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Ready to rock


TALENTED young musicians from the Greater Warrandyte region are putting on a not-to-be-missed show this month.

The annual Wonnies Battle of the Bands, hosted by Wonnies Music and Sport, will showcase the hard work of Warrandyte’s best primary school bands and music groups.

Students from Anderson’s Creek Primary School, Donvale Primary, Eastwood Primary and more will have the chance to perform in front of a live audience, on a stage equipped with professional sound and lighting gear. The school bands have been preparing for months to compete in the competition, hoping to wow their family and friends and the all important judging panel.

“It’s something I never got the opportunity to do when I was younger, get up on stage and be in a rock band. It was always concert bands or brass bands, orchestras and stuff,” says Scott Van Gestrel, director and founder of Wonnies.

“Nowadays with shows like The Voice, these kids want to get up on stage and perform in front of an audience.”

The professional set up of the event is an added bonus, Scott says, and really gives the kids a taste of what it feels like to play a live music gig.

This year, the battle will be recorded and filmed, giving the kids a memento of their experience. And a few years down the track, when they’re famous, it might even be evidence of their musical career beginnings.

There are two coveted prizes to give out this year. On top of the overall winner of the battle, there’s a new award for an up and coming band, chosen by the judges.

“It’s for young bands, kids who are eight or nine who have never been on a stage before. They get to perform on a stage, so instead of competing for the big prize, which is a challenge, they get to compete for a junior prize,” Scott says.

High school students have an opportunity to perform as well in super bands, made up of past winners and students from Wonnies. Quiet Bedlam, an acoustic trio from Warrandyte High School, are headlining this year’s battle.

The community is heavily involved in the event—not only are they encouraged to attend, but there’s a strong Warrandyte presence in the judging panel, which features a music teacher, a representative from one of the primary schools and a keen member of the community.

“I’d love to get a celebrity judge one day, that’d be cool,” Scott says.

Sponsors are another huge part of community involvement, and Scott is incredibly thankful for the support of local businesses, including the Diary, Quinton’s IGA, Bunnings Warehouse and more.

Wonnies Battle of the Bands will be held at Anderson’s Creek Primary School at 12pm on November 29

More details can be found at www.wonnies.com.au

Purple people treaters


REIKI healing, chakra balancing, psychic readings, food intolerance testing, intuitive healing and loads more is set to draw a crowd of interested onlookers at The Purple Dragonfly’s first ever Wellness Expo on Sunday November 15 at the Grand Hotel Warrandyte.

“There will be a lot to explore and take in,” an excited owner of The Purple Dragonfly, Jane Offer, told the Diary this week.

The event is free to attend and will take place from 11am to 4.15pm with door prizes on the hour and products available for purchase on the day including crystals, oracle cards, journals, books, CDs, therapeutic tea, bamboo products, and plenty of great Christmas gift ideas.

A program of events can be accessed at thepurpledragonfly.com.au

“There’s a mix of mainstream and additional, more complementary approaches to health and wellness,” Jane says. “It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our therapists and a couple of local suppliers, including local authors.”

Some of the highlights of the day will include: intuitive healing sessions with trance healer David Offer; food intolerance testing with homeopath Catherine Bullard; psychic art works with Sophia Rigas; angel symbols and essences and what they mean, and; sound experience with Ruth Marr and her beautiful crystal singing bowls will be running throughout the day.

The program of talks also includes reiki master and animal healer Nicole Jacobsen doing a presentation about how to “deepen your connection with animals in your life” and Felicity Kearton presents hypnotherapy for weight loss, or to quit smoking, releasing anxiety and phobias, and explaining past life regression.

“It will be a great day, so come on down to the Grand and spend some time at the Wellness Expo,” Jane says.

The Purple Dragonfly Wellness Expo, Sunday November 15, Grand Hotel Warrandyte. For more information visit www.thepurpledragonfly.com.au

VIDEO: Warrandyte Football Club Grand Final Day


Warrandyte Football Club claimed three premierships in Division 4 of the Eastern Football League in 2015. See the Diary’s wrap up of a big day! 15-minute DVD available by emailing info@warrandytediary.com.au

 

Diary triumphs again


WARRANDYTE Diary has been named Newspaper of the Year for the second year in a row at the Community Newspaper Association Victoria (CNAV) annual conference and awards night on the weekend.

Diary editor Scott Podmore and one of our 45-year-old newspaper’s founding fathers Jock Macneish were there to enjoy the spoils at the Foothills Conference Centre in Mooroolbark after early conducting “community engagement” workshops for other community newspaper representatives from throughout the state.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for our Warrandyte community in particular,” Diary editor Scott said. “A community newspaper is only as strong as its community’s spirit and their willingness to come together to ensure the voice is strong in its local newspaper. We have so many great people who contribute whether they be volunteers, cadets, creatives, experienced writers and photographers or even those who put their hand up to deliver bundles of the paper to a pick-up point.”

“The Diary and the Warrandyte community are a force to be reckoned with. We know how lucky we are but it’s nice to be recognised like this. It’s a pat on the back for our people.”

From the nine CNAV awards the Diary featured in six, winning three and being a finalist (top 3) in three others, the same result as last year. As well as winning Newspaper of the Year, the Diary won for Best Layout and Design and Best Sports Coverage.

To win Best Sports Coverage is a real feather in the cap of our new sports editor Mikey Di Petta,” Scott said. “He’s a terrific kid doing a sports journalism course at university and he’s taken the reins of sport with confidence and enthusiasm. You only need look at our recent footy, tennis and netball coverage with all the flags they won. Well the Diary just bagged three flags tonight, too.

