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Christmas cheer

Events, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

ONCE AGAIN, the Combined Churches of Deloraine are supporting two significant Christmas events, inviting everybody to take part in Carols by the River and the Christmas Day Dinner as part of their Christmas celebrations.

The Carols, now in their 31st year, will be held by the rotunda near the Meander River in Deloraine, on Saturday, 15th December.

Starting at 6.30pm with the free barbecue, entertainment will start at 7.30pm, finishing at about 9.00pm - a great opportunity for a family occasion.

The Meander Men, with their robust performance of songs and carols will begin, followed by school choirs and other entertainers, including the Kids’ Club.

Of course, everybody gets the chance to sing some favourite carols. Josh Skeat will be the MC.

The award-winning Christmas Day Dinner is held on Christmas Day (obviously) from noon. All are invited.

The Dinner will be held in the Mennonite Church (formerly the Uniting Church Hall) at 20 West Barrack Street. As well as a traditional Christmas dinner, there will be plenty of music and fun.

Russell MacKenzie will be MC and will help lead the singing of another round of community carols.

Betty and Warwick Holmes started the dinners fourteen years ago. After seven years, they moved to New Zealand and other people have now taken on the organising role.

Thanks to the generosity of the local combined churches and businesses, the event is free. A place must be booked by phoning Judy or Graham on 0434 845 697.

Lush gardens inspire mainland visitors

Events, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

IN MID-NOVEMBER 31 members of U3A Castlemaine in central Victoria took part in a five-day ‘Gardens of Northern Tasmania’ tour, organised and led by former colleagues and now Deloraine residents Richard Mack and Rosalie Young.

Among the gardens visited were Old Wesleydale, Wychwood, Culzean, Entally House, Woolmers Estate, Villarett, Kaydale Lodge, Annsleigh, and the Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens. Also included were a number of smaller private gardens in Weetah, Mole Creek and Longford.

Coming from the poor soils and harsh summers of the box-ironbark forested region of central Victoria, the participants were amazed at the lush scenery and extravagant colours of our local gardens. “Nothing I have ever seen compares to this garden,” said one on leaving Old Wesleydale, while another was blown away by the “fabulous trees and calming reflections of the lake” at Culzean in Westbury.

Even small gardens were praised, White Dove Cottage at Longford being described as a “lovely cottage garden, perfectly designed and planted.” She said she was inspired to regenerate her own garden on the mainland.

A barbecue on the banks of the Meander, hosted by members of the local garden club, gave participants an opportunity to experience the serenity of the riverside walk in Deloraine with its indigenous sculptures and plantings.

The tour was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beauty of northern Tasmania to the participants. Many had not visited Tasmania for many years and it became clear that they were keen to return, bringing family members with them.

“It was so lovely to see the pleasure that our friends got from visiting these wonderful gardens,” said Rosalie. “It just made all the hard work of planning the tour worthwhile.”

In addition to the pleasure that the tour gave to the participants, it also had an economic benefit, bringing over $24,000 into the local community.

What’s next? “We’re thinking about a tour that combines gardens and some of the grand architecture of the region,” said Richard.

 Deb Wilson (fawn dress) shows a group of Victorians around the gardens at Old Wesleydale. Photo by Tom Comerford

Deb Wilson (fawn dress) shows a group of Victorians around the gardens at Old Wesleydale. Photo by Tom Comerford

Community rallies for churches

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann

QUAMBY ANGLICAN Parish are anxiously waiting to see whether their three iconic, heritage-listed, stone churches have been saved.

St Andrew’s Carrick was built by Sir Thomas Reibey and consecrated by Bishop Nixon in 1845. With a graveyard and columbarium, the church is the only tangible sign of worship in the town.

St Andrew’s Westbury is convict-built and the foundation stone laid in 1836. The oldest church in Westbury and one of the earliest planned churches in Tasmania. Hosting Nellie Payne’s wonderful woodcarvings, it has a columbarium but the cemetery is some distance away.

