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In good hands!

BusinessJoanne Eisemann
Chris Carpenter demonstrating his skills on Jess Bartholomew.  Photo by Hayley Manning

Chris Carpenter demonstrating his skills on Jess Bartholomew.

Photo by Hayley Manning

By Hayley Manning

A NEW remedial massage and natural therapies centre has just set up shop in the historic London House building on Emu Bay Road in Deloraine.

Acacia Healing’s Jess Bartholomew, offers Life/Vitality Coaching and Flower Essence Therapy, while Chris Carpenter provides a variety of massage styles.

A self proclaimed ‘climate refugee’ from Queensland, Chris visited Deloraine on his first day in Tasmania and met his partner, Jess.

The couple has since settled in the area, set up business and plan to eventually buy their own ‘patch of land’.

Reflecting their affinity with plants, the business is named after the Golden Wattle, whose bursts of fluffy yellow blooms herald the arrival of spring.

‘The first plant to flower in spring signals new life, new creation – that seems like a really good omen for us,’ Chris said.

Chris has always been naturally drawn to massage from a young age.

‘When I was a kid, if my parents had guests over to dinner, I would go around the dinner table after we had finished eating, and give them five minute shoulder massages.’

Advised by his family and following his heart, Chris completed Diplomas in Remedial/ Relaxation Massage and Shiatsu/Oriental Therapies – a good starting base.

Ten years experience and work on countless bodies, has resulted in Chris developing a unique massage style using a combination of all disciplines.

‘I am very flexible in my treatments. I can do anything from soft, gentle and relaxing, all the way to doing work on a toughened body builder who needs a lot of pressure,’ he said.

‘I am intuitive when it comes to reading bodies and the underlying cause of pain and discomfort, and then working on that, whether that be a crick in the neck, a bit of sciatica or lower back pain. If you come in with a specific problem, we will work on that to provide long-term pain relief.

‘I really love it. Changing people’s lives by healing them. It is really satisfying to me when someone comes in with pain and walks out feeling fantastic. What I want to do is fix people up, so they don’t need massage anymore, and basically work myself out of a job!’

For information and appointments, phone Chris on 0459 322 171, or visit

Treasures from the soil

BusinessJoanne Eisemann
Len Mackenzie and his ‘black gold’ – truffles harvested at Needles in the Meander Valley.  Photo by Mike Moores

Len Mackenzie and his ‘black gold’ – truffles harvested at Needles in the Meander Valley.

Photo by Mike Moores

By Wai Lin Coultas

TRUFFLES OF Tasmania at Needles is Australia’s second largest truffle farm with 22,000 oak trees spread over 50 hectares.

Winter truffle season runs from late May until mid to late August, when fresh truffles are available. Year-round, the shop offers aromatic snap-frozen truffles, freeze dried granules, truffle powder, and their very own truffle pepperberry salt.

Culinary inspiration is found in The Truffle Cookbook by Rodney Dunn of The Agrarian Kitchen in New Norfolk, who includes the truffles on his menu.

There is an on-site tasting room and a shop that stocks everything from Italian-made stainless steel truffle slicers, clothing emblazoned with Truffles of Tasmania’s logo and truffle puppy soft toys.

Len Mackenzie, the farm’s owner, says ‘If you have come for a tour of the farm, we can take you out, meet the dogs and watch them work, and find a couple of truffles in the ground.’ During summer, demonstrations are organized by hiding harvested truffles or other objects for the dogs to sniff out.

Larger groups that book truffle hunts and tours in advance get a big food platter of seasonal local produce including truffle cheeses, venison, 41° South salmon, honeys and fresh raspberries.

There has been a constant flow of visitors to the farm, locals and overseas.

Launceston TAFE cooking school have brought students to the farm to learn about truffle growing and their culinary uses. ‘We offer this as a pro bono to experience, learn and taste what some students would be financially challenged to achieve in their own right now,’ added Len.

Tasting sessions and farm tours can be booked by calling 0400 067 093. You can drop by to shop or to pick up an order placed on

Lions roaring ahead

Business, RuralJoanne Eisemann
Mary Gill, of Westbury Lions, with a pallet of Lions’ bagged sheep poo, outside Westbury Rural.  Photo supplied

Mary Gill, of Westbury Lions, with a pallet of Lions’ bagged sheep poo, outside Westbury Rural.

