Popular Chocolate Mill put up for sale

A CHOCOLATE lover’s dream buy is up for grabs.
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Daylesford’s The Chocolate Mill is on the market and is priced to sell at $1,295,000.

Hocking Stuart Daylesford listed the property for sale about two weeks ago and is already reporting strong interest from people looking to invest or do a tree change.

Michael Devincentis from Hocking Stuart Daylesford said a potential buyer did not have to be a qualified chef or have prior experience working with chocolate.

“Four weeks of comprehensive training will be given to the new owner to ensure they are fully confident in running the business,” he said.

“This business does not require you to be a qualified chef or chocolatier. We are fully confident that after four weeks of training, you will be fully capable to run this business and immediately reap the rewards from the existing success of the Chocolate Mill.

“There is great potential to take this business to the next level, develop the cafe into a food destination, wholesale to other businesses – the options are numerous.”

Mr Devincentis described the two-storey, environmentally-friendly building and extension as “like something out of Grand Designs”.

“The ground floor of the main building comprises a manufacturing kitchen and retail shop,” he said.

“The extension includes a cafe, seating 80, a second kitchen, staffroom and workshop.

“The property also boasts a substantial car park, able to hold three buses along with 50 cars at a time. There is a beautiful, well established native garden of 200 square metres at the front of the property, seating 30 and a two storey kids play fort area.

“There is full disability access to the facility.”

Mr Devincentis said 20 to 25 per cent of the property’s power requirements were generated from a grid connected to a solar system on the main roof.

“The private residence is in the full upstairs level of the main building and comprises of a huge kitchen, timber bench tops, large island bench and walk-in pantry,” he said.

“The living/dining is open plan with a spectacular 4m high curved wood ceiling.”

The property will not be going to auction and is up for private sale.“The owners established the business, constructed the buildings and a have been operations it for about 10 years and would now like to pursue other interests,” Mr Devincentis said.

Owners Jen Gregory and Chris Weippert were reluctant to talk to the media about the sale but The Advocate recently published a profile on the couple in its weekly In My Shoes section.

The couple moved to the Hepburn Shire in 2001, living in Hepburn for a brief stint before moving into a shed at what would become the Chocolate Mill in July.

Mr Weippert had never worked with chocolate before but Ms Gregory boasted a background as a chef and while the building of the Chocolate Mill began to take shape she busied herself going to workshops and demonstrations to find out more about making chocolate.

The Chocolate Mill opened in 2003 and all chocolate is made on site and sold exclusively from the mill.

The Chocolate Mill was opened in 2003.

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VSDCA: Melton beats Werribee in grand final

MELTON captured its third consecutive Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association premiership on Sunday with a 68-run win against Werribee.
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Melton posted 5-241 on Saturday with David Kirk (59) and Anthony Gale (53no) top scorers.

Brad Jones then took 6-52 as Werribee was bowled out for 173 in reply.

Melton captain Mick Allen broke a record stretching back to 1966-67 as he passed Val Holten’s record of 903 runs in a season.

Allen scored 957 for the season at an average of 73.6, including two centuries, three scores in the 90s and five other half-centuries.

Melton’s coach Duncan Harrison retired after the victory, having overseen the Lions’ drought-breaking 2008-09 premiership that ended a 19-year wait for a title and the two premierships won since.

Daylesford RSL seeking new members

The Daylesford RSL Sub-branch has a sound membership base when compared to other small town groups, but the committee is keen to expand.
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The sub-branch is hoping to recruit new members in three categories:

Service membership is for anyone who is currently serving or has served in the Australian Defence Force or any of Australia’s allied armed forces.

Affiliate membership is for those related to current or ex-service personnel. Also for those serving and ex-serving members of the police, ambulance, fire brigade and the SES.

Social membership is for those who would like to be a part of the sub-branch on a social level. All members must be at least 18 years old and must complete the application form (available at the RSL sub-branch).

The annual subscription for all three categories is $25.

RSL President Keith Pyers hopes to attract more social members.

