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New life for Henrietta


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As the Heathcote wine region has become famous, especially for producing quality shiraz, a number of our local farming familes have expanded their repertoire, extending from grains to grapes.

In the case of the Kennedy family, famous for their quality tomatoes, the name has become as familiar on the wine bottle as their photo is on tins of chopped tomatoes!

One particular Kennedy wine being featured at the Colbinabbin Country Pub’s OcTolbo (see page 11 for an explanation) is the delightful Henrietta.

So who’s Henrietta?

While you might expect this wine has a nostalgic connection to some beloved Kennedy grandmother or great-aunt, the truth is this delightful drop is named after - a truck!

Henrietta is the 1971 Leyland tray truck purchased for the Kennedy farm in 1981. She has reliably carried produce from grain to grapes.

In 2015, Kennedy Wines produced a new easy drinking shiraz to stand alongside their Kennedy brand - but what to call it? Gerard Kennedy (who has studied winemaking and with his wife Lucy is planting their own vineyard) came up with ‘Henrietta’.

The wine has gone from strength to strength, winning a gold medal at the recent Heathcote Wine Show and a score of 91 in the latest James Halliday Wine Companion.

Colbinabbin Hotel manager, Julie Price contacted John and Pat Kennedy and they ,agreed to loan them Henrietta for OcTolbo!

Thanks to the mechanic, Ivan, the truck has undergone some basic maintenance in readiness for this event. And, as she comes out of retirement, this might just kick-start a new stage in Henrietta’s career!

New owners for the Colbinabbin Hotel


The Colbinabbin Hotel which sits in the hub of the town has been sold!

Plenty of action at the site of the new hospital/hostel


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Funds allocated as Community Planning Program is finalised


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Campaspe Shire reviewing tip voucher use


Campaspe Shire Council is conducting a community survey to discover how waste vouchers provided with rate notices are used.

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