Photo supplied

THE LIONS Club of Westbury is celebrating its twenty five year anniversary and still going strong, according to President Chris Viney.

Over the years Westbury Lions have been involved in numerous community projects, including renovating the clock at Holy Trinity Church in Westbury, Westbury Skate Park, the gates of St Mary’s Church at Hagley, the Westbury Showground gates and barbecue areas at both Carrick and Bracknell.

‘This year, our total contribution to the community has been over $15,000. That’s a pretty good effort for a club of our size,’ said Mr Viney.

Ongoing projects include collecting used spectacles for recycling in under-developed countries and collecting used stamps to raise money for the Lions Child Mobility Fund.

Lions also sponsor the UTAS Adrian Geard Memorial Nursing Scholarship, assisting a local person to pursue tertiary study and a career in a field vital to the community,\.

Manning the Agfest gates and assisting at the Mountain Cattlemen’s annual get together are other regular fund-raising activities.

Selling sheep ‘poo’ is another money making venture for Westbury Lions. Working bees are held to bag the poo, which is sold at Westbury Rural Services, with all proceeds going directly to Lions.

‘We really appreciate the ongoing support of Westbury Rural Services,’ said Mr Viney.

Membership has ebbed and flowed over the years but Mr Viney said there was always room for more. Of the original members, six are still active, twenty five years later.

The club is keen to attract more members, regardless of age or gender, and is a great way to serve the community.

‘We really need to get younger men and women on board so that the good work of Lions can continue,’ said Mr Viney.

Prospective members can get more information about Lions from Club Secretary Paul Kilroy on 0414 891 793.

Steady development in the Meander Valley

BusinessJoanne Eisemann

By Wai Lin Coultas

EVER WONDERED how building and development is getting on in the valley? Some research into Meander Valley Council building approvals from 2017 to April this year, shows there is a steady rate of approved building works.

As of April, MVC issued a total of 71 building approvals, comprising 37 building permits and 34 notifiable building works, of which 17 were for urban and 54 for regional development.

This compares favourably with the first four months of 2017 and 2018 – a total of 64 and 78 building approvals issued respectively.

In total, there were 244 building approvals in 2017 and 235 in 2018, so similar numbers could be anticipated this year.

Building permits so far this year were valued at $10,315,018. Most were for new dwellings, units, additions and alterations to existing dwellings. Only four were for commercial buildings.

Of the 132 building permits issued in 2018, 49 were for urban and 83 for regional works, valued at $46,945,782 in total. The permits were for 52 new dwellings, 21 units, 23 additions and alterations, 3 farm buildings, 3 offices/ factories, 12 commercial buildings and 17 outbuildings.

For 2017, a total of 145 building permits were issued, for 53 urban and 92 regional works, valued at $30,297,701. This was for 44 new dwellings, 30 units, 23 additions and alterations, 3 farm buildings, 6 commercial buildings and 30 outbuildings.

Of course, building development is only one element of local prosperity, but by this standard, it would seem that the Meander Valley is on the right track.

Taking a shot at flu

Business, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

2017 WAS the worst flu season ever recorded in Australia.

With over 47 000 notified cases in 2018, this was considered to be one of the mildest seasons, possibly because of increased immunisation uptake and general population immunity carried over from 2017.

Although the 2019 flu season has only just begun, there have been 25 deaths in Queensland already, according to Queensland Health figures reported by ABC News on 15th May.

Influenza changes constantly and is not predictable. Flu is a viral infection that infects the respiratory system (nose, throat and lungs).

Anyone, at any age is susceptible to flu, even the young and healthy. It spreads quickly and flu viruses constantly mutate so annual vaccinations are recommended.

Symptoms include fever, chills, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. Children may experience vomiting or diarrhoea.

A flu carrier can be contagious 24 hours before symptoms appear and for about a week afterwards. Most people recover from flu within a couple of weeks, but flu can cause complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis and may even be life-threatening.

A flu vaccination is available for free in Tasmania, for children from 6 months to 5 years old and for those over 65 or medically at risk.

