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Find your family at the Tasmanian Craft Fair

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Photo by Mike Moores  Josh and Ashley Porter with Ella, Arlo and Abby, all dressed up. Tara Badcock generously assisted with the loan of costumes courtesy of Deloraine Dramatic Society.

Photo by Mike Moores

Josh and Ashley Porter with Ella, Arlo and Abby, all dressed up. Tara Badcock generously assisted with the loan of costumes courtesy of Deloraine Dramatic Society.

A NEW York Times columnist once reported, ‘If you want a happier family, create, refine and retell the story of your family’s positive moments and your ability to bounce back from the difficult ones. That act alone may increase the odds that your family will thrive for many generations to come.’ (Bruce Feiler, 15 March 2013).

This year’s Tasmanian Craft Fair will include a new exhibit to help people do just that.

Hosted by the international genealogy non-profit organisation FamilySearch, the exhibit will include free one-on-one help to enable visitors to start or grow their family tree.

Simple and innovative online tools, tips and displays will enable interested family historians to share their family stories in fun and engaging ways.

The official opening on Saturday at 2pm will feature a 40-minute cultural presentation from the Tongan Youth Dance Group of Tasmania.

In addition to the daytime activities, visitors are also welcome to enjoy family movies on the big screen on Friday and Saturday at 6pm.

On Sunday at 6pm, Child Safety Services will deliver a special presentation on how you can offer hope and healing to families in our own community through foster care.

Gallery 1 is located at the FamilySearch Centre at 153 Emu Bay Road and will be open every day of the Craft Fair. Take the bus or park onsite. All activities are free of charge and suitable for people of all ages.

Guests can also access fresh drinking water, clean toilets, indoor and outdoor seating, and a large outdoor fenced area which is great for picnics!

For more information 0n the weekend’s activities, contact Liz Walker on 0428 072 010.

History has deep roots at Westbury Primary

Community, Events, FeatureJoanne Eisemann
Photo supplied  The Badcock and Rootes families have a long history at Westbury Primary. Back row: Kim Rootes (nee Badcock) 1972–1976; Brian Badcock 1944–1950;Natalie Brown (nee Rootes) 1999-2005. Front row: Zoe Brown 2016–present; Lily Brown 2019.

Photo supplied

The Badcock and Rootes families have a long history at Westbury Primary. Back row: Kim Rootes (nee Badcock) 1972–1976; Brian Badcock 1944–1950;Natalie Brown (nee Rootes) 1999-2005. Front row: Zoe Brown 2016–present; Lily Brown 2019.

THIS OCTOBER, Westbury Primary School will celebrate 180 years of education with a Birthday Fair.

Multiple generations of local families have attended the school and current and former students will be able to have their names associated with the school permanently with the purchase of pavers to be laid in the school’s quadrangle.

Up to three names can be put on each paver and the cost will be $10 for current students and $50 for former students (per paver). Pavers can be purchased at the fair on the 25th October in the history room. Funds from the pavers will help upgrade of the canteen facilities at the school.

Five generations on both sides of Natalie Brown’s family (the Rootes and the Badcocks) have attended the school.

‘We have gone back as far as my great grandfather, Ernest Rootes who attended Westbury Primary School around 1896,’ said Natalie. ‘We have such a connection to the school and the area that my children Zoe and Lily currently attend the school. The children at the school are caring and friendly and the village is so community minded. We can’t wait to celebrate this milestone in October.’

For information on Westbury 180 go to the Westbury180 Facebook page or email

Busy as bees at Mumma Buzz

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Photo by Mike Moores  Buffy, Natalie Woolford and Carolyn Bussey behind their fabulous cake cabinet at Mumma Buzz Café.

Photo by Mike Moores

Buffy, Natalie Woolford and Carolyn Bussey behind their fabulous cake cabinet at Mumma Buzz Café.

By Hayley Manning

NAMED AFTER its owner Carolyn Bussey, Mumma Buzz Café and takeaway offers an all-day menu catering to all food requirements – including vegan, vegetarian, coeliac and a gluten-free cake cabinet.

‘We have a big enough café area, but we are still small enough to have that personal interaction with people and get repeat customers because of our attention to detail,’ Carolyn said.

Carolyn and co-owner, Darren (Buffy) have enclosed the deck area at the rear of the café with transparent floor to ceiling awnings that block unwelcome breezes while still allowing unhindered access to the stunning views.

The deck is now an intimate space that can be used for dining, or booked for a special celebration or meeting.

