The Burrinja Cultural Centre will receive its biggest facelift since the performing arts redevelopment in 2011, thanks to a $1.25 million funding boost.
The redevelopment is expected to be completed by mid to late 2019 and will include major refurbishments to the building, including the foyer and circulation space, artist studios, social gathering area and gallery space.
In addition, plans include the delivery of a new kitchen, cafe venue and foyer bar, and accessible public amenities.
As it stands, that section of the centre has been described as ‘disconnected’, ‘tired’ and ‘ad hoc’.
Monbulk MP James Merlino visited Upwey on Tuesday 5 December to announce the Growing Suburbs Fund grant for the redevelopment.
Burrinja Cultural Centre executive director Ross Farnell said the work would fulfil a long-held ambition for many.
“It’s something we always wanted to achieve, but never had the budget when the theatre redevelopment opened in 2011,” he said.
“This will allow us to open up the space and make use of the fantastic northern lighting. Presently, it has very ‘pokey’ corridors that go nowhere; we really want to open it up and enhance the experience for patrons and artists.
“The works will allow us to do what we do now, but better. Over time, we’re hoping more and more people will choose to visit Burrinja.”
As well as creating better spaces for studio artists, Mr Farnell said the redevelopment could potentially open up more space for casual artists.
Mr Merlino acknowledged the centre is a significant community hub in the Dandenong Ranges, which uses art to facilitate social bonding and inclusion.
“The Burrinja Cultural Centre is a great part of the Upwey community and it’s great to be able to support these much-needed restorations,” he said.
“This is a place where all members of our diverse, vibrant community can come together and develop long-lasting bonds from a young age.”
The anticipated Ridge Walk project continues to gather momentum, with calls for further funding and an extensive study planned.
The 14km walking trail will connect villages in the Dandenong Ranges via a series of pathways and networks, running through Ferny Creek, Sassafras, Olinda, Mount Dandenong and Kalorama.
The $5.8 million project will enable people to more easily walk the area, encouraging exercise and reducing traffic.
Another objective is to help make walking around the locality more interesting through highlighting the local places of historical and cultural interest.
Yarra Ranges Council has engaged with Bronywn Hanna History and Heritage, which will produce a cultural study that investigates the historically significant relationship between art and landscape.
The study, which highlights works by some of Australia’s most significant artists who drew inspiration from the Dandenong Ranges, will contribute to council’s approach to developing potential public art and heritage signage along the track.
Council Director of Social and Economic Development, Ali Wastie, said the study would set the overall narrative and drive the development of Council’s Ridge Walk Masterplan.
“Works from about 80 artists who lived and worked in the area will influence elements of the Ridge Walk design and potential commissioned artworks,” Ms Wastie said.
Council said the project will connect townships in the Dandenong Ranges and support the exploration of art, landscape and culture.
The Dandenongs appear in iconic artwork by Eugene Von Guerard, William Barak, Fredrick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton.
Indigenous artist Lin Onus worked and painted in the area.
Fred Williams, who lived in Upwey and painted the Upwey landscape series, is known as one of the 20th century’s major landscape painters.
Study author Bronwyn Hanna said it was hard to think of any place outside of Australia’s metropolitan centres with such an impressive array of creative achievement as that of the Dandenong Ranges.
Meanwhile, La Trobe MP Jason Wood recently called on the Victorian Government to join the Federal Government in committing funds for the project.
In a speech to federal parliament, Mr Wood spoke of the benefits of the project.
“This project is also of great personal importance to me, given my commitment to create local jobs, along with supporting our community to keep active and healthy,” Mr Wood said.
“In 2016, the Turnbull Government made an election commitment of $2.5 million towards the project’s total $5.78 million cost.
“Now all that remains is for the State Labor to come to the table with a similar show of support.”
Mr Wood said it will have minimal environmental impact on the natural vegetation and will offer benefits not only to local residents, but also to the three million tourists who flock to the region each year.
Opportunities to learn more about the project and provide feedback are expected to take place in mid-February next year.
Police are investigating a road rage incident in Tremont that left a woman stranded on her way to picking up a family member from hospital.
Investigators have been told that the woman was travelling in a Kia hatchback along Devils Elbow towards Ferntree Gully, on Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, shortly before 2.30pm on 12 December.
It is understood a male cyclist unhappy with her driving stopped near the car, reached inside the driver’s side window and took the keys from the ignition.
He then threw them down an embankment and into bushland, leaving the driver stranded as she was unable to find the keys.
The driver, who was on her way to collect her mother from hospital and had her disabled child in the car, was unable to find the keys and police said it was matter of hours before they managed to locate them in the bush below Devils Elbow.
“Just by pure luck we found them … it was a matter of hours,” Belgrave police Acting Sergeant Damian Johnston said.
Act Sgt Johnston said that according to the information provided the driver had stopped with the intention of making amends for her driving.
Though he said the cyclist still acted wrongly and police would like to speak with him.
