Beef Australia traditions meet quirky fashion at Australia’s biggest beef industry event

From bold sunnies to bootleg jeans, tonnes of unique fashion is on display in Rockhampton, with thousands of people streaming through the gates of Beef Australia 2021.

Born and bred in the ‘Beef Capital’, Charni Finnegan, was stopped several times for her pink reflective, faux-diamond encrusted sunglasses.

“I bought them online for $2, so [I thought] yeah, might as well wear them out – show my style here in Rocky,” she said.

“Everything is kind of colour coordinated, got the pink boots, pink shirt, pink belt, everything else matches – so it’s great.

“Any chance I get, I always have something very unique on.”

Even without a single cow to her name, the 27-year-old is all about embracing Beef 2021 fashion.

“I try to go every time it’s on,” she said.

“I have a weird obsession with cows. I just love cows, [even] growing up, so might as well join in.”

Central Queensland artist Jules Holland embroidered her first hat while working in Cape York as a ranger about two years ago.

“I just looked over at my old beaten-up Akubra, and I thought I might put some flowers on it, and I didn’t think anything about it,” she said.

“Then everybody kept asking me who had made my hat and where they could get one, so I started making them, and within six months, I’d quit my job and I was doing it full time.”

The Emu Park woman said her work had sustained her through the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was challenging, as a small business that’s just starting out, that was quite a scary time,” she said.

“But. my business, Beltera just went from strength to strength, and it’s connected with people. People are really loving what I’m doing and what I’m creating.

“I have ladies that will send me an old Akubra and they will say, ‘Jules, I’d really like this flower to represent my mother and this flower to reference my grandfather’, and I can create something really, really beautiful.”

Ms Holland said hats were more than a simple fashion statement.

“I love to see people that wear their hats to an inch of their lives, I think it says a lot,” she said.

“I think a hat is more of an extension of somebody – it’s part of them.

“It’s part of their character.”

Jack Harrington, 6, lives on a cattle farm in Richmond. He said he normally wore his boots in the cattle yards.

“They’re fancy – brown, black and white,” he said.

Rockhampton local Lilli Molloy went for a dress rather than the mainstream jeans.

“I chose the dress because I was a bit worried I would get too hot,” she said.

“It’s a green mini dress with white polka dots and it wraps at the waist, and I’ve got my Akubra on because I wanted to fit in – and sun safety.

“The earrings, they’re little hand-blown glass grapes from a lady who makes them down in Adelaide.”

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Meet Queensland’s youngest drag queen Candy Featherbottom — challenging perceptions at the local bowls club

The 13-year-old Ipswich boy is a singer, dancer, aspiring actor, black belt in karate and Queensland’s youngest drag queen.

“It was just a spark that flew in me … it’s just another way of acting and performing for me,” he said.

Logan made his drag debut at the North Ipswich Bowls Club, south-west of Brisbane, at just 10 years old.

The space doubles as a family-friendly drag club called Taboo where once a month for the past 10 years, drag queens perform to sold out audiences.

Logan used to watch the show with his family until one night, he was challenged by one of the queens to walk across the stage in high heels.

“A lot of the people thought I was going to do the little walk strut back but I wanted to do it properly,” he said.

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Weakening police force requirements to meet gender targets is ‘insane’

Sky News host Paul Murray says “the idea the police force is weakened” by lowering the standards for people who are physically or mentally not up to the job, in a role that is “tougher than ever, is insane”.

A report revealed Queensland’s Police Force unfairly hired women, including those who were unable to meet requirements, over men who passed in order to meet its gender targets.

“We’re not talking about something where tokenism counts. If there are women who can qualify and pass all the standards then great, enjoy life in policing. It’s a tough one, but we’ve got your back,” he said.

“Nothing of course from the Queensland government today who cheered all this in when it was all so fashionable a couple of years ago.”

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Meet the man behind Bendigo’s emerging breakdancing scene

In a classic country town hall, Bendigo’s emerging breakdancers are learning about life and movement from Karl Jacobs, who is legally blind.

Far from the heights of his peak as a sponsored break-boy travelling and performing in South-East Asia; Jacobs is guiding a group of eight-year-old girls through stretching, preparing them mentally and physically for their next challenge — the Tapping Backswing.