Inside the café, artwork courtesy of local Gallery 5 artist Fiona Francois provides a backdrop on the walls.

Carolyn started the business in December 2018, and gives full credit to Narelle and Craig Lovell for setting the precedent with Nelly’s Café.

‘Some of Nelly’s staff stayed on and taught myself and the new staff how to run the business.

‘We are all in the process of learning the various stations from making coffee, prep, sink, serving, hot and making desserts, so we never know what we will be doing when we arrive. We are loving it. All the staff is here to ensure the customers have an enjoyable experience. I am thrilled to bits – they do a fantastic job.’

A three course Sri Lankan Night with Chef Ruwan has been planned for 14 October. Pre-bookings are essential.

The preservation of Mount Roland

People and Places, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Photo by Joanne Gower  A frosty morning in Sheffield, with Mt Roland in the background.

Photo by Joanne Gower

A frosty morning in Sheffield, with Mt Roland in the background.

MT ROLAND looms to the far west of the Meander Valley, so it seems reasonable that the Mt Roland Preservation Society would want to introduce itself to readers of the Gazette.

Mt Roland Preservation Society Inc. is a newly formed association whose aim is to preserve the integrity of the Mt Roland Regional Reserve and Conservation Area.

The Society is holding an information sharing session followed by afternoon tea, to be held at the Claude Road Hall, Claude Road, from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday November 17.

All likeminded individuals who are interested in preserving the beautiful and iconic Mt Roland are invited to come along.

Membership forms will be available on the day, for anyone who would like to join the group.

Details are also provided on the Mt Roland Preservation Society Inc. Facebook page.

156th Westbury Show flying higher than ever

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Photo supplied  Kate and Rosie Chugg with their prize winning sheep at the Westbury Show.

Photo supplied

Kate and Rosie Chugg with their prize winning sheep at the Westbury Show.

THIS YEAR, Westbury Show is thrilled to have the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) as their show charity and the CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Mr John Kirwan will open the show.

The RFDS will showcase the RFDS Aeromedical Simulator and offer fun for adults and children alike by using exercise bikes to make healthy Fender Bender Smoothies. Other special play activities include virtual goggles for children.

RFDS staff and volunteers will provide information on their new Primary Health Care Services for the Meander Valley, including dental and mental health. RFDS fundraising merchandise will be available.

Entertainment will include music and the Maypole Dancers from Westbury Primary School, the U3A Ukulele Singing Group, Fiddle Stix and Taiko Drummers.

As well as the animal nursery there will be Seedhouse’s exotic birds, a reptile display and some miniature goats to meet. Alpacas will feature this year with Hagley Primary School children learning to show these charming animals.

Hagley Rural Youth will run a dog high jump competition and Laser Tag is a new and adventurous addition to the free kids’ corner. A new and exciting 6-bar horse jumping event will offer $1000 prize money to help raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease.

Displays will include steam engines from Pearn’s Steam World, the Carnival Organ, vintage cars, trucks, tractors and the Westbury Butcher.

Home Industries always has a wonderful display of art, cooking and photos with a special feature this year for Westbury Primary School’s 180 year celebration. Home Industries schedules can now be obtained from the Soul Pattinson Chemist at Westbury.

Gates open at 8.30am on Saturday, 9 November. Entry fees: $10 adults, $5 children 6 to 16, free under 6 and $25 family. Visit au for further information: or contact Stacey Tweedale, Communications Manager, Westbury Show on 0413 453 567 or at staceytweedale@

A pint and a platypus

Events, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

By Anne Gillies

MEANDER’S MARVELLOUS monotreme, the platypus, will be the subject of a pub session with a difference later this month.

Free public platypus information sessions will be held at the Empire Hotel in Deloraine on Sunday 27 October at 3pm and the Mole Creek Hotel on Monday 28 October at 3.30pm.

The talks, which are suitable for all ages, will be given by two of Australia’s top platypus biologists, Drs Geoff Williams and Serena Melody.

The pair, who founded the Australian Platypus Conservancy 25 years ago, want to recruit locals to monitor and protect the local platypus population using the Conservancy’s new website and app – see

Deloraine and Mole Creek would make ideal monitoring locations, according to Dr Williams. ‘It is a really unique environment; some locals literally have platypus living in their backyards,’ he said.

‘Because people in the Valley live around platypuses, they may have observed behaviours that not even we scientists know about.’

For further information, please contact Anne Gillies at or on 0431 630 348.

