Sunday, 6 November 2016

ISSUE 120 – November 2016 What's on in Wycheproof

Chamber Chatter with Tracy
Chamber Bingo
Bingo cards area available for the week starting Monday 8 November. Fill out your tickets at local businesses.
November is a busy month finalising the Chamber’s Christmas promotion which starts on Friday 25 November, the Roving Shopping night. To participate in the Roving Shopping night book at the Wycheproof Community Resource Centre.

 Thanks to all who participated in the Mt Wycheproof Cup weekend Broadway Festival . It was great to see Broadway abuzz on Sunday morning. Stall holders and businesses indicated they were pleased with the morning’s activities. Music by the talented Koen Phyland was enjoyed by all.

Drop in centre
Open each Tuesday 11am to 4pm
Wycheproof Senior Citizens Rooms
All welcome
Supported by East Wimmera Health Service, Buloke Shire and Loddon Mallee Mental Health Network

Christmas peppercorns 
It’s time again to adopt a Broadway peppercorn tree for Christmas. Email for details and look out for more information in the December  Wyche On Track newsletter.

The  Locals who Lunch 2016 Christmas lunch will be held on Friday 18 November at 12.30pm, at the Terminus Hotel.
Please RSVP names to Amanda, phone M: 0407 844 904. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend and if you have visitors bring them along.

Wycheproof P 12 College
Thursday  17 November, 2016
BBQ available
Wycheproof P-12 College
Presentation Night
Monday 12 December 2016
Sporting Complex
Students Awards & Musical Items
Complex open from 7pm to view student work

ISSUE 120 – November 2016 NEWS briefs

2016 Rabbit Buster Roadshow
North Central CMA brings Dr Tarnya Cox (Invasive Animals CRC) to present the 2016 Rabbit Buster Roadshow. Dr Cox leads the national scientific research campaign to reduce the devastating impact of rabbits and is joined by Agriculture Victoria Invasive Animals Biosecurity manager John Matthews to present the roadshow at Wycheproof Shire Hall, Monday 14 November at 6pm. Bookings: and search ‘rabbit buster’.

 Buloke Council election Lower Avoca Ward results
Congratulations to candidates: David Pollard (1st successful) and John Shaw (2nd successful), who will now represent Lower Avoca Ward at Buloke Shire Council.
First preference results: David Pollard 642 votes; John Shaw   308; Alan Getley 306 votes; and Bronwyn Simpson 176.
For more information see the Victorian Electoral Commission website:
Congratulations to Cr Pollard on being elected for his second term as Mayor of Buloke Shire Council.

 125th A&P Society Show
Congratulations to the committee and community exhibitors who made the 125th annual Wycheproof Show another great day. The day could not happen without groups providing a delicious lunch, face painting, stalwart exhibitors and some new ones, local businesses, classic cars and machinery exhibitors and A&P Society members coordinating the event. Thank you to all who cooked, preserved, grew fabulous flowers fruit and vegies, stitched and found interesting old wares to display.

Street numbering to raise funds for community car
To help emergency services find your property the WCRC is offering Wycheproof town residents fluro street numbers painted on the kerb. The funds raised will go toward building a garage for the community car. The FLO program volunteers kicked off the project door knocking Wycheproof residents during October. It you missed the FLO volunteers and would like to have your house number painted on the kerb in front of your house, call in to the WCRC and make payment by 14 November. Cost is $10 per house or $15 to have your number painted in two different spots (for those on corners, or with wide street frontage).

During October, Brett Thompson received a 2016 Feed Central National Hay Quality competition award. Brett won the title for his cereal crop. There were more than 650 lots competing nationally with a total, 188,258 tonnes inspected. Cereal crops accounted for more than half the entries.  


The recent rain and floods have provided an environment conducive to mosquitos and breeding. In Victoria, mosquitos can carry diseases such as Ross River virus or Barmah Forest virus  Buloke Council has provided the following advice to  avoid mosquito bites and prevent them breeding in and around your home.
To avoid being bitten:
Wear long pants, socks and long-sleeved shirts and apply an insect repellent. Many repellents contain strong chemicals  DEET or pircaridin so users must follow the directions on the repellent’s product label and take care when using repellents on small children. Avoid parts of children’s hands that may touch their eyes or mouth.
Household hints:
· Clean up around your house and dispose of tins, tyres, bottles, buckets and other rubbish which may hold water
· Keep drains and roof guttering free of leaves and debris.
· Empty children's wading pools weekly.
· Install and maintain fly wire screens on all windows and doors.
· Exclude mosquitoes from water tanks and septic systems by ensuring that they have close fitting tops, lids, covers and that all inlet and outlet pipes are screened.
· Regularly change the water in vases, bird baths and pets bowls.
· Place sand in pot-plant saucers to absorb excess water.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Council’s Environmental Health Officer on 1300 520 520.