“At this point of time the ID of the cyclist is unknown and we’d like to have a chat with him,” Act Sgt Johnston said.
The cyclist was wearing orange, red and yellow lycra.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or may have information regarding the cyclist’s identity to come forward.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Belgrave police on 9754 6677 or alternatively contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
Murrindindi Shire has some of the country’s most scenic camping grounds with Cathedral Range State Park being named in The Culture Trip Top 7 best campsites in Victoria.
Although it has beautiful picturesque sites, Murrindindi Shire Council’s Environment and Climate Change Portfolio councillor Bec Bowles is warning holiday-goers to camp within designated camping grounds.“Murrindindi Shire has so much to offer our visitors, but we do ask anyone considering camping here to only pitch their tents in our designated camping grounds. There are several reasons we need to ensure people stay at designated camping grounds,” Cr Bowles said.
“Firstly, we need to reduce any fire risks in the shire and an unattended campfire has the potential to get out of control very quickly.
“You may also be in danger if there is an emergency nearby, like a bushfire, because emergency response agencies like Victoria Police simply won’t know you’re there,” she said.
“We also need to ensure people have access to proper toilet facilities – no one wants the risk of human waste polluting our pristine creeks and waterways.
“Illegal campers often don’t consider the risk associated with camping under, or near big old trees.
“They look wonderful, and the idea of camping under an old river gum is lovely, but these trees are also called ‘widow makers’ as they are known to drop branches without warning.
“Only our designated camping ground managers regularly check their trees and will often restrict access to areas where there are any identified risks to campers’ health and safety.”
Cr Bowles said campers would usually set-up tents beside creeks, near bridges and the popular illegal camping destinations tend to be around the Eildon Pondage, in Buxton, Taggerty, as well as through the Flowerdale, Strath Creek, Glenburn and Murrindindi areas.
“We have such fabulous camping grounds in the shire; they have plenty of space and facilities, and I highly recommend using them to ensure you maximise your experience of our shire.”
Cr Bowles suggested campers tap into Parks Victoria’s resources – www.parkweb.vic.gov.au.
The Yarra Ranges seems to have escaped any major damage, after more than 150mm of rain fell on the region from Friday 1 December to Sunday 3 December.
As flooding from the three-day December storms subsided over the last week, extensive inspections of the damage took place, with council reporting only minimal impact.
Thankfully, no reports of damage to houses were reported to either the municipal recovery manager or Yarra Ranges Council’s building surveyor.
Yarra Ranges Council chief executive officer, Glenn Patterson, said there were no reports of damage to any council assets.
“We had prepared for the weekend by distributing messages from agencies, such as VICSES, to the community and placing 31 employees on standby for the storms,” Mr Patterson said.
“We received more than 125 road and drain-related requests and 25 tree-related requests over the weekend, with Healesville, Mount Evelyn and Upwey some of the most affected areas.
“We are still assessing the impact of the weather on reserves and community infrastructure, such as roads and footpaths, along with business and tourism, including our local farms.”
Mr Patterson praised local emergency services, council employees and community member for their efforts in preparing and responding to the storm.
Meanwhile, Liberal candidate for Evelyn, Bridget Vallence, took to the skies to inspect the damage from a different vantage-point.
“This was a great opportunity to get a better perspective on the flooding, so I can better communicate with growers and emergency services,” Ms Vallence said.
“You could see the many estuaries were overflowing and running off, and there were brown patches where the water had been.”
Ms Vallence said fruit growers in the region had experienced some impact, but much less than had been anticipated.
She said strawberry growers had ramped up their picking efforts, as they forecast for heavy rains became clearer.
There were some reports of damage to cherry production locally.
A new parcel of land, a historical book and an intricate mural are the newest additions to the Yellingbo Conservation Reserve announced on Friday 8 December.
The announcements coincided with the 150-year anniversary since ornithologist John Gould named the helmeted honeyeater, and the 50-year anniversary since the Yellingbo reserve was opened in 1967, to help repopulate helmeted honeyeater and lowland Leadbeater’s possum numbers.
Local member for Monbulk and Minister for Education and Emergency Services James Merlino attended the announcement at Yellingbo reserve and commended the purchasing of the new land as a great example of teamwork.
“This is really a partnership -The Victorian Government, Federal Government, Trust for Nature, the local communities … it is a great example of government, the community and organisations all working together, Mr Merlino said.
The new parcel, aptly called Burrungma Biik, a Wurundjeri word meaning misty lands is 2.3 hectares in size and once revegetated will be able to sustain 24 – 30 of the birds.
Ben Cullen, of Trust for Nature which contributed publicly raised funds to purchase the extra 2.3ha of the Yellingbo Reserve, hoped numbers could rise to 250 in two years.
“They have lost a lot of their habitat, so we’ve been trying to find ways to protect and retain the swampy, flood plain land they favour,” Mr Cullen said.
To celebrate the important two anniversaries, a mural of the state faunal emblem, the helmeted honeyeater was painted onto the large depot shed at Yellingbo and a book detailing the history of Yellingbo reserve was also created.
