Shepp Lifestyle


Kaiela Arts works on show in National Gallery of Victoria

- Campfire Series - Designs from Kaiela Arts Campfire series have made their way to the National Gallery of Victoria. The Campfire series has been created by local indigenous artists who have pressed and transferred charcoal onto linen. The patterned linen was then made into cushions, t shirts and purses which are now available to purchase at NGV Design Store in Melbourne. Kaiela Arts Manger Angie Russi said the gallery wanted to embed the country into their art.“Australia doesn’t produce its own pigments anymore, so any printing or artists pigments mainly come from Germany,” Ms Russi said. “But charcoal has been used for centuries to draw with, to colour with and their it is in the campfire we sit around in Shepparton.”“So we tested and worked with the fallen timbers we found along the river here,” she said. Melbourne design studio Spacecraft collaborated with the artists to help make the idea come to life. The artworks which were designed to sit in an engaging space such as a lounge or on a person represent the significant communal space that brought about by a campfire. Ms Russi said the artists found that using materials found directly from their country was a lot more meaningful. “The artwork transfers into a very human and very connected piece in it’s expression” she said. Although the artwork is currently available in Melbourne the designs won’t be available to purchase in the Shepparton gallery until later next month.  Ms Russi said the response from the community has been really exciting. “People get very involved in the process and can hardly believe that it’s charcoal and it gets people thinking about the origins of it too” she said. The gallery have created a video for the public to fully understand how the local designs have been created. For more information or to watch the video visit

Shepparton News


My Pet: Lambie from Wunghnu

Lambie is the local ewe from Wunghnu who spends her days helping keep the grass down at her owner Tamara Rathbone’s family rental. Ms Rathbone raised the lamb from a young age after a farmer alerted her of the orphaned animal. Ironically the lamb became a permanent resident in the town nicknamed 1U. Ms Rathbone said once the lamb grew up she became quite the handy lawn mower. ‘Between mum and dads property and nans, she even went out to a family friends property to be a lawn mower out there,‘ she said. ‘She always had purpose, if a paddock was filled with wire, Lambie was the best ewe for the job.‘ While keeping the grass down at the Rathbone’s family rental, friend and tenant Lawrence Rice found comfort in having the animal around. ‘He just took over caring for her,‘ Ms Rathbone said. ‘He started feeding her fresh hay and keeping up with her water - I think it gave him something to do,‘ she said. Mr Rice lived the life of a sheerer for more than 30 years and managed 10 thousand acres of land on the Mornington Peninsula before settling in Wunghnu. ‘It bought back my interest in sheep and memories of the good old days, having that lamb here,‘ he said. Mr Rice exclaimed a recent hospital visit left him worried about the ewe. ‘I came home and she wouldn’t leave the fence, she was bellowing out all the time - I think she missed me,‘ he said. ‘I’d miss her if she wasn’t here.‘ Happy to greet anyone who might feed her, Ms Rathbone said Lambie enjoys getting special treats. ‘She used to eat all sorts of weird things - popcorn, left over food from the pantry, but her favourite treat is pringles,‘ she said. ‘No particular flavor, she just loves pringles.‘ She said Lambie enjoys the company of people more than being a part of the flock. ‘She’s more like Lawries pet dog than a sheep.‘ Still, a born and bread wooly ewe, Lambie is known to throw a few head-butts now and then. ‘She’s knocked me over a few times, but it’s always playful,‘ Ms Rathbone said. Lambie may not by the only ewe in the small town - she is the one ewe in the Rathbone’s family and Mr Rice’s life.

Madeleine Caccianiga


Wheel-y good result for locals

The Shepparton Radio Control Car Club held its inaugural 10th scale Victorian Drivers Series round over the weekend and a few locals walked away winners. Held at the miniature race track behind the basketball stadium, the event attracted up to 100 entries with competitors traveling from all over the state. It was the second of five rounds in the Victorian Drivers Series for 10th scale cars. Despite most cars being about 30cm in length, some were reaching up to 90km/h along the main straight during the weekend of intense racing. Club secretary Ben Howard said rain affected the racing on Sunday but that it was still a successful event. ’The rain came in at about 1pm on Sunday so we needed to cut the event short but we managed to complete two finals in the two-wheel-drive category. ’It was a really successful meet for our first 10th scale. The track came up really well before and after the event. ’People started coming up on Friday so competitors were practising all day Friday and Saturday morning, qualifying Saturday arvo and then finals on Sunday.‘ Mr Howard also finished the weekend a winner, taking home the two titles in the stock classes. He said was able to beat the national champion. ’I competed against 20 other people. It feels great to win; it was about a three-second margin. ’The national champion finished second and another really strong competitor finished third so it was a really good quality field. ’I also won the first round in Mildura and that’s my second win in a row so that gives me a good lead in the series. ’I also won the Victorian State Title in the same class a few weeks ago so I’m having a good year,‘ Mr Howard said. The series has five rounds and the 10th scale cars are raced in multiple classes including juniors, stock (controlled motors) and mod (modified motors). Like traditional motor racing, competitors needed to compete in qualifying rounds to determine their place on the grid in the finals. The finals consisted of three five-minute finals and the results were based on the best two rounds, meaning each competitor could have a bad round. ’It’s a point system with the lowest points being the winner. It’s all on a dirt track; no tarmac so you also need to find the right tyres for the car. ’In the mod class you can put in as big of a motor as the car can handle. ’One of the things about radio control cars, it’s not strength-based, so a 10-year-old can compete in the same class as a 30-year-old.‘ Results from the event are as follows: 2wd Modified Buggy - 1. Ray Munday (Keilor), 2. Lachlan Munday (Keilor), 3. Simon Healy (Knox); 2wd Buggy Juniors (u16) - 1. Angus Browne (Keilor), 2. Robert Holliday (Keilor), 3. Sash Schembri (Keilor); 2wd Stock Buggy - 1. Ben Howard (Shepparton), 2. Leigh Cheeseman (Knox), 3. Simon McHugh (Keilor); 4wd Modified Buggy - 1. Jordan Isergin (Keilor), 2. Glen Bonetti (Knox), 3. Lachlan Munday (Keilor); 4wd Stock Buggy - 1. Ben Howard (Shepparton), 2. Simon McHugh (Keilor), 3. Justin O’Connell (Keilor); 2wd 21.5t Spec Buggy - 1. Dale Brown (Shepparton), 2. Mark Casey (Knox), 3. Racko Schembri (Keilor); 2wd Stadium Truck - 1. Nathan Healy (Knox), 2. Wayne Robinson (Wodonga), 3. Mitchell Isergin (Keilor); 2wd Short Course Truck -1. Leigh Cheeseman (Knox), 2. Angus Browne (Keilor), 3. Mark Browne (Keilor); 4wd 21.5t Spec Buggy - 1. Matt Coad (Knox), 2. Peter Crowe (Knox), 3. Racko Schembri (Keilor).

James Bennett