Anyone else visiting a GP or chemist for a vaccination will have to pay for it.

Deloraine Medical Centre has vaccinated well over 1000 patients already, this season.

Chemists are now able to provide customers with a flu vaccination, but not as part of the free service, although it is hoped that this will become available in the future.

At $19.95 for a flu vaccination, Amcal Deloraine and Soul Pattinson Westbury have a steady stream of customers, who do not have the time or inclination to make doctors’ appointments.

A chemists’ vaccination is done by trained staff. The vaccination can be added to a customer’s medical records, to keep them up to date.

Vaccination is the most effective protection against flu, so should be considered a reasonable precaution to take before the season is upon us.

You should speak to your GP or local chemist if you have any health concerns about flu or vaccinations.

The Gazette editor, taking one for the team, courtesy of Deloraine Medical Centre.  Photo by Mike Moores

The Gazette editor, taking one for the team, courtesy of Deloraine Medical Centre.

Photo by Mike Moores

Once upon a time …

Arts and Reviews, BusinessJoanne Eisemann
Eve Robson surrounded by a lifetime of collectables.  Photo by Mike Moores

Eve Robson surrounded by a lifetime of collectables.

Photo by Mike Moores

By Wai Lin Coultas

ONCE UPON A Time Collectables opened last July at 49 William Street.

Eve and Ian Robson have collected while living in Sydney and on vacations around Australia. Along with all sorts of rustic items and furniture, their collectables include 1900s English china, Venetian and Victorian glassware, English and Australian pottery.

Be it old irons or even scales, Eve loves rustics as people can buy them to display or use.

When she and Ian collected too much china, pottery and glass to fit in their house, they started selling at Sydney markets as a hobby.

When the markets slowed down for china and glass, they switched to rustics – old luggage, mirrors, ladders.

They have been sourcing for quite a number of customers since opening their shop. ‘If we come across it, I will let them know,’ Eve added.

After six vacations every two years, Eve and Ian settled in Tasmania eighteen months ago. They always visited Westbury as it was ‘quiet and easy going compared to the city … the people are very helpful, friendly and nice.’

To go with their William Street shop, they bought tables and sideboards from Love Antiques. ‘We had the stock to start a shop up. What we did not have were the big pieces of furniture to put things on,’ Eve explained.

Tasmanians are becoming regular customers by word of mouth. Even people from Hobart drive over and tourists visiting by ferry happily load their cars up too.

Reminiscing often prompts purchases, Eve elaborated. ‘They see things they have had when they were younger. Or remember one of their parents having them …’

Half the Robson’s sales have been small traditional furniture: tables; occasional tables; little cabinets for kitchens or bathrooms. Men favour old rustic midget toys, cast iron pieces and tools.

The shop gives Ian the space to strip back, wax and replace parts to let the true worth of collected pieces shine – something he got interested in since Eve started collecting.

With their shop open only from Fridays to Sundays, it has enabled them to slow down, while still having a hobby.

‘Tassie is a hidden treasure with everything – the lovely oceans, mountain ranges, rivers, and a little city life in Lonnie and Hobart. We have no plans to go back to the mainland, except visit family.’

No checking out for Lynette at Woolies!

Community, BusinessJoanne Eisemann

By Wendy Laing

ON THURSDAY, 18th April, the staff at Woolworths Deloraine held a surprise morning tea for Lynette Morris, their longest serving employee.

Lynette has been working at Woolworths Deloraine for 50 years, and was presented with a fifty years of service badge and $500 voucher from Group Manager, Graeme Connelly, who congratulated her on behalf of all the staff.

‘She is a pleasure to work with,’ Mr Connelly said.

Lynette’s sister, Christine, who works for Woolworths Port Sorell was also present to see Lynette receive her thank-you gifts.

During the morning tea, Lynette received a phone message of congratulations from the Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths Australia, Mr Brad Banducci.

Phone calls were also received from the Woolworths Tasmania Operations Manager, Mr Tristram Merrit and Ms Kate Rownsley, Culture and People partner for Woolworths Tasmania.

‘Yes, I took my aunt’s place when she married’, Lynette said when asked if Woolworths Deloraine had been her first job, ‘and started as a checkout chick’.

