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Healesville Community Renewable Energy Project (CoRE) is forging ahead with its focus on equitably delivering renewable energy projects to the community.
Achieving incorporation to make it easier to apply for grants is the next step for the group, which got off to a great start with a very well attended community gathering at The Memo in Healesville on 29 June.
“The attendance of 225-250 community members, with standing room only for latecomers, really says a lot about the interest in renewable energy in our town,” said Jeff Barlow, who called the meeting and is Healesville CoRE’s interim chair.
Thirty-six people have now formed a working group which meets fortnightly, with a similar number of volunteers in a broader Community Volunteers Group and a dozen or so professionals contributing their expertise in an Expert Reference Group.
On Sunday 17 September Healesville CoRE enthusiastically supported the Alternative Technology Association’s Sustainable House Day. Four local sustainable houses were on display as part of this national event.
They included an underground house in Steels Creek, two off-grid straw bale homes at Moora Moora Co-op on Mt Toolebewong, and a prototype off-grid tiny house from iCue Homes on display in the industrial estate in Healesville.
There was great interest in seeing how passive heating and cooling was incorporated into the design of the houses and their application of renewable energy systems. Several visitors were inspired to sign up to Healesville CoRE.
Small scale renewable projects – on houses, churches, schools – will be the initial focus of Healesville CoRE. The group envisages assisting through the provision of expertise and perhaps bulk buys of solar panels.
“We want as many people as possible to benefit,” said Jeff Barlow. “(It will be) a win for the individuals, a win for the community, a win for Australia and a win for the planet.”
Looking to the longer term, Healesville CoRE has commenced talks with Enova Community Energy to explore ways in which a community based power retailer could be established. The hope, says Jeff, is to give the community some control over its energy production and consumption and retain money in the community rather than send it to overseas shareholders.
Healesville CoRE is looking forward to hosting a visit on 2 November from energy efficiency expert Alan Pears. He will talk about conserving energy in the home and how to reduce energy consumption and bills. More information will be available closer to the date.
For further information about Healesville CoRE email email@example.com. New members are always welcome.
Emerald Museum will finally receive the services of a dedicated museum officer, with the announcement lauded as a win for the icon’s long-term sustainability.
Since opening in 1981, the museum has been run by a committee of management and a dedicated team of volunteers, who will now receive much-needed support in the day-to-day running of the museum.
The museum houses more than 3000 artefacts – including household items, photographs and agricultural machinery – and continues to undertake significant research projects.
Cardinia Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Owen, said council recognised the need for additional resources.
“The committee of management and team of volunteers have done a fantastic job over the years, collecting and cataloguing the many artefacts that make up its valuable collection of local history,” Cr Owen said.
“The position has been created in recognition of the significance of the contents of the museum, the resourcing needs to ensure its future sustainability and to support the volunteer committee.”
Volunteer and former committee member of 26 years, Chris Britton (nee A’Vard) – whose grandfather’s bullock team features in the museum – said the role would be a welcome resource.
“It’ll be of great benefit to the volunteers, both in terms of managing the museum and applying for grants … and all the official work that volunteers need support with,” she said.
“We have a lovely group of volunteers who dedicated time to come here, spending hours cataloguing and researching.
“This will be great for the future of the museum and planning with how we move forward.”
Emerald Museum committee of management member, Pauline Murphy, said they were thrilled to be receiving the support of a museum officer to help direct the museum’s activities into the future and ensure the sustainability of the collection.
“It will be wonderful to have a professional person to guide us and work in conjunction with our volunteers as we strive to make the museum the best it can be and attract more volunteers and more visitors,” she said.
A girl, 8, has died from the flu after being admitted to the Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully.
The girl was admitted to this hospital on the morning of Friday 15 September and died later that day.
The news of the girl’s death comes as part of what experts are saying is an outbreak of flu, with Victoria’s public and private hospitals reaching emergency capacities.
There have already been 13,000 flu cases in Victoria so far this year, nearly double last year’s figures.
The flu has already claimed the lives of several elderly people in Victoria this month when there was an outbreak at an aged care facility in Wangaratta.
