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FLOWERDALE COMMUNITY HOUSE INC
Forming Friendships ABN 30 127 305 127
Issue: No.58—December , 2009
PO Box 2008, Hazeldene, 3658
FLOWERDALE TENNIS ACKNOWLEDGED AT STATE AWARDS
FLOWERDALE Tennis Club was among Victorian sports clubs acknowledged for their efforts at a gala event at the MCG for the 2009 Victorian Sports & Recreation Awards. The club was presented with a Certificate of Acknowledgement for Outstanding Contribution to Bushfire Recovery at the 13th annual awards held on November 23. Kinglake Football Club, Whittlesea Football Club and Marysville Golf & Bowls Club took top honours receiving the Minister’s Award. Daniel Heal of Kinglake received an Award for Volunteer Involvement. Sports & Recreation Minister, James Merlino, said the awards were a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding work of sporting organisations and individuals across Victoria. “Sports clubs like Kinglake, Whittlesea and Marysville are at the heart of many communities and provide a place for families and friends to get together. “Black Saturday was the worst natural disaster Australia has ever seen and in times of adversity, sport can play a key role in building community strength. “Our bushfire-affected clubs are playing a key role as communities rebuild, recover in the months and years after the fires.” Flowerdale Tennis Club president Jeannette Kamar and assistant treasurer Viv Phelan represented the club at the awards. “We were honoured and absolutely thrilled to receive this acknowledgement on behalf of the club,” Jeannette said. “It was a very positive experience and we had the chance to meet some great people, including new friends at the Kinglake West Tennis Club with whom we hope to start enjoying games. “Of course, this recognition goes to all members of our club. The players, our coach Colin Grace who travels each week from Yarrawonga, as well as all who help with the many jobs that go with keeping the club running including those on the committee, those who help out at our working bees to keep the courts in the best shape possible, organisers of our social competition roster, fundraising events such as the Cup Eve Calcutta and Cup Family Day and the Australia Day round robin. “Thank-you to all those people and the Flowerdale tennis Club is looking forward to continue, not just to provide the opportunity to play tennis, but to be a place where people of all ages feel welcome, be active and have fun together. Mr Merlino said “Sport and recreation was strong because of the hard work and dedication of the unsung heroes behind the scenes, who give up their time to do the many jobs to support the wide range of sport played around the state every week.” The awards were sponsored by Victoria University – Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport and The School of Sport and Exercise Science; AFL Victoria; Herald Sun; Deakin University – School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences; MSAC Institute of Training; and Fitness Australia. Associate Sponsors were Basketball Victoria.
FLUOROS LOSE BUT WIN
THE Fluoros vs Flowerdale Cricket Match and Family Fun Day raised a massive $20,900 for the Flowerdale community. The match on Sunday November 8 at the picturesque Hume & Hovell Cricket Ground at Strath Creek involved workers who have spent some months in Flowerdale clearing roadsides after the bushfires in a social cricket match against locals. The game was a relaxed one with the “Fluoros” – named for the shirts they wear – going down to the local side 88 to 105. Unofficial awards went to Fluoro Matty who took the catch of the day – a one hander with a beer in the other; FlowerdaleTim for two juggling catches and Flowerdale’s Yak for the highest score of the day with 23.
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Distribution: 500 copies to Silver Creek Rd., Silver Parrot Rd., Creekside Dr., Riverside Cres., the service road, Moore’s Rd., Spring Valley Rd. Upper King Parrot Rd, and the main road as far as Minto Rd. Also the Hazeldene Store, Flowerdale Hotel, Strath Creek Store and Glenburn Roadhouse. Articles, advertisements, etc. can be left at the store, posted to PO Box 2008, Hazeldene, or emailed to Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The day included an auction of some impressive items such as a cricket bat signed by the Australian team, raffles, Luke’s animal nursery, reptiles and other animals from The Haven Wildlife shelter, and a stilt walker. Proceeds of the day will be shared between the Flowerdale Kindergarten, Flowerdale Tennis Club, Flowerdale Cricket Club, Flowerdale Tool Shed and Flowerdale and Strath Creek CFA brigades. Flowerdale Kindergarten spokeswoman Chrissy Grant said the day was enjoyed by all, with great support and rapport between the community and the workers who had assisted the Flowerdale community over the past few months and their friends and families. “I can’t stress enough how much we appreciate their assistance and the support they’ve given us,” Chrissy said. Flowerdale cricketers team spokesman, Chris Emmins, thanked the organisers, Flowerdale Hotel publican Steve Phelan and Chris Hooben for the day. “It was a great day and we all enjoyed and appreciate the huge support the roadies and their friends and families have given us,” Chris said. Flowerdale Tennis Club president Jeannette Kamar thanked the organisers and the sponsors. “They’ve been very generous and supportive of the Flowerdale community and this was really appreciated by all who attended.
Bunnings Thomastown store organised a team to provide a barbecue for the crowd which was estimated at 250. Local Glen Spalding donated the super barbecue for the day. Kookaburra provided cricket gloves for the children and provided fluoro cricket balls for the day. Other generous sponsors were Roadside Care & Maintenance, Anglopac Construction Group, A& L Traffic, Arborco, Bartletts Work Management, Flowerdale Hotel, Australian Hotels Association, HostPlus, Sunbury Bus Lines, Coates Hire, LKR Constructions, Nu Trans Transport, S & B Automotive, Auslec & Ross Fawkner.
