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$48 million acquisition of local insurance brokers

ON E of regional Australia’s largest regional privately owned insurance brokerages, Shepparton-based Griffiths Goodall Insurance Brokers (GGI B), announced yesterday that it is entering a binding agreement for PSC Insurance Group Limited (PSC) to acquire the broking business. Continued on page 17

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Local pick for Plenty SHINING A LIGHT ON LOCAL CREATIVITY… 20-year-old singer-songwriter, Charlie McCosh has won a competition to play at the inaugural Land of Plenty festival in November. Photo: Ash Beks.

Shepparton, Land of exceptional music LOCAL musician and singer-songwriter Charlie McCosh has been selected to play at Shepparton’s forthcoming music festival,

‘Land of Plenty’. Charlie entered the ‘Pick of the Crop’ competition earlier in the year to perform

at the November festival and was selected to perform on the big stage alongside national acts such as Ocean Ally, Briggs and Illy. Continued on page 16


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Greg Pearson Building nominated for a Business Award W EEK five nominations for the 2019 W hite K ing – Pental 95. 3 Triple M Business Awards have been received and six businesses have been named as being outstanding in their nominated category. Wa l ker’s Ac cou nt a nt s & Adv isers financial planner, Mark Stratton has been nominated under the Customer Service of the Year – Professional category; Greg Pearson Building has been nominated for the Business Award – Trade category; B elst ack St rawberr y Fa rm has been nominated under the Visitor Experience of the Year – Accommodation category; Goulburn Valley Dental Group dental

assistant, Jessica Cirillo has been nominated under the Apprentice / Trainee of the Year category; and Priceline Pharmacy Shepparton Marketplace pharmacy intern, Matthew Sofra has been nominated under the Young Professional of the Year category. All nominees will have the opportunity to attend the Gala Dinner and Awards Evening, with nominations for the business awards closing on Friday, September 13. The community will have until this time to nominate the region’s businesses under

13 categories, which include GV Healthy Workplace, Young Professional Under 30 Years, Visitor Experience of the Year (which incorporates three sub-categories – Tourism Hospitality, Accommodation and Attractions and Festivals), Customer Service Award (which incorporates three subcategories – Professional Services, Retail Services and Trade Services), Best New Business Under Two Years, Best Marketing/ Advertising Campaign, Entrepreneur of the Year, Apprenticeship/Trainee of the Year,

the Business Award (which incorporates three sub-categories – Professional Service of the Year, Trade Service of the Year and Retailer of the Year), and of course, the illustrious Hall of Fame Award. A l l busi nesses w it h i n t he Greater Shepparton City Council boundary are eligible to be nominated for an award with each category’s individual set of criteria available on the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry website.

CUSTOMER SERVICE OF THE YEAR/PROFESSIONAL… From left, WDEA Works employment consultant, Maxine Piggott, Walker’s Accountants & Advisers financial planner, Mark Stratton and White King – Pental import/export controller, Tony Burnett. Photos: Katelyn Morse.

BUSINESS AWARD/TRADE… From left, White King – Pental import/ export controller, Tony Burnett, Greg Pearson Building supervisor, Dave Kennedy, director, Greg Pearson and The Adviser senior advertising consultant, Stacey Dalziel.

VISITOR EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR/ACCOMMODATION… From left, White King – Pental general manager operations, Tim Robinson, Belstack Strawberry Farm owners, Marg Tacey, Peter Tacey and Tourism Greater Shepparton board member, Brendan Magee.

BEST MARKETING/ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN… From left, Shepparton Show Me board member, John Montagner, AHS Tatura Pharmacy pharmacist, Louise Robbins, retail manager, Tracy Lowry and White King – Pental import/export controller, Tony Burnett.

APPRENTICE/TRAINEE OF THE YEAR… From left, GOTAFE partnership engagement manager, Darren Payne, Goulburn Valley Dental Group dental assistant, Jessica Cirillo and White King – Pental general manager operations, Tim Robinson.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR… From left, White King – Pental import/export controller, Tony Burnett, Priceline Pharmacy Shepparton Marketplace pharmacy intern, Matthew Sofra and La Trobe University school of business campus coordinator, Maria Zito.

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Pauline receives letter from the Queen By Steve Hutcheson MAINTAINING the style she developed from years working in the rag trade, Pauline Muirhead looked every bit the doyenne among friends and family as she celebrated her one hundredth birthday. Growing up in Carag Carag, then to Melbourne for some years, before returning back to Shepparton, Pauline has lived a full life and managed a number of achievements and jobs throughout. Beginning with her daughter Lesley Wells who, with her husband Reg, have provided Pauline with four grandkids, who in turn have given her six great grandchildren. When asked how it felt to reach one hundred “It is no different to when I was ninety three. I used to love dancing but I’m not doing it any more.” Her birthday was on Saturday when as tradition would have it, she received a letter from the Queen. For the past four years Pauline has resided at Park Villa in Tatura. It was the staff there who put on the small party for a lovely lady. As pointed out by the staff,

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ENJOYING HER BIRTHDAY CELEBRITY… From left, Pauline’s son-in-law, Reg Wells, daughter Lesley Wells, celebratory centenarian, Pauline Muirhead and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr. Kim O’Keeffe. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

it was a younger Pauline who was at the start of Home Alone, an annual event in Shepparton that enables single people to come together at Christmas time.