Bruce Quinn DELWP senior ornithologist said breeding numbers of helmeted honeyeater had eclipsed previous year’s records, and he was confident the new land would help continue that trend.
“We have confirmed a record number of breeding pairs … 33 breeding pairs, but there still may be more to confirm – this has already eclipsed the previous record.”
“The total population is around 200 birds … but what we are really encouraged by is that the birds are moving away from the supplementary feeding areas and breeding successfully – that may be as a result of habitat improvement.”
“Things are looking really good for next breeding season,” he said.
YARRA RANGES ATHLETICS
Yarra Ranges Athletics had four club athletes compete at Australian Schools Championships in Adelaide over the last week.
Georgia Laven and Tayleb Willis were competing in the Australian All Schools Championships.
Georgia competed in the 16 Girls 1500m on Saturday finishing fifth in 4.35.96s.
On Sunday, Georgia competed in the Under 16 Girls 800m running a fantastic 2.10.96s to claim the bronze medal.
Tayleb did not qualify for the final of the 16 Boys 100m hurdles on Saturday, but performed better on Sunday to miss bronze by a mere .24 of a second, eventually finishing sixth in 26.94s.
Tayleb stormed home in the 200m hurdles to finish sixth in 26.94s.
Earlier in the week, Maddie Laven and Indi Linde competed in the Pacific School Games with Maddie recording a PB when finishing 6th in the 12 Girls 1500 with a time of 4.50.84, Indi finished ninth in the same race with a PB of 4.57.78.
Maddie also competed in the 800m finishing 10th in 2.26.91.
After a miserable weekend in Victoria last week where all athletics competitions were cancelled due forecast rain, the weather subsided enough for Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes to compete this weekend.
The Little Athletics athletes enjoyed their first championship round of the season with a multi event round.
This Friday will be the final round of Little Athletics for 2017.
A modified Twilight program starting from 6pm with the chance of a special visitor during the evening.
The seniors will also be competing on Friday night with the last round of AV Shield for 2017 held at Lakeside Stadium.
Online entries close at noon on Wednesday.
For results, news, photos and more, visit www.yarrarangesathletics.org.au or check out the Facebook page.
YARRA VALLEY CRICKET ASSOCIATION
After having to wait an extra week for cricket to arrive again, due to torrential rains last weekend, cricketers around the Yarra Valley were champing at the bit to resume the cut and thrust of the season.
With two day games being cut down to one day in the competition’s top grades, victories would prove crucial in establishing ladder positions.
The game of the round in DJ Strachan Shield had to be between the top two performed teams this season, Mount Evelyn and Yarra Junction, and the game didn’t fail to deliver.
On their home deck, Mount Evelyn batted first, and it was in-form opener Daniel Giblin (51) who set the pace for the home team.
With Nick Bark (2/26) removing his partner in crime, Jesse Fraser, in a brilliant spell of bowler, Giblin set about the task giving his team the best part possible. A 62-run partnership with Gareth Fraser had the Mounters humming along nicely.
Jesse Cook (3/52) and Terry Ottrey combined for an excellent partnership of bowling that netted three wickets and put the breaks on the Mount Evelyn innings.
Mount Evelyn captain Kane Jones (32) threatened, but the remainder of the batting line up had to scratch and scrape for their runs and eventually their innings was closed at 7/157, a decent total, but one that was very much attainable.
Yarra Junction made a brisk start courtesy of openers Andy Wear and Andy Taylor, and they were able to maintain their momentum despite some tidy bowling from the home side.
Brad and Kane Jones were able to keep things tight, but Wear stood firm on his way to a half century.
The innings proved to be a real arm wrestle as Yarra Junction stood firm against some disciplined bowling.
With a dash for the total on the horizon, Wear lost his wicket, and the Eagles gradually slipped off the required rate, courtesy of some well executed late bowling from Chad Witherdin (4/29) and Gareth Fraser.
The Eagles were still within reach of the total late into the innings, but just couldn’t muster the big over required to break the Mounters’ back. In the end they fell agonisingly nine runs short in a brilliant contest.
Yarra Glen and Healesville also played out a close game at Queen’s Park.
Yarra Glen’s season has been built upon their experienced bats at the top of the order, and Brendan Ricci, Andy Cowan and John O’Donnell all threatened to break the contest early.
Unfortunately, none of them were able to convert positive starts into a match defining innings.
With the innings well set for a fast finish, Dermott Fry (5/37) kept the middle order in check with an excellent spell of bowling just when his team needed it.
The Riverpigs were able to keep the scoreboard ticking over, but not with the gusto they had anticipated. In the end the final total was 9/167, which could’ve been much more, but considering Healesville’s batting woes this season, looked to be enough to enjoy lunch without to many worries.
