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A better future for youth in the Valley

CommunityJoanne Eisemann

ON 17 June, approximately 120 students met at Deloraine High School to consider three questions: What will I be doing when I’m 25? What’s helping me to get there? What’s getting in my way?

They shared their hopes and dreams of bright futures, they considered realistic expectations and spoke of the challenges to their success.

On 21 June, 2019, 32 community members, service providers, government leaders and businesses from the Meander Valley area followed up the student forum, meeting to discuss the possibility of connecting around a 100 Day Challenge.

Want to know more? Want to help build a better future for Meander Valley youth? Join the 100 Day Challenge Community Forum on 16 August to be a part of this great new inititive.

Banking on their community

CommunityJoanne Eisemann
The 2019 recipients of the Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch Meander Valley Community Grants, at the Little Theatre in Deloraine.  Photo supplied

The 2019 recipients of the Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch Meander Valley Community Grants, at the Little Theatre in Deloraine.

Photo supplied

ON THURSDAY evening on 4 July, the Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch held their 2019 Meander Valley Community Grant Presentation at the Little Theatre in Deloraine.

Five community groups in the Meander Valley area received grants as part of this year’s Meander Valley Community Grants Program.

Branch Manager Simon Rootes said the grants would be used to carry out improvements and projects that would benefit the Meander Valley community.

Ranging from $3000 to $25 000, the bank grants support a range of projects across the Meander Valley, many of which would not be viable without financial assistance.

Grant recipients included Aged Care Deloraine, whose Christmas Joy project received $3300 to brighten up Grenoch for the residents with a 25 foot high Christmas tree, to be covered in lights!

Bracknell Football Club received $8000 for their Clubroom Facility Upgrade project and Deloraine Dramatic Society received $25 000 for their Lighting Upgrade into the 21st Century project which will complement the new sound system recently installed at the Little Theatre.

Edmund Rice Camps Tasmania received $4950 for their North West Programs in 2019–2020, providing recreational holidays and camps for disadvantaged 7–16 year olds.

Westbury Cricket Club was granted $8000 for their Tables and Chairs project, to help furnish their new facilities currently under construction.

The grants support community services and partnerships that enhance, promote and develop the Meander Valley community.

As well as directly funding small projects, the grants assist in creating financial leverage for organisations to successfully apply to local, state and federal governments to fund larger projects.

Simon Rootes pointed out that everyone who banks with the Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch is helping make this happen.

Since opening in 2005, Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch has returned more than $1 675 000 to the Meander Valley community.

No time for a boring life – Terry Roles

Community, People and PlacesJoanne Eisemann
Terry Roles – no regrets and no time to lead a boring life.  Photo by Mike Moores

Terry Roles – no regrets and no time to lead a boring life.

Photo by Mike Moores

By Wendy Laing

TERRY ROLES has never found the time to lead a boring life. The youngest of eight children, he was born and raised in Deloraine.

As a child, he always wanted a horse and would ride around on a broomstick, pretending to be a jockey.

However, his first job after leaving school was at the Deloraine Savings Bank of Tasmania, but every weekend was spent at the pony club riding or training horses.

Terry left the bank after five years and accepted the position of a stable foreman with Alan Stubbs at Osmaston. At the age of 23 he received his first licence as a horse trainer.

Terry started training racehorses for flat racing but with a passion for jump racing this became his focus both locally and interstate. Over the years, he had many prestigious wins, including five Grand National steeple chases at Deloraine, where this record still stands today.

His favourite horse, Inchgower, won 19 races. He started as a galloper, turned to hurdles and continued on to become a successful showjumper. ‘Inchgower, nicknamed Jimbob, became a well-loved member of our family,’ Terry said, ‘and was the first horse my daughter, Erin rode after a life-threatening fall in 2006.’

Erin’s accident triggered a change in direction for Terry Roles. He decided to resign from his job as a horse trainer and began work as a cleaner, then a carer at Grenoch Home Aged Care in Deloraine. Six years ago, Terry obtained a Diploma of Nursing. He now holds a management position at the Kanangra Aged Care Hostel in Deloraine and finds it very rewarding.

