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Newsletter No. 27 - Winter 2020

Welcome to our Winter community newsletter


Community events are temporarily suspended due to coronavirus restrictions on social gatherings.

Watch this space for the return of our community events.


  • Book club - currently in recess
  • Gardening group - currently in recess
  • Walking group - every Thursday morning from 9am.

Message from the chair

To our community

I hope that you are all well and coming through this virus lockdown and then undertaking the social distancing and the changed way we do things now. I know that it has been exceptionally hard for many who have lost their jobs and for those that have small businesses.

Maybe this has forced us all to get to know our neighbours and that you have had some community neighbourhood support through these tough times. It is the ability to reach out and have a chat with neighbours that will continue to build our Junortoun community spirit.

The JCAG committeee has been meeting via video over the last few months. We welcome anyone who wants to join JCAG and be part of the Executive. Please contact us by email to to discuss how you can become part of your local community action group. In the words of the late John Kennedy (former Hawthorn football coach) who told his players to "just do something”, we would love you to do something with JCAG.

Honeyeater Bushland Reserve located off Honeyeater Lane has some great projects that are being developed and will be under construction over the next few months. For more information see the article later in this newsletter. Again, we would love to have more people involved. Watch our social media channels for information of upcoming working bees.

We were saddened last month to farewell Dr. Robert Jamieson - Bob to all who knew him. Bob was a former JCAG chair, recipient of the JCAG Distinguished Service Award, and a passionate supporter and promoter of the Junortoun community. Bob will be remembered fondly for his significant contribution to the place that he loved and called home – Junortoun and Greater Bendigo.

Wishing you and your family a safe winter. We look forward to welcoming you to a Junortoun community event very soon.

Colin Smith - Chair: Junortoun Community Action Group

Bob Jamieson 1943-2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Junortoun resident Robert “Bob” Jamieson on 27 May.

Bob was a founding member of the Junortoun Community Action Group (JCAG) and was a major contributor to the development of the Community Plans that have been developed for Junortoun. He served as chair of JCAG for four years.

Bob was a passionate supporter and promoter of Junortoun and of the wider greater Bendigo community. Among his many roles were participation as a member of the Bendigo +25 steering committee, the Greater Bendigo 2036 Community Reference Group, the Greater Bendigo Rural Communities Committee, and the Greater Bendigo Positive Ageing Advisory Committee. Until his retirement a few years ago Bob had been Community Engagement Coordinator with Haven Home Safe.

In January this year Bob was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by JCAG for his contribution to the Action Group and to the community of Junortoun.

The Junortoun Community Action Group acknowledges the dedicated contribution that Bob made to make Junortoun and Bendigo a friendly, welcoming place to live. We will miss Bob’s warmth, good humour, care, respect and dignity.

The JCAG committee extends its deepest sympathy to Bob’s wife Kietha and their family.

At the June meeting of the JCAG committee the following condolence motion was passed:

The committee of the Junortoun Community Action Group notes with sadness the death of Robert "Bob" Jamieson, and pays tribute to his contribution to the Junortoun community and to our Action Group.

Bob was an inaugural member of JCAG, former Chair, recipient of the JCAG Distinguished Service Award, a highly regarded community member, and friend to many. Bob made a significant and lasting contribution to the community of Junortoun and Greater Bendigo. 

The Junortoun Community Action Group extends its sincerest condolences to Kietha and family.

Events in Junortoun
The Sense of Community action group
Alas, the continuing coronavirus restrictions on social activities has reduced our planned community events this year. So far we have been forced to cancel the planned community garage sale event and our annual Clean Up Junortoun Day.

The JCAG Sense of Community team hopes to organise and conduct some appropriate community activities at a future date when circumstances allow.

In these times of uncertainty we encourage you to develop and maintain close and friendly connections with your neighbours. Reach out to someone local who you might not know, or a new person in the neighborhood. By working together we can get through these challenges and build a stronger community at the same time.

Although we are not locked down in Junortoun, we know that many people are staying closer to home. We encourage you to clean up within and immediately outside your property, clear a gutter, trim overhanging branches, weed a nature strip, or to take a bag with you and collect litter and rubbish if you go for a walk in our streets or bushland.

If you spot an incident that requires the attention of the City of Greater Bendigo, Parks Victoria, Coliban Water, or other authorities use Snap Send Solve to report the issue and keep Junortoun safe, clean and tidy.

