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By David Lee STUDENTS at Bourchier Street Primary School and Shepparton English Language Centre will have access to a range of cricket equipment and education, following a donation from Cricket Australia/Victoria to the schools on Monday. Continued on page 12

STATE-OF-THE-ART AGED CARE… From left, Hansen Yuncken project manager, Matt Ledger, Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett and board president, Merushe Asim at the new $34M aged care facility that is expected to be completed by the end of July. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

Redefining and setting the standard for the future of aged care By David Lee WHEN The Adviser was given a tour of the new $34M, 120 bed Shepparton Villages aged care building last week, it was clear to see that it is redefining what aged care

facilities are, as it revealed a real sense of home and community while we walked through the near complete hallways. It is easy to see that those who have had a hand in designing and creating the concept

for the building have really given thought to the future of aged care, the needs of the current residents and those of the ageing population across the region. Continued on page 21


Exhibit showcases our natural environment THE Eastbank Centre foyer has come alive with images depicting the natural environment, the salvaging and reclaiming items from family homes and the use and reuse of natural fibres when Shepparton Access kicked off their Eco Images @ SHEPPACCESS exhibition recently. The exhibit explores the diversity of ideas of people at Shepparton Access around ecological sustainability and showcases a variety of images and designs which reflect our philosophy around ecological sustainability. Shepparton Access CEO, Wendy Shanks said, “The exhibition explores the illustration and representation of the environment by seeking to understand our connection and inspiration towards ecological sustainability. “There is an incredibly diverse selection of images and designs appearing in the exhibition which seeks to capture a changing attitude in our community towards what is valued and has significance in our daily lives. “Eco Images @ SHEPPACCESS exhibition builds on the Shepparton Access initiatives of EcoPark and Ecostore which continue to encourage practical approaches to ecological sustainability.” The exhibition is sponsored by the Shepparton Access Foundation.

ART IN THE FOYER… From left, Shepparton Access group artists, Erin Mohi (in front of her artwork), Zoe Norden, Luke Vincitorio and Isobelle Davis in the Eastbank Centre foyer where artists from Shepparton Access are currently exhibiting their works as part of their Eco Images @ SHEPPACCESS exhibition. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

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New drink and drug driving laws DRIVERS who are caught driving with a blood alcohol level of .05 or more will now lose their licence for three months under new drink driving laws that were introduced from the start of this month. As well as losing you’re their licence, drivers will also be required to complete a drink driver behaviour change program and get an alcohol interlock installed in any vehicle you drive (once re-licensed) for at least six months. This also applies to commercial drivers who commit their first drink driving offence with a blood alcohol content under .05.

Mall concepts on the table

AT last nights ordinary council meeting, Greater Sheppar ton Cit y Cou ncil councillors were presented with the four concept options put together by Spiire that outline ideas for the future of the Maude Street Mall. Option one includes, spending $15.8M that would see the mall opened up to two way traffic between Fryers and High Streets, with an art walk area created in Stewart Street, a possible playground

The changes to penalties are supported by research demonstrating that licence disqualification can cut repeated drink driving incidents by 70 percent and that using alcohol interlock devices can reduce repeated drink driving by 63 percent On top of the new laws for drink driving, those caught driving under the influence of illicit drugs will now lose their licence for a minimum of six months (instead of three) and will also need to complete a drug driver program before getting their licence back.

and ‘Riverine’ pocket park installed on the Fraser Street entrance as well as the planting of 54 new trees and the addition of 34 new car parks. Option two would cost $15.9M and would see one way traffic introduced from Fryers Street, exiting at Stewart Street and one way traffic from High Street and exiting at Stewart Street, with the addition of a ‘Riverine’ pocket park with an option to incorporate a playground at the Fraser Street entrance, the addition of a Stewart Street arts walk, 37 new car parks. Option three would cost $18.4M and would see no traffic introduced and would see a wake setter waterplay area, flexible

KNOW THE NEW RULES… There are some new laws that have been introduced for drug and drink drivers on the roads. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

event space, ‘Riverine’ pocket playspace, knowledge hub, canopy, an orchardists garden, urban lawn area and Stewart Street arts walk created with 20 new trees planted. Option four would come at a cost of $16.4M and would see two way traffic introcued from the High Street entrance to the centre of the mall and one way traffic introduced from the Fryers Street entrance that would exit at Stewart Street, as well as the installation of a ‘Riverine’ pocket park, wake setter waterplay area, flexible event space, urban lawn area, an orchardists garden and Stewart Street arts walk. See next week’s edition of The Adviser for the full story.

Winners in this year’s budget

WORKING Australians, small business, health, education, the elderly and security are the big winners in this year’s Federal Budget, with the government working to ensure a stronger economy is built to benefit all Australians. As part of the budget the plan is to deliver lower, fairer and simpler taxes to encourage and reward working Australians, back businesses to invest and create more jobs, building on our legislated tax cuts for small and medium enterprise, supporting businesses to compete globally, delivering infrastructure that industry and workers rely on; and targeting incentives to promote research, development and new technology and to guarantee the essential services that Australians rely on including record funding for hospitals and schools, a comprehensive approach to aged care so older Australians can live life to the full, and guaranteed funding for disability services. The budget also outlined the government’s plan to keep Australians safe by strengthening security at airports and investing more in our intelligence and security service so they can respond to new and challenging threats and to also protect our unique environment with smarter biosecurity systems and continue to safeguard our borders as well as working to ensure the government lives within its means with a forecast return to modest budget balance in 2019-20, increasing to a projected surplus of $11B in 2020-21. Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum said, “Our tax relief

plan will encourage and reward hard working Australians. 53,708 of taxpayers in Murray will receive a new offset of up to $530 a year under our plan to reduce cost pressures on household budgets. “There is great news for small businesses with the $20,000 instant asset write-off continuing for another year, helping small business invest in new equipment. This is on top of legislated tax cuts for small and medium businesses that are helping them to grow, create more jobs and pay higher wages.” The Turnbull-McCormack Government’s $75B rolling infrastructure plan will continue building the roads, rail and airport networks Australia needs to strengthen the economy, bust congestion in cities and make rural roads safer. “We are guaranteeing the essential services Murray families rely on, by increasing total health and hospitals funding by 30 percent, delivering a 50 percent average increase per student in fair, real needs based school funding over the decade, and more child care support to those families who need it most,” Mr Drum said. “As part of the Turnbull-McCormack Government’s commitment to guaranteeing essential services, our ‘More Choices for a Longer Life’ plan will help older Murray residents live healthy and connected lives with increased financial and skills support and 14,000 more home care places.”