In saying a few words, “I hope to see everyone at the same time next year.” From the staff at The Adviser, we wish her many happy returns of the day.

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Rooftop solar set to soar across Victoria JULY 1 marked the beginning of the next phase of Victoria’s solar revolution, with the commencement of the landmark Solar Homes program. The $1.3 billion program will see thousands of new solar panels, batters and hot water systems installed on houses across the state – boosting energy supply, creating jobs and slashing power bills. This financial year, Solar Homes will support 49,000 installations, including 42,000 rooftop solar systems on owneroccupied homes and 2,000 systems for rented homes. This builds on the 32,000 domestic solar installations already delivered across the state since the program was launched in August. More rebates will now be available from the first day of each

month; along with no-interest loans to further reduce upfront costs. Victorians wishing to participate in the Solar Homes program must get a least one quote from an approved solar retailer, before confirming their eligibility through an online portal. The streamlined rebate application process is now easier to use, meaning the rebate will now be applied by the retailer at the point of sale – instead of putting the onus on the customer. To apply, simply contact a qualified solar retailer to obtain a quote and they will commence the application process. For more information, visit www.solar.vic.gov.au or call Solar Victoria on 1300 363 744.

Shepparton TODAY Partly cloudy. Patchy morning fog. Medium (50%) chance of showers in the evening.

High 15º

Low 4º

Sunrise: 7:29am Sunset: 5:18pm

Thursday H 13º L 5º

Friday H 14º L 6º

Saturday H 12º L 3º

Sunday H 13º L 1º

Shepparton Rainfall 10.6mm this month Water Level Lake Eildon Waranga Basin

% Full 37.28 43.81

Monday H 14º L 4º

Current Vol (ML) 1,243,092 189,432

Tuesday H 14º L 4º

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Discovery weekend for Moira Shire residents By Ash Beks TOU R ISM is receiving a major and unprecedented boost across regional Victoria. Recently, Tourism Research Australia’s survey heralded regional Victoria as the best performer in international visitation growth – more than tripling the regional national average. There’s absolutely no denying that there’s plenty to do around the state, from outdoor activities, sports, markets, arts, food and wine, music and so much more. We’re lucky; Victorians are truly spoilt for choice. According to tourism statistics, the families and relatives of Moira Shire residents make a significant contribution to the local tourism economy. Visiting relatives account for 34 percent of day visitors, 31 percent of domestic overnight visitors and 42 percent of international visitors to the Moira Shire region. That’s why Moira Shire residents are being given the opportunity to promote their region’s tourism, with a special Sun Country Discovery Weekend being held at selected tourist spots across the shire next weekend on July 27 and 28. O ver t h is weekend , resident s a nd their families can enjoy a huge variety of activities, local produce, historical tours and more – all for just $1. Moira Shire Council Mayor, Cr Libro Mustica said, “Residents of Moira Shire will receive a ticket and brochure in the mail about all the specials on offer over the Discovery Weekend.

CELEBRATING REGIONAL TOURISM… From left, Strathmerton Cactus Farm co-owner, John Hall and Moira Shire Council Mayor, Cr Libro Mustica are excited to be promoting some of the great tourism hotspots around the region. Photo: Ash Beks.

“Just show your Sun Country Discovery Weekend ticket at participating venues and enjoy mates rates all weekend.” There are also prizes on offer for residents who collect four stickers on their ticket at participating venues. T he pri zes, valued at $1, 50 0, are comprised of two nights’ accommodation at RACV Resort Cobram, plus a three

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hour sunset dinner cruise for four people aboard the MV Paradise and a Locheilan Cheese Triple Cream Brie Ring; a two night accommodation voucher from ‘The Sinatra’ Waterfront Holiday Homes, Mulwala; and a two night cabin stay at the Numurkah Caravan Park. Simply return your completed ticket with its four stickers to your local Visitor

Information Centre before Saturday, August 10, 2019, to be in the running for these great prizes. For more information about how to enter the competition or for locations of the $1 offers, visit the Moira Shire Council website or visit your local Visitor Information Centre.


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COLLECTED FOR A GREAT CAUSE… From left, Jody Merritt, Keira Birchmore and Nell Gilbert are collecting plastic bottle tops from drink and milk bottles for a great cause. Photo: Steve Hutcheson.

