Just when you think you’ve caught the ball, the rules of the game change. The only constant in life is change, but when change seems to happen hourly, there is a collective cry going into the ether – “Give us a break!”

There is a silver lining – or is there?

Whilst the throngs of Melbourne travellers are on hold for awhile, we are being told that we should encourage visitors from other regional areas. We are fortunate where we are – we’re not called Central Victoria for nothing – and our towns are easily accessed from around the rest of the state. Although we aren’t under the same restrictions as Melbourne, we still need to be Covid aware and follow the guidelines, so let’s welcome the Backyard Tourists.

News in the region


The best way to learn the ropes.

Nine News Western Victoria reporter Oliver Haig told Secrets that “there is no better way to learn the ropes of journalism than to work in regional areas.”

Moving to Ballarat from Melbourne was, he said, the best thing he could have done for his career.

Read Ollie’s story here

And you can catch Ollie on Nine News nightly at 6pm.


What do you do in a pandemic?
Open another store of course!

It may be considered a little odd to open another store in the middle of a pandemic, but Bec Mason from The Farmer’s Wife in Creswick is about to do just that.
Bec has been thinking about opening in Daylesford for some time and now the right property has become available, this “you go girl” entrepreneur, who brought a touch of class to Creswick’s main street a few years back, is expanding the brand to the tourist town.

Bec plans to open the Daylesford store in early August as a sister to her flagship Creswick boutique. We’re sure she will do well. Watch this space for further details.


Speaking of Entrepeneurs…

A pandemic isn’t all doom and gloom. It is bringing out some real entrepeneurial skills in our shop keepers.

A new innovation for local butchers Greenvale Meats -Creswick and Buninyong is their ready made, eat it tonight take Home Meals. Offering three choices of meals per day, these freshly made, reasonably priced (only $8.50) dinners make a great alternative for take aways.
To order call Buninyong on 5341 2149 or Creswick 5345 2491


When you need that warm fuzzy feeling

The weather is cold, the news is bleak and we all need that warm, fuzzy feeling to help perk us up. One of the best ways to find your fuzzy spot is with a cup of hot chocolate, especially Ballarat’s own Grounded Pleasures. Now available from a number of Ballarat Cafes, Wilsons Fruit and Veg. and IGA Creswick. Or choose your own blend by visiting their website –


The North Star Hotel reopens

The North Star Hotel, Lydiard Street reopened their doors on 1st July after extensive renovations.

Another venue for Ballarat’s growing reputation as a leading regional culinary city.

For hours and bookings visit


Meg’s Place has also reopened

Nice to see that Meg Chandler has reopened her popular cafe in Creswick and she’s brought a few friends with her.

Offering simple, tasty, home cooked meals, Meg’s Place is open daily from 9am to 4.30pm and weekends 10am to 3pm.
Follow Meg’s Place on Facebook.


Stay safe, stay home and stay well.