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Students given insight into disability SHARING EXPERIENCES… From left, Advocacy program group members from Connect GV, Michael Harrington, Carley Favaro, Clare Rich, Michael Darcy, Rosemary Glover, Michelle Rexhip, Travis Flynn, Rights Information & Advocacy Centre advocate, Tanya Harding and advocacy program group members from Connect GV, Julie-Anne Watt and Andrew Sheedy at the special Partners in Training event last week. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

ST U DE N TS at Par tners in Training Shepparton were given an insight into disability last week when a range of guest speakers from Connect GV and Shepparton Access visited the Shepparton campus, passing on their experiences of living with disability. The guests discussed the importance of advocacy and how they are empowered, self-confident and living full lives with a disability. Partners in Training Australia business development, Libby O’Dwyer said, “The guest speakers were inspiring and gave students a perspective of their experience living in our community with a disability. “In our region next year the National

Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be rolled out so this visit was timely. The NDIS will bring changes and we are busy preparing students to work effectively in the disability field. “I f anybody in the com mu n it y is interested in working in the disability area, we would welcome them to consider studying a disability qualification with us so that they could work as a support worker in our area and continue to enable our community and all of our residents to live inclusive lives. “Partners in Training train disability support workers and education support workers these courses are start this month.”

The Haven gets a touch of nature

A TOUCH of nature was added to The Haven premises last week, with a new garden being launched that was built for the 200 odd young people who spend time at the premises. The garden to be known as ‘’Luscombe’s Corner’’ was designed by Louise Costa and constructed by volunteer, Rod Luscombe from donated pallets and bins. Billabong Nursery has donated many of the plants for the gardens that will provide food for the growing number of young people attended each evening. It includes a stage, fire pit, seating and native and vegetable gardens. Some 200 young people from all walks of life are registered to attend The Haven in Wyndham

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Street to make friends, meet role models, participate in activities and cook and share meals. A mural developed for youth week with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services was also officially launched, which was designed by The Haven kids and produced by artists, Sophie Wilson and Davidson Lopez on stainless steel donated by J. Furphy and Sons. Greater Shepparton Lighthouse executive officer, Lisa McKenzie said volunteers provided wonderful mentors and role models. “Time and again young people tell us they need more trusted adults and mentors in their lives to discuss issues, assist with.”


Book Inn finds a new home FAMILYCARE’S Book Inn has found a new home, with the second hand bookstore now operating from 94 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. FamilyCare’s CEO, David Tennant said, “The Book Inn has been one of FamilyCare’s favourite volunteer activities for many years. “This year will mark the Book Inn’s 20th Anniversary, with over 60 volunteers having been involved over its lifetime. Originally opened in 1998 in Wesley Hall at 162 Maude Street, the Book Inn moved to the rear of 15 Welford Street in 2007.

“The new home at 94 Wyndham Street provides a fantastic space for book lovers to browse through the vast range of books available. Street access should make it much easier to come and go. “All books on sale have all been generously donated by the community, with all proceeds supporting FamilyCare’s activities. “The store has something for everyone, from contemporary fiction to timeless classics, autobiographies to children’s books and everything in between. It is a bookshop, but much more than that.



PICK UP A GOOD BOOK… FamilyCare Book Inn volunteers, Sharon Golden and Di Hutchins and FamilyCare volunteer coordinator, Emma Turner at the second hand book store’s new location. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

“This underlines for us how important literacy is, particularly for child development and good family relationships.” The Book Inn is open between 10am and

4pm weekdays, or by appointment. The Book Inn also accepts donations of good quality second hand books. If you would like to donate to the Book Inn, call 5823 7041 or just drop in.

New solution to rural doctor shortage LA TROBE University and the University of Melbourne have welcomed the Federal Government’s creation of a new, end-toend rural medical program in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga and Shepparton designed to solve Victoria’s rural doctor shortage. The initiative was announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget and is being delivered through a unique collaboration between two of Victoria’s oldest universities, which have a long and respected track record in medical, health and rural education. La Trobe University vice-chancellor, Professor John Dewar said the announcement realises the university’s longstanding commitment to deliver more locally-trained doctors for rural,

regional and remote communities. “This is welcome news for people living in regional Victoria who finally have a solution to this decades-old challenge,” Professor Dewar said. “We are proud to be partnering with the University of Melbourne, a world-class provider of medical education. I am confident that this approach – combined with our own extensive experience in allied health and regional education – will train more doctors for the bush, ultimately creating better long-term health outcomes for regional, rural and remote communities in Victoria.”

University of Melbourne vice-chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis said, “This partnership with La Trobe University will allow even more rural and regional students to train as doctors, which will improve health service provision and outcomes for people living in those areas.” The budget also announced that La Trobe University will become a University Department of Rural Health, which will enable the La Trobe School of Rural Health to strengthen educational and experiential opportunities in allied health and nursing, and further encourage recruitment and retention of rural and remote health professionals.

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For more information on how to register for your Community Connect listing contact The Adviser via email at Please note listings are to be 55 words or less. UPCOMING SHEPPARTON POLIO SUPPORT GROUP MEETING will be held on Tuesday, June 5 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Milne Bay Room, Shepparton RSL, 88 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Join in to share lunch and learn more about living well with polio. All people affected by Polio, including partners, friends and carers are welcome. RSVP by Monday, June 4 to Rhonda White, physiotherapist, GV Health Rural Allied Health Team on 1800 222582 (please select option 4). ONGOING MOOROOPNA PROBUS CLUB meets on the first Monday of each month from 10am to 12 noon followed by lunch at a selected venue. We have guest speakers at our meetings, and during the month we have outings such as a walk, breakfast at McDonalds, visits to interesting places and a lunch at a local venue. For further information, contact secretary, George Vearing on 5825 3193 or president, Margaret Campbell on 0439 118 842. MOOROOPNA CROQUET CLUB will host golf croquet on Thursday afternoons at 1:30pm. First afternoon is free. Flat closed-in shoes are required and equipment is provided. Come on Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm for a more challenging game of association croquet. Beginners are always welcome. For further information, phone 5825 4541. Tell us about your ‘not for profit’ community events, email or fax 5832 8920 (information is required at least 2 weeks before an event)