100,000 bottle tops for amazing project By Steve Hutcheson IN an age of recycling and global conflict, the Toolamba Lions Club have joined with the charity Envision Helping Hands to become a focal point for the collection of plastic bottle tops from drink and milk containers. The caps can be converted into plastic prosthetics for people in developing countries who have been impacted by landmines. The making of the prosthetic involves shredding the caps and converting it into plastic filament that feeds into a 3D printer. Jody Merritt from the Toolamba Lions Club along with Keira Birchmore and Nell Gilbert have taken on the task of collecting at least 100,000 bottle caps to go towards the program. Getting their message out, they are leaving collection buckets at several

locations throughout the district such as Toolamba Primary school and the Community centre and the General store. Jody thanked the support they had received from Tatura Hot Bread and Tatura Bakery and Lunches in providing them with collection buckets while at the same time they are collecting caps as well. “Cafes and restaurants are ideal collection points due to the large numbers of plastic milk bottles and drink bottles they tend to go through each day.” said Keira. If anyone would like to know more about how the caps are being used they can look at the Envision Helping Hands website. If they would like to help the Lions Club collect caps, they can contact Jody Merritt on 0428 998 848.

Bundles of help on the way AROU N D 35,000 new parents every year at all Victorian maternity hospitals will start receiving free baby bundles from the Andrews Labor Government starting this July, packed with all the essentials they’ll need to guide them through the first few months and years of their child’s life. It will help first-time Victorian parents build safe sleeping practices and support their child’s learning and development through regular reading and playtime. Valued at $150, the bundle comes with a teething ring, nappy bag, safe sleeping bag, a cotton wrap, first aid kit, baby sunhat, toothbrush and a grow suit. A helpful booklet on child safety, health and learning, as well as four picture books will also be included. The baby bundles are all part of the Labor Government’s $213.7 million plan to give new parents the information, support and care their family needs – with new parenting centres, more maternal and child health nurses and round-the-clock specialist sleep advice.

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Local communities set to hydrate and feel great TRAVELLERS and the general public are being encouraged to stay hydrated and feel great, with the addition of several new free water hydration stations recently installed around the region. Permanent hydration stations have recently been installed in Tallygaroopna, Toolamba and Dookie to provide people with access to free, quality tap water. The stations were installed in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council, encouraging people to choose tap water as a lower cost, environmentally friendly alternative to bottled water. Australians purchased over 726 million litres of water in a single year in 2015 alone and given that the average cost of water in the country is approximately $2.75 per litre, that means Australians may have spent up to $2 billion in bottled water in 2015 alone. Further, bottled water needs to be pumped out of the ground, packaged, transported and chilled before it gets to our shores. This creates over 60 million kilograms of greenhouse gases a year in Australia alone. The manufacture and transport of all the plastic bottles needed for all this water requires over 460,000 barrels of oil. When the numbers stack up like that, bottled water has an unsettling taste. Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe said the new hydration stations would have many benefits for

DRINKING WATER DOWN AT DOOKIE… From left, Goulburn Valley Water communications officer, Karen Ranson and Dookie Lions Club member, Peter McManus testing out Dookie’s new hydration station.

health and the environment, as well as providing infrastructure to benefit smaller local communities.

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FREE HYDRATION TAP TURNED ON IN TOOLAMBA… From left, local Toolamba resident, Maurice Chard and his dog, Mollie, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe and Goulburn Valley Water central district team leader, Stephen Burns at the new Toolamba hydration station. Photos: Supplied.


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A boost for palliative care in Shepparton LAST week, Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria, announced grants to support palliative care in Northern Victoria, ensuring regional patients enjoy the best possible quality of life. In Shepparton, Goulburn Valley Health will establish a specialist palliative care clinic and fast-tracked hospital-to-home model of care, ensuring patients get early referral to palliative care and can be discharged home earlier, when appropriate. Across the state, the Labor G ove r n m e nt i s i nve s t i n g $9 million towards the palliative care infrastructure and innovation grants to improve access to palliative care. This includes supporting providers across the state to expand and streng then their ser vices with initiatives such as a new acute palliative care model in the home, implementing telehealth - a fasttracked hospital-to-home model of care, or establishing a specialist palliative care clinic. Labor Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP said, “We’re helping palliative care services with this important work by giving them the support they need to grow and to offer patients the very best care.”

HEART HELPER… From left, Coles Shepparton AED-trained staff members, Stephen Nedelvoski, Kaz Watson and Marnie Milne want to let the community know that defibrillators are now set up in all Coles stores nationally. Photo: Ash Beks.

Life-saving addition to Australian supermarkets HEART disease is Australia’s biggest killer, with more than 18,000 people losing their lives each year – equivalent to two deaths every hour. To try and combat this alarming statistic and to provide a safer community for everybody, Coles has partnered with the Heart Foundation to encourage all Australians to look after their hearts. The partnership has helped see Coles recently complete the rollout of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to all 820 Coles supermarkets across Australia. The defibrillators will be located near the customer service desk and will be accessible for neighbouring retailers and small businesses to use in the case of an emergency.