Healesville have battled for consistency with the bat this season, but looked determined to give themselves every opportunity to chase the score. Openers Brenton Damrow and Michael Jackson cautiously kept things intact early, and despite an early wicket, the inform Jayden Lawry entered the fray assuredly.
Yarra Glen matched the Bloods patience, and wickets to Richard Ellisdon (2/27) and Jimmy Lusk (3/46) had almost broken the Bloods with the score at 4/66 and a wobbly tail sitting in wait. Jayden Lawry stood firm, and found a valuable ally in Liam Daly. Not only were the pair able to stem the flow of wickets, but they were able to up the ante on a flagging run rate.
At 4/130, the wheel had certainly turned in the Bloods favour with 38 runs needed with seven overs remaining.
Lawry fell for an excellent 61, but Daly fought on.
Yarra Glen needed a match winner, and it was the spin of Andy Cowan (4/46) that would prove to be the difference as he cut a swathe through Healesville’s lower order with guile as they tried to put him to the sword in the final throws of the contest.
Cowan bowled his side to victory as the home side were left six runs short of victory with still two overs in the bank.
Yarra Glen’s season keeps ticking on, whilst a devastated Healesville would be ruing an opportunity to close the gap in the top four.
In the final contest in Strachan Shield, Warburton-Millgrove did what they needed to secure victory against a gallant Seville. The Burras batted first and battled to gain total ascendency against the Blues.
The home side had contributors right throughout their innings without any batsman going on to take control of the match.
Carl Morgan (32) and Liam Barnard (31) were their team’s top contributors with their innings built on a series of partnerships that added to a final total of 7/187, a final total they would be well pleased with.
Jake McInnes (3/45) proved to be the surprise packet with the ball as he led a spirited Blues performance with the ball.
After a bleak start to the season with the bat, Seville have turned things around in recent weeks.
A more determined display this week gave them an opportunity to stay in this contest for a long time.
A useful partnership between Toby Spargo (55) and Jake McInnes (39) gave the innings some early momentum in which it required.
The Burras, however, weren’t about to let this slip, and their bowlers, led by captain Daniel Lever (4/33) ensured their wouldn’t be too many wobbles defending the total. In the end, Seville were bowled out for 151.
Not a disappointing effort with the bat, but still one that left them short on the scoreboard.
In RA Finger Trophy action, Hoddles Creek proved that they can match it with the top four, despite narrowly losing to top of the table Coldstream.
Coldstream batted first, and just could flex their collective muscle against a disciplined Wombats attack.
Contributions from Stephen Phillips (38) and Dean Oliffe (28) looked to be steering the Crocs in the right direction, but the momentum of their innings was continually thwarted by regular wickets.
Simon McLachlan (2/14) and David Rowe (2/30) led a displined performance from the Wombats attack at they managed to keep the home side to 8/137, definitely not an insurmountable total.
The Wombats gave themselves every opportunity to chase the target, and their were moments throughout that suggested they may just get there.
Enterprising innings from Will Trotter (34) and Simon Robertson (29) threatened, but wickets fell at inopportune times.
Daniel Sharp (5/28) and Leam Doughty (4/40) have proven valuable with the ball for the Crocs this season, and again they proved the difference as things got close at the tail end of the innings.
With the game almost gone, the pair were able to bowl Hoddles Creek out for 131, securing a nail-biting five run win and cementing their spot at the top of the ladder.
Woori Yallock are proving that they have every opportunity to be featuring when the whips are cracking at the end of the season as they held firm against a gritty Gruyere.
On their home turf, Woori Yallock batted first, and soon found themselves in a spot of bother losing experienced openers Mick Dwyer and Paul Broussard.
Cal Ferguson strode to the wicket, and from the moment he faced his first ball, he owned this innings.
With the fall of Brandon Mills making the score 3/36, the Tigers found themselves in a spot of bother. Ferguson held firm.
A 118-run partnership with Stephen Morgan, in which Ferguson contributed 80 of the runs, was a highlight of the innings, and enabled some fast scoring at the end of the innings to push the final score to 9/186.
The sour note on the innings was that Ferguson couldn’t convert a much deserved century as he fell for 92. Jared Carroll (4/43) and Ethan Blain (3/39) were the pick of Gruyere’s bowlers.
Gruyere have putted along this season without giving us too many glimpses of their premiership winning form of last season.
They have been close to breaking the trend in recent weeks, and despite the loss of an early wicket, looked to be well on the way to changing their fortunes as the ever reliable Carroll (51) combined with Josh Harding (50) to give this innings some early momentum.
Unfortunately the pair lost their wickets just upon bringing up their half centuries, and the tale of this game would lie in the fact that none of their teammates could reach double figures.
This consigned the Scorpions to a 23-run loss, that with a bit of discipline would’ve seen them claim their biggest scalp of the season.
Wandin kept themselves within touching distance of the top two with a solid victory against Launching Place.
Batting first, the Bulldogs did little wrong with the bat as they compiled a tidy 7/186.
