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Just sayin’…

24-06-2024

I had some time last week so I did a bit of a Google around about farmland and farm zones. I realise there are experts just waiting on Facebook but instead I went to the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning.

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Christmas in July dinner planned for Hepburn Regional Community

22-06-2024

Hepburn Regional Community Cheer’s Christmas in July Dinner will be held on Wednesday, July 24.

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Your say…

29-05-2024

While the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance applauds Hepburn's efforts in the Rural Hepburn Strategy to protect agricultural land from further inappropriate development for so-called lifestyle blocks we assert that the town structure plans as drafted will thwart this intent to the detriment of both valuable farmland and the character and liveability of our shire's towns.

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Your say…

29-05-2024

I want to start by acknowledging the sheer enormity of the work council staff have undertaken in the development of the draft structure plans for the entire shire.

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Get buzzy: world bee day happens tomorrow

19-05-2024

Tomorrow, May 20, marks the seventh annual World Bee Day, and this year’s focus is on the vital role bees play in global food production.

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Spudfest: celebrating all things potato

26-04-2024

For one weekend every autumn, Trentham is all about the humble potato.

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Great ‘takeaway 24’ part of Ballarat’s heritage fest

16-04-2024

The Great Takeaway 24 is a chance for visitors to dine using some of the finest materials, textiles, glassware and ceramics produced in the Ballarat region – and then take the handcrafted materials home with them.

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Meet you at the Bowlo, with new menu offer

12-04-2024

"Meet you at the Bowlo," has been a part of Daylesford’s dinning vocabulary for many, many years.

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Big community invite for cultural diversity lunch event

06-03-2024

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council is inviting the community to join a special free lunch event and shared storytelling at the Kyneton Town Hall on Friday 22 March to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week.

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CSIRO breakthrough to boost disease resistance in crops

04-03-2024

Scientists at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, have achieved a breakthrough in molecular plant pathology, marking a technological leap forward for breeding durable disease-resistant crops.

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New laws strengthen biosecurity safeguards

27-02-2024

The Victorian government has strengthened enforcement power and increased penalties to better manage biosecurity incidents and protect Victoria’s valuable agriculture sector for the future.

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A wonderful journey of food & friendship

17-02-2024

Sometimes there are people who wander into our lives and our communities with an unexpected gift of compassion and connectedness. It is often hard to articulate the extent of their reach. Raman Richards is one such example.

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Kerbside food and garden organics service starts April

07-02-2024

Kerbside bin collection is set to change in townships in Hepburn Shire with the introduction of a weekly food and garden organics service (also called FOGO) from Monday April 8.

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You are what you eat: How CSIRO’s total wellbeing diet measures up

30-01-2024

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is this month celebrating a decade of reducing the population’s waistline through its scientifically backed program, the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet online.

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Above The Greens with down-to-earth dining

10-12-2023

Above The Greens, the Daylesford Bowling Club's bistro is back up and running with some great fare on offer from chef Geoff Wellington.

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Food and wine fest comes to Ballarat

20-10-2023

Over two upcoming weekends in November, Ballarat will be home to the regional edition of the much-loved Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

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Victorians urged to join the ‘great biosecurity quest’ now

09-10-2023

The state government is encouraging all Victorian residents to learn how to help protect the state's precious agriculture industry.

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Top new bio job for recycled COVID van

09-10-2023

The Victorian Government is giving a former COVID-19 rapid testing lab a new lease on life – transforming it into an emergency animal diagnostics and plant disease van.

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Varroa mite focus switches to management as eradication hopes dashed

30-09-2023

Local apiarists remain on high alert for any sign of the dreaded varroa destructor mite after Agriculture Victoria conceded in recent days that it will now transition its emergency response to a management phase for Varroa mite.

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Locals encouraged to help cut big food waste, curb emissions

08-09-2023

The average household in Victoria throws away $2600 worth of food a year. Food that ends up in landfill creates harmful greenhouse gases.

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Here’s cheers: Great times ahead at The Pig

02-09-2023

Eammon Hamilton was determined when he set about securing kitchen maestro Joel Reilly to be head chef at the Pig&Whistle.

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The Local Podcast August 14 edition

12-08-2023

The latest Local Podcast is now on our website where we discuss what is in the next edition of The Local

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The Lyonville bake off is back

09-08-2023

It's time to hit the kitchen and get practicing for the Lyonville Bake Off.

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Warming fare at Guildford

06-08-2023

Want to warm up for winter? Head to the Guilly. A friendly family pub just this side of Castlemaine. The pub is well back up and running after a little incident, ok, they had a small fire, and ready to receive locals and visitors alike.

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Good grub – gratis – beats the belly rumbles

03-08-2023

Potato and bacon soup, baked ham with roast seasonal veg, piping hot apple and rhubarb pie with cream... I could be at a cafe, pub or restaurant – or a good friend’s place about to be fed. But no I’m in the Uniting Church Hall on a Thursday surrounded by the Good Grub Club’s good deeds in action... and it’s all pretty yummo.