Australian of the Year coming to Shepparton THE local community is getting a rare chance to hear from 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, when the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry brings her to Shepparton for a special luncheon event. Rosie will discuss the importance of a company’s part to play in advocating against violence, the importance of things such as leave for domestic violence and family violence victims, company culture and what a company can do about it and speak on raising awareness around the impact it has on the community and the workplace. Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer after her son, Luke was killed by his father, Greg Anderson in a violent incident in February 2014. Rosie became an outspoken and dynamic crusader against domestic violence, which led her to be named Australian of the Year in January 2015. Before her recent shift to focus on less public-facing advocacy work, Rosie ran the Never Alone campaign, which led the push for a national change in conversation around family violence to put victims at the centre of all decisions. Rosie is now The Chair of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council for the Victorian Government, which is

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UNMISSABLE GUEST SPEAKER… 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty is going to be the guest speaker at the upcoming Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon event. Photo: Supplied.

in response to the country’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence. Fortune Magazine named Rosie as one of its top 50 world’s greatest leaders and Rosie was voted the most influential person in the Not for Profit sector on Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 list. She has also been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and more recently received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is also an Ambassador for Our Watch and the Lord Smith Animal Hospital, Patron of Doncare Community Services and a recipient of The Pride of Australia National Courage Medal. All proceeds of the luncheon will be donated to local charities. For further details on the event and ticket prices, email or phone 0407 503 886. Tickets can be purchased at lunch-with-rosie-batty-tickets-46051348824



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Murder at the music hall

‘MURDER AT THE MUSIC HALL’… Turaton members, Mick Muller, Keith Bryant and Jeff Baker delighted audiences. Photo: Supplied

AFTER 44 years of performing concerts and musical comedies, Turaton Music Company staged its first theatre-restaurant at Murchison, Rushworth and Shepparton in 1988. ‘Murder at the Music Hall,’ directed by Don Nicolson with Geoff Cabble selecting the music and training the choir. Turaton member, Jeff Baker said, “Part of the show was ‘Cinderella Revisited’ with Hairy Godmother played by Keith Bryant, and ugly sisters Primrose played by Mick Muller and Violet played by myself. Of

course the audience loved the cross-dressing, which was made more outrageous with overdone make-up, comic female voices and wild overacting. Turaton went on to perform theatre-restaurants for the next 13 years.” Turaton Music Company will perform ‘Sing’n The 60’s’ in Echuca, Saturday, May 19th at 2pm, Murchison, Sunday, May 20 at 2pm and Shepparton, Sunday, May 27 at 2pm. Visit for more information.

Book your tickets now

BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW… Which Way Home performers, Katie Beckett and Kamahi King bring Which Way Home to Riverlinks on May 30. Photo: Supplied.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company presents ‘Which Way Home’ - the heartwarming dramedy of an Aboriginal girl, her much loved ageing dad and their road trip to his birthplace. It’s his return home to country, where the sky is higher and the world goes on forever. Which Way Home draws on writer Katie Beckett’s personal memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father. Her mother died when she just five years old, leaving her father to raise three children. He also lost his sister, grandmother and mum all within the space of a month. “The reason I wrote ‘Which Way Home’ was because I love my dad. That’s it. It’s truly that simple. I’m daddy’s baby pie. (He Page 8 – The Adviser. Australia No. 1:1405 Wednesday, May 16, 2018

still calls me that by the way and I’m 34 years old). It wasn’t an easy time but he did it. He is a loving, wonderful, strong man. I have had a lot of wonderfully strong and emotionally in tune, generous men around me growing up and I was wondering why don’t I see the Aboriginal men that I grew up with represented on stage, on TV, on film?,“ said Katie Beckett, previous recipient of The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. S e e “ W h ich Way Home’ 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Riverlinks WestSide, Echuca Road, Mooroopna. Call Riverlinks Box Office on 5832 951. For more information see the Riverlinks website,



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Great home loan offers at GMCU COMMUNITY ART ON SHOW… The Tatura Art Show is coming up, with many local pieces of art on show over the June long weekend. Photo: Supplied.

Opera at the Tatura Art Show IT’S time again to admire the wonders that await as part of this year’s Tatura Art Show, which has been recognised with the award of Best Community Event for Greater Shepparton. Over the June long weekend, Friday 8 to Monday 11, the Rotary and Community Art Show will exhibit both fine art and community effort. Tatura Art Show community volunteer, Lynda OShannessy said, “We are delighted to reintroduce Michael Lapina, tenor and Kate Amos, soprano on our Gala Opening night. The voices of these two very talented artists will soar from the stage in our grand old Victory Hall. “Also in keeping with previous successes, we have invited Melida Lempio from Cobram as our feature artist. Melida has exhibited and sold works each year since

the inception of our art show 12 years ago. She works in a variety of mediums and will exhibit farmyard themes in acrylics, oils and watercolour pen. “T here a re t wo f u r t her mu sic a l performances during the weekend to accompany the art show. On Saturday afternoon from Mooroopna Secondary College, Kamali Lamba will play guitar accompanied by vocals and a flute ensemble will provide relaxing music. Representatives from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Choir will also add to the multi cultural atmosphere on Sunday afternoon from 2pm. “Offering a light lunch, Devonshire tea or plunger coffee, the delicious local gourmet cooking at the in-house café creates the final touch to this special weekend event.” For further information, email info@

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HELPING TO SECURE YOUR FUTURE… GMCU loans manager, Rob Chaston and Shepparton branch manager, Dallas Moore invite you to talk to them about the best home loan rates available. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

IF YOU’RE looking to refinance or are on the market for a new home, GMCU are offering historically low interest rates making loans affordable. GMCU loans manager, Rob Chaston said, “GMCU’s Home Loan package includes features like Mortgage Offset Account, redraw, Rewards Account, choice of fixed and variable rates. We can also help with First Home Owner grants and construction loans are available. Ask about

our ‘Limited Offer,’ home loan deal, which is still open and available for approvals up to June 30th this year.” GMCU has branches throughout central Victoria, each with experienced lenders who can help home buyers with their choices, including branches in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Kyabram, Benalla, Echuca, Numurkah, Euroa, Seymour and Kilmore. GMCU can be contacted in Shepparton on 5821 9033 or at




CREATE AND GET CRAFTY… CraftAlive is coming up and promises to be an event not to be missed. Photo: Supplied.