Health Minister Jill Hennessy urged Victorians to be alert to symptoms and told 3AW that the death of the young girl was “one of the other very sad cases that we’ve seen this flu season”.
“We’re having a horrific flu season right up and down the entire eastern seaboard both in Queensland and NSW and Victoria; West Australia seems to be less affected than what we are, but we know we’ve had double the number of people with flu – flu notifications,” she told 3AW.
“This is an influenza strain that is able to impact the young, the elderly, the well and the unwell, and people should be really attentive to any symptoms of the flu that they might have.”
Victoria’s oldest and youngest are the most in danger, with those over 85 four times more likely to suffer from the flu than other adults, and under-5s falling ill in greater numbers than previous years.
Anyone feeling unwell is urged to act, go to the doctor, contact NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24 or call an ambulance in extreme cases.
GRAND FINAL PREVIEW
Olinda v Woori Yallock
Saturday 23 September at Yarra Glen Football Ground
Last time they met: Woori Yallock 16.11 (107) d Olinda Ferny Creek 12.7 (79)
In what is sure to be a well-attended and closely fought grand final, Olinda Ferny Creek hosts Woori Yallock in the Division 1 grand final.
Olinda Ferny Creek will be full of confidence, after ramming home a 96-point victory against Healesville last weekend, while Woori booked their place in the decider through their 28-point victory against their opponents on Saturday.
Olinda Ferny Creek has won four of its past five matches, while ladder-leader Woori has won five in succession.
This faultless block follows a stellar season for the Tigers, who finished as minor premiers on 60 points with a percentage of 189.13, while Olinda Ferny Creek finished behind them on second on 58 points with a percentage of 182.63.
Olinda Ferny Creek coach Brendan Donovan said the players have learnt their lesson from last year’s grand final loss and are looking forward to taking on Woori.
“I would like to know that the boys can do better than last year,” he said.
“We will be best for the experience of last year. We learnt a lot.”
Donovan believes that his players are capable of playing elite footy; however, they need to be able to stay in the game when momentum is not going their way.
“We have had our ups and downs this year,” he said.
“Our best footy is good, but we need to stay in the game when things aren’t going our way.”
As Olinda prepares to better the result from last year, Woori Yallock is coming into the grand final fresh after one week’s rest following their semi-final victory.
According to coach Barry Macdonald the players are well-prepared coming into this weekend’s match.
“It’s a balance between excited and nervous,” he said.
“We trained on the weekend, and trained on Tuesday night primed and ready to go.”
The Woori Yallock coach said he was excited for his players this weekend.
“I’m excited for the challenge against Olinda,” he said.
“This is the biggest challenge of the year and our preparation couldn’t get any better.
“I really believe we are human and we enjoy these moments and hopefully the boys can get a victory come Saturday.”
GRAND FINAL PREVIEW
Olinda Ferny Creek v Woori Yallock
Saturday 23 September, at Yarra Glen Football Ground
Last time these two teams met: Olinda Ferny Creek 71 d Woori Yallock 41
Olinda Ferny Creek takes on Woori Yallock in the Division 1 netball grand final at Yarra Glen on Saturday.
Olinda will be looking to secure the premiership after finishing runners-up to Wandin last year, while Woori Yallock will be striving for their first premiership in the Division 1 competition.
Olinda Ferny Creek booked a place in this year’s grand final after they defeated Woori Yallock by 30 goals in the semi-final, while Woori secured a narrow two-goal victory over Wandin to meet their semi-final opponents in the grand final.
Olinda has won all of its past five matches, while Woori Yallock has won three of its past five matches.
Olinda finished the strongest out of the two teams on 72 points, with a percentage of 215.16, while Woori Yallock finished in third position with a percentage of 161.28.
Woori Yallock coach Sarah Hogan said the girls are excited to be playing in the grand final against last year’s runners-up, after their narrow win against Wandin in the preliminary final.
“We are all pretty excited, with all the footy players playing in the grand final,” she said.
“They were feeling pretty proud from the Wandin win. It made them feel comfortable to play with players that were more experienced than them.”
The Woori Yallock coach said she is excited for the challenge ahead against Olinda.
