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ON MAY 8 1970, Melbourne witnessed a then unprecedented event: a demonstration of around 100,000 people in Bourke Street against the Vietnam War.
In all, some 200,000 people protested throughout Australia that day, sending a powerful message to the government that the tide of public opinion was turning against Australia’s involvement in the war.
Nearly 33 years later, on February 14 2003, there were again massive protests throughout Australia – and elsewhere in the world – against the proposed invasion of Iraq.
Estimates of the numbers at the Melbourne rally alone ranged between 100,000 and 200,000.
I remember marching down Swanston Street to Federation Square and being stunned by the vastness of the crowd.
Fast forward to 2018, and we’re now facing a crisis of a very different kind.
A crisis that can fairly be regarded as the greatest in human history – climate change.
Throughout the world, average surface temperatures are rising.
Globally, 17 of the 18 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2001, with 2016 ranking as the warmest on record.
This is one aspect of what we call “climate change”, but the term also refers to a broader range of changes that are happening to our planet.
These include rising sea levels, shrinking mountain glaciers, accelerating ice melt in Greenland, Antarctica and the Arctic, and shifts in flower/plant blooming times.
They also include weather events of increasing severity and frequency, like cyclones, droughts, and floods.
The effects of climate change are everywhere to be seen:
- The Great Barrier Reef is dying largely as a result of increased water temperatures due to global warming.
- Low-lying nations, particularly small island states, face inundation as a result of rising sea levels.
- With increased temperatures and frequent heatwaves worldwide, there is increased evaporation of water which provides fuel for storms, exacerbating extreme weather events like cyclones or hurricanes, especially in tropical regions.
- The melting of the cryosphere (frozen water in the polar ice caps and elsewhere) means that we’re seeing not only sea level rises, but also the exposure of dark ocean waters, which absorb more sunlight than ice – heating the ocean more and speeding up a relentless cycle of melting and heating.
The international Paris Agreement, supported by world scientific opinion, has recognised that the situation we face is one of urgency: we need to take drastic measures to limit average global temperature rises to a maximum of 2oC (since the start of industrial times) — and pursue efforts to limit the average increase to 1.5°C — if we’re to avoid the worst impacts of dangerous climate change.
Given the great weight of scientific opinion and that our planet’s future is at stake, it’s not unreasonable to expect our politicians to show strong national leadership on the need for urgent, effective action on climate change.
However, leadership has been sadly lacking on this issue.
Instead, the climate crisis has become mired in short-sighted political expediency, climate denialism, and party politics — including the destructive Liberal Party in-fighting that recently caused the (second) downfall of Malcom Turnbull.
In the absence of proper political leadership, the pressure for urgent climate action needs to come from the community.
The People’s Climate March in Melbourne in November 2015 was attended by an estimated 60,000 people.
But we should be seeing far bigger demonstrations in our streets calling for urgent climate action, on the same scale as the one against the Iraq War in February 2003, if not larger.
For various reasons, however, this has not yet occurred.
Climate change has crept up on us gradually, especially over the last 50 years or so.
The adverse effects of climate change are worsening, but they’re occurring intermittently over an extended time-frame of years and decades.
Most of the time, our weather conditions appear normal and the urgency of the climate situation is not readily apparent to many people in the community.
Unlike the threat posed at times by war or terrorism (for example, by the looming invasion of Iraq in 2003), climate change does not present the same sort of imminent and tangible threat that people feel they can do something about, such as by taking to the streets in protest.
Part of the problem in getting people to accept the need for urgent climate action arises from the process of psychological denial, whereby people choose to deny the existence of unpleasant realities in spite of the evidence.
Likewise, the climate change problem is so huge that many people feel overwhelmed and powerless to do anything about it.
So they “switch off” and opt to do nothing at all.
The key challenges for the climate action movement are to engage with the community to a far greater extent, and to understand and overcome the barriers to widespread popular support for urgent climate action.
The proposed Carmichael (Adani) coal mine and rail project represent an excellent focus for community engagement.
In the face of the climate emergency due to the burning of coal and other fossil fuels, the federal and Queensland governments are ardently supporting and facilitating the Adani mine, which will be the world’s biggest coal venture.
WarrandyteCAN condemns the recklessness of both these governments, and urges everyone to do what they can to support the Stop Adani campaign.
WarrandyteCAN would like to know what readers of the Warrandyte Diary think about climate change and asks them to take part in the following poll:
I asked our resident Tasmanian expert Anna, a Tasmanian herself, how best one should spend a lazy few days on the beautiful Apple Isle.
If you are a foodie and love the outdoors, it will be hard not to resist her recommendations.