Shepparton’s annual craft event is back CRAFTALIVE Shepparton is happening Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27 in the McIntosh Centre at the Shepparton Showgrounds. Now in its 28th year, CraftAlive is Australia’s largest craft event series. The event will draw craft enthusiasts from all over the region. The doors will be open from 9:30am to 4pm, with classes running throughout the day. CraftAlive event manager, Sally Taylor said, “All three days will be packed full of the latest craft supplies and trends, featuring both local and national craft experts.” The event will feature a range of crafts and products from traditional to modern, including stamping, card making, scrap booking, hand embroidery, needlework,

patchwork, fabric dying, quilting, cake decorating and even handmade Rocky Road. Sally said, “Our exhibitors are a range of Australia’s most talented craft experts. Including experienced teachers and new designers all bringing their latest supplies, kits and tools.” There is new talent with feature artists who are already the next generation of craft experts. Amy Kallissa Designs (from Victoria) described stitchery as ‘just like colouring with a needle.’ Amy’s unique designs are perfect for all skill sets. Visit to take advantage of their low $12 online price. Follow CraftAlive on Facebook for all up-to-date information.

New boat launched for Shepparton Search and Rescue AFTER having been using a 23 yearold tinny to undertake rescues and help emergency services on Goulburn Valley waterways, the Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad launched their new, stateof-the-art $32,000 rescue boat recently, thanks to community fundraising and a grant from the Federal Government. Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum said the community relies on the Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad to help in times of need and it is important that the squad can have the best equipment on hand. “This new boat brings the best possible c apabi l it ie s to help p eople du r i ng emergency situations on our waterways.

There is new technology on board that can create a 3D scan of the riverbed to give rescuers a picture of what lies beneath the water,” Mr Drum said. Search and Rescue Squad committee member, Alan Male said, “The new boat will give the squad a lot more capability on the water, a lot more safely. The upgrade has been needed for a number of years and with the introduction of new regulations in 2017 our 23 year old tinny needed to be replaced.” The Shepparton Triathlon Club was a major contributor to raising funds for the new boat donating $10,000 with the Search and Rescue Squad raising the extra $17,000. The Adviser. Australia No. 1:1405 Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Page 11


Donation encourages grassroots cricket continued from front page BATS, balls, stumps and books were donated which will help to keep the children active and give them everything they need to run a cricket clinic. Cricket Victoria Northern Rivers Region regional cricket manager, Ben DeAraugo said, “We’re trying to make cricket a sport for all Australians and imbed cricket as part of the regular sporting curriculum in schools. “It’s important for local community members to make donations like this to help remove any potential barriers that might be preventing people from playing the sport and getting more people involved in cricket in the local community.” Cricket Australia A Sport For A ll community ambassador, Sam Atukorala said, “I recently went to Melbourne and met with the national manager of Club Cricket, Nick Hatzoglou, who asked what they could do to help us in our region. I suggested providing equipment for the local schools to get them more engaged with cricket. “As an ambassador for cricket Australia’s A Sport For All, it’s part of my role to promote cricket to everyone. Cricket is a sport for everyone and this kind of donation helps to encourage grassroots level involvement in the sport.” B ou rc h ier S t re e t P r i m a r y S c ho ol principal, Denise Howley said, “We promote healthy and fit kids, so any

STUDENTS BOWLED OVER BY DONATION… From left (back), Cricket Victoria Northern Rivers Region regional cricket manager, Ben DeAraugo, Bourchier Street Primary School PE teacher, Paul White, Bourchier Street Primary School principal, Denise Howley, Cricket Australia A Sport For All community ambassador, Sam Atukorala and Ethnic Coucnil of Shepparton and District work experience student, Kallum Wimalasuriya. (Front), Bourchier Street Primary School students, Georgia Cowen, Eliza Cowen, Ella McLennan, Max Willoughby, Codie Nguyen, Bailey Lakeman, Tayla Price and Charlotte Cartwright with the cricket equipment and educational material that was donated to the school on Monday. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

donation like this helps to encourage ch i ld ren to pa r t icipate i n ac t ive entertainment such as sport. “Cricket also lends itself to a social game.

Team games like cricket promotes healthy and social interaction, which is great for the children. “We greatly appreciate the donation.”

Community encouraged to join in remembrance service T H E lo c a l c om mu n it y i s b e i n g encou raged to joi n i n a sp e c ia l remembrance service at the Private Daniel Cooper Mural from 11am on Sunday, May. The mural features Private Daniel Cooper who was a Yorta Yorta man and fought for Australia during World War I. Private Daniel Cooper died on a European battlefield in 1917. He was just 21 years old and is buried in Belgium. While the mural pays respect to Private Daniel Cooper, the overarching purpose of the mural is much broader as it recognises all local Aboriginal people who represented Australia in war. Private Daniel Cooper is a local symbol and represents a story that is unknown by many Australians. A Greater Shepparton Cit y Council spokespercon said, “Greater Shepparton City Council is very proud to drive this project alongside the Shepparton RSL, Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Rumbalara Cooperative. “Council is also proud to make the Eastbank wall available for this project where the mural is placed beneath the Aboriginal and Australian flags.” Page 12 – The Adviser. Australia No. 1:1405 Wednesday, May 16, 2018



PREPPED AND READY FOR LEARNING… From left, St. Mel’s Primary School students, Beatrix Young, 5, Luka GarnerGriffiths, 7, Connor Young, 6 and Marley, 12, Jamison, 6 and Remy Garner-Griffiths, 9. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

