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Regional Principal Conference
This conference was a fantastic opportunity to learn about new ways to encourage a Mathematical Mindset, engage students and aid the development of new networks with other principals and discuss professional development opportunities for our school.
To read a copy of the a recent newsletter
Did we let everyone know that we have chosen a name for our new church and school?
Often, as a church we’re called to stand up for values and positions that match our stated beliefs, or as one of our older hymns puts it, to “fight the good fight”. But what does it mean for Christians to engage in "the good fight"?
It was a lovely bright winters day when the Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc. met at Mercer St. Portarlington.
On August 4th & 5th, CWA 2017 State craft Arts exhibition was held in Warrnambool Lighthouse Theatre  complex with hundreds of exhibits and large attendances from the public and CWA members.
The Maude Brigade celebrated our 40th Birthday with a brigade dinner and awards night at the Fire Station on 5th August. We had a great gathering of 40-50 people at an evening presided over by Captain Craig Blake. Awards were presented by our Catchment Officer Geoff McGill.
The August meeting of the group was our AGM. Office bearers remained mainly the same (Group contacts appear at the rear of this Newsletter), apart from Robert Lynch becoming our new Vice President.
The planting at the reserve completed recently is generally going very well.
On Saturday 2nd September, Bannockburn Golf Club had the pleasure of hosting the VicGolf Junior Sand Green Championships.
We celebrated all our residents and all horses birthdays in early August. It was an enjoyable afternoon with plenty of food, birthday cake and laughter. As our most senior resident Mel Ashley did the honours blowing out the candles.
Around 60 guests gathered at Smythesdale's Courthouse Hotel in mid-August for a business networking event as part of the Victorian Small Business Festival.
Corangamite families and businesses will benefit from a user-friendly website that provides interactive access to information and data on local aged care services and usage.
Harvey Road soil dumps finally sorted!
September Update.
The BCP team has now received the $7500 funding from Golden Plains Shire to support our projects and lobbying.
Well, last month I told you I thought warmer weather was on its way. Could I have been more wrong? Seems as soon as the words were in print we got hit with yet more of winter at its’ finest. This month I’m going to try again. So … with the warm weather only just around the corner it is time to start thinking about summer activities for the kids.
Until recent times, history was recorded through the eyes and actions of men.  What they invented, conquered, ruled, erected and a multitude of other ‘achievements.’
Fragrance in your Garden
When we plan or design a garden, visual impact usually takes priority, but it is important to remember the emotional response that our sense of smell can provide. Scents trigger memories, create moods and give us pleasure.
It is with a deal of sadness that we said “Bon Voyage” and “Au Revoir” to Sandy Boue. Sandy was our French language assistant since January 2016. She had been an integral person in driving our French program for all students.
Bannockburn College Scholarships 
Congratulations to Teague Holdsworth and Tom Cowling as the recipients of scholarships for Bannockburn College in 2018.
Is Spring upon us, or is it just mother nature teasing us.  We have had some lovely weather this August but also some bad weather.
Well now to the very serious pointy end of the season - preparations all done - and unfortunately the first week of finals not the best results with the 13 & D grade netballers bowing out, and the A & B's & seniors.
written by Lindy Allinson, of Steiglitz Township.
The Bannockburn and District Lions Club held its annual ‘metal muster’ some weeks ago at the Lions Park in Bannockburn.
Barwon Water is seeking community feedback on its proposal to keep future prices stable, fair and low for the next five year pricing period beginning July 1, 2018.
My name is Brian Ward. I am a single father from Grovedale who has been a retailer for 25 years around Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula operating gift shops, $2 shops and clothing stores.
The Geelong Region LLEN (Local Learning & Employment Network) will present the first in a series of events on the growing gig economy, on Wednesday 16th August, from 9am to 12pm, at Deakin Cats Community Centre, Simonds Stadium.
The fishing outing to Bullen Merri/Purrumbete on July 16th turned out to be a very dismal day with some fishers turning round before they even put a rod in the water!
Connecting to our country – what bird is that? A morning spent observing birds in Batesford

Featuring local musicians Joannes Roose & Lisa Peters-Roose and Utilizing the acoustic qualities of St Pauls, Inverleigh

I was delighted to join Golden Plains community members in Rokewood on July 24 for the announcement of successful grants under the Community Grants program – and to mark 21 years of the successful and popular initiative.
The BOP Arts co-op is a supportive and co-operative artistic presence extending across Geelong, the Golden Plains Shire, Ballarat and the Bellarine Peninsula. It has recently established itself as the managing entity of a modern and spacious facility located in Meredith. This is a great opportunity for the Arts community and will serve as the backbone for our collective endeavour.
There has been a fair bit of discussion recently about the value of buying in to a retirement village. Or more to the point the fairness of charges, for ongoing maintenance, exit fees, refurbishment fees and finally depreciated unit value.
Members travelled by bus for our July meeting to the Rippon Lea Mansion and gardens.   The mansion was built in Elsternwick in 1868 on 28 acres, and at that time a working farm only 7 K’s from Melbourne CBD, with 7 maids, a butler, 7 gardeners, a coachman and a groom.
The Maude Brigade is celebrating our 40th Birthday with a brigade dinner and awards night at the Fire Station on 5th August. Invitations have been sent out to all current members. We look forward to a get together to catch up and enjoy a meal we haven’t had to cook!
An exciting and rewarding morning at the Recreation Reserve on Sunday, July 16th resulted in the planting, mulching and guarding of about 250 trees, shrubs and ground cover plants in the area which has been cleared of sugar gums behind the barbecue shelter.
It is disappointing to see that there are some visitors to our Reserve who don’t seem able or willing to walk the few feet from the car park to the barbecue shelter, and have been, on repeated occasions, driving their cars up to, or occasionally, into the shelter.
Open coaching sessions with Robert Murphy continues for current, future club members, visiting club members and anyone wishing to learn the game of bowls of a Tuesday morning 11am – 12.30pm. (weather permitting) until the end of August.
This month we’ve celebrated Christmas in July, with a lovely roast dinner, with Christmas pudding and custard for dessert – another great meal prepared by the Ladies of the Club, and another way that members can participate in the social aspects of the club without needing to play competitive golf.
This week  has been a milestone in ministry for me and St John’s  Bannockburn. After  9 years serving in the Parish it is time to hand on the baton.
This year we have experienced some unusually cold weather, with some plants that we consider frost hardy turning brown or turning to mush.
Do Your Best - Be Your Best
We all know someone who loves the chill of winter and is sad to see it go, but for me, August heralds the start of slightly warmer weather and brings with it an urge to ditch the winter woollies and get outside in the fresh air again. 
Football And Netball Championships
At the end of last term, we had both the Year 5/6 Football and Netball teams participate in the Geelong North Division Championships.
Football And Netball Championships
At the end of last term, we had both the Year 5/6 Football and Netball teams participate in the Geelong North Division Championships.
August is Enrolment Month at Teesdale PS
A 2018 Enrolment Information Session was held on Wednesday, 2nd August.  This was an opportunity particularly for those parents with Prep students in 2018 to have a school tour and information session with our Prep teacher, Meg Andrews, and our Principal, Grant Rau.
20th Yellow Gum Flowering Festival Report 
On Sunday July 23 the Friends group celebrated the significant 20 year Anniversary of our first Yellow Gum Flowering Festival held on Saturday July 22 1997.
Bannockburn Community Plan 2017 to 2020:  making Bannockburn an even better place to live.
Gee the finals are absolutely just around the corner! And so far so good with plenty of our teams in finals contention!
The results from the annual Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey have delivered improvements in several key areas for Golden Plains Shire Council, while flagging further room for improvement in other areas.
In the lead up to DonateLife Week (30 July – 6 August),I encourage Corangamite residents to sign up as organ donors through the new online registration process.
Thank you to all who attended our Family Fun Day on the 2nd of July. The day was a huge success! The weather was kind to us and it was wonderful to see people of all ages support a local community event.
Community organisations in Corangamite can now apply for a share of $45.25 million in Australian Government funding for projects to help build inclusive and resilient communities.
Longer term residents of the area will know the McGillivray family of Lethbridge – including Jean, (Mrs. Max Donaldson, dec.), Eric, dec. and Wallace (Wal).
It is official!!
A Catholic primary school will open for the start of the school year in 2018 on the site of the present government school.
We had a great weekend away at Warrnambool on June 16th-18th where the club members stayed at the Hopkins caravan park near the river.
On Tuesday 27 June, Golden Plains Shire Council adopted the Council Plan 2017-21 and 2017-18 Budget at its Council meeting, following a comprehensive community engagement program.
A variety of aged care services and support options are available to help older people remain independent and enjoying life in their communities.
I welcome the announcement from the Federal Government that grant money is available to support events organised by local Ex-Service Organisations and community groups in Corangamite for Veterans’ Health Week 2017.
Climate change is now.
Plants and animals don’t care about politics, they demonstrate the truth by simply responding  to the conditions to which they are exposed .  And an increasing body of evidence tells us that climate change is a reality. Evidence based knowledge can be trusted. Science is evidence based knowledge.
The Commonwealth Government invites community groups, organisations and individuals to start their own tree planting projects by applying for grants under Grant Round Three of the 20 Million Trees Program.
The scheduled visit to the Beach Tree Nursery was cancelled as the cafe was not open for afternoon tea.
Dear residents
At Council’s June meeting the Council Plan 2017-2021 and Budget 2017-18 were considered for adoption.
This is the time of year when we all want to get the garden pruning done and the heaps of rubbish cleaned up before the flush of spring growth hides it all under a forest of grass.
The triennial meeting to elect committee members for the Maude Recreation Reserve for the next three years will be coming up soon.
The Maude Landcare Group held a working bee at the Spillers Bridge planting project on Perdrisat Road recently. Members put in a lot of time over several days and the result is very pleasing.
I am delighted to call for expressions of interest from local community groups to fund small capital projects under Round 3 of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.
As a result of this year's elections the following members were elected to undertake the various roles of leaership within the club.
Bannockburn Golf Club
One of the best aspects of joining the Bannockburn Golf Club is that all the work done to maintain the beautiful course & facilities all year round is completed by volunteers.
This months “Words of Wisdom” come from Marita.  It is an article about the Bannockburn Community Garden.
The ‘Let’s Make Art’ event on Friday 12th May at the Bannockburn Cultural Centre was very well received by participants from both the local community and surrounds. 37 participated in the day. Lunch was provided and attendees worked with one of five tutors.
That Plant Makes Me Think of …
One of the joys of running a nursery is hearing customers respond to plants. They tell of their experiences, brought back suddenly by sights and smells. Plants are enmeshed in the stories of our lives, carried in memory, and able to take us back to other times and people. This article shares a few such stories and, hopefully, will trigger some memories for you.
Curriculum Day 
Our Curriculum Day on Friday, June 9th was extremely enlightening and productive.  The whole staff travelled to Mernda Central P-12 College in Mernda, north of Melbourne, for the day.
Parenting Programs at Teesdale PS
Due to the success of the recent Parenting Workshop conducted by Centracare Ballarat, Grampians Regional Parent Resource Service, we have been offered a range of further Parenting Programs.
Geelong Field Naturalists Fauna Surveys
To date the only native mammalian fauna we have detected in the reserve has been Possums, Kangaroos and Wallabies. Unfortunately we have also filmed a healthy fox and a black rat. Feral cats have also been spotted and 2 have been dispatched.
Continuing on with steady progress toward finals for both footy and netty! However the major challenges are yet to come! Can only hope the momentum prevails! Absolutely sure the passion& commitment will be there!
The National Firearms Amnesty has been announced, giving Australians an opportunity to hand in unregistered and unwanted firearms and improve community safety.
Golden Plains residents are being urged to consider applying for a Working with Children (WWC) Check ahead of new rules coming into effect from 1 August 2017.
Rural  communities are renowned for helping themselves. This has grown out of need as families moved out of the cities in order to establish farms, or become involved in the timber industry.
Small bears for small children fighting big battles
About 3 years ago a short term but very proactive resident of Teesdale – Kellie Dines - initiated a campaign to provide the town with a publicly accessible AED (defibrillator).
We have completed two outings since I last spoke to you. We had a successful weekend away at Lake Bullen Merri on April 28th- 30th with 12 club members staying at the Camperdown Fishing Club clubrooms and a number of others at Purrumbete. The winners for the weekend were Matt Giles with a .500kg redfin and John Scanlon with a .335kg trout.
A planning permit application (P17-071) has been received by the Golden Plains Shire for the establishment of a new substantial gravel/sand quarry (approx. 11 hectares) adjacent to the Maude-Steiglitz-She Oaks Road, She Oaks.
Our communities rely on all sorts of volunteers and I would like to take the opportunity during National Volunteer Week to thank our district’s volunteer CFA firefighters and those that support them.
The Victoria Park, Inverleigh Committee of Management Inc. is pleased to advise that the Clubhouse at Victoria Park is now air conditioned thanks to a generous grant from Bannockburn and District Connected Communities.
Lethbridge resident Abbie Booth has spearheaded a function that raised almost $7000 for the Cancer Council.
There are a number of ways to define a Sanctuary but most I suspect would think of it is a refuge, a haven, a protected home and shelter.
Sunday markets have been discontinued due to a lack of community support.
Council is reminding residents to keep their properties well maintained after an increase in complaints regarding unsightly properties.
The Trash, Treasure and Craft Market at the Rec. Reserve and fire station on 7th May was an outstanding success – one of our best ever.
Considerable damage has been done to the drainage system near the CFA shed by vehicles driving up the slope off the fire shed concrete pad, however this should now have been resolved
The next meeting of the Landcare Group will be held at the Maude Tennis Pavilion on Thursday, 15th June at 7.30pm.
Local community groups are invited to apply through the Department of Justice Community Crime Prevention – Community Safety Fund for grants of up to $10,000 (GST excl.) to deliver practical, local crime prevention projects.
On Friday 21st April the Annual Presentation Night was held.  A great night was had by all. We had a beautiful meal, catered for by Lunch Pad and we were entertained by ‘Band on the run’.
Bannockburn Community Plan 2017 to 2020:  making Bannockburn an even better place to live.
On May 2nd Members of the Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc. spent an informative afternoon visiting the Grinter Gardens in Coppards Road, Moolap.