“It’s a frustrating move,” he warns.

“Your body is going to want to do one thing and your mind is going to want to do something else.

“There’s a lot of moving parts that have to come together.

“It doesn’t matter about the power so much, it’s about the form.”

His words have a warm gentle tone. His patience informed by the experience of guiding his younger sister through young adulthood after the death of both their parents.

“Don’t get frustrated,” the 35-year-old says. “We’ll do it together slowly.”

Jacobs first demonstrates each step of the move, with the strength and control of an athlete.

Before he was a dancer, he was a budding tennis star.

But life had other plans.

At just 16 years old, and in the same week as the man he called Dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jacobs lost his sight.

“I was training to get to Wimbledon, and overnight I just couldn’t see the ball anymore,” he says.

Jacobs has retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic disorder that involves the breakdown and loss of cells in the retina.

It first presented as night-blindness as a child and as an adult, the disease has tested his strength and re-routed his future.

“It sucks because I don’t have freedom and I have to depend on people,” he says.

“But at the same time, I’m glad I have this and not someone else.

Dancing became Jacobs’ outlet, freedom of expression and place without judgment.

“I don’t feel judged. And even if I do feel judged, it’s when I’m in a competition and I’m meant to be,” he says with humour.

“I had to change track, but I still wanted to be physical, and it was the one thing that no one else was doing, so I was like … I’m going to do that.”

His track may have changed; but the fighting attitude of a competitive sports star remains.

“It builds my confidence up, knowing I can walk into a room and know that I can do cool stuff that others can’t do.”

Now, along with private classes, he brings his style to the local refugee community and the Malmsbury youth justice centre.

He hopes the dance academy Sick Steps, which he founded, will provide others the opportunities like it’s provided him.

In a brightly lit room, Jacobs sees the outline of his students crushing it and shouts to them.


His intensity is apparent in his teaching, as is his control and deliberate usage of it.

From the slow start of the class where students tackle each movement one step at a time, the energy builds as they put the movements together.

“How do you feel about it?” he asks his students. “Do you want to take it up a little?”

By the end of the session music is loud; encouragement is strong. This group is bringing it and cheering each other on.

“I just think, whatever you do, be good at it,” he says.

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Is Brazil ‘overkilling’ its cattle herd to meet China’s demand for beef? And what does it mean for Australia?

China’s escalating demand for beef is being met by Brazil —  the world’s biggest beef exporter — but at least one analyst says Brazil has “overkilled” its national herd as a result, and the ramifications will be felt worldwide.

Meat analyst Brett Stuart from Global AgriTrends, has been following the amazing rise of Brazilian cattle prices this year.

“In less than two years, cattle prices have doubled in Brazil … they are now around 21 RI/kg which is around $A4.78/kg carcase weight.”

He said a major reason for the price hike was surging demand from China, which was now the world’s largest importer of beef.

Reports out of Brazil last month, estimated 45 per cent of the nation’s abattoirs were sitting idle, citing weakening demand from a domestic population that was struggling with COVID-19, and falling incomes.

“If you have 45 per cent of the meatworks idled, why are cattle prices hitting record highs every week?

“It’s a similar situation as to what’s going on in Australia right now, but for a very different reason,” he said.

China stipulates that boxed beef from Brazil must be from slaughtered animals no older than 30 months.

Mr Stuart said the booming beef trade between Brazil and China, was creating an intriguing situation for global cattle prices.

“It’s a weird situation in Brazil and I’m still not sure how it’s going to play out, but for right now, cattle supplies are extremely tight in Brazil,” he said.

“They’ve killed more than one crop of cattle last year,  and they’ve killed younger cattle, and killed heifers, trying to fill that Chinese demand.

Mr Stuart said the tightening supplies of cattle in Brazil and Australia were worth following.

“Brazil and Australia are two of the largest beef exporters worldwide and both of them are seeing production fall this year, and exports fall this year, and that tightens the global supply,” he said.

“You watch the interplay with what happens with beef.

“Countries like Japan that depend on Australian beef are seeing price hikes and availability problems.

“China has enormous demand for beef and now two of its biggest suppliers are seeing declining production and exports.

It has been a tough year for Australian abattoirs and, according to Meat and Livestock Australia, processors are now on track for their lowest slaughter numbers in 35 years.