As she cut her special cake, an overwhelmed Lynette thanked Graeme Connelly and all the staff for their best wishes and the lovely morning tea.

Lynette Morris, Woolworths longest serving employee with the newest, 17-year-old Nykara Simpson.  Photo by Mike Moore

Lynette Morris, Woolworths longest serving employee with the newest, 17-year-old Nykara Simpson.

Photo by Mike Moore

Closures on Emu Bay Road

Business, NewsJoanne Eisemann

By Hayley Manning

THE ANZ, a well established bank on Deloraine’s bustling Emu Bay Road has closed and a popular retail shop is set to follow suit.

The Reject Shop will close its doors on 5th July 2019. A spokesperson from the Reject Shop Head Office (Vic) issued the following brief statement. ‘After taking lots of factors into consideration we have decided to close the store. Staff will be redeployed to other stores.’

ANZ Deloraine branch closed at short notice on 24th April, after many decades of service.

Guy Barnett, MP, has gathered a petition to be tabled in the House of Assembly, aiming to draw attention to the effect the sudden closure has had on residents and small businesses throughout the Meander Valley.

ANZ General Manager (Vic/Tas), Michael Wake, said ANZ is disappointed that leasing circumstances beyond their control led to the Deloraine branch closure.

‘We were recently notified of changes to our leasing arrangement and have now reached an impasse which will see us discontinue our lease. We are working with customers and staff to ensure we can make this difficult transition as smooth as possible,’ Mr Wake said.

Online banking saves a bank the most money per transaction, followed by use of an ATM. Face to face customer service within a branch is the most expensive transaction for a bank.

In 2017, the four major banks spent a combined 4.2 billion dollars on online and mobile banking technology; giving an insight into the future direction of banking.

Mr Wake acknowledged the inconvenience rural branch closure would cause to a rural community.

‘We understand our regional customers are often adversely affected by branch closures and we apologise for the inconvenience we know this will cause some of our customers,’ he said.

Pop in to the pop-up at the Westbury Willows

BusinessJoanne Eisemann
Sally Spencer of ‘The Willows’ with some of the beautiful antique glassware on display and for sale at their pop-up antique shop in their home in Westbury   Photo | Mike Moores

Sally Spencer of ‘The Willows’ with some of the beautiful antique glassware on display and for sale at their pop-up antique shop in their home in Westbury

Photo | Mike Moores

April 2019 | Wai Lin Coultas

WESTBURY HAS a few surprises for antique lovers, so over the next few months, the Gazette will shine a light on some of the undiscovered treasures. Rick Prevost and Sally Spencer’s personable antiques and collectables have been collected over a lifetime, its broad spectrum appealing to a wide variety of tastes.

The antique business is a pop-up sited in the historic Georgian property ‘The Willows’, bought two years ago by Sally’s daughter Fiona, Bracknell born-and-bred. Currently based in Melbourne, Fiona, husband and family are waiting for permits and building approval for the much-needed restoration. During the wait, Sally and Rick are the building’s caretakers.

Realising the building’s historical significance in Westbury, Rick and Sally encourage people browsing their shop to explore, happy to meet the huge range of visitors who show an interest in its history. “Having the antique store has become incidental to that,” shares Sally. “Like the community in Westbury, we want to ensure the history of the town is kept and looked after.”

Hence, they are taking great pains to ensure the “Willows” is restored to former glory of 1837. Over years to come, they plan on not only furnishing it with 1830s to 1850s antiques, but to keep updating with better finds. In the end, Fiona and family will be custodians of a home that best preserves the history of Westbury and Tasmania.

Rick has only ever collected quality antiques in good condition, restoring them if needed, paying particular attention to the finish to avoiding the pitfall of “over polishing to an inch of its life.” Rick’s furniture hails from the colonial period right through to the modern. Cedar, Huon Pine, Mahogany – built all over Australia, and acquired from local and Hobart auctions – Rick was drawn to either its history, material or builder’s signature. “Preferably a Tasmanian builder,” adds Rick. From “brown” or “rusty” furniture, jewellery, china, ceramics and glassware of all eras, including chalices done for Prince Charles and Diana Spencer’s wedding, ‘The Willows’ is filled with eclectic period items that would still enhance a modern home.