Valley launches into action for the 100 Day Challenge

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann

THE 100 Day Challenge launched into action recently when Meander Valley community members gathered at the Western Tiers Community Club to discuss the future of youth engagement and mental health, helping to identify the major issues impacting on the youth of today.

Deloraine Primary and High school students were present to voice their concerns about mental health issues and engagement in learning ‘real world life skills’ such as understanding home finances and mortgages and how what they learn in school applies to their futures.

The workshop identified several key areas while working with the two themes of hands on learning and youth mental health. In the spirit of co-design, the participants chose to work with the theme of hands on learning for the 100 Day Challenge.

Discussions focused on how the community could draw upon local resources and create actions that would be completed within 100 days. The overall goal is to make a long-lasting impact on the future of young people by creating sustainable and measurable changes in the Meander Valley.

‘The Meander Valley community should give itself a huge round of applause for the enthusiasm and commitment that was so evident at the workshop’, said Bob Muller, from Devil’s Advocate Consulting.

The workshop produced several potential ‘actions’ that will help to get students engaged with community and into practical, experience-based projects such as careers events, wilderness adventures and mentoring programs.

Year 11 and 12 students from Deloraine High School said that the workshop was good for meeting new people and learning about the ideas that the community have.

‘It was really fun. They were really encouraging for us to share our ideas. They really wanted to know what we liked to do.’

The 100 Day Challenge is a community driven project supported by Westbury Health, The Van Diemen Project, Devil’s Advocate, Deloraine High School, Collective ed. and Meander Valley Council.

Further information: Victoria Homer, Collective ed. Lead on 0400 526 806 or email

Slamming it at the Empire

Events, Arts & ArtisansJoanne Eisemann

By Lorraine Clarke

WHENEVER ANYONE asks Yvonne Gluyas, ‘What is Slam Poetry?’ she always replies, ‘It’s performance poetry. It’s the best fun you can have in two minutes!’

Yvonne should know. She has been writing and reciting her award-winning poems for years now. After great success with poems like ‘My Cat Can Speak Catonese,’ ‘How Could You Do This To Me’ and ‘What Kevin Rudd Really Said to the Chinese President’ (written and performed in Chinese), she has progressed to mentoring the next generation of Tasmanian poets who enter local rounds of the Australian Poetry Slam each year, culminating in a trip to the Sydney Opera House for the Grand Final in October.

She shamelessly admits she schmoozes politicians and sells raffle tickets for funding to take ‘her poets’ on this interstate trip where she rents a house for 3 days to give them an unforgettable experience.

On August 20, Mark and Amanda Flanigan, proprietors of the Empire Hotel opened their doors and hearts, sponsoring and providing prizes for a heat of the Poetry Slam. A number of poets performed to an appreciative audience in a cosy fireside atmosphere, where MC Yvonne co-opted members of the audience into impromptu judging roles, and put everyone at their ease. ‘That’s my job,’ she said, ‘to make sure that everyone feels included.’

Grace Chia earned third place with her impassioned performance of ‘Like I Loved Him’, about losing her man. ‘I waited too long – someone else got to him first. I can’t speak to him, so I wrote a poem.’

Second place was taken by Rohan King and ‘Neogenesis’. He said he has written lots, but is not really the performing type, which was belied by his very engaging performance on the night.

‘I would like to at least get the chance to go to the Opera House,’ he said, and now his dream seems within reach.

Rebecca Young won with ‘Just the Other Week,’ which took only an hour to write but which she practised 50 times before standing up to recite it. She said modestly, ‘I’ve always liked poems, but never thought I was any good’.

Yvonne said, ‘Poetry doesn’t have to rhyme. Issue-based poems go down well. They can be literary, comedy, burlesque, political. It’s lovely to see the younger generation coming up with skills to equal their talented parents.’

Yvonne polished her public performing skills through Toastmasters. She says, ‘I credit Toastmasters with the ability to go on stage and sparkle.’

Annually, over 1000 writers perform their original poems through heats in country towns and capital cities. Poetry Slam’s motto is ‘Write a Revolution’. If you are interested in expressing your deepest issues in public poetry and claiming your two minutes of best fun, over and over in the next rounds, check out the website:

Taking away the pain with MVU3A

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann

LIVING WITH persistent pain can literally be ‘a pain in the neck’. For Seniors’ Week, Meander Valley U3A is offering an event which is a mix of fun, entertainment and the opportunity to hear some good news about pain relief.

