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Things are heating up at Mayfield

DELICIOUS HARVEST: Kitchen Cafe chef Jorden Moonen and nurseryman Matt Howle ready for the autumn events at Mayfield Garden. 040615Mayfield
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AUTUMN is a time for cool mornings, changing colours and a quietening garden.

This might be the case in some gardens, but not so at Mayfield Garden where things are about to heat up with a number of events on their calendar.

One of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate gardens, Mayfield Garden is a drawcard to regional NSW with its feature garden, the Water Garden, Kitchen Cafè and Nursery open year round.

With an extensive orchard and vegetable patch, the garden staff is kept busy and the cafè well stocked with freshly prepared food.

“At the moment we’re harvesting lots fruit and veggies, and given the abundance we decided an Autumn Harvest Lunch would be a great way to celebrate the flavours of the season,” Mayfield Garden’s spokesperson Karyn Taylor said.

Pumpkins of all shapes and colours, figs, apples and herbs will all make their way from garden to plate for the Autumn Harvest Lunch, with a demonstration of steel forging adding to the entertainment.

“We’re excited to be showcasing some of the more traditional trades as part of our ‘old crafts’ demonstration series, kicking off with steel forging then stone masonry,” Ms Taylor said.

“Visitors to our garden are amazed by the craftsmanship of our stone masons on show in the garden. Hewn blue-stone is a feature throughout the garden and can be found lining long pathways, on the façade of buildings and on bridges.”

Just one week after the Harvest Lunch Mayfield Garden will open the gates to the Private Garden for its annual Private Garden Autumn Open Days.

During this time visitors have the chance to discover the expansive Private Garden beyond the Water Garden with the aviary, walled kitchen garden, rose garden and 80m cascade as key features.

The Autumn Harvest Lunch will be held this Saturday, April 11 from 11am-2pm and costs $110 per person. To book, call 6336 3131.

The Private Garden Autumn Open Days will run from April 18 until May 3, and will be closed on Anzac Day.

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Lake is replenished

FLOWING: Ron Kelly, left, and Brett Condely are pleased to see environmental water flowing into Lake Meran.LAKE Meran users are rejoicing after it was announced that an extra 2000 megalitres of environmental water would be released into the lake over the next month.
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The North Central Catchment Management Authority sought approval from the Victorian Environment Water Holder to enable the flow of water into the lake, 22 kilometres south-west of Kerang.

The flow of water, which began on April 2, will increase the water level by about 1.5 metres and bring the lake’s overall capacity to almost 60 per cent.

The catchment authority said the aim of this watering is to “provide ongoing deep-water habitat within the like for plants and animals and maintain the health of surrounding trees”.

Ron Kelly, who led an online petition to boost awareness of the lake and the need for increased water levels earlier in the year, said the bolstered water capacity has drawn recreational water users to the area.

“The publicity has increased interest amongst campers and day-trippers remarkably,” Mr Kelly said.

Mr Kelly said more work needs to be done to work through remaining issues between interested stakeholders.

At last month’s Gannawarra Shire Council meeting, Patchell ward councillor, Mark Arians was successful in convincing council to convene a bi-annual meeting, with representatives from various water agencies in attendance, to enhance its commitment to waterway management.

Mr Kelly said as long as the bi-annual forums are held, Lake Meran advocates will have the vehicle needed to ensure environmental water flows are not once-off events.

“If nothing gets off the ground, of course we will keep agitating,” he said.

“When water comes out through farmer diversion licences and natural evaporation, we want water to replenish that.”

North Central Catchment Management Authority project officer, Philip Slessar said a range of monitoring activities will take place over the next 12 months, including salinity monitoring by the way of a continuous probe installed in the lake.

“We will also be closely monitoring lake height and the water entering the lake to ensure we reach our objectives,” Mr Slessar said.

Mr Slessar said a vegetation survey is also planned for later in the year to provide comparison with last year’s information, depending on funding.

The results will inform future environmental watering decisions, while the catchment authority stressed that future deliveries to the lake will be assessed according to an annual prioritisation process.

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High expectations again for Lady Braves

Bendigo’s Kerryn Harrington.THE Bendigo Champions IGA Lady Braves again enter a new SEABL season with high expectations.
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The Lady Braves tip off their 2015 campaign on Friday night against arch-rivals Ballarat at Ballarat’s Minerdome.

The Lady Braves’ list this year features the inclusion of two Australian Opals squad members in Kelly Wilson and Tessa Lavey.