“As producers look to retain cattle and take advantage of the improved seasonal conditions, cattle slaughter is expected to fall [by] 11 per cent from 7.2 million head in 2020 to 6.4 million head in 2021,” MLA’s Stephen Bignell said.

“Export volumes are expected to fall 12 per cent to 1,350,000 tonnes [cwt], however the reduction in exports is a result of cattle supply shrinking and is not linked to demand.

“Demand for Australian beef remains high which can be demonstrated by the price being paid on a per kilo basis.”

In its updated cattle projects for 2021, MLA said after years of drought, Australia’s cattle herd rebuild was accelerating quicker than expected.

It is now forecasting a rise of 5 per cent to 25.9 million head by year’s end.

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Meet your local councillors at a 'Listening Post' near you

Councillors will take to the streets across the region during May
in the first of a series of ‘Listening Post’ sessions planned for 2021.

As part of a commitment to making themselves accessible to the community,
councillors will visit locations in their local wards, giving residents an
opportunity to speak with them informally and raise issues and ideas.

The upcoming sessions will also offer community members a chance to learn more
about the Council’s draft four-year strategic document – ‘Our Community Plan
2021-25’ – and the proposed 2021-22 budget, which are both available for public comment until 25 May. 

Details for the May series of ‘Listening Post’ events are as follows:

Kardinia Ward (councillors Bruce Harwood, Belinda Moloney and Ron Nelson)
Saturday 8

  • Belle Vue Ave, Highton Village –
    outside Bendigo Bank, 9.30am-10.30am
  • The Village Warralily shopping
    centre, Armstrong Creek – inside centre, outside Woolworths 11am-12pm

WindermereWard (councillors
Anthony Aitken and Kylie Grzybek)
Wednesday 12

  •  Corio Village Customer Service
    Centre, 2pm-3pm

Saturday 15

  •  Lara Centreway, 10am-11am

Bellarine Ward (Mayor Stephanie Asher, Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan and Councillor Jim Mason)
Saturday 15

  •  The Terrace, Ocean Grove – outside
    Coles, 9.00am-10.00am
  • Newcombe Street, Portarlington –
    outside newsagent, 10.30am-11.30am
  • High Street, Drysdale – outside
    Drysdale Uniting Church, 12pm-1pm

Brownbill Ward (councillors
Eddy Kontelj, Sarah Mansfield and Peter Murrihy)
Saturday 22

  •  Pakington Street – on grassed area
    outside Town Hall, 10am-11am
  • Newcombe Central Shopping Centre,
    front entrance, 11.30am-12.30pm

Mayor Stephanie Asher said all councillors
were looking forward to speaking with the community in a relaxed environment.

“We welcome anyone with an issue or idea to come and chat with us – it’s a good
chance to engage with all of your local councillors at the same time,” Mayor
Asher said.

“As elected representatives our key role is to understand what the community is
thinking and feeling, and then reflect that in our decision making.

“So this will be a great opportunity to check the pulse of our local towns, in
addition to the contact we already make with community members on a daily

“I’m also really looking forward to raising awareness in the community about
some of the exciting local projects funded through our proposed budget.”

Further Listening Posts will take place in each ward throughout the year, with
dates and locations to be confirmed.

The initiative adds to the Council’s decision to hold four meetings this year
at community-based locations, giving residents across Greater Geelong an
opportunity to attend and participate without the need to travel to City Hall.

The first of these meetings was at the Highton Bowls Club on 27 April, with the
next to take place at Parks Hall in Portarlington on 25 May.

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‘Like Sovereign Hill on steroids’: Meet the Victorian Historical Mine Shaft Chasers

Every few years something happens in Victoria’s goldfields — a sinkhole in a backyard, the discovery of a gaping hole next to a primary school — to remind residents of the history waiting to reappear beneath their feet.

Nobody is quite sure how many old mines are littered across Victoria, but the conservative estimate is 19,000.

However Ray Shaw, founder of Victorian Historical Mine Shaft Chasers Inc, believes the real number is significantly higher, and the state government agrees.

Affectionately known as ‘Raymo’, Mr Shaw spends most weekends abseiling into the unknown depths of old mine shafts, crawling through confined spaces and testing fate to document and map what he finds.