MVU3A will welcome the developer of the ‘Overcoming Pain And Living Life’, (OPALL) program Michelle Nicholson and facilitator, BJ White, to speak about strategies used in the OPALL program. This program can be accessed through self-referral.

One of our U3A members has done the program and found the strategies amazing and hugely helpful in overcoming pain. She definitely recommends OPALL.

The public is invited to this free event, sponsored by Meander Valley Council.

The event will be held at 1:30pm, Tuesday 8 October, at Westbury RSL, Lonsdale Promenade. This is in the U3A term break, the week before official Seniors’ Week. Light refreshments will be served.

Old Hydro village, a new folk festival

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann

THE MOUNT Roland Folk Festival is a brand new folk festival grown out of the rich cultural soil of North West Tasmania. It will be held just outside Sheffield at Gowrie Park Wilderness Village and The Old Black Stump restaurant from October 11–13.

Over 50 musicians and 30 volunteers from around Tasmania and Australia will fill the quaint timber caravan park, which is a decommissioned Tas Hydro Village.

There will be a mix of veteran and emerging Tasmanian performers, including Ben Salter, Claire Anne Taylor, The Stragglers, New Holland Honey Eaters, Luke Plumb and Jane McArthur.

Interstate artists will include Celtic rock band Dalriada, and acclaimed social justice songwriter Little Foot. One of the festival organisers, musician Teri Young, says that the focus will be as much on the festival goers as the performers. ‘It's not intended to be a passive entertainment experience, but to encourage active engagement from everybody who comes.’

The program of activities includes an open mic stage, allin sing-along sessions, choir rehearsals, daily yoga, bushwalks, and a poets’ breakfast for anyone to recite at.

There are craft workshops and a bushdance, kids’ shows and youth activities, including a Youth Blackboard Concert for under 20s to perform at.

The festival is capped at 200 tickets this year, which can be bought at www.mountroland

Quamby Fly Fishers Annual Open Day

EventsJoanne Eisemann

QUAMBY FLY Fishers Club Annual Open Day is at Meander Hall on Saturday 21 September 2019 from 10am–3pm.

This year, funds raised will support junior anglers.

A warm invitation is extended to anyone currently involved in fishing and those who would like to get involved in the wonderful experience of fly fishing.

Tasmania will host the World Fly Fishing Championships from 30 November to 8 December 2019, showcasing our unique wildlife and natural fisheries.

The Meander River will be a sector for competition in the Championships. Some members of the club will be involved as volunteers, controllers and competitors.

Quamby Fly Fishers Club is based at Deloraine on the Meander River, forty minutes west of Launceston or east of Devonport.

Fly tying is a valuable fly fishing skill.  Photo by Mike Moores

Fly tying is a valuable fly fishing skill.

Photo by Mike Moores

Huntsman Lake is 15 minutes away and the Central Plateau Lakes in the Highlands are only an hour away. Brushy Lagoon, Four Springs Lake, the Meander, Esk and Mersey Rivers are all within easy access.

The club has fishing outings around the lake and river fisheries regularly, offering guidance, encouragement and sharing of ideas within a very social environment.

Monthly meetings and workshops feature an informal atmosphere, with shared practical sessions and ideas from experienced members that are valuable for all.

The Open Day is designed as a taster day. Those attending will be able to obtain information from experienced club members about fly fishing at any level from the beginner to the experienced angler.

All members of our club are passionate about fly fishing and several members have competed in international, national and state level competitions, so there is a wealth of knowledge to draw on.

Demonstrations and advice will cover casting, fly tying and entomology, knots, gear selection, cleaning and filleting, as well as where to fish, when to fish and how to fish.

There will be opportunity for patrons to practise some of these activities under expert tuition. Quamby Fly Fishers Club Open Day offers something for everyone so come along and enjoy a relaxed and informative day.

When: Saturday 21 September 2019 Time: 10am to 3pm Venue: Meander Memorial Hall, Meander Cost:

gold coin donation Lunch: food for purchase Raffle: prizes for fishing, winners being drawn at the Fly Fishers site at the Tasmanian Craft Fair in Deloraine on November 4.

Inquiries: Eve Berne, 03 63695121 / 0427 695 121; Mark Sutton; 0409647966 Website:

Westbury on a roll!

EventsJoanne Eisemann

ROUND TWO of the 2019 Tasmania Roller Derby Tournament is here! Hosted by Tournament Tasmania – Roller Derby and Devil State Derby League.