St Mary’s Hagley dates to 1861, built and paid for by Sir Richard Dry. The first Tasmanian-born Premier, he is buried under the altar. The newest church, but possibly the most recognisable, it stands outside Hagley, ‘a light on the hill’. It has a graveyard, columbarium and (former) rectory.

The Diocesan Council of the Anglican Church of Tasmania meets in December to advise all state parishes as to whether their submissions are successful.

The Parish are determined to do everything they can to keep their churches open for the communities. While not against paying redress to the survivors of sexual abuse by Anglican clergy, the Parish believes that the Anglican Church of Tasmania can raise the money by other means.

The Parish have asked people to pray for the Parish’s survival and the community has already rallied around them tremendously. The Parish hopes that this continues, especially leading up to the Diocesan decisions.

The Parish have started raising funds, as they must prove the Parish is sustainable in the future.

Donations have already been made and the local community is assisting with fund-raising. St Andrew’s Westbury was packed recently, for a concert with local musicians Joanne Mitchelson (pan flute and harp), Hamish Pike (violin) and Peter Schultz (pipe organ).

Busy planning Christmas services, the Parish is asking the community to embrace these events and consider the future of the Quamby Parish.

Flying on a wing and a prayer at this uncertain time the hope is that the parish will be like a phoenix and rise from the ashes bigger and stronger than ever before.

How you can help: Donations towards saving the churches and proving Parish sustainability can be made to the following account.

Account name: Parish of Quamby BSB 067 014Account number 10064930.

Follow on Facebook AnglicanParishOfQuamby

Contact: Rev Josephine Pyecroft, mobile: 0412 202 563

 Quamby Parishioners protest the sale of their churches. Photo by Mike Moores

Quamby Parishioners protest the sale of their churches. Photo by Mike Moores

Volunteer Manager’s forum

Events, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

By Wendy Laing

A MORNING TEA to celebrate International Volunteer Manager’s Day was held on Wednesday, 7th November in Deloraine House to thank Volunteer Managers who enhance and enable the spirit of volunteering in the Meander Valley.

Organisations present included members of the Council and managers of the Visitor Centre, Forest Helpers, Pearns Steam World, Meander Valley Gazette, Neighbourhood House and a member of Volunteering Tasmania.

Guest speaker, Mr Garry Conroy-Cooper, Manager of the Launceston Library spoke about the vital role of a volunteer manager. “Volunteers are our greatest asset.’ Mr Conroy-Cooper said. ‘Imagine the confusion it would cause by withdrawing all volunteers throughout the Meander Valley for one day, one week or even longer.”

“Young people like project-based volunteering or opportunities that might lead to employment.”

Volunteer Managers are responsible for selecting, training and supervising volunteer staff of an organisation. They must be able to communicate effectively with volunteers, paid staff mem- bers and clients.

“Different age groups volunteer differently,” Mr Conroy-Cooper said. “Young people like pro- ject-based volunteering or opportunities that might lead to employment. Middle aged and retirees tend to prefer long time volunteering over extended periods of time.”

It is the manager’s role to ensure a volunteer has a good understanding of the requirements needed in an organisational role. Volunteering should be a pleasant and rewarding experience, not a point of tress. Remember that some may have faced significant personal challenges. A thankyou card, email or phone call is always appreciated.

For information about the Meander Valley Managers of Volunteers Group, please email Vicki Pryer at vicki.pryer@greatwesterntiers.net.au.

The group meets bi-monthly to support volunteering in the Meander Valley. All volunteer managers and coordinators are welcome to attend.

 From L to R: Nan Preston, Gary Conroy-Cooper and Anne-Marie Loader. Photo by Mike Moores

From L to R: Nan Preston, Gary Conroy-Cooper and Anne-Marie Loader. Photo by Mike Moores

Lucky sure is lucky!

