Saturday, 4 February 2017

Issue 122 Wyche On Track ... and there's even more on in Wycheproof

Buloke Living Book Launch

Thursday 9 February  at Bakery on Broadway,  5.30pm to 7.30pm
For information contact East Wimmera Health Service on 5477 2163

Locals who Lunch
The next Locals who Lunch will be held on Friday 17 February at the Royal Mail at 12.30pm.   
Please RSVP names and numbers to Amanda phone M: 0407 844 904.
Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend or if you have visitors bring them along.

Fifth annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving service

After a long and bumper harvest it seems fitting that the combined churches will host a thanksgiving service  at Centenary Park on Sunday 26 February at 11am. 
Wycheproof VISION will host a barbecue lunch with proceeds going to WV projects. All welcome.

Wycheproof & District Lawn Tennis Club Labour Day Weekend Tournament
The hottest weekend in tennis is on in Wycheproof  during the long weekend 11-13 March.
For tournament information and entry forms email

Diary date Saturday 11 March:

Lions Club of Wycheproof presents ‘Show ‘n Shine’ gates open at noon. Barbecues, stall and classic cars. From 6pm the Rock & Roll Show,  at Wycheproof Recreation Reserve . More info to come when available...

For more news and what's on see the calendar and Facebook feed on our community website  

Issue 122 What's on in Wycheproof

BreakThrough: Ice education for families provides the facts, strategies and information on where to access help and support. 
This important meeting will be held at the Wycheproof Shire Hall Supper Room on Tuesday 21 February starting at 7pm. The meeting is for all members of the community, sports groups and secondary school students.
Speakers include LSC Andrew Downes, Victoria Police Community Liaison Officer, Swan Hill, a popular speaker and educator.
​BreakThrough isn’t just about ice. It is a forum to discuss practical strategies to help you talk to friends and family members about drug use, set boundaries, develop safety plans and work on self-care. Presenters explain how to manage challenging behaviours and keeping friends and family members safe and functioning during difficult times..
For information and support see the website

 There is no cost to attend this important seminar but to assist with catering please book online here

Issue 122 Wyche On Track Making a splash on Australia Day

On a perfect summer's day locals and visitors flocked to the Wycheproof Swimming Pool to lap up the fun and games at the Wycheproof Australia Day Pool Party.
Brett MacDonald winner of the
open section and
Ollie Daykin junior champion
of the 2nd annual
 Wycheproof Thong Throw 
 Among the activities was the 2nd Annual Wycheproof Thong Throw competition. Around 30 entrants of all ages vied for the silver thong trophies. There were many techniques to throw the thong the longest distance. In the junior section there was a dead heat and a throw-off  was held between Ollie Daykin and Cian Polzin, with Ollie being the victor. The senior section saw around 10 competitors vie for the coveted trophy with Brett MacDonald’s winning throw of around 20m.
Competition coordinators Tracy Pardella and Caroline Sullivan kept up a cracking pace with a variety of competitions for individuals and teams; all with a hilarious degree of difficulty. They included:
-A blind-fold Lamington relay, sponsored by Mt Wycheproof Café
     Spencer Nicholls and Abby Morrison
winners of the bike helmets
donated by LSC Darin Sheahan
- Milk bottle top dive, sponsored by           the Terminus Hotel
-Ping Pong relay, sponsored by Mt           Wycheproof Café
-Thong Swim, with prizes donated by        Wycheproof Police
-The Biggest Splash competition,             sponsored by Wycheproof VISION.

In the toddlers’ pool youngsters played fishing games and ball games, with much laughter and fun.
The event would not have been possible without the help of Wycheproof Youth Group Hannah Mill, McKenzie Humphreys, Gemma Fawcett and Abby Morrison who worked hard to set up for the event and  provided music. All confirmed the great skills of Hannah and McKenzie on the sausage sizzle.
Funding for the day was received from Buloke Shire Council.  


Issue 122 Wyche On Track Welcome to Buloke CEO Lucy Roffey

Welcome to Ms Lucy Roffey who begins in her role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Buloke Shire Council commencing on 4 February 2017.
 Ms Roffey was most recently with Mt Alexander Shire based in Castlemaine and was responsible for the  delivery of support services including: finance, information technology, governance, risk management, records management and customer service. Her role there also involved long-term financial planning and property administration. 
Ms Roffey is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand recently receiving recognition for 25 years in the profession and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She has had roles and appointments including as Non-Executive Director Coliban Water (including membership of Coliban’s Audit Committee and People and Remuneration Committee), Audit Committee Member Castlemaine Health, and is Public Sector Panel Member Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Before working in Local Government, she was a senior executive at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image. Her move to the Local Government sector in 2009 in a small rural setting was inspired by her experience of living in a close knit community in Canada.

