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February 15, 2013

Conference Dinner & VAFHO Awards at Golden Point

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GP State School

Conference Dinner & VAFHO Awards at Golden Point

Golden Point is the oldest settlement in Greater Ballarat. Gold was discovered at Poverty Point on 21 August 1851 by James Dunlop and James Reagan sparking the Ballarat Gold rush (A historical marker for the location of the discovery is located in a reserve just off Clayton Street). Golden Point was the site of what was known as the Ballarat diggings and for at least a decade the focal point of the original Ballarat township was Main Street.

Golden Point is also where Sovereign Hill the historic park, can be found, which features many of the early timber buildings, along with many aspects of the daily life in that era.

The conference dinner will be held on Saturday, 4 May 2013 at Golden Point.  The evening will include a themed dinner showcasing excellent regional produce and local entertainers, and the VAFHO Awards.

To book for the Conference Dinner & VAFHO Awards (Limited seating):



The venue of the dinner has it’s own special history:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Golden Point State School was opened on the former Old Post Office Hill in 1875 at a cost of £3,188. It was designed for 500 pupils but on opening day 920 were enrolled. The School established a fine reputation in the age before secondary schooling, providing night classes for young men seeking qualifications. The School closed in 1993 when it merged with Eureka St and Richards St to form Canadian Lead State School. In 2009 it re-opened as Golden Point Learning and Cultural Environment.

The former Golden Point State School is the home for three users: University of the 3rd Age; the multicultural group; and Mount Clear College. It is now known as G PLACE and was formally opened on 15 October 2010.

More on the history of the GoldenPointSchool from Anne Beggs-Sunter, one of our conference speakers:



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe food at the conference dinner will be prepared by: Spade to Blade Catering.

Spade to Blade catering is based in Daylesford. They concentrate on preparing the very best and freshest organically grown foods from the many great farms which surround the district. They also forage our district for wild foods and are highly skilled at wild mushroom collection and feature these whenever in season. Gary Thomas, executive chef of Spade to Blade, was selected as one of 8 delegates from Australia to the World Meeting of Food Communities conference in Turin, November, 2006. He also writes the recipe column for Earth Garden magazine.

More on Spade to Blade:




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