Photo supplied by Samm Hall
Public Notice Revegetation of No 1 Creek Public Meeting
Murrindindi Shire Council invites members of the public to attend a meeting to be held at the Kinglake Community Centre on Monday the 7th of December commencing at 6.00pm. A presentation of a draft outline of strategies and revegetation planning of the area will be presented by the consultant heading the steering group Mr. Lincoln Kern from Practical Ecology. A discussion of the draft out line will follow and representatives of DSE, GBCMA, Landcare, Council’s Enviromental Advisory Group and Council will be in attendance to answer questions. Any person unable to attend the meeting who would like to make a written submission in relation to the Revegetation of No 1 can do so by writing to Christine Allingham Murrindindi Shire Council, PO Box 138, Alexandra, 3714. Any person requiring further information concerning the Revegetation of No 1 or the making of a written submission should contact the Christine Allingahm on telephone (03) 5772 0333.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Tennis Club at Vic. Sports Awards.......... 1 Fluoros Vs Flowerdale ............................ 1 Police Report .......................................... 2 Cup Events Winners ............................... 3 CFA ........................................................ 3 Ben Hardman .................................. 4 & 13 Fran Bailey............................................... 8 Scouts....................................................... 9 Community House ................................. 10 Mayor’s Chair ........................................ 12 Playgroup ............................................... 14 Flowerdale Flyer December, 2009 November 2008
CUP EVENTS WINNERS
FLOWERDALE Tennis Club’s major annual fundraiser, the Cup Eve Calcutta and Family Fun Day was another fantastic success. The Cup Eve Calcutta at the Flowerdale Hotel attracted some new, enthusiastic punters as well as familiar friendly faces who enjoyed the commentary and unique auction style of local thoroughbred and racing aficionado Rob Stutchbury. The hotel was again suitably adorned with racing paraphernalia for the club’s Cup Day family fun day which included face painting and activities for the kids, raffles, sweeps and live music from our favourite local band, Red Roar. Flowerdale Tennis Club raised about $1500 on day which will go towards improving facilities at the Spring Valley Recreation Reserve, particularly as the club now has many new members joining in our coaching sessions, mid-week social competition and casual play. Membership is now over 70 – the club’s highest ever level and most are families. Coaching is currently held on Mondays and the mid-week social tennis has been extended from three nights a week last season to four nights a week this season to cater for the increased number of people wanting to play. Flowerdale Tennis Club president Jeannette Kamar said the club greatly appreciates the enormous contribution of Flowerdale Hotel proprietors Viv and Steve Phelan who assist each year in the organisation of the club’s Cup Eve and Cup Day entertainment program and provide door prizes and special touches to help ensure everyone enjoys their participation in these activities. “Viv is a member of the club’s executive committee but has given much more of her time and energy over many years to the club than we could ever have expected,” Jeannette said. “Viv and Steve also put in a huge effort to help organise the very successful Fluoros vs Flowerdale Cricket Club match at the Hume & Hovell Cricket Ground in Strath Creek on Saturday 7th November. “The Flowerdale Tennis Club enjoyed the opportunity to participate in this great social and fundraising event which raised a huge sum for many Flowerdale organisations and provided a wonderful opportunity for locals to get together and enjoy a fun game of cricket in a beautiful setting without going too far.” “Thank-you to Viv and Steve for their on-going support of Flowerdale Tennis Club and thank-you to all those who came along and enjoyed their Melbourne Cup Eve and Cup Day with us.”
WHAT’S ON FOR FLOWERDALIANS?
If your community group has an event coming up please let us know so it can be included in the Flyer.
2 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 8 Dec 9 Dec 18 Dec 20 Dec 20 Dec Christmas Decoration Day (Playgroup) Community Dinner Flowerdale Rec Reserve 6-8pm Silent Auction 7.30pm Blackberry Bash Christmas Decoration Day (Playgroup) Playgroup Excursion to Puffing Billy Community Dinner, Recreation Reserve, Springvalley Road, 5pm onwards Flowerdale Community Market, Flowerdale Hall Carols by Candlelight
Well, by the time you read this we will all be getting ready for Christmas and 2010. What a year 2009 was, heartbreaking in many ways due to our losses, but uplifting when we look at our families, children especially, and our slow but positive rebuilding of OUR FLOWERDALE. I heard Deb Burke say “We will rebuild” and she was right. We as VOLUNTEER firies are grateful for the help that we have received from our community and organisations from outside. As you would all know, we as a Brigade are responsible for raising the money to purchase our new vehicle, an Ultra Light Tanker ($127,000). This has been no easy task but, with the support from the Newman’s Own Foundation, Darley Stud, Basic’s of Whittlesea and many others as far away as New Zealand and firies in Western Australia, we have reached this goal and should have delivery of this vehicle before the Christmas break (fingers crossed). This vehicle will be a great asset, as in my words ”It will go up and down hills, no stress”. Once you see it you will realise its capabilities when it is in the hands of trained personnel. The Brigade is, like all other Brigades, looking for new members. Not all CFA members attend fires, road accidents or other events—we need auxiliary members as well, fundraising and even down to catering when our crews are called out. Everyone has something to offer, so please think of joining us. Remember YOUR CFA needs your support. We are at the Station on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month if you wish to come and speak with us. You would be very welcome. The firies wish you all a Merry Christmas; may 2010 bring you all that you wish for you and your families. Stay safe. Trudie Goudge Secretary/Treasurer For and on behalf of the FLOWERDALE CFA
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Ben Hardman MP
Member for Seymour
planning day and other subsequent meetings to help shape the rebuilding priorities; those who helped at the community planting day and a range of other events where people have chipped in and lent a hand. The recent CFA fundraiser dinner which raised $15,000 to help with the purchase of a new ultra light tanker and the Fluoros vs Flowerdalians cricket match which raised more than $20,000 for the community are just two examples of how well people have been able to support each other on an important individual social level as well as a financial level. These efforts have been truly inspiring. I’m sure it is that willingness to help each other that has made Flowerdale worthy recipients of many generous donations, including the significant Newman’s Own Foundation gift of $60,000 to the Flowerdale CFA. I look forward to working with the community in 2010 to continue this fantastic progress. My best wishes to all for a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.