SHE is a wife and mum to three kids, she runs her own business, she volunteers for the local branch of the SES, she sits on school committees and she coaches the Golden Plains Soccer Club’s Under 11’s Mini Roos girls team … meet Bannockburn superwoman Renae Scholte!

Year 8 Enrolments
Bannockburn College is accepting enrolments for Year 8 in 2018 and current Year 7 students can join us next year. Bannockburn College will be offer a full suite of subjects in an exciting new environment. We will provide an outstanding education for all students.
This months “Words of Wisdom” come from Brenda Humphries.  We hope you enjoy them.
Climbers are plants and vines that need some form of support. In nature they can be supported by rocks, sloping land or other plants. In our gardens we can add constructions such as walls, pergolas and fences to the list.
Continuous Learning at Teesdale PS
Our teaching staff continue their own professional learning in many ways.  Staff have spent time planning curriculum and sharing resources and knowledge. Our classroom teachers have coaching observations each week.
Geelong Field Naturalists Fauna Surveys
The results from the recent fauna surveys have been disappointing. We have not recorded any native mammals except Swamp wallabies, Kangaroos and Koala but the bird results have been very encouraging.
Such a busy time with the replay of last seasons GF, inter league, followed by 3 home games - phew how lucky are we to have so many people who willingly give their time week in week out!
Fit For Life with Chelle are taking part in the Federal Government’s Healthy Communities Initiative by providing the Lift for Life® program to their communities, with the aim of tackling chronic disease especially type 2 diabetes.
I encourage Corangamite residents to celebrate the achievements of exceptional business women by nominating someone special for the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson is urging local residents to take the time to nominate those people working hard protecting the environment and delivering more sustainable agriculture in the region for the 2017 State Landcare Awards.
The YMCA will be running a weekly All Abilities AFL Clinic during June
Local community groups are invited to apply through the Department of Justice Community Crime Prevention – Community Safety Fund for grants of up to $10,000 (GST excl.) to deliver practical, local crime prevention projects.
A guy has bought a huge chunk of land in She Oaks and is planning to turn it into a mega sand quarry (11 hectres).  
It will run 6 days a week.  
From 7 am to 6pm Mon-Fri.  And 7am to 3.15pm Sat.
Trucks will run to & from non-stop.
Once again the communities of Bannockburn, Teesdale, Shelford and Inverleigh remembered those who rose to the challenge when our country, our communities and our families were threatened by an enemy.
Bannockburn and surrounding areas has traditionally been a predominantly grass and scrub fire risk environment. Local volunteer brigades respond to this risk with fire Tankers. In earlier times the response was with beaters and knapsacks and perhaps small, leafy branches.
A meeting  to gauge the amount of local interest  in establishing  a local Neighbourhood Watch program is being held at the
The Teesdale Community Events committee was formed 4 years ago to run events for the local community – in particular the Christmas Carols – which no other group was prepared to run.
Our current outing is a weekend away at Lake Bullen Merri on April 28th- 30th with club members staying at the Camperdown Fishing Club clubrooms.
Last month I managed to send my copy too late for the April News so I will have to combine last months news with this months.
After over two years planning and designing the Friends of Teesdale Grassy Woodlands have an impressive new interpretive sign to show for their efforts.
The Bannockburn Lions are like the Scarlet Pimpernel – “you see them here, you see them there, you see them everywhere” (with apologies to Baroness Orczy).   Life’s adventures are many fold and on this occasion they were at the Avalon Air Show raising funds for the Bannockburn community by parking cars.
What does Biodiversity mean and why should we be interested?
Biodiversity is shortened from ‘biological diversity’.
At our last meeting, final arrangements were made for the Trash, Treasure and Craft Market on 7th May. There is no charge for stall holders, and we hope for lots of support on the day. There will be lots of things for children to enjoy, especially the animal farm and of course the geriatric clown.
Visitors to the Barbecue pavilion are asked please do not drive through the CFA grounds. Considerable damage has been done to the drainage system by vehicles driving up the slope off the fire shed concrete pad, and has resulted in a lake of water on the west side of the shed.
The next meeting of the Landcare Group will be held at the Maude Tennis Pavilion on Thursday, 17th August at 7.30pm.
Golden Plains Shire Council invites the community to view its draft 2017-18 Budget which will be available for public inspection from Monday 1 May.
Monthly Two Bowls Triples held on 8th March.
Over eighty participants, friends and family joined together recently at a community celebration to mark the completion of the Tech, Tea and Tales program.
In July 2015, Bannockburn CFA member Dale Smithyman travelled to Cape York to participate in an Indigenous Fire Workshop as part of his work with Golden Plains Shire Council.
Bannockburn Golf Club
There have been some changes to the General Committee, with the resignation of Col Gillet and Steve Carty from their respective roles.
Creating a Secret Garden
I love the idea of a secret garden. Reading ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett as a child provided me with a lifelong hankering for a secluded and private place to relax and dream in.
Welcome Back
As always we will have a full and exciting term ahead. As the term progresses we will be able to share more details of the new school. We hope to be able to provide details on all sorts of operational items.
Welcome to new students and staff
The school community welcomes new students Ava in 34W, Brenin in 34W, Devlin in 56T and Dempsey in 56W.
Brand new Bannockburn Reserve Flora and Fauna brochure about to be released.
Our Threatened Species Initiative funded brochure, featuring many of the interesting and threatened plants and animals of the reserve is now at the printers and will be released in May.
I was delighted to inspect the completed Meredith Primary School crossing upgrade on the Midland Highway last week.
The Golden Plains Create Crate project is a new initiative to help guide community groups through the process of setting up a pop-up space in their communities.
The Committee of Management is pleased that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have provided funds from the Public Safety Fund to have the dangerous dead branches removed from the very old pine trees situated close to Victoria Park’s entrance on Park Street.
Things going pretty well with the seniors sitting on top of the ladder, all be it the Anzac Day win was by one point from a mark taken as the siren sounded and a behind kicked! What jubilation!
Basketball Season 2017 *REGISTER NOW*
Our competitions are both fun and social. 
Enter a team or as an individual for our current season. 
I’m delighted to welcome the Commonwealth Government’s country of origin labelling for food campaign, which was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO recently.
The Department of Veterans' Affairs are giving the Victorian current servicn and ex-service communities the opportunity to show off their creative talents in the annual Victorin Veterans' Story Writing and Art Competition.
Services will be conducted around the Bannockburn District by Inverleigh RSL Branch.
Since starting out in 2012 with the support of Bannockburn Primary School the Golden Plains Soccer Club has gone from strength to strength.
For a brief moment I thought I had died and gone to heaven!
If your smoke alarm is more than a decade old, it may belong in a museum, not on your ceiling
CFA are warning the community that out of date smoke alarms could be a liability in an emergency.
Some time ago the Bendigo Bank through it's Connected Communities Program, provided assistance to the Bannockburn Fire Brigade to purchase a defibrillator.
Our second outing of this year was a bay outing on Sunday March 26th with the weigh in at St Leonards.
The State Government will build a new bus shelter and footpaths to better connect locals with shops, schools and each other.
The Bannockburn Craft group met in the Rec Room in February, and March with 10 Ladies attending.
On a very warm February afternoon members met at the Geelong Botanic Gardens.   Jenny and Liz, guides with the Friends of the Gardens, and Heather, a volunteer who works in the perennial border, were on hand to show us around and answer questions.
Peri-urban planning - What’s happening to our backyard  birds?
Sightings of magpies, laughing kookaburras and willie wagtails are on the decline in some regions, a report tracking the health of Australia's bird populations has found.
This weekend is the end of daylight saving for another year. This is the time to check those smoke alarm batteries! The alarms will be of no use if the batteries are flat – and surely your life is worth more than the cost of a new battery.
The Bunjil lookout is becoming a very popular place to visit in our area. There are many positive comments made about the facilities and the cleanliness of the Reserve, which continues to be cleaned by local volunteers.
The next meeting of the Landcare Group will be held at the Maude Tennis Pavilion on Thursday, 20th April at 7.30pm.
The Pennant Bowling Season has now come to a close until September, but Social Bowls will still be held weekly, with one more 2 Bowl Triples to be held on Wednesday 12th April.    During the Winter months 2 Bowl triples will be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
Greetings and best wishes for the coming month.
Recently we were able to honour some of the members of the fire brigade for their long and diligent service to the community.
A poem by Bannockburn Green resident, Bridh Hancock
National Volunteer Week is from the 8th – 14th May and in preparation for this week Golden Plains Shire Council would like to highlight and acknowledge the great work that volunteers do across the community.
At last the season begins! 
With our first home game v North Geelong on April 8th.
Mindfulness is about being in the present moment; nowhere to go, nothing to do but be present right here, right now. It’s not often that we can say we are truly present. We are often thinking of a multitude of things that usually have nothing to do with our here and now, they are usually things relating to the past or future.
Rose History and Propagation
Roses star in our summer garden. They fill the air with perfume and my heart with delight.
I wish to announce the appointment of Ms Robyn Anderson, who joins the school as an assistant principal. Robyn will work closely with school leadership on the development of the secondary program at the new school. Robyn joins us from her position of campus principal at Western Heights College.
We have had a wonderful start to the school year at Lethbridge Primary School. Our new Preps have settled in beautifully and are very hard workers already! We all enjoyed our annual Welcome Back Family Picnic early in the term and we very quickly got into the business of learning.
End of term 1
A very busy term one is coming to a sporty close with the following events being held during the last week.
Work to commence soon on fauna surveys.
DELWP has awarded the Ballarat Environment Network a new MILL (Municipal Industrial Landfill Levy) grant of $20,000 to go towards fauna monitoring and fencing of native vegetation to protect it from vehicles such as 4WD’s and trail bikes.
132 Milton St, Bannockburn
I welcome the Federal Government’s decision to provide free continuous glucose monitoring devices to eligible children and people under the age of 21 years with type 1 diabetes.
I would like to encourage Corangamite homes and businesses to be better prepared against cyber threats.  Cybercrime is conservatively estimated to cost Australians more than $1b per year. At the same time, technology underpins the day to day operation of Australian businesses.
Corangamite sporting clubs are encouraged to take part in a Federal Government program to reduce the impact of illegal drugs on Australian communities.
Western Plains Photography Club
9th Lismore Photographic Show
29th April 2017
The next few weeks will be a busy period at Victoria Park. 
At the end of February the Bellarine Harness for Pleasure Club are holding their annual Combined Driving event and over forty competitors will be competing over the weekend.
An innovative program bringing young and older generations together has launched in Golden Plains, and it’s not too late for more seniors to get involved!
March is Red Cross Calling month. Red  Cross  Calling supports the everyday work of Red Cross  such as a daily phone call for people on their own, support for homeless young people, clean drinking water for families in underdeveloped countries and for families trying to rebuild their lives after a flood or bushfires.
Being part of any community has both benefits and pitfalls. Yesterday was at the top of my ‘benefit’s list. Let me tell you why. It was amazing - though think you probably need more info than that.
Happy New Year to all from all of us at Bannockburn Green ... it sure is getting away!
We all enjoyed our end of year breakup in November when our perpetual trophies were presented and we enjoyed good food and company with most of our members.
Many friends and relatives travelled from far and wide to say goodbye to Jim at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Meredith.
Summer Fire Restrictions are still in place. It may be that you will see smoke from controlled burns along the coast, and some farmers may be able to get permits for burning stubble provided the conditions are suitable. All permit burns must be logged with Vicfire, and can be cancelled by the CFA if thought necessary.
An important meeting to be held on 1st March at 5.30pm at the Tennis Pavilion will be used to discuss future development of the Reserve, in particular the future of the pavilion itself.
