietnemese flavours and textures.

January 2019 | Wai Lin Coultas

AS PART OF French territories harking back to 1880, Tahiti’s closest gastronomy to a national dish, poisson cru, gives Spain’s fish ceviche a Polynesian twist – the addition of coconut milk. Unsurprisingly, this e’ia ota – Tahitian for “raw fish” - has birthed many delicious offshoots.

Drawing inspiration from Chinese influences imbuing poisson cru chinois and from other cru recipes with different types of seafood, this refreshingly light ceviche infuses the juiciest scallops swimming in Australia’s January waters with some flavours and textures of Vietnamese cuisine and the freshest accents of summer while remaining true to the definitive taste of Polynesia – the perfect starter before sumptuous mains of prawns on the “barbie”.


6 ½-shell scallops, meat & roe thoroughly cleaned & thinly sliced, shells cleaned & set aside

1 large orange, zested & juiced

2 large limes, juiced

100 ml coconut cream

4 tbsp fish sauce

3½ tsp honey

6 sprigs flat leaf parsley, leaves, flowers & sprig tips only

1 large sprig dill, finely chopped

3-4 tbsp fresh pomegranate seeds

Crispy fried shallots

1 kg pink Himalayan rock salt


1. ‘Cook’ scallop meat and roe lined out submerged in refrigerated plate of mixed orange and lime juices for 30 minutes; and another 30 minutes after turning slices over.

2. Meanwhile make marinade by mixing coconut cream, fish sauce and honey; stirring till honey dissolves.

3. Strain ‘cooked’ meat and roe and add to marinade; refrigerating for at least 1 hour.

4. Meanwhile mix orange zest with dill.

5. Strain out marinated scallop meat and roe. Toss in 2/3 zest and dill mixture; setting marinade aside.

6. To plate 1 individual serve: cover dinner plate with ½ Himalayan rock salt. Sit 3 upturned shells onto salt and lay ½ the parsley sprig tips on salt between shells.

7. Divide ½ the parsley leaves and flowers between the 3 shells before scooping 1/12 of scallop mixture onto each shell’s parsley. Garnish each with pomegranate seeds, crispy fried shallots and then 1 tsp marinade.

8. Heap the other 1/12 scallop mixture over this. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, fried shallots, 1 tsp marinade and finally 1/6 remaining mix of orange zest and dill.

Serves 2.

Photo | Wai Lin Coultas

Deloraine in line for a new sport

SportJoanne Eisemann
Skater Peter Ashton promoting his lifelong Sport of ‘Inline Hockey’.

Skater Peter Ashton promoting his lifelong Sport of ‘Inline Hockey’.

PETER ASHTON IS keen to introduce the sport of Inline Hockey to the Meander Valley – an activity he has enjoyed for over 50 years, including 20 years as an Ice Hockey player. According to Wikipedia, ‘Inline skating is a multi-disciplinary sport that refers to a number of activities practiced using Inline skates.

The skates typically have two to five polyurethane wheels, arranged in a single line by a metal or plastic frame on the underside of a boot. The in-line design allows for greater speed and maneu - verability than traditional (or “quad”) roller skates.’ Following a recent risk management review by Meander Valley Council, it was found that Peter’s old Friday evening skating sessions at Deloraine could no longer be held until new arrangements were made.

With suitable insurance now sourced, skating activities will re-commence in Deloraine at the MVPAC Stadium and at Westbury Sports Centre. Meander Valley Skating Club will hold its inaugural meeting at the Meander Valley Performing Arts Centre Stadium in Deloraine on Friday 8th February, 2019, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. The formation of an unincorporated club will be proposed at the meeting and prospective Inline Hockey players, aged 6 to adult, can also attend to express their interest.

For all inquiries, including registering interest in joining the Club and to receive a copy of the meeting agenda, proposed Constitution and proposed club rules, contact Peter Ashton on 0409 234 061 or by email at

Deloraine Police Station to remain open

NewsJoanne Eisemann

THE STATE Government has confirmed that the Deloraine Police Station is to remain open.

A police media spokesperson said that Deloraine station is in addition to a new $5 million police station planned for Longford.

The Longford station was announced in the 2018 ˜State Budget with funding allocated for this financial year.

Deloraine Police Station

Deloraine Police Station

Flying the flag

RuralJoanne Eisemann
Peter Jago pictured with his design for the Australian flag

Peter Jago pictured with his design for the Australian flag

PETER JAGO IS a patriotic Australian who loves our country, loves our flag and loves to celebrate Australia Day. That does not mean, however, he thinks there is no room for improvement.