AS ONE of the most extraordinary years in the history of Flowerdale draws to a close, it is good to see so many positives taking hold and growing in the community. The remarkable community spirit that became evident in the aftermath of the fires has continued and strengthened. A great deal of thought and effort has gone into planning the rebuilding of the town and it is fantastic to see so many new projects on the board and work progressing well. The Flowerdale Early Years Centre will be a fantastic asset for the town. It will accommodate the Flowerdale Kindergarten and local families will also be able to access a range of other early childhood services from the site. $2.2 million has been allocated for this project. There is $1.6 million allocated for the construction of a community house and memorial garden. There are also plans for further upgrades to the Flowerdale Hall, reinstatement of the cricket pitch the Spring Valley Recreation Reserve and construction of a skate park. Funding has just been announced for the construction of a shared path between the temporary village at the reserve to the Whittlesea-Yea Rd, which means people will be able to link up with the walking track/shared path at the Flowerdale Hotel that extends south to Silver Creek Rd. I want to offer my sincere thanks to those who have volunteered so generously their time and effort to assist in the recovery and rebuilding of the Flowerdale community in the aftermath of the fires and over the course of the year. My thanks go to those involved in the work of the Community Recovery Committee; those who attended the
COMMUNITY HOUSE CHRISTMAS TIMETABLE
The Community House will be closed from 21st December until 19th January 2010. There will be no January edition of the Flyer.
Invites you to
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Sunday 20th December Commencing 6.00pm
Visit from Santa Sausage sizzle Tea, coffee & cold drinks available
Country Fire Authority
Captain: Glenn Woods Meets: 7.30pm 1st Tuesday of month, Training: 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month at 9.00am
Station: 5780 2179 Emergency: 000
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Murrindindi Shire Council - Preparing for the fire season
Flowerdale Community Make a Christmas Decoration Day.
As part of it’s fire prevention strategies, Murrindindi Shire Council has been playing its part in helping everyone prepare and plan for the coming 2009/2010 bushfire season. Council and the Municipal Fire Prevention Committee (MFPC) have identified strategies targeted at reducing the risks to individual land owners, in particular have co-ordinated a mail out to all absentee land owners this season to alert them of the need to prepare for this fire season. Presently Council Officers are carrying out annual property inspections across the shire to identify fire hazards. Where work is needed to reduce the risk of fire, notices are issued to land owners with stringent timelines for any required work to be carried out. Failure to comply with a ‘fire notice’ will see Council completing the works at the land owner’s expense. Residents with concerns over neighbouring properties are encouraged to contact council, to ensure any potential hazards are inspected as quickly as possible. This year a “Zero Tolerance” policy has been implemented which means that any breach during the fire danger period will result in large monetary penalties being incurred. Breaches, such as burning off without appropriate permits, will see the Victoria Police being informed to commence prosecution. New fire prevention strategies are also being developed by the CFA and other agencies. Under consideration are Town Protection Plans (TPP) and Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP). A pilot scheme for Town Protection Plans has been recently launched. As part of the pilot scheme, 17 towns in Victoria’s North East, including Eildon, have been identified as having high fire risk. As part of the Town Protection Plan scheme, an area may be chosen and designated as a ‘neighbourhood safer place’ or NSP. These areas will have to meet stringent criteria. Details have yet to be fully completed on these new strategies but will be made public as soon as they are available. More comprehensive information on preparing for the bushfire season can be found at www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au, www.cfa.vic.gov.au, www.dse.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667. Further Information:- Andy Daly - Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, Office: 57720331 Mobile: 0408 576712.
Flowerdale Playgroup invites members the community to come along to: Make a Christmas Decoration Day. Over two great days Dates: Tuesday 8th December 10.30 am –onwards Wednesday 2nd December 11. am—1.00 pm
( especially for parents and children)
Materials will be supplied for you to make one or two of our favourite decorations.
FREE TO GOOD HOME
I have about 30 assorted sized pots, plus saucers in different sizes free to a good home. They are in good order and I have dusted, spider webbed them off. I am sure that anyone starting up house again would like some. They can be expensive to buy when needing a lot to start cuttings etc. Judith Mitchell "Diosma Park" 1131/RMB6486A Break O'Day Road Glenburn PH: (03) 57 802 585 Mob: 0421 020 933
SA haystack fire is a graphic reminder
DON’T LET YOUR FODDER GO UP IN FLAMES
Warm weather after good winter rains has lead to a flurry of farm activity as farmers and hay contractors rush to cut and bale fodder before the heat leads to dry matter and nutritive losses. But Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Dairy Development Officer Frank Mickan has warned that too much haste under these conditions could lead to haystack fires if fodder was not properly cured, particularly in failed cereal crops.