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WDCA: Wyndhamvale Falcons win A1 premiership

Textbook: English import Andrew Ford digs in for Wyndhamvale. Picture: Darren HoweA MONTH into the season, Wyndhamvale had a lousy nine points, sat third-last and lost key all-rounder Trent Lawford to Premier Cricket.
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Lawford was a big loss — the leader of the pack moved to North Melbourne and was an immediate sensation with 538 runs and 33 wickets in the first XI.

Put simply, the Falcons were on the tips of no one’s tongue when it came to finals talk.

Fast forward five months and the Falcons are winners of the Williamstown and District Cricket Association A1 turf premiership for the first time since 2008-09.

CLICK HERE for our picture gallery from day one of the grand final.

‘‘No one expected us to play finals after four or five rounds,’’ all-rounder Ryan Radford said.

‘‘To go on and win it, it’s a team thing, you’re pretty happy with that sort of stuff. It’s a good feeling.’’

The Falcons completed the fairytale with 219-run victory over minor premiers Williamstown Imperials in a six-day grand final that went thedistance at Bryan Martyn Oval.

They controlled the contest from the outset to leave the Imps sick and sorry on the back of a second consecutive grand final loss.

Victory was set up with a century to the Falcons overseas import Andrew Ford, who made 112 and found a valuable partner in Lee Veal (62) as the Falcons made 244 in the first dig.

‘‘He was inspirational on day one,’’ Radford said of man-of-the-match Ford. Getting him into the team was probably the turning point in the season.’’

The Imperials found it hard to get out of first gear, reaching 159 and giving the Falcons an 85-run lead.

The Falcons set about posting an unassailable lead in the second innings, although t it did not start well for them.

They were 4-29 and in a spot of bother until a 150-run stand between Andrew Mundey (91) and Adam Moscatiello (59).

‘‘Their partnership took a lot of the pressure off us,’’ Radford said.

The Imperials were set a massive 321 for victory, but mustered just 112.

Young quick Jake Styles left a trail of destruction with eight wickets in the innings and 11 for the match.

Styles finished on 50 wickets for the season.

‘‘It’s a pretty big season for a 19 year old,’’ Radford said. ‘‘He’s pretty sharp, but he’s carefree — he just runs in and bowls.’’

Playing-president Chris Plummer brought up his 100th A1 turf wicket in the grand final.

The 44-year-old heart and soul of the club will return for the premiership defence.

VTCA: Werribee Centrals’ premiership caps a season they won’t forget

-SEE: Our picture gallery of the grand final.
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– SEE: Killer instinct returns and Centurions win flag

WERRIBEE Centrals would not be denied in their quest for perfection in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1.

The Centurions had a summer to remember, going through October to March undefeated.

The premiership headed to Shaws Road on Saturday after the hot favourites put St Andrews to the sword in the grand final at Laverton Park.

The Saints applied their own kind of mercy rule, player-coach Jake Buttigieg calling the game off late on day three, knowing it would be a forlorn task for his side.

Centurions opening batsman Chris Duffin told the Weekly that while his players were confident heading into the finals, they were wary of not getting too far ahead of themselves with history showing that many a side has slipped up after unbeaten home-and-away seasons.

“Winning all those games throughout the year just qualifies you for the finals,” he said. “Plenty of times we’ve seen sides go all the way undefeated and get to a grand final and lose.

“You’ve still got to produce in finals.” Produce they did.

The Centurions were ruthless, particularly in the season decider. They had the Saints on the ropes at 8-32 on day one and never looked back.

The Saints did well to manufacture 90, but the game was taken away from them when the Centurions posted 256 on the back of a magical century from Jared Lions (109).

“He was probably a bit nervous, a bit scratchy late last Sunday [second day],” Duffin said. “He knew he had to put in the hard work and to be no out. The third day he was just amazing, he was hitting balls over the top, playing square drives and he really took the game away from them.”

Lions, who came in at No. 6, featured in a game-defining 100-run stand with his player-coach Phil Crea.

Crea scored 37 in the partnership, but his mere presence in the Centurions camp this season has lifted the club considerably after a hellish previous two campaigns that saw the club relegated twice.