“I am already stoked at what the girls have achieved this year,” she said.
“To have three sides in a grand final; it’s pretty exciting.”
Scoring 890 goals for the year, Peri Stewart will be one to watch come this weekend’s grand final.
Olinda Ferny Creek netball co-ordinator Matthew Blanchard said Stewart had played a pivotal role in Olinda’s success this season and expected her to fire this weekend.
“Peri has been a remarkable story after coming from a serious car accident in 2014,” he said.
“She has really improved in the last few years and this year she has fitted in nicely up forward.
“We expect her to fire for us in the ring alongside Tess Linkins and Ashlee Howard.”
Blanchard said the girls went out to Woori last weekend and were prepared for their challenge against their respective opponents in the grand final.
“Girls went out to Woori to watch them in the prelim final. On Monday night we had a light training session and talked game tactics,” he said.
“We are looking forward to the challenge come Saturday.”
AFL YARRA RANGES
Division 1 Seniors
Healesville 24.9(153) d Wandin 10.9(69)
Healesville live to breathe another day and will take on Olinda Ferny Creek in the Preliminary Final next week, while Wandin’s season is all over. Wandin got the early lead in the first quarter, kicking 4.4 to 2.4, but that was the only time they led. Healesville piled on 9.2 to a single goal in the second term and the lead was now in Healesville’s favour by 38 points at half-time. Healesville slammed on another 9.3 to two behinds in the third quarter and it was well and truly game over. Wandin outscored Healesville in the last, kicking 5.3 to four goals but the damage was done and it was all over for Wandin.
Healesville Goals: S. Gordon 9, R. Woodford 3, A. Davies 2, M. Jeffery 2, N. Aldridge 2, D. Anderson 2, S. Donkin 1, C. Warren 1, D. Plozza 1, J. Shaw 1
Best: S. Gordon, T. Costigan, M. Jeffery, P. Connell, B. Murphy, C. Warren.
Wandin Goals: J. Smith 2, R. Ross 2, N. Molnar 1, B. Foley 1, M. Polkinghorne 1, H. Byrne 1, D. Stephen 1, J. Chamberlain 1.
Best: J. Ladner, R. Ross, J. Smith, N. Molnar, J. James, H. Byrne.
Woori Yallock 16.11(107) d Olinda Ferny Creek 12.7(79)
Woori Yallock have justified their minor premiership status and have progressed straight into the Grand Final after accounting for Olinda Ferny Creek, which will now take on Healesville again next week in the Preliminary Final. Olinda Ferny Creek got the early break, kicking 5.1 to 3.3 in the first term and had a lead of 10 points. Woori Yallock bounced back in the second quarter with 4.3 to 2.1 and they snatched the lead at half-time by four points. Woori Yallock had most of the play in the third term and held Olinda to 1.1, but managed 4.3 themselves and their lead was now 24 points. It was a bit of a goal feast in the last but Woori Yallock maintained control with 5.2 to Olinda’s 4.4.
Woori Yallock Goals: K. Busoli 6, B. Monkhorst 3, H. Smith 1, J. Williams 1, R. Allen 1, J. Matthews 1, Z. Monkhorst 1, S. Kennedy 1, B. Arnold 1.
Best: K. Busoli, C. Smedley, R. Monkhorst, H. Smith, B. Monkhorst, B. Arnold.
Olinda Ferny Creek Goals: J. Charge 4, M. Bonuda 3, D. Wilson 1, L. Taylor 1, B. Walter 1, J. Rankin 1, K. Currie 1.
Best: D. Wilson, J. Charge, M. Bonuda, M. Hottes, C. Beattie, N. Syme.
Division 1 Reserves
Wandin 3.12(30) d Mount Evelyn 4.3(27)
In a low-scoring affair, Wandin have held on to take on Healesville next week in a Preliminary Final, while Mount Evelyn’s season has ended. Wandin got the early lead kicking only 1.4 but Mount Evelyn could only manage a single behind. Mount Evelyn rallied in the second term kicking two goals to Wandin’s 1.4 and the lead was seven points at half time to Wandin. The game tightened up even more in the third quarter with Wandin only managing four behinds to Mount Evelyn’s 1.1 and the margin was four points to Wandin. The last quarter was another low scoring 20 minutes with one goal apiece being kicked but Wandin snuck home by just three points.