Murrindindi Shire Council Annual Report 2008-2009
Residents and ratepayers are advised that the Murrindindi Shire Council Annual Report 2008-2009 will be discussed as an item of business at the Council meeting to be held on Wednesday 23 December 2009 at the Alexandra Council Chamber. Council has also received a copy of the report of the Auditor under Section 9 of the Audit Act 1994, and a copy of this report (included within the Annual Report) is available for public inspection. Copies of the Annual Report are available for viewing at Council Offices, or by visiting Council’s website at www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au. Alternatively, copies may be obtained on CD (in PDF format) by contacting Therese Morris on 5772 0333.
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Photography by Samm
Hi, my name is samm hall, I am a photographer in Flowerdale. I am offering to take photos of local residents and neighbouring communities who have unfortunately lost everything in the recent bushfires, including all their treasured photos. If I can help in a small way for people to start to rebuild their photo albums, knowing as a photographer how important photos are, please contact me on 0412 798 257. I will be at the Hazeldene store every Sunday from 10am until 12pm. For those not familiar with the store, there is a beautiful setting with a picnic table with bench seats beside the creek and a wooden bridge. Prices are as follows: 2 x 8” x 10” and 2 x 5” x 7” photos $15 A USB with up to 50 photos plus above photos $40 These prices are not for profit, as I work independently, this will only be to cover materials and printing costs. Please bring as many family members and friends as you would like, it does not take long to take the photos, and hopefully you will have them forever. Hope to see you there, Cheers, samm.
DAY TRIP TO PUFFING BILLY - WEDNESDAY TH DECEMBER 9
9.15 – 5pm Meet at the Flowerdale Hall @ 9.00 Cost $5 per family BYO: drinks & a picnic lunch to share Open to all preschool 0 – 6 years Bookings – Louise reed 0425 814 302
MON - SAT 7:00AM - 7:30PM SUN 9:00AM - 7:00PM PUBLIC HOLIDAY 9:00AM - 5:00PM Food stops at 7pm daily Unleaded Premium & Diesel, Groceries, Phone Cards, Newspapers, Ice-cream, Cold Meat, Ice, Coffee, Post Office & More
December, 2009 November 2008
The Hon Fran Bailey MP
Changes rules to help our youth
Improvements to new Youth Allowance rules that would have given country students access to vital financial support to pursue university studies have been rejected by the Federal Government. Member for McEwen Fran Bailey, who has been campaigning for a better deal for students from rural and regional towns, has expressed disappointment with the Government’s attitude. “The unique challenges our local students face in taking up the opportunity of university study are clearly not understood by Education Minister Julia Gillard,” Fran said. “The Government is making it almost impossible for students from farming families, as well as other rural and regional students who do not have the option of staying at home while studying at university, to access Youth Allowance. “The Coalition amendment to fix this was based on the recommendations of the Senate’s Rural and Regional Affairs Committee, and passed with the support of the Greens and independents.” Fran said the Government had also moved to retrospectively cancel the Independent Youth Allowance for 25,000 students who have taken a ‘gap year’ under the current rules. “This would pull the rug out from under thousands of students who are already on their gap year,” Fran said. “These students acted on the advice of Centrelink and guidance counsellors, and deserve to gain Youth Allowance in 2010.” Under present regulations, students must earn $19,532 within an 18-month period to quality for Youth Allowance. However, changes proposed by the Government would see this criteria abolished. Instead, a young person would be required to work full time for a minimum of 30 hours a week for at least 18 months in a two-year period to be considered financially independent. “Because this legislation will have a start date of 1 January 2010, all students currently undertaking a gap year will no longer be eligible, as this criteria has been axed,” Fran said.
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A man complaining to a friend. “I had it all – money, a beautiful house,
Hazeldene bus stop 1.30 to 4.30pm 10th and 24th December, and 7th and 21st January Strath Creek opposite the store 2.30 to 4.30pm. 28th January.
a big car, the love of a beautiful woman……then……pow!.....It was all gone!” “What happened?” asked the friend. Ahhhhh……My wife found out.
Please note, this is nearly a two month absence from Strath Creek....so borrowers need to stock up!
If you have internet access at home you can reserve books at the Yarra Plenty Regional Library website (www.yprl.vic.gov.au) and collect them from the Mobile Library.
If your parents never had children chances are you won’t either.
