Mansfield is a small town in the foothills of the Victorian part of the Australian Alps. Formerly heavily dependent on farming and logging, it is now a tourist centre and is the support town for the Australian Ski resort of Mount Buller.
Situated approximately 185 kms north east of Melbourne, the administrative area of Mansfield Shire was first proclaimed on 31st December 1866.
It was amalgamated with the City and Shire of Benalla in 1994 to form the
Delatite Shire, but on de-amalgamation in 2002 it proudly resumed its own identity of Mansfield Shire.
A pretty town with wide leafy boulevards, it has a very strong sense of community and offers the warmest of welcomes to all visitors—— unless your name is Ned Kelly!
However, being no relation of the infamous Ned, two of the members of the Mansfield Nottinghamshire Sister Cities Association, Rotarian Donald and Jane Mackenzie, visited the area in 2006 and received a “right royal reception” at the Shire Hall by the Mayor, the Chief Executive and the President-elect of the Rotary Club of Mansfield Victoria.
Donald and Jane stayed at Buttercup Cottage, the absolutely first class Bed and Breakfast home of Louise and Laurie Jacobs, two members of the Mansfield Victoria Sister Cities Association who attended the 2000 event in Mansfield Nottinghamshire.
Here is an article printed in the Mansfield Courier on Wednesday, March 31, 2010
To see a promotional video of Mansfield-Mt.Buller “The High Country” presented to the Mansfield, England Sister Cities Association by Tom Ingpen, former Mayor of Mansfield, Victoria during his visit to Mansfield, England’s May 2012 celebrations click here
Simon Gerrans wins the Tour De France in Corsica July 2013
He won the day by millimetres. Raised in Mansfield, in Victoria’s high country, Simon is one of Australia’s most successful cyclists. The only Australian to have won a stage in all three Grand Tours – France, Italy and Spain – ‘Gerro’ holds a unique place in Australian cycling history.
Simon has achieved success in all of Australia’s major races including the overall title at the 2006 and 2012 Tour Down Under, the 2005 and 2006 Herald Sun Tour and the 2003 Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic. He also added the Australian Championship to his palmares in January 2012 and wore the green and gold jersey throughout the 2012 season with pride.
Among some of Simon’s major achievements include winning the 2012 Milan-San Remo, the 2009 GP Ouest-France Plouay and 2012 Grand Prix Quebec. He has also achieved podium finishes in the prestigious one day races Clasica San Sebastian and Amstel Gold Race.
Representing his nation with pride, the 32-year-old has worn the green and gold at ten World Road Championships, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2012 London Olympic Games.
Further information can be obtained from:-
Rotary: Mansfield Victoria
Buttercup Cottage: www.Buttercup.com.au
Local Newspaper: Mansfield Courier