EventsJoanne Eisemann
 When it came to having a good time at the Westbury Show, the Warren family (including Lucky) had it licked. Lucky won 2nd place in the most obedient class of the ever popular pet parade. In the true spirit of sharing, Ash aged 5, Harry aged 9 and Lochlain aged 8 shared an icecream with Lucky to celebrate his success. Photo by Mike Moores

When it came to having a good time at the Westbury Show, the Warren family (including Lucky) had it licked. Lucky won 2nd place in the most obedient class of the ever popular pet parade. In the true spirit of sharing, Ash aged 5, Harry aged 9 and Lochlain aged 8 shared an icecream with Lucky to celebrate his success. Photo by Mike Moores

Village green carol service

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann

By Lorraine Clarke

ONE OF life’s enduring memories for many folks is the annual Christmas Carol Service attended in childhood. This is a cherished family tradition throughout much of the world, and Westbury has been hosting such a service for longer than anyone can remember.

For the past 18 years, the carol service has been held on the Village Green, with the Hall booked in reserve in case of inclement weather. It is an initiative of the Combined Churches of Westbury and the Meander Valley Choir.

The event begins at 7.00 pm on the Westbury Village Green, on Sunday 16th December. The Lions’ Food Van will be in attendance to provide snacks and coffee, and there will be a lolly scramble for the children.

Launceston’s City Band Ensemble kicks off the musical program. Communal carol singing will be led by the M.V. Choir. Carol booklets are available so that everyone can join in.

Guest artists include the Westbury Primary School Choir, Our Lady of Mercy Children’s Choir, the ‘Uke3A Strummers and Drummers’, and Patrick Gambles.

Bring along a rug and cushions to sit on the grass, candles if you wish and build a family tradition that the next generation will always treasure.

Kerry’s king of the crop

Events, Rural, FeatureJoanne Eisemann
 Kerry the rooster ruƒffled a few feathers when he was awarded Best Bird In Show for the second year running at the Deloraine Show. Being firmly at the top of the pecking order, Kerry the Rhode Island Red, certainly has something to crow about. While the prize money may seem like chickenfeed, the award is the top perch when it comes to prestige. Kerry is pictured here with his proud owner, Tony Sherri‹. Photo by Mike Moores

Kerry the rooster ruƒffled a few feathers when he was awarded Best Bird In Show for the second year running at the Deloraine Show. Being firmly at the top of the pecking order, Kerry the Rhode Island Red, certainly has something to crow about. While the prize money may seem like chickenfeed, the award is the top perch when it comes to prestige. Kerry is pictured here with his proud owner, Tony Sherri‹. Photo by Mike Moores

Cars and coffins

News, EventsJoanne Eisemann
 Piercer Paul and skeleton bride

Piercer Paul and skeleton bride

November 2018 | Haley Manning

A SOLID crowd of car enthusiasts and over 300 unique vehicles spread over the Village Green in October, for the Rotary Club of Westbury Car Show. President of Rotary and organiser of the event, David Lee, said he initiated the fund raiser, now in its fourth year, to replace their long-held annual Fun Run.

“We encourage anything on wheels – old or new, they are all special; we even had a pedal car at this one,” he said. Paul ‘Piercer Paul’ Anderson said car shows on the mainland tend to favour specific models, whereas the Westbury one offers something different to look at, with varied models and vintages.

“You can satisfy 97 per cent of the people when you hold a car show like this,” he said. Paul has owned his 1973 HQ Holden utility for five years, but said it was silver with orange GTS stripes and a tradesman tray before it was painted black, modified and the tray extended to nine-foot long to display a skeleton bride seated in an open coffin.

The tattooist of 35 years says the theme goes with his character. “Since I was young I have always thought outside the box.” The $4,500 donated this year will be distributed by the Rotary Drought Relief Fund to drought-stressed farmers.

Photo | Hayley Manning

Twelve Times He Spoke

Arts, EventsJoanne Eisemann
 Actor Guy Hooper performs.

Actor Guy Hooper performs.

A THOROUGHLY Tasmanian play written, performed and directed by three Tasmanian men, will come to Deloraine’s Little Theatre on the 15th November. Twelve Times He Spoke is a one-man play written by award-winning Irishman Finegan Kruckemeyer, who moved to Hobart in 2004 and has had 86 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages. His work has enjoyed seasons in 200 international festivals, including at the Sydney Opera House.