December, 2009 November 2008
1 Kinglake Scout Group
Scout News As part of their World Conservation award the Kinglake Scouts recently installed 16 nest boxes in trees along the King Parrot Creek at the Kinglake Ranges Wilderness Camp. The nest boxes were built by Rotary to provide nesting sites for native wildlife in the bushfireaffected areas. As part of the project the Scouts filled in data sheets for each box which included the type of nest box, tree type, height of the box and the aspect. The Scouts will also annually monitor and maintain the boxes and record on data sheets the type of wildlife that is using the boxes. The boxes can be used by Sugar Gliders, Brush-tail Possums, Ringtail Possums and native birds. The Scouts all enjoyed the activity and are looking forward to returning next year to see what animals are using the boxes. AJ2010 Over January seven of our Scouts and our Group Leader Ray will be having a wonderful Scouting experience at the 2010 Australian Jamboree held at Cataract Scout Park in New South Wales. Venturers in 2010 Are you aged between fourteen and seventeen? Feel like doing something with your life? Try Venturer Scouts. It’s a mix of adventure and personal challenge that will bring you together with others who share a spirit of adventure. You may find yourself exploring the Australian wilderness, camping above the snowline or diving and surfing. You could be abseiling or climbing a sheer rock face. Perhaps kayaking or mountain biking is more your style! But it’s not all about outdoor adventure. You’ll develop confidence, independence and teamwork skills through managing your own Venturer Unit, where the adult Leaders provide advice instead of telling you what to do. You can get involved in staging professional shows, learning responsibility for the environment and working on service projects to help others in the community. There are leadership and management courses available that will help you in your career and personal life, and you can work towards achieving the ultimate goal – the Queen’s Scout Award – which employers regard
very favourably. Venturers also have the opportunity to travel around Australia and overseas for events. Venturers are serious about having a good time and getting the most they can out of life. You don’t need to have any prior experience in Scouts to become a Venturer. What are you waiting for? Kinglake Scout Group will be starting our own Venturer Unit in 2010. Call or e-mail now to register your interest. Group News We would like to send a big thank you and goodbye to Wendy Duncan our Assistant Scout Leader for the past five years. Wendy is
making a sea change and we wish her all the best. Thank you to Rotary who kindly donated two tents to our Venturer Unit. Thinking of Joining? If you are interested in joining Cubs or Scouts or to register for Venturers, or you are an adult looking for a rewarding outlet as a leader or an assistant please contact: Group Leader Ray Bartlam. Phone: 5786 1529 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org If would like to find out more about Scouting visit www.vicscouts.asn.au
Kinglake Scouts and Peter Gilbert from Rotary with a couple of the nesting boxes the Scouts installed along the King Parrot Creek and a tent that was one of two that Rotary donated to the Kinglake Scout Group.
It is with mixed emotions that I have to say that I will be leaving the Hazeldene Store and Flowerdale at the end of the month. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new owner Michael and his family to the area and wish them all the best for the future. It has been the fastest and the longest 6 years of my life in the shop. I have laughed with many of you (and cried as well). I will be having a couple of months off, no early mornings and no hamburgers!!! Lee and I will be moving into our house in Toolangi to start the next chapter in our life. Thanks to all of you for your support over the years, we wish you all the best for the future and a happy Christmas & safe New Year. We will miss you all !! Olivia, Lee & Family xo
December, 2009 November 2008
WHAT’S ON AT YOUR COMMUNITY HOUSE?
Community Dinner every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at the Flowerdale Recreation Reserve. The club bar opens at 5pm and closes at 10pm. Meals are from 6-8pm. All welcome. Prices: Adults - $5 Children - $3 Children under 5 are free All Day Morning Tea is being offered every Tuesday from 10.00- 2.30. Come and enjoy a cuppa, cake and a chat. Thanks to Chaplaincy Australia Youth Group “Critical Girls” program (thanks to Kildonnan) starts Monday 16th of November 4.30-6.30 at the Flowerdale Hall. For girls 13-16. Beginners Computer Class Every Tuesday evening at 7pm $4 per session Class being run at the Flowerdale Primary School Grace Church Want some peace in your life? Come to a Church Service with a difference! Church services every 2nd Sunday at 5pm at the Flowerdale Hall All welcome Art Group A self led group at the Flowerdale Hall from 1.00-3pm on Wednesday’s, bring your supplies and project to this social group $4 Patchwork At the Flowerdale Hall Tuesday’s from 7-9pm, cost $4 and the first Saturday of each month from 10:303:30 cost $5. Bring your lunch this day, tea and coffee provided Playgroup at the Flowerdale Hall on Wednesdays from 10am-12:30pm. Newborn to preschool. Please bring a piece of fruit to share. Cost $2 per family. (Check out the Playgroup Rhythm and Beat Music Program for November) For more info call Louise 0425814302 Lighten-Up Want to lose some extra kilo’s before Christmas? Monday nights at the Flowerdale Primary School at 6.00- 6.30 pm, with Alison. $4 per session Massage/Chiropractics/Osteopathy/Acupuncture In an ongoing partnership the Community House is delighted to offer the ongoing services of the Hands on Health Professionals. Tuesdays 12.00-4.00. The team from RMIT are back to offer Chiropractic services. Ricki (Massage) will be in each Tuesday from 12.00- 2.30 Bookings must be made at the Community House – 5780 2664 Bushfire Counseling and Support Contact the Service Access and Care Coordination Team. Call Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm. Phone 1300 773 352 with Mitchell Health Night of Comedy Come to an evening of Stand up comedy with the famous Damien Callinan. Suitable for all ages Damien will have you rolling in the aisles with his hilarious routines. 28th of November and bookings are essential with The Alex Library service on 57720349 Tattoo of the Flowerdale Tree If you want to join the 48 Flowerdalian’s and have a tattoo of the Flowerdale Recovery Tree emblem, call the Community House for the information and to book. Dance & Silent Auction 5th of December at 7.30 with Warren Keats band, signed “Pink” T Shirt, Keith Urban, Rob Thomas Tickets etc Tickets $15 Contact Russell Pitt 0427880081 (All Proceeds go to our Flowerdale Community) Our very popular Japanese Cookery will resume soon with much loved Tutor Hiroko Book Share A wide selection of books available to borrow available on a Tuesday or Wednesday Op Shop Call in and have a browse—you might pick up a bargain. Volunteers are always needed, so if you have a few hours to spare just ring Odette on 5780 2664. Annie on UGFM (88.9) - every Saturday morning. The popular “Good morning Murrindindi” show has a wide listening audience and Annie gives the Flowerdale Report around 9.30 each week.
Steve Poltz and Gregory Page (back from California by popular demand!) Yoga Classes– register your interest 57802664 - starting soon! Cheese Making Please book at the Community House. Date to be announced. What To Do With Your Garden Now. Small groups with Ed Adamson—advice on what to plant, garden shaping and where to go from here.
