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Easter happiness on the Goldfields

Come celebrate Easter with us, there’s so much to see and do.

Harcourt has it

Get in on the hunt

Join in on the annual Easter Egg Hunt put on by the Harcourt Progress Association and enjoy a day filled with live music, craft activities and age based egg hunts.

Wear your very best bunny ears for the chance to win tickets to see Peter Rabbit the movie this Easter at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal.

Normally in the Oak Forest, this year the event will be held in the lush green parkland surrounding Harcourt’s Goldfields Track Café (who’ll be serving hot cross buns and Easter donuts!). With all the extra visitors to the new mountain bike park the association has decided to take a bit more time before conducting large events in the vicinity of the park.

Book now at www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=367305&

Try our new world-class mountain bike park

Harcourt Mountain Bike Park Image: Castlemaine Rocky Riders

Easter is the perfect time to explore the new Harcourt Mountain Bike Park. La Larr Ba Gauwa opened on Labour Day and features 34kms of trails featuring stunning views and making the most of the natural features.

There are trails for all skill levels from a gentle loop for beginners right through to technically challenging rides for the most experienced riders.

www.forestsandreserves.vic.gov.au/initiatives/harcourt-mountain-bike-park

Enjoy the best in local food and wine

Head out to the Harcourt Valley Easter Festival at the Harcourt Valley Vineyard for fantastic local food, wine, beer, cider and cocktails in the sunshine with live music all day and children’s entertainment including an Easter Treasure Hunt.

Exhibitors include Boomtown Winemakers Cooperative, Sutton Grange Winery, Shed Shaker Brewing and Burnt Acre Vineyard, with food from Pizza de Wheels, Lady Sultan Turkish, Ice Cream Social and more.

Tickets on sale www.trybooking.com/UEEO

Don’t want to drive? No problem. Shuttle buses will run from Castlemaine Railway Station to event all day.

Maldon celebrates its 141st Easter Fair

The parade at the Maldon Easter Fair Image: Maldon Easter Fair

The Maldon Easter Fair started in 1877 making it one of the oldest in Australia and it’s still going strong. A special Easter tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Fair runs from 30 March to 1 April culminating in the fabulous Easter Parade on Easter Sunday with an Aussie egg toss and Chinese Lion dancers.

Enter the scone baking competition, enjoy the torchlight procession, pick up a treat at the Easter market, try your hand at the hole in one competition at the golf course ($2,000 first prize!) or visit the quilt show. The Vintage Engine Rally is an annual highlight featuring a variety of old, antique and very rare working machinery from the horse drawn and steam eras.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/maldoneasterfair

Waller Realty has been a sponsor of the Maldon Easter Fair for the last 25 years and is pleased to be able to support this wonderful community event.

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Innovative small farming model developed in Harcourt

Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards meets with members of the Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance at the Finlay family farm in Harcourt.

Small-scale organic farming in the region received a boost last month with news that the Victorian Government would back development of a unique, collaborative farming model.

Hugh and Katie Finlay of Mount Alexander Fruit Gardens have a plan. They want to establish an alliance of small organic farmers on their Harcourt property, all running different, but complementary, enterprises.

Katie describes it as the “perfect collision of a range of problems”.

“Small-scale organic farming is risky,” she says. “With all the risk and the expenses usually carried by a single family.”

“We’ve often wondered whether there’s a better way we could farm that would share the risks, but also make better use of the resources. There are lots of dedicated, passionate people out there who want to run their own farming business, but the barriers, especially buying land, are prohibitive.”

The Finlays also have a succession issue to solve. They want to keep their orchard in production but take a much less active role. Their children don’t want to come home and run the farm but they don’t want to sell.

The Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance would give small organic farmers the opportunity to lease acreage on the Finlay’s Harcourt property. The Finlays hope that will include someone to lease their orchard so they can step back, oversee the alliance and give more of their energy to their online teaching business, Grow Great Fruit.

Hugh and Katie already have a successful lease arrangement in place with a market garden (where the idea of the Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance first began), and have now been joined by a micro-dairy and vermouth producer as they begin work on a Business Development Plan with backing from a $10,000 Regional Development Victoria grant.

They’ll use the funding and this development phase to lay the groundwork and establish the structure of the alliance. Investigating co-marketing opportunities, new products and how they can share resources to keep the cost of farming as low as possible.

“While there are lots of people share farming we don’t know of any arrangements with that extra layer of partnership agreement over the top,” says Katie.

“I’m a big believer in people owning their own business. I think you get much better buy in and people take it more seriously.”

Depending on the outcome of the development phase they hope to opt in to more funding for implementation and gain more partners.

“The environment is really changing,” says Katie. “The shift to alliances, collaborations and cooperatives is happening everywhere and both the State and Federal Governments have an appetite for funding these projects,” she says.

The business development plan will be completed by the end of the year and we look forward to seeing where it takes them.

 

Specialised Real Estate Skill Brings Results

Harcourt

When potential buyers came to visit this gracious property on the slopes of Mount Alexander they came fully aware of what this property offered. Following Tom Robertson’s advice, the owners, Linda and Barry, provided extensive material for this web feature which not only gave potential buyers more insight into the property, but extended the reach of the advertising campaign.

138 Coopers Road, like many rural properties took time to sell but neither the owners or Tom Robertson, their agent, lost heart or patience. According to Linda and Barry one of the things they appreciated most about Tom was that he truly understood their property, the rural lifestyle it offers and the passion that they had put into their home and land.

Tom Robertson

Tom Robertson

For properties like 138 Coopers Road it is important to have a skilled agent, like Tom, who remains patient and positive and who makes it clear that he is working to achieve a good result. Linda and Barry appreciated that Tom was amenable to their requests for adjustments to be made to advertising and that he always returned calls, provided feedback and made constructive suggestions to keep moving forward.

It was very clear that Tom not only understood the property but that he had the skill to tap into networks of people seeking such properties. There is no doubt that buying and selling rural property is a specialised process that requires unique skills and experience. Linda and Barry appreciated Tom’s skill in this area of real estate.