This round, the South Island Sirens take on the Swiss Army Wives and then Devil State Derby League! The Cradle Coast Junior Roller Derby players will be taking on the Hobart Junior Roller Derby.

Don’t let the word ‘junior’ fool you – there is nothing that holds these kids back. For genuine competition and sportsmanship this will be the game to watch.

Thunder from Down Under will also have a game – when the all-gender Tassie team steps out to stretch their legs in a friendly (yet brutal) game of smash!

Saturday 24 August from 1–9pm at Westbury Sports Hall, Franklin Street, Westbury.

There will be drinks and snacks available at the venue. Cash only please, and $5 entry at the door to help things along.

You can find Tasmanian Roller Derby on Facebook and this event at: events/327907968113760/.

Roll away those winter blues

Sport, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Enthusiastic in-line skaters enjoy a winter night of active fun!  Photo by Mike Moores

Enthusiastic in-line skaters enjoy a winter night of active fun!

Photo by Mike Moores

GET YOUR skates on!

Friday evening skating sessions have recommenced in the Meander Valley Performing Arts Centre, just east of the bridge in Deloraine.

The recently formed Meander Valley Indoor Skaters Association has, in just 2 months, attracted over 70 members. Up to 50 skaters at a time take to the rink for the 6 to 7.30 pm skating sessions on Friday evenings.

The annual cost of joining the club is a very reasonable $10 per person. A skating session fee of $3 for juniors and $5 for adults over 18, makes a cost-effective recreational outing for young and old.

Non-members can register and access the sessions as ‘Come and try it’ participants for up to 3 times without having to join the club, but entrance fees for this are a little higher at $5 for juniors and $8 for adults.

Inline hockey practice will commence shortly for 6 year olds up to adults.

All fees include the use of inline skates. Protective padding and skating instruction is available for the asking.

To enquire about club activities, please contact the Club President, Peter Ashton on mobile: 0409 234 061.

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.

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.

A dog day out on the Village Green!

EventsJoanne Eisemann

NEW OCTOBER event, Paws on the Green is a fund raising day organised by Westbury Health Inc., with proceeds going to Let’s Read, the Smith Family early literacy program.

Pet-related organisations, food vendors, and anyone else who would be interested in joining them on the day are asked to get in touch.

The day will host dog races, dog jumping and other contests, training demonstrations and novelty events such as a grand parade with prizes.

There will be food, music and entertainment with free entry (donation collection) throughout the day.

St Andrews on the Green will host the Blessing of the Animals and Westbury Market on the same day.

Contact Paws at pawsonthegreen19@gmailcom or find us on Facebook at Paws on the Green, Westbury.

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.


Sandwiches, soup and a silent auction

Events, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

THE ANGLICAN Church of Quamby Parish is conducting a Silent Auction to raise funds for the continuation of the historic churches in this parish.

A Silent Auction is a fun way for everyone to bid on a range of items.

Each item has a form for you to enter your bids.

There will be a large range of goods including professional photos of local interest, hampers, garden items, bags of compost, linen, toys and books, to mention a few.

Some items will have a below value starting price, but there will be lots of great bargains. EFTPOS facilities will be available and payment is required on the day.

Hot soup and sandwiches can be purchased for just $10 with drinks at bar prices.

The date is now Saturday 3 August and the venue is Westbury RSL at 7 Lonsdale Promenade.

Bidding will take place between 12 noon and 2pm.

Come along, enjoy some soup and sandwiches, have fun and take home a bargain!

Enquiries Rosalie 0427006842.

Donate to change a life

EventsJoanne Eisemann

DONATELIFE WEEK 2019 from (28 July–4 August) is Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation and get more people signed up as donors.

This year, registered donors are urged to find a ‘plus one’ to sign up.

If every registered donor did this, the number of people on the donation register could be increased dramatically.

In 2018, 1782 lives were transformed by 238 living and 554 deceased organ donors and their families.

The number of annual donors has more than doubled over the last decade.

There is still a lot more that can be done to increase donation rates so that more people can receive life-changing transplants.

Only one in three Australians have joined the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR).

There are more than 1400 Australians currently on the waiting list for a transplant, and a further 11,000 people on dialysis.

Every registration counts, so letting your family know you want to be a donor is important.

Nine out of ten families agree to donation when their loved one is on the register. Consent is given in seven out of ten cases when the family is aware of the donor’s wishes, but this drops to five out of ten when the family does not know.

Support DonateLife Week 2019 by registering as an organ and tissue donor at or get a friend or family member to sign up.

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