The Community House is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am to 3.30pm—Phone 5780 2664
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Colaiacovo, Sally & John—29th November John, we have had 29 wonderful years and hopefully will have another 29. Love and hugs from Sally.
SHARON’S PATCHWORK PIECES
On Saturday, 14th November, we were invited to the Flowerdale Estate by a group of 35 patchwork ladies from Mornington. They were attending a patchwork workshop at the Estate over the weekend. Eight of our ladies joined them for the afternoon and had a great time as everyone was so friendly. They also donated a basket of assorted items to our group and have asked us to join them next year if possible. Our raffle quilt for next year is making progress. We have booked a lady to teach Trapunto for next February on Tuesday nights from 2nd to 16th February. These classes will be held from 68pm. Further details next edition. We will have some classes on Saturdays next year and will advise details after Christmas. Our patchwork classes will close from Tuesday 15th December and reopen on January 19th 2010. The patchwork ladies would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enquiries Sharon Dunn 5780 1428. Tuesdays 7-9pm $4
Ladies handbag was taken from the bus returning from the bushfire relief trip to Lorne on Sunday 22nd November. Would the person who took it please at least return the memory card from the camera as it contains irreplaceable children’s photos. Just place the card in an envelope addressed to “Sally” and leave it at the Kinglake West or Hazeldene Store.
DEADLINE FOR FEBRUARY EDITION THURSDAY 28TH JANUARY
First Saturday each month 10.30am-3.30pm $5—bring your lunch, tea and coffee supplied.
Flowerdale Kinder Annual Raffle
We, Puyol Nominees Pty Ltd of 2863 Whittlesea / Yea Road, Hazeldene/ Flowerdale. Victoria, 3717 intend to construct a bore to a depth of 100metres for commercial use on the land described as Lot Number CA47A, Crown Allotment 47A, Plan Number 47A\PP2614, in the Parish of Flowerdale . This bore is intended to provide up to a maximum of 100ML of water per year subject to approval of a Government Licence from Murray-Goulburn Water. Any person able to demonstrate that their interests will be affected by the issuing of this Works Licence (Bore Construction), including any intended ground water use, is invited to make a submission setting out the nature of the impact within 14 days of receipt of this written notification. Submissions should be sent to: Manager Licensing, GoulburnMurray Water, PO Box 165 Tatura, Vic, 3616 Flowerdale Kinder wishes to thank the community for its support in the Flowerdale Kinder annual raffle. The following results were drawn : 1st Prize - D. MacLellan of Whittlesea 2nd Prize - J Smith of Yea 3rd Prize - N Styles of Croydon 4th Prize - R Artini of Flowerdale We wish to also thank and acknowledge the following businesses for their donations : Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa - Yarra Valley Piaf Day Spa - Yarra Valley c/o - email@example.com Indulge Spa & Wellness Retreat - Yarra Valley
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From the Mayor’s Chair
Cr Lyn Gunter
As the year draws to a close it is time to reflect on our journey looking forward to a brighter future. February the 7th changed our lives forever. With the loss of family, friends and community we have become bonded together committed to the care of each other and the rebuilding of lives. The response from within and without to this tragedy has been truly amazing. Friendships have been made and continue to be made in the aftermath of the worst natural disaster we have experienced in this country. As individuals we have suffered each having a different but similar story. We have each undertaken what is right for ourselves and our families. For some it has meant living somewhere else and for others the job of rebuilding homes within their community. We accept these choices giving respect that everyone must do what they believe is right for them and their families. We know they will not be forgotten as they are and will remain forever part of our community wherever they choose to live. With Christmas approaching it will be a time of joy and also a time of remembering the happy times we have shared with family and friends even though some of them are not with us now as their memories can and will never be taken from us. As we near Christmas Day we know it may be difficult and so I ask those who are able to help a friend through this time to give whatever you are able remembering to take care of your family and of course yourself. My time as Mayor comes to a close at 6.00 am on the 9th of December. It has been an honour to have served this community as mayor several times and in the past year it has been a privilege to have served and represented this community through what has been the most difficult of times. I would like to thank all those who have encouraged and supported me in my role as there have been many times I could not have been able to continue without your help and support as the community spirit has been truly amazing and inspirational. We have and will continue to have our ups and down's but through it all we have each other and a burden shared is a burden halved. I pay tribute to all of the communities across the shire for their work and commitment of the past months knowing this commitment will continue to see us through to the rebuilding of a new future. Please let us remember those who are going through trying tough times this Christmas and New Year, we send you our thoughts and prayers for happier times now and in the future. I wish all residents all the very best for the Christmas and the New Year.
Trees Victoria launched by Minister Joe Helper Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Small Business, Mr. Joe Helper, launched Trees Victoria in a meeting in Treasury Gardens on Thursday 12th November. Trees Victoria is a new incorporated organisation, with the broad aim of providing a statewide forum for those interested in growing trees on private land. In launching Trees Victoria, Minister Helper recognised the role played by private forestry in the economic, environmental and social health of the State of Victoria. In response, the Chairperson of Trees Victoria, Dr. Tony Richardson, noted that direct investment in private forestry can be a useful component of a selfmanaged superannuation fund portfolio, but that such investment required the usual due diligence applied to all investments. He then released a Trees Victoria report on Risk Management: Investing in Growing Trees, a copy of which was presented to the Minister. A copy of the long-time classic, The Man who Planted Trees by Jean Giono, was also presented to the Minister. To conclude the event, the Minister then launched the Trees Victoria website (www.treesvictoria.com.au) which aims to become a portal for all issues dealing with growing trees on private land.