Upon arriving at Launceston Airport, collect your car and travel about 10 minutes to your first stop.
Enjoy a winery tour, tasting and lunch at Josef Chromy Wines, a state-of-the-art winery located near Launceston. Surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and vineyards, the winery offers a range of cool-climate wines, delicious food and warm service.
Start by walking in the vineyard and learning about the estate’s high-tech winemaking process.
Sip some samples served by a friendly wine expert then head to a two-course lunch paired with wine.
It’s the perfect way to explore Tasmanian wine country. Head o for a beautiful drive looping the vineyards and providores on both sides of the Tamar Valley.
Exploring the Artentwine Sculpture Biennial on o er over October and November 2018.
Next day drive to Cradle Mountain, roughly a two hour drive.
On the way keep an eye out for Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Café.
This place has an unending supply of raspberries and raspberry menu items.
Stop in, if only to buy some chocolate covered raspberries. is is important.
They are fantastic and will be perfect for an evening at Cradle Mountain Lodge with a good glass of red — I promise.
Spend your time in Cradle Mountain taking in the beauty of this amazing National Park.
The park contains an extensive network of walking tracks to suit everyone’s tastes.
A day walk map should be purchased from the visitor centre if you want to go on any day walks.
Start at the visitor centre will also provide tailor-made advice to match your walking needs with the tracks available.
Strahan is a harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past set on the edge of the World Heritage listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Strahan is full of stories from the days of convicts and pioneers toughing it out in Tassie’s “wild west”.
Strahan is also the departure point for the West Coast Wilderness Railway which do a half day tour journeying deep into Tasmania’s rainforest.
A scenic road trip will see you in Hobart for a city sojourn to end your gorgeous getaway in Tasmania.
What are you waiting for?
Our travel expert Carolyn is the manager of Warrandyte Travel and Cruise.
Email her at — email@example.com
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Pictured: Paul Purcell (left) and Dr David Stapleton.
Photo: Leann Purcell
Medicinal cannabis was made legal with prescription at the beginning of last year.
British Medical Journal Open, this month published results of a survey of 640 Australian General Practitioners, and found almost two-thirds have had at least one patient ask about the drug, some as many as 10.
According to the survey, while more than half the doctors said they’d like to be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis, they feel they don’t know enough about it, are uncomfortable discussing it with patients, and feel overwhelmed by the bureaucratic access scheme.
This is leaving patients who may benefit from the drug in no-man’s land.
Paul Purcell was involved in a workplace accident two years ago, which has left him confined to a wheelchair and in unrelenting pain.
Paul suffered a crush injury with severe damage to the spinal cord, leaving him with no sensation from the chest down.
“Nothing, I can’t even move my toes, there is no signal getting through… there is no sensation apart from the pain,” he said.
Chronic pain is one of the conditions where doctors are allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis, alongside conditions such as cancer pain, MS, and Parkinson’s, but according to Paul, he has been unable to find a doctor willing to allow him to try it for his pain.
He says the drugs he is currently taking for his pain have left him feeling foggy and forgetful.
“Sometimes you will stop mid-sentence you will forget what you are talking about… but often there are days when I wonder to myself whether it really does anything [for the pain].”
“The pain is the hardest thing to deal with — then there is the mental side of it, the grief — the sadness, your old life, you know it’s right there and just you want to get it back and you can’t — and then the wheelchair.”
“I have experienced a lot of pain, but the neuropathic pain is like nothing else.”
Paul told the Diary that when he was in hospital and rehab he had no neuropathic pain.
“I’ve heard it is not uncommon for the pain not to come on immediately,” he said.
“But now, it’s like when you touch an electric fence, very mild impulses right down to your feet every day all day, probably every two to three minutes, and that goes on all the time, so that is on a mild day — on a bad day I have heat on my stomach and my back like severe sunburn and I feel like I have someone on my shoulders pushing me down into the chair — this is all at the time,” Mr Purcell told the Diary.
“When I go to bed and I go to sleep, I think I go to sleep because I am exhausted just from the whole day of pain — it is really hard to live with,” he said.
Mr Purcell is being supported in his search for a solution by Warrandyte distributor of medicinal cannabis, Dr David Stapleton, who, with his partner, runs a company which imports medicinal cannabis.
“We have all the permits, ASIO has checked us out, it is all good, we can bring it into the country, the TGA has looked at all our products and given approval to them,” he said.
However, they are unable to supply the product without prescription.
“Paul’s doctor should be able to prescribe it — they have to fill out a form write two to three lines with a clinical justification why Paul would need medicinal cannabis over the current medication he is on, fax that off to the TGA, someone there says yes or no, if it is no then that is the end of it, if it is yes they send a number back, they give it to Paul he goes to a chemist and he can order it.
“We have been approved to import products from Switzerland where they have created a strain of marijuana with very little THC in it, the part that makes you high — it has all the good stuff in it, all the healing components — but just not the part that makes you high.
“It has been legal for a year and a half now and yet there are a handful of doctors that have managed to get it through the system, and I understand there is a lot of work for them because they have to sit and write this and send it off and they also have to find a whole lot of scientific factors that back it as well.
“I have all that information to give to them but for whatever reason they are just saying no, no, no to it,” said David.
Speaking with ABC radio, Dr Vicki Kotsirilos, a general practitioner who has managed to successfully prescribe the drug, says the process for doctors is onerous and time consuming.
“I had to justify the applications to the TGA for each patient, each prescription and each product,” she said.
Paul’s wife, Leann Purcell said Paul’s doctor wouldn’t sign the form for him to have it, saying there wasn’t enough research and he should consult his pain specialist.
“But [the specialist] won’t do it either, he passes the buck and says you have to go to the doctor,” she said.
David said that he believes the reluctance for the medical profession to embrace cannabis comes from its association with marijuana.
“Hemp seed oil was banned because of the word ‘hemp’ in the name, it took intense lobbying in Australia and NZ to get that — it takes lobbying that hard over a word…it is very hard to break through the barriers, people are still very nervous about it.”
Paul’s only other alternative is to take opioids, which he is reluctant to do.
“I take a low dosage if I take anything because they are highly addictive.
“I don’t know if it does anything for the neuropathic pain, maybe some temporary relief — it makes me a little bit light headed and then I forget about the pain….”
Paul is frustrated by the reluctance for GPs to continue to prescribe opioids without even considering medicinal cannabis as an alternative.
“I mean I don’t know what we are all waiting for — is it fear of something happening and someone getting sued, the whole world is playing the blame game… but someone should give it a go,” he said.
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After numerous postponements, the full closure of the Warrandyte Bridge is set to happen this weekend.
The works between May 4 and May 7 will include:
- installing supports for the downstream bridge widening works
- further preparation works for bridge strengthening
- roadworks and clearing to prepare the road and surrounds for further works
Being the first weekend in May, it is also the Warrandyte Riverside Market.
To accommodate this, the following timetable for bridge closures has been put in place:
10pm, Friday May 4 — 5am, Saturday May 5
One lane of the bridge will be closed, with traffic management onsite, to help keep the traffic moving.
5am Saturday May 5 — 3pm Saturday May 5
The Warrandyte Bridge will be open as usual, this should reduce the impact of bridgeworks to stall holders and visitors of the Warrandyte Riverside Market.
3pm Saturday May 5 — 5am Monday May 7
Full closure of the bridge to vehicular traffic.
Cyclists and pedestrians will still be able to cross the bridge, under the direction of traffic management.
Although the Total Fire Ban period has officially ended in both Manningham and Nillumbik, VicRoads stress that scheduled bridgeworks may be modified/postponed to ensure the public safety and the efficiency of the emergency services is not impacted by bridge widening.
With a number of local events taking place this weekend, including the Kellybrook Cider Festival and Nillumbik Artists Open Studios, additional journey planning may be required.
Both private and public transport will be affected by these works.
VicRoads have provided a map illustrating the traffic detours.
There will be four detours in place; (purple, green, yellow and orange).
All the detours start/finish on Main Street, Eltham, north of the river and cross the Fitzsimons Lane Bridge.
People travelling to Warrandyte are encouraged to follow the purple diversion which takes them down Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road.
For those travelling to Park Orchards and Warranwood and the South Warrandyte/Ringwood borders; the green diversion along Reynolds Road and Falconer Road is suggested.
For everyone else looking to travel between Eltham, Kangaroo Grounds and beyond, and Everywhere South and East of Ringwood, the yellow diversion (along EastLink) or the orange diversion (Box Hill and Whitehorse Road) is advised.
Full details of the diversion routes can be found under the diversion map.
Detour map (key)
- Purple route: Main Road, Porter Street, Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road
- Green route: Main Road, Fitzsimons Lane, Reynolds Road, Falconer Road
- Yellow route: Main Road, Fitzsimons Lane, Williamsons Road, Tram Road, Eastern Freeway, Eastlink (toll road), Whitehorse Road
- Orange route: Main Road, Fitzsimons Lane, Williamsons Road, Whitehorse Road OR Main Road, Fitzsimons Lane, Reynolds Road, Springvale Road, Whitehorse Road
During the bridge closure, PTV bus services 578 and 579 (Warrandyte Reserve to Eltham Station) WILL NOT CROSS the Warrandyte Bridge.
Passengers wishing to travel on the 578/579 can access the busses at the following bus stops north of the bridge:
578 – Research-Warrandyte Road/Bradleys Lane
579 – Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road/Research-Warrandyte Road
According to the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website, PTV do not anticipate any disruption to the 906 and 364 bus services.
The Warrandyte Diary will keep an eye on the forthcoming bridgeworks and communicate any changes via our website and on social media.
THE BLOODS failed to find a win in the first round of the 2018 season but showed promising signs across the board in front of a sizeable home crowd.
photo courtesy of Warrandyte Football Club Facebook page
The 19s kicked off the 2018 season with a tough loss, fielding an inexperienced side with a number of Under 17s filling in and playing with 16 on the ground.
The game began on an even keel, with Warrandyte trailing by just two goals against a fast-starting Basin side.
The young Bloods were eager for the contest and were silky in various passages of play.
Numbers would be telling in the contest however as the Bears pulled away to hold a five-goal lead at half time.
There were promising signs throughout the quarter, often showing quick hands around the contest and hitting targets around the ground.
Jake Trewella and David Wilson continued to battle it out in the midfield but the full-strength Basin side turned on the afterburners in the last half to run out 10-goal winners. The 19s will be better for the run and with players to return this week, they’ll hope to rebound against Donvale this coming weekend.
Callum Padfield presented well up forward for his two goals while Mackenzie Smead was often a strong option down the line.
Warrandyte 8.3-51 def by The Basin 17.9-111
Best: Jake Trewella, Mackenzie Smead, Darcy Poole, David Wilson
Goals: Callum Padfield 2, Darcy Poole, Tyson Sproule-Carrol
The Reserves blitzed their opponents early, slotting the first four goals of the game in what would be a bruising encounter against a big bodied Basin side.
An experienced Bloods outfit displayed strong clearance work out of the middle and slick ball movement to take the lead within the first minute with Bailey Campbell opening Warrandyte’s account for 2018.
Goals to Sid Phillip-Owen and debutant Brendan Ludbrook saw them skip out to a 16-point lead at the first change.
The Bears eventually came out of hibernation after the break, trimming the margin with three quick goals to start the second term. The experienced heads of Tim Beasley and Mat Munro toiled away in the midfield and Lochlan Ruck converted a crucial set shot on the siren to hold a slender one-point lead.
Overusing the ball would be the Bloods downfall after half time.
New skipper Trent Parker tried hard as did Drew Corke who tried to inject some controlled ball movement off half back.
Ultimately, sloppy skills set the tone for the rest of the game and Basin eventually ran out 32-point victors.
Warrandyte 7.5-47 def by The Basin 12.7-79
Best: Sid Phillip-Owen, Tim Beasley, Lochlan Ruck, Mat Munro, Luke Brewis, Drew Corke.
Goals: Trent Parker 2, Sid Phillip-Owen 2, Brendan Ludbrook, Lochlan Ruck, Bailey Campbell
The Senior squad were eager to start their season on a positive note and if their first goal was any indicator of their intentions in Division Three, fans could be set for an entertaining year.
The first clearance of the game found its way into the Bloods forward fifty and into the hands of Nikoda Brooking.
Right on fifty and pushed up to the boundary, Brooking converted the difficult chance in front of a strong home crowd and the Seniors were off the mark.
It was a tight tussle in the first quarter as both teams struggled to gain the ascendancy early. New recruit Mitch Buckley was strong early, imposing himself on the contest in tandem with Zach Ballard.
The Bears kicked quick goals however to take a 17-point lead into quarter time.
The Bloods put on a strong performance in the second term as they executed quick passages of play to catch The Basin napping in defence.
Goals to Jordan Powell, Josh Beasley, Michael Cullum and another to Brooking saw a swift turnaround in fortunes and at half-time Anthony McGregor’s men held a one goal advantage.
Max Jaffrey was dealt a cruel blow after he broke his finger in the second quarter.
The promising young player is set for an extended period on the sidelines.
The third quarter was an enthralling one to watch. Lewis Oliver stood tall in defence and Ruckmen Andrew Briffa and Taylor Hayton worked well together.
Brooking continued to find the ball and the goals, adding another to his tally late in the quarter.
Both teams went goal for goal and at the final change it was a one-point game.
With everything to play for leading into the last quarter, McGregor implored his players to banish the demons of 2017 and finish strongly.
Those hopes evaporated when the Bears slammed home seven goals, overrunning the Bloods in the last.
Vice-Captain Michael Cullum scored a late consolation goal but it wasn’t to be on the opening day of Warrandyte’s season, The Basin running out 29-point winners.
Nikoda Brooking was named Warrandyte’s best for his three-goal performance.
Warrandyte 10.4-64 def by The Basin 14.9-93
Best: Nikoda Brooking, Josh Beasley, Lewis Oliver, Andrew Briffa, Scott Ternes, Toby Versteegen
Goals: Nikoda Brooking 3, Michael Cullum 2, Josh Beasley 2, Jordan Powell, Mitch Buckley, Luke Dunn
Warrandyte plays Donvale at Donvale Reserve on April 14.
UPDATE (28/3 15:24): Planned burns have been postponed due to too much moisture in the soil.
Burns may go ahead on April 3 instead.
Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) has scheduled two planned burns near North Warrandyte and Eltham tomorrow, March 29.
There will be a 5.5 hectare burn near Laughing Waters Road and a 15.5 hectare burn near Overbank Road.
FFMVic Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Dan White said: “These burns are an important part of our planned burn program and will reduce fuel loads in the area.
“Smoke may be visible in Eltham, North Warrandyte, Templestowe and Warrandyte.
“We aim to reduce the impact of smoke on communities from planned burning and continue to invest in new technologies and systems to help us better understand the dispersion of smoke.”
Clearning, slashing and planned burns are an important part of managing fuel and reducing the risk of bushfire to communities in bushfire zones.
But, as Mr White explains, weather is an important factor when authorities are preparing for a planned burn.
“We work closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to assess weather conditions – such as humidity, temperature and wind speed — and will only carry out burns when conditions are suitable.
“Until the recent rainfall it had been too dry to conduct these burns,” he said.
If the weather conditions remain favourable, the planned burns will commence around 10am Thursday morning, but if the conditions change the planned burns could be postponed or cancelled.
The Diary will stay across this and provide an update if anything changes.
The Diary has just been informed that the schedule weekend closure of the Warrandyte Bridge IS NOT going ahead.
In an email sent to the VicRoads project team and the emergency services, VEC, the engineering team have requested more time to prepare the beams which they were going to installed this weekend:
The planned closure of the Warrandyte Bridge this weekend has been postponed.The works and closure of Warrandyte Bridge to install beams will not go ahead as originally planned from 10pm Friday 23rd March – 5am Monday 26th March. We will advise of the rescheduled date for the closure asap.
VEC Civil Engineering, the contractor, has requested more time to prepare to install the beams which VicRoads has granted.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Diary has spoken to VicRoads media who cannot, at this time, confirm if any work is going ahead this weekend.
VicRoads are yet to set a new date for the full bridge closure, but the Diary will keep you informed on any further developments.
THE FIRST WEEKEND in March was once again a busy one as over 600 people flocked to Warrandyte Reserve for the eighth iteration of the community running event to either run or volunteer.
A little rain overnight kept the morning temperatures down which was a welcome relief to most who would have been training in the weeks leading up to the run where average temperatures were around the high 20s–low 30s.
This year, the run organisers managed to negotiate a tweak to the existing courses which made the run both easier to manage and a more challenging run.
For the 2.2K runners, this meant they only had to run one lap, instead of two as in previous years but saw them climbing all the way up Everard Drive and Pound Road, alongside the 5, 10 and 15K runners.
For the longer distances the course still looped through the Pound but thanks to the cooperation of Parks Victoria and property owner Jan Day, runners passed through her property after exiting the Tank Track and joined the bushland trail which follows the river between the Ranger Station and the Tunnel carpark.
Despite what was viewed by the run committee as a more trail-like and technically challenging course, and the fact that each lap of the longer runs were around 150 metres longer than five kilometres, the feedback on the finish line and around the event village was extremely positive.
David Dyason, chair of the Run Warrandyte committee spoke to the Diary about the success of the event.
“This year’s course was highly acclaimed by all participants, we have received many compliments and no negative feedback… one participant made us promise not to change the course next year ‘it was so good…’ which we have had to do for various reasons in the past,” he said.
Warrandytian Brynton Ashton placed in the top three of the 15K distance since it was introduced in 2016.
Brynton once again dominated the longer distance finishing 1:25 ahead of 2nd place Alex Tracey and despite the tougher course, only 29 seconds slower than the previous year.
After the race, Brynton spoke with guest commentator and Member for Warrandyte, Ryan Smith.
When asked how he was feeling Brynton said his legs were “a bit sore given the new course” but that it was overall an enjoyable run.
The buzz around the event village after the run was great with numerous medal ceremonies taking place, Run Warrandyte also had a number of runners running for charitable causes, both local and afar.
The event’s official fund raising page gave participants the opportunity to raise money for organisations including the Warrandyte Netball Club, Warrandyte Football Club, Warrandyte Junior Football Club, Warrandyte Cricket Club, Warrandyte CFA, STOP One Punch Can Kill, and Rivers Gift(SIDS).
Through the event, runners managed to raise over $2700, cementing Run Warrandyte as a great platform to inspire people to raise money for a good cause.
Mr Dyason went on to talk about the unique opportunity a fun run in Warrandyte presents and praised Parks Victoria for their assistance in making the course run a possibility.
“We think that, for a fun run, our course is truly unique.
“The mix of urban streets, fire trails and State Park single trails, with much of it having Yarra River views we think it’s an awesome treat.
“Parks Victoria are to be commended for working with us and allowing us to use these trails and we feel the responsibility of ensuring this section of Warrandyte bushland is respected and appreciated by our participants — and we think it was.”
If you ran on the day, make sure you visit the event page on GeoSnapShot for official race photographs.
Run Warrandyte will be back in 2019.
Medals were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in an Under 8, 12-17 and Open categories for most distances, medal winning runners and their official times are listed below.
Spelling of names and official times sourced from Tomato Timing.
Open Male: Brynton Ashton (1:02:50), Alex Tracey (1:04:15), Marcus Boxall (1:06:36)
Open Female: Narelle Cormack (1:08:41), Melissa Hansford (1:11:16), Eloise Thompson (1:13:53)
12–17 Male: Brown Vermeulen (1:18:10), Nicholas Alexander (1:23:22), Brown Vermeulen (1:27:56)
12–17 Female: Alicia Callahan (1:18:46)
Open Male: Aron Class (41:12), Ben McKinnon (44:13), Robert Clark (48:01)
Open Female: Naomi Peters (52:15), Clare Oliveira (52:18), Atsuko Sasaki (52:48)
12–17 Male: Benjamin Reid (43:04), Max Savill-Bentley (43:36), Lucas Todd (1:09:26)
8–11 Male: Cambell Stark (54:33)
Open Male: Nicholas Brooke-Anderson (20:04), Hudson Rostrom (21:42), Michael Cullum (21.49)
Open Female: Sherry Street (22.40), Veronica Bence (24.56), Nicole Lavender (25:35)
12–17 Male: Ben Munks (22:28), Adam Gillard (23:10), Jed Harrowell (23:19)
12–17 Female: Ruby Maher (22:30), Chloe Woollard (24:55), Julia Rooney-Watson (27:43)
8–11 Male: Lenny Reddaway (25:55), Wes Callow (26:36), Michell Harrison (27:23)
8–11 Female: Anni Tatten (27:19), Rose Rostron (29:21), Millie Hurley (30:03)
U8 Male: Hamish Dwyer (28:10), Archie Andrew (28:39), Ethan Sampimon (30:08)
U8 Female: Sophia Marelas (43:51), Jade Trewarn (1:14:29)
Open Male: Luke Brewis (8:18), Charles Johnstone (8:55), Martin Baldock (10:32)
Open Female: Alice Van Rijn (11:44), Yvette Harbinson (12:01), Lynda Madams (13:03)
12–17 Male: Samuel Ferguson (9:34), Odin Harbinson (10:05), Dylan Thompson (11:00)
12–17 Female: Amber Louw (8:21), Cassie May (10:50), Stella Thompson (26:17)
8–11 Male: Jacob Close (9:30), Elliot Butcher (9:37), Reve Pearce (10:26)
8–11 Female: Eva Graham (11:26), Jasmine Knowles (11:41), Zara Veal (12:38)
U8 Male: Taylor Aldenhoven (11:24), Hunter Veal (11:38), Marlon Damcher (11:44)
U8 Female: Chole Baldock (10:31), Millah Townshend (14:05), Greta Fitzgibbon (15:07)
U8s Kids Run
Open: Sophie Linden (18.54), Xavier Forsyth (19.38), Austin Stainer (19.59)
Caught in the act
IT WAS JUST on dusk.
The male blue banded bees were erratically flying near the stems where they usually roost.
They should have begun to settle by now.
Only one or two had settled near the end of a stem that seemed to have an unusual bit of bright green foliage further down the stem.
This foliage was swaying and it was not from the wind.
I realised I was seeing an adult false garden mantis, usually enchanting to me, but this one was preying on one of my male blue banded bees.
Was I ever torn!
Should I take photos and let nature take its course, or save my special bees?
Perhaps as a compromise I took a quick photo then gently grasped the mantis and removed it from the area to discourage it from becoming a serial bee killer.
I felt a bit guilty that I caused it to drop the bee in its grasp which was already dead.
I guess a mantis has to eat too.
Philosophically, I might think that near the end of the season for blue banded bees most of the females may already have mated.
So perhaps one could say that the males had served their life purpose and that feeding a mantis could be their last remaining service.
Just two days ago I was marvelling at the lovely sight of the roosting blue banded bees.
I photographed them quickly before the sun touched them with a magic wake up call.
They were like a string of precious beads to me.
I had seen scattered ones earlier in the season but on this day I counted 17.
Each used its yellow jaws to clasp an arching dried stem where it would spend the night.
Their wings and hair on their bodies appeared undamaged so I assumed they had recently emerged from their nests.
Near the same spot last season, I first watched males jostling for the best roosting position in my garden.
That year I never counted more than nine.
I believe the population is growing as my pollinator garden develops.
Females must be nesting nearby but so far I have searched for their nesting burrows in vain.
If anyone in the greater Warrandyte region has discovered the female blue banded bees’ nests on their patch, please tell me.
My first leaf-cutting bee
Before I leave the topic of native bees I want to announce I have at least one leaf-cutting bee species in my garden.
This one is almost as large and its buzz is nearly as loud as the blue banded bees.
It is unlikely to use my bee posts where, closely related, the resin bees are quite at home.
I now search the broad-leaf plants in my garden for the perfect circle these bees cut out to line the cells of their nests.
Of course this may be occurring in my neighbours’ gardens.
Rose bushes, not found in my garden are a favourite.
However, they must have used indigenous plants in the past.
So far, my photos of them aren’t good enough for the Diary.
Finding the nests and getting better photos are my next challenge.
Caught in the act number two
“What is this very colourful bug on my eucalyptus tree?”
I’m often asked this time of year.
Hearing, “It is yellow-orange with blue diamonds on its back”, I suspect a juvenile of the aptly named eucalyptus tip wilter bug, amorbus species, as seen in my photo.
The adult in the next photo is larger with impressive looking hind legs but a rather drab brown by comparison.
Many are in my garden but little harm has been done.
Yellow-spotted epicoma moth
These notodontid moth caterpillars are very hairy and may be processionary as they move from one place to another.
Their hairs can cause a painful allergic reaction in people.
The larvae feed on the foliage of casuarina, eucalyptus, leptospermum and melaleuca species.
They are dark grey and hairy, but the head capsule is white with red sides bordered with black.
Pupation takes place in a sparse elliptical cocoon amongst the leaves or leaf litter of the food plant.
Some of the irritating hairs are attached to the pupal case.
The adults are frequently seen in summer to early autumn around Melbourne.
The month ahead
Until we have good rain, remember to leave drinking water at ground level for a range of small animals as well as keeping the birdbaths clean and full.
Honey bees may also visit but native bees get the liquid they need from nectar.
March is still a good month to watch for interesting insects including butterflies.
Let us know what you observe in your area.
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WARRANDYTE Festival organisers are pleased to announce that canoeing is back!
One of the keys in keeping a long-term community event like the festival in the ‘much loved’ category is to balance the mix of entertainment.
Canoeing on the Yarra was once a popular festival activity that began as early as 1979.
It delighted festival goers for many years, but was phased out of the programme due to insurance difficulties.
This year, Canoeing Victoria’s PaddleHub will provide easy to paddle, sit-on-top kayaks and qualified coaches and instructors over the weekend.
Offering supervised family fun on the water for all ages, PaddleHub will run hourly from 10:30am–3pm on both Saturday and Sunday. (Charges apply.)
New this year at the festival, Manningham Council presents Polyglot Theatre’s Ants.
Polyglot Theatre is Australia’s leading creator of interactive and participatory theatre for children and families.
Ants is an interactive roving performance which has giant Ants bringing children together in a gentle and unusual landscaping project.
The creatures are half ant/half human, patrolling nooks and crannies in search of food, collecting objects and making friends.
You can see the Ants throughout the day near the Manningham Council tent, help them with their crumbs and make your own Ant antennae!
Warrandyte Festival and Striking Productions have combined to present another riverside staging of short films.
Live music and food will be available at Warrandyte Film Feast from 6pm on Friday March 16 at the Lounge on the Lower Riverbank.
Screening starts at 8pm. Opening film Children of Ignorance — written, produced and directed by volunteer Film Feast co-organiser Rosalie Ridler of Striking Productions — tells the story of an end of year work party.
There’s a lot going on: eating, drunken therapy, gossip and speculation over ‘Dave’s new mail order bride’ – not to mention a catastrophic event.
Starring a talented cast and crew, the story tackles racial profiling, sexism and prejudice in society.
Also included in this year’s eclectic mix, are two shorts written and directed by local filmmaker Ryan de Rooy.
Simon is a tragic story about a young, socially isolated boy who ventures to his local pub to have a drink with his best and only friend, Chris, but as the night dwindles, conflict arises, changing their lives forever.
In music video Dragon Blood, a bride, believing the spark in her relationship has perished, leaves a clue for her husband in the form of a cocktail umbrella, with hopes he will follow its path and reignite the spark.
Written and directed with his distinct brand of black humour, award-winning filmmaker Matt Miram’s Deep Sea Fishing demonstrates how, in the dating world, some people are just using the wrong bait!
People’s Choice prizes (sponsored by Palace Cinemas and local Internet experts Australia Online) will be awarded on the night.
Please note: none of the films to be exhibited have been classified in accordance with the Australian Classification Board. Content is varied, uncensored and may offend some viewers.
Generally, the films shown earlier in the first part of the event have family friendly content and are less likely to cause offence.
Tickets cost $15 and go on sale from February 1 until sold out. Contact www.trybooking.com/TPDU or visit TryBooking and search for ‘Warrandyte Festival’.
Always popular, the 34th Warrandyte/Donvale Rotary Art Show hosts its gala champagne opening on Friday evening.
Festivities take place at the Warrandyte Community Church on Friday March 16 from 7pm–10pm.
A ticket costs $20 and includes supper and refreshments The Art Show Gala launches a weekend-long exhibition of artwork by local and interstate artists.
Weekend viewing of the Art Show extends from 9am–8:30pm Saturday and 10am–4pm on Sunday.
Warrandyte Festival will be held over the weekend March 16–18.
The theme for 2018 is “Streets of our Town”.
Capturing everyone’s imagination on Saturday is the Grand Parade, with its costumed ensemble of schools, kindergartens, community and sporting groups gathered on Yarra Street to start the colourful walk to Stiggants Reserve.
On Saturday March 17 2018, Ringwood-Warrandyte Road/Yarra Street, (between Falconer Road and Harris Gully Road roundabout) will be closed to traffic from 10:30am until 12pm.
The parade kicks off at 11am. As usual, craft and produce market stalls will offer home grown, home sewn and home made goods.
A full festival program and rundown of events will feature in the March edition of the Diary.
For general information, go to www.warrandytefestival.org
Scouts waterslide, kids’ market, the Grand Read. Battle of the Bands, billycarts… and canoeing!
Be sure you get along to the festival that has it all.
WARRANDYTE-BASED Marriage Celebrant, Lisa Hunt-Wotton was instrumental in helping Simone Gemmell and Rebecca Lauder become one of the first same-sex couples to legally marry in Australia.
Simone, who attended Warrandyte High School, and Rebecca had been engaged for three years and were six months into planning their commitment ceremony when the same-sex plebiscite was held.
The couple told the Diary how delighted they were when the same-sex marriage bill was finally passed. “This, to us, felt surreal.
“We didn’t think, with all the controversy, that Australia would actually come to the game and when they did it was a feeling like no other.
“We sat on the couch together, drink in hand and just took in what had just happened.”
Rebecca went on to discuss how, prior to the same-sex marriage bill, she experienced frustration in their inability to legally proclaim their commitment to each other.
“It was a constant reminder that we were different… it felt like our wedding, which was important to us, wasn’t as important to others because of the law.”
With the bill set to become law on January 9, Simone, Rebecca and Lisa had a new challenge to encounter, the date they had set for their original commitment ceremony was three days before the law would be passed.
Lisa was determined to make sure the couple could do it right, do it once and do it on the day they had planned to, so the celebrant immediately began studying the law to see if there was any way the women could legally marry before the bill officially came into effect.
“I called the girls and said that there were five reasons why the government would grant a change of date and that I thought they qualified for one of them,” says Lisa.
The couple made multiple trips to Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria and were given a decision on December 21, that they would be legally allowed to marry on January 6.
“It was truly a day we will never forget, a moment of sheer excitement,” the couple told the Diary.
Simone and Rebecca were married by Lisa, in front of all their friends and family, in Panton Hill.
“That day will always be the happiest day of my life, seeing her smile and signing those papers was our special moment for us to always have,” says Simone.
Rebecca added, “I’m the happiest I have ever been and words will never express what the YES vote has done for me, my partner, family, friends and children in the future.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart”.
Photo: Sigrid Petersen Photography