In the seven years since he started the group, Mr Shaw said he had explored more than 1,000 shafts and located thousands more.

The explorers take photographs and videos, and sometimes, if they’re lucky, they stumble on mementoes like a miner’s drinking flask, an old boot, or a decades-old front page of the Bendigo Advertiser.

Mr Shaw said what the group did on Crown land was not illegal, just “frowned upon”, but their exploring revealed the rather significant problem that old mines pose.

In 2020, the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) produced a highly critical report into the state’s management and rehabilitation of old mining sites.

Part of the report looked at “legacy mines” — any mine from the gold rush era up to 1990 – which are the kinds that these mine shaft chasers explore.

It found there was “no statewide approach to managing legacy sites to reduce their environmental, public health and safety risks”.

The report also found Victoria had no policy to manage legacy mines, had not established a risk assessment register for such sites, did not have a centralised database to record legacy mine sites, and did not have dedicated funding to rehabilitate legacy mines.

A Victorian government spokesperson said the responsible departments were working together to update approaches to managing legacy and abandoned mine sites by 2023.

“It is expected that this work will involve the development of comprehensive datasets in relation to abandoned and legacy mine sites,” the spokesperson said.

“We also expect to develop a framework for the management of these sites.”

The website GeoVic  provides some information on the location of old mine sites and quarries.

The VAGO report said the GeoVic dataset was used for exploration and the discovery of mineral resources, and by the public and real estate agents seeking information on property risks.

But the website is far from conclusive.

The state government spokesperson said it had “over 19,000 records”.

Mr Shaw, who is a professional climber, said he and the group’s 37 members had the qualifications to operate in confined spaces and take precautions such as using gas metres underground. 

The group post photos and videos to their social pages, however they never reveal the locations of the mines they find. 

Mr Shaw said he didn’t want people finding these places and risking their lives by exploring them without the necessary skills or equipment.

But he said he had shared information about the location of mine sites with emergency services when asked. 

However Mr Shaw is reluctant to give out all the of the locations he had logged over the years because he fears people could loot them.

The government’s spokesperson said anyone interested in old mining sites must remember they could be dangerous places.

“[However] if people have data that may assist a statewide database of old mining sites then we are happy to receive this information,” the spokesperson said.

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China Says Competition Is Natural, But Should Be More Like Track Meet, Not Wrestling Match

The US president said in his first speech to Congress on Wednesday that his country was competing with China and others to win the 21st century. Moreover, he declared that the US military will increase its presence in the Indo-Pacific region in order to “prevent conflict,” rather than start a new one.

China has warned the US against imposing its values on other nations, noting that the two countries should move to a competitive model of relations, not a confrontational one, as US military activities are only increasing under President Joe Biden.

In his daily press briefing on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin expressed a belief that it is natural for the United States and China to compete in certain ways, but both countries must not “beat each other in a wrestling arena” instead of cooperating.

“Cooperation should be upheld as the mainstream of China-US relations. It is natural for the two sides to have competition in some fields, but we should advocate fair competition, like competing with each other for excellence in a racing field, not beating each other in a wrestling arena,” Wang said. 

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China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin gestures during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Friday, July 24, 2020.

Furthermore, in response to Biden’s pledges to oppose “unfair trade practices” used by China and several other countries, Wang chastised the US for “violating the market principle of fair competition” as well as “politicizing” problems like the environment, commerce, and technology, referring to the US-China trade war that has raged for years now.

“In recent years, the US has repeatedly violated international rules, and violated the market principle of fair competition. It has politicized and ideologized economic and scientific issues, abused state power to hamstring the development of China and other countries, and undermined the interests of many, provoking outrage from the international community,” Wang noted, while adding the US “takes the lead in breaching international rules, a typical behavior of saying one thing and doing another.”

Wang also added that China is committed to developing “a relationship featuring non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation with the United States,” as well as “finding a new path of peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation.”

“That said, China will resolutely safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests,” the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman emphasized.

At the end of his remarks, the representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry suggested that the “Cold War mentality, zero-sum mindset and ideological bias” practiced by the United States reflects its “lack of self-confidence.”

He also expressed the hope that “the US will not let this sour grapes attitude get the better of itself, and look at China’s development in a more rational light.”