Issue 122 Wyche On Track News

Since our last edition, the 2016 Christmas Lights competition awards were presented and the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Promotion winners announced. We are very grateful for the advice and expertise of the children from Wycheproof Preschool  who ably assisted us in judging the lights. The main award went to Brett, Amanda and Eliza MacDonald for their fabulous display which included Santa on a tractor. Thanks to all who lit up their houses, the 30 who adopted peppercorn trees to decorate and the businesses who decorated shop fronts to create such a happy buzz around town during the Christmas season.
One of the community activities in January in Wycheproof is the Australia Day Breakfast at Centenary Park hosted by the Lions Club of Wycheproof. Kitty-Ann Carrigg led a moving rendition of  the national anthem. Guest speaker was Nikki Coatsworth whose insightful talk showed us a new way of looking at our town and community. Nikki eloquently explained why she has come to love Wycheproof. 
Corey Harrison and Laura Bish each received the Wycheproof Citizen of the Year Award. Corey and Laura each epitomise the volunteering ethos of our community and  their charity and compassion is renown.
Congratulations to Mary-Anne Pollard awarded both the Buloke Shire Young Citizen of the Year and the Wycheproof Young Citizen. Mary-Anne’s  nomination was a two page, closely typed summary of her leadership and volunteer activities including but not limited to the Loddon Murray Youth Leadership Program, Wycheproof Tennis Club, Wycheproof A&P Society and Teddywaddy CFA, just to name a few.
Other awards on Australia Day were the Event of the Year, awarded to the 2016 Mother’s Day Classic hosted by the Wycheproof Community Resource Centre and the Ambassador Award to Harry Coffey due to his support of and positive publicity of Wycheproof and the Mt Wycheproof Cup meeting.
Australia Day Pool Party at Wycheproof Swimming Pool was well attended and great fun. The 2nd Annual Wycheproof Thong Throw silver thong trophy was awarded to Brett MacDonald (open division) and the junior trophy to Ollie Daykin.
 During February we welcome Ms Lucy Roffey, who begins as Chief Executive Officer of Buloke Shire Council on 4 February 2017 (see page 2). A warm welcome is extended to Averyll Loft, manager of the Wycheproof Community Resource Centre. We congratulate out-going manager Jenna McNicol for her great work on initiatives in 2016 such as the community car. There is a lot happening at the WCRC including a redesign of the reception area.
Many groups are seeking volunteers to help to continue their work in 2017. For more information about what’s on in February and how you can be involved in the Wycheproof community, see inside this newsletter or see and subscribe to WoT newsletter to received updates via email.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Lord of the Strings- Matthew Fagan Australia's leading instrumentalist

Australia's leading  instrumentalist
Friday 10 February, 7.30pm (Doors open 7.00pm)
Charlton Hall (Supper Room),  Armstrong St Charlton
Tickets–  Adult $20, Concession $15,Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $45, Child under 16 $10, under 3 free
(Concession includes Pensioners, Seniors, Students, Health Care Card holders)
Pre-book  on line at  Trybooking
Add $5 for tickets at door on the night
For information contact: Kellie 0438 881 985, or email 

Lord of the Strings has wowed fans all over the globe in over 120 countries. From standing ovations and sold out shows at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, to touring with the original Buena Vista Social Club, Billy Connolly, Michael Crawford, Shirley Bassey and Natalie Cole, Matthew Fagan is renowned as Australia's leading acoustic guitarist. In February he is pleased to presents Lord of the Strings with EGO The Electric Guitar Orchestra at Charlton.

From Bach to the Beatles, Flamenco to Blues and Celtic Harp Music on a unique 10 string guitar, audiences will be captivated by the magical repertoire which spans many eras and cultures.

Lord of the Strings is the ultimate music journey.

Matthew tells stories of his life on the road working with comedian celebrities Billy Connolly and Michael Crawford. This virtuoso performs a hilarious "guitar challenge" where Matthew asks the audience to choose the instruments and he performs on the instruments chosen. 

EGO is a 'virtual' guitar orchestra with Matthew performing multiple guitar parts from Led Zepplin, Deep Purple and contemporary metal masters, to Classical masters Beethoven and Vivaldi.

Local community guitarists are invited to join Matthew for a group performance as part of EGO and as a highlight of a Lord of the Strings show.
The impressive 10-String Guitar Celtic arrangements Matthew composed for touring with Billy Connolly and music from a special album "A Song for Billy" which features

Billy Connolly's own banjo given to Matthew from Billy himself after their 53 night tour of Australia together. "A Song for Billy" is a project to raise awareness for Parkinsons Research.

The climax of the concert is Matthew's virtuosic hit rendition of J.S Bach's Tocatta which featured on ABC TV.

For ukulele lovers, Matthew takes you on a voyage around the world on ukulele with highlights from his debut ukulele CD Ukuleleland recorded in the USA. This CD includes the beautiful music of Spain, Latin American,  and other world/folk music. Audiences are continually amazed, re-inspired, and some even become converted to be fans of the Ukulele after seeing Matthew Fagan's performance it really sounds that good.

Matthew performs on several instrument including: a unique handmade 10 String Spanish Guitar, Celtic Steel String Guitar, Custom Electric Guitar, Godin Nylon Synth Guitar, Maton Tenor Ukulele, Banjo, Fretless oud Guitar, and Weissenbaum Hawaiian Guitar.