20-26 MAY


Find out more about Education Week 2018 at

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Celebrating the arts ONE of the best parts of my role as Minister for Education is attending the annual Victorian State Schools S p e c t a c u l a r, a huge show of 3,000 talented Victorian Government school students who perform and do an array of jobs behind the scenes. I am always inspired by the great production and it reminds me of why ar ts education is so valuable in the Victorian curriculum. I a m p ro u d t h a t we develop and nur ture the outstanding talent of kids in dance, drama, music, visual

arts and media arts in our schools. In education, as in life, the ar ts provide an important balance. They allow students to imagine and explore, to express their thoughts and ideas creatively, and are a key par t of wellro un d e d a c a d emic development. We know kids thrive intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically when studying arts. There are lots of benefits inside and outside of the classroom including building confidence, resilience, self-esteem and a sense of belonging in communities and cultures. As part of our plans to build Victoria into the ‘Education State,’ we’re proud to have a world-leading arts target across five subjects: dance, drama, music, visual arts and media arts. The target is the first of its kind in the world that aims to boost student excellence in the arts, and will help maintain Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital. We’re investing in the arts in schools. Many students are supported by highquality music teaching through the ‘Music in Schools’ program, which also provides funding to buy musicrelated resources, including musical ins t r um e nt s . F o r t y-fo ur s ch o o ls recently bought more than 2 ,000 pieces of musical equipment including

The target is the first of its kind in the world that aims to boost student excellence in the art

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keyboards, digital pianos and drum kits, as well as traditional African, Koorie and Tibetan instruments and electronic music equipment. I am really excited that Education Week 2018 this month (May 20-26) is all about ‘celebrating the arts.’ Many schools will take the opportunity to open their doors to the community to showcase the amazing work they are doing in arts subjects. Schools will also have the opportunity to take part in a calendar of activities hosted by some fantastic arts organisations across the state. I wish all students an enjoyable Education Week 2018! James Merlino Minister for Education



Art in social justice EDUCATION Week 2018 is all about celebrating the arts and is an opportunity for all educational providers across the country to showcase student work in this space. GOTAFE’s VET in School (VETiS) Design students are currently working on a 3D project focusing on social justice as part of CUA30715 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals. Working with trainer and renowned artist, Jan Donaldson, students have researched, challenged assumptions and developed designs which have been transferred onto copper and brass sheet metal using the processes of ‘press ‘n’ peel’ transfer film and traditional acid bath etching. Ms Donaldson said, “Social justice will always be part of discussions when developing conceptual visions, so focusing on it in this project has been fantastic for the students. Social justice is so important and impacts on how we exist, our

CELEBRATING EDUCATION WEEK… From left, (back row) Leilarni Hikila (Notre Dame College), Erica Cirillo (Shepparton High School), David Musafiri (Notre Dame College), Liam Fiore (Notre Dame College), Mac Speirani (Cobram Anglican Grammar School). (Front row), Eleanor Gwynn (Shepparton High School), Elia Zihariro (Notre Dame College), Adam Cohen (Cobram Secondary College) and Braydon Waldron (Wanganui Park Secondary College). Photo: Supplied.

relationships with family and community.” Each artwork plate will be finished with high polish, treated and mounted together to form a large wall mount. The student’s designs will also be transferred onto wearable art thanks to the clothing printers,

3D printers and scanners available in GOTAFE’s Innovation Hub. For more information on studying art and joining the GOTAFE community in 2018, visit au or phone 1300 GOTAFE (1300 468 233).

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Geelong Grammar School’s new principal AS of the beginning of term two Ms Reb ecca Co dy has commenced as Geelong Grammar School’s 12th principal. Ms Cody is the prestigious school’s first female principal and also its first Australian-born principal. Previously the principal of Methodist Ladies’ College in Perth from 2009 to 2017, Ms Cody succeeded Mr Stephen Meek, who announced his retirement from the school in August 2016. Ms Cody said, “Geelong Grammar School is an iconic leader in education. It has always been steadfast in its pursuit of enabling exceptional learning and teaching. It is a privilege to be appointed Geelong Grammar School’s 12th principal. “The fact that I happen to be the school’s first woman in the position deepens that privilege and my sense of responsibility to be an exemplary role model for all students. Having said that, gender does not make an educational leader. “Enabling others to learn, love and lead wholeheartedly is the priority I have set for my own leadership to be measured. Apart from parenting,

TAKE A LOOK, YOU’LL BE IMPRESSED… Wyndham Early Learning kindergarten teacher, Karen Cartwright with 4 year old, Jack Mitchell. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

A FIRST FOR GEELONG GRAMMAR SCHOOL… New Geelong Grammar School principal, Ms Rebecca Cody is the first female and first Australian-born principal to take the reigns at the school. Photo: Supplied.

I cannot think of a greater honour than shaping the hearts and minds of the world’s greatest resource – its children.” For more information about Geelong Grammar School phone 5273 9298 or visit

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Kindergarten and childcare combined ONE of the difficulties faced by working parents of children at kindergarten is the small window of care available and having to ferry children between kinder and child care programs. Wyndham Early Learning is a beautiful education and care centre, offering a full Kindergarten program. Director, Kathy Beer said, “Apart from our amazing curriculum, one of the best things about our program is that we offer our families the flexibility to choose

their kindergarten days and we provide care that continues both before and after kinder, as well as throughout the school holidays. “Added to that, all of the many incursions, excursions and specialist programs offered are all included in your fees.” Visit Wyndham Early Learning open day on May 26 from 10am until 12pm at 617 Wyndham Street, Shepparton or call them on 5822 2372 for more information.


Child centred learning in Nathalia

NATHALIA provides a dynamic, student-centred approach to education for children living in and around the Nathalia area. St. Francis’ Primary School principal, Matt Knight said,”We provide an education, which has at its heart the Franciscan values of peace and joy, justice, integrity and respect for all creation. “With a focus on the development of the whole person; intellectual, spiritual, social, physical and emotional development, St. Francis’ school seeks to create an environment which enhances learning, nurtures young people and empowers them to be creative members of our community. 

 Find St. Francis’ Primary School at Chapel Street, Nathalia. Visit or phone 5866 2271 for further infromation.


PROMOTING LEARNING AND RESPONSIBILITY... From left, St. Francis’ Primary School students, Adam Brooks, grade 6, Braxton Hitchcock, foundation, Abigail McNair, foundation, Ally Francis, grade 6, Javier Meyland, foundation and Billy Liddell, grade 6. Photo: Supplied.