“If it believes itself to be a major country, it should consider behaving like one,” Wang concluded.

China Alarmed by Growing US Military Presence in Indo-Pacific

Separately on the same day, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said in a statement that the US has sent 20% more warships to maritime territories around China since Biden’s inauguration in January this year, while the reconnaissance flights increased by 40% over the same period last year.

“The US frequently sends ships and aircraft to conduct activities in waters and airspace around China, escalating regional militarization and threatening regional peace and stability,” Wu said. “China is firmly opposed to that.”

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The defense ministry spokesman added that China urges the US “side to strictly restrain its troops on the ground, abide by the ‘Rules of Behaviour for Safety of Air and Maritime Encounters between China and the US’ and ‘International Maritime Collision Prevention Regulations,’ so as to prevent the recurrence of similar dangerous incidents.”

Taiwan is regarded by China as a breakaway province that should be reunited with the mainland, and Chinese authorities often object vehemently to any suggestion to the contrary.

When the United States normalized relations with the People’s Republic of China in the 1970s, it decided to accept Beijing’s claim to be the sole legitimate representative of the Chinese people. It has, however, continued to provide unofficial assistance to Taiwan, which Beijing considers as interference in its internal affairs.

Under the current Biden administration, the US has continued to send US warships across the Taiwan Strait, which it considers an international sea route. Beijing has denounced it as encouraging separatist movements in Taiwan.

Biden has repeatedly expressed his support for Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan since taking office as part of his policy of “strengthening” partnerships with allies across the world.

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Where history and modernity meet

Ballarat may just be the gold standard when it comes to fusing history and modernity, as regional towns seek to add modern chapters to their stories that still feel part of the same book. Ballarat’s tome spans its role as the “resting place” of the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung people to the meeting place of armed rebels and celebrated courtesans, and now it is reinventing itself yet again.

This new chapter celebrates creativity following the town being crowned a UNESCO Creative City in 2019 and there is a buzz about the city that is attracting talent away from a lockdown-scarred Melbourne as well as nurturing home-grown stars. The changing face of the city is chronicled at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia’s oldest and largest regional art gallery that embodies the spirit of change with its motto “where old meets new”.

Our walking tour starts firmly in the past when director Louise Tegart proudly announces to us her collection of “middling 20th century European paintings” bought back when there was a cultural cringe that forbade the gallery from purchasing Australian artists, instead favouring the Continent’s also-rans.

The highlight of these gilt-edged works is Austrian painter Eugene von Guerard’s Old Ballarat as it was in the summer of 1853-54. It shows a tent city propped up by gold-rush cash, promise and hard labour. Preserving the gallery’s salon of mediocrity is a masterstroke by Tegart and her team because when you cross over into the rest of the gallery it is like changing the TV channel from black-and-white to technicolour. Spread across six buildings are some of the Australia’s finest contemporary and First Nations artists such as Deanne Gilson who welcomed us to country in the foyer and whose artwork Bunjil, of the Wadawurrung creator deity, rounds out our visit.

Dinner that night is a reinvented dinner party at Underbar, where chef Derek Boath serves up a degustation from his open, white-tiled kitchen to a single, long table of diners. You might start with Western Plains pork, sweetcorn, cornbread and honey or kingfish with radish, avocado and horseradish; these seasonal ingredients are then treated with some classical skill learned working for US chef Thomas Keller, but with Boath’s own playful touch. Our 10-course marathon is paired with wines from Eastern Peake Vineyard, where young winemaker Owen Latta puts his twist on the generational family winemaking business.

The following morning I am heading to Ballarat’s biggest attraction, Sovereign Hill, a place that people tend to go to when they are a kid then again when they have kids, but rarely in between. Over dinner the previous night Sarah Quon, CEO of Sovereign Hill, told me that a new master plan aims to bridge that gap. It’s a bold reiteration with phase one being the Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades (CRAFT), designed to celebrate trades that are used at the living museum now such as heritage ironwork, leatherwork and wheelrights (wooden wheel makers). Celebrating and teaching these forgotten trades, much like music purists’ love of vinyl, is a way to connect people with Sovereign Hill more intimately and more often. CRAFT launches in June 2022, but one trade you must go back for right now is the raspberry drop candy making which is just as good as you remember from primary school.