Rick’s interest in history extends to the military, hence a propeller from a World War II training aircraft is on offer. Metal tools, rabbit traps, handmade convict bolts and hinges –a pair of convict leg irons - rare in Tasmania as the rare stuff “all goes to the museums and collectors … in Sydney.” There is even a John Glover painting of an English lake and castle – 1806, before his time in colonial Tasmania.

Customers come look at the house and go away with a piece of it. Westbury customers recount long lost memories relating to the history of the ‘The Willows’. They may have lived there once or have family who did. Interested in Rick and Sally’s pop-up store? Better pop by before spring, when building restorations are likely to start.

Cannot find that specific antique you are looking for? Prepared to wait? Let auction experts Rick and Sally find it for you. The Westbury Willows popup can be found at 115 Meander Valley Road , Westbury. Sally Spencer can be contacted on 0408 570 830 and Rick Prevost on 0408 135 510.

The apple of Corey’s eye

BusinessJoanne Eisemann
Deloraine local Corey Baker relaxes at Red Brick Road Ciderworks in Deloraine.   Photo | Mike Moores

Deloraine local Corey Baker relaxes at Red Brick Road Ciderworks in Deloraine.

Photo | Mike Moores

Feburary 2019 | Karl Gammler

A NEW business has opened up in Deloraine that will appeal to those who enjoy a tipple. Red Brick Road Ciderworks and Hells Gate Gin have opened a combination cider- and gin-making facility and cellar door situated at the former Bodyworks at 30 East Parade, overlooking the Meander River.

The business has already proven popular with locals and tourists alike, with plenty of parking and regular visits from food vans being a highlight on certain weekends. Corey Baker and his partner Karina Dambergs are no strangers to satisfying people’s curiosity about all things cidery.

At their sister business, the Ciderhouse in Launceston, customers have been experiencing an amazing range of Tasmanian craft products, local food and local beverages such as cider, mead, wine, beer, and whisky. But the time has come to move their base of operations to Deloraine where the couple reside with their young daughter, Beatrix. Their approach is simple, real cider made from real fruit by real people.

Apples and pears are sourced from fourth-generation Tasmanian growers, using traditional Tassie apples such as Geeveston Fanny and Orange Pippin where possible. All cider is fermented and processed on site under strict guidelines with no added sugar, water, concentrate, flavours or colours. The ciders are unrefined, unfiltered and unpasteurised, all carbonated by natural secondary fermentation. Red Brick Road’s core range includes Dry Hopped Cider, Sparkling Cider, Scrumpy, Cider Rosé and Perry. But cider isn’t the only beverage being made. The new Hells Gate Gin is proving so popular that a larger distiller is being made to satisfy demand. And for something different, there is local craft beer available on tap and a selection of Tassie whiskies and wines.

Opening hours are not set in stone. Summer is busy, with the whole bar and serving operation being taken to festivals such as The Taste of Tasmania and Mona Foma. However, when the main bar is absent from Deloraine, their customised converted minivan is a sight to see and can still satisfy your thirst. The cellar door is open on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 12.00-6.00pm and on Friday, 12.00-8.00pm. At other times, if the cellar door is open, just drop in to say ‘G’day’.

‘Alkaloids’ expand palliative possibilities

BusinessJoanne Eisemann

Feburary 2019 | Sharon Webb

A TASMANIAN Alkaloids employee has confirmed the company is growing cannabis for medical use on its site at Westbury. The company’s director of agricultural research Les Baxter told Deloraine Rotary Club’s January meeting that the plants are grown indoors under Australia’s strict regulations with tight security.

He told the Rotarians 26 Australian companies are licensed to produce and cultivate cannabis in indoor facilities only, along with 20 manufacturing licenses. “In Tasmania at least four companies are cultivating and producing cannabis,” Mr Baxter said. “It’s harder to get a cannabis license than to manufacture opiates.

All staff are monitored; they can have no criminal record.” In 2016 Australia’s Parliament unanimously passed legislation permitting the production of cannabis for medicinal purposes, focussing on its use for childhood epilepsy, nausea in cancer and HIV patients and palliative care.

