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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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A night under the stars in historic Maldon

Main Street Maldon will be transformed into an open air theatre and restaurant

Enjoy the magical atmosphere this weekend at Maldon’s highlight event of the year, the Maldon Twilight Dinner.

For one night only tables will line iconic Main Street Maldon, declared Australia’s first Notable Town by the National Trust in 1965, transforming the streetscape and creating an utterly unique visual spectacle.

Share fabulous food from local providers, wine from the region and enjoy wonderful entertainment from international duo Pavarotti and the Diva and the Beatles Show Band, Rubbersoul.

Now in its 13th year, the Maldon Twilight Dinner started as a way to showcase Maldon’s cafes and producers and was originally called Tastes of Gold. Now three times the size, the dinner draws crowds from the local community and interstate.

“This year we’re bringing back the idea of showcasing local producers by providing hampers as part of the ticket price,” says Pamela Jewson, Secretary Maldon Eat Drink Events Inc.

“They’ll be packed with local delicacies including baguettes from LeSel, Harcourt cherries, chocolates from the Maldon Lolly Shop, cheese from Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese, southern fried free range chicken, beef and salads from the Spotted Cow, Miss Pritchards Pantry and The Gold Exchange Café. ”

The Twilight Dinner is historically a sell-out event but spectator tickets are still available so you don’t have to miss out on the atmosphere and entertainment. Why not book a table and have dinner at one of the town’s many restaurants, pubs and cafes?

The Maldon Twilight Dinner is on this Saturday 13 January. For more information, event tickets, or, for something extra special, a ticket to get there in style on the Victorian Goldfields Railway, call 0417 150 709.

Maldon Folk Festival hits town this long weekend

From its beginnings on a makeshift stage on the back of a truck at the football oval in 1974, the Maldon Folk Festival has grown into a four day event showcasing music, dance, workshops and other events across the National Trust Classified township. And it’s on again this long weekend.

“Once again, we have a great line-up and it’s looking to be another great festival,” says Maldon Folk Festival Director, Pam Lyons.

“Eric Bogle is back and we have Damien Leith, Mile Twelve (USA), The New Macedon Rangers (USA) and Rob Barrett (UK) all joining us for the first time.”

This year’s performers also include Celtic-rock sensation Claymore and gypsy dance band The Royal High Jinx, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, The Good Girl Song Project, Rich Davies & The Low Road and many more.

“As well as our concerts, workshops and street performers we have a memorial concert for Danny Spooner, long time festival stalwart, who sadly passed away early this year,” says Pam.

While the early years might have consisted of sessions at the Kangaroo Hotel or around the campfire at the oval, with a Sunday concert at Butts Reserve at the foot of Mount Tarrangower, the present day Festival has spread out to venues across the town.

Butts Reserve remains the hub, with the Guinness Tent and Troubadour Wine Bar now popular features, but visit these days and you’ll find events in the local pubs, cafes, gardens and churches. The link with the football club continues with musical items and the Poet’s Brunch held in the clubrooms and at Maldon Primary School you’ll find the popular craft market and Children’s Circus on the Saturday.

Experience the legendary, festival atmosphere over four decades in the making this long weekend 3 – 6 November. Check out the full Maldon Folk Festival program here.

 Waller Realty is pleased to have been a sponsor of the Maldon Folk Festival for many years and to be able to continue our involvement in 2017.

Maldon Primary: balancing academics and wellbeing

Maldon Primary grade prep/one students working on some fun maths games in class. Image supplied by Maldon Primary School.

Deciding where to send your kids to school can be agonising, especially if you’re moving to a new town. In the Mount Alexander Shire we offer everything from state to Steiner education and from tiny one class schools to large contemporary colleges.

We thought we’d drop in and ask the schools to share what makes them unique. First up, Maldon Primary.

“Maldon Primary is a warm and friendly place to send your child,” says Principal, Jodie Mengler.

Jodie has been at Maldon for 19 years, five as principal, and says the school, which currently has enrolments of 94 students, is strong in both academics and student wellbeing.

In 2016 Maldon was named in the top five most improved primary schools in Australia based on data shared on the Federal Government’s, My Schools website.