Danny Alderman (59) continues his consistent season with another half century, whilst his captain, Tim Thorne, contributed a contrasting half century to his team’s total scoring it off just 23 balls, including 5 sixes.
Launching Place were best served by Cody Andrews (4/46) with the ball as he did his best to keep things in check. Launching Place have found it tough to match it with the big boys despite showing fight.
Once again the total proved too great, but to Launch’s credit, they batted out their overs and battled on gamely.
Captain Andy Vandervlught (43) gave his team the best opportunity up front with Matt McConnell, but the pair couldn’t kick on.
Max Bradley (29) continues to display his prodigious talents, but he too fell when he needed to kick on.
In the end the visitors fell 46 runs short despite fighting it out.
For the Bulldogs, who have now entrenched themselves in the top four, David Wallace (3/26) was again their most effective bowler.
DJ Strachan Shield and RA Finger Trophy
Healesville 162 (J Lawry 61, L Daly 44, A Cowan 4/46, J Lusk 3/46) lost to Yarra Glen 9/167 (B Ricci 35, A Cowan 31, D Fry 5/37); Warburton-Millgrove 7/187 (C Morgan 32, L Barnard 31, J Neale 21*, J McInnes 3/45) defeated Seville 151 (T Spargo 55, J McInnes 39, Dan Lever 4/33); Mount Evelyn 7/157 (D Giblin 51, K Jones 32, J Cook 3/52, N Bark 2/26) defeated Yarra Junction 8/148 (A Wear 50, K Bomford 23*, C Witherdin 4/29); Coldstream 8/136 (S Phillips 38, D Oliffe 28, S McLaughlin 2/14, D Rowe 2/30) defeated Hoddles Creek 131 (W Trotter 34, S Robertson 29, D Sharp 5/28, L Doughty 4/40); Woori Yallock 9/186 (C Ferguson 92, S Morgan 21, J Carroll 4/43, E Blain 3/39) defeated Gruyere 163 (J Carroll 51, J Harding 50, J Young 2/5, P Broussard 2/25); Wandin 7/185 (D Alderman 59, T Thorne 50, C Andrews 4/46) defeated Launching Place 7/140 (A Vandervlught 43, M Bradley 29, D Wallace 3/26).
Yarra Junction 9/119 (R Foley 43, S Gebert 3/17, A Pearce 2/38) defeated by Healesville 6/122 (S Gebert 48*, T Gasket 2/40); Mount Evelyn 8/185 (A Giblin 61, A Whiting 30, L Faulkingham 3/25, S Thompson 3/20) defeated Powelltown 8/170 (L Long 51, A Giblin 3/27); Seville 5/80 (D Gale 31, K.Chawala 18*, H Lamont 3/8, D Trembath 2/40) defeated Wandin 75 (R Smith 17, M Alderman 17, G Foster 4/28, J Beri 2/3, M Proctor 2/17); Yarra Glen vs Warburton-Millgrove (no scores).
Healesville 67 (S Fawdry 9, P Heaphy 5/10) defeated by Mount Evelyn 7/72 (L Cook 15*, D Henderson 14, W Cooney 4/9); Hoddles Creek 49 (B. Ganson 4/4, R. Foley 3/9) defeated by Yarra Junction 9/189 (L Thompson 77, S Jordan 34, B Cole 2/32, B Sinclair 2/36); Coldstream 7/144 (D Vaux 67, A Whelan 31*, M Milkins 3/35, E Davies 2/26) defeated Launching Place 97 (R Milkins 48*, P McArdle 3/9, A Cummins 2/9); Seville 3/110 (A Kay 55, S Mindie 14, L Kay 14, B Clark 1/4, B Sinnot 1/9) defeated Wandin 9/109 (L Perry 45, M Sinnot 23, D Knight 6/25, A Kay 2/27).
One Day Grade
Marysville 2/83 (T Gleeson 39, B Norman 26*, M Wallace 2/6) defeated Healesville 8/76 (L English 24, R Nolan 21, R Hodgins 2/3, B Norman 2/9); Coldstream 6/71 (J Hamilton 26, B Robinson 2/11, S Dunne 2/20) defeated Seville 9/64 (D Steele 3/2, Jamie Hamilton 2/1, Jace Hamilton 2/21); Yarra Junction 9/179 (G Lebrocq 48*, G Thompson 43*, A Clarke 2/4, C Dunne 2/21) defeated by Powelltown 4/203 (B Simpson 41*, D Andrel 41*, M Clue 30*, C Holmes 2/15), Gruyere vs Warburton-Millgrove (no scores).
Mount Evelyn v Healesville 7/171 (Z Fawdry 54*, L Chandler 31, B Westaway 2/18); Seville v Coldstream 7/120 (A Steele 51*, M Pezzimenti 18, A Whelan 18, C Collee 2/8, H Harvey 2/18); Warburton Millgrove 96 (A Nelson 33, N Andueza 11, J Woolley 10, L O’Dea 3/19, M Berry 2/8, J Kettler 2/16) vs Yarra Junction; Launching Place vs Bye.