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CREATIVE LEARNING AND EXPRESSION‌ Bourchier Street Primary School prep students, Nadyne Al-Tuhmazy, 6 and Marcus Sweetman, 6 are enjoying creative fun at school. Photo: Alicia Niglia

Celebrating the arts AT BOURCHIER Street Primary School we recognise the arts as an importance aspect in the development of young people as learners and future citizens of our wider community. At Bourchier Street Primary School we enjoy performing, creating and making as part of both our performing and visual arts programs. Through engaging in the arts students are entertained, challenged and provoked to respond in various ways. During these sessions children learn to be both active participants and observers. The arts contributes to the development of confident and creative individuals and

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enriches our Bourchier Street community. During Education Week our children will be involved in many exciting activities. They will demonstrate their creative talents as they work in multiage groups to design and make amazing creations, enjoy dance music in the yard during recess and lunch sessions, contribute to a school art gallery and enjoy a whole school community Colour Run event. Find Bourchier Street Primary School on the corner of Bourchier Street and Balaclava Road, Shepparton. Visit or call 5821 3488 for more information.



LOOKING FOR PLACEMENT OPPORTUNTIES… ACE College Diploma of Community Services teacher, Sile Coleman, students, Adam Eleftheriou, Cass Watson and Sean Fiu. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

Sourcing opportunities for learning SHEPPARTON ACE College has become well known for their alternative education approach that reaches students where traditional institutions don’t. Diploma of Community Services teacher, Sile Coleman said, “We have such skilled students here at Shepparton ACE College. Practical work placements are difficult to secure but these students have thought outside of the box and sought their own placements. “Student, Cass Watson arranged her placement right here at Shepparton

ACE College working with people with disabilities and in student welfare. Adam Eleftheriou found his work placement as a youth worker overseas in York and Doncaster as a part of the Westside Circus exploring approaches to working with youth. And Sean Fiu has been working locally with troubled youth at The Haven.” Find Shepparton ACE College at 130 Rowe Street, Shepparton. To learn more about the courses and opportunities available, phone 5831 4029.

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GET STARTED ON YOUR CAREER PATH NOW… La Trobe University student, Jaiden D’Angelo started her course mid year at La Trobe University. Photo: Supplied.

Start university mid-year IT is not too late to enrol for university education in 2018, with La Trobe University ’s Sheppar ton campus offering classes starting in July. Full time and par t time study options are available in Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primar y Education, Bachelor of Educational Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Arts, Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness), Diploma in Business and the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Kristina Marko, marketing and engagement advisor at La Trobe University, said. “The transition into study at mid-year is seamless as students begin new subjects each semester so students are at no

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disadvantage. Lecturers are supportive and students commencing during the year are welcomed through an orientation program so midyear students can connect with one another.” La Trobe University student, Jaiden D’Angelo said, “I finished VCE in 2014, and decided to take a gap year at the end of my studies. Come May 2015, I was itching to get back into some study. I decided to visit La Trobe University, and started my Bachelor of Business with La Trobe University in July 2015.” Applications are open now for mid-year enrolments at your local Shepparton Campus. Head to Latrobe. to find your clever at La Trobe University.


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Maculata Place on track for completion Redefining and setting the standard for the future of aged care RATHER than a typical aged care facility that is almost an institution, the new building, aptly named Maculata Place, offers a whole new experience, a community environment filled with streets, homes, and community areas that reflect life outside the walls including a hairdressers, doctors suites, a gym and community areas that resemble cafés. And, in keeping with their community engagement, Shepparton Villages has commissioned 40 pieces of artwork from students at Shepparton High School to adorn the walls and rotate them like an art exhibition every 12 months, where they will involve other schools throughout the region. Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett said, “We have deliberately designed this building to re-create a community for our residents, a community where they feel safe, supported and engaged in life. “We regard the resident’s rooms as their homes, the corridors as the streets and the dining rooms as cafés. “The building has been designed to use a lot of the surrounding natural views. “I’ve not seen a residential aged care building of this standard in regional Australia and that’s due to the vision of the board. The people of Shepparton deserve quality to live in. “It’s about enabling, choice and decision making to ensure residents’ quality of life.” Extending on that theme, the board have revealed that the level one corridor will be known as Woodhouse Lane and the upper corridor known as Turnour Terrace in honour of Shepparton Villages’ founding rotary club members, Lance Woodhouse and

Keppel Turnour. The ground floor high care wing will also be known as Bertram House, honouring a man who contributed a lot to the villages, former CEO, Kevin Bertram, who sadly passed away last year. “The build is on track (for completion at the end of July this year) and on budget, which is fantastic and we are working feverishly with our commission team to prepare for that vital stage of settling the building and moving residents into their new home,” Ms Rivett said. Hansen Yuncken project manager, Matt Ledger and his team have been on-site for the past year helping to construct the two storey building, and says that the building is setting the standard for the future of aged care. “The building itself utilises as many sustainable materials as possible such as recycled wood (Bio Wood) for many aspects throughout the building including the timber looking brown cladding. There are also 380 solar panels helping to power the building,” Matt said. “Inside the rooms, or homes, themselves there is a ground-breaking tracking system that has been installed to allow residents to move safely from their bed to the bathroom, which is a first in nursing homes in Australia. “We have had 100 contractors on-site at any one time and ensured to employ as many local contractors and apprentices as we could. In fact, 80-90 of those working on the project each day are local personnel.” One of the local apprentices working on the project, Watters Electrical fourth year apprentice, Shawn Davies said, “I’ve been working on the project for about three months. It’s great that Shepparton Villages has chosen to utilise so many local people for the build. “Because of projects like this, companies such as Watters can put more staff on. “I have learned a few new things such as working with more modern systems, the wiring was slightly different, which is great.”