Caption: Minister for Agriculture and Small Business, Mr. Joe Helper (far left) addresses Trees Victoria Chair Dr. Tony Richardson (facing camera) and others in attendance at the Trees Victoria launch.
Thought for the Year 'Through tragedy we are triumphant enjoying a community spirit that cannot and will not be broken' Lyn Gunter
Bus Service Timetable Thursday – To Seymour Leave Hazeldene Store 8.55am Flowerdale Pub 9.00am Rec Reserve 9.10am Strath Creek 9.20am Arrive 10.00am Depart 12noon Friday – To Yea Leave Hazeldene Store Flowerdale Pub Rec Reserve Depart
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received the initial $10,000 payment as part of the $1.7 million Compassion and Bereavement package earlier this year to assist with urgent and immediate costs may be eligible for the Compassionate Financial Support. In cases where the family lost more than one family member, a single payment will be made but the Fund will consider special circumstances for additional support on a case-by-case basis. Children and young adults who lost one or both parents in the bushfires are already being supported through the Bereaved Children payment. “There will be many people who will not be eligible, but are no doubt suffering because of their loss,” Mr McNamara said. “However, the Panel felt it was important and appropriate to assist those most directly impacted by the loss. We feel this is the best way to reflect the intent of the donors who gave an unprecedented $386 million to the Fund.” To Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund has raised $387 million and $357 million has been allocated. A further $30 million is yet to be allocated with the Fund’s focus now on initiatives that support communities to rebuild.
MP WELCOMES NEW HELP FOR BUSHFIRE AFFECTED FAMILIES, YOUNG PEOPLE
THE Member for Seymour, Ben Hardman, welcomed the new $14 million Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund package that will provide support to people who lost immediate family in the 2009 Victorian fires and are suffering financial hardship. Mr Hardman said he was pleased that the package would include a new scholarship scheme to encourage affected students to pursue their studies. Appeal Fund chair Pat McNamara and Premier John Brumby today announced $10.9 million for a Compassionate Financial Support scheme to assist those who lost immediate family in the fires and $3 million to provide higher education scholarships to young people affected by the fires. Under the Compassionate Financial Support package immediate family members of the 173 people who tragically died in the Black Saturday and Gippsland fires and are in financial hardship as a result, may be eligible to receive an immediate grant of $25,000. Some individuals who are suffering extreme financial hardship may then be eligible for a further needs-based payment of up to $50,000. Mr McNamara said the support for the immediate family of the bereaved recognised that some families lost their primary breadwinner or had reduced capacity to earn an income because of trauma suffered post the Black Saturday fires. “You can never compensate someone for losing a husband, a wife, a child or a parent,” Mr McNamara said. “This new scheme recognises that many people who lost loved ones in the bushfires are not only suffering emotional distress but have, in some cases, been faced with large debts and little capacity to address that situation. “It is about trying to alleviate some of the anxiety associated with the financial hardship some of these people face and helps in the long-term recovery process.” Under the new $3 million Scholarship Program, scholarships of $15,000 per year will be provided for 66 students from towns and communities directly impacted by the fires who are financially constrained to undertake tertiary or vocational education from 2010 and beyond. The scholarships will help those students whose current financial capacity to undertake tertiary study is limited and who have the academic performance and ability to complete their chosen course of study. Further scholarships for students now in years 10 and 11 will be considered by the appeal fund in coming months. Mr Brumby congratulated the Bushfire Appeal Fund for its decision and said the scholarships would encourage more students in bushfire-affected areas to undertake tertiary education by assisting them with costs such as text books, transport, living and other expenses. “Victorians, Australians and people from across the world have donated so generously to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund and this latest decision strikes the right balance between targeting support to where it is needed most and reflecting the generosity in which the funds were donated,” Mr Brumby said. “These scholarships will provide more young people with a great opportunity to consider taking their studies further and alleviate the financial burden that may have been impacting on their decisions about their plans for 2010. “ Immediate family members, such as spouses and parents, who
SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS OPEN
BUSINESSES, community groups, schools, individuals and government agencies are now invited to enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards for 2010. The Member for Seymour, Ben Hardman, said this year’s awards were focussed on organisations and people who had worked hard to meet the sustainability challenge. “The Brumby Government sees it as important to recognise and acknowledge those people and organisations who have shown leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement on the challenge of sustainability,” Mr Hardman said. “The Brumby Government is taking action to work with the community and businesses to make sure Victoria has a sustainable future,” Mr Jennings said. This year’s awards include three new categories to recognise highperforming government and education enterprises as well as a large business award. The eight categories are small business; large business; community; products or services; built environment; local government, state government and tertiary education. There is also a Premier’s Recognition Award. Environment & Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings said businesses that become sustainable are more likely to have an economic advantage by adopting a triple bottom line that looks at financial, social and environmental costs. “Businesses can also create sustainable solutions through their influence with companies in the supply chain which in turn improve their sustainability and increase opportunities with consumers, suppliers and government,” he said. Information sessions will be held to help with the submission process. Submissions close mid February 2010. For entry details visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au