Moujnt Evelyn/Launching Place v Healesville 3/161 (S Gebert 40*, M Hirst 34*, B Jones 1/19, G Parker 1/20, O Powell 1/23); Hoddles Creek 1/21 (G Vukman 6*, K Rhodes 1/7) vs Coldstream 58 (H Wheeler 16*, B Weir 4/2, J Fritzlaff 2/6); Warburton Millgrove 8/171 (B Humphrey 49*, P Huynh 31, T Nicolandis 17*, R Bomford 4/13, R Foley 2/29, H Beers 1/9) vs Yarra Junction/Gruyere; Yarra Glen vs Bye’
Healesville Red 4/79 (R Cameron 21*, B Davey 1/4) defeated Yarra Glen 7/55 (L Pierce 13*, J Johnson 3/4), Healesville White 3/194 (C Anderson 65*, R Lever 31*, P Lambe 1/16, K Tilney 1/18) defeated Yarra Junction/Gruyere 8/26 (R Lever 3/3), Seville 4/88 (H Smith 21*, L Timoney 9*, H Murphy 7*) defeated Woori Yallock 5/74 (Charlie 9*, Balyn 8, James 5*, H Smith 2/1, T Scott 2/5, H Murphy 1/8); Marysville vs Hoddles Creek (no scores); Warburton-Millgrove vs Launching Place (no scores); Mount Evelyn vs Bye.
Warburton White 3/124 (Zane 14, Mitch 7, Tilley 2/7, Archie 1/10) defeated Hoddles Creek 13/66 (Des 7, Jack 5, Archie 5, Zane 5/3, Mitch 2/2, Zack 2/9); Warburton Burras 4/59 (Steven 9, Tom 5, Gabriel 5) defeated by Warburton Black 3/97 (Gabriel 1/12, Sasha 1/16); Wandin 2/126 (Jack Dixon 14, Mac 11, Joshua 1/1) defeated Warburton Blue 5/86 (Jack Darwall 14, Jack Dixon 2/4); Healesville 3/166 (D English 31*, L Frazzetto 20*, Ella 1/18, Jarrah 1/29) defeated Launching Place 80 (Briana 19, Paige 13, L Frazzetto 3/10, D English 2/7); Seville 5/79 (Jackson 6*, Alby 3*) def by Wandin 3/91 (Jarrah 7*, Max 3*, Jackson 1/4, Aiden 1/6); Wandin Blue 2/126 (Jack Dickson 14, Jack Mann 12, Kaylee 1/19, Josh 1/1) defeated Warburton Blue 5/84 (Jack Dorthwaite 2/4, Jack 14, Nate 6); Yarra Junction/Launching Place 5/63 (Ash 4, Dean 4,Black 2/10, Hunter 1/2) vs Woori Yallock 7/89 (Brock 11, Archie 8, Molly 2/7, Paddy 1/8, Tyler 1/15).
YARRA RANGES ATHLETICS
Yarra Ranges Athletics were represented by 17 teams at the Eastern Metro Region Relay Championships on Saturday.
All teams ran exceptionally well with some outstanding performances, a result of all the training.
The club finished with three silvers, one bronze and a whole lot of smiles.
U9-11 girls Medley Silver, boys U9-11 Medley Silver, boys U12-13 Medley Silver.
Girls U10 Medley Bronze, U10 Girls 4×100 4th, U11 mixed gender 4×200 4th, Girl U10 4×200 4th, Boys U12 4×200 6th, Mixed U11 4×100 10th, Mixed U10 4×100 9th, Boys U11 4×200 8th, Girls U12 4×200 6th, Girls 11 4×100 10th, Girls U12 4×100 9th, Boys U12 4×100 10th, Boys U11 4×100 13th, Mixed U12 4×100 6th.
Well done and thank you to Malcolm and Sophie for coaching, Michael, Trish, Katie and the many others for support on the day.
The seniors competed at various venues on Sunday with many going to either Frankston or Aberfeldie tracks. Results are not yet available.
The littlies enjoyed a fun night of Twilight athletics on Friday night.
After a fantastic warm-up led by Brayden, Noah and Tayleb a club versus club shuttle relay was held.
Athletes then competed at a range of events with their fellow clubmates, which was thoroughly enjoyed by athletes and parents – until the storm came.
The next round of Little Athletic athletics is the Multi Event round.
Be there early for set-up and extra events. Bring a friend if you want!
The seniors travel to Ringwood (or Doncaster) on Saturday afternoon for Round 7 of AV Shield.
Four club athletes will be representing Victoria at the Australian School Track and Field Championships in Adelaide next weekend.
Georgia Laven (800 & 1500), Tayleb Willis (200m Hurdles), Maddie Laven (800) and Indi Linde (1500m).
Good luck all of you!
For results, news, photos and more, visit www.yarrarangesathletics.org.au or check out the Facebook page.