The 2017 Rabbit Poisoning campaign was held on 3rd, 6th, and 9th February. This year was our 21st campaign. Alas, no cake, but something to be very proud of.
Monthly Two Bowl Triples held on 14th December.
Colin  was born in 1922 and grew up on his family’s dairy farm at Russell’s Bridge, on the left just across the river.
Greetings and best wishes for the coming month.
We pride ourselves as an all encompassing family club, and the junior numbers directly reflect this, and as always plenty on room for more! The more the merrier!
With the mild Summer weather this year, it has been perfect for playing golf.   The Club’s Summer competition, the Chicken Run and the Ladies Summer Competition have all been very well attended and it’s been great to see new members joining us.
Creating a Bee Friendly Garden 
Bees play an essential role in the pollination of most nuts, fruit, grains and vegetables. In their daily search for nectar and pollen, bees move between flowers, pollinating them.
This year we welcomed 572 children, 374 families and 53 staff members to the new school year. I trust everyone had a great holiday season and an enjoyable break. This year promises to be a very busy one. We have two major activities this year.
Welcome to our School
Welcome to the 2017 school year at Teesdale Primary School. A special welcome is extended to families who had children starting at our school for the first time.  We have a student population of 151, about slightly down on last year.
With the season now well advanced and finals looming, both senior sides continue to be very competitive and well placed within the top four on the back of some consistent team and individual performances. The honour boards are definitely in need of update to recognise some impressive results with bat and ball!
Progress of the right kind in the Bush
A lot has happened in the Bannockburn Reserve since the December article.
Celebrate the quality produce of the Golden Plains Shire at the inaugural Real Food Festival from 4-18 March 2017.
Work is currently underway on a history document on the now-defunct Leigh Cricket Association that operated in the local area between 1921 and 1999 (with a break between the scheduled 1941/42 and 1945/46 seasons for World War II).
Golden Plains Shire Council will partner with the Western Bulldogs in 2017 to bring the club’s award winning youth leadership program to the Shire.
Sporting clubs in Western Victoria looking to open more doors for women and girls to play the sports they love are being urged to apply for a VicHealth funding grant.
Golden Plains will be the first Shire in Australia to introduce an exciting new program for youth and seniors called ‘Tech, Tea and Tales’.
Residents and communities from across Golden Plains have spoken up throughout several months of community consultation on the Council Plan 2017 - 2021.
Rose History and Propagation
Roses star in our summer garden. They fill the air with perfume and my heart with delight.
With the season now well advanced and finals looming, both senior sides continue to be very competitive and well placed within the top four on the back of some consistent team and individual performances. The honour boards are definitely in need of update to recognise some impressive results with bat and ball!
Barwon Water has welcomed Tracey Slatter as new Managing Director.
Council is hosting an information evening to assist you to better understand the new Victorian Governments child safe legislation and provide you with guidelines, tips and resources to support your organisation to implement the standards.
Community groups and local councils are encouraged to apply for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), which is available for community and infrastructure projects in Corangamite.
Applications for Council’s Community Grants Program 2017/18 open on 1 February 2017, offering grants of up to $5,000.
Inverleigh & District Good Friday Appeal Family Fun Day Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th February at the Inverleigh Hotel at 7.30pm
Fashion from the 1920s and 30s - many never before seen - will be displayed as part of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Night Life exhibition opening at Barwon Park Mansion  early January 2017.
Australian water-rats are active during the day as well as at night.  They are most often observed swimming on the surface, especially in the evening or early morning.
Are you interested in taking part in a timed 5km trail run every Saturday morning at 8am?
The Victorian State Government is putting families first by giving the Bannockburn community the great sport and recreation facilities it deserves.
On Saturday 12th November we celebrated our school’s 150th birthday!!! 
It was a wonderful occasion bringing the whole school community together. From 8am parents, staff, and other community members arrived to set up marquees, historical displays, food stalls, afternoon tea and kid’s activities … there was so much to do!! Luckily the weather was on our side!!
That used to be the Tourist Slogan for The Northern Territory
Well this year with not a little fear and trepidation, my husband and I set off on a four week caravan trip from Broome to Perth across the Nullabour to home.
A year in the life of the Batesford, Fyansford, Stonehaven Landcare Group – what we’ve done in 2016.
Roots Collective presents a new community music and food family festival focused on creative healthy líving, from 11am to 7pm on Sunday 12 February 2017 at Turtle Bend, Teesdale.
Dear Editor, 
The Back to Steiglitz Association did a great job with the 2016 Reunion. 
I always enjoy coming to Steiglitz and it made it much better because there was lots of activities to do and see.
Summer is just around the corner, and as the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer it’s easy to get swept up in the holiday festivities.
Dear Editor
Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc wishes all members and friends a Happy Christmas  Good Health and Happiness in the New Year
The winners of the Christmas Raffle are:
1st Prize: Julie Ramsey, Bannockburn
2nd Prize: Greg Bragg, Inverleigh
3rd Prize: Dale Wickenden, Teesdale
Please note that the Fire Danger Period commenced on Monday 19th December 2016 for the Golden Plains Shire. This means that you cannot light a fire in the open without a permit, obtainable from the Golden Plains Shire.
The 2017 Rabbit Poisoning campaign will be held on Friday 3rd, Monday 6th, and Thursday 9th February 2017. All details will be sent by email to all those on our list and the information will be placed in all letter boxes in the Landcare area.
Several meetings over the next few weeks will be used to help shape future development of the Reserve. Some of the items to be considered will include the Tennis Pavilion, tennis courts and the layout and installation of more play equipment, pathways and plantings.
On Sunday 9th October  the  “McInerney Day” was celebrated.
This Annual event is held to recognise our President, Les McInerney together with his past family members history in our Club.
The last month has been an incredibly busy time at the Bannockburn Golf Club – and that’s not including the golf!
Energy Breakthrough
Energy Breakthrough 2016 has come and gone and it was a terrific experience for the children to be part of once again, competing in the billy cart section with over 60 primary schools from all over the state.
Hello everyone
The end of the year is fast approaching, but we still have a very full schedule to fit in before school finishes on Tuesday 20th December.
‘Tis the Season to be Jolly!
‘Christmas is around the corner. Oh no, just look at the garden!’
Congrats to Kath & Shaun on their recent marriage!
Cr Des Phelan was elected as Golden Plains Shire Council’s new Mayor recently at a Special Meeting of Council at the Bannockburn Shire Hall Council Chamber.
Barwon Water is seeking community input as it prepares to set its prices for 2018-2023.
Your New Council
On behalf of the new Golden Plains Shire Council, thank you for placing your trust in us to represent you.
With the Arts Trail coming up in March 2017, I would like to give you a sneak preview of what the trail has in store for you, and what better way than introducing some of the contributors.
Bush Dumper: Glacial progress.
Our dumping guy has at least made a start on cleaning up at one site on Mason Road but he still has a lot to do (ten more dumps!) and it is difficult to get an update from him.
Recently I received an invitation from the MS Foundation in Blackburn to come and talk to a group about ‘Meditation for Life’ and how people diagnosed with MS could use simple meditation techniques in their mind body toolbox - that is, tools that we can all use daily to assist us on our health journey.
Golden Plains Shire Council is working with the community to produce a new four year (2017-2021) Council Plan.
A wide range of community activities for children, youth and adults is on offer at the 'Y' at Bannockburn.
The Golden Plains Arts Trail is a weekend’s adventure providing a self-guided tour of open studios and creative spaces. The 2017 Golden Plains Arts Trail will present the work of over 60 artists exhibiting in a variety of studios and public facilities across Golden Plains.
We will be selling Raffle Tickets for our Christmas Raffle outside Woolworths over November.     $1 each or 6 for $5
The Battle of Bannockburn Festival was held 29/30th October, jointly organised by the Bannockburn Lions, the Bannockburn Golf Club and the Timeline Festival re-enactment groups.   Lions Clubs from Meredith, Leigh Valley and Corio Bay helped run the event.   80 stalls were set up at the Festival on Saturday and, despite Sunday morning’s violent storm, most were still standing when gates opened that day albeit a bit windblown.
On the evening of 22nd October 2016 a celebration was held of the Installation of the twenty-second Parish Priest of the Meredith Parish,  Father Charles Balnaves, by Archbishop Denis Hart DD, in front of a full church of parishioners, representatives of other denominations and friends.
Our last outing was a weekend away at Lake Bullen Merri over the AFL grand final weekend. We had a good turnout of members, around 16, with reasonable weather until some strong northerly winds saw boats being inundated and some sinking! All turned out ok with club members rescuing their own boats and then going to the assistance of others as all committed anglers do.
Members of a new look Council for Golden Plains Shire will take their Oath of Office on Tuesday 8 November following the Victorian Electoral Commission’s official declaration of the 2016 Local Government election results.
With 3 gardens to visit, Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc had a very interesting and busy day. Most members met at Lions Park or at Inverleigh on our way to the outskirts of Beeac.
Please don’t forget to register your burnoffs and rubbish fires with Vicfire before you light up. This saves the possibility of your fire being reported and fire trucks being turned out. A quick call to 1800 668 511  and then if it is reported, Vicfire can identify your burn and no-one will be turned out – unless, of course, it gets away!
A working bee was held at the Reserve on Friday 28th October to continue with the cleaning up and planning for further development.
It is pleasing to see that people are beginning to use the picnic area we are developing at Spiller’s Bridge on Perdrisat road. The trees, shrubs and grasses we planted there are doing well, helped along by the wonderful rains.
A new virus known as RHDV1 K5 will be trialled next year across 15 sites in Corangamite in an effort to significantly reduce rabbit populations and their devastating impact on agricultural production and native ecosystems.
Hay sheds are empty, the ground is wet, the crops are heavy and the weather is dodgy. This year, conditions are rife for haystack fires!
Early in October the Committee held its second Car Boot Sale. The weather on the day was dry but with a strong wind and this unfortunately affected the result. The day was not as successful as the inaugural Car Boot Sale held in July but still showed the potential for further growth.
There have been good numbers of players and some good golf played over the last month.
Golden Plains Shire Council is serious about protecting its communities through fire prevention in the lead up to the summer fire danger period.
Over the past several months there has been a lot of press covering various topics and issues within the CFA and especially in regards to the Volunteers and their position with some aspects of the Enterprise Bargain Agreement between the CFA and the United Fire Fighters Union.
You may note that this is once again a ‘CEO message’ this month, rather than a ‘Mayor message’. At the time of writing, Council election results were not known – please visit after 2 November to find out who your new Councillors are!
A fun filled morning show event at Bannockburn Cultural Centre.
Meet up with friends, form new friendships while enjoying a fabulous morning tea and show especially for the locals of Bannockburn and districts.
The Federal Government has recently taken further action to reduce domestic violence against women and children.
The local Bannockburn & District writing group, Golden Pens - Write Side Up, which meets every fortnight at the Bannockburn library is preparing to publish their 2nd book later this year.
The Federal Government has confirmed Golden Plains Shire Council will receive $2.075M in blackspot funding under the Federal Government’s Infrastructure Investment Program.
Term four has arrived and there is a lot to fit in!  We have three camps, the kinder transition program and the year six graduation to look forward to in the busy weeks ahead!
Thanks to a successful grant outcome, the club has now completed the installation of a brand new pitch. The old concrete pitch and synthetic surface has been removed and the new pitch installed closer to the club rooms to be better centred within the playing area and improve viewing.

Shelford Primary celebrates 150years!
Shelford Primary School is looking for past students and anyone who is interested in visiting our beautiful little school to join with us and celebrate our 150th year.