Wycheproof P-12 College news- November 2016

The students from Wycheproof P-12 College have been  busy throughout October using all their creative skills to create some fabulous entries for the Wycheproof Show and the Racing Art and Craft Exhibition (RACE event).  
Many students won prizes for their work and all their contributions help to make these two events very  successful. On Friday 27 October, P-8 students ventured to the Wycheproof Shire Hall to view all the works of art in the RACE event.
Congratulations to Abby Morrison who won first prize in the Secondary Section of the RACE event and to the many students awarded 'Highly Commended' certificates.
Nude Food

 Under the guidance of secondary school nurse Jacinta Miller, staff and students were encouraged to think about the food they bring to school and the rubbish and waste that results from some items in the lunchbox. The students marked items for each day in their Nude Food Diary and points were awarded for bringing food in reusable containers without plastic wrap or wrappers that need to go in general rubbish. At the end of the week there was a talk and draw for prizes. It was a great effort by students. All students who had the most points went into a draw and winners were Jack Cowell (Prep-2), Isabelle Mulquiny (Years 2-4) and Angus Forrester (Years 7-8).  

Pictured above left are Savannah Nicholls and Eliza MacDonald  with their  lunchboxes filled with fresh food, bare of wrappers and pictured right Jack Cowell who won the draw for a new lunchbox

Walk to School month was October. The number of kilometres actively travelled by students is yet to be tallied.

Dates to remember ...
Wednesday 16 November School Council
Thursday 17 November  Battle of the Bands
Friday 18 November Pupil Free Day & Year 12 Valedictory Dinner
Friday 9 December – Prep to Year 6 Christmas Concert
Monday 12 DecemberPresentation Night
Monday 19 Pupil Free Day ( No students at school).

ISSUE 120 – November 2016 Wycheproof on Track News with Jacinta

We are seeing both the benefits and the results of our wet Spring; among them the swarms of mosquitoes. Now nearly everyone you talk to has a different, but great, tried and true mosquito repellent that really works. However, while we wait for the shops to restock repellents, one of the best ways to reduce mosquitoes in the home garden is to clear out areas where they can breed including getting rid of any water, or containers of water, and reduce weeds. There is more information on page 3.
This month we congratulate the Wycheproof Kindergarten on its 50th anniversary at the current site in High St. There will be an open day on Sunday 6 November from 12 noon to 3pm and includes a barbecue and display. Organisers are seeking memorabilia for display. For information call in to the Wycheproof Community Resource Centre.
As we begin November we look forward to some warmer days spent at the Wycheproof swimming pool which opens for the season on Friday 11 November. The pool will be open between 3pm and 7pm weekdays and 2pm and 7pm weekends, school holidays and public holidays.
Lobbying to have Broadway made safer for pedestrians continues and there has been interest from VicRoads to learn more about our traffic issues. VicRoads manager Planning Mr Daya Govender attended a site inspection with representatives from Buloke Council, Wycheproof VISION, Broadway retailers and the P-12 College. Wycheproof VISION is putting together a further submission with photographs to send to Mr Govender.
Community comment is being sought by Buloke Council about library services. In Wycheproof, we have the mobile library from Swan Hill Library visit fortnightly for four hours. It is likely that this service will cease towards the end of 2017 as the mobile library vehicle is due to be replaced. There are two options being considered. The first is for Buloke Council to invest in and provide all library services and book stock and the second option is for Buloke Council, as a member of the Wimmera Regional Library Corporation which already provides a static library service in Birchip, to have the corporation provide book stock and library services. The Wycheproof Community Resource Centre has been earmarked as a central point to have a library/reading room and the library project includes a grant to upgrade existing buildings. Under the project there is also an opportunity to offer part-time employment and training for a library technician.
Finally thank you to Bianca Orr who was confirmed as Wycheproof VISION Secretary and Kendall Phyland confirmed as Youth Liaison. I am sure we will keep both very busy over the coming year. 