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The defibrillator itself is very intuitive and can guide those administering help in how to use it correctly. A minimum of five staff at every Coles supermarket are trained to use the AED and accredited in first-aid by St John Ambulance Australia, so that they can help in medical emergencies. Coles Shepparton AED-trained staff member, Kaz Watson said, “Obviously we hope we won’t ever have to use it and there are quite a few staff trained to help in an emergency if needed. “This is such an important notice for everyone in the community and a message we believe is really important to get out there.” The Coles defibrillators have been set up in all stores nationally as of July 1.


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A film not to miss TO coincide with NA I DOC We e k , t h e S t r at hb o g i e S h i r e Council is hosting a free screening of ‘Undermined: Tales from the Kimberly’ at the Euroa Community Cinema this Friday, July 12 at 8pm. Echoing this year’s NA IDOC Week theme, ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth’, the film is told through the stories of the people that live there, acting as a stark reminder of the importance to look at issues, and to hear and understand those that know the realities of the situation far better than anyone else. E u roa L ibra r y a l so h a s a n I nd igenous A r t E x h ibition on display for the community to enjoy, including the Uluru Statement from the heart mural, a cabinet display and children’s colouring sheets. H o n e y s u c k l e C r e e k Wa r d councillor, Kate Stothers said, “It is heartening to see members of our communities advocating about the need for greater recognition of our First Nations peoples and NAIDOC Week is the ideal opportunity to do this.” For more information about the movie screening, visit the Euroa Community Cinema page at www. strathbogie.vic.gov.au

ROCK OUT THESE HOLIDAYS… There’s plenty of entertainment available at Fun Planet these holidays, including a giant indoor rock climbing course. Photo: Supplied.

Last days of school holiday fun at Fun Planet WITH school holidays nearing an end, it’s time to jam as much into the remaining days as possible to get the most out of the holidays. Fun Planet is packed full of arcade games and amusements and is the perfect place for the kids to come and have some fun. Starting at only $20 per person, guests are treated to 90 minutes unlimited access to the exceptional amusements on offer including; rock climbing, laser tag, mini golf, bungee run, balladium, virtual reality and motion thrill rides. Add just $15 to any package deal to ride on the go-karts as well! For the little ones, unlimited play for only $5 on the two-storey children’s playground.

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Or perhaps you want to host a kid’s party that’s full of fun and caters for everyone? Fun Planet has various party packages to choose from, catering for all age groups and dietary requirements. Find Fun Planet at Riverside Plaza, 8025 Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla (behind Harvey Norman). Open Thursday 10am until 8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 9pm, and Sunday 10am to 6pm, before they’ll be back to their usual hours after school holidays. For a full list of the Fun Planet passes and packages, head to their website www.funplanet.com.au or call 5823 1224 for more information.


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Winter meats treats at newly located butchery WITH the convenience of being situated beside Finer Fruit in the Vaughan Street hub, GV Meats is committed to continuing to deliver the same quality service their name is renowned for at their great new location. GV Meats owner and butcher with over 30 years experience, Mark Ryan continues to serve quality produce to the Goulburn Valley. With over 80 years in the industry, the Ryan family name is embedded in the region. With both retail and wholesale services offered throughout the wider Goulburn Valley, GV Meats pride themselves on sourcing fresh local produce in a bigger and brighter premises. “We’ve almost completed all our renovations and are settling in nicely at our new location.” Mark said, “At Vaughan Street, you can get all of your quality meats, poultry, fruit and vegetables all under the one roof. “ GV Meats is located inside Finer Fruit at 35 Vaughan Street, Shepparton. For wholesale enquires, give Mark and the team a call on 5821 3125. Trading hours are Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm, Saturday from 7am to 2:30pm and is closed on Sunday.

EXCITING NEW SPACE… From left, GV Meats owners, Tan Brewer and Mark Ryan, team members, Matt, Luke, Cameron and Maddi. Photo: Ash Beks.

Shocking 55 percent increase on regional road toll since last year WITH the cooler weather and school holidays upon us, TAC and the Victorian Police are putting out a call for everyone to drive safely on the roads. According to crash stats provided by the Victorian government, regional Victoria has had a shocking first half of the year, with 152 deaths, compared with 98 at the same time last year – an increase of 55 percent. Much of the increase has occurred on Victorian roads, where 92 people have been killed, compared with 51 at the same time last year. Tragically, country people are dying on country roads, where more than two thirds of people killed on regional roads this year have died within 30 kilometres of their home. Road safety experts and local government and community leaders are going to be looking at the reasons behind this disproportionate number of country road deaths during a series of Road Safety Forums operating throughout Victoria in July. In addition to looking at local and regional road safety issues raised by attendees, the forums will touch on enforcement, speed factors, technology and infrastructure. The Shepparton Road Safety Forum will take place on Tuesday, July 16 at Shepparton RSL, 88 Wyndham Street. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 5:45pm for a 6pm start, with the event scheduled to run until 7:30pm. For more information, including the dates and locations of forums, visit www.tac. vic.gov.au/regional-road-safety-forum The Adviser. Australia No. 1:1464 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – Page 11