Although Terry still loves to follow and watch horse racing, he has no regrets about leaving his career as a horse trainer where he had received several serious injuries, including fracturing his neck. ‘Over the years, I met many amazing people in the industry who are still loyal friends,’ he said.

Terry has always had a fascination with mountains. In March this year, after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease, Terry, along with friends and his daughter Sophie climbed Quamby Bluff for the first time. ‘Reaching the top, I gazed around at the fantastic views while drinking a can of Guinness,’ he said.

Terry continues in his role at the Deloraine football club as a trainer and manages players’ injuries. ‘Both my father and uncle were trainers at the club,’ he said.

During Terry’s 34 years as a registered horse trainer, he had over 600 career wins, earning prize money of over one hundred and fifty million dollars.

Island Project is calling

CommunityJoanne Eisemann

MEANDER VALLEY Community Radio is proud to assist the University of Tasmania Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre with its state-wide ISLAND Project.

As Rijke from MVFM has said on air, ‘Our little island will play a major role in making life better for future generations worldwide’.

The Dementia Centre is a global research leader on the risk factors for dementia and this will be the largest dementia prevention study in the world, to date.

Tasmania has the oldest population in Australia and relatively high rates of many dementia risk factors.

The research is aimed at finding out the possible contributing factors in lifestyle and health, which are not only linked to dementia, but to many other common chronic conditions and illnesses in older adults.

By registering, you will be joining over 9000 Tasmanians already committed to helping the Island Project.

The immediate goal is to recruit 10 000 volunteers aged 50 and over. Anyone in that age group can register online at www.island@dementia.utas.

If you would like further information, phone Helen on 03-62666977.

Piecing things together

Arts & Artisans, Arts, CommunityJoanne Eisemann
MVU3A member Susanne Puccetti works some of her mosaic magic on an old skateboard.  Photo by Mike Moores

MVU3A member Susanne Puccetti works some of her mosaic magic on an old skateboard.

Photo by Mike Moores

ON A cold and rainy Thursday, a group of dedicated artists meets in the Deloraine Baptist Church Hall to explore creativity through mosaic.

The Meander Valley is wellknown for the numerous talented groups and individuals who practice their art or craft regardless of the seasons.

U3A is one of the many organisations that bring people together for a variety of pursuits. The mosaic classes, overseen by the knowledgeable and enthusiastic Linda Ireland, is just one of these gatherings.

Class members learn basic skills and develop a familiarity with materials, recipes and techniques, ensuring that pieces will be made to last, indoors or outside in the elements.

Once the artists are comfortable with their medium, creativity can be let fly.

Mosaic can be created on many different surfaces or objects. Linda commented that with the weight of the mosaic on the outside, it is always a good idea to minimise the weight underneath!

Scouring charity shops for china and ceramics is a regular activity. Discarded items can be brought back to life with mosaic. An old bowling ball, an old skateboard or just a wood panel – each artist has their own vision.

Working in a group allows artists to provide commentary and advice, watching and learning by example, building relationships as well as art. Regular meetings provide impetus for creativity as well as an excuse to leave the house.

An exhibition of the group’s mosaics, themed ‘Personality Plus’ is currently on display in Westbury.

In Linda’s words, ‘It is very rare, especially in our area, to have an exhibition dedicated solely to the art of mosaic.

A group of MVU3A mosaic artists jumped at the chance to showcase some of their artwork when Patrick Gambles, the Community Development Officer for the Meander Valley Council, offered the use of the reception area at the council building.

‘The nine represented artists clearly demonstrate their wonderful differences in imagination, and very individual approaches to the construction of each of their items. The possibilities appear endless. It is worth taking the time to view this small, but exciting, glimpse into the world of mosaic art.

’ The exhibition is on display from 1 July to 30 August, and can be viewed between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, MVC reception foyer, Lyall Street, Westbury.

In the Garden with Nell Carr

Community, Meander StyleJoanne Eisemann
Hebe x Waikiki  Photo supplied

Hebe x Waikiki

Photo supplied

SHRUBS THAT flower in winter are doubly welcome. They brighten a gloomy garden scene. The white Tea Tree-like flowers of the South African Eriocephalus africanus, (White Woolly Head), have by now developed their fluffy seed heads.

Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon Grape), in addition to its small racemes of yellow flowers, has leaves which turn bronze-red at this time of year.

One well-grown specimen of this shrub can be seen at the Great Western Tiers Visitor Information Centre in Deloraine.


There are approximately 150 species of Hebe, evergreen shrubs mainly from NZ, a country which can boast 90 endemic species. The one pictured here, Hebe x Waikiki, with M. aquifolium beside it, has attractive bronze-tipped foliage in addition to its mauve spikes of flowers. This one has been flowering for many weeks.

In the vegie garden

I was surprised to hear Leon Compton hailing with delight the sound of heavy rain on his roof (ABC Breakfast Radio 26/7), while those of us in the north of the state are looking for some sunshine.

By the beginning of the final week in July, this area has had 151mm of rain (129mm average). So best to keep off the vegetable beds until some dry weather, as tramping on heavy very wet soil will do it no good.

Silver beet and cabbage seed could be sown in seed boxes to be planted later, but peas, parsnips and turnips, which do not transplant well, should be delayed for a while.

Burn brighter this winter

CommunityJoanne Eisemann

EPA TASMANIA is urging wood heater operators to burn their wood heater brightly this winter to help reduce smoke pollution

Wood heater smoke tends to linger round our homes and neighbourhoods on still winter days and nights.

Wood smoke is a problem for people with heart and lung diseases, as breathing in smoke can aggravate these conditions.

Dr John Innis from EPA Tasmania recommends following the EPA’s Burn Brighter this Winter steps to reduce smoke:

• only burn dry, seasoned wood

• when reloading turn your heater airflow to high for 20 minutes – especially before going to bed

• aways burn with a flame

• ensure the flue is clean. ‘It’s really important to never let your fire smoulder,as this creates a lot of smoke,’ Dr Innis said. ‘It’s also worth looking at your chimney every so often to see what is coming out.’

By following these steps, your neighbours will breathe easy and you’ll stay toasty warm. You’ll also save money, because smoke going up the chimney is just unburned fuel.

For more information about how to Burn Brighter this Winter visit the Tasmanian EPA website: www.epa.tas.

For Tasmanian air quality data, visit their website: air/monitoring-air-pollution/ real-time-air-quality-datafor-tasmania.

Steps on the red carpet

CommunityJoanne Eisemann
Jasper Dorman in the green hat, Elliot Bartninkaitis in the red hat, with movie group teacher Danielle Whatley in the middle.  Photo by Mike Moores

Jasper Dorman in the green hat, Elliot Bartninkaitis in the red hat, with movie group teacher Danielle Whatley in the middle.

Photo by Mike Moores

STUDENTS AT Giant Steps Tasmania have entered the Focus on Ability Film Festival for the second year in a row.

Josh, Ben, Francois, Elliott, Jasper and Jacob attended weekly Movie Group sessions for 12 weeks in total to prepare for the event.

Two Giant Steps students, Joshua Lowe and Frankie Louw, were finalists in the competition last year. This motivated other students to get involved and this year, Giant Steps have entered six films.

Students did filming, editing and preparation for their Red Carpet Premieré during weekly movie group lessons with Danielle Whatley.

The students needed votes to be in with a chance to win a prize and voting was open until 3 July .

The Red Carpet Premieré was held at Giant Steps on 4 July so that students could present their films to friends, families, fellow students and the local community. Students sold food, gave speeches, showcased their films, received awards and more.

The Red Carpet event drew a huge crowd, the biggest crowd that has ever attended the event. The DVDs of the students’ films were sold out at the end of the event.

The students also raised money for Deloraine House, to give food for those who need it.

The Focus on Ability competition offered $160 000 worth of prizes and this year’s theme was ‘Focus on Ability’.

by 28 countries with entries viewed in 168 countries and voted on by over 700 000 people.

Giant Steps entered their six films in the School Open category. All of the films can be found on the Giant Steps Facebook page.

The films and links to view the films online are:

School Robbery by Josh

Day at School by Frankie

The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Ben

Brave by Jacob and students of Giant Steps films/1889.html

Bank Robbery by Elliot

Cone Head by Jasper

Ambulance Tasmania receives a rural boost

CommunityJoanne Eisemann

THE ROLLOUT of regional-based paramedics across Tasmania will include three for Deloraine.

