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  • About Moyne

    Moyne is situated in the wild western coastal region famed for its rock formations and old fishing townships.

    In 2010, ACMI film crews visited the towns Port Fairy, Yambuk and Caramut creating films that celebrate local stories and explore the contemporary preoccupations of people living in Moyne Shire.


    Port Fairy

    Port Fairy Connections (10 min)

    Essie Warmuth introduces us to the various social, political and community groups that thrive in Port Fairy. A taste of these is a Bike Group that rides every morning, rain, hail or shine, a Book Club that has entertained and engaged a group of women for over 30 years, sharing books, births, weddings and funerals, and an Action Group, formed to stamp out the use of plastic bags in Port Fairy and engage the community.

    Ted the Kite Man (8 min)

    Ted the kite Man is a Port Fairy icon.  A long time resident of the area, Ted has a kite shop, a big heart, and a contagious philosophy as he encourages kids to explore the winds and the outdoors flying their kites.  He and his partner build kites with 3,000 children a year and he believes flying a kite helps you forget all your concerns of the day while participating in this peaceful activity.  

    Sea Changers (10 min)

    More and more people are moving to Port Fairy to be part of a strong, creative and social community. We meet Katie Wise who came to Port Fairy for a visit, and has been there for 10 years now, managing the school canteen and teaching the kids the benefit of healthy food. For Helen and Ben Fennessy, Port Fairy is a place that gives them great solitude to be able to do what they like creatively.  Judy and Victor Gillatt explored the town while on holiday in 1973, and the more they explored, the more they liked.


    Yambuk Slide (8 min)

    The Yambuk Slide is a town icon, a place where generations have come to enjoy the freedom and fun that a slide in the middle of a sand dune can deliver. 

    Originally built in 1982, when the slide was likely to be removed it caused much upset with the locals, one threatening to chain himself to the slide.  The new slide does not have the speed of the old one, but it still keeps kids entertained and parents happy.

    Deen Maar: Past, Present, Future (10 min)

    Geoff Clarke takes us on a tour of the Deen Maar property and explains why the island and the land is such a significant location for the local indigenous people and is of importance to the Yambuk area. He discusses the challenge of incorporating modern industry on such a sensitive site, installing wind turbines on the land, which generates an economic return for the community while achieving a compromise in protecting the cultural significance of the site.

    Yambuk Youth (3 min)

    Five boys from Yambuk talk about what it means to be young in a small regional town and the various activities the town has to offer. They each share what they love about growing up in the country as opposed to the city, and talk about their dreams of what they want to be when they grow up.


    Tales from Caramut Footy (6 mins)

    The Caramut Football Club brings the locals together and keeps the community spirit alive.  Whether slogging it out on the field, helping out in the canteen or just cheering on from the sidelines, the locals appreciate their footy and as the community grows, it is a great place to catch up and stay connected.

    Looking Back (7 mins)

    Three locals talk about personal histories in the small town of Caramut in regional Victoria. Take a trip down memory lane with Patricia Giles as she talks about Soldier settlement and how the town has changed over the years. Tom and Dan Dickson look back on their family history and give us a tour of the town, including a stone bridge their great grandfather built that still stands in Caramut today.

    Staying Connected (7 mins)

    Meet Stephen Giles, a Caramut local, who now lives and works in the city but remains connected to the town through the Caramut Football Club, which he started playing for when he was 8 years old. He is now a patron of the club, just like his father was and has helped the community to keep it alive, recognising its importance to the locals. He even puts on the footy boots again to play in the Seniors League. 

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