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Huge discounts for 1st birthday WHEN it comes to planning a celebration, one of the questions you should ask yourself is, “what are my guests going to drink?” Sheppa r ton’s B ot tle- O Wa rehouse is celebrating their first birthday this weekend and the store is absolutely swimming in options for punters to wet their whistle. The special birthday event will take place over Friday, Saturday and Sunday and they will be offering free tastings throughout the special event, including tastings of big brand alcohol, including Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, founded by UFC star Conor McGregor. There will also be a barbecue out the front on both days, available from midday

until 3pm. An egg and bacon breakfast will be available on the Saturday morning for the early birds, between 9am and 11am. During both days of the celebration, there will be great giveaways and prizes, including the opportunity to win one of five $100 Bottle-O vouchers. Discounts and multi-buy sales will be operating throughout the weekend across the Bottle-O Warehouse huge range of wines, spirits and beer. With plenty of free parking available, head down to Bottle-O Warehouse to celebrate this fantastic achievement. The shop is open until 11pm every night and is located on the corner of High Street and St Georges Road. For further enquiries, give the friendly team a call on 5831 3833.

DISCOUNTS, PRIZES, FREE TASTINGS… From left, Shepparton Bottle-O Warehouse store manager, Jacque Wayman and store attendant, Kaz Fitzgerald are gearing up for a big birthday bash this weekend. Photo: Ash Beks.

Fauna Park offering great free kids activities SCHOOL holidays are a great opportunity to get outdoors with the family and explore some of the great attractions available to us throughout the region. Why not get up close and personal with nature and pay a visit to Kyabram Fauna Park these holidays? Home to more than 600 Australian animals including koalas, dingoes, kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, echidnas, emus, flying-foxes and quolls, there’s also a huge reptile house and birdlovers paradise. During the school holidays, Kyabram Fauna Park will be hosting free daily activities for kids, including feeding the parrots at 10:30am, feeding the kangaroos at 11:15am, meeting a koala at 11:30am and enjoying learning about reptiles at 1:30pm. Further to all of these great holiday activities, the Kyabram Historical Society will open Hazelman Cottage and the historical precinct every day of the Victorian school holidays from 11am until 1pm. Ticket to entry to the Kyabram Fauna Park is $20 for adults, $10 for children and

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FLY TO KY FOR HOLIDAY FUN… Kyabram Fauna Park reptile and invertebrate keeper, Ben Stubbs with a yellow python. Photo: Supplied.

children under age four can enter the park for free. Campaspe Shire Council has recently renewed a three-year funding agreement with the Kyabram Fauna Park committee of management that will see more than $150,000 fund its operation throughout that period.


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PROVIDING EXPERTISE… From left, Tradelink Shepparton’s showroom consultant, Kelly Whitford with branch manager, Tom Tsorbaris. Photo: Katelyn Morse

Stunning new showroom now open STUCK for ideas for your new bathroom or kitchen project and need some inspiration or design tips? Tradelink Shepparton have a huge range of on trend products from tapware, basins, vanities and more to choose from. With their new-look showroom now open, you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in what your bathroom could look like. It’s no secret that renovating or building can be fairly overwhelming, which is why Tradelink Shepparton’s showroom consultant, Kelly

Whitford, is there to help. Kelly can provide expertise and guidance on the right products and style for your needs, and can also provide you with a free consultation. They also have an Instagram page full of inspiration, tips, and ideas for your dream kitchen, bathroom or laundry. Pop in and have a look at their stunning new showroom or for your free consultation at 5 Riverview Drive, Kialla or call (03) 5722 6820 for more information.

REGIONAL Roads Victoria (RRV) will be busy this month installing a new overhead rope bridge across the Hume Highway near Benalla for native animals to cross the road safely. This follows the success of the installations at Longwood, Violet Town, Avenel and Baddaginnie. “T he first bridge and glider pole sites were installed on the Hume over a decade ago, mainly to protect squirrel gliders – a species threatened with extinction in Victoria and New South Wales,” RRV Regional Director for North Eastern, Steve Bowmaker said. “They are placed in areas known to have high numbers of wildlife, then the animals’ natural curiosity leads them to explore and reduce the risk of hazards to drivers.” The new overhead rope bridge will be installed at Reef Hills near Benalla on July 17 or 18, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and the speed set to 40km /h while works are undertaken.