Wandin Best: T. Adamson, S. Berner, M. Shanks, C. Foley, N. Crossland, A. Wisby.
Mount Evelyn Best: B. Maynard, R. Toughill, J. Arthur, L. Francis, M. Holly, J. Grimwood.
Olinda Ferny Creek 14.4(68) d Healesville 3.8(26)
Olinda Ferny Creek have earned themselves a week’s break after winning today and are heading into a Grand Final. Healesville have another chance and will take on Wandin next week in a do or die game. Olinda Ferny Creek got the early advantage by six points at quarter time. They were impressive in the second quarter kicking 4.1 to just two behinds and their lead had blown out to 29 points. Olinda held Healesville goalless in the third term but kicked two goals and their lead was now 41 points. They really opened it up in the last kicking five goals to 1.3 and look forward to the break.
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: G. Stevens, C. Eade, H. Greenall, B. Telford, B. Shaw, M. Harris.
Healesville Best: C. Barclay, R. Saric-Skewes, B. Wright, R. Hay, G. Mason, T. Sund.
Healesville 12.12(84) d Upwey-Tecoma 10.9(69)
Healesville Best: M. Minney, S. Gommers, C. Wright, E. Muke, K. Brown, J. Neumann.
Upwey-Tecoma Best: N. Duckworth, S. Gibby, A. Bartils, A. Grenda, D. Wilson, B. Mercer.
Wandin 10.9(69) d Woori Yallock 3.1(19)
Wandin Best: B. Stokes, R. Smith, L. Bell, S. Barrand, T. Garner.
Woori Yallock Best: S. Burnside, J. Smith, P. Jenkin, J. Gray, J. Irwin, M. Anderson.
Division 2 Seniors
Belgrave 16.18(114) d Powelltown 8.7(55)
Belgrave are heading into a Grand Final next Saturday at Woori Yallock against Yarra Glen after a very healthy 59-point win. Belgrave peppered the goals in the first term with six scoring shots to three but their lead was only three points. Powelltown then slammed on 4.1 to 2.1 and the lead was the Demons by nine points. Belgrave came out after half-time and kicked 6.3 to 3.2 to again reverse the lead back to them by 10 points. Belgrave completely dominated in the last, holding Powelltown to just two behinds while they had all the play and piled on 7.9 to win in very impressive fashion.
Belgrave Goals: M. Johnson 3, L. Foreman 3, J. Schill 2, Y. Curtis 1, J. Brown 1, T. Marks 1, M. Noy 1, T. Stubley 1, N. Somervaille 1, M. Brown 1, J. McDermott 1.
Best: T. Stubley, M. Johnson, M. Brown, P. Gough, C. Power, J. Webb.
Powelltown Goals: D. Rees 3, D. Roy 2, L. Middlemast 1, S. Carter 1, B. Jackson 1.
Best: J. Rohan, W. Dore, L. Middlemast, R. McCrimmon, J. Walker, M. McArthur.
Divison 2 Reserves
Powelltown v Yarra Glen
Yarra Glen has made their way into next week’s Grand Final at Woori Yallock and will take on Belgrave for the chance to make it back-to-back premierships.
Yarra Glen Best: W. Goodwin, J. Derksen, D. Howard, R. D’Argent, B. Byrne, B. Hart.
Powelltown Best: B. Traynor, C. Betka, D. Saunderson, R. Goodinson, C. Ladewig, J. Dobson.
Division 1 A Grade
Wandin 40 d Warburton Millgrove 36
Wandin will progress into a Preliminary Final next week after beating Warburton Millgrove in a close one on Saturday. Wandin got the early jump shooting 10 goals to four in the first quarter. Karly Wappett was a lone force under the ring for Warburton in the second term shooting 10 goals and the margin was reduced to four. The third quarter was a tight affair with both sides shooting 11 goals. The last term gave neither side an advantage as it was all tied up at again at 11 goals each and the margin remained at four goals.