The Australian system is the most heavily regulated in the world, with both the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Office of Drug Control in charge. Three separate licenses are needed to grow, manufacture and research the substance and gaining them is a long process.

Mr Baxter said medicinal cannabis could also be used for pain management, particularly for multiple schlerosis and neuropathic pain. “The advantages are in using it to decrease nausea, increase appetite, manage chronic pain and to manage muscle spasms,” he said. “Its possible side effects are memory loss and schizophrenia.”

Commercial production of medicinal cannabis, closely related to the hop plant, is from the flowers of high yielding bushy plants about 60cm high. It grows from seeds or cuttings, cuttings being the preferred method of Australian producers.

Over 8-10 week cycles the plants, which Mr Baxter describes as “one of the world’s easiest plants to grow”, are cultivated in 16-18 hour days at 24C. They have a final 12 hours of darkness before the unopened flower buds are harvested, dried, trimmed and cured.

Tasmanian Alkaloids extracts oil from the flowers and puts it into capsules. Currently Australian companies can export only product, not flower buds; the product can only be used for four substances within pharmaceutical products.

“For Australian companies the potential for making money is in the international market, especially in complementary health products,” Mr Baxter said. “The current Australian market is only around 2000 people - and they must be buying their supplies overseas because Australia isn’t producing enough yet.”

Mr Baxter made it clear in his address to the Rotary Club that he was speaking from his own viewpoint and not on behalf of Tasmanian Alkaloids.

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

Be calmer with a llama

BusinessJoanne Eisemann

Ever fancied going for a walk with a Llama? A new Christmas Hills business allows you to do just that. Llama Farma are oƒffering a guided walk with a gentle llama friend through Tasmanian bushland. They have short walk options starting at $39.00, or longer hikes for the more adventurous. For more info, visit

Photo | Mike Moores

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New Meander holiday units

BusinessJoanne Eisemann

MEANDER VALLEY council has approved an application for visitor accommodation in Meander. Containing a Colourbond studio, five units, an amenities building, a common room and space for eight RVs and caravan parking, Meander Country Cabins accommodation is to be located on the corner of Main Rd and Barbers Rd. The land is owned by Luke Mitchell and Donnaven Craven.

Conditions on the development include existing accesses onto Barbers Road being upgraded and sealed, the eastern access off Barbers Road being signposted as entry only/ no exit and the carriage way south of the accommodation units being signed one way. Both accesses onto Barbers Road are to be signed indicating a shared carriageway for pedestrians and vehicles and a speed limit of 10km/h.

Computing Foundations @ DOAC

BusinessJoanne Eisemann

LEARNING ABOUT computers can be a daunting task for those who have grown up using people and books as their primary method of gathering information.

“A few years ago I was telling people that it was okay if they didn’t want to learn about computers, but I don’t tell them that anymore.”, says Computing Foundations tutor Joanne Eisemann.

“To stay empowered in our society I think it is vital for everyone to learn something about the new technologies. This is a big learning curve that we are all on. “At Deloraine Online, our focus is on helping each other out with that,” adds Joanne.

Computing Foundations is a 12 week course, 2 hours per week (with some homework). The course covers computer operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, internet and email. It is suitable for those who know a little bit about computers but don’t yet feel confident, as well as people who feel confident with what they know but would like to learn a bit more.

The aim of the course is to improve participants’ confidence in using their computer and will be paced according to the students’ (usually 3 or 4 in a class) skill level. The next course starts at the Deloraine Online Centre in early February.

Please call Joanne at Deloraine Online 6362 3537 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to book your place.

Community Bank comes to the rescue

BusinessJoanne Eisemann

A TOTAL of $152,601.80 was committed to 10 local projects in the Deloraine and Districts Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank second community grants round for 2018.

The funds will support dedicated community groups to realise their dreams.

“We feel so supported,” says Sharman Lewis, grants offi†cer from the small but devoted group of people working to restore the fabric of the heritage listed Parkham Church.

The deconsecrated church and hall property at Parkham was purchased in 2016 by Parkham Community Inc to be used as a community centre. The external fabric is in poor condition and needs urgent intervention to repoint the stone foundations, replace leaking guttering and sections of rotting timber before being repainted.