WELCOME HOME… One of the rooms, or homes, as part of the new 120 bed aged care facility. The rooms feature a ground-breaking tracking system to allow residents to move safely from their bed to the bathroom, which is a first in nursing homes in Australia. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

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LOCATION…Rio de Janeiro, Bra zil. Where…Copacabana beach. The party… an estimated two million people gathered on the beach to welcome in the New Year. This is one of the biggest celebrations in Rio, second only to Carnivale. People jet in from all over the world, all the hotels are booked out and the locals enthusiastically join in for three days of celebrations. Early in the day, Rio is abuzz with people getting ready for the New Year event. Huge sound stages and massive digital screens are set up on the beach - one at either end - police close off the roadway along Copacabana and park their cars with lights flashing right down the strip. Early in the evening people begin to arrive in huge numbers; they dress in white as a sign of peace and the party begins. Everyone’s there, from families with young children to the beautiful people who seem to be competing with one another to see who can wear the least amount of clothing. Pop stars belt out their songs on the sound stages and the crowd goes wild. I tried walking along the beach, but it’s impossible with so many bodies; you just have to go with the flow and let the crowd move you along. The best viewing point was from the roof of our hotel overlooking Copacabana. Out in the bay 11 barges had been anchored, each stacked with explosives in the form of skyrockets ready for the big countdown. Six big cruise ships had come into the bay to anchor for the fireworks, their passengers all on deck with glasses of champagne in hand. Something was happening overhead. Looking up, four fighter jets draped in fairy lights creamed across the night sky, huge beams of light shone up from the ground Page 22 – The Adviser. Australia No. 1:1405 Wednesday, May 16, 2018

to show the jets perform their manoeuvres. Wow what a show. Back on the rooftop garden of our hotel a group of young men huddle in one corner; these were the pyrotechnicians who would hit the button at midnight. The expectation was growing in the crowd. Those on the sound stages had begun the countdown…four, three, two, one, first the shock wave hit my ribs, simultaneously the night sky turned to daylight…the show had begun. And what a show! I have never seen anything like it, just solid uninterrupted fireworks on the grandest scale for 20 minutes. The crowd on the beach went wild - this was the signal for some serious partying to begin and it would run for the next three days. Next morning it was quiet. Lots of people were still on the beach; many had stayed all night, but Rio itself was a ghost town. No cars, no people, you could travel around with ease. That was until I decided to visit Christ the Redeemer, the giant statue that overlooks the city. It seems that everyone who was awake had made the same decision. The crowd was estimated at 10,000; some had been standing in line for hours just to get a ticket for the train up the mountain, then another wait of about three hours to board. I felt a little guilty as our private guide showed his pass and we walk straight past the queue and on to the train. It’s a cog railway, allowing it the make the steep climb up the mountain with its central cogwheel locking into a steel track - much like a ladder allowing the train to pull itself up.


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1| CELEBRATIONS ERRUPT… On the countdown to midnight the sky burst into light as a million dollar fireworks display lit up the night sky, it was spectacular. 2| DANCE SPECTACULAR… A big night out on the town with a Samba night in Rio de Janeiro, the costumes were fantastic.


The view was spectacular. Standing under the outstretched arms of the redeemer all of Rio was laid out below. It’s a beautiful city. The exquisite shape of the mountains fringed at their base with white sand floating on a blue sea. It’s obvious why Rio de Janeiro has become one of the tourist capitals of the world. On top of our mountain it was standing room only, as the huge holiday crowd made

the most of the bright, sunny day. Christ the Redeemer stood on high protecting this largely Catholic city with arms outstretched and everyone on the mountaintop posed for a photo with the statue which until recently was the tallest one in the world. Another redeemer in Germany now sports a huge crown making it 10 metres taller. Everything was shut down for the holiday, but finally on the third night I managed to get


to a Samba Show and what a show it was. The young women and men danced the night away with their energy carrying the audience along with them. The women wore the most incredible costumes, their bodies covered in silks and feathers providing a kaleidoscope of colour. Until next time, Safe Travel’n Geoff Vallance

3| PANORAMIC VIEWS… The view from the mountain top down onto Copacabana beach where two million people will gather to dance New Year in. 4| SCENIC CITY… Rio is a very pretty city. Many homes are built around a large lake that connects with the sea. 5| BUSTLING STREETS… The poor live on the side of the mountain in homes that are constructed with no permits, but their view is worth a million dollars. 6| SYMBOLIC STATUES… Christ the redeemer stands with arms outstretched in watch over Rio, the population mostly catholic.

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1| 2017 M4 BMW… Murray and Jenny Yuille in their 2017 M4 BMW. 2| 1925 BUGATTI BRESCIA… Driver, Min InnesIrons with navigator, Peter Fitzpatrick set off in a classic 1925 Bugatti Brescia. 3| MK2 JAGUAR… Looking resplendent at the start of the recent 2018 Goulburn Valley Hospice Rallye were Georgie Innes-Irons and Trevor (Monty) Montgomery with his classic MK2 Jaguar. 4| 1957 MGB… Chris Terdich and Lilly Innes-Irons in their 1957 MGB. 5| 1974 CHEVROLET IMPALA… Rocky and Kaz Varapodio with friends in their 1974 Chevrolet Impala.Photos: Geoff Adams.





$60,000 By David Lee THIRTY-FOUR vehicles took to the road en-route to Beechworth as part of this year’s Goulburn Valley Hospice Rallye, which helped raise just over $60,000 for the Goulburn Valley Hospice Care Service. The event, which had a magic theme this year held a great atmosphere throughout the drive, and although the rallye course was tougher than ever before, and was more demanding than previous years, the weather was kind to participants and the feedback from the break-up at Fowles Wines is that it was a highlight of the event. Chairman, Min Innes-Irons said, “It’s great to have raised more than last year.

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“A lot of hard work was put in by the committee and the tradition of the rallye has built up over the years, which is good. “People got dressed up and there were a few magic tricks, so they got right into the theme this year. “There are a lot of goodwill people out there and we’d like to say a big thank you to the participants this year and the sponsors, without them the rallye wouldn’t be able to be as successful as it is. “Next year, we are looking to have more people on board, and we are going to modify the rallye to be more user-friendly. We look forward to having new blood join in and to see another fantastic collection of older and newer cars take part.”