The play’s only performer, Guy Hooper, moved to Hobart with his family in 2007 and has appeared in many productions there including plays for the Tasmanian Theatre Company and Blue Cow Theatre. Director Ben Winspear is the only one of the three born in Tasmania. Married to actor Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King, Jack Irish), the two have become a power couple of Australian theatre, performing together in TV’s A Place To Call Home and on stage in Scenes From A Marriage.

Twelve Times He Spoke premiered at the Theatre Royal in June this year, telling a man’s story through 12 speeches. It begins simply enough, mapping the twists and turns of one man’s unremarkable life. But the course he has charted is not the one that unfolds and he ends up in places – some quite dark – that were never part of his plan.

The play, commissioned by Guy Hooper, Blue Cow Theatre and Tasmania Performs, has been lauded. Hobart theatre director Robert Jarman said: “In just 75 minutes he conjures an entire life, encompassing some 50+ years of a man’s journey from boyhood to maturity.

It is a marvel of storytelling imagination, technical/structural proficiency and heartfelt compassion. “And beyond all that, it has something profound to say about the way we live our lives; about the direction our lives take, the choices we make, and how we cope when things go off the rails. It is actually a helpful play.”

Twelve Times He Spoke is presented by Arts Deloraine and is suitable only for ages 16+. 15th November, 7.30pm The Little Theatre, Deloraine, Cost: $25.00 adults, $20.00 Arts Deloraine members. Tickets: The Alpaca Shop, Deloraine; www.trybooking. com/yrxs

Photo | Tony McKendrick

Deloraine Show 72 years young

EventsJoanne Eisemann
 Dougal Folder 7 years with Gomez and friends. Exotic birds is a new attraction at the 2018 Deloraine Show.

Dougal Folder 7 years with Gomez and friends. Exotic birds is a new attraction at the 2018 Deloraine Show.

FOR 72 YEARS, Deloraine Show has provided a great day out for families. This year will be no exception with new attractions to entice young and old. W o o d c h o p p i n g is back, featuring local favourite Daniel Gurr (World Rookie Champion 2018) in the treefelling competition.

‘Gomez and friends’ exotic birds make their first time appearance at Deloraine. Gomez and Morticia, red-tailed black cockatoos; Cyril, a South American macaw; and Daisy, a spectacular red Vosmaeri Parrot will be sure to draw a crowd with the chance to get up close and grab a photo with these avian beauties.

The young and adventurous can battle it out in the rodeo ring on a mechanical bull. The show will also see the launch of an inaugural Instagram competition. Entrants need to share their pictures of the day on Instagram, tagging @ deloraineshowsociety and using #Deloraineshow2018 hashtag. Categories include – 1: Families enjoying the show, 2: Animals and 3: Mechanical bull action shot.

The Deloraine and Districts Community Bank Pet Parade will provide fun for children, with loads of prizes to be won. The entertainment area promises a lively atmosphere with ‘Keep the Beat’ interactive drumming, music from the Deloraine Big Band and Junior Band and Dance Connections demonstrations.

Always big crowd pullers, you can expect to see the traditional, well supported exhibitions and competitions in the Livestock, Heavy Horse and Home Industries sections, along with Equestrian events in the Main Arena.

Photo | Sophie Folder

30 years of close-knit village life

Events, NewsJoanne Eisemann
 L-R Marie Brearley, Shirley O’Connor and Robyn Radford celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Residential Villiage.

L-R Marie Brearley, Shirley O’Connor and Robyn Radford celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Residential Villiage.

November 2018 | David Claridge

A VIBRANT meeting room was filled with people at tables enjoying drinks, while a delectable aroma wafted from the kitchen where staff prepared lunch. For dessert, a couple of intricately frosted birthday cakes waited on display in the middle of the room.