New School
Work has begun in earnest on the new school. If you drive down Milton Street you can see plenty of activity as the site is prepared. Services have been connected and the site is being prepared for the foundations to be poured in the near future.
Funny thing footy/ netty season just behind us… and things are in full swing! Can remember someone saying to me “you must be glad the season is over”! My reply “no it’s just beginning”! And so it is! This is the seriously busy time… player negotiations, recruiting, salary cap, points systems..!  A mine field for those involved!
Rain, Rain, Rain – Too Much Water Can Kill Plant
What an amazingly wet and windy winter and spring we have had. The rivers rose, the drains filled and the ground has become saturated. This is bad news for the many plants that do not like to have wet feet.
Sarah Henderson MP, Federal Member for Corangamite recently announced a $1.2 million National Stronger Regions Grant for Golden Plains Shire Council to deliver Stage One of the Bannockburn Civic Heart Precinct.
Bush Dumper: Quick to dump, slow to clean up.
The alleged illegal dumper, despite being directed by EPA and DELWP to remove the dumped material last month had yet to commence work by Friday October 28.
Teesdale prepares for Turtle lantern festival
Residents are gearing up for Live@Turtle Bend, the annual music festival and lantern parade, where the local primary school students will lead a twilight parade down Teesdale’s main street.
Golden Plains Shire Council is developing a new Local Law to replace Local Law No. 2 – Public Amenity, Roads and Streets and invites the community to have their say.
Organisations that work with children are required by law to meet the Child Safe Standards by 1 January 2017. The Commission for Children and Young People, in partnership with local government, is holding information sessions about the Child Safe Standards and what organisations need to do to build and maintain a child safe organisation.
The Bannockburn Lions Club and Bannockburn Golf Club have joined forces with Timeline Festival to bring a spectacular event during the weekend of Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October 2016.
An application has been submitted to establish a sand quarry in She Oaks. The site of this proposed quarry is on the Maude – She Oaks Road, approximately 1 km East of the Strong Road intersection. See map below. The property is 23 hectares in size, with the proposed quarry to be 13.7 hectares.
Our last outing was on Sunday 18th September to the two lakes of Purrumbete and Bullen Merri. Weigh in was at 1pm with senior and junior trophies up for grabs for the heaviest redfin and the heaviest trout/salmon.
A fabulous day of old fashioned fun.
Set in the last town in Victoria without electricity!  Steiglitz, the ‘living ghost town’ like no other.
On 11th September we celebrated our Annual Opening Day.
This special event was officially opened by Mr Robin Roberts (President of Geelong Bowls Region.)
The first bowl of the season was rolled by one of our Club Life Members, Mr Barry Merrett.
Agapanthus praecox ssp. Orientalis
Our August meeting was on a cloudy day threatening rain. Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc. members drove to Werribee to visit Plantmark nursery This wholesale nursery is a great favourite with members due to the extensive choice of plants and the expert advice available.
Please make a phone call to Vicfire on 1800 668 511 to let them know if you are going to burn those remaining heaps of prunings and tree branches. While your fire might be perfectly safe and the day suitable for burning, there is often a well-meaning person who will call 000 and report your fire.
No doubt partly due to the large roadside signs pointing to the Bunjil Lookout at the Recreation Reserve, there has been a significant increase in the number of visitors to the Reserve. Thank you to the Golden Plains Shire for these signs – we love sharing our area with visitors!
The Maude Landcare Group has been very fortunate to have help from the Green Army recently. This group is a little similar to Greencorps. Small groups of younger people work with a supervisor on local landcare projects, learning about the environment as they go.
Barwon Water will begin accessing water from its Moorabool system reservoirs from Monday, September 26.
We are fast approaching the end of the year and what a year it has been so far. We are awaiting the Spring weather. Spring invites us to come out of hibernation and get back outdoors to restore our Vitamin D levels and get moving again.
Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, has welcomed the launch of the Federal Government’s new app designed to help Aussie businesses become exporters.
RSL Appeals organisers at all Victorian Sub-Branches around Victoria are gearing up for the annual Poppy Appeal, as it becomes a timely reminder to Remember this November.
Victorian Sand Greens Championships
The Victorian Sand Greens Championships that were held during the month, have been extremely successful.  Golf Victoria representatives made the following comments regarding the championships.
The Bannockburn Lions club and Bannockburn Golf club are excited to present another exciting weekend of family fun with The Battle of Bannockburn Timeline festival to be held at the Bannockburn golf club on the weekend 29-30 October 2016.
Congratulations to Lorraine Allworthy of Bannockburn for being awarded on 17th August with the Lions’ Alan J Holding Award for community service.  The award was presented by Lions District Governor Terry Heazlewood when he visited the Club.
When:  Weekend of October 29th & 30th 2016
Cost:  $5 per person/garden, children under 18 free.
Time:  from 10am to 4pm
All gate takings are for the Inverleigh CFA to contribute to their new fire truck.  All enquiries call Ian Nash on 0414 986 232
Shed Building
Several problems were identified relating to the proposed siting of our new shed on the Victor St site which had the potential of delaying the construction for some considerable time.
Congratulations to Caroline Pearce of Bannockburn for winning the coveted Hockey Geelong Best and Fairest Div. 2 Women’s comp 2016.
Barrabool Hills Landcare Group Rabbit Recipe Book – “FERAL FEAST”
The Barrabool Hills Landcare community just west of Geelong have come up with a unique way to celebrate their 21st birthday and support their annual rabbit management programs.
Welcome to term 4
We hope everyone had a safe and happy school holiday break and have returned ready to face the busy final term for 2016.  We have three camps, the kinder transition program and the year six graduation to look forward to in the busy weeks ahead!
First Aid
Teaching staff and students from our school are all trained up and ready to go after we completed First Aid training courses in August.
By the time many of you read this article the second Car Boot Sale will have been held at Victoria Park in Inverleigh.
The opening night of this year's Art Exhibition was enjoyed by those present with fine wines and delicious food complimenting the viewing of over 200 art works on display.
At the end of a very successful season unfortunately we don’t have much silverware to show for it!
Bush Dumper is required to remove all dumped materials.
The person who allegedly dumped over 14 Hino truckloads of subsoil plus assorted waste plastic, weeds, tiles and timber in the Bannockburn Bush is being dealt with by the EPA legal team and, with DELWP close supervision, is being required to remove all the dumped material.
Are you seeing and hearing lots of birds in your garden? We have noticed a wonderful increase in numbers and species over the time we have been planting on our block. As gardeners, we can plan to improve the conditions for birds, providing food, water, and shelter for nesting and safe perching.
To the editor,
I am writing to advise you that the Election Office for the Golden Plains Shire Council elections will open to the public at 9am on Wednesday 14th September 2016.
National Landcare Week (5 – 11 September) is well under way and Australians around the country are celebrating the true grassroots success story of Landcare.
The importance of not consuming alcohol during pregnancy is being highlighted today through International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Day.
‘Red tape’…simple words, yet capable of striking terror into Aussie’s across the land.
These words have the power to make shoulders of the strongest men sag.  Ensure the most optimistic hippy’s smile disappears.  And, as we all know, once the term is uttered, hours, days, even months suddenly get sucked into a frustratingly futile, time-wasting void.
Bannockburn Anglers Club is one of the oldest continually operating fishing clubs in Victoria. We have regular outings usually on the 3rd Sunday of each month and fish both freshwater and saltwater, usually on the bay.
2 BOWL TRIPLES Thursday 11th August
This has been a very popular winter bowls competition being supported by many teams from the Geelong Bowls Region.
Have you heard about the not-for-profit organisation:  Trust for Nature?
Trust for Nature works with private landowners who wish to preserve their land and protect our native plants and wildlife now and for future generations.
Get Involved In The 2016 Seniors Festival
Get out and about during Seniors Festival in Golden Plains Shire! With a great program of events on offer throughout October, you can be active, crafty, creative or informed, pamper yourself or enjoy a fabulous morning tea or meal – all for little or no cost.
It has been wonderful to see a stream of clean water flowing down the Moorabool river for some weeks now. There is nothing like the natural thing – in this case, rain! Some private dams are now full, with others at least half way there, so more water should gradually start being released into creeks and waterways, and finding its way to the river.
A repeat of last month’s reminder……..
Winter time is the best time to get rid of all those heaps of garden rubbish, prunings and other bits and pieces piled up for burning.
Thanks to the Golden Plains Shire, we now have several large roadside signs showing the way to our Bunjil viewing platform at the Maude Recreation Reserve.
The Victoria Park, Inverleigh Committee of Management Inc. was pleased to honour its former member, Robin Pearce, and his wife, Maureen at an informal luncheon at Victoria Park recently. A presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation and a commemorative book was made by President, Carol Perrett to Robin in recognition of his service to the Committee over more than fifteen years.
All members of the Bannockburn Golf Club are excited as the Victorian Sand Green Championships are about to take place during the first week in September on our course.
On Sunday the 14th August 2016 the Friends of the Inverleigh Nature Conservation Reserve meet for their 25th Annual Boneseed Pull.
Do Your Kids Want To Try Athletics?
How about joining a Club that supports children, of all abilities, not only gain skills in athletic events, but have improved self-confidence and make new friendships?
Preparations continue in anticipation of the coming season with several new players being welcomed to our club, Coaching and Captaincy arrangements being finalised and some exciting social events planned.
Moving On
Friday, August 5th, we said farewell to Mrs Karen Ward. Karen left to start the next stage of her life, focussing on family.
Crop Rotation in the Vegetable Garden
Planning and record keeping are valuable for the vegie garden because they help you to grow healthier vegetables in the best possible conditions.
We have a busy few weeks to the end of term as you can see from our report this month.
School Open Day
We would like you to visit our school for our annual open day, to come and see the school grounds and facilities. Parents are invited to bring their pre-school aged children to meet the principal, staff and parents.
Geoff Howard MP, Member for Buninyong officially opened four projects in Golden Plains Shire on Monday 22 August, with Smythesdale and surrounds, Dereel, Enfield, Haddon and Lethbridge the main townships set to reap the benefits.
The Geelong Region Local learning and Employment Network (GRLLEN) works with our community to support all job seekers find careers, training and learning outcomes.  This week has seen our team in various settings across the region:
Basketball Season 2016
New Season starts first week of October *REGISTER NOW*
Social and Traditional Media foils bush soil dumper
Thanks to the concern and vigilance of the local community, an alleged illegal soil spoil dumper has been identified and is now helping the Police, DELWP and the EPA with their enquiries.
It’s time for all eligible residents and ratepayers to enrol for the upcoming Golden Plains Shire Council election.
We apologise to everyone for the difficulty you have had in trying to reach us on email since mid August.
Battle of the Bands ... Learn, Create, Get Involved
With cricket season quickly approaching, our club is again looking forward to fielding Senior and Junior sides in the Geelong Cricket Association and providing the MILO in2CRICKET program for boys and girls aged between 5 and 8 years old.
With the Olympic Games starting soon in Rio, it is an exciting time to watch amazing athletic skills!  But how about your children gaining skills in many of these different events?
As it approaches ten years in operation, Bannockburn business “Your Name Here Promotions & Embroidery” has moved to a new location.
Father Charles Balnaves 
Ordained as a Catholic Priest in June 2015 I have taken up the role as Parish Priest for the Catholic Parish of Meredith as of 27th July.
The Victoria Park Committee of Management would like to thank all those who participated in the inaugural Car Boot Sale recently held in the Park.
The Teesdale Children’s Centre was officially opened by Geoff Howard MP, Member for Buninyong, on Monday 25 July.
Here are some newsy snippets from a brochure collated by Amanda Gordon-Young. This brochure with a lot more interesting information is available for a small cost at the next Back to Steiglitz Festival and Reunion. We hope you enjoy reading!
Social Bowls
July 21st - such a cold, windy and wet day but the true bowlers came out to play.
Superb effort by volunteers…
Although it was the dead of winter, some crossing of fingers brought a still, sunny morning for National Tree Day on 31st July. In Inverleigh, over 500 native trees and shrubs were planted by volunteers and members of the Leigh District Landcare Group in the parklands alongside the Leigh River. The tree planting crew then enjoyed a BBQ lunch, a cuppa and some scrumptious lumberjack cake supplied by local landcare members.
Thinking of tree planting on your property? 
Why not consider planting trees and shrubs which are native to your region ?
Read on and find out why planting native flora is Important. 
To celebrate 15 years of Community Planning in the Golden Plains Shire, Council is organising an event for the evening of Tuesday 16 August to thank everyone who has contributed to the success and sustainability of the program, especially Community Coordinators.
Winter time is the best time to get rid of all those heaps of garden rubbish, prunings and other bits and pieces piled up for burning.
We are still waiting for news concerning the fate of the Moorabool River regarding the proposal to send more water to Ballarat, and leave the middle and lower reaches of the river starved of flow in dry times.
A very important article appeared on page 14 in last month’s Newsletter. Did you read it?
If not, please jump online and find it, and take good note!
Although conditions have  been very wintery there has been many golf highlights for the month.
It certainly has been a cold winter! Late July brought an arctic blast, delivering snow to many areas of the Shire. As we enter the last month of winter, Council looks ahead to the warmer months and the important work coming up (and some we worked on during the colder months)!
Golden Plains Shire Council undertook a briefing on Tuesday 26 July 2016 to discuss the results of the 2016 Community Satisfaction Survey.
Nominations are now open for this year’s Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards, with up to 60 individuals to be recognised at a ceremony in December.
George Ivanoff
We were pleased to welcome this year’s Author in Residence, George Ivanoff.  George worked with all classes from July 25th-29th. George is well known for his Choose-your-own-adventure books and his current stories built around the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Geoff Howard, Member for Buninyong, officially opened the Lethbridge Youth Unstructured Play Space project in Golden Plains Shire on Thursday 16 June.
Can’t believe we are almost at the end of the season! With only a handful of games for the G&DFL teams, and the juniors finishing up at the end of July- yep like now!
Welcome back for term 3
We hope that all families have enjoyed the term break and that students are ready for learning for term 3.
National Tree Day Sunday July 31
Look for a report on this big event in the September edition.
We are aiming to plant 400 Yellow gums and other species in the sections recently purged of Sugar Gums.
There are hidden horrors lurking in every Victorian home. They are disguised in many forms, from the humble hairdryer, to the heater, and even your mobile phone.
If we are not offering an activity you would like to see in our community tell us about it via email: or on facebook/ymcabannockburn
For over fifteen years, the Geelong Region LLEN (Local Learning and Employment Network), has worked to create economic and employment outcomes for the Geelong region through collaboration, innovation and partnership arrangements for Employers, Job-seekers, Educational & Community institutions.
Sunday 14th August 2016 – Old Shelford Track 1.30pm. As this is our 25th Boneseed Pull we’ll be having an afternoon tea when we’ve finished.
As you drive through Inverleigh, visitors and locals are constantly reminded of the contribution and sacrifice local families have made to conflicts and peacekeeping operations for over a century – the memorials at the western end of town, the avenue of honour and the RSL building next to the hall.
The Bannockburn Lions club and Bannockburn Golf club are excited to present another exciting weekend of family fun with The Battle of Bannockburn Timeline festival to be held at the Bannockburn golf club on the weekend 29-30 October 2016.
B & D Arts will be holding their 2016 Golden Plains Art Exhibition at the Bannockburn Cultural Centre with opening night Friday 1st October from 7pm.  The Art Exhibition will continue through Saturday and Sunday.
The Shed members have been busy this month with selling Raffle Tickets and other small odd jobs.  The Committee and Members wish to thank all who purchased a Raffle ticket or two and it was a great success.
Sunday October 23rd 2016
Here are just some of this year’s new attractions:
Our River
The water out of your tap comes from a river. 
Each year, Victorians draw 5 trillion litres of water out of our rivers for irrigation and use by towns. This leaves many of our river ecosystems trying to get by on half the water which would naturally be there. 
We asked them what attracted them to the village.
St John’s Anglican Church at Bannockburn recently embarked on an awe inspiring journey to Lake Eyre.
The Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc enjoyed a most interesting afternoon at the sprout House Farm in Drumcondra where we saw how micro greens are grown.
Golden Plains Shire Council will host two public information sessions for residents considering standing for council in the upcoming elections.
Update on new calicivirus for pest rabbits
There is much interest in the upcoming release of the new ‘K5’ strain of Calicivirus (RHDV - Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus) into the wild rabbit population. It looks set to be released in Autumn 2017.

Golden Plains’ youth invited to get involved
Young musicians are invited to apply for the 2016 FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands Competition. 

At the last meeting of the Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, Mr. Bill Hughes spoke to us about the work of Bannockburn & District Connected Communities, and opportunities to gain valuable funding for community groups and facilities.
Many concerned locals attended consultation sessions concerning the State Government’s Water for Victoria plans, wrote submissions and sent letters to politicians. For now, we wait to see the result of our efforts.
Golden Plains would benefit from significant road safety upgrades under a re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government.
‘Art is alive and well in the Golden Plains and continues to grow!’
For the third time in 3 months, a Bannockburn Golf Club member has had a ‘Hole-in-One’. Congratulations to our Vice President, Col Gillett on hitting his 2nd ‘Hole-in-One’ on the 2nd (the Quarry) Hole at Winchelsea Golf Club during the Winchelsea Open Tournament.
The next big day for the Fundraising Committee will be the Barbecue at the Back to Steiglitz on 23rd October.
Social Bowls
June 2nd  - The weather was much kinder and enticed 19 players to come and enjoy a happy and fun day of bowling and practice.
July is the mid-point of winter, so we’re approaching the warmer weather! I certainly hope that our primary producers across the shire have had enough rain to help them continue to grow and create products that Golden Plains can continue be proud of.
Golden Plains Shire Council adopted its Budget for the 2016-17 financial year and 2013-2017 Council Plan (which also includes the Strategic Resource Plan) at its ordinary meeting on Tuesday 28 June.
Water authorities are warning consumers to flush only “pee, paper and poo” down their toilets as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) escalates a probe into whether cleaning wipes are causing widespread damage to pipe systems across the country.
During the first week of June our students had a fantastic time with our Illustrator-in-Residence, Chris Kennett. Chris showed the children the importance of shape in drawing characters.
Sovereign Hill Excursion
Recently our whole school went on an excursion to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat.
Staffing announcements
As we come to the end of the term, there are a number of staffing announcements to acknowledge.
You will have seen CFA and MFB out in force, promoting home fire safety and how you can keep your home safe.
WESTERN Victoria MP Simon Ramsay has urged western Victorians to consider contributing to the Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee’s inquiry into fire season preparedness.
A pretty pleasing position to be in at the turn of the season, with both footy and netty teams certainly holding their own! With our footballers sitting comfortably on the ladder and all our senior netball teams secure in the top 3!
National Tree Day Sunday July 31
This is our major Community event for July. FOBB members have made a start with the Yellow Gum replanting project with over 100 planted but we need more help to get another 300 trees into the ground.
Pruning – Cuts that Count
Pruning is a gardening task which helps to shape, renew, invigorate, protect, and promote flowers and fruit. Timing is important, with the general rule being to prune after flowering for evergreen plants and during the dormant winter period for deciduous plants.
There are plenty of programs available for everyone in the months ahead.
Cr Des Phelan, Mayor of Golden Plains Shire, officially opened the Bannockburn Soccer Pitch and Soccer Pitch Lighting projects on Monday 27 June on behalf of Ms Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria, who was unfortunately unable to attend.
Teesdale T.O.W.N. Club has recently moved to Bannockburn.
We now hold our weekly meetings every Tuesday at the St John’s Anglican Church Hall at 11 Byron Street (behind the Library and Community Centre).
Bannockburn Green has recently entered it's 4th year of operation.The gardens and all works are looking well established, and there is now a strong residents support network within the Village.
Voice & Action G.P.S.Inc. (V&A) the ratepayer association for the Golden Plains Shire (GPS) have with other dissatisfied residents  been able to finally achieve a refocus to Council’s thinking. Our group along with the Batesford ratepayer association (BAGPRRA) have been leading the fight to bring change in Council attitude and responses to concerns that we all have.
This year’s event was held on Tuesday May 24th at St. Joseph’s Hall in Meredith. Over 50 ladies, gents and children packed into the cosy St. Joseph’s hall to partake of high tea complete with scones and jam and cream, delicious sandwiches, sausage rolls and amazing home made cakes and slices.
The Bannockburn and District Lions Club held a ‘metal muster’ at the Lions Park in Bannockburn over the last weekend in May.   The aims of the muster were to collect recyclable metals so they could be reprocessed, reduce rubbish going to landfills (and save residents the tip fees!) and also to raise money which the Lions Club will put back into community projects.
by Lina Murphy
After thirty one years of owning and running Treehome Nursery at Teesdale, we (Steve & Lina Murphy) feel that the time has come to hand over to the next generation.
The aim of these awards is to recognise some of the many volunteers who serve in a wide range of community organisations, charities or clubs in areas such as community, arts, youthwork, healthcare, environmental, sport, emergency services, or other.
The shed is slowly making headway after a few steps we had thought had taken place now have to be completed. We are getting through the extra requirements and have lodged a Planning Permit  and Building Permits submitted to Golden Plains Shire in the near future.
Members of the Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc enjoyed a lovely afternoon at the home of member Marion Wilde and her partner Peter at their property in Sutherlands Creek
Winter is one of my favourite times of the year and a great time to explore Golden Plains; with our award-winning wine region and eateries, stunning natural landscapes to explore with friends and family and farmers’ markets to help make warm nights at home even better with top-notch food and drink. So, before you plan to explore afield this winter, why not see what’s close to home first?
The Landcare Network recently made a submission on the State Government’s Water for Victoria discussion paper.
Golden Plains Shire Council, together with Ms Sarah Henderson MP, Federal Member for Corangamite, and Barwon Water, celebrated the completion of Stage One of the Golden Plains Food Production Precinct project in Lethbridge on Thursday 19th April.
What an outstanding month of golf we have had at the Bannockburn Golf Club throughout May.
The Landcare Group remains very concerned about the possibility of Barwon Water’s share of water in Lal Lal Reservoir on the West branch of the Moorabool River being allocated to Central Highlands Water for use in Ballarat.
District Brigades regularly are turned out needlessly to private burnoffs which are not in danger of spreading. It is very important that landowners let Vicfire know when you are going to do some burning off. It can be very embarrassing to have fire trucks turn up needlessly – and very frustrating for the volunteers who have to give up their work or leisure time to man the trucks.
Social Bowls
May 5th - It's wonderful to have the support of members and visitors during the winter months at our Social Bowls days.  We welcome any people who want to participate in this great sport on these Thursday competitions.  You would be most welcome.
What Is The Feathermap Project? 
by Christine Windle
brought to you by Bannockburn Surgery
Anzac Ceremonies
During the month the children have taken part in a number of ANZAC Day commemorations.  I have been extremely proud of the way in which all children have represented our school both in public, and at school when our visitors from Geelong Legacy attended our ANZAC Day service.
Education Week 
Whilst we did not have a special event this year, there have been a range of recent extra activities and coming up events for parents to attend, including Winter Sports, Lightning Premiership, Walk to School Day, Goal–A–Thon and Café Openings.  In addition, parents are always most welcome to join us for our whole school assembly at 2.45 p.m. on Fridays.
Oval Rejuvenation
At the start of the term School Council was pleased to report that the school oval had been re-seeded during the holidays. We had a landscaping firm sow seed in the first week of the holidays.
Community groups are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $10,000 from the Community Safety Fund for projects to tackle local crime issues and improve community safety.
CFA has called on residents to keep an eye out for rogue operators who are preying on the elderly, by talking them into exorbitant contracts for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Great position to be in mid season with senior’s resies and all netball teams in the top 5, some on top for the first time ever! Fantastic!
Yellow Gum restoration hots up.
We have now planted out 38 of our new batch of Yellow Gums raised by Kate. Thanks to Loris, Lance, Helen and Kate for this good work on Sunday May 22.
The ANZAC Day Memorial services on Monday 25th April were conducted by the Inverleigh RSL Sub-Branch at Bannockburn, Teesdale, Shelford and Inverleigh.
Edna Levy from Bannockburn recently celebrated her 90th birthday at a party given by her family and attended by her many friends.
President of the Native Hut Branch of CWA, Shirley Wild recently presented Caitlyn Sagar with a cheque to support her trip to British Columbia, Canada.
The Combined Probus Club of Bannockburn inducted 4 new members at our March meeting.
This month brings a range of opportunities for you to have your say on issues that are important to you. We also want to acknowledge and thank of all those in the Shire who generously donate their time for the good of others in honour of National Volunteer Week (9-15 May).
Always as a child, my mum told me that to properly live, one must wander. As comfortable as the nest is, you probably won’t experience much hidden behind it.
April saw 26 members and friends travel by bus to Coombe Cottage, the former home and estate of Dame Nellie Melba at Coldstream.
Mum of 2, Toni Leoncini, 28, from Bannockburn has been recognised as a Best Social Media Success Story finalist in the coveted 2016 Motivating Mum Brilliant Biz Mum Awards.
On Saturday 23rd April members and families of the Bannockburn Fire Brigade enjoyed an afternoon session of Barefoot Bowls hosted by the Bannockburn Bowling Club.
“There are 20,000 of us living in Golden Plains across 56 small rural townships and settlements. We’re all together, but not always connected.”
Golden Plains Shire Council is supporting VicHealth’s H30 Challenge. The H30 Challenge asks people to make a 30-day pledge to replace sugary drinks with water.
The major highlight this month was the hole in one scored by the Club President Max McLaren during the mid week competition on the 19th April. Those who witnessed the shot saw it go perfectly straight at the flag landing just short and rolling sweetly into the hole. Well done Max!
Summer Fire Restrictions have now been lifted. There have been a significant number of callouts to burnoffs which have escaped, or where the fire has been left with no adult supervision.
The Landcare Group remains very concerned about the possibility of Barwon Water’s share of water from the Moorabool River being allocated to Central Highlands Water for use in Ballarat.
On 9th March the “Two Bowl Triples” was held.  All Rinks were of full of enthusiastic players.
Shelford Primary Takes Aths Title
Shelford Primary School senior students took part in the Moorabool Valley Association athletic sports at Goldsworthy Park in Corio recently and won this year’s event. The proud yet humble children had this to say:
Bannockburn Primary School Council would like to thank Bannockburn & District Community Connections for their outstanding generosity in donating a $2000 defibrillator to the school.
Welcome to term 2
This last month has been a busy one in sport for the students of Teesdale Primary School. Students had trained extremely hard throughout the term and were determined to achieve their personal best. This was fantastic to see.
brought to you by the Bannockburn Surgery.

Diabetes affects an estimated 800,000 Australians, and many of these are not aware they have the disease. If undetected or poorly controlled, diabetes can lead to vision impairment, renal failure, lower limb amputation, MI, CVA and impotence.
Pot and Container Gardening Success 
There are many reasons that people garden in pots. Some are purely aesthetic – creating a special feature, or enabling quick display changes.
Queen of the court
Lifelong resident of Bannockburn, Edna Levy celebrated her 90th birthday on the 20th April 2016
The season got off to a nail biting start for our footballers - the reserves drawing with BPH and the seniors clinching the game by a solitary point!
Haddon Community Learning Centre (HCLC) is set to break new ground with the introduction of Flexi Learn Online training.
Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria, officially opened the Bannockburn Family Services Centre extension and the Rokewood Kindergarten upgrade projects in Golden Plains Shire on Thursday 28 April.
Yellow Gum Restoration
Now that the first phase of the bush fencing is complete, we have commenced preparation for replanting over 400 Yellow Gums and 20 Gold dust wattles into selected sections from which Sugar gums have recently been harvested.
Does your group need assistance and support with ‘project planning’ and ‘fundraising’? If so then the next two volunteer training workshops are a must!
There is something for everyone at the Bannockburn Recreation Centre this month.
The Victorian Government has released a Water for Victoria discussion paper summarising the key challenges facing the water sector and outlining how Victorians can strengthen their water system for decades to come.
Golden Plains Shire Council is committed to providing equitable access to its buildings, services, communications, information, and employment processes for all people in the community. To support this objective, Council is currently reviewing its current Access and Inclusion Plan and developing a new plan for the future.
Golden Plains Shire is conducting a training workshop on “Running Effective Meetings” for Committees based on feedback received last year. If your meetings are full of waffle and take up too much of your valuable time then you should attend this daytime training.
Ladies, are you looking for a new interest?
In the March edition of the Bannockburn News, the Maude Landcare column raised concerns that rumours had been circulating that Barwon Water’s share of water in Lal Lal Reservoir may be transferred to Central Highlands Water.
The following is a list of Memorial services that the Inverleigh RSL Sub-Branch will present for 2016 ANZAC Day, Monday 25th April. All residents are encouraged to attend one of these services to remember those who served their country during times of conflict.
The Bannockburn Community Garden has formed following our meeting on 22nd March with the  hope to establish a Community Garden in Bannockburn.
Report on the executive meeting held on 9th March 2016 at the Golden Plains Library
Moorabool River info session – 12th April
A number of landcare groups and other community groups have concerns about the future of the Moorabool River and have organised an information session on this topic. All welcome. 7pm Tues 12th April, Meredith Memorial Hall. See ad in this issue for more details.
Some Barwon Water customers in the Golden Plains region may have noticed a change in the taste of their water over recent months.
The Modern Lyre is a 20th century stringed instrument considered to be gentle to a child's ear yet challenging to the discriminating musician.
"Did you know that tucked away in historic Batesford, stands the 396 metre- long Moorabool Railway Viaduct, completed in 1862 to take the Ballarat line over the Moorabool Valley to the gold fields? This amazing bluestone structure, which still carries freight, was regarded as the greatest engineering feat in Australasia, being the largest early metal truss bridge in Australia at the time.
On Sunday 24th January the ‘Alan Symons’ day was held.
Members of the Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc. met at Summer Sensations Berry Farm for a most enjoyable afternoon.
Summer Fire Restrictions are still in force, and you are reminded that it is illegal to burn without a permit until the Restrictions are lifted. Keep in touch with the media for Total Fire Ban days – we are in the Central Fire District. The lifting of Fire Restrictions will be advertised in the local press.
The next meeting of the Committee of Management will be held at the Maude Tennis pavilion on Monday, 4th April at 7.30pm.
The Landcare Group is very concerned about the possibility of Barwon Water’s share of water in Lal Lal reservoir being transferred to Central Highlands Water for use in Ballarat. This would seriously deplete the amount of water flowing down the Moorabool River and greatly reduce the effectiveness of environmental water flows.
April is set to be another busy month for Golden Plains Shire Council.

Golden Plains youth share their stories
“I don’t want to be a bystander anymore. I want to be heard.” Ailish, 16 years old.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced a $67,000 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund grant to deliver the Bannockburn Cricket Nets Project for the local community.
March again, has been a very busy month for the Bannockburn Golf club members.  The highlight being the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal Golf Day held on Good Friday which raised $4,985 for the Children’s Hospital.
Term Recap
What a busy term it has been!  Students returned to school at the start of the year with new uniform, new books and eager to catch up with their teachers and friends.
Student Representative Council
Earlier this month, at our Whole School Assembly, the Student Representative Council members (SRC) were presented with their ‘Student Voice’ badges.
“After 85 years of fundraising for The Royal Children’s Hospital, the Good Friday Appeal is always overwhelmed by the support of generous Victorians and this year we’re thrilled to announce the 2016 fundraising total is $17,445,624!" said Anne Randall, Director of the Good Friday Appeal.
These days you can gamble anywhere, anytime; and with the internet, smart phones and tablets, we can carry a casino in our pockets.

Its here! Season 2016! 
The pre season well and truly over- and some very pleasing results from practice matches, both footy and netty. 

During the last month, Friends of the Bannockburn Bush (FOBB) members, with a massive effort from the local Scout groups and financial support from Ausnet, Golden Plains Shire and DELWP, managed to remove over 20 cubic metres of junk from the Bannockburn Bush.
How did you learn about gardening? This is a question that I am often asked and I always say that I am still learning about gardening.
A free, four-week Rock Up Netball program is coming to Bannockburn in 2016.
Have you have ever tried meditation before or tried traditional meditation and found it wasn’t quite for you?
Over recent weeks there has been an increase in suspect activity in the Bannockburn and surrounding areas with an alarming trend similar to that of offences which have been occurring in the Geelong and Ballarat area.
Golden Plains Shire Council is proud to once again present the Golden Plains Arts Trail in conjunction with GP Arts Inc, on the weekend of 19 and 20 March 2016.
Local identities David and Anne Cotsell were farewelled at their last Murgheboluc Reserve Committee of Management meeting in November 2015, by current President Ken Hose.
Daylight Savings finishes on Sunday 3rd April 2016. It’s the perfect time to change your clock, change your Smoke Alarm Battery.
Living in the regional Australia. 
Most of us in the Goldens Plains Shire live on farms or in semi-rural or peri urban environments and we have chosen this way of living for a variety of reasons of which the following are likely ones:
At Golden Plains Shire Council, we believe everyone has a story to tell, everyone deserves to be heard and everyone deserves to be celebrated.
The Bannockburn and District Gardening Club always seem to have extremes of weather for their activities, our visit to 50 Greenfields Drive Moriac was no exception.
Summer Fire Restrictions are still in force, and you are reminded that it is illegal to burn without a permit until the Restrictions are lifted. Keep in touch with the media for Total Fire Ban days – we are in the Central Fire District. The lifting of Fire Restrictions will be advertised in the local press.
The next meeting of the Landcare group is to be held on Thursday, 3rd. March 2016 at the Maude Tennis Pavilion at 8pm.
Info session: Composting for soil improvements  Friday 11th March
An information session on domestic and broad-acre composting is being held on Friday  11th March, 2pm at the Inverleigh Community Hall (main street).
An Open Letter to the Bannockburn & District Community
The Bannockburn Golf Club has just completed the 2016 Open Tournament. This is the second time that the tournament has run during summer instead of the traditional winter timeslot.
Welcome Family Picnic
What a lovely way to welcome families and staff to the new year with a Welcoming Family Picnic last Tuesday.
As of the first day of the school year we had 550 children attending Bannockburn Primary School. We welcomed 62 new Prep children who made a wonderful start to the year.
Switch on to Succulents
Succulents are proving their worth as house plants, in gardens and in pots because they are perfect for our dryer climate. They come in a wide range of colours and forms and are great value in a garden, providing a sculptural touch.
Soccer 2016 for girls, boys, women and men
The Golden Plains Hockey Club are poised for another successful season in The Geelong Hockey Association and are looking for new players to join their competitive but family friendly club.
Welcome to season 2016! And what an exciting one it is shaping up to be!
Threatened Species Grant progress.  Fencing the Southern Triangle
Things have moved along quickly with our DELWP fencing grant. Stuart, Lance, Kate and Fran have been busy clearing Acacia paradoxa, Melaleuca armillaris and other trees and bushes from along the new fencing easement. We have encountered a lot of Callistemon spp that does not belong (comes from dumped garden waste) and also Melaleuca armillaris another serious garden escapee.
The new Hunt & Gather Winchelsea festival is set to become a significant date on the Victorian rural calendar, featuring regional produce, art and agriculture, while celebrating innovation in farming, manufacturing and services.
Following  on from the disastrous and very sad fire that completely destroyed the lovely and historic St. John's Catholic Church in Bannockburn last October, the congregation has been meeting to celebrate Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Inverleigh.
Netball Season 
New season is set to begin but there is still time left to put a team in!!!!
Our competitions are both fun and social. Enter a team or as an individual for our new season has just started
Red Cross Calling supports the everyday work of Red Cross such as a daily phone call for people living on their own, support for homeless young people, clean drinking water for families in Myanmar or Timor-Leste and support for families trying to rebuild their lives after a flood or bushfire.
The Editor,
Bannockburn Newsletter,
Representing your needs to State and Federal politicians 
Over February and March, the CEO and I met with nine Federal and State government politicians, including Sarah Henderson MP (Federal Member for Corangamite), The Honourable Catherine King MP (Federal Member for Ballarat) and The Honourable Jaala Pulford (State Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture).
Golden Plains Shire Council has a long history of lobbying for improved mobile coverage, especially considering the fire prone nature of much of the Shire.
Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson is calling for ‘Expressions of Interest’ from local community groups to fund small capital projects through Round Two of the Commonwealth Government’s Stronger Communities Program.
Golden Plains Shire is committed to providing quality training and support to all community groups, clubs and individual volunteers within the Shire.
Golden Plains Shire Council has secured $300,000 towards replacing the Pitfield-Cressy Road bridge in round two of the Bridges Renewal Programme.
Golden Plains Shire Council is delighted to recognise outstanding members of the community with our 2016 Australia Day Awards.
Robyn Little, Fiona Rogers, Matthew Buckley (local Banno Paramedic) and Eichelle Carey Ashley from “Fit For Life with Chelle” are Team “The Footsore 4” taking on this year’s Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker in an effort to raise funds for those suffering poverty here in Australia and overseas.
The Bannockburn skate park will again be up in lights this year during the third annual Barwon South West Twilight Skate Park Competition on Friday 18 March.
Volunteering offers a variety of ways Golden Plains young people can get valuable experience and learn new skills – and they’re definitely not boring!
You want to give back to the community but not really sure how to do it other than giving a cash donation?? If you really want to make a difference, how about doing it at a grass roots level and become a foster carer to a child or young person in your own community.
On Wednesday 9th December the 2 Bowl Triples was held.
Golden Plains Shire Council is reporting back to residents on the recent focus groups.
In response to feedback from residents, Council is working on improving the way it consults and engages with the community.
Christmas and New Year Arrangements
Artists who live or work in Golden Plains can apply for START, Golden Plains Shire Council's new Arts Grant program, by submitting a project that will benefit the Golden Plains community.
Recently our local Bannockburn Churches hosted a “Why Christmas ?” Dinner
Last week I received a glossy brochure in the mail - personally addressed to me and with a stamp on the envelope - not just a bulk mail-out.
A very enjoyable Awards Night for active brigade members was held on Saturday, 7th November at the Maude Fire Station.
Four years ago in January, on a freezing cold and very rainy day, a rather large removal van pulled into what was, back then, the driveway of our new home on the main road in Teesdale.
Report on Executive Committee meeting held on 18 November 2015 at the Golden Plains Library.
General Business Report
Golden Plains Shire Council has made the most of 2014/15 Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants from the Department of Justice.
Did you know that yours is a natural born killer ?
Many of us love cats. They are great companions and pretty cute.   But lying hidden beneath their warm and fuzzy cuteness cats are swift and silent killers.
On Tuesday 3rd November we had a great fun-filled day as we celebrated Melbourne Cup.
There were many colourful outfits on display.  Ladies wearing amazing fascinators,  Men dressed as Jockeys.  Some members even becoming successful punters !!!!
Season’s greetings! 
In a special meeting in early November, I was honoured to be re-elected by Council as Mayor for the next year. The last year has held significant challenges and great achievements for Council and over the next year Council will continue to focus on serving the community.
There was a late change of venue in September for the Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc. Members held a very enjoyable afternoon at the home of Coralie Erwin in Burnside Rd. The 5 acre property is solely maintained by Coralie, a mammoth task.

written by Mel King, researcher

Did you know the AKF predicts only 40,000 koalas remain in the wild!!