“There are starlings nesting in the walls,” comments Sharman.

Parkham Community Inc. received a $10,000 grant from the Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch that enables the group to apply for a further $90,000 from the Tasmanian Community Fund who require that 10% of funds needed for projects be raised from another source.

The old church was built in 1902 by community members on donated land with donated local timber and funds raised by the community largely by growing potatoes. The inner fabric of the church is still in good condition and Parkham Community Inc members are keen to see the beautiful old building restored thereby helping them with fundraising into the future and keeping their heritage alive.

Another restoration project that will go ahead thanks to a community grant from the bank is the refurbishment of Pearns Steam World flagship engine the 1910 8HP Foden traction engine.

A regular attraction at Agfest, St Patrick’s Day festivals, Westbury and Deloraine Shows, without repair, the engine will become a static display at the museum.

As a high-pressure vessel, boilers must meet strict criteria and the Foden no longer meets certification standards.

This type of work can only be carried out by specialist heritage repair people and will cost up to $40,000 for the professional component of the repairs. “The $20,000 grant provided by the Deloraine & Districts Community Bank will go a long way towards breaking the back of the fundraising needed to repair the Foden,” says treasurer of the Pearns Steam World Committee Ruth Paterson,” adding “It’s a big job for our small committee to raise funds. We can’t thank them enough.”

Simon Rootes, Manager of the Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank says he enjoys leading a team that are working together to support local community projects. ”As a team we feel so much pride when we see the work we put in throughout the year turn into such great community outcomes. Not only are we providing an excellent banking service to our community each day, we are then able to give back to the community that support our branch. It’s a great organisation to be a part of, knowing that we are really making a difference to our community is what really drives our team.”

The Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank has now returned close to $1.5 million to the Meander Valley community through grants, dividends, sponsorship and donations.

Recipients for the Community Grant Round 2 were:

• Deloraine Agricultural & Pastoral Society (Deloraine Show) - $50,000 - new kitchen/dining pavilion and amenities.

• Deloraine Baptist Church - $5,500 - Hall heating and replacement floor

• Deloraine Football Club - $7092.80 - tables

• Deloraine House - $9,960 - Upgrade to windows and removal of chimney

• Kentish Regional Clinic Inc (CORES - Meander Valley) - $1,900 - Meander Valley Community Response to Eliminating Suicide (one day prevention workshops)

• Parkham Community Inc. - $3,500 - Water Security for Parkham Community Centre

• Parkham Community Inc. - $10,000 - Restoring the Heart of the Community (Church restoration)

• Pearn’s Steam World - $20,000 - The Crown (restoration of historic machinery)

• Rotary Club of Deloraine - $7,000 - Rotary Function Centre Improvements

• Rotary Club of Westbury - $12,649 - Food Van Upgrade

• Western Tiers Film Society - $25,000 - Little Theatre Sound System Upgrade

Simon Rootes, Manager of Deloraine & Districts Community Bank Branch, discusses repairs to the Parkham Church with Sharman Lewis, Parkham Community Inc. Photo by Mike Moores

Simon Rootes, Manager of Deloraine & Districts Community Bank Branch, discusses repairs to the Parkham Church with Sharman Lewis, Parkham Community Inc. Photo by Mike Moores

Pearns Steam World Foden 1910 8HP traction engine delights crowds at local events. Photo by Mike Moores

Pearns Steam World Foden 1910 8HP traction engine delights crowds at local events. Photo by Mike Moores

Littleproud grants offering

Business, RuralJoanne Eisemann

ROUND 2 of Smart Farms Small Grants program is open for landholders and community groups.

Grants of between $5,000 and $200,000 are available to assist farmers and groups to adapt to change, innovate and become more sustainable.

“These grants support new projects to improve Aussie soil, biodiversity and vegetation. They will also help support water security and promote climate-smart farming,” Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said.

“I know there’s exceptional ideas out there, and these grants can make them a reality.”

Almost $5 million in funding was awarded to 77 projects under Round 1 and more than $9 million is available for Round 2.