The cakes were to celebrate a very special birthday. The 24th October marked 30 years since the Residential Village in Prospect first opened and the residents had gathered to celebrate the close-knit community that has given them a new lease on life. Director and Owner, Keith Pybus, oversaw the gathering with a smile. Keith has been the sole owner throughout and he expressed how the long journey of 30 years for the village has been a worthwhile venture, for what was possibly the first village of its kind in Tasmania.

“We prefer to call it a residential village rather than a retirement village because it puts less restrictions on people. The people own their own cottages and live their own life within the community,” “There is a 24-hour emergency service system and a mini bus that drives people to medical appointments and shopping centres.

“Thirty years ago, retirement villages were in their infancy. We started with 17 units, since then we have made several expansions to the site and today we have 80 people living here. The village is currently having new buildings added, designed to accommodate ‘in-house’ carers.

Photo | Mike Moores

Eat to cheat ageing

News, EventsJoanne Eisemann

November 2018 | Beryl Pearn

AFTER A busy schedule which included speaking engagements overseas and on the mainland, Ngaire Hobbins, a qualified dietitian specialising in ageing and brain health, and author of books including Eat to Cheat Ageing, presented in the Meander Valley at the Westbury RSL club.

She’s been described as “an engaging, informative speaker, able to relate easily to lay and professional audiences” and the nearly ninety people who attended her talk would agree. The capacity crowd were treated to Ngaire’s talk titled ‘Have your cake and eat it too’. Ngaire said that with longer life expectancy, what in the past might have been regarded as adequate nourishment for older people, no longer applies.

With many people now living well beyond seventy years of age, seniors need to work to equip their bodies for perhaps an extra twenty years of life. She emphasised the need for people over sixty-five to maintain muscle through exercise and a protein rich diet, saying that for older people, protein should form part of every meal.

The talk was organised by Meander Valley U3A (MVU3A) and made possible with sponsorship from Meander Valley Council and Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank. Those who attended are keen to learn more about this important topic, so the MVU3A Committee is investigating how it might be able to organise a return visit by Ngaire. MVU3A is a voluntary organisation in which members share skills, knowledge and fun in a range of courses and activities. To contact MVU3A, email meandervalleyu3a @gmail.com, or telephone 0484 758 466.

Little laneway, big audience

EventsJoanne Eisemann

November 2018 | Pearl Maya

THE LITTLE Laneway Fringe Festival was back with a bang over the long weekend. Featuring local artists, as well as some that had travelled as from as far as Hobart, the audience was treated to a wide range of talent from various forms of music through to storytelling, even burlesque.

“It was a great weekend of entertainment,” said program organiser Kate Jeffree, “and we are so pleased that not only the performers gave us their best, but the crowds were there to support them.”

The crowds were a mixture of locals and visitors alike with some coming for whole days, and others stopping in between Craft Fair activities, or to see favorite performers. “I really would like to thank all of those who helped make the Festival a success, especially those who volunteered their time. Like many events that happen in our town, it wouldn’t have been possible without those who give freely of their time,” continued Ms Jeffree.

“In addition, major sponsors Alfred and Isabel from Seppenfelts and Mark and Amanda from the Empire Hotel also need a big thank you.” The organising committee are hoping that the Little Laneway Fringe Festival will now become a bi-annual event with one event held over the Easter weekend and the other on the Craft Fair weekend of each year.

Statewide Youth Art Award

Events, ArtsJoanne Eisemann
 Ellie Newland’s work entitled ‘Conflicted’ will be on show.

Ellie Newland’s work entitled ‘Conflicted’ will be on show.

October 2018

TASMANIAN YOUNG Artist Award. This State-wide award, financed by Rotary, offers the chance for talented young Tasmanians to exhibit their artistic talent to a wide audience.

Now in its 2nd year, the exhibition, to be shown at the Deloraine Creative Studios, will include works by 28 talented school children from years 7 to 12 which are their personal interpretations of this year’s theme of “Phases”.

The exhibition will be shown from the 1st to 30th November. Drop in and be surprised!

50 yrs for 'Hilton on Barrack'

EventsJoanne Eisemann
 One of the original Deloraine District Hospital nurses, Liz Archer indulges in some food therapy with Director of Nursing and Manager, Lester Jones.