Wandin Best: Tayissa Coppinger, Carly McDonnell, Charlotte Sparkes.
Warburton-Millgrove Best: Kellie Davidson, Karly Wappett, Tatum Summers.
Division 1 B Grade
Monbulk Hawks 50 d Wandin 32
Monbulk Hawks Best: Sara Zachariah, Tahlia Northey, Tiana Mancarella.
Wandin Best: Tash Halton, Sophie Hennessey, Danielle Smith.
Division 1 C Grade
Warburton-Millgrove 29 d Olinda Ferny Creek 22
Warburton-Millgrove Best: Jacqueline Darwell, Morgan Moran, Samantha Hansen.
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: Alana Wallis, Adrienne Oates, Tess Gellie.
Division 1 D Grade
Warburton-Millgrove 29 d Woori Yallock 17
Warburton-Millgrove Best: Peta Adams, Courtney McLean, Teagan Adams.
Woori Yallock Best: Sophie Young, Cassidy McInnes, Alexandra McInnes.
Semi Final 2
Division 1 A Grade
Olinda Ferny Creek 71 d Woori Yallock 41
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: Alice Paget, Ashlee Howard, Krista Tomlinson.
Woori Yallock Best: Casey Barnes. Jasmine Evans, Sarah Hogan.
Division 1 B Grade
Woori Yallock 48 d Olinda Ferny Creek 35
Woori Yallock Best: Mia Sudomirski, Alana McGurgan, Kelsey Eslick.
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: Rhiannon Pendleton, Jacqui Carr, Samantha Smith.
Division 1 C Grade
Wandin 32 d Woori Yallock 28
Wandin Best: Holly McInerney, Alanna Lennie, Brooke Smith.
Woori Yallock Best: Abbie Barnes, Kimberley Williams, Ellie VanDerWesthuizen.
Division 1 D Grade
Wandin 28 d Olinda Ferny Creek 25
Wandin Best: Emily Corbett, Alicia Kay, Lauren Ball.
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: Leah Cody, Abbie Gunn, Nicole Millwood.
Healesville 27 d Olinda Ferny Creek 26
Healesville Best: Lara Wandin-Collins, April Coleman, Casey Wandin-Collins.
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: Kirsten Andrich, Ashlynn McClelland, Molly O’Bryan.
Woori Yallock 29 d Wandin 24
Woori Yallock Best: Mia Sudomirski, Alana McGurgan, Abbie Barnes.
Wandin Best: Olivia Speelmeyer, Madison Rouget, Bethany Cross.
Division 2 A Grade
Yarra Glen 45 d Kinglake 39
Yarra Glen will take on Belgrave in the Grand Final next week after beating Kinglake by six goals. Kinglake got the early lead shooting 11 goals to seven in the first quarter. Yarra Glen turned it around in the second term, shooting 12 goals to nine but Kinglake held the slimmest of leads by one goal at half-time. Yarra Glen fired up in the third quarter, holding Kinglake to just six goals and shot 15 themselves to snatch the lead by eight goals at three-quarter time. Kinglake challenged in the last shooting 13 goals to 11 but the third quarter blowout proved their undoing.
Yarra Glen Goals: Georgia Taylor 29, Nicole Moate 16.
Best: Stacey Moate, Nicole Moate, Edana Lacey.
Kinglake Goals: Samantha Goggins 22, Jade White 9, Laura Atkins 8.
Best: Samantha Goggins, Paige Stanley, Kylie Wyatt.
Division 2 B Grade
Yea 46 d Alexandra 45
Yea Best: Cindy Newcomen, Rhiannon Aldous, Lauren Cronk.
Alexandra Best: Olivia Twining, Shona Gesler, Hana Duldig.
Division 2 C Grade
Kinglake 36 d Yea 29
Kinglake Best: Lauren McMahon, Errin White, Stacey Chalmers.
Yea Best: Ruby O’Dwyer, Emily Aldous, Fiona Purvis.
Division 2 D Grade
Belgrave 29 d Yea 20
Belgrave Best: Justine DeGraaf, Emily Dowling, Krystal Hammond.
Yea Best: Leisa Peters, Sarah Lobley, Rhiannon Apted.
