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STANDING on a stage in front of hundreds of
strangers and getting married might not sound
like everyone’s idea of a dream wedding.
But for Dalyston couple Natasha Benetti and
Clinton Wheatley, it’s the unique concept of a
rock wedding that appeals to them so much.
When they read an article in the Sentinel-
Times featuring marriage celebrant Sarah Ox-
ley, who was offering one lucky couple a free
on- stage wedding at the Loch Roch Festival,
they jumped at the chance.
Sarah made a public appeal, asking for a
couple willing to get married on stage at the
festival in front of a crowd full of strangers.
She was inundated with responses from lo -
cal couples, and in the end selected Natasha
“ They seemed like such a fun and lively cou-
ple, ” Sarah said.
“ They also sent in a photograph with the
story, and I thought they looked like the per-
fect couple for this occasion. I feel like this
couple have a good story to tell. ”
Natasha became aware of the offer of a free
wedding when her mother read the article in
“ My mum religiously reads the newspaper,
and she cut the story out, ” Natasha said.
“ S he was joking, saying we should do it.
Then we thought, this’ll be something we’ll
always remember. ”
Natasha said that the idea appeals to her
and Clinton because of its unique nature.
“ I t’ll be unique and different. We’ll always
remember this, ” Natasha said.
“ We’ve actually spoken recently about just
going to the registry and getting married,
then having a big party. The whole wedding
thing wasn’t really our thing. We didn’t want
something traditional. We wanted more of a
celebration than a formal wedding.
“ So why not? It’s unique and it’s something
we can talk about for years. ”
They’ve been together for 12 years, and
have three young children.
“ Our daughter is so excited, she’s over the
moon,” Natasha said.
“Her best friend’s parents got married re-
cently, and ever since then it’s been ‘you and
Dad have to get married, we need a wedding’.
“ So when we told her about this, she just
screamed and ran around.”
Natasha and Clint delayed getting married for
years, deciding to buy their first home together
instead of spending money on a wedding.
Now they feel ready to get hitched.
“This concept is a bit more our scene,” Clint
“ The whole festival thing is something that
we’ve always done. So this’ll be a bit different,
and we’ll always remember it. ”
Natasha and Clint have been passionate
festival-goers for many years.
For a long time, the annual Soundwave
Festival was their designated weekend off
from the kids, where they could take time
Now they’ll be married in front of the
crowds at the Loch Roch Festival.
“It’ll be nice to share the same last name as
my kids, ” Natasha said.
Are there any pre -wedding jitters?
“I have no fears, ” Natasha said.
“I used to do ballet when I was younger, so
getting up in front of a bunch of strangers, I
don’t feel as nervous.”
The festival, and the rocking wedding, will
take place at the Loch Memorial Reserve on
Saturday, March 11.
The festival will feature the best tribute
bands covering everyone’s favourites includ-
ing The Doors, INXS, AC/DC, Creedence and
You can catch them all, plus a wedding, at
Natasha and Clint’s rock star wedding
Dalyston couple Natasha Benetti and Clinton Wheatley will say ‘I do’ in front of the crowd
at the upcoming Loch Roch Festival. ms350917
ALTHOUGH we’ve had up to 50mm of rain
over the past week and a half, fire restrictions
are still in force.
Fire restrictions limit the ways you can use
fire on your property, including machinery
which may produce sparks or flames.
“Fire Danger Periods (FDP) are based on
local conditions and take into account fuel
moisture, fuel loads, grassland curing, weath-
er and rainfall, ” Darnum Ellinbank CFA Cap-
tain John Camm said.
“While wet at the moment, it won’t take long
to dry out.
“With the long grass and a bit of wind be-
hind it, a fire could easily get away and create
a quick-moving grass fire.”
Keeping fire restrictions in Baw Baw, South
Gippsland and Bass Coast shires help to pre -
vent fires from starting.
“Burn- offs are still prohibited unless you
have a written permit from CFA, a Municipal
Fire Prevention Officer or the Department
of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
(DELWP), ” Captain Camm said.
“This is also a reminder to those who held
burn- offs prior to fire restrictions starting to
double check those sites.
“We had two incidences within a week of
each other where an old burn- off was covered
with dirt, but the fire was smouldering under-
neath; the wind picked up and the fire came
back up into the dry fuels on top. ”
The penalties for lighting a fire in the open
air during the FDP without a permit can be up
to $17,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment.
Stiffer penalties apply for fires lit on days of
Total Fire Ban Days.
For more information on restrictions dur-
ing FDPs, visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au
FOREST Fire Management Victoria staff
will start the region’s planned burning pro-
gram soon to reduce the risk of bushfires to
protect communities, regenerate timber har-
vesting coupes and revitalise ecosystems.
Gippsland’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer,
Chris Stephenson said planned burning is a
vital part of the fuel management activities
that Forest Fire Management Victoria and its
partners in CFA undertake throughout the
year to reduce the amount of bushfire fuels
in our forests and parks.
“We’re working with local communities,
partner agencies and industry, and using the
latest science and information to more effec-
tively target our actions to reduce bushfire
risk for communities and the environment.
“Our program is informed by consultation
undertaken with communities, our model-
ling and understanding of bushfire risk and
our scientific knowledge of our ecosystems.
“Local communities provide valuable input
into decision-making about bushfire man-
agement all year round, working in partner-
ship with our experienced fire management
and environmental experts.
“We will be starting the program with a
combination of important bushfire risk miti-
gation burns and high elevation regeneration
“Planned regeneration burns take place
each year and are important to promote the
regeneration of native species in areas where
timber harvesting has occurred.
“Where and when we burn is highly depen-
dent on seasonal conditions and other risk
and land management priorities.
“I t’s essential that we take every opportu-
nity to complete these burns whenever con-
ditions are suitable and it is safe to do so. ”
Gippsland communities may see and smell
smoke, and some roads and parks may have
to be closed for public safety while burns are
For your health and safety, find out when
planned burns are happening near you.
Go to www.vic.gov.au/plannedburn, down-
load the VicEmergency app or call VicEmer-
gency on 1800 226 226.
Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or
have a speech/communication impairment
can contact Vic Emergency on 1800 226 226
via the National Relay Service on 133 677.
For more information on the Victorian
Government’s new approach to bushfire risk
management go to http://www.delwp.vic.gov.
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