One of the original Deloraine District Hospital nurses, Liz Archer indulges in some food therapy with Director of Nursing and Manager, Lester Jones.

October 2018 | Hayley Manning

THE DAY Centre was adorned with golden balloons and flowers to celebrate the Deloraine District

Hospital’s 50 golden years in operation. Around 170 invitations were sent to former and current doctors, staff, service clubs and others involved with the Hospital in some way. Director of Nursing and Manager, Lester Jones thanked everyone for their passion and commitment and made particular reference to the Hospital Auxiliary who work tirelessly to raise funds for otherwise unavailable items such as a bladder scanner, beds, televisions, outdoor furniture and coffee machines. Lester said patients tended to stay longer at the Hospital, also fondly known as the Hilton on Barrack.

Photo | Mike Moores

Timber given kiss of life

News, Events, Feature, ArtsJoanne Eisemann
 Launceston’s Simon Ancher will be demonstrating the use of hydrowood at this year’s Craft Fair.

Launceston’s Simon Ancher will be demonstrating the use of hydrowood at this year’s Craft Fair.

October 2018 | David Claridge

THERE IS an intriguing display set for the Deloraine Craft Fair this November - expertly crafted wooden furniture and other items - and it’s intriguing because the wood comes from underwater.

Hydrowood has been salvaged from below Lake Pieman from the wild west coast of Tasmania and given to the creative hands of four selected craftsmen to present and answer questions at the fair.

Around 25 years ago, Lake Pieman was dammed to generate hydro-electricity and many rare trees were submerged and forgotten. They were rediscovered in 2012 and, with some ingenuity, they were harvested, brought to the surface and used. Deloraine Craft Fair Director Lesley Dare is looking forward to showcasing Hydrowood to Craft Fair visitors.

“Hydrowood is not about cutting down trees, it’s about rediscovered trees lost at the bottom of Lake Pieman.”

“Through the ingenuity of Tasmanians, they’ve invented this system where they can retrieve the timber.

“We’re showing the whole process from harvesting to crafting at the fair. Four of the top craftspeople in Tasmania have been selected to use the wood, show what they made from it, and host master classes. Craftsman Geoff Marshall has used Hydrowood to make a variety of furniture including a light, a chair and an ottoman.

“I was at university when they were first doing studies on the wood. That is when I first learned about it” he said. “I think it’s a great story of how the wood has been rediscovered and made available for us to use. It’s an amazing product.”

Another Craftsman, Toby Muir-Wilson, is working on nine illustrated panels.

“It will take about 4-5 weeks to complete them. I’m aiming to show a variety of ways in which you can texture and colour the wood,” he said. “It’s an interesting project to be involved in.”

One of the chosen artists, Simon Ancher, has been working with Hydrowood since the beginning. He will be looking for feedback on some benches he has worked hard on.  “I love the fact that we have a second chance to make good use of an amazing resource, a precious resource that was thought to be lost.

“I feel very fortunate to have visited the operation on Lake Pieman. It’s an inspiring part of Tasmania and for me as a designer/maker I feel the connection to place and material is strong.” Huon pine, Sassafras, Eucalypt, Celery Top and Western Beech are some of the special kinds of wood that have been discovered.

A brochure describes the quality like this: “Hydrowood has a purity. No rusty nails or bolts from a previous life. Instead, untouched grain. Not salvaged timber, long dead on a musty floor but rare timber Master Builders dream of.”

Photo | Mike Moores

Fair fills the town

News, EventsJoanne Eisemann
 Funds from this year’s Craft Fair will purchase a battery operated ‘jaws of life’ for Meander Valley SES to speed up the time taken to release crash victims.

Funds from this year’s Craft Fair will purchase a battery operated ‘jaws of life’ for Meander Valley SES to speed up the time taken to release crash victims.

IT’S WELL known the Tasmanian Craft Fair is the largest working craft fair in the Southern Hemisphere, but as the event moves toward its 40th year it’s time we all knew the impact it already has on our local region, and there’s more to come.