Walking back into town from Sovereign Hill, I see yesterday and today sitting seamless side by side all over Ballarat. I grab a coffee at a retro servo that is now Drive café where I indulge in a bacon-and-egg roll with relish and jack cheddar that is dripping like a car in need of an oil change. Later that afternoon I meet John O’Brien from Rebellion Brewing who has taken the ancient art of brewing and tweaked it for the modern ailment of gluten intolerance, and we sip his XPA at Hop Temple, a craft beer joint with enough new brews to tempt Melburnians up to visit where they hangout in what was once an old garage.

The night ends at The 18th Amendment Bar hidden down a lampshade-strewn alleyway. It’s a low-lit, louche kind of place where one bartender saws away at a huge block of ice. One of the signature tipples, the Thomas Edison, is rye vodka, melon, lychee and mint served with an electric daisy (a flower that supercharges your tastebuds when chewed) served in a light bulb. This cocktail, and most experiences on my weekend, have been inspired by the past, using skills from the present, and they are a great sign that Ballarat has an amazing future.



Qantas flies to Melbourne from most Australian cities. See


Sovereign Hill has an autumn program celebrating design and tradition that foreshadows the CRAFT master plan. Online bookings needed due to COVID. See 


Drive café ( is a breakfast must. Book in advance to get one of the 16 seats at Underbar ( Drop in for a craft beer at Hop Templev ( and finish the night with a cocktail at The 18th Amendment. See


Ballarat’s oldest stay, Craig’s Royal Hotel, is like a gold rush time capsule; doubles from $260 a night. See


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Meet Peter Greenaway, one of the last remaining jukebox repairers in Australia

Peter Greenaway’s career has taken him all over Australia and the world.

Over the years he has been held up at knifepoint, robbed twice and wrongly arrested once.

“It was a very colourful industry,” Mr Greenaway said, smiling.

He has never worked for ASIO or the CIA – instead he’s spent the past 60 years working with jukeboxes.

“I love the uniqueness of working with jukeboxes,” he said.

A career operating, repairing and servicing jukeboxes wasn’t so much chosen by Peter, as it was chosen for him.

In 1950, his father Max Greenaway was running a hotel and radio repair shop in Kyabram, a town in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley.

“An Italian bloke came in and asked my dad if he could repair jukeboxes,” Mr Greenaway, now 65, said.

His dad hadn’t heard of a jukebox before but replied “of course I can”.

When he found out the automated music machine was earning £40 a week (four times what he was paying his shop manager), Max not only learnt to repair jukeboxes, but make them from scratch.

So he built 250 and put them in milk and Tarax Bars across regional Victoria.

Peter went on his first job at age five, when he helped service a jukebox at the old Koala Kafe in Lorne.

“I split my leg open bringing the toolbox in,” he said.

It didn’t put him off. In the years to come he spent a lot of time travelling around Victoria with his dad fixing jukeboxes.

He grew to love the machines, and the challenge of fixing them.

At the business’ height, Mr Greenaway and his father owned and operated almost 1500 jukeboxes up and down Australia’s east coast.

They had jukeboxes with CDs and records, and were even inspired to start one of the first jukebox party hire services after a request from the Victorian governor general in the `60s.

As poker machines made their way into pubs and audio technology moved on, the demand for jukeboxes eventually began to wane.

In 2002 Mr Greenaway decided to retire from the profession, selling his last jukebox.

But his love for the machines never left him.

In 2017 Mr Greenaway posted an ad on Gumtree offering ‘jukebox repairs’.

He thought it could be a nice hobby in his retirement.

He expected to receive one machine a month – last year he repaired 350.

Mr Greenaway, who lives in Rosebud, is now one of the few people in Australia who can repair, restore and service every make and model of jukebox.

“The demand for fixing jukeboxes is probably at an all-time high,” he said.

People have sent machines from as far as Perth and Cairns. He’s even had enquiries from overseas.

Although he admits Australian jukebox owners will “have problems” getting their machines fixed when he stops working, he hasn’t considered taking on an apprentice.

“A lot of the knowledge I’ve learnt is when I was a little kid and it is ingrained in my memory,” he said.

“So to try and teach somebody 50 years of different jukeboxes, that would be a bit of a task.”

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