THE Hepburn Shire turned on the charm for Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov’s visit at the weekend.
The Governor’s itinerary included a visit to Cornish Hill, tour of private gardens, and train ride on the Central Highlands Tourist Railway.
Mr Chernov also visited the Creswick Woollen Mills, Clay Space and the Creswick Museum.
However, the highlight of his visit to the shire was participating in the 150th celebration of the Daylesford Botanic Gardens at Wombat Hill, according to Hepburn Shire Council mayor Bill McClenaghan.
“That would have been the highlight because there were quite a few members of the public present,” Cr McClenaghan said.
“We also had the reopening of the Rustic Cascade in the fernery.
“That’s been lovingly restored by the Friends of Wombat Hill group.
“The Governor cut the ribbon and after he cut the ribbon there was a short delay and then the Rustic Cascade started.
“What it is it’s a miniature man made waterfall over rocks and it descends down a rocky path in a very steep part of the hill into a fern gully and it all collects in a pool at the bottom.
“The shape of the pool roughly approximates the shape of Australia.
“Not a lot of people know that.”
Cr McClenaghan said the Governor’s visit to the Hepburn Shire had been very positive.
“He’s taken away the memory of a shire that is rich in natural beauty and also rich in community and volunteerism,” he said.
“He would have seen so many examples of hard working community members who have in their own ways contributed so much to their community.Just like Roz Moynihan, whose funeral was on Friday, did.
“That took me away from the Governor’s visit for a couple of hours and I had another councillor stand in for me.
“But the Governor understood.”