From a visitor point of view, during the Craft Fair all accommodation is fully booked in the Meander Valley and areas such as Launceston and Devonport are heavily booked as well. Restaurants are fully booked for meals. “We do know that a lot of local families also host friends who visit from across Tasmania or interstate and we’d love to see more of that to add to the numbers who can attend” says this year’s Fair Director, Lesley Dare.

The fair, which is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Deloraine, also utilises local tradespeople to make the event happen, including electricians, sign writers, builders and cleaners in addition to local bus companies and the hiring of local venues. The traffic management over the 4 days is managed beautifully by the SES. Whilst the fair hires the organisation for that role, in addition this year the fair will fund a Jaws of Life rescue apparatus to assist in emergency responses, which will undoubtedly save lives.

The benefits are broad for the whole community, and approximately 500 volunteers will work on set up, cleaning, pull down, managing gates and managing each of the 9 venues. To organise and run a craft fair each year takes approx. 10,000 volunteer hours. Some 23 service and local community organisations receive a donation for their services. These organisations include local schools, churches, Rotary Clubs, Lions and Apex. If that’s not enough, the fair also helps to put Deloraine, the Meander Valley and the Great Western Tiers on the bucket list for visitors all year round. Lesley adds

“We ask that our fellow Tasmanians recognise the efforts of so many to deliver a quality event every year. We plan to keep evolving and our sponsors are helping us make it known as an event of national significance. Hopefully locals will share our social media posts, or make a phone call and invite friends from abroad to come and visit.”

Flushed with success

EventsJoanne Eisemann
 Sharman Lewis, Guy Barnett MP and Kaylene Aylett (President).

Sharman Lewis, Guy Barnett MP and Kaylene Aylett (President).

Photo and Story | Haley Manning

THE PARKHAM Community Centre’s new amenities block was formally opened by the Hon Guy Barnett at a Back to Parkham open day on 16th September. Mr Barnett told the delighted crowd of locals and supporters enjoying the afternoon sun, this was his second official toilet block opening.

“Parkham is a special part of the world steeped in heritage and history. It’s all about maintaining, supporting and giving back to the community.”

The Parkham Community Inc. Committee, including ammenties block grant applicant, Treasurer Deb Morice, and other volunteers have collaborated to retain their hall and church at the heart of the community.

Navigate My Gov easily with Deloraine Online

EventsJoanne Eisemann

October 2018

AS PART of ‘Get Online Week’, Deloraine Online Centre will be offering two free workshops. Tuesday 16th October 1:00 - 3:00pm is ‘Introduction to Email’, for those who want to learn to open an email account and for those that have an email account but don’t feel confident to use it.

Wednesday 17th October 1:00 - 3:00pm is ‘How to open a My Gov account’. My Gov is a simple and secure way to access government online services, but opening an account for those who are not accustomed to using government services online can be a bit of a challenge. Join Liz who will take you through the process stepby- step and provide ongoing support if you need it.

To book a place in either of these session call 6362 3537. You will need to bring your email address (if you have one), the password to your email account, and your mobile phone if you have one.

Westbury Show

EventsJoanne Eisemann

October 2018

WESTBURY SHOW will be the place to be this year on the 10th November 2018!

Once again, the show will attract competitors and amusements from all over the state. The main stage will see a huge variety of acts. The highly contested Pet Lambs and Pet Parade will be a spectacle not to be missed. Kids bring along your remote-controlled car and test your skills around the racetrack. All About Reptiles will have their display of scaly friends.

Eddie Freeman will have his chainsaw sharpened and ready to go. The Animal Nursery will be filled and bigger and better than ever!

There are the show dog and yard dog trials, as well as miniature ponies and horse displays. The Veteran Cars and Tractors will be in attendance, a sight not to be missed. Hagley Rural Youth are also running the ever-popular dog jump, inviting dogs of all shapes and sizes to compete.

There will be food and drink galore as usual and the Kids Corner will be packed with free entertainment.