The boost to ambulance services in regional and remote Tasmania is part of the State Government’s $125 million investment into Ambulance Tasmania over six years, which includes the progressive recruitment of 42 paramedics in rural areas.

Wynyard is now staffed full-time, with three additional paramedics.

This financial year, Ambulance Tasmania will recruit three paramedics in Dodges Ferry, three in Bicheno, three in Deloraine and three in St Helens, as well as upgrading the stations in each of those towns.

These paramedics, including those already at Wynyard, will assist in reducing the demand pressures on hospitals and on paramedics, reducing fatigue, increasing ambulance responsiveness and reducing overtime costs.

Elizabeth Town EV

CommunityJoanne Eisemann

THE ELECTRIC Vehicle ChargeSmart Grants Program is part of the Tasmanian Government Climate Change Action Plan for 2017–2021.

The government investment in a state-wide electric vehicle fast charging network should stimulate a total spend of over $2.5 million and enable more Tasmanians to take up electric vehicle ownership and reduce their carbon footprint.

Electric vehicles powered by Tasmanian renewable energy have enormous potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tasmania was the first jurisdiction in Australia to achieve zero net emissions, and is on target to deliver full self-sufficiency in renewables by 2022.

Fast Charging grant applications closed in May, with grants supporting Tasmanian organisations to purchase and install Direct Current charging stations. Fast chargers provide a high rate of charge and must be available for public use, installed where drivers need to recharge and get back on the road quickly.

Evie Networks was awarded grants to install fast charging stations at Elizabeth Town ($42 000) and Campbelltown ($50 000).

When contacted, Evie Networks stated that it was too soon to be disclosing details. Information about Evie Networks can be found at

In the meantime, Elizabeth Town can look forward to consolidating its position as a favoured last stop on the way to the ferry.

Turn up your radio!

CommunityJoanne Eisemann

MEANDER VALLEY Community Radio launched their second membership offer on 1 August.

Members will receive discounts at local businesses on selected items that have a sticker with the MVFM logo and the words ‘MVFM Members’ Discount’. Members will need to show their current Member Card/Supporter Discount Card at the counter.

Membership renewal fell due on 1 July, so this year, supporters are receiving the new Member Card/Supporter Discount Card.

MVFM is finding ways of giving back more than just music and information to their membership. Current participating businesses are shown below.

New members are very welcome and any Deloraine businesses wishing to join the discount scheme are also warmly invited. MVFM also welcomes new guest presenters to add to the diversity of musical content.

Drop in to Meander Valley Community Radio between 10am–2pm at their DCS office, give them a ring on 63624969 or send an email to You can also find them online at www.

Seppenfelts – 10% off storewide

Art as Mania – free gift-wrapping Mountain View Inn – 10% off meals

Willis and Friends – 10% off everything

Deloraine Jewellers – 10% off everything

Deloraine Creative Studios – 10% off room hire

The Alpaca Shoppe – 10% off Alpaca products

Council in brief

CommunityJoanne Eisemann

Dunorlan blackberry farm to expand

Costa Exchange Pty Ltd will invest $1.7m to expand blackberry production at 172 Bengeo Rd Dunorlan following council approval to increase the number of poly tunnels within 50m of the boundary.

Property manager Rohan Kite said the move would complete the first stage of a three-stage development.

‘We currently pay $3.7m in wages and salaries annually,’ he said.

No to axing Prospect trees

Meander Valley Council has refused permission to cut down all street trees in Cheltenham Way, Prospect Vale but will organise extra street cleaning in autumn.

A petition signed by 43 people asked for the trees to be cut down because falling leaves create a mess.

Councillor Susie Bower said the trees add value to the area, ‘whether the residents believe it or not’, Cllr Frank Nott said he would hate to see the trees removed.

House blocks for Westbury A 13 lot residential sub-division has been approved for land fronting William and Franklin Sts, Westbury.

Meander Valley Council approved sub-division of the 2.3 hectare block despite railway noise and minor flooding concerns.