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Wednesday 10 am – 12.30pm At the Flowerdale Community Hall $2 .00 per family As Christmas draws near we must reflect on the huge year we have shared as a community. Initially we were desperate to find our friends and make sure they were ok. We wanted to find out where they were, how they were getting along and how could we support them. We believed strongly in sticking together no matter how many miles we were now separated by. Flowerdale Playgroup has always been a close knit group. We identified the need to connect with other mums to have a break from the isolation motherhood can sometime bring. We were used to seeing each other weekly and just helping each other out where we could. Like all groups in this small community Feb 7th brought big changes for playgroup. It took a long time to accept that things would never be the same again as we craved the comfort of what we once had before. We just wanted to be back at the Jarara Centre and walk in and be greeted by Tanya’s smiling face and welcoming arms. This year we have learnt a lot about comfort zones, how as humans we can cope with the unimaginable push to the outer limits of our comfort zones. Perhaps for many their comfort zone may have been abolished. For Flowerdale playgroup it meant leaving a lot behind and pushing forward. We walked way from Feb 7th with nothing and many of our friends we were so used seeing weekly had moved away. The question whether or not to continue never crossed our minds. It was important to keep going as we knew the need for a playgroup was important. .We began our year with a search for a location and has settled well into the Flowerdale Community Hall. Over the year we have been constantly supported by Playgroup Victoria, who recently won an award for its contribution to playgroups in bushfire affected communities. When the team from Playgroup Victoria visited they walked in and entertained our children while the mothers had a needed chat and often a cry. As a much smaller group we have worked hard to sort and shelve the many donations we received over the year. In term 4 we have run a music program with the very talented Helen Killen. The children have enjoyed keeping the rhythm and beat. The children have worked really hard on making decisions about sharing and taking turns. I believe we can not close the year with out saying a few words of thanks to: the staff at the Flowerdale Community House, to our maternal health nurse Heather Mc Carthy who is always there to help out, we have missed having Heather close by this year and look forward to being located closer to her in the future, to the staff at the Hub who always ready to help us out , and the staff at VBRRA and finally to the small group of mums who came every Wednesday with out fail , it is because of your commitment our playgroup at Flowerdale exists. As we are coming to the close of 2009 we hope everyone in the community is able to feel some happiness over the Christmas period and that 2010 brings a better year for all. And to finish up the year Flowerdale playgroup invites all pre schoolers to help us celebrate the end of the year: December 2nd & 8th Making Christmas Decorations (see Page4) December 9th December 16
Flowerdale Kinder are currently running a Recovery Raffle in an effort to raise funds for the on-going needs of the kinder. Prizes include:
One nights accommodation at Balgownie Estate – Yarra Valley An Akira Bright massage package at Piaf in Healesville A 45 minute massage at Indulge Retreat – Yarra Valley A chocolate and wine hamper
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Raffle tickets are available for purchase at Hazeldene general store, Flowerdale Hotel, Flying tarts, Pheasant Creek Fitness or you can contact Flowerdale Kinder on 57802020 to purchase tickets/books. Please support us by buying a ticket or 3.
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Junior Landcare will be holding a blackberry bash day 6th December to help eradicate some of our blackberry issues in our area.
The inaugural Flowerdale Blackberry Bash is set for 6th December. Peter Auty has met with Terry Hubbard, President of Strath Creek Landcare, and discussed funding for the project. Both Strath Creek Landcare and Peter (for Flowerdale Junior Landcare) have sent off Expressions of Interest for funding for spray chemicals. Peter has also met with Christine Glassford (CMA) and Peter Mitchell (DPI Broadford) and discussed the proposed Bash and funding sources. CMA has funding for weed control along waterways, and there may be some employment possibilities in this. DPI has funding for public land and minor roadways. What this means for our Bash is that we can focus on private land and adjacent areas such as the road and creek edges next to properties. The proposal for the Bash looks something like this: • We will concentrate on woody weeds such as blackberry, English broom and ivy. The area to be sprayed is from Coonan’s Bridge in the north to Wallaby Creek in the south, minor roadsides, private property and feeder creeks. As people express interest, a Work Engine will be established to coordinate activities. The Work Engine will set up locations for ‘depots’. These will be tanks of water and supplies of chemical, with one person with a ChemCert card to make sure correct mixes of chemical are used. • • • People who want to be part of the day will bring small sprayers (knapsacks, hand held sprays) to get them filled. We all work towards Moore’s Road Reserve, and when we get there we have a party (this is Flowerdale, after all). People who have been spraying will be asked to locate on a map of the valley where they have been working. This will allow MSC, DPI, CMA and the Flowerdale community to identify what has been done and what still remains.
FLOWERDALE BLACKBERRY BASH
We need to know who will be involved, so if you are interested, please contact Julie Bateman, 0418589072 or email@example.com with your name, address and what equipment you have. This will allow the Work Engine to better coordinate the day’s activities. Our community is in a pretty unique position here – the woody weeds have been given a real knock down by the fire, and we are in a position to keep them there. Many people have said that they had never seen large parts of the creek, due to weed infestation, and with a little work from a lot of people we can maintain this situation. People who want to be part of the Work Engine are asked to contact Peter Auty, 0422 867 949, firstname.lastname@example.org, or C/- P.O. Hazeldene, 3658, and we’ll set up a meeting to get this started.
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Sunday 6th December 2pm ish $100.00 prize Best flock’n’Muso act (No Jam Session in January) 12th December lunch time - Cadillac Car Club View some fancy Caddys Merry Christmas and a much deserved Happy New Year for 2010 from Viv, Steve, Steph, Jim, Scraps and staff. We will be open Christmas Day from 11.30am, closing at 1.00pm to spend time with our family.
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