“The most important thing Phil has brought back to the club, it’s that positive attitude and positive outlook,” Duffin said. “No matter what the situation, you’re always in the game if you play positive cricket.”

With a first innings lead of 166 in the grand final, it was going to take the Saints’ best effort and then some to pass the score and post a significant enough lead to make the Centurions sweat.

All they could offer up was 6-70, leading their player-coach Jake Buttigieg to call the game off late on day three.

“It was a strange one not knowing we could really celebrate,” Duffin said. “We knew it was only a matter of time.

“We really enjoyed those last 10 or 15 overs in the field.

“It’s a fantastic weekend for the club with the seconds also winning the premiership.”

VTCA GRAND FINALS

West B1: Werribee Centrals 256 (J Lions 109 MW Nankervis 47 P Crea 37; M Pipczak 4-45 TR Cullum 3-58) d St Andrews 90 (TR Cullum 35no; S Crea 6-30) and 6-70 (J Buttigieg 37; S Crea 3-25 AK Edrich 3-40).

You ripper! Werribee Centrals players are ecstatic after another wicket in the VTCA grand final. Picture: Michael Copp

West B2: Point Cook 136 (B Munce 47 C Kavanagh 37; D Taylor 6-36 M Wilson 3-4) lost to Werribee Centrals 249 (T Arunthavapalan 64 S Jennings 62 MW Johnson 42; A Farrier 5-60)

VTCA: The killer instinct returns and Centurions win the flag

– SEE: Premiership caps a season Werribee Centrals won’t forget
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– SEE: Grand final picture gallery

WERRIBEE Centrals had it all going for them this summer.

The Centurions took a step back down a level and relished the chance to bully up on opponents as they had been privy to the previous two seasons.

Their inspirational leader, Phil Crea, returned with a you-can-do-it approach that rubbed off on his players and his aggressiveness on the field got under the skin of the opposition.

That killer instinct had been missing from the timid Centurions in the past two seasons.

The batting line-up was repaired, led by the competition’s top run-scorer Luke Simpson with 532 runs.

When Simpson was not making runs, there was a big cast of batsmen willing to fill the void, led by Crea (415 runs), Dean Cachia (331), Blair Hemmingson (298), Dean Giarrusso (275), Mark Nankervis (254) and Jared Lions (250), all scoring more than 250 runs for the season.

The main element that opposition clubs could not get a grasp on was the Centurions new ball duo.

Aaron Edrich and Sam Crea were like a one-two knockout punch.

So often they took the wind out of the sails of opposition batting line-ups and did it again in the grand final.

“Our bowlers were just fantastic,” Centurions batsman Chris Duffin said.

“Sammy bowled amazing, really lifted in the last couple of games, and ‘Azza’ proved how valuable he is to our club.”

At 8-32 on the opening day of the grand final on a pitch Duffin described as a road, St Andrews was in all sorts of trouble.

The Saints tried hard to get back into the match with a gallant performance from their tail-end batsmen and a valiant bowling effort but, in hindsight, it was game, set and match.

Edrich, who finished with 40 wickets on the season, has been the mainstay of the bowling attack for the best part of five seasons.

There are no more consistent, nor menacing, pacemen in this standard of cricket.

“He’s definitely quick, especially in the competition we’re playing, he’s the fastest by far,” Duffin said.

“Having said that, he’s so accurate as well and never gives them free balls to hit.

“The batsmen must feel like they can’t score off him.”

Crea was perhaps the missing link.

The youngster returned from Footscray-Edgewater in the off-season, eager to get his career back on track and took 42 wickets, the most in the division.

On a roll: Werribee Centrals youngster Sam Crea is mobbed by ecstatic teammates after snaring the wicket of St Andrews batsman Mark Rhodes.

“Sammy has gone away to district cricket and come back a bigger and better player,” Duffin said.

“When he’s moving the ball around, he’s very difficult to play.”