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Blue-green algae warning removed GOULBURN Murray Water (GMW) has removed the blue-green algae warning for Waranga Basin following a significant decline in blue-green algae levels. There have been two warnings for blue-green algae at the Waranga Basin since monitoring began. The first warning occurred for 23 days in early 2017, while this warning was in place for just over four months. GMW will continue to undertake water quality monitoring and if bluegreen algae reach levels deemed unsafe by national health guidelines, a warning will be issued. Customers are reminded that water supplied by GMW is not suitable for human consumption without first being properly treated. Warnings remain current for the Nagambie Lakes, Lake Eppalock, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Tullaroop Reservoir, the Rochester Irrigation area, Channels 7, 8 and 9 in the Central Goulburn Irrigation Area, all Loddon Valley Irrigation Area channels east of the Loddon River and the East Loddon Water District. Keep up to date with current bluegreen algae warnings at www.g-mwater. com.au/news/bga or phone the GMW blue-green algae hotline on 5826 3785.

READY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER… From left, WIlliam Ogden (11), Katrina Ogden, Thomas Ogden (4), Heath Ogden (7), and Bill Ogden. Photo: Steve Hutcheson.

Click go the shears for cancer By Steve Hutcheson AN ICONIC image of Australiana that portrays the sights, sounds and even the smell, is a man leaning down in a shed shearing a sheep held between his legs. Coupled with the broad generosity and camaraderie of country people, Katrina and Bill Ogden from Wanalta are putting together a shearing spectacular and family day out on the property of local graziers, Bill and Val Barlow. Touched by a friend whose child was in hospital with lung cancer, Katrina and Bill have been running this event for the past five years for the kids who are struggling with their battles. Last year they raised $53,600 that went towards cancer treatment.

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Dozens of traders from Rushworth, Colbinabbin, and surrounding areas have put in a host of donated goods that will be auctioned or raffled off as part of the fundraising. “Volunteers are putting their hand up to do all sorts of things.” said Katrina. “We will be putting on a roast lunch and a barbeque, there will be lots of entertainment for the kids and lots of food.” “It’s a day out for the family to see how sheep are shorn and how quick the shearers can do it. Everyone is welcome to come.” Shearing for Kids with Cancer is being held at the Barlow property at 3380 Bendigo Murchison Rd, Wanalta on Friday 26th July beginning at 7.30am through until stumps around 4.00pm.


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HERE TO HELP… From left (back), AHA Accounting and Business Solutions receptionist, Elizabeth Trazzera, associate, Jessica Serafini and accountant, Luke Morris. From left (front), accountant Jayden Rees, administration assistant, Michael Trazzera and accountant, Daniella Trazzera. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Get professional help this tax time TAX time can be a confusing and frightening time for a lot of people and businesses around the region, but the dedicated team at AHA Accounting and Business Solutions are here to make tax time a smooth ride for all. There have recently been a number of changes to the way we claim expenses and the Australian Tax Office (ATO) are really cracking down on deductions this financial year. The ATO are set to audit more people this year than last with new technology that makes it easier to look into people’s claims. AHA Accounting and Business Solutions associate, Jessica

Serafini, explains, “Now more than ever is a good time to see an accountant as we can help with any questions you might have about what the tax changes are and what you can and can’t claim.” “Knowing that tax time is stressful for all of us, we want our clients to feel comfortable and know that we’re here to help with any questions they have about tax.” See why AHA Accounting and Business Solutions were nominated for Customer Service of the Year in the Professional category for the 2019 Business Awards and pop in to see the team at 314 Wyndham St, Shepparton or phone (03) 5858 4687 to book an appointment.

Water mains upgrades in Grahamvale AG E D w a t e r m a i n s i n t h e Grahamvale area are being upgraded and replaced by Goulburn Valley Water (GVW), in conjunction with Regional Roads Victoria’s alternative route upgrade along Doyles Road. Construction for the new water mains has been underway since late March and will help prepare the network for potential future growth. These works will include a major water supply shutdow n to the Grahamvale and Lemnos areas, scheduled for Saturday, July 13 between 9am and 4pm. GV W customers in the region bounded by New Dookie Road, Lemnos North Road, Ford Road and Boundary Road will experience water supply interruptions while this work is carried out. GVW will complete these works over the weekend to reduce impact on local residents and commercial customers. GVW customers affected by the works will be notified directly with more information. For more information about the works, residents can phone GVW’s 24 hour Customer Service Centre on 1800 454 500.

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NEWS

Local pick for Plenty

Time to brighten up your home

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Shepparton, Land of exceptional music

LOCAL ELECTRICIAN CUTTING COSTS… Lukas Slater from LEEA Investments is an accredited local electrician determined to help the region save big on energy costs with replacement globes. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

AUST R A LI A N’S are being urged to save big money on their electricity bill by installing free globe replacements. At absolutely no cost to the consumer, Victorians are being urged to swap their old, dull 65/75W bulb or spiral CFL lights for a brighter 7W LED light. Lukas Slater from LEEA Investments is a local expert and licenced A Grade electrician as part of the Victorian Government’s Victorian Energy Upgrades scheme. Lukas and his team will exchange old globes free of charge and provide you with full compliance papers upon

completion. “There are so many benefits of using LED globes,” Lukas explained, “They are more efficient and longer lasting, with a lifespan of 35,000 hours. This is better for the environment, as LEDs can last up to 20 times longer than other lighting sources. “More importantly, they are much brighter lights and have an instant effect once turning the light switch on,” Lukas said. To start saving dollars on your electricity bill, call LEEA Investments today on 1300 212 759 to book an appointment.