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Chance to shape state’s biosecurity strategy

28-07-2023

Community and industry feedback is being invited on Victoria’s new Biosecurity Strategy to help strengthen the existing system against increased pest and disease risks.

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Flavour and flair at the Daylesford Bowlo

23-07-2023

It's always a great meal at the Daylesford Bowling Club. It starts with a warm welcome as you walk in, sometimes from the manager Neil, or the bar staff, and the good vibes continue.

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A little black magic

20-07-2023

Theirs is a tale of taking a punt and following that inner vision. For Springmount couple Carmel and Brett Masterson it’s the sort of story that anyone dreaming of a new life direction and of becoming their own boss really likes to hear.

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New outdoor dining and trading policy impacts local eateries

10-07-2023

Businesses in Hepburn Shire will need to comply with a new Outdoor Dining and Trading Policy, which guides what furniture can be placed along local council-owned and managed footpaths, roads and land.

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Warm welcome at the Daylesford Steakhouse

07-07-2023

On a recent chill winter’s evening, just after dark, the mellow light that issues from our dining destination – the Daylesford Steakhouse - is warm and inviting.

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Produce with passion at Meraki Organic Farm

06-07-2023

Italian born Daniele Tarasco brings a personal passion for fresh, flavoursome food and his background as a high-end chef to running Meraki certified organic farm at Newlyn North.

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Edgy veg awards announced

12-06-2023

Veg Action Macedon Ranges has announced the winners of its annual Edgy Veg Awards, celebrating innovation and excellence in culinary use of vegetables by eateries in the Macedon Ranges area.

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Greater purpose in growing clean, healthy food

WHEN Edward Benedict lived in a bedsit in East Melbourne, his neighbours called him The Farmer. He had a small patch opposite the MCG, where his veggies grew and grew and grew.

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Regenerative ag community getting more engaged

02-06-2023

The Hepburn Shire says it has successfully engaged with over 70 participants over the last 12 months to help local farmers and land custodians improve land, soil, water and livestock.

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Keeping a watchful eye on food outlet habits

07-05-2023

A task undertaken by Agriculture Victoria’s animal health and welfare staff is conducting audits of food outlets to determine how they dispose of their food wastes. This can include visits to pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and so on.

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Specialist veggie field days make come-back from tomorrow

26-04-2023

The Victorian Vegetable Innovation Days (VicVID) will be held tomorrow, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 April.

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Right on the pulse: new edition cereal and pulse guides

23-04-2023

The newest editions of cereal and pulse disease guides are now available to download as mobile-friendly e-books from Agriculture Victoria’s website.

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As happy as…

12-04-2023

THE sky rolls wide and blue above Pig and Earth, a sustainable free-range organic pig farm set on the volcanic plains just out of Kingston.

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An alfresco question: outdoor dining and trading review

09-04-2023

The Hepburn Shire Council is reviewing its Outdoor Dining and Trading Policy and inviting public input from locals.

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Laid-back dining at the Daylesford Hotel

31-03-2023

MY dining companion (Paddy H) and I are ravenous as we enter the Daylesford Hotel for lunch, mid Monday, me having done a gruelling morning group weights class and Paddy having arisen well before 11am.

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From furniture to philandering: a fascination with fungi

30-03-2023

FOR countless years the mysterious world of fungi has been the domain of a fairly exclusive handful of boffins.

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Coffee? You’ll love Daylesford’s Brew Jays!

18-03-2023

IF you like a good brew...Espresso, filter, pour over, batch or cold brew. If you like your coffee you’ll love Daylesford’s Brew Jays. This new kid on the block...

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Helping farmers axe on-farm emissions

07-02-2023

An on-farm emissions action plan ilot aims to help Victorian farmers reduce on-farm emissions with grant support funding from a pool of up to $5 million.

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For great food, service: See you at the Guilly

03-03-2023

I RECKON the road to Castlemaine has probably never seen so much traffic since Megan Evans and Tom Allen took over the Guildford Family Hotel at the end of 2021.

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Sweet new role gives Karla the buzz on bees

28-02-2023

Meet AgVic's newest apiary officer, Karla Williams.

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Compliments to chef Lizzy at The Savoia

04-02-2023

THE Savoia Hotel in Hepburn Springs has been a fixture of the region for 150 years in some form, or name, or another.

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Fabulous fungi has big role in food safety

29-01-2023

A priceless collection of fungi has been replicated for the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to support research and management of biosecurity and food safety issues.

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CSIRO researchers strive to deliver food security, secure major international grant

25-01-2023

An international consortium of scientists has received a $34 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations (Gates Ag One) fund to improve crop productivity and food security in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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Workshops to grow sustainability, resilience

22-01-2023

Five sustainability and resilience workshops will be held at the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre between February 2 and 23.