“We’ve been on a huge improvement journey over the last three years implementing programs to ensure every child is able to reach their full potential and thrive,” she says.

The Kids as Catalyst Program, an innovative, child-led social change program for grades 4 – 6 children, is one she’s particularly proud of.

“The kids work like mini philanthropists, developing partnerships with community groups, working out what they need and implementing a project,” she says.

“Children often find it hard to step into the shoes of others,” Jodie adds. “With Catalyst they identify and solve real problems and learn how rewarding giving back can be.”

The school has recently worked with the Maldon Men’s Shed, Maldon Pre-School and the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). A group this year is working with Maldon Hospital to introduce animals for therapy.

Maldon Primary School main building

When you visit the school you can’t help but be wowed by the grounds. Whether it’s AFL, soccer, playing in sand, in the music garden, feeding the chooks or the fish, working in the vegie garden (where the children regularly harvest and cook meals to share), using the fitness equipment or just dragging branches to build cubbies, the opportunities for play are vast.

The school buildings reflect the heritage and history of the town (Australia’s first Notable Town) but look inside and you’ll discover thoroughly contemporary learning spaces thanks to over half a million dollars of building upgrades which have just been completed.

“It’s all about creating an environment where the children love coming to school and where parents know their children will be happy and safe,” says Jodie.

“The partnerships we have with parents and the wider community are so important to us. We want families to be part of the school community and know that we value their input into their child’s education.”

Like to know more? Visit Maldon Primary School, call 03 5475 1484 or email maldon.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

 

Census 2016: our region is growing and the way we live is changing

The 2016 Census has been released, providing the latest data on Australia’s population – who we are, where we live, how we live and much, much more. So what does this snapshot of the nation reveal about those of us who live in the Mount Alexander Shire and how have we changed since the last census in 2011?

There are more of us

More people still live in our capital cities, which are growing twice as fast as the rest of the country, but regional areas are also experiencing rapid growth.

The number of people in the Mount Alexander Shire has grown by nearly 7 per cent since 2011, from 17,591 to 18,761.

That’s a similar rate to our neighbours in the popular Hepburn Shire, but outstrips the growth in places like the LaTrobe, Yarra Ranges and Colac Shires, all comparable distances from Melbourne, by several per cent.

Affordability is still high

Housing affordability is a hot topic across the country. High buyer demand and limited supply continues to drive prices upward and most people are feeling the pinch, particularly if they’re living in a capital city.

In 2016 people in our region spent an average of $1,300 a month on their mortgage.

That’s more than $400 less than the state average of $1,728 and significantly lower than the average monthly mortgage in popular Melbourne suburbs such as Northcote, Coburg, Prahran and Essendon, which range from $2,000 – $2,167.

 If you’re looking to buy property in one of the towns in our region such as Castlemaine or Maldon this is good news.

 The way we live is changing

While the majority of homes in the shire are still separate houses the 2016 Census shows an increase in other types of dwellings such as semi-detached homes and townhouses.

The number of semi-detached, terrace or townhouses in the shire has more than doubled in the last five years.

“The trend towards more concentrated, medium density living in towns like Castlemaine and Maldon reflects changes we are seeing all over the country,” says Waller Realty Agent, Tom Robertson.

“More people in our region are choosing to build and live in smaller homes for reasons of convenience, for cost and, in many cases, to reduce their environmental impact. We expect to see this shift in thinking continue to grow in the next few years.”

Additional details from the Census are due to be released in October 2017. This includes information on employment and income.

Maldon goes plastic bag free

It’s estimated one trillion plastic bags are used and discarded every year worldwide. The Maldon community is taking a stand against waste, joining 30 other towns in the Loddon Mallee region to become a Plastic Bag Free Town.

Australians use over 10 million new plastic bags every day. Each bag can take up to 1,000 years to break down, meaning that every plastic bag ever produced is still in a landfill. Those that are blown away, dumped or littered end up in water systems and, ultimately, in the ocean where they are thought to be responsible for killing more than one million seabirds and 100,000 mammals every year.

The Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group (LMWRRG) and Maldon Inc have been working with stores throughout Maldon to help them become plastic bag free. The group says owners, managers and the general public have been hugely supportive throughout the transition process.

“We strongly encourage all Maldon residents to support the town traders and remember to take their reusable bags,” says Karen Fazzani, Executive Officer LMWRRG.

“Every effort in this regard helps protect the environment from damage plastic bags can cause especially when they take such a long time to break down.”

Stores that previously supplied plastic bags have been provided with a recycled paper alternative and re-usable calico bags will be available throughout the town. Boomerang Bags have also recently become available.

It’s hoped that as time goes on people will start to bring their own re-usable bags when they shop, removing the need for retailers to supply a bag altogether. To get everyone in the swing of things, throughout July people can enter the draw to win a hamper worth $250 every time they shop in Maldon with their re-usable bags.

“One of the actions in our Council Plan is to support Maldon and other communities to be plastic bag free, says Sharon Telford, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire. “As a Maldon local, it’s fantastic for us to be the first plastic bag free town in Mount Alexander Shire.”

“Reusable bags are a simple and effective way that we can all reduce our impact on the environment. It’s small decisions that have a lasting impact and I’m very proud of our community for taking this step.”

The team at the Waller Realty office in Maldon are extremely supportive of the initiative and praised local traders for their commitment to protecting the environment.

“Becoming a Plastic Bag Free Town will make Maldon an even more appealing place to live and we congratulate everyone involved,” says Waller Realty’s Leah Panos.

A Very Castlemaine and Maldon Christmas

castlemaine christmas

Whether you’re looking for handmade gifts, someone to cook your Christmas lunch or a spot to share some carols with friends and family, our region has it all.

Shop local and handmade

The Castlemaine Artists Market showcases over 40 established and emerging local artists, designers and craftspeople. At this year’s annual Twilight Market on Friday 16 December they’ll be joined by the Castlemaine Farmers’ Market so you can shop for presents and produce from over 100 stalls. While you’re there enjoy some great food, cool tunes, a craft workshop or even a cocktail!

Light up the night

Each night, as the sun sets, we put on a show. Local homes and businesses are transformed by everything that twinkles, glitters and glows. Bundle the kids in the car and take a tour. You’ll find maps in the Castlemaine Mail and Tarrangower Times.

Carol under the stars

Gathering with friends and family and a picnic dinner for carols under about a billion stars is the stuff Christmas memories are made of round here.

You’ll find the Maldon Carols by Candlelight in the Shire Gardens on Saturday 17 December where you’ll hear the Maldon Brass Band and other local artists thanks to the Maldon Lions Club. Castlemaine Carols by Candlelight is the work of Rotary Castlemaine with musical theatre company Three’s A Crowd, the Thompson’s Foundry Band and plenty of other local talent in Victory Park on Wednesday 21 December.

Celebrate with food and music

Whether you’re after something kid friendly or a night out with friends we’ve got you covered.

Take someone special for a meal at the Public Inn, housed in Castlemaine’s Old Fire Station, before the Christmas rush. Sample a local craft beer or cider at The Taproom at The Mill, Castlemaine’s recently transformed historic woollen mill. Or grab some friends and celebrate the return of the Criterion Hotel Castlemaine’s famous Christmas Eve Party.

Want a year off cooking the Christmas lunch? Locals, The Bridge Hotel (who recently won Best Regional Venue at The Age Music Victoria Awards – congrats!) and The Five Flags Hotel Campbells Creek are both open with delicious set menus sure to make your day a happy one.

Be part of a country Christmas tradition

Thought Santa only travelled by sleigh? Think again. In Castlemaine and surrounding towns the man in red delivers lollies and icy poles to excited kids from the back of a ute on Christmas morning.

It’s a tradition that started nearly 80 years ago when the Castlemaine Apex Club would deliver food hampers to families in need. It continues today thanks to the dedication of the Castlemaine Past Apexians and it’s a special part of our Christmas morning that’s loved by everyone regardless of age.

Whatever you do this Christmas we hope it’s a safe and happy one for you and your loved ones, from everyone at Waller Realty.