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TO enter for her chance to perform, the 20-year-old musician had to submit a 150 -word written application with background information on her and her band, along with some videos of the group performing. Charlie then received a call late June and was surprised and excited to be informed that she was the lucky local winner of the ‘Pick of the Crop’ festival. “I didn’t hear from them for ages so I thought they must’ve chosen someone else but when I got the call I was so excited,” she said. Charlie attended Shepparton High School from year 7 until year 9 and says this was the time she started to really get into playing music. Following that, she attended Notre Dame College (NDC) from year 10 until year 12, where she started to get involved with the school’s musical theatre program. Naturally, the next thing for a young creative to do is to broaden their horizons. Soon, Charlie was getting involved with local performing arts program Initial Stages and writing and

performing her own songs at gigs and events around Shepparton. “There’s so much creative talent here in Shepparton,” she said. “You really find that with a lot of the gigs that Jamie Lea puts on. There are just so many different kinds of music happening here that a lot of people don’t know about and I think there’s potential for Shepparton’s music scene to grow even more.” And with a huge music festival like Land of Plenty scheduled to become an annual fixture in our local calendar, alongside an array of exciting ongoing musical opportunities like The Winter Sessions, Shingo’s Gigs and Goulburn Vibes, it’s no surprise Shepparton musicians should see copious opportunity in the expanding horizons. “For Land of Plenty to offer local people the opportunity to play on the main stage alongside all these big names is really cool,” Charlie said. “It’s a really great thing for Shepparton.” On November 2, Charlie McCosh will be performing at Shepparton’s first major music festival, Land of Plenty. She will be flanked by the members of her band, which include Matt Head (drums), Jason Giuliani (bass) and Jaiman Long (keys). To keep updated w it h for t hcom i ng g igs Cha rlie is playing, follow her on her Facebook ‘Charlie McCosh’ or Instagram @ charloteemccosh.


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$48 million acquisition of local insurance brokers continued from front page

“We will be working closely with the management team to enhance the offerings we can provide to our customers.

FOU NDED by Dudley Griffiths and Joseph Goodall in 1989 as a small local brokerage, GGIB has expanded and earnt a solid reputation for delivering outstanding service and value to its clients. Benjamin Goodall, GGIB director GGIB is a well-diversified insurance broker with over 30 staff who have risk outcomes and high levels of service. a particular expertise in commercial, Ultimately, the new acquisition, which is industrial, transport, logistics, pleasurecraft, expected to be finalised during July, will deliver even better results for the region. agri-risk and personal insurance. GGIB director, Benjamin Goodall said, PSC will be purchasing the GGIB insurance broking portfolio and other “We are delighted to be selling the business key business assets, with the business to the PSC Insurance Group and working continuing to operate out of its Shepparton closely with the management team to and Melbourne premises. GGIB key enhance the offerings we can provide to our management will continue their role of customers. “The business will continue to provide managing the day-to-day operations of the business, whilst all staff will be offered exemplary service to customers and provide new employment agreements, with PSC opportunities for our staff. I and all existing directors will be remaining in the business retaining all accrued entitlements. This partnership represents an important to grow and enhance our client offerings.” If you have any questions regarding this milestone for GGIB , enhancing and strengthening their broking and claims exciting announcement, contact GGIB capabilities and enabling the professional on 5821 7777 or visit www.ggib.com.au/ team to continue to provide excellent faq-psc-acquisition-of-ggib/

send us your snaps WANT to see your photos in the newspaper? We are calling on all our readers to send in their photos for the chance to have it selected to go to print. This week we were sent this photo by Winona Mitchell of the autumn reflections over the largest of the three lakes in Kialla. Please send your photos to photo@sheppartonadviser.com.au or message it to us via our Facebook page ‘The Shepparton Adviser.’ If you are sending via email, please keep your email’s total size to under 8mb.

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Oh, mighty America!

MAIN IMAGE: Spectacular views from the Grand Canyon. TOP LEFT: Enjoying the magic of Disneyland at night. BOTTOM LEFT: Mickey’s Toontown, Disneyland.