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Meet Sally Buck: Supercharging the plant-based protein industry

18-01-2023

Dr Sally Buck never dreamed of becoming a scientist when she grew up. But that was only because she didn’t know it was an option.

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Some CSIRO help to tackle cravings, achieve healthy weight loss

12-01-2023

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has released new research that's expected to help Australians start healthy weight loss in 2023 by tackling one of the biggest obstacles to successful dieting: cravings.

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The pay dirt beneath our feet: push for soils comp

08-01-2023

It’s quite literally at the root of all agriculture. Soil and its intrinsic value has prompted a new push to make funding for a soils education and competition program available for every agricultural show in Australia.

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Land of ‘pork and honey’: try some honey-glazed ham

13-12-2022

We are a land of pork and honey here in Daylesford, with some of the best pig growers and beekeepers in the nation right here on our doorstep.

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social enterprise shifts the menu to nutrition-rich eats

28-11-2022

FORGET the days when school lunch meant a pallid pastry followed by a fizzy saccharine chaser and a stomach ache.

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The memory place: kitchens and cooking in days of old

23-11-2022

A free discussion is on the menu as the Goldfields Library Corporation's Woodend Library hosts 'The Memory Place: Kitchens and cooking in days of old tomorrow, November 24.

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Two Daylesford restaurants score the double chefs hat gong

18-11-2022

Daylesford's Kadota and the town's Lake House have both taken out two chef's hats accolades in the newly announced Age Good Food Guide Awards 2023.

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Du Fermier  takes the cake for service excellence.

17-11-2022

A Trentham restaurant has clinched this year's Service Excellence Award in the newly announced Age Good Food Guide Awards 2023.

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Go Local Clunes

13-11-2022

Home or gardenware gifts, ethically-produced meats, the freshest fruits and veggies, your pick of great coffee, a pot & parma and so much more. It’s time to remind ourselves of the value of buying local.

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Recipes with Jen Clarke

13-11-2022

I know the weather is still cold and wet in our little world-of-its-own micro climate (how often have you driven out of the foggy, drizzling highlands towards Melbourne to discover that it’s actually sunny down there?), but surely it is time for some lighter dishes on the menu after a steady diet of steaming casseroles and rib-sticking winter stews.

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Cafs needs your help this Christmas

09-11-2022

This Christmas the need for support across the Central Highlands has never been greater and Cafs (Child and Family Services) is working harder than ever to support families in need.

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The Scotch oven is the heartbeat of the bakery

26-10-2022

COMING from a long line of bakers, it’s no surprise that Rebecca Barnett grabbed at the chance to run her own bakehouse in Maldon, and become the proud new owner of the longest running bakery in Australia: the Maldon Bakery.

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Great pub fare at The Guilly – and yabbies!

14-10-2022

LIKE all hospitality businesses, it has been a bit of a rocky road for the crew at the Guildford Family Hotel, aka The Guilly.

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The bistro is back at the Daylesford Bowlo

28-08-2022

THE new chef at the Daylesford Bowling Club Bistro, Lenny Giri, has a philosophy which is that food is the way to healthier living if it's made with soulful dedication and emotions.

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Glen, about the house

17-08-2022

Strange fruit - and perhaps a little fear of the unknown How many of us can honestly say they have never flinched at, or even refused to sample, an unknown, or suspicious looking food item, even if it was eaten with relish by many.

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Delicious restaurants

17-08-2022

Daylesford has not one but two restaurants on the Delicious. 100 best restaurants in Victoria list for 2022. Kadota in Camp Street was voted in at number 25 and also took out Best Japanese.

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Meatloaf by Richard Cornish

14-08-2022

Meatloaf by Richard Cornish

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Homelessness Week

01-08-2022

Free hot soup and musical entertainment will be on offer at the Mechanics Institute in Kyneton this Tuesday, August 2, as the community gathers together to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness across both Australia and more locally in regional Victoria.

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Recipes with Jen Clarke

08-06-2022

Recipes with Jen Clarke

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Drink up

28-05-2022

The state government's Drink Victorian program is backing Victorian drink producers across the state to showcase their produce and encourage people to try more locally produced beverages.

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Recipes with Jen Clarke

11-05-2022

Mushroom Bourguignon

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Biggest Morning Tea

24-04-2022

On Monday, May 9, head to the Daylesford Bowling Club for a Biggest Morning Tea event from 10.30am.

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Turn on, tune in, drop out with Jeff Glorfeld

15-04-2022

THERE'S a joke told on baby boomers that goes: “If you remember the 1960s, you weren’t there.” The funniest part about that old witticism is that no one remembers for certain who said it first.

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Markets

14-04-2022

You can find anything you need at weekend markets, from fresh fruit and veg to handmade jewellery and wares, throughout the Central Highlands and surrounds.

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Recipes with Jen Clarke

14-04-2022

Recipes with Jen Clarke

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