Today marks two weeks until the election and I spent the morning in Wedderburn, Victoria. I had breakfast at the cafe within the Wedderburn Hotel, then headed to the Wedderburn Community House and Information Centre where Pauline - who said she doesn't live in town but volunteers at the Info Centre on weekends - told me a bit about the community centre and a lot about local tourism opportunities.
She also allowed me to have a look at the community garden, as well as the pizza oven and replica bark settlers hut, both recently built as part of the 'work for the dole' program.
I then moved on to Inglewood where I stopped off at the Eucy Distillery Museum and had a chat about the history of the facility and their plans for the future. They're currently in talks to get the old Cliff and Bunting traction engine back home from Scienceworks.
Whilst in Inglewood I had lunch at the Empire State Hotel, before doing a little letter-boxing and chatting to the owners of the Old Curiosity Shop and Fusspots Vintage Collectables Old Wares about the town and where they'd like it to go.
Next I stopped off at the Bridgewater Bakehouse before heading into Bendigo to visit a mate who recently moved back to Victoria after stints in WA and QLD working as a scaffolder, during the mining boom and subsequent slowdown. He's back home now, doing a Solar Electrical apprenticeship which has taken him right across the region, including towns in the electorate of Murray, like Stanhope, Nathalia, Korong Vale and as far away as Piangil.