This round closes on 11th January. To apply, go to

Rafting the rapids

Business, FeatureJoanne Eisemann
Lucy Karafilis is one of the first to take on the rapids with new adventure tourism business, Meander Wilderness Experience.

Lucy Karafilis is one of the first to take on the rapids with new adventure tourism business, Meander Wilderness Experience.

November 2018 | Hayley Manning

A MEANDER resident has just launched an innovative river sled business and he couldn’t be happier! Meander Wilderness Experience owner, Daniel Wickham, moved to Meander with his family seven years ago.

He had been working at the Education Department for the past six and a half years but wanted to return to the small business world in a bid to show his children that there is another way of earning an income, besides working for someone else. “I have always just loved being a business owner. I have fleshed out so many potential ideas from a caravan park to a chicken farm but there were half a million things to do and a lot of money required,” he said.

Dan’s previous small business experience helped him get through the seven months of planning and many obstacles that fell his way. “I met so many amazing people and had the best fun ever.” Dan has conducted several test runs with friends, family and professional river guides, including his friend and mentor Nathan Welch, (who has paddled 6,500 km’s down the Amazon River), to ensure safety and provide a framework for the level of experience his guides should have.

After a test run, Dan received positive feedback from Nathan who said: “I think you have got something here,” and the other guides who were amazed at the “vibe on the river.” And Dan couldn’t agree more. “This is a beautiful part of the world that people would not ordinarily see.”

Photo | Mike Moores

Welcome to Green Door gastronomy

BusinessJoanne Eisemann
Nick and Hayley Brazendale have recently opened the ‘Green Door’ café restaurant and apothecary in Westbury.

Nick and Hayley Brazendale have recently opened the ‘Green Door’ café restaurant and apothecary in Westbury.

November 2018 | David Claridge

A NEW Westbury business has taken off, wowing locals and visitors alike with an Irish theme, offering a new diversified level of café and restaurant experience. Aptly named the Green Door, the café, restaurant and apothecary has impressed with their desire to use local stock and make products in-house. Café owners, Nick and Hayley Brazendale, have been amazed by the positive feedback they’ve received since they opened just over a month ago.

At the Green Door we make everything in-house and use local, spray free, organic produce

“We bought the building about six months ago. After doing a lot of research about Westbury we found that it has a long Irish history, most people in the 18th and even 19th century were even talking in gaelic.” Hayley said.

“Our restaurant was built by an Irish couple in the 1840’s, we wanted to make our business relevant and about Westbury. “At the Green Door we make everything in-house and use local, spray free, organic produce. “My mother, Julie, is a Patisserie Chef, she makes all the cakes and desserts. Eventually they want to grow their own produce for the kitchen and have applied for a liquor licence.

Local music artists have been coming in to perform and weddings and parties are already filling their diary. They also host cookery classes, artisan perfume making, art classes and, on the 4th December, a Christmas wreath making class. The Green Door has an active Facebook page which already has 600 likes as well as many five-star ratings and wonderful reviews.

Photo | Mike Moores

Recruiting for 2019

BusinessJoanne Eisemann

RIDLEY CORPORATION’S new extrusion plant located in Westbury, is advancing on schedule with the main structure now beginning to take shape. Ground services, bulk earth and civil works have all been completed, with equipment deliveries from local and overseas suppliers now underway. Further construction and equipment installation will take place over the remainder of the year, with commissioning expected in the first half of 2019.

Ridley will be hiring locally based operators, maintenance, warehouse and adminstration staff, with roles to be advertised shortly.

The Tasmanian Government supplied $2million in grant funds to support the project, which will also require approximately 250 workers during the construction period. Ridley Corporation CEO Tim Hart commented

“We are delighted with the progress of the build and it is fantastic to see this state-of-the-art facility taking shape.” We are looking forward to commissioning and supplying our customers with quality nutrition solutions, made using the latest technology.”

The new facility will manufacture and supply feed primarily to the Salmonid industry in Australia and New Zealand, as well as other aquaculture and extruded feed users on the mainland. The new facility, strategically located at Westbury, will allow Ridley to continue to grow with customers, and facilitate a consistent and efficient supply chain for the long term sustainable production of aquaculture products.