Wilson has spent the past three years in the SEABL with Knox, while Lavey played with the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence squad last year.

The Lady Braves have also added import Stacia Robertson from North Carolina, as well as Stephanie Bairstow, who has spent the past two-and-a-half-years at Utah State University.

Among the departures from last year’s squad that lost the grand final to Hobart by three points in overtime are Lauren King, Alex Bunton, Rosie Fadljevic, Heather Oliver, Chantella Perera and Lasondra Barrett.

“We’ve always got high expectations and this year is no different,” Lady Braves’ coach Jonathan Goodman said on Thursday.

“Losing someone like Lauren King, you can’t replace her, but we’ve done really well in our recruiting in the sense that our backcourt will be dynamic.

“Kelly Wilson is a former MVP in the league and it’s massive bringing both her and Tessa Lavey into the squad. They bring talent and experience with the Opals.

“We’ve brought in a great young talent in Steph Bairstow and import Stacia Robertson is going to be a fantastic addition as well.

“I’m really excited with the group we’ve put together, particularly with the amount of local content we’ve got this year.”

Goodman said there was no bigger way to start the season for the Lady Braves than by taking on Ballarat.

“Every time we play Ballarat it’s just like a finals atmosphere,” Goodman said.

“We’re playing on the eve of the Under-18 Australian Junior Championships in Ballarat, so there’s going to be a lot of people there and we’ll be hoping to put on a good show and make sure we walk out of there with the win.”

Friday night’s game in Ballarat tips off at 6pm.

Meanwhile, five members of the Bendigo Spirit – including Kelly Wilson and Tessa Lavey – have been named in an Australian Opals training camp squad of 18 in Gosford from April 27 to May 2 ahead of a European tour and the FIBA Oceania Championships in August.

As well as Wilson and Lavey, other Spirit players in the Opals’ squad for the training camp are Sara Blicavs, Elyse Penaluna and Belinda Snell.

Former Spirit player Maddi Garrick, who has just signed with the Melbourne Boomers, is also in the squad.

Lady Braves’ roster

Kerryn Harrington

Kelly Wilson

Stephanie Bairstow

Tessa Lavey

Maddison Wild

Molly Greetham

Thanee Cannon

Alex Strawhorn

Shelby Britten

Jessica Mangan

Charlie Brancatisano

Georgie Eishold

Andrea Wilson

Stacia Robertson

New: Kelly Wilson, Stephanie Bairstow, Tessa Lavey, Stacia Robertson.

Out: Chantella Perera, Rosie Fadljevic, Alex Bunton, Heather Oliver, Lauren King, Lasondra Barrett.

First 10 games:

April 10 – at Ballarat

April 17 – at Albury Wodonga

April 25 – v Nunawading

May 2 – v Sandringham

May 9 – v Kilsyth

May 23 – v Geelong

May 30 – v Dandenong

May 31 – at Nunawading

June 13 – v Ballarat

June 21 – v Frankston

Past four seasons:

2014: 2nd – 18-8.

2013: Champions – 23-6.

2012: 4th – 16-11.

2011: 4th – 18-8.

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United ‘good mates’ with Armidale despite crucial losses

After three years and three consecutive semi-final losses to South Armidale, you’d think there would be some animosity stewing in the Gunnedah United camp.
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Harley Cheetham puts in the boot for United during the pre-season FFA Cup tournament in Tamworth. Photo: Barry Smith, Northern Daily Leader

Well, apparently not said United coach turned manager, Richard Grant, as the two clubs prepare to face off in this weekend’s Northern Inland Premier League (NIPL) season opener.

“We get on with their mob probably better than any of others,” Grant said, who will run manager’s clipboard after officially handing over the “head coach” reins to striker Andy Cygan.

In the club’s last three NIPL semi-final appearances in, United has lost 4-1, 4-2 and 4-3 to their Armidale rivals.

But you won’t find any grudges being held in this friendly feud. In fact, the two clubs are warmly receptive of each other and relish the good natured competition.

“(Armidale) are great competitors… we’re good mates,” Grant added.

However United is keen to make its presence felt in the round one NIPL fixture at Wolseley Park on Saturday.

The club has made the most of its pre-season game opportunities and featured in a number of tournaments around the region, the latest being the Jan and Kevin Johnson Memorial Carnival in Tamworth.

We would love to send them back over the mountain with zero on the scoreboard

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