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Buloke Council Lower Avoca Ward- Wycheproof Meet the Candidates

Four candidates for Lower Avoca

The four candidates for the two positions on Buloke Council to represent Lower Avoca Ward will attend at Meet the Candidates event on Monday 12 October at 7pm at the Wycheproof Railway Station.
All candidates were contacted and invited to provide information to Wycheproof On Track newsletter.
So far two candidates have provided information. In alphabetical order they are:

Alan Getley
I seek your support in the Lower Avoca Ward.
I have a proven track record of leadership, organisational and management skills and a long history of community service and dedication to the Buloke Shire. I intend to focus on the everyday issues that affect the liveability in Buloke, including rates, economic development, community infrastructure and roads.
Finally, I would like to pay tribute to Stuart McLean who retired after 19 years as a Councillor. I wish Stuart a long and happy retirement.   
Vote 1: Alan Getley

  •  Authorised by Alan Getley, 38 Mildura Way, Charlton, Vic, 3525.

Bronwyn Simpson
I  wish to introduce myself as your candidate for the Buloke Shire, Lower Avoca Ward elections.
I have lived in Charlton for 17 years and have worked in Wycheproof for 3 years.
Wycheproof and surrounding communities work hard to maintain vitality and bring visions to fruition. Having attended council meetings, I am aware that you have received grants to improve some facilities although there are many other projects which require assistance.
I currently sit on two boards and believe in good governance. I wish to make myself available to hear your concerns and represent your needs.
  • Authorised by Bronwyn Simpson, 831 Yeungroon Road Charlton 3525

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The next Locals who Lunch will be held on Friday 21 October at the Royal Mail Hotel.

Please RSVP names to Amanda, phone M: 0407 844 904. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend or if you have visitors bring them along. 

Chamber Chatter with Tracy
Continuing in October, Chamber Bingo week!. This is ‘shop local’ initiative. To enter, make a cash, or card, purchase at a participating local business (minimum spend $5).
Congratulations to Elaine Ison, winner of  September’s ‘single line’ draw.
  Mt Wycheproof Cup weekend Broadway Festival on Sunday 30 October: a festival of fine food from Wycheproof businesses, plant and craft stalls and music.  An initiative of the Wycheproof Chamber of Commerce.

Mt Wycheproof Cup
Derby Day in the Country tickets and marquee packages are now available. Book on line, or buy tickets at Elders or Wycheproof Community Resource Centre. For information phone 03 5032 2110. 

Clean up town blocks
Buloke Council will begin its annual fire hazard inspections in townships the first week of October.If properties are overgrown or are a hazard, owners could receive a Fire Prevention Notice and face a fine. Grass should be slashed to 100m height, loose timber stacked and flammable rubbish removed.
Queries to the Buloke Council’s Fire Prevention Officer phone 1300 520 520

Celebrating 125 years : Wycheproof Agricultural Show
A great afternoon of entertainment is planned for this year’s milestone Wycheproof Show marking 125 years.
Highlights will include:
  • · Mens Scone Cook-off
  • · Decorated Bra competition a fundraiser for the Wycheproof Cancer Support Group. Entry fee $3 per bra
  • · See Eddie Freeman, a world champion chainsaw sculptor produce marvellous animals from large blocks of wood. Some sculptures will be on sale on the day.
  • · Parkers Mini Circus features performing birds, rabbits, Alfie the clown, trick cyclist puppets and games. The circus is the only show of its kind in Australia.
  • · The ever popular Ray Dalton is back to judge the Antiques and Collectables section in the Miscellaneous Pavilion. He will be available during the afternoon to appraise antique items.
  • ·  Scarecrow competition various sections. Sponsored by Wycheproof VISION 

The first 100 people who buy their membership ticket prior to the Show will receive a special show-bag. The calico bag full of goodies features the new logo specially designed by Steff Mill for the 125th Show.
Tickets can be purchased at the WCRC or in the street on the Friday before the show, or phone Jan on 54937382. 

Rev. David Thompson Uniting Church minister
The Uniting Church of the North Central Living Waters Cluster incorporating the churches of  Birchip, Donald, St Arnaud-Stuart Mill, and Wycheproof welcomes Rev. David Thompson, and his wife Kate.  They will be taking up residence in Donald but lead worship and undertake pastoral work throughout the whole area. 
Rev. Thompson will lead his first worship service in the Cluster on  Sunday 16 October 9am at Birchip and later that morning at 11am at Wycheproof. The Wycheproof Uniting Church congregation welcome all visitors to this service. 
On Sunday 23 October at 2pm a special service of induction into our Loddon Mallee Presbytery and our Cluster will be held at Donald. All are welcome to attend the ceremony and there will be an opportunity to meet Rev. Thompson over refreshments.

Wycheproof Community Resource Centre AGM
 Monday 24 October at 6pm.
Guest speaker: Jess Orr, Rural Development Coordinator- Southern Mallee, Youth Affairs Council  Victoria (YACVIC)
Supper provided    RSVP  phone 03 54937455