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Friday, 15 December


Ready Set Go Learning Pathways in 2018 Castlemaine Community House

Have you just left school and not sure what to do next? Have you been unemployed or out of the job scene for a while and want to explore employment options?  Come and be supported to create long and short term goals around work and/or study, explore career pathways and get skilled over 5 weeks.  More details here.


Basic 1st Aid Courses and Legal Workshops in 2018 Castlemaine Community House

Were excited to be delivering an array of new courses and workshops in 2018.  We will be running 2 1st aid workshops Caring for Kids and another one on Snake and Spider Bites.  Local Solicitor, Trent McGregor will be back to tell us more about Making Wills, Powers of Attorneys and later in the year we will learn more about our rights around last wishes and funerals.   More here.


Aluminium non-toxic Etching Printmaking Course in 2018 Castlemaine Community House

Image by Jane Rusden

Back by popular demand, Jane Rusden will be tutoring this fantastic printmaking course in partnership with Community House and Castlemaine Press early 2018.  This one booked out last year so get in early!  More Details here.


Learn French 3 Levels coming up in 2018 Castlemaine Community House

3 different levels of French Classes to accommodate all our new and old french students!  Theyre popular classes so secure your spot! If youre unsure about whether youre an absolute beginner, wanting to brush up on what you know or youre a bit more advanced feel free to get in touch. Courses starting Feb 5th.  More here.



Christmas Wrap for MAINfm 21/12/17 94.9 Main FM

   Mainfm Christmas  

Thursday 21 December 6-7 pm Taproom (free drink vouchers given out on the night)

From 7.30 pm, the last trivia for the year, MC Doug Falconer  (think Rockwiz)

I hope you can all come along and celebrate 2017
we got a grant for a Station Manager and obtained a permanent broadcasting licence (not bad!!)



In which the pond reverts to TGIF form and shares lunch with Terrorist Sharri ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Ah Ballarat by dawn's early light ...

By golly the burghers were cashed up after the gold rush days and spent a little bit on the y'artz, with the Art Gallery offering some fine examples for a regional gallery ... 

But enough of the pond's memories of its tour, because duty calls, and the pond decided to trudge back to see what Sharri of the Terror was up to this day ...

Malware's a goer? Malware's hot to trot? Malware's shuffling the deck and producing winners?

Well it seems only fair - after this morning's epic Stoning - to look at the glass half full, to take in the bright side of life ...



Sharp and fuzzy Natural Newstead

I checked on this Eastern Yellow Robin nest last evening just a single egg being incubated must be almost ready to hatch.

Eastern Yellow Robin on nest, Sandon State Forest, 14th December 2017

An unexpected surprise was coming across a few Rainbow Bee-eaters nesting nearby. Ill be back to track their progress over coming days.

Thursday, 14 December


Happy Birthday Pam: The shoulders we stand on Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary


What is it that makes a person great? Is it that theyre up from dusk to dawn caring for those close to their heart? Is it that they help those who find themselves alone and without a friend in this world? Is it that they see a stark unfairness in this world and dedicate their life to correcting wrongs?

Its easier to walk the road most travelled; you can lead a life, for the most part, unchallenged. Caught up in the ebb and flow of society, its comfortable to ride the wave of familiarity. You fit in the world and the world fits your picture of whats normal. But what if you saw something, thought something or felt something that tipped normality on its headwhat would you do? If you were Pam Ahern, youd turn your own life upside down to challenge the newly-seen injustice head on.


Isaac Newton once said, [i]f I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Every day, the team of us here at Edgars Mission get to do great things for animalsbecause we stand on the shoulders of a giant. She bears our combined weight so we can reach great heights for farmed animals. So that, together, we can help open hearts and minds everywhere and help others to see ever further and deeper within themselves, to unlock the kindness thats always been there.

If youve ever met Pam, youll get the irony of referring to her as a giant, because shes quite small in stature. But youll also know that what shes doing for animals is greatgigantic, in fact.


With Pam at the he...


Jen Cloher is heading out on an Australian tour in 2018 "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

In conjunction with the legendary Australian songwriters jaunt at Golden Plains festival, Jen Cloher will be gracing the stages of venues around the country with a string of headline shows.

The tour is in support of Jens sublime self-titled album released this year, the won the coveted crown of The Brags album of the year.  Cloher announced that These will be some of my only band shows in 2018 so make snapping up tickets and heading out a priority to witness the masterful songcraft and somber lyricism in the flesh.

Check out the ticketing and dates below.

Friday, 16th March
Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 17th March
The Zoo, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 22nd March
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 23rd March
Anglesea Memorial Hall, Anglesea
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 24th March
The Croxton, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 29th March
The Lansdowne, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website


A short stint at the lake Natural Newstead

It hasnt exactly been a bumper year for migratory waders at Cairn Curran. This Red-necked Stint is the only bird Ive seen so far this season happy in the company of a flock of Red-capped Plovers. Conditions are excellent for waders at present and will improve in coming months as the water recedes to reveal expanses of mudflats. It will be fascinating to see what turns up.

Red-necked Stint amongst Red-capped Plovers, Cairn Curran, 12th December 2017


WARRANDYTE IN SUMMER "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Warrandyte is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 24 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Manningham. At the 2011 Census, Warrandyte had a population of 5,520.

Warrandyte is bounded in the west by the Mullum Mullum Creek and Target Road, in the north by the Yarra River, in the east by Jumping Creek and Anzac Road, and in the south by an irregular line from Reynolds Road, north of Donvale, Park Orchards and Warrandyte South.

Warrandyte was founded as a Victorian town, located in the once gold-rich rolling hills east of Melbourne, and is now on the north-eastern boundary of suburban Melbourne. Gold was first discovered in the town in 1851 and together, with towns like Bendigo and Ballarat, led the way in gold discoveries during the Victorian gold rush. Today Warrandyte retains much of its past in its surviving buildings of the Colonial period and remains a twin community with North Warrandyte, which borders the Yarra River to its north.

The Warrandyte Road Bridge over the Yarra River connects Warrandyte with North Warrandyte. The first bridge was built in 1861, but after its demise, the current bridge was built in 1952.

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