to our fourth issue of North East Living magazine.
There appears to be no end to the talents of those who call Victoria’s beautiful North East home. Their interests may be varied, but many of the people featured in our Autumn/winter edition all share a deep passion, and greatly add to the fabric of their communities. Doug Hamilton, for example, is helping reinvigorate Wangaratta airport with his new enterprise ‘Classic Air Adventures’ featuring restored military aircraft such as the Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk and Winjeel which the public can take a flight, as passengers of course. We also meet George Aivatoglou, the post-wwii immigrant who came to the North East in 1962 from Greece and spent more than half a century playing a key role in the development of Mt Buller. Beechworth painter Nina Machielse Hunt presents colourful, abstract interpretations of her surrounds using skills honed over a lifetime from influences from traditional and non-traditional artists. Wangaratta siblings Finlay and Freya Clarke likewise go off the beaten track to pursue their passion as rising stars in the challenging sport of cross country skiing, travelling the world to compete against the best and maybe one day reach the Winter Olympics. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, we hope you enjoy these stories and gain a better understanding about what makes our region unique.
On a sadder note, we were sorry to hear that centenarian Ilona Bardy, who featured in our story about the Bonegilla migrant experience in the Summer edition, passed away in February after a short period of ill health.
Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.