F o r l o c a l s , Ta y l a a n d A n t h o n y Monteleone, a trip to America was always on their agenda. Having travelled around Australia and to Fiji, the idea of such a huge trip was very daunting. But with the help of Shepparton Marketplace Flight Centre, the pair were able to travel anxiety-free and have an absolute blast. The plane touched down in Los Angeles and before they could even say “bagel”, Tayla and Anthony were taking in the bright lights and exciting sights. Cleverly, they hired a car, allowing for freedom to move at their own p a c e b e t we e n destinations. Naturally, Disneyland wa s ve r y high up o n the lis t of priorities and with jetlag still hanging over them; the pair was of f wandering the parks. A f o u r- d a y p a s s allows access to Disneyland Park and Disney’s Adventure Park, yet somehow four days didn’t seem quite enough. “Everything is like straight out of the movies,” Tayla explained. “The amount of detail in the architecture was amazing.” After exhausting their inner-child at Disneyland and Los Angeles, the next stop was Las Vegas, via bus. In Las Vegas, pokies were played and the pink jeep tour was absolutely stunning. Combining the Hoover Dam power plant tour and the Grand Canyon, the pink

jeep tour offered fascinating facts about history and geology. Next was New York and once again, five days just didn’t seem like enough. But Anthony and Tayla made sure to not waste a moment of their international trip, taking advantage of the five-day New York City explorer pass. For a great price, the explorer pass allows access to choose five attractions from a list of over 50. Oh New York, New York! The 9/11 Memorial was absolutely devastating, an eerie, sad experience. Ground Zero has an energy that cannot be properly explained and visiting that space is something neither will forget. O t h e r N ew Yo r k attractions they visited include the Natural History Museum and Madison Square Garden. Tayla and Anthony are movie and television buffs, so the When Harry Met Sally bus tour was also a major highlight. The tour showed a different side of filming in Manhattan and included stops at several iconic filming locations for movies and television including Seinfeld, Pitch Perfect, You’ve Got Mail, Men in Black, Gossip Girl and much more. Their American holiday ended back in Los Angeles, where they spent a couple of days in Hollywood. Universal Studios was another highlight for the sightseeing pair, with some absolutely iconic photos captured alongside the wax sculptures at Hollywood Wax Museum.

“Everything is like straight out of the movies,”

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Letters to the Editor

BUS TRAVEL CONCERNS WITH TRANSITIONS IN 2020 Dear Editor, I am writing as an extremely concerned parent regarding the transitions for students over the next few years while the super school is being built (or I should say ‘stupid school’). The way this is being ‘organised’ is a complete disruption for all students, families and the community, especially for year 9 students who will have to catch buses over to Mooroopna. The thought of my child (who has never had to catch a bus) catching a bus to Mooroopna High School causes great anxiety for both my child and myself. I believe this will be where bullying will start and it will be a completely different scenario to what the school bus system is now. How many bus runs will there be? What if they miss the bus either to, or from, school? How will bullying at bus stops be handled? Will the buses get all students to school on time with the amount of students that need to be bussed? How much traffic congestion will there be on the causeway? The questions go on and on... I have heard from the new super school executive principal’s own mouth that bullying at bus stops will be a police matter and it’s up to the bus companies to let the schools know of any incidents. To me, that is not good enough for the safety of my child. And I don’t want the bussing bullying problems to be a factor for him to not want to go to school. Let alone the bus companies having to have an ‘extra’ duty in looking out

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for bullies; they are drivers not mediators. We live in Shepparton’s north so naturally Wanganui was the best choice for my son’s education (it was his choice to go there too). It’s close enough for him to walk/ride, or for me to even drive him the short distance. I have multiple sclerosis (MS) and my son has Asperger’s syndrome, so stress and anxiety are not good for either of us. And to add, my youngest (who has autism) will be starting at McGuire next year. If I have to drive them both to school, I could guarantee that one would be late, or extremely early, so they’d both be there on time. This ‘project’ has not been thought about properly. They say this is going to be good for our student’s education, but what about the students that are being treated like guinea pigs until it’s all completed? It doesn’t take a decent brain to realise this could’ve been handled better, or at least to have the ‘stupid school’ built before all the ridiculous transitioning. Thumbs down to Suzanna Sheed for pushing it to happen. Yours sincerely, Nicole Muller Shepparton

of subjects. It seems to me plain common sense to do this, coupled with improved facilities and leadership. Isn’t this the best solution? One ‘super school’ simply will not work well. It will be a daily nightmare on several fronts: firstly, the traffic of buses and cars and parking will be chaotic, timeconsuming and unworkable; secondly, the school area is too small; and finally, how many students frequently go up and down three levels to change classes? Where, and when, is all the money coming from? (Meanwhile, chaos reigns). So DON’T change, as proposed next year. Consider a new site to replace Shepparton High. STOP the ‘super school’ NOW, and change to what is proposed here, for what is best for our region. Can anyone refute what is set out here? I would like to hear the other side. Shepparton and Mooroopna are growing. We need a totally new site; a new school on a new site. Yours sincerely, Marshall Richards Shepparton

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DISRUPTION NOT WORTH DOUