Archive for September, 2018

CRESWICKis enjoying perhaps an unprecedented level of popularity as a tourism destination.

It’s not just a stop-off point on the way from Ballarat to Daylesford, but a premiumlocale of its own. With its markets, gourmet pubs, a sublime French patisserie, funky cafes and shops, suddenly Creswick’s full potential is starting to blossom.

Hepburn Shire Council hasdone a great job in wanting to get more out of the township’s historical connections with the famed Lindsay artistic family.

In bringing to life the brainchild oflocal residentMargaret Giles –the Creswick of the Lindsays Art Trail –the council has given physical reminders of the family’s beautiful art and contributions across the entire township.

However, those stunning markers and placards only make sense if they’ve got somewhere to point to.

Percy Lindsay’s TheGirl in the Red Dress from 1890is a gorgeous piece of Creswick’s history. Here we see the talents of the oldest Lindsay child, and the magical childhood memories of his little sister Pearl.

The Albert Street sign says Percy’s paintings of Creswick were among the best things he ever did.

The sign then invites visitors to “wander down the rural lane way that loops behind the main street” and “you may see the exact view depicted in the painting”.

Except of course, they won’t.

Tait’s Spring on South Street was capped, piped and drained by a former council.

During drought conditions, without that spring, the poplar tree that Pearl stood in front of is now a mere bunch of dead twigs.

The spring itself is capped with a cement drain cover –hardly thepicturesque, bucolic dream that Percy had obviously so enjoyed.

A rather dreary mustard-stream is piped underneath the earth and spat out elsewhere.

So it’s great to hear this current council is interested in investigating the water source, finding out if it’s a “true” spring or a leftover from Creswick’s mining history.

If it is, the council may just spend thousands upgrading the area, helping to return the idyllic rural scenes of the past that the Lindsays have made famous in their paintings.

Of course, this is just one site across Hepburn Shire. There may be many more untapped sources of history, art and beauty in the shire just waiting to be uncovered and brought back to their full glory.

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EASY AS A-P-P: Bathurst RSL Club marketing manager Janneke Van Der Sterren and The Grind barista Glenn Murray are making it easier for customers to get their coffee with a new app. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 060616coffeeIF you want to jump the queue, The Grind app is for you.

Bathurst RSL Club is making every effort to give its coffee shop customers the best experience when it comes to their favourite brew.

The new app has been launched by the club as a way for customers to place orders beforereaching the hole-in-the-wall coffee outlet.

When in the app, customers can view the menu, make a beverage or snack selection, choose the size and add in options for strength, milk, sugar and syrup.

Bathurst RSL Club general manager Peter Sargent said the order will be sent directly to an iPad beside the barista, who will then aim to have it ready before the customer arrives.

“We want to make it easier for people to make their order and come by to pick it up,” he said.

“It is really just so easy to use.”

Customers can also store their favourite orders and make posts in the app about the experience for other users to see.

Mr Sargent believes The Grind is the firsttakeaway coffee outlet in Bathurst to give itscustomers the chance to make their orders via an app.

The app is free to download from the Apple and Google Play stores and takes just a fewseconds to install.

Mr Sargent said the app is also an opportunity for customers to make the most of the five-minute parking spaces out the front of the RSL Club.

“There is around about six spots in front of the club that are five minutes all day,” Mr Sargent said.

He is confident customers will download the app based on how much business The Grind has attracted since opening on February 20.

“It has had a strong start,” Mr Sargent said.

“We expect it to improve as the weather cools and people go looking for their coffee to warm up.”

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Soggy work: Friends use kayaks to salavage what can be saved from the shed on higher ground at Ronald’s Sherwood Drive property. All gone: Ronald Sheehan stands where his riverside home of 28 years used to be before the floods. The home was washed away. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

When about 50 volunteersturned up to build flood victim Ronald Sheehan, 69, of Latrobe, virtually anew home, he was overwhelmed by the generosity.

Muchof thematerials for the home rescue project were donated,along with the labourit tookto strip, gut and rebuilda derelicthouseon his Sherwood Driveproperty. The old farmhousehad beenempty for two decades.

Big effort: A derelict house at Ronald’s place was rebuilt as new in just 11 days by a crew of more than 50 volunteers and materials were also donated.

Within 11 days,most of the work wasfinishedand Mr Sheehan should be able to move into his new placenext week.

It comes after his home of 28 years, which could not be flood insured because of its proximity to the river, was completely submerged in therecent floods that tragically took the life ofone of his neighbours.

New home: Ronald is blown away by the generosity of all the people who built him a home by restoring an old house on his place. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

“You just can’t believe it whenpeople build you a new home like this…they’vegutted thatlittle old place, tore down thewalls and there’s builders, plumbers, electricians all working…,” he said.

“It just blows you away…you can’t thank people enough;it puts a tear in your eye.”

Under water: Ronald Sheehan lost everything after his house on the Mersey River was submerged in the floods. A shed in the foreground of the pictures was also flooded.

Mr Sheehan said his home experienced minor flood damage duringthe last floods but nothing like this time.

Before the floods Mr Sheehan andabout 20 friends, includingDevonport builder Thomas Bennett, moved all hisfurniture and belongings into a shed on higher ground but it wasalso engulfed.

“We were up on the bank watching the water keep coming up until 6am when it flooded,” he said.

“In the 1970s weknew when it was going to peakand the last time but whenwe rang to see when the flood would peak they didn’t know when.”

Mr Bennett said he’sgood friends with Ronald and his son Ryan and knew the house would be in trouble with the river rising.“We moved everything out of his house into the shed and when he left the next morning the house was submerged,” Mr Bennett said.

“By the time we returned at midday the shed was under with all his belongings.”

Kayaks and anearth mover were used to try to salvage whatcould be saved from the water.

“We tried to tie things down using the kayaks,” Mr Bennett said.

The clean-up started the next day. A boldplan to rebuild the ramshackle old farmhouse was shared 1400 times on Facebook.Mr Bennett said more than 50 people came to help and local businesses donated equipment and materials, some gave food for the workers.

“People wanted to help and it seemed like peoplewould justhand out what we needed,” Mr Bennett said.

Mr Sheehan said his house by the river was popular withhis son’s friends wholoved to come for barbecues. Theplan is to put a smallshelter on the slab.

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TALENT: The development squad comprises Ryan Hunt, left, Marc Richards, Anna Page, Thomas Hunter, Henry Page, Noah Mathews, Harry Johnson, Finn Cunningham, Kalen Caputo, Riley King, Joel Gadaleta, Darcy Grieg, Matthew Hunter (coach), Lochie Ellaway, Marcus Spadavecchia, Daniel Leak, Damiano Caputo. Absent: Antonio Amato, Tyson Webber, Fraser Doyle, goalkeeper.The Northern Demons U/12 development squad took on Moonta’s U/13combined team at Byrne Park on Sunday as a curtainraiser to the Northern Demon’s U/13 and U/15 matches.

It was a fantastic game. Both teamsknocked the ball around really well, kept their shape andthe bigger pitch gave playersmuch more spacethan they are used to.

Moonta had a few players who towered over the smaller Northern Demons outfit, but the Redscame out firing and took it up to their bigger opponents and the score was 0-0 at the halfway mark.

Both teams continued where they left off in the second half when Moonta scored the only goal of the game at the 70-minute mark to see them 1-0 winners, but more importantly both teams had loads of fun and a great time playing each other.

Both squads got together at the end of the game for a few pictures and free sausage sizzle before sitting down to watch the next fixture of the day.

The next game for the young Northern Demons squad will be against Port Augusta United at Byrne Park on July 17.

This will be the first curtainraiser of the day before the U/13followed by the U/15and finally the big game at 2pm between the Northern Demons and the current Hyundai A league champions Adelaide United.

Coach of the Northern Demons squad, Matthew Hunter has 19 players in his group which is fantastic for the club’s future.

The development squad is the first step that future Northern Demons Soccer stars go through before they move onto the U/13 side, then the U/15which then flows through to the U/18, Reserves and finally the A grade squad.

It is about giving the kids a taste of what it will be like to play for the Northern Demons week in week out which takes dedication and commitment.

The Northern Demons focus for the 2016 squad is to have fun, teach soccer fundamentals andteamwork in a safe environment.

Thesuccess of the development program will be measured by this and also by the improvement of the group, not by wins andlosses.

The development squad also play soccer every Saturday for their respective schools in the Port Pirie Junior Soccer Association in which Hunteris a committee member and coach.

The associationis the heartbeat of junior soccer in Port Pirie and has been so for many years.

It is an integral part of the development for all kids who play soccer. The associationprovides children from the whole region the opportunity to play this great game.

LOCAL STARS: The Northern Demons development squad -Ryan Hunt, left, Marc Richards, Anna Page, Thomas Hunter, Henry Page, Noah Mathews, Harry Johnson, Finn Cunningham, Kalen Caputo, Riley King, Joel Gadaleta, Darcy Grieg, Matthew Hunter (coach), Lochie Ellaway, Marcus Spadavecchia, Daniel Leak, Damiano Caputo.Absent: Antonio Amato, Tyson Webber, Fraser Doyle, goalkeeper.

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A CORONER’S inquest will be held into the disappearance of a Pyramid Hill woman seven years ago.

Krystal Fraser, 23, was pregnant and days away from giving birth when she disappeared on June 20, 2009.

Homicide detectives believe that she was murdered.

On the seventh anniversary of her disappearance, a police spokeswoman said that police were preparing a report for the Coroner in relation to Ms Fraser’s disappearance and consequently it would be inappropriate to provide further comment.

A reward of up to $100,000 was announced on the third anniversary of her disappearance, to be paid at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner, for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Krystal Fraser.

She was last seen in Pyramid Hill on June 20, 2009, wearing an orange top, black track suit pants and a camouflaged-patterned baseball cap.

Detectives had established that Ms Fraser had travelled on a V/Line train from Bendigo to Pyramid Hill on the day of her disappearance, getting off the train at Pyramid Hill railway station about 8.40pm.

Investigations have also revealed Krystal was last seen alive leaving an address in Albert Street, Pyramid Hill about 9.30pm after visiting an acquaintance.

She also received a phone call on her mobile phone from a public phone booth outside the Leitchville Post Office in Findlay Street shortly before midnight on 20 June, 2009.

It is believed that the caller was the last person to speak to Krystal prior to her disappearance.

Police have not been able to locate Krystal’s mobile phone.

At the time of the reward announcement, the police Homicide Squad urged anyone with information to contact police, in particular those in the Pyramid Hill, Leitchville or Gunbower communities.

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