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Dennis Clarke named 2023 Manningham Citizen of the Year

Manningham Council has announced its 2023 Manningham Civic awardees who go above and beyond for our community through volunteer or paid work.
The Civic Awards, held in September each year, shine light on the incredible and selfless people in Manningham who give so much of themselves to the community without expecting anything in return.
To the award recipients, helping others and volunteering their time comes from a deeper sense of purpose.
“It’s what we are born to do.
It’s what life is all about.
“Nothing in this world gives more of a sense of achievement,” says Dennis Clarke, Manningham Citizen of the Year.
Manningham’s Mayor Cr Deirdre Diamante attended the award ceremony last month and thanked the winners for their service to the community.
“Manningham is home to remarkable people who go above and beyond for our community.
“I feel privileged to recognise and celebrate their achievements on behalf of Manningham and to share their inspiring stories,” Cr Diamante said.
The five category winners are:

Citizen of the Year
Dennis Clarke

Dennis is a pillar within the community through his work with Doncaster RSL as the Senior Vice President, Secretary of RAEME Vietnam Southern Chapter (previously Inaugural President), Anzac and Poppy Appeals, active participant of committees such as VVAA Box Hill Committee, ALPGA, VACC, RACV and more.
As well as the many hours volunteering and working for committees, Dennis spends time calling other Vietnam veterans, talking to them, checking in on their mental health and making sure that they are okay.
Though he considers himself extremely lucky, Dennis’ own traumatic experiences from the Vietnam War influenced his sense of purpose to unite, acknowledge and take care of others with similar experiences.
Dennis championed mental health for war veterans before awareness was prevalent in society. His compassion for people who are struggling and his determination to help those in need is an example of how important Dennis is to the RSL community and Manningham more broadly.
Dot Haynes OAM, Doncaster RSL Secretary, told the Bulletin, “Dennis does so much for so many and is a high achiever for the members and community.
“Doing maintenance when there is no one around at the Doncaster RSL as well as initiating some of our events, especially ensuring our ANZAC, Remembrance and Vietnam services and Appeals get much support from others as well.

Doreen Stoves Volunteer of the Year
Frank Johnston

Frank has been volunteering for Manningham organisations for over 30 years.
He has dedicated himself to those groups including, Manningham Uniting Church, LinC Manningham Inc., MannaCare nursing home, Outback Links, Blaze Aid and planting trees for the Tree Project.
Janet van Leerdam, a fellow LinC Manningham Inc., member, nominated Frank for the award.
“Frank is a selfless person who has been giving to others for many years, especially since retirement.”

Sports Volunteer of the Year
Caroline Clarkson

Caroline has devoted her energy to the Committee of Doncaster Dolphins Masters Swimming club in various roles such as, club Registrar, Recorder, Secretary and President.

Community Organisation of the Year
LinC Manningham Inc

LinC Manningham Inc. is a community organisation made up of volunteers from various Christian churches within Manningham.
It provides house cleaning, social support to new migrants and women affected by domestic violence, home cooked meals, decluttering homes, gardening, goods from Eastern Emergency Relief, or even the little things like taking clients out for a coffee or to do their shopping.

Young Volunteer of the Year
Shin Thant (Berry) Eain

Berry is committed to making a difference and is determined to bridge the gap between local and international students within her school and also wider community.
Berry is an incredible role model to her peers and an advocate for student voice.
“As a young teenager and a female student (in Myanmar), I never had the privilege to explore concepts like human rights and democracy.
“I intend to grasp any opportunity that is presented to me and make the most out of my experience here as a proud international student by volunteering and helping those who may experience the same circumstances as me,” Berry said when describing her inspiration.

Highly Commended Community Organisation
Doncaster Junior Football Club

DJFL fosters the importance of sportsmanship, diversity, teamwork and pride in local community whilst also consistently working towards a community culture that enriches friendships and fosters joy in sport.
“Hundreds, if not thousands, of children have transitioned through the club over its 50 plus year history.
“Each child has brought with them an extended family who have visited and contributed to the club culture.
“All of them have benefited from the club’s environment and in turn the community it has created,” Michelle Taylor, who nominated the club, said.
Manningham Council is exceptionally proud to have such outstanding local heroes and recognises their invaluable contributions to the local community.

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A fine show of fantastic art

Photos: SANDI MILLER
Featured: Conveynor Brenda Ibels and Judge Paul McDonald Smith with Best in Show piece Ocean Might, Apollo Bay

THE SECOND Eltham Art Show 2023 (EAS) was held in early September.
Bigger, better, and across two locations, the Eltham Art Show is making strides towards becoming the fine jewel in the crown that is Nillumbik’s art heritage.
Utilising the Eltham Community and Reception Centre (ECRC) and Residents’ Gallery at Montsalvat, it showcased the best 2D and 3D works from artists within Nillumbik and those without who have been influenced by the Shire’s art heritage.
With more than 500 pieces of 2D art and around 40 3D pieces on show and for sale, the profits from the show will be reinvested into local community causes and efforts supported by Rotary International.
With the calibre of the submission so high, and the professionalism with which the works were curated and displayed; it was a joy to peruse.
Convenor of the Eltham Art Show, Brenda Ibels, opened the show by explaining the intention of its concept.

“The show has been by invitation only.
“It is selected, and it is professionally curated.
“It also provides an opportunity for the Rotary Club of Eltham to continue serving the community, as it has done for 50 years.
“It also highlights the recognition of the heritage of the local and associated art community.
“A heritage which has not only developed in Nillumbik but also spread to become foundations of institutes like the Victorian Arts Society, Twenty Melbourne Painters, and the Woodend Art Group.”

Highlights of this year’s show also included art demonstrations, “working studio” style sessions, and an en plein air challenge run in the weekend leading up to the event.
The motivation for many of the artists displaying was the prizes on offer; of the combined 540+ works on display, only a handful of winners could be picked, and these were:

  • Best in Show Greg Allen with Ocean Might, Apollo Bay — $6,000 prize
  • Best Contemporary Sheryl Lewis with Hill at Kangaroo Ground — $3,000 prize
  • Best Oil or Acrylic Fiona Bilbrough with Bumper Harvest — $3,000 prize
  • Best Watercolour Julian Bruere with Misted Snow Gums, Mt Torbreck — $3,000 prize
  • Best Sculpture Denise Keele-bedford, with Hard Baked sponsored by Meridian Sculpture — $3,000 prize
  • Neil Douglas Best Australian Landscape Portrayal Chris White with The Bridge, Beechworth — $2,000 prize
  • Best Work on Paper Linda Schneider with Evolving Reflections — A Charcoal Reverie — $1,000 prize
  • Best Printmaking Robert Hails with From a Deck Chair (series 2) — $1,000 prize
  • Best Emerging Artist Alison Tippett with Radiant Beauty — $750 prize
  • Best Decorative Arts Jeanette Dyke with Black Star Ring sponsored by Michael Wilson — $500 prize
  • Masterful Brands Agency Highly Commended $200 + Mentor session for each of the six winners: Raymond Wilson, Old River Gums, Victoria Valley Cherry Manders, Still Life Mary Hyde, Coastal View Pat Reynolds, Quarry Beach, Malacoota James Haramis, Together Sophie Bullen, Romans 13:10
  • En Plein Air Challenge Nina Volk, Watercolour — prize NGV tickets courtesy of The Victorian Artists Society
  • Hangers Prize Greg Allen with Ocean Might, Apollo Bay — Mixed dozen wines from Kings of Kangaroo Ground
  • Montsalvat “Brave Talent” Ellen Jenkins, with John — Hamper value $100
  • Best Ceramic Marlize Myburgh, with Interrelate — Best Ceramic Certificate
  • Peoples’ Choice Sarai Meyerink with Reflections — $500

 

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Winner of Best Sculpture, North Warrandyte artist Denise Keele-bedford said she was “flabbergasted” with winning the $3,000 prize.

“Thank you so much to Eltham Rotary for putting on the art show.
It has been interesting following the show.
Last year, they had the inaugural show, and I entered a 2D work.
It’s just fantastic to see that they have taken the initiative to delve into and experiment with the possibilities of a Rotary Art Show.
I congratulate all those who have been involved in putting this show together.
The hanging is superb, and the list of sponsors is amazing. It is fantastic to see all of those sponsors assisting and supporting this show to continue.
It’s great to see so many people here.
So, thank you so much, and congratulations to all the Rotarians and the really hard work that goes into putting a show like this together.
And of course, congratulations to all of the artists for participating — it’s fantastic to see.”

While Eltham Rotary is still debriefing from the event, Ms Ibels spoke to the Bulletin about how they feel the show went.

“We had close to 1,000 people through the door, and while we are still working out the final finances, we are on the right side of the ledger, which is good for the community.
We were very pleased with the show, as was the feedback from the people we spoke to and received comments from.
Including Montsalvat was a trial, and we feel a good combination for community involvement.
A massive plus was the en plein air, facilitated by the Victorian Artists Society.
It brought artists and outside interest to the area.
The group tours arranged for the local retirement villages were also very popular.”

Ms Ibels said for 2024, Rotary is planning for dates between August 11 and 19 to allow four days of viewing. Make sure you clear your diary for that week and come and see some fantastic art in the heart of Eltham.

Preparations underway for Wattle Festival

THE YELLOW WATTLE is beginning to bloom across the municipality, which means it is nearly time for the 2023 Hurstbridge Wattle Festival. Held on Sunday, August 27, between 10am and 4pm, this annual festival signals springtime in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and is a free, family-friendly event, guaranteed to have something for everyone to enjoy.
Every year, a packed program of music and activities spans nearly one kilometre of the main streets of Hurstbridge.
The 2023 program includes heritage steam train rides between Hurstbridge and Eltham, two stages of live music, over 100 market stalls, BMX and scooter competitions, dog obstacle courses, camel rides, and exclusive event food and wine offers, and much, much more. Hurstbridge Primary School will host the Country Women’s Association Devonshire tea and scones event.
Festival staple, the Wattle Witches, are also back by popular demand. Hurstbridge Wattle Festival brings meaning to the term community festival.
It happens because of the ongoing commitment of almost every community group in Hurstbridge.
The tennis club runs tennis clinics; the Scouts run high ropes and sausage sizzles.
Hurstbridge Men’s Shed, the local childcare provider, CFA, and many Hurstbridge street traders are also involved. Festival Coordinator Carol Jenkinson said last year’s festival was “huge”, and the committee hopes to replicate its success.

“We enjoyed a perfect spring day and saw over 15,000 people visit Hurstbridge and enjoy a grass-roots community festival,” she said.

The Hurstbridge Yarnbombing group will again work with Allwood House and community volunteers to “yarnbomb” significant tress yellow and string up over 500 pom poms.
Every year, new and old Hurstbridge businesses love to see the festival spring to life and bring crowds, and business, to town. Earlier this year, the Wattle Festival was grateful to receive a community event grant from the Victorian Government, which will assist in improving accessibility to, from, and around the festival.
This grant will focus on engaging local entertainment, musicians, and operators, supporting Nillumbik businesses and artists. Hurstbridge Wattle Festival began in 2004 and has become a symbol of Hurstbridge’s community spirit, even during the pandemic.

“The 2020 and 2021 festivals moved online, trying to bring the joy of the festival to our community even during Melbourne lockdowns.
“We celebrated locally by painting Hurstbridge in a sea of yellow, making headlines in The Guardian, but we are glad to be back connecting the community again,” said Ms Jenkinson.

With the Diamond Creek Trail extending to Hurstbridge, there are now even more safe and family-friendly ways to visit the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival in 2023.
There is limited parking in Hurstbridge.
For a great festival experience, the committee encourages anyone looking to attend to run, walk or ride the Diamond Creek Trail in August, or catch one of the free festival busses from Mernda Station or Diamond Creek Station.
The full timetable will be published on our website. Of course, those who wish to arrive in style can reserve a seat on the iconic Festival Steam Train, but seating is limited. Hurstbridge Wattle Festival is proudly supported by the Victorian Government, Nillumbik Shire Council, and Bendigo Bank.
Further information about the festival and the full program can be found at: www.wattlefestival.org.au/2023-festival-program.