New cafe in Mole Creek

A plan to convert the front of a house at 20 Pioneer Drive Mole Creek to a cafe has been approved by Meander Valley Council.

The business proposed by property owner Petra Mansfield, will be an 18-seat cafe with indoor and outdoor seating serving croissants, baguettes and light lunches.

The biggest cuppa of all

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Christine Donohue (left) and Sally Donohue (right) having their cake and eating it at the Biggest Morning Tea!

Christine Donohue (left) and Sally Donohue (right) having their cake and eating it at the Biggest Morning Tea!

By Wendy Laing

DELORAINE’S 2019 Biggest Morning Tea was held this year on 13 June.

The RSL clubrooms were abuzz with the happy sounds of approximately 100 people enjoying a morning tea of home-made sandwiches, cakes, slices and scones with tea or coffee.

Mrs Helen Horton and her husband Don initiated the first Biggest Morning Tea in Deloraine and continued running them for 20 years.

For the past two years, Helen’s daughter-in law Leanne Horton and Leanne’s two daughters, Danielle Donovan and Nicole Sherriff, have continued the tradition.

‘So many people have helped to make the Biggest Morning Tea a success this year,’ Leanne Horton said.

‘I would like to thank everyone who worked in the kitchen, supplied plates of food and donated items for the raffle.’

She also thanked the RSL for allowing them to hold the event in their clubrooms and the Information Centre for running off the fliers advertising the event.

Ms Kate Bennett from Westbury was thrilled when told she had won the raffle.

This year the successful Biggest Morning Tea raised the grand total of $1452 for the Cancer Council.

Piping hot and fresh from the garden

Community, FeatureJoanne Eisemann
From left, Tanya King, David Hudson and Howard Hor sampling soup at the community garden.  Photo by Mike Moores

From left, Tanya King, David Hudson and Howard Hor sampling soup at the community garden.

Photo by Mike Moores

By Hayley Manning

THE DELORAINE Community Garden has been transformed into a flourishing communal space that would have celebrity garden gurus jumping up and down in their gumboots.

And now in their own ‘War on Waste’ the garden volunteers are using excess produce to make soup. This happens every Wednesday and you are more than welcome to join them.

When the Gazette visited, volunteers clutched warming mugs of hot pumpkin soup and engaged in conversation, which as Guidance Project Officer, Tanya King, noted ‘is really what it’s all about’.

Tanya has been coordinating the garden since March 2017, and provides the daily activities on a work board.

She also supervises the Giant Steps students who have been lending a hand for a few hours every Wednesday since February.

‘They just love it. They pick and weed,’ she said.

‘The students also taste the soup first, then go off around the garden to try to find the ingredients they think have been used to make it.’

Volunteer David Hudson said they follow the ‘Plot to Plate’ principle of growing produce, picking it and cooking it.

He said it would be great to get more volunteers and community involved in the garden to share ideas, tips, and different gardening styles.

‘Everyone has gardening knowledge – pruning, weeding, composting.’

David said future plans for the garden may involve advanced cooking demonstrations.

If you are interested in becoming a garden volunteer please contact Tanya King at

Scaling the heights with Rotary

Community, Events, FeatureJoanne Eisemann
John Zeckendorf, the first Tasmanian to reach the summit of Mount Everest.  Photo supplied

John Zeckendorf, the first Tasmanian to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Photo supplied

By Hayley Manning

OPPORTUNITY USUALLY knocks once, so it’s time to get off the couch, shake out the winter chills and spend a special evening with the first Tasmanian to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and adventurer, John Zeckendorf will give an informative and entertaining insight into Sherpas and what it takes to climb Mt Everest, the last mountain he completed on the Seven Summits list – the highest mountains in each of the seven continents.

But John says the evening is not just about listening to him. The real emphasis is on audience engagement and asking him questions that highlight the ‘human side’ of climbing that people don’t usually hear about.

Deloraine Rotary Club’s Lois Beckwith and the team are pulling out all the stops to transform the Rotary Function Centre. Lois said there will be long tables for clubs and organisations, group bookings, plus individuals … all are welcome.

Bar facilities will be available and a Nepali craft trade table. Supper will be provided at food stations featuring an assorted variety of chef-cooked, light curries. Side options will be provided for those who like to spice things up a bit.