‘Celtic Illusion’ makes a spectacular return to Healesville on Saturday, 7 October, with a new show at The Memo.
An upbeat fusion of magic and Irish dance, Celtic Illusion is the creation of Healesville local Anthony Street, renowned as one of Australia’s most talented performers.
Anthony joined Bilton Irish Dance School in Healesville at 14 and after a time with the Australian Irish Dance Company in Melbourne joined Michael Flatley’s famous ‘Lord of the Dance’ spectacular as a lead dancer.
Showcasing a stellar cast of champion and internationally-acclaimed dancers, including performers from both Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, Celtic Illusion offers some of the fastest taps in the world as the dancers’ thunderous rhythm fills the stage in perfect unison.
Celtic Illusion made its Australian premiere in 2011 and has played to sell out audiences across the country, in New Zealand in 2016 and is headed for Hong Kong later this year. Meanwhile, Anthony is looking forward to presenting the show in his home-town.
“It’s a family show for all ages,” he said.
“You have that fusion of Irish dance and the magic of grand illusion.”
Visit www.celticillusion.com for more about the group.
To book tickets for the matinee or evening show visit www.culturetracks.info or call 1300 368 333.
Winner of the “Best Aboriginal Act of the Year” at 2016’s The Age Music Victoria Awards, Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter, Benny Walker is visiting the Dandenong Ranges to unveil his latest EP at the Upwey Skylark Room on 6 October.
Hailing from regional Victoria, Benny Walker has performed alongside some of Australia’s finest songwriters including Archie Roach, Blue King Brown, Tim Rogers and Vika and Linda Bull.
As a proud Yorta Yorta man, who grew up playing in the bush and swimming in the Murray River, Benny holds strong to the premise that he creates music, and dedicates the majority of his time to touring, simply because he is drawn to it.
This is imbued in his love songs and epic tales which are mixed with passion for the land, the people, and summer vibes.
Although taking a short break from song-writing, Benny is now back with a new sound which, while different, is no less impressive.
The latest offering from Benny Walker, called Undercover, all started with the track ‘Oh No You Don’t’, a song of reflection and of Benny moving forward personally.
His latest single “Ghost” is part of the EP release and is a groovy, soulful number with silky smooth vocals and a powerful message.
Never one to shy away from the bigger picture, Benny’s EP also addresses racism and the experiences he himself has been through as an Indigenous person.
“Jan and I are both big fans of old blues and soul music, so we used those influences as the platform for the EP,” Benny said.
‘Stay In My Arms’, ‘Save’ and ‘Without You’ are turbulent love songs, ‘Ghost’ is politically charged, whilst ‘Undercover Of My Skin’ speaks of living as an Aboriginal Australian with lighter skin and the experience of blatant racism either directed at me or indirectly as they were unaware of my heritage.”
Benny has taken to the road as part of his solo tour titled Wine Women and Sou,l which is playing at smaller more intimate venues where Benny can engage with the audience and switch between guitar and piano to soulfully highlight his new songs.
Benny will play at the Upwey Skylark room on 6 October.
Yarra Ranges’ young people will have some great opportunities to have fun and hang out with friends at the Yarra Ranges Council’s holiday activities from 23 September to 8 October.
Dance, mindfulness and game design workshops, laser tag, futsal and coffee making are just some of the activities on offer throughout the school holidays.
Discover the Indigenous roots of Aussie Rules at Healesville, including making your own costume pieces for the Marn Grook Ball.
Council’s Spring 2017 Youth Holiday Program provides activities for young people aged 12-17 who live, work or study in the Yarra Ranges.
Each young person can book up to three activities and transport is provided.
Go online to find out more about dance loops (25 September) at Sherbrooke; laser tag (25 September at Chirnside Park; futsal (28 September) at Mount Evelyn; game design (2 October) at Lilydale; the art of coffee (3 October) at Mount Evelyn; self care (4 October) at Belgrave South; cosplay and create (5 October) at Upwey and What is Marn Grook? (6 October) and Healesville.
See event details and book early and pay online to get secure your place at yarraranges.vic.gov.au/youthholidayprogram or call 1300 368 333.