Alexandra Speedway played host to Victoria’s best Sports Sedan racers on Saturday 25 November with almost 30 competitors arriving to do battle in the quest to win the Sports Sedan Rumble.
Later in the night, it was Alexandra member Damien Miller who went on to win the big feature while Lilydale youngster Kasey Garlick made a last lap outside pass around two cars to take the win in one of two Junior Sedan finals.
Nine qualifying heat races for the Sports Sedans began with local Alexandra resident Luke Fallon taking the win in the very first event of the day.
Leigh Bourke, Brad Warren, Miller, Matt Nelson, Steve Kershaw, then Brad Warren again, Nelson with a record one lap circuit of Alexandra of 20.553 and Miller all doubled up with wins in the final round.
A handful of competitors had crashes or break downs along the way and missed or didn’t finish the feature event.
Morris Ahearn had a big crash in the first round and his meeting was finished right there and then with front end damage and a possible hurt engine that the team didn’t not to risk.
Marcus Reddecliffe, Nathan Shortis and Shane Kruger young drivers working their way up the ranks in the class and seasoned campaigner Lucas Conder also had mechanical issues finishing their nights.
In the final Nelson, Warren and then Miller all had their moments to shine, with Miller passing Warren for the lead with around nine laps to go.
Miller stretched his advantage to some distance and went on to record the win ahead of Warren, Fallon, Kershaw, Bourke, Dale Smith, Andrew Jordan, Steve Akil and Nathan O’Brien.
The Junior Sedan category this season is separated into B Grade Developing and A Grade groups.
In the B Grade, Todd Moule from Pakenham took control of the car his sister Jade drove all last season and recorded a half lap victory ahead of Rhys Meakins, Breanna Simpson, Bradin Claridge and Chloe Sheerman.
Moule had lapped Sheerman and was chasing down Claridge when the race finished.
Kilmore’s Aaron Meakins set a new eight lap race record as he went on to defeat visiting driver Tim Hutchinson and Victorian Champion Warrick Howie, Liam Powell and Cory Horter.
Meakins won by a few seconds over Hutchinson.
In the A Grade Juniors, the eight lap final was a terrific battle between Ricky Cornwall, Tim Gorski and earlier in the race Ryan Harris from Bega in New South Wales and Garlick.
Harris was issued a rear of field penalty by the Stewards and had to fight through the field at a re-start and Garlick started to reel in Cornwall and Gorski ahead of her.
On the very last lap, on the outside of the leaders, Cornwall and Gorski, Garlick went to the outside and drove around the two of them and came off with speed out of turn four and raced to the line to win by just 0.316 of a second from Cornwall, Gorski, Harris and Ally Morrison.
Garlick on her way recording a new one lap track record for Juniors of 22.674.
Also competing was the Street Stocks with a handful of cars, Collin Tate ran particularly strong through the evening and recorded a win in the feature from Wayne Sheerman and Lee Beach.
The next meeting at Alexandra is 9 December, with a big Holden versus Ford Street Stock feature set to attract 40 cars to compete, another event not to be missed especially with the summer closure of Alexandra Speedway following and the club re-opening in March.
Maggie Alley is a young musician on a mission.
The Monbulk College Year 9 student, who has the singing voice of an angel, is determined to tour Bolivia next year with World Challenge, an organisation that sends dedicated students over to developing countries for four weeks of volunteer work in communities.
Previously, Monbulk College has helped facilitate trips to Nepal and Mongolia, and in 2018 is planning a South American sojourn, where Maggie hopes to sing for the people of Bolivia once she hits their shores.
To raise funds for her goal, Alley has been playing a series of house concerts around the Dandenong Ranges and surrounding areas.
She has even performed at the Skylark Room, in the Burrinja Cultural Centre, where she supported local musician Matt Walker.
Maggie has also headlined Melbourne venue Bella Union with her band, The Rosebloods.
The committed student says she’s focused on performing her way to Bolivia, with her target of $9000.
“I need to raise another $4000 by March to get myself to Bolivia with World Challenge. I’ve raised most of my target through busking and gigs so far,” she said.
“House concerts are great, lots of people are forming online groups to host them – like House Concerts Australia on Facebook – and I can play afternoons and early evenings, then get my dad to drive me home … he’s my roadie!”
“World Challenge is an amazing opportunity. It’s great to be doing it through the school, and part of the deal is that I have to sing for the group once we hit South America.”
The young artist plays 45-minute house parties with voice and guitar for $100, with all funds going to her World Challenge campaign.
Concerts can be booked at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To visit Maggie’s fundraising page, visit www.gofundme.com/buskingtobolivia.
Painting and creating art is like a muscle, the more you do it the easier it becomes.
That’s the word from this year’s Sherbrooke Art Society Artist of the Year, Julie Kok, who for the last four years has devoted her life to her art.
Although an artist since she was younger, Julie said it was only when she retired four years ago that she was able to truly focus on her art.
“I retired from work four and half years ago and that’s why I’ve been doing more and that’s what has really helped me … since then I’ve been able to use my imagination a lot more too,” she said.
“My mind’s always churning over my art.”
Julie, 60 from Buxton, said it was her mother, June Cook, an artist herself who first piqued her interest in art and “after watching her sketch and paint,” said she “wanted to emulate her”.
Since then, Julie has exhibited in private collections in Australia, Finland and Holland and has taken a liking to the use of pastels.
Though having exhibited across the world, this is Julie’s first solo exhibition and she said she was excited to have been named Artist of the Year.
Unlike many other artists who focused on one aspect, Julie said she enjoyed diversifying and trying new styles, as well as changing what she painted.
“I’m very excited, I’ve been working on the paintings all year,” Julie said.
“I really wanted to go out and do landscapes but now I do a bit of both portraits as well as landscapes … a bit of everything really, when I get sick of something I go to something else.”
“My favourite subjects are reflections and landscapes, but now I am diversifying in other areas.”
The exhibition at Sherbrooke Art Gallery is on from 11-25 November.
Time to grab some ‘pup corn’ and take in a flick with your four-legged friend, all in the name of a great cause.
No Hairs Ark Chinese Rescue is preparing to host an outdoor movie night at the Cameo Cinema in Belgrave, in an effort to support their cause in helping Chinese Crested dogs in need of some tender loving care.
‘Coco Charity for Cresties at Cameo’ will be held on Friday 29 December, from 8pm to 11pm, and organisers are hoping for further support.
As the only dedicated rescue service for the breed nationally, No Hairs Ark is passionate about helping out the hairless yet “extremely loyal” breed.
Operator Laura McDonough said the service started only by chance, after she started fostering an older Chinese Crested dog.
Through word of mouth, she began receiving further requests to care for Chinese Cresteds and the service was born.
“Since our beginning, we have tailored our life to suit our charges. We have moved up to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges to give our rescues more quiet and calm, and we are continuously undertaking personal study to further expand our skills to help these dogs,” she said.
All dogs are given veterinary care, where they are de-sexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped before being re-homed.
Meanwhile, movie-goers are encouraged to arrive before 8pm to get a great spot.
Bark and Bites will be selling doggy treats for the movie, including the ever-so-perfect pup corn.
Tickets for a raffle will be available, too.
Tickets are $20 each, with food and drink packages available.
BYO chair, or you can hire a chair or beanbag from Cameo from between $2 to $5.
Ticket information at www.stickytickets.com.au
The final St Mary’s Music Afternoon for 2017 is promising to be a very special Christmas treat.
Concert pianist Judith Lambden will be returning by popular demand, joining well-known harpist Cath Connelly and singer/guitar duo Michael and Karen, as the feature artists for the event.
The music afternoons are held throughout the year with the gold-coin donation admission fee supporting the upkeep of the lovely St Mary’s church, and to provide an afternoon of acoustic music for locals and visitors.
Organiser Jeff Willmott said the music afternoons featured mainly local artists, with some guest artists from further afield from time to time performing a variety of genres from classical and folk music to poetry.
Part of the appeal of the afternoon is its back to basics format.
“It’s all acoustic, so no microphones or sound systems at all,” Jeff said.
“It’s just beautiful acoustic music and the artists love it.
“There’s no mucking around with mics, just pure harp, piano or voices and the acoustics in the church are excellent.
“It makes for a really special afternoon of music.”
Among all the hype and hurly-burly of Christmas, a couple of hours of beautiful music among friends may be just what’s needed to set the scene for a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas.
A delicious afternoon tea is provided.
The Music Afternoon is on Sunday, 17 December from 2pm. St Mary’s is opposite the tennis courts in Warburton.
Don’t wait for the ‘silly season’ to get your laughs … Catprint Productions comedy sci-fi thriller – They Came From Mars – is as silly, and funny as it gets.
Written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin, They Came From Mars is a play within a play with three performances at the Art Centre Warburton on 24, 25 and 26 November.
“It’s a very silly, silly play about a bunch of ladies doing a play about a play, so a fantastic example of how not to do theatre,” Catprint director Claire Bamford explains.
When the Farndale Avenue ladies attempt lift-off with their unique sci-fi thriller, it’s a given that their high-tech effects go awry.
Add to that the limited talents of some group members, and the cast remains firmly on the ground.
As ever, the resourceful Mrs Reece brilliantly circumnavigates pitfalls as she steers the company into orbit and through space to genteel tea on Mars.
The Catprint cast is in its final weeks of rehearsal and Claire said one of the biggest challenges for the actors had been to act like they can’t act.
“We do so much serious theatre, it’s really nice to do something where you’re actually trying to do it badly,” Claire said.
“You have to act like you can’t act for this play, but the cast were just doing it too well.
“It’s quite difficult, but they’re getting the hang of it and doing a really bad job of it … which in itself is silly.”
Book a ticket for your own laughter-filled rehearsal for the silly season at http://ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/Catprint, or phone 1300 368 333.