All proceeds from the evening will help Rotary build a Youth Training Centre in Kathmandu to educate and empower disadvantaged youth, particularly vulnerable young girls. The young children are told: ‘If you don’t get a miracle; become one.’

John is an altruistic man and has long-held the belief that people should use their gifts and talents to help others where possible. He has auctioned carabiners (climbing clips), rocks, and bits and pieces from his Mt Everest tour to raise funds for Pathways Tasmania, an organisation that helps homeless youth battle addictions.

At a Tasmanian fund-raiser in 2017, $5000 was bid for a board mounted with a Mercury article and a rock, carabiner, and undies from John’s Everest trip.

Local MP Guy Barnett, who gave John three Tasmanian flags and advised him to ‘make sure you climb this thing’, has been invited to bring a surprise item for the Dutch auction, as have several other MPs.

Everyone is encouraged to bring an item for the auction to help make what promises to be a night with a difference.

Please contact Lois Beckwith for your donations of auction items.

For more information and bookings, contact Lois on 03 6369 5393.

Tickets: $25 per person
Rotary Function Centre,
Alveston Drive, Deloraine
7pm, 27 July 2019

Making a home for social justice

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann
From left, Kristina Nicklason, Jai Homer and Krissy Bak, in front of Deloraine House, the hub of generous community service and activity.  Photo by Mike Moores

From left, Kristina Nicklason, Jai Homer and Krissy Bak, in front of Deloraine House, the hub of generous community service and activity.

Photo by Mike Moores

Over the years, there has been a lot more going on here than just a new coat of paint and renovations. It’s the heart and soul of the place that matters.  Photo supplied

Over the years, there has been a lot more going on here than just a new coat of paint and renovations. It’s the heart and soul of the place that matters.

Photo supplied

Deloraine House celebrates 30 years of community service

By Hayley Manning


Deloraine House Inc. invites you to catch-up with past and present friends at their 30 year anniversary celebration on Saturday 31 August.

But it is more than a celebration – it is also a salute to the trailblazing community members who had the foresight to open a neighbourhood house and the courage to keep it going in the face of adversity.

The House was borne out of a lack of social services in the Deloraine Municipality, according to former Deloraine Councillor, Jan Blakeney, who reported there were people ‘doing it tough’.

Minimal government funding was available for upgrading resources in an area that had few opportunities in employment, education and training.

A member of ‘Wacky Walkers’ during the 1980s, Elaine Baldwin, remembers it wasn’t easy to try to start something like a community house in the early days.

‘People would say to me, ‘‘Oh the hippy house. Going to the hippy house are you?” Anyway, we got the “hippy house” up and running and I think now it is the most important thing in our town.’

Deloraine House was purchased in 1989 for around $60,000, through generous community donations and low-interest loans.

In the beginning, the community- owned House relied totally on volunteers until some funding for a family support worker was assigned. The first Coordinator, Kaye Williams was appointed in 1992 and funded for just 10 hours a week.

She was followed by Karan Jurs, then Polly Fowler, the longest serving Coordinator to date, with 13 years service.

‘Today there are five part time funded positions and numerous wonderful volunteers who we couldn’t function without,’ Acting Manager Kristina Nicklason said.

‘Deloraine House has evolved with the needs of the community. At first it was the base for the local environment group, The Deloraine Environment Centre.

‘The other focus was family support. It later added childcare, youth, health services and counselling and has continued according to the input of the people who have accessed it.

‘Today, activities are community development orientated – courses, food preserving and distribution, community gardens, regular group meetings and visiting services,’ said Kristina.

The festivities at the House on Saturday 31 August, from 11am–2pm, will appeal to everyone: music, face painting and PCYC Circus Trailer for the children, informative displays, photos and more.

Deloraine Lions Club will be present, cooking burgers, sausages and making sandwiches. Harvest Helpers are providing apple juice and pumpkins for soup and apple turnovers from the local glut. House volunteers are making soup, a cake and more.

All food and drink will be free. For catering purposes please RSVP Deloraine House. Phone: 03 6362 2678

A Thirty Years Panel will feature special guests: Julie Roach and Sue Chaston, past staff, house users and volunteers sharing brief snippets about their roles at the House and their vision for its future.