Summer Fire Restrictions started on 9th November. It is illegal to burn without a permit until the Restrictions are lifted some time next autumn. Keep in touch with the media for Total Fire Ban days – we are in the Central Fire District.
The next meeting of the Landcare group is to be held on Thursday, 3rd. December at the Maude Tennis Pavilion at 8pm.
The golf course is in great order at the moment after many of hours of voluntary work carried out over the past few weeks and a timely rain event to help things along.
Out-smarting the bunnies – potential release sites for new K5 virus
The new strain of Calicivirus - K5 – is due to be released in Australia in Autumn 2016. Landholders have the opportunity to offer their property as a potential release site to test the effectiveness and spread of the virus.
Golden Plains Shire Council has successfully secured a grant to develop four murals within skate parks in Dereel, Enfield, Haddon and Lethbridge.
Golden Plains Shire Council held an event on Monday 23rd November to formally acknowledge and thank Council volunteers who selflessly dedicate their own time for the benefit of the Golden Plains community.
Ballarat Show – Competition Results
Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the various Ballarat Show activities. We had a number of children receive recognition from the show committee; it’s great to see our children achieving high marks in the community.
Extra-curricular activities
During term 4, there have been a large range of extra-curricular activities to broaden our education program.
FOBB gained a grant for $19,310!  Caring for Bannockburn Bush.
Kate and Stuart prepared a grant application under the State Government’s Community Volunteer Action Grant Scheme, administered by DELWP and aimed at empowering community groups to do works to conserve threatened Species.
Here we are again at Christmas, where has the year gone?
Not quite as Queen sang,” Champions of the world”, but we do have the champion of Australia.
Energy Breakthrough
The Energy Breakthrough event is over for another year.  The children all had a fantastic time, competing in a great spirit, and showing wonderful teamwork.  I would like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work and support.
Members of the Bannockburn Fire Brigade have arranged a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve again this year. He will be driving around the town on a fire truck from about 4pm on Christmas Eve to meet the children of the district.
Many people in our community would be aware that we recently lost our Church, a much loved and historic building; part of the Parish of Meredith. 
Local GP Dr Cameron Profitt was this week recognised for their contribution to the Bannockburn and surrounding community as a dedicated GP Supervisor.
The return of sunny days has put a buzz in the air (and I’m not just talking flies and bees – there are nowhere near enough of the latter in my garden yet).
The Fire Danger Period is when CFA (Country Fire Authority) restricts the use of fire in the community. This is to help prevent fires from starting.
Thank You Covenant College For Your Continued Support
Batesford Fyansford Stonehaven Landcare Group would like to acknowledge the work of Covenant College in the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, Red Gum Reserve and the Moorabool River Reserve in Batesford.
Batesford is now a small but growing township 10kms from Geelong with traffic moving up and down every day. What lies amongst the trees and beyond is quite a collection of history.
On Friday 9th October the Annual Classic Fours was held.
Report on Executive Committee meeting held on the 14th of October 14th 2015 at the Golden Plains Library
The next meeting of the Committee of Management will be held at the Tennis Pavilion at 7.30pm on Monday, December 7th.
Summer Fire Restrictions come in on 9th November. Keep in touch with the media for Total Fire Ban days – we are in the Central Fire District. Hopefully everyone has done all their clearing up ready for summer, so not only will you make your property safer, but you will have more chance of seeing unwelcome visitors slithering around.
Golden Plains Shire residents continue to recycle more each month since Council doubled household recycling capacity in July 2015; with 203 tonnes of recycling collected in September. This is an increase of 80 tonnes (or more than 60%) than what was collected in September last year.
The next meeting of the Landcare group is to be held on Thursday, 3rd. December at the Maude Tennis Pavilion at 8pm.
Everyone was Blown Away
On Sunday 25th October, we had our bi-annual ‘Airing of the Quilts’. It was a very windy day that saw one quilt leap into the trees. Everyone was blown away with the displays, locals to chat to, quilting bees and some great country fare.
Where  did October go?

Grand Final Day was a great start to the month with an early game of golf and lunch provided by celebrity chef, Douglas McKenna and his side kick Diane.  Our members hang out all year for this gourmet fish lunch and we thank the hosts for their fine cuisine and thoughtful voluntary contribution to our yearly calendar.
The Shed has been successful in receiving the State Government Grant to help build the Shed and this will be available from December 2015.
Bannockburn Fire Brigade Pre Summer Preparation
What the Bannockburn Brigade is doing
Bannockburn Brigade have been kept active over the winter months attending motor vehicle accidents, house fires and the odd bonfire or burn off that has gotten away.
The season is underway now at the Teesdale Roos and we thought it important to let the community know about some great social functions coming up.
Mayor's Message 
As we near the end of the year, I would like to address some community concerns that have been raised with Council recently.
Joining the Teesdale PS Learning Community
It is a privilege to have been appointed as principal of the Teesdale PS community.
Energy Breakthrough
Work continues apace on our Energy Breakthrough entry for this year.  David has come up with an interesting new steering system thanks to some fantastic collaborative work between himself and some of our senior students..
Funny how one season just blends into the next one! Great news is the signing of Peter Riccardi as senior coach - boy how much experience as a player and coach does he bring to our Club!
Where do the koalas live?
Help improve our knowledge of koalas and where they are located in Victoria by taking part in the Great Victorian Koala Count on Saturday 7 November.
Solar Power Champions
We are the Champions! Not quite as Queen sang,” Champions of the world”, but we do have the champion of Australia. Jacob Hill with his solar powered boat, Sea Shepherd won the Australian –International Model Solar Challenge. This makes Jacob the National Champion. 
Little Athletics Club Captains
Golden Plains Little Athletics Club has now participated in one month of Saturday morning competitions held at Corio Goldsworthy Reserve.
Geelong Field Naturalists Club visit. Sunday October 18
FOBB members appreciated the opportunity to show GFNC members around the reserve and we enjoyed the chance to workshop management ideas and to add to our flora and fauna records. Management of our reserve is quite complex with such a range of issues as well as opportunities. Not many reserves are able to fund their own management through the sale of timber.
Another successful Art Exhibition once again saw an excellent range of artworks on display demonstrating the wonderful artistic talent that exists within our local community.
Fraudulent behavior or fraud is an act that is dishonest or deceitful in order to obtain some unjust advantage over someone else.
On Wednesday 9th September, at Anakie Primary School, Amelia presented our prominent community member, Heather O’Shannessy with a special scarf as Heather was ‘Scarfed Up’.
What a tremendously sad month in Teesdale with us having to say final goodbyes to Murray Walker of Tombstone Country.
On Saturday 24 October from 3.30pm – 9.30pm, the Teesdale Turtle Bend will host the Regional Finals of the Push Start Battle of the Bands competition for young musicians; the first time this prestigious music event has been held on Golden Plains soil.

Golden Plains Shire’s Draft 2015-2019 Youth Development Strategy Plan will be open for public exhibition until 5pm, 2 November, 2015.

The Bannockburn Chamber of Commerce held its Annual General Meeting at the Bannockburn Golf Club on September 9th.  Unfortunately we did not have the numbers to proceed with the formal part of the night.
Bridal creeper is a perennial climber growing to 3m tall with a tuberous root system growing rapidly in autumn/winter, dying back to roots over summer. The glossy leaves are a distinct bright green colour 3cm long. A mass of scented white flowers appear in late winter, followed by small green berries in spring. The berries ripen to red during summer.
On Sunday September 13th the Club held the Annual Opening Day.    The weather was very kind to us with lots of sunshine and beautiful blue skies.
Safety First:
It is always timely to consider safety where fire is involved & especially as summer approaches. The message is clear: Clean Up Your Patch and Be Prepared.
All members are reminded that pre-season training has commenced.  All members must complete their pre-season minimum skills update to be able to attend fires. If you can’t get to training on the first Sunday of the month, please contact Craig or Bruce to discuss your options.
The next meeting of the Landcare group is to be held on Thursday, 1st October at the Maude Tennis Pavilion at 7.30pm – daylight saving time.
The next meeting of the Committee of Management will be held at the Tennis Pavilion at 7.30pm on Monday, December 7th.
September has been a relatively quiet month at BGC with the usual Saturday, Wednesday and mid week events.
We’ve received lots of welcome news for Golden Plains Shire this past month.
On Sunday 13th September, CFA Assistant Chief Officer Bob Barry officially opened two new Fire Stations within the Golden Plains Shire.
The State Government announced on Monday 7th September 2015 that Bannockburn and District Men's Shed Inc. will be one of 15 recipients of a grant for Men’s Sheds across Victoria; successfully securing a share of the recent $750,000 round of Men’s Shed grants.

Thank You And Farewell:
From Helen Weston – Acting Principal

I wanted to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks to the Teesdale Primary School community for the welcome l received when l first arrived here and the continued support l have experienced over the last six weeks. 