“As for the Best Layout & Design award – well that’s one we tuck away in our hearts, because that ackowledges the fantastic work of our dear little Rachel Schroeder who passed away earlier this year and also the equally as brilliant work of our new designer Hayley Saretta.”

The three finalists categories we featured in included: Best News Feature Story (Lara McKinley’s excellent coverage of eating local), Best Photograph (Bill Hudson-McAuley’s amazing ANZAC Day photograph of Ruben Harris-Allen), and Best Article By A Person 18 Years Or Younger (work experience local Sydney Lang’s first ever published story about 10 top things to do for winter was an absolute ripper!).

To add credibility to the Diary’s achievements, nine separate experienced newspaper industry judges were given the task of judging each of the nine CNAV awards. Their comments were:

 

Best Design and Layout – winner, Warrandyte Diary

Many large publishing companies would be proud of the standard achieved by the Warrandyte Diary. The design and layout hallmarks are maintained throughout this bright tabloid newspaper with professional placement of advertising, consistent headline fonts and appealing photos.  “For the community, by the community” is an appropriate slogan for this stand-out publication. Creative flair in design is reflected in every page.

 

Best News Feature Story – finalist, Warrandyte Diary

Eating Local – Is it possible? An appealing, inspiring package of words and pictures giving first hand experiences of eating only local food – info that residents can readily use to ‘eat local’ themselves.

 

Best Photograph – finalist, Warrandyte Diary

Ruben Harris-Allen. A very engaging image. Direct communication with the photographer at time of capture, translates to direct and strong communication with the viewer.  The subject is isolated from the background by both shallow depth of field and the beautiful warm side/top lighting.  Excellent technique in a challenging low light situation.

 

Best Sports Reporting – winner, Warrandyte Diary

The Warrandyte Diary was the standout to me. While it appears it may have a bigger budget then some other entrants I was impressed by its overall modern layout, fantastic eye-catching photos (particularly the emotion-charged shot of the dejected footballers which I thought was a really different angle from your usual action pic) and interesting and varied content about a wide range of local sport and achievers.

 

Best Article by a Person 18 years Or Younger – finalist, Warrandyte Diary

Top 10 things to do for the rest of winter by Sydney Lang. A clear, concise and colourful article to entice people to use their local neighborhood house, serving an important social function.

 

Best Newspaper – winner, Warrandyte Diary

Many big mainstream newspaper editors would be proud to say they produced a publication as professional as the Warrandyte Diary. Its layout can’t be faulted, the photos jump off the page, and there’s a great mix of news, sport and longer feature articles. It’s those articles that are a standout, so compelling that they sent me scrambling to the online editions to look for more.

Snakes on the slither


WITH an exceptionally warm start to Spring breaking all sorts of records, it makes sense our local “Snakebuster” Raymond Hoser has been in demand.

On the day we caught up for a chat he had been out to collect and move nine different snakes from seven different homes around Melbourne, including Donvale, Wonga Park, Warrandyte and incredibly even in densely developed Coburg. At two separate jobs he came across fights between two male Brown snakes, with all of them being captured and moved on.

In Warrandyte and surrounding suburbs, people can expect to see Tiger Snakes, Lowlands Copperheads and Eastern Browns, which are all incredibly dangerous.

While snakes will usually go away if left alone, anyone with dogs or children on the property are advised to call a snake catcher immediately. Although they charge a minimal fee, they will be there much faster than the council or DSE and he advises keeping an eye on them from a distance so they can easily be caught on arrival.

Generally, snakes don’t particularly need food to survive on a property and will seek out places to make their home based on shelter rather than the availability of food and water.

Things to avoid leaving around the home that create the perfect shelter for snakes include pieces of wood, metal, rocks and anywhere a snake can hide, no matter how small the area.

He also recommends making holes along the bottom of fence lines if you have dogs, so the snake has an escape route instead of being forced to defend themselves.

Many will choose the option of escape if available, rather than attacking the dog. According to Raymond, if a dog is bitten, owners can expect a bill of several thousand dollars with no guarantee of survival.

In Warrandyte, walking along the river especially, residents are urged to take care as the water source and plenty of northern sun maintains a healthy ecosystem for them to breed, sometimes in clutches of up to 26 at once, not uncommon for the tiger snake. Browns and Copperheads will still average around 8 to 12 eggs a clutch, which is why it is important for the snakes to be removed in the first instance they are seen as they could bring harm to children or pets.

If someone or a pet is bitten, it is important to be able to easily identify the snake so that the right anti-venom can be administered.

Evident by its name, the Brown Snake is brown, averages about 1.5 metres and has a small head that is barely distinguishable from its head alone. Hatchlings may present with dark markings around the body and head.

The Lowlands Copperhead is less common and tends to grow to about the same size, range in blackish to grey brown, sometimes with an orange or brown flush, which often results in them being mistaken for a Red Belly.

The Tiger, the most aggressive of the three, can be identified by its bands ranging in colour from blackish brown, to olive, yellow and black.

Always remember to carry your phone with you when out and about in the warmer months, not only so you can call an ambulance immediately if bitten, but to snap an identifying photo of the snake if possible.

While snakes will very rarely strike unless they are disturbed, their incredible camouflage skills continue to result in inevitable accidents. If you or someone close by is unfortunate enough to be bitten, don’t panic, ensure they stay still and apply a pressure bandage above the bite before getting them straight to hospital.

Call 9812 3322 or visit www.snakebusters.com.au