A commemorative artwork, by local artist Niecy Brown, will be unveiled.

For visitors who have travelled far and locals alike, Deloraine Deli is hosting an informal buffet-style dinner in the evening, 6–9pm. Bookings and prepayment of $35 per head are essential. Please phone the Deli on 03 6362 2127.

Walk on the wild side

CommunityJoanne Eisemann
The Rotary Club of Deloraine’s Wild Wood, tamed for walkers.  Photo supplied

The Rotary Club of Deloraine’s Wild Wood, tamed for walkers.

Photo supplied

WITH THE Meander River alongside, the small patch of woodland known as Wild Wood is a quiet and pleasant place to walk and contemplate the natural scenery.

The Wild Wood is owned and looked after by Deloraine Rotary. Tidied up, with mown trails and undergrowth cleared, the Wild Wood is waiting for walkers.

Home to native fauna, yet just a few short steps from the streets of Deloraine, at the southern end of the Caravan Park, you will see that somebody has been busy.

Hats off to MVFM 96.9

CommunityJoanne Eisemann
From left, Secretary Rijke McGough, Studio Manager / Vice President John Kenzie and Treasurer Tim Biggs picking a lucky winner out of the hat in the fortnightly Members’ draw at the radio station.  Photo supplied

From left, Secretary Rijke McGough, Studio Manager / Vice President John Kenzie and Treasurer Tim Biggs picking a lucky winner out of the hat in the fortnightly Members’ draw at the radio station.

Photo supplied

MEANDER VALLEY community radio station MVFM 96.9 is looking forward to another great year, thanking members and sponsors for their ongoing support that has enabled the station to keep broadcasting and serving the community, promoting local organisations, events and businesses.

This past year has introduced a new committee, a renovated studio, additional equipment, different programs and music content, plus more members and sponsors.

The fortnightly Members’ Draw is now well-established, with three different members enjoying their prizes as their names come out of the hat each fortnight – the chance to win a $25 voucher from Wholesome House, coffee and cake for two at Mummabuzz Café, or a free gym pass for two at Body and Soul Wellness Studio.

The second offer commences on 1 August – discounts at local shops and businesses on presentation of a current 2019/20 member card.

Membership renewals are due on 1 July 2019, or July 2020 if you have recently signed up, and cost $30 ($20 concession) a year.

Listeners are invited to offer feedback on the past year’s efforts, and/or to become involved as program presenters themselves. Everybody at MVFM 96.9 is a volunteer and would love to welcome new members to their ranks.

Membership forms are available from the station at 59-61 Emu Bay Road, Bendigo Bank, Wholesome House, Mummabuzz Café and Body & Soul Wellness Studio.

Completed forms and remittances can be left at the Bendigo Bank for collection.

A 2019/20 Member Card not only comes with great rewards, but helps to provide another year of exciting community radio as well.

Grab those guns and light sabers!

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann
CJ Kilbride and Ken Bradford, both of Deloraine, showing off their martial skills in anticipation of this year’s Space Western showdown.  Photo by Mike Moores

CJ Kilbride and Ken Bradford, both of Deloraine, showing off their martial skills in anticipation of this year’s Space Western showdown.

Photo by Mike Moores

THE DELORAINE Winter Masque Ball is back again, continuing the tradition of local balls and dances that were centrally important to small communities, providing meeting places for neighbours, family, new friends and new love.

Waltzes, foxtrots and folk dances brought dancers together in mutual respect, allowed young folk to get to know each other, kept older folk active, and forged a strong sense of community in regional towns.

The new millennium brings a blending of old and new.

This year’s theme is ‘Space Western’ so break out the spacesuits, ball gowns and bling and dance the night away!

Learn with us, to waltz and ‘Strip the Willow’ to live local band ‘KentankRus’.

Win a prize for best supper dish or best mask. Be chosen Belle or Beau of the Ball.

The ball will be at the Western Tiers Community Club from 7pm, Saturday 27 July.

For more information or to volunteer to help on the night, call Megan on 6302 3372.

Address: Western Tiers Community Club, 33A Parsonage St, Deloraine.