“The flag should represent who you are. We’re a different country from what we were. The Union Jack takes up one quarter of the flag, and we’re a multicultural nation, so it’s not as important as it used to be,” explains Peter.

While waiting for the groundswell of opinion to catch up with his desire to modernise our flag and choose a neutral Australia Day rather than the contentious anniversary of colonial settlement, Peter flies his own elaborate flag design in the front window of his house. “With the flag,” says Peter, I’ve been interested in it over the years. Just getting people’s opinions and seeing what we could put on it.”

After much consideration, Peter has melded colourful sporting symbols, social and cultural icons, native fauna and flora with the Southern Cross, Union Jack and Aboriginal flag. “This is a long journey. You don’t change the 26th of January quickly. You don’t change the flag just like that. We won’t see much change in our lifetime,” reflects Peter then finishes enthusiastically, “Australia is now a nation of diversity. Let us raise a modern Australian Flag on a modern Australia Day.”

Red Hills show pulls in the crowds

SportJoanne Eisemann

Roll cages, helmets and racing flame stickers aren’t things you often associate with tractors, that is unless you were out at Red Hills last month. Speed and noise were the two favourite words as the Apex Club of Deloraine held their annual Tractor Pull charity event over the second weekend in December. Tractor Pull Director, Danny Saltmarsh, was impressed with the spectators that turned up for the event. “It’s one of the best turnouts we’ve had yet,” he said. “People come for di•fferent reasons, whether they want to see the super modified tractors from around the state and the mainland, or even the vintage ones. It’s great to see mainland tractors competing down here.” There were around seven di•fferent classes taking turns to pull a weight transfer

sled, the aim is to reach 100 metres but often tractors spin out or lose power, so every centimetre counts when it comes to bragging rights. Money raised at the event goes back to Apex Club of Deloraine and gets distributed around the Meander Valley community during the year and to groups such as Give Me Five For Kids.

Photo | Mike Moores

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Camping in Meander Valley

NewsJoanne Eisemann

MEANDER VALLEY Council will submit a planning application to provide camping at Westbury recreation ground.

Moving the motion, Cllr John Temple said he had initiated the move following the council’s March closure of three free campgrounds on council land.

“This is simply a planning application to see if we can use the Westbury location for that purpose,” he said.

“The loss of the three campgrounds has meant a loss of business and vibrancy.”

Cllr Susie Bower said that during her recent election campaign, the campground closures had been one of the biggest issues.

“The campers bring a lot of business and currently those people are driving through the town and not spending money,” she said.

Deputy Mayor Michael Kelly said the community misses the campers and wants them back: “We are obliged to get them back.”

Council manager Martin Gill closed down free campgrounds in Westbury, Bracknell and Deloraine last year, saying he had no choice because they did not have the appropriate planning approvals.

“Because no permits were in place council had to stop the activity,” he said.

In addition, some neighbouring residents were fed up with campers’ poor behaviour: noise, camp fires, public urination and public safety issues.

But others are frustrated and angry about the closures as local businesses, many of them on tight margins, have lost camping customers.

However, it is also against the Federal Government’s national competition principals for local government to offer free camping in competition with local businesses.

A State Government inquiry into the impact of camping on local council land on national competition principles has dragged on for months.

Mr Gill said in December he anticipated a government statement on the issue in the new year.

Photo | Mike Moores

Campers could be on a good wicket in Westbury.

Campers could be on a good wicket in Westbury.

Internet-savvy Millennials lax on cyber security

NewsJoanne Eisemann

EACH YEAR the number of Australians impacted by cyber criminals continues to rise. In 2017, over 6 million adult Australians were impacted by cybercrime and 46 per cent of Millennials fell prey to cybercrime, putting them in the lead as the most common group to be targeted.

A Norton by Symantec report revealed 37 per cent of Millennials admitted to having at least one device without any protective measures and were the group most likely to share their password. This is in significant contrast to Gen X users, where only a quarter had shared the passwords to their smartphones and laptops.

The good news is password hygiene is as easy as 1,2,3: 1. Create strong passphrases. 2. Use a different password across all of your accounts; and 3. Don’t share your password with anyone!

In 2017, over 6 million Australians were impacted by cybercrime.

In 2017, over 6 million Australians were impacted by cybercrime.