Meredith Primary School Literary Day
Sponsored by the Meredith & District News
On Thursday September 3rd. celebrated Australian children’s author Craig Smith visited Meredith Primary School. During his stay shared he examples of work from his 40 year literary career along with various illustrative tips and techniques for our budding MPS authors.
They did it! 
Our fantastic 13&U and15&U netballers claimed the Premiership Cups! 
Sheryl and Lance Nettleton bought Grubby Gumboots Mobile Farm at the begining of this year. They are a local couple based in She Oaks.
Mindfulness is the energy of paying kind attention to the present moment; it is like the concrete foundation to teaching ourselves to calm down and relax.
Let’s show some respect for country.
Our new Prime Minister has challenged us to show more respect for women. This is of course a no-brainer and really should not need to be pointed out.
Bats, Birds and Biodiversity – an evening woodland walk @ Lethbridge
Come along and join us for a fascinating walk and talk about local biodiversity in the Bannockburn / Lethbridge area.
Golden Plains Shire’s Draft 2015-2019 Youth Development Strategy Plan will be open for public exhibition until 5pm, 2 November, 2015.
In 1984 a lovely couple arrived in the small country town of Bannockburn to take up duty as Postmaster. They had a distinct English accent so their heritage was clear but they came here having lived and worked in South Africa for a time.
Some of these facts are so obvious we overlook them at our peril.
This is a new year for the organizers of the Steiglitz Airing of the Quilts, with a change of committee, fresh ideas and heaps of new input!  New members always welcome too.
“Journey“ was the theme chosen for St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish Meredith to celebrate 140 years of faith and community in this area.
Community representatives took to the stage on the evening of Tuesday 11th August for their much-deserved share of Council’s $144,000 Community Grants allocation.
Results from Golden Plains Shire Council’s 2015 Green Waste Survey reveal the majority of respondents do not support a green waste collection service.
There were no washing machines in Australia’s outback during the early days of white settlement. So, instead of lugging their precious (& heavy) family quilts to wash them before they were put away for summer, women hung them in the fresh spring breezes after a long winter of use.
As the old adage goes…
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, 
except death and taxes”. Benjamin Franklin  (1706-90)
CFA is warning people about the dangers of electric blankets following a fire in St Albans Park, near Geelong in late June.
The future of our native flora and fauna is dependent on what we do in the cities and on farms, as well as on the few remaining areas of land such as the Sanctuary, where the remains of our native flora and fauna survive and retain the complex biodiversity that is so important for our survival as a planet.
Are you interested in growing, sharing, selling or eating food?
Bannockburn Primary School is one of 500 Primary Schools from across Australia that has planted a Gallipoli Oak as part of the National Trust of Australia’s Gallipoli Oaks Project.
When the 83 hectare Lilydale House Sanctuary property, (since renamed Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary), at Dog Rocks Road, Batesford, 10 kilometers northwest of Geelong, was covenanted with the Trust for Nature Victoria in 2006, the largely un-cleared block had become heavily infested with Boneseed.
Sarah Henderson, Member for Corangamite said the launch of the Abbott Government’s ‘a gift for living’ bowel cancer screening awareness campaign will boost screening awareness in at risk groups.
Get Active with all the Right Moves
The Geelong and Bannockburn communities are getting fitter and healthier following the launch of Heart Moves.
Bannockburn lost one of its most loved and respected members recently with the passing of Ron Moreillon.
At 4.30am Sunday April 25th 1915, the first soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed near Ari Burnu on the Gallipoli  Peninsula.
To love oneself is to look at the path of self-care. Ignore it and you will feel unwell. Acknowledge it and experience good health and happiness. Believe it not this is not hard to achieve. We do it by self-managing our health.
We all have the right to feel and be safe as we go about our daily lives. 
We all react differently to situations and safety can mean different things to different people. We don’t want to live in a state of paranoia but we need to have a healthy regard for our own safety and well being.
While the Australian troops were training at Alexandria, Egypt, the Navies of the British and French were in the process of becoming involved in conflict off the Dardanelles.
The Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc started it's year with a BBQ at the home of President Lyn and Doug Gadd. Members invited their partners to attend this very relaxed afternoon.
Millions of Australian men are letting friendships fall by the wayside and becoming increasingly isolated once they reach their 30s, an Australian-first study has found.
Police are urging drivers to lock their vehicles following a spate of thefts from cars in the Bannockburn area recently.
Inverleigh RSL Sub-Branch Anzac Centenary
The Battle of Cocos
The Australian Navy continued to be involved in various conflicts prior to our troops arriving at Gallipoli with the Australian Cruiser HMAS Sydney being dispatched from escort duty of the first convoy of Australian and New Zealand Soldiers sailing for Egypt from Albany in Western Australia.
This hotel, the “Settlers Arms Inn” once stood beside the river crossing at Shelford.
First Bannockburn Scouts finished the 2014 camping season with a successful camp at the Geelong Region Regatta, held at Indented Heads.
Scams are designed to trick you into giving away your money or your personal details. 
Scams come to you in many forms – by mail, email, telephone, over the internet and door-to-door.
Australian forces were involved in an attack on the German Wireless station at BitaPaka southeast of Rabual on New Britain on the 11th September 1914 this was the first involvement of Australian forces during World War One
Recently a Community Crime Prevention workshop run by Victoria Police was held in Bannockburn in response to an increasing number of incidents across the Shire.
People looking for aged care services in Corangamite will now have access to an online tool that will help them estimate their aged care costs.
A walking and cycling trail connecting Bannockburn’s town centre with its new Bannockburn Sport and Recreation Precinct has been opened by Member for Polwarth Terry Mulder.
The flora and fauna of Murgheboluc is very rich, especially along the Barwon River and the two creeks that dissect the land, Native Hut Creek and Bruces Creek.   The region is described as ‘Victorian volcanic plain grassy woodland’, although European cultivation and grazing has reduced this to small pockets, many of which are along these waterways.
A spate of recent fires in and around the Bendigo area should serve as a timely reminder to all Victorians about the importance of practicing home fire safety, particularly during the winter months.
Removal of Firewood from the Bannockburn Bush is Illegal.
Firewood can only be removed from designated areas. It is a pity that DEPI created confusion last year with some poorly worded articles in the press. But that has now been clarified on their website.
Most Bannockburn residents will know something about the 425 ha Bannockburn Bush reserve located on the western edge of Bannockburn township.
The 20 ha Meredith Police Paddocks (MPP) Reserve, located on Campion Road, immediately to the east of Meredith township, is one of 50 parcels of Crown Land managed by the Ballarat Environment Network (BEN) as ‘biodiversity’ reserves.
Use accredited tradespeople
Look around most Victorian suburbs or towns and you’ll see there’s plenty of building work underway. While building is a favourite Aussie pastime, particularly home renovations, there are things you can do to help make it a success.
Volunteers in regional and rural areas such as Golden Plains Shire are the 'glue' that holds communities together.
I know it’s been a bit hot since New Year and rumour has it that we are all doomed to be seared by the ravages of climate change.   Nevertheless I thought it a bit early to be buying into the camel market.
For many people who know Steiglitz they’d say the Courthouse is the centre of this little town.  Though they’d be wrong.  Its true heart, as all who live in Steiglitz know, is its living treasure – Mr. Roy Trotter.
The Victorian Coalition Government will contribute $64,000 towards a feasibility study into the large-scale use of organic waste as a soil ameliorant.
On the whole, spring has been kind to our gardens on the golden plains. November has been a cool month, with plenty of cloudy days, and enough rain to hold soil moisture late into the season.  We have spent the last week ensuring we tidy up fuel hazards around the home and ensuring our garden is well prepared for summer.
Do you want to know what your kids are doing online?
Do you have knowledge of the native plants in the Bannockburn region? If you do, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) would like to hear from you.
Summer is not far away. NOW is the time to start preparing for the forthcoming fire season.
A group of locals are invstigating and collecting data on the historic Batesford cemetery and have established a site on facebook called Batesford Cemetery.
Barwon Water has purchased 150 hectares of land four kilometres south of its Bannockburn water reclamation plant for use as a standby irrigation site for recycled water.
Australia’s Open Garden Scheme comes to the Golden Plains
An unsung hero of Murgheboluc is the mail contractor.
I love spring - with it comes renewal.  
Leaf buds swell rapidly in just a matter of days. Fat, plump buds soon break into leaf with the freshness and softness not seen for nearly 365 days.  It can be a matter of only a few days or a few short weeks before the elements toughen the leaves and the magic at its peak is past.
Verna Brooks will be long remembered for her energetic commitment to older person’s physical activity, health and wellbeing within Bannockburn and surrounding townships.
Firstly, I apologise for complaining about the dry weather in my last column.   Before the column had even gone to press, the inevitable happened and two inches of rain descended on Murgheboluc.
We have a rather large River Red Gum tree (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) in our backyard.  It’s a beautiful tree, 20+ metres tall and almost as wide. The garden has been designed to include it as a feature and enhance its beauty.   It provides valuable shade in the heat of summer providing a gathering place away from the house.
Over the coming months, sections of 64 large wind turbines will be travelling Golden Plains to our region’s first renewable energy farm; Mt Mercer Wind Farm, 30 km from Ballarat. The oversized loads will include the steel towers, the 45m long fibre glass blades and the nacelles (housing box) for the wind turbines.
Local identity, Keith Kelly, achieved a milestone on Tuesday 18th June. He celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends at the Bannockburn Cultural Hub. Memorabilia from the Bulldogs, a presentation box containing Club Award Medals of Honour, was presented to him.
Some very chilly starts and persistent frosts have welcomed in winter on the golden plains.  I love winter frosts, they are just so beautiful.
Golden Plains Shire is preparing a heritage strategy to assist in meeting heritage obligations set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Now that we have recovered from “Movies in the Bush”  we are starting a new season of our “Film Society” movie shows.
In my last column I told a little of the history and background to Murgheboluc, a community that straggles along that tortuous trail of tar known as the Hamilton Hwy (and once known as the Lower Leigh Rd.) between Inverleigh and Stonehaven.
At last much needed rain has fallen in our shire, and what a difference it makes to our gardens and our enthusiasm to get out and enjoy a spot of gardening.
Autologous Blood Injections for Injured Tendons - The new Cortisone?
Autologous (one’s own) Blood Injections (ABI) are becoming increasingly common to facilitate tissue repair when injuries are slow to heal.
Osteoporosis affects women and men. Over 1 million people in Australia have osteoporosis.
”This migraine is a pain in the neck!”
The Role of the Neck in Headache Generation
During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured  everyone that she was fine. They offered to call  paramedics but she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
Two appeals have recently been held around Bannockburn District.
My family and I have lived in the Golden Plains Shire for 8 years, the garden evolving and changing as we find a balance between the aesthetics we desire coupled with the time we choose to spend in the garden throughout the year.
Over recent months there has been a spate of thefts from rural properties where firearms have been targeted.
Back Breaking News for Cricketers
A small percentage of low back pain is caused by defects in part of the lumbar vertebrae.  These defects can be present at birth or can be acquired later in life by either a single traumatic injury, or more commonly by repeated stress to the lumbar spine.  The defect in the bone may be on one or both sides of the vertebrae.
Border plants frame a picture, a scene in your garden. They unify a garden bed and sometimes an entire garden.
December is a great month to relax and enjoy the results of all your efforts through out the cooler months. Gardens look great now.  Full of spring growth and flower, not tarnished by the heat of summer.
Helping businesses across Golden Plains benefit from the arrival of the National Broadband Network is the aim of a partnership initiative being driven by the University of Ballarat, Golden Plains Shire Council, and the Australian and Victorian Government.
The Bannockburn & District Newsletter is distributed far and wide by an army of volunteers and even reaches the depths of Murgheboluc.
If you haven’t already, now is the ideal time to get into the vegie garden.  There is no other time of the year where such an enormous range and variety of vegetables can be planted and grown. By the end of November you should have every corner of your garden planted in anticipation  for the ensuing bounty of produce to follow.
Did you know your plants sing you a beautiful tune every single day? They dance in the wind, they glow in the sun. The rain washes and cleans their leaves. They communicate through the colour in their leaf, the turgidity of their stems, the appearance of markings or damage to their leaf.
October is about to roll around again, and with it the fabulous Back to Steiglitz Festival (Sunday 14th October, 10am - 3pm).
Most research tells us that 80% of us will experience lower back pain at some stage in our life.  This may be caused by a single incident such as falling from a horse or a motor vehicle accident.
Screening and hedging has become increasingly important as blocks become smaller and houses become bigger. You don't want to look into your neighbour's yard any more than they want to be able to peer into yours! The most natural, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing way I believe is with some form of greenery (hedging or screening).
The scourge of every serious and recreational runner is injury that prevents them from doing what they enjoy, which is running.
Once upon a time practically every street had a house or three with a chook shed in the backyard.
Planting under established trees on your property brings challenges.
One month after the sinking of the Titanic there were celebrations in Ballarat at the arrival of a new daughter and sister in the Oates household.
Hello all and welcome to my first contribution to the Bannockburn and District Community Newsletter (hopefully the first of many!).
Last month I tried to explain the complex nature of pain, in particular persistent pain, and the influence of various factors well beyond the initial tissue damage itself.  Pain management too needs to be multidimensional, and individualised to a particular person's circumstances.
My parents were John and Myrtle Kelly, who lived in a town called Colac in the Western District of Victoria.
The handful of volunteers who make up the Back to Steiglitz Association all now have aching faces.  Why?  Because the recent Steiglitz Airing of the Quilts was a runaway success.

Unravelling Chronic Pain - Part 1
For nearly 200 years it was believed that pain was felt only when something harmful generated a message that travelled from the injured site up to the brain.  Pain was the body's warning system that alerted us when something was wrong, and made us act to prevent further damage.

With Summer in full swing, don't become the next victim of the most common elbow complaint seen by healthcare practitioners, "Tennis Elbow".
What a grand weekend as the oldies gathered to reminisce of times gone by, the highs and lows of the game of cricket, and very entertained by the "A" grade match v Meredith as it unfolded on the ground.
Teesdale was one of the first towns surveyed and gazetted in Victoria way back in 1851. At this time it was a bustling stopover on the way to the goldfields and boasted several pubs and wine saloons as well as churches of most Christian denominations.
Work has commenced on the replacement of Lowndes Bridge on Parkers Road in Russell's Bridge.
Most of us don't need reminding that there are plenty of people out there who prey on others for their money.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a disease in which the nerves controlling the voluntary muscles gradually fail causing muscle weakness, wasting and paralysis.
Sunday, August 22nd 2010 was a sad day in the long life of the Lethbridge Uniting Church, when the final worship service was held and the Church was officially closed due to lack of support.
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly destroyed.
All landholders are warmly invited to talks on Serrated Tussock and controlling its spread.

Golden Plains Shire Council encourages you to make your curtain and blind cords safe by requesting a free safety kit from Consumer Affairs Victoria.
"Do I have to?" 
"I've got a sore leg!" 
"I want to finish this computer game!"
"I don't want to!"
The delivery of our mail is something that we take for granted in Australia. But where does the postie put our mail?
A Little Story about different ways of viewing things

Vedran Smailovic, a Cellist from the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra made world wide news in 1992 when he played on his cello for 22 days to honour 22 people who had been killed in Sarajevo while queuing for bread.