Trees divide Glenlyon community

AN avenue of trees in Glenlyon is causing division within the small community.
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The Friends of Barkly Street is concerned that the CFA intends to destroy one tree, an elm, which is believed to have been planted to celebrate Federation, to create a driveway onto Barkly Street from its site in the centre of the village.

The issue was raised as a matter of urgent business at last week’s Hepburn Shire Council meeting in Clunes.

“It was to ask the CFA to consider going out the back way into Eldon Street instead of Barkly Street,” mayor Bill McClenaghan said.

When The Advocate contacted Cr McClenaghan at the weekend he was reluctant to talk about the matter so as not to cause more community distress.

“The entire issue has gone completely viral,” he said. “And people are not talking, they’re not telling anyone what’s going on, it’s all sort of hush, hush and there’s misinformation going around everywhere.”

The Hepburn Pool was also in the spotlight at last week’s council meeting, with councillors voting to remove flood related debris.

According to the meeting agenda, during the heavy rainfall events that occurred in 2010-11, the area around the Hepburn Pool was damaged.

“In the immediate aftermath, fallen trees were removed,” the agenda read.

“During 2012 repairs were made to damaged infrastructure. The Flood Recovery Team has been approached to complete the clean up of the site by removing debris from the pool.

“Given the complex history of insurance coverage at the site, advice was sought from the DSE before any work was to be done to ensure that it would not compromise existing public liability insurance.

“Advice has been received that DSE supports the removal of debris from the pool and that this work would have no impact on the existing public liability insurance at the site.”

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Anzac Day sport

Football and netball will be played on Anzac Day this year in the Barossa, Light and Gawler Association.
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Nuriootpa and Angaston will clash at Nuriootpa on Thursday, April 25.

The BL&G Football Association listed the game in their season program and now the netball association has announced that netball matches will also be played.

Mr Robin Symes, president of the BL&GFA, said he was delighted that the two clubs had agreed to play the games on the actual Anzac Day.

“It is the first time in my time as president that a game had been played midweek on Anzac Day and I think it a progressive step for the association and I’m pleased the netball clubs have also agreed to play. It should make for a great day.”

Mr Symes said although a medal would be struck for the best player on the day, the association’s designated game for the Anzac round would still be the South Gawler – Gawler Central match on Saturday, April 27.

“It is a tradition which began several years ago and the best player for the game receives the Anzac Medal,” he said.

Bridey Lewis, president of the Barossa, Light and Gawler Netball Association, said the Nuriootpa and Angaston clubs had been keen to also play their games on the Thursday.

“Logistically it makes sense to have all the families along for the football and netball on the one day rather than have the one group on the Thursday and the other on the Saturday,” Ms Lewis said.

Metropolitan football has continued to grow with the previous year’s grand finalists in the South Australian National Football League meeting on Anzac Day, traditionally at Adelaide Oval while Collingwood and Essendon play one of the AFL’s blockbuster games at the MCG.

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Council will not lease clubrooms to motorcycle club

THE American Motorcycle Club will not call the Dean Recreation Reserve home.
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The Hepburn Shire Council last week decided not to proceed with leasing the Dean Recreation Reserve clubrooms to the American Motorcycle Club, which wanted to renovate the facility and use it as a meeting space.

The council will now stage a public meeting seeking expressions of interest in the clubrooms.

It comes after a strong public backlash against the American Motorcycle Club’s proposal.

The council received 36 submissions in opposition to the lease and just three in favour.

In addition, a petition was submitted by 24 people opposing the lease.

Moving the motion, Creswick Ward councillor Greg May said the community’s opposition to the American Motorcycle Club’s plan was “pretty overwhelming” at a public meeting on the issue last month.

He said the motorcycle club’s proposal had caused some concern and angst in the community.

“There was some ill-informed concern,” he said.

“Credit should be given to the motorcycle club that they are prepared to undertake some repairs to the building at their own expense.”

Referring to last month’s public meeting, Creswick Ward councillor Don Henderson said he had never seen a large turn out in such a small community.

“Most of the people I spoke to in Dean weren’t concerned about the integrity of the people who were members of this chapter of the motorcycle club,” he said. “They were concerned about the noise.”

He said it was regrettable to say no to a group that wanted to make something of the facility and now it was up to the Dean community to bring the clubrooms back to life through other ideas.

“They have a wonderful facility there and there are a number of opportunities,” he said.

The Goldfields chapter of the American Motorcycle Club had approached the Hepburn Shire Council with a proposal to lease the clubrooms for the purposes of having a meeting point for club members when taking part in recreational rides.

The council resolved at its January meeting to draw up a draft lease and publicly advertise the proposal ahead of a council vote.

The Dean Recreation Reserve Committee is responsible for the management and operation of the reserve, but is not currently active and does not hold regular meetings.

It has no revenue stream because the facility is not being used by groups.

The Dean Recreation Reserve clubrooms.

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Fresh leads in nanny murder cold case

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
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More than 20 years after a young nanny was bashed and left for dead beside a road in north-western NSW, police have identified a new person of interest in her death and are appealing for information about a vehicle that could help solve the mystery.

Detectives seized a blue Datsun Stanza in Sydney on Monday and are forensically examining the vehicle following the death of Penny Hill, who was beaten unconscious and found slumped against a paddock gate on the side of a road in the tiny town of Coolah on July 8, 1991.

The 20-year-old was taken to hospital in Newcastle but never regained consciousness. She died two weeks later.

Now, nearly 22 years after her death, police have received new information about a car seen at the Black Stump Motor Inn in Coolah where Ms Hill was staying on the night she was assaulted.

Police initially were told that the vehicle seen at the motel was a Commodore, but they now believe it was a dark blue Datsun Stanza, which was also seen driving around Coolah in the early hours of the morning that Ms Hill was assaulted.

Detective Sergeant Jason Darcy, from the Western Region Unsolved Homicide Squad, said the new information had come to light in the past month.

Police had scoured vehicle registration records from the time and had narrowed down their list to ‘‘a handful’’ of vehicles, which would be forensically examined in the coming weeks.

‘‘It’s new information, we believe it has got some weight and we’ve identified a new person of interest,’’ Detective Sergeant Darcy said.

He said the vehicle that was examined in Sydney on Monday had changed ownership many times since the early 1990s.

‘‘That car had been spray painted since 1991, from a dark blue to a light blue, but we’re more interested in the interior of the car because it was in original condition,’’ he said.

‘‘Being so long ago, there’s not too many Datsun Stanzas left in existence, or registered. It’s making it hard to locate, and we’re obviously doing a wide search.’’

Ms Hill had moved from her home in Narrabri to Coolah on Friday, July 5, 1991 after she was offered a job as a nanny to the three boys of Col and Barbara Baigent, the new owners of the Black Stump Motor Inn.

Mr Baigent had been the drummer for the rock group Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs in the 1960s, before he and his wife moved to the country to raise their family.

However, after one day Mrs Baigent decided Ms Hill was too young and not responsible enough to care for her children and planned to let her stay the week before sending her home with a reference.

It was a busy weekend in Coolah on the night Ms Hill was assaulted, with a golf tournament, tennis competition and rugby league game all major events in the town.

Police believe Ms Hill was probably bashed in her room at the motel, although there were no obvious signs of struggle, before her body was dumped 800 metres down the road.

She was discovered early the next morning, fully clothed, bleeding from the head and with a cord from an electric jug clenched in her left hand.

In the weeks after her killing, police suspected the restaurant chef, a loner and firearms enthusiast, might have been the killer. He died in a car crash in November that year and police no longer believe he was the murderer.

A second inquest into Ms Hill’s death last year returned an open finding.

The inquest heard that DNA samples were found in a secret compartment last year in the Black Stump Motel. A rifle butt and a used condom were in the compartment which police can date to the time of the death of Miss Hill.

Police have collected DNA from hundreds of men who were in Coolah on the weekend of Ms Hill’s death in a bid to track down anyone connected to her death.

Detective Sergeant Darcy said the new information about the Datsun was separate to the DNA analysis, which was still taking place.

Anyone with information has been urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

The car at the centre of police investigations.