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Football Adviser

Wednesday 16th May, 2018

GVL Seniors Results Round 6


with Matthew Chilcott Goulburn Valley League Adviser Footy Tipsters

Benalla (72) ....................def ................... Echuca (43) Rochester (139) ............def ....... Shepp United (8) Euroa (187) ......................def ...... Shepp Swans (45) Mansfield (128) .............def .................Seymour (66) Kyabram (115) ..............def ......... Shepparton (49) Tatura (76) .......................def .........Mooroopna (19)

GVFL & GVNL Round 7 Saturday, May 26 Shepparton................... vs................................. Euroa Mansfield ........................ vs............... Shepp United Shepp Swans ............... vs............................. Benalla Tatura ................................ vs...........................Seymour Mooroopna .................. vs.............................Echuca Sunday, May 27 Rochester ....................... vs......................... Kyabram

GVL Seniors 2018 Ladder Kyabram .......................................................24 Benalla ..........................................................20 Tatura ............................................................16 Euroa .............................................................16 Rochester .....................................................16 Shepparton ..................................................16 Mansfield ......................................................12 Echuca .........................................................12 Seymour..........................................................8 Shepparton United .......................................4 Mooroopna....................................................0 Sheparton Swans ..........................................0

GVL A Grade Results Round 6 Echuca (64) ...................def ....................Benalla (40) Shepp Swans (55) ......def ........................Euroa (25) Shepparton (43) ..........def ................Kyabram (23) Seymour (34) .................def ...............Mansfield (13) Shepp United (58) ......def ..............Rochester (16) Mooroopna (33) .........def .......................Tatura (15)

GVL A Grade 2018 Ladder Mooroopna..................................................24 Shepparton ..................................................24 Seymour........................................................20 Echuca .........................................................20 Shepparton United .....................................16 Shepparton Swans......................................16 Tatura ..............................................................8 Rochester .......................................................4 Kyabram .........................................................4 Benalla ............................................................4 Euroa ...............................................................4 Mansfield ........................................................0

STATE OF THE GAME… Glenn Manton (Shepparton Swans) and Tom McCluskey (Shepparton United). Photo: Bailey Opie Photography.











Who’s fault is it? WE HEAR the drums beating continually in regards to the state of the game in country areas. Most have the AFL in the gun as the reason why clubs are struggling and that regional Victorian football is haemorrhaging and others blaming skyrocketing player payments. It is a topic that many want answers and solutions for and of course there are others that just jump on the bandwagon of ripping the tall poppy (AFL and well paid players) a new one. One thing is for certain is that nothing stays the same and we live in a completely different world to what we did 40 to 50 years ago. Across the major football states there is a massive issue of participation levels being the lowest we have seen for decades. Just in Northern Victoria we have major league sides without thirds and player shortages in the reserves. In minor leagues it is really evident with many clubs not having thirds or forfeiting most weeks and other grades having players play both reserves and seniors. All this while the AFL has record memberships, record merchandise sales and record crowd numbers. Maybe this is why the AFL cops the brunt of criticism but with the game being marketed and covered like never before, wouldn’t that get

the competitive juices and motivation going to get out and have a go for your club come Saturday? It’s unfortunate but we all need to adjust to such a different way of life we live in Australia now. Football is not the be all and end all come Saturday in the winter anymore. The lyrics in the song “Up There Cazaly” does not resonate with the majority of young people today as it did in the 1970s. Many young people and families today need to work weekends to pay the bills. Many employers would rather their employee not play contact sport for risk of injury and then miss work. This is on top of so many other options in these times for young adults to do. So with the game as a whole being marketed like never before I don’t think we can take aim at the AFL for players not choosing to play our great game. What are they to do? They can’t hand out money to players that choose to work, travel or pursue other interests instead of play football on Saturday. It’s just the way it is and over time, country clubs will need to adjust by either amalgamating or changing leagues. Both South Melbourne and Fitzroy still exist at the highest level today through Sydney and Brisbane and we all know that is better than the alternative.

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TWO DAYS OF ACTION… Get ready for two big days of non-stop racing when Historic Winton comes to the Winton Motor Raceway on Saturday, May 26. Photo: Supplied.

Event to get your motor running HISTORIC Winton – Australia’s longest running, all-historic motor race meeting presents two big days of non-stop racing on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. Running out of the Winton Motor Raceway, near Benalla, the 42nd event will once again feature over 400 historic racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s to the 1980s plus a huge heritage display of veteran and vintage vehicles. The long weekend of historic motoring will commence on Friday with the Benalla & District Classic Car & Motorbike Tour.

Heritage emergency vehicles will be on display as well cars and motorbikes with significant anniversaries. More than 2,000 display vehicles are expected to surround the Winton Motor Raceway track over the weekend. Raceway entry fees are $30 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday or the weekend for $60 with children 16 and under at no cost. Entry to the competition paddock is $5. Camping at the track is $25/head per night, with camping enquiries made to Winton Motor Raceway 5760 7100.

Murray continue consistent football A COLD day greeted the Murray Bushrangers for their Round 6 TAC Cup clash against the Northern Knights at Preston City Oval at the weekend. With Northern winning the toss, the Bushrangers were forced to kick against a healthy breeze in the opening term. A level term on the scoreboard of two goals, two behinds each, was reward for great defensive effort from the Murray team. The Bushrangers kicked a further four goals from nine attempts in the second term while restricting Northern to one goals from five shots on goal. The main break enabled the Murray Bushrangers to reset and for a few players, a chance to refocus and lift in the second half. The third term saw the Bushrangers extend their lead to 36 points at the last change. Before a final term of two goals and six behinds enabled the Bushrangers to lead by close to 50 points before Northern kicked the final three goals to see Murray win by 35 points and stay near the top of the TAC Cup ladder with five wins from six games. James Boyer played his best game for the Murray Bushrangers, with numerous intercepts mark across half back and his ability to read the play enabled long driving kicks with great penetration. Ely Smith continued his excellent form

for the Bushrangers with his inside midfield possessions at a premium in overcast and congested gameplay and scoring a goal capped of a standout performance from Smith. Jye Chalcraft continues to impress with his contested possessions and has played through the midfield and across half forward with great effect. Riley Bice played a good second half with three goals, he was the Bushrangers leading goal kicker for the game. His goal sense enabled several set shots in blustery conditions that proved valuable to the team. Bailey Frauenfelder was creative across half forward and played his role for the team with two goals among double figure possessions. Kyle Clarke continues to develop well from defender to midfielder and took multiple contested possessions across the ground at crucial stages in the game. It was great to see Kai Davies debut for the Murray Bushrangers and kick a goal, which will give him confidence in his game and the Bushrangers structures. Next weekend, the Murray Bushrangers will travel to RAMS Arena, Craigieburn for a top of the ladder clash against Premiership favourites Dandenong Stingrays in Round 7 action.

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