Junortoun Community News
McIvor Highway safety - Regional Roads Victoria

The Junortoun Community Action Group maintains close communication with Regional Roads Victoria (formerly VicRoads) about the safety of McIvor Highway. We know that Regional Roads is studying McIvor Highway to address various safety issues, but this month we reached out to RRV for an update. Their response:

"Since March our team has been progressing various studies and analysing the results. This work has enabled us to make progress on early concept work along the highway to assess proposed safety improvements and pedestrian crossing points. This early work will help us in developing proposals over the coming months to address safety and traffic flow."

"We are also planning on revisiting the active transport survey that was placed on hold in late March. At this stage we're aiming for some time in Spring, as long as pedestrian and cyclist traffic looks to be returning to more normal levels"

"As you can imagine the work at this point can take some time to get right – a priority for us before we take the next step in our public engagement. We expect to return to the community later this year, and will continue to let you know how we are progressing"

"Minister Jacinta Allan announced in December work to improve the intersection at the McIvor Highway and Pratts Park Road. RRV will have more information about timing for this project in the coming weeks"

RRV mentioned they are looking forward to talking with Junortoun residents again once restrictions are lifted.

We thank RRV for their response and reassure residents that concerns about McIvor Highway safety remain a matter of concern for JCAG.

JCAG seeks an additional bus stop on McIvor Highway

The JCAG committee has written to the Department of Transport in Bendigo requesting the creation of an additional bus stop for the Bendigo - Heathcote service near the intersections of Domenica Drive and Homebush Drive (east).

Although the bus service was improved in recent years, there have been no new bus stops created along McIvor Highway. A bus stop at this location would serve residents located in Domenica Drive and adjacent streets and the eastern end of Homebush estate. It would improve public transport options for residents and potentially add to the viability of the bus service.

We await a response from the Department of Transport and will report back to the community when we loearn more.

Junortoun Fire Brigade

The Junortoun Fire Brigade has remained on call, with members available to turn out to fires and other emergencies throughout the Coronavirus lockdown.

Whilst no face to face training was possible initially, some online training was possible for members. The regular weekly radio schedules, giving the vehicles a run and checking them, as well as other equipment, has still been routinely carried out to ensure all are in operational condition. The monthly Brigade meetings have also still been held, but of course only by video conferencing.

With the more recent relaxations of the lockdown, small group skills maintenance training has been possible, although no other activities, including fund raising, have been possible. The Brigade is hoping to be able to return to normal training and other activities soon, especially since we are expecting considerable growth this coming fire season following the high rainfall so far this year.

Keep your burn off safe and legal:

  • Check fire restrictions in your area and always register your burn
  • Check and monitor weather conditions – particularly wind
  • Warn your neighbours beforehand that there will be smoke in the air
  • Stay in attendance the whole time your burn is going
  • Have sufficient equipment and water to stop the fire spreading

Bendigo Baptist Church news

Bendigo Baptist Church made the decision on Monday March 16 to shift their weekend services and large number of programs online to ensure we could continue to BE a strong presence in our community during these recent restrictions. Each Sunday since this date, we’ve been streaming a weekend service through our website and simulcasting through 105.1 Life FM right here in Bendigo.

We aren’t just a church in the community but long to be a church FOR this community. With many people doing it tough, it was great to provide some assistance through our Emergency Food Relief. In the month of May we were able to assist a total of 917 people (594 adults / 323 children) with parcels of food from our Life Essentials store in Hargreaves St. People continue to look for help so don’t hesitate to contact us at our office (5449 3033) if you know of anyone who might need a help in this period of time.

We’d love to have you connecting into our livestream each Sunday at 10:30 AM. It can be found at

Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help if in need.

Ps Dave Lovell

Bendigo Baptist Church community update:

On the night of 19 May, two bike racks were stolen from the Car Park at Bendigo Baptist Church. They were being used by a range of cyclists who were stopping by to purchase a coffee from the Coffee Storm van. 

The bike racks belong to Bendigo Baptist Church and they are keen to have them returned. If you know anything about the bike racks whereabouts, please call the Church Office (5449 3033) or email

The Junortoun General Store and Post Office has been busily assisting local residents with a range of products and services over the past months. While parcel collections are busier than ever, the store also provides residents with full postal outlet services, a range of groceries, hot and cold food and drinks, and of course fresh coffee made to order.

This valuable community store has been owned and operated by Shivali Chatley and her cousin Rick for the past year and a half. Shivali has significant experience in operating convenience stores in Bendigo and has great plans for the business in Junortoun, which will evolve in the coming years.

The team at the Junortoun General Store thanks residents for their cooperation over the past few months, especially with social distancing requirements in their small retail area, and they thank locals for the courtesy and patience displayed to their staff.

Current operating hours:
Monday - Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday: 8am to 1pm.

Be sure to off a warm hello to Shivali, Rick and the staff when you next visit their business, and lend your support and dollars to another local business in these challenging times.

Keep up to date with news from the store by following them on Facebook.

Connect with Junortoun General Store on Facebook

Local signs refreshed

Recently some local bushland signs were given a refresh with some paint thanks to the helpers on the JCAG committee. These are some of the ways your committee volunteers help to make our community a better place to live.

The sign from Callistemon Close is currently being repainted. Look out for more local maintenance and upkeep in future months. 

Honeyeater Bushland Reserve is the new working name for Junortoun's newest reserve, and those who notice detail will see that the reserve's logo is now based on the White-eared Honeyeater (WEH) which is a common inhabitant of the park and can regularly be seen around the dam area.

Look out for our logo on signage and communications relating to this exciting community managed space.

Community grant success

The major achievement that has occurred this quarter is the receipt of a grant obtained to undertake track construction around the “Rim Walk”. 

The path that winds through the reserve around the top of the former quarry is growing in use and popularity. The grant will be used to better define the path, improve drainage and reduce the development of mud, to cover exposed tree roots and remove hazards just as rocks.  This will make it a much more enjoyable experience for community walkers but particularly for families. 

Junortoun Community Action Group and the Reserve sub-committee would like to thank Strathfieldsaye and District Community Enterprise for funding our “Rim Walk” application through their community grants process. Work will start as soon as the contractor is able to schedule it into his program. 

This the first major project in the Reserve and is the start of the development of Honeyeater Bushland Reserve as a community space for passive recreation and nature appreciation.

Future plans

Another project in the pipeline is to repair the existing dam wall and make it a feature of the Reserve. Following that there are plans for wetland frog ponds as well as tree and vegetation establishment. Working bees will be required and will be promoted via all the social media.

Working bee

If you use the Reserve already you will have noticed that existing internal fencing has been removed (see article below). This was undertaken via a working bee where apart from local Junortoun community members, Dennis Johanson was able to bring across some Strathfieldsaye community members and the fence was removed in a morning – well done and thank you to everyone who helped.

Management plan

A Preliminary Management Plan has been prepared and adopted. The plan was prepared as part of the course work for the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management at Bendigo TAFE. 

JCAG thanks Karen Stuart and Tristan Hudson for their fantastic work in preparing this plan and it will become part of the ongoing development of the Reserve. Karen lives locally and is now a member of the HBR advisory committee - thank you.

Watch out for more information on future activities and works and please help us to care for and develop this valuable community space.

Honeyeater Bushland Reserve Advisory Committee

Strathfieldsaye and District Community Enterprise

 Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise (SDCE) is proud to be able to support Junortoun Community Action Group by funding the Honeyeater Bushland Reserve Walking Track.

Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise is only able to provide community grants such as this through a partnership with our business partners Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco who provide us with a small percentage of the profits of accounts tagged to SDCE. By supporting Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco you can directly support your community.

Ask the teams at Bendigo Bank - Strath Hill Branch or Bendigo Telco to tag your accounts to SDCE and they will provide additional funding to distribute to our community.

At no cost to you, you can tag any bank account you have including loans, credit cards, savings, term deposits, children's accounts or business accounts.

As a bonus for bringing new business to the bank, if you open a new account and ask to have it tagged when first opened, SDCE will receive a higher level of contribution from Bendigo Bank so please remember us when applying for a home loan, refinancing or opening new bank accounts.

When you sign up to Bendigo Telco for your home or business, phone and internet needs, not only will you be supporting a local business but you can also nominate to support Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise. SDCE will then receive a portion of the revenue earned from your monthly bill to fund more community projects.

It’s simple; by choosing local banking and communication providers, you can make a real difference to your community… and there is no cost to you!

Follow this link to request your accounts be tagged now

SDCE thanks our business partners Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco for their generous support.

Honeyeater Bushland Reserve fence removal

A working bee was held on 22 May to remove the fence around the former “seed bed” area on the high ground adjacent to Honeyeater Lane.

Around a dozen workers, including our members, ably assisted by a number of very willing workers from the ‘FOSSALS’ (Friends Of Strathfieldsaye Streams And Lands) group, made quick work of demolition the fence, rolling up the wire and removal of it and the posts.

Removal of the fence has opened up access to the area, with a marked visual impact.

JCAG would like to acknowledge and thank the members of ‘Fossals’ for their contribution, and Dennis Johanson for organising for them to be there, along with the coffee and buns!

Farmers Arms Hotel serving takeaway meals

The Farmers Arms Hotel in Junortoun continues to serve the local community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Takeaway meal orders are available from 5-7pm every night. You are recommended to ring in advance (5449 3201) and you can find the menu on the "about" section of  their Facebook page.

The Farmers Arms bottle shop is open from 2-8pm, 

Rob and Jill thank everyone for their support this week. Buying your beer, wine and takeaway meals from them helps to keep local suppliers in business!

Fosterville Gold Mine Community News

The latest Fosterville Gold Mine Community Newsletter is now available. 

Fostervill Gold Mine is operated by Kirkland Lake Gold and in 2019 produced 600,000 ounces from the Fosterville operations.

Junortoun Interest Groups
Usually: First Tuesday of the month

Garden Club

Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, we have had to make the hard decision to suspend all Garden Club activities until further notice. Our planned visit to Mica Grange will be at a later date.
In the meantime, stay well, and enjoy your garden.

If you would like to know more about garden club, and be kept informed about when activities resume please email:

Every Thursday at 9:00am

Walking group

Walking group has resumed again after lockdown!

During this time individuals have been enjoying strolling the Greater Bendigo Regional Park, O’Keefe Rail Trail, Kennington Reservoir, Crusoe Reservoir and number 7 park, Goldfields Track. Honeyeater Reserve and many interesting walks around their neighbourhood.

Please contact Glenys at if your are interested in joining the group on Thursday Mornings at 9am.

Usually: Last Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm

Book Club

We regret to advise that the book club is also currently in recess due to the restriction in place to minimise coronavirus transmission

Look out below for a special link below that is sure to keep our avid readers occupied. We look forward to welcoming you back to book club as soon as circumstances allow.

To contact the book club coordinator and be first to know when book club resumes please email:

State Library of Victoria

You can download the State Library's huge collection of books, music and photos for free!

The State Library of Victoria’s physical doors may be shut for the time being, but it doesn’t mean you can’t explore the best parts of this mega library online. 

Everyone now has access to the library’s massive digital collections, which includes thousands of photographs, personal manuscripts, magazines, journals, newspapers, comics, theatre programs and advertisements – even video archives. You can also access more than 19,000 ebooks, music and a huge range of journals and articles if you’re a member of the library (sign up for free here).

Volunteer opportunities

Junortoun is your community, and JCAG is your voice for the community. We are entirely run by local volunteers, and we always welcome assistance from community members. From helping to organise events, being part of our campaigns, helping with the administration of the group or even just cooking some sausages at a BBQ, there is a role for everyone within JCAG.

Can you help with any of the following areas?

Newsletter editor

The e-newsletter you are reading is produced each quarter to keep the community informed of local news and the activities of JCAG.

We are seeking a person who could take on the role of editing the e-newsletter using their home computer to produce the newsletter using MailerLite online software.

This task takes a few hours each quarter, it would suit a person who has, or would like to develop skills in digital communications. Support can be provided to interested people. It might particularly suit a secondary school student or university student who wishes to contribute to their local community.

Volunteer to help produce our e-newsletter

Event assistance

JCAG requires occasional volunteers to assist with the running of community events. This can include preparing and serving food, or set up or pack up activities.

Your involvement could be just for an hour or two according to your availability.

Volunteer to help at events

Event organisation

The JCAG "Sense of Community" group works together to plan, organise and promote community events in Junortoun such as BBQs, picnics, ceremonies, markets and fundraisers.

Perhaps you have a great idea for a community event. The Sense of Community group would love to hear from you, and would welcome your assistance. They meet once a month, generally on a Thursday evening.

Volunteer to help organise future events
Connect with JCAG

Post: PO Box 5, Junortoun Vic 3551


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Junortoun Community Action Group Inc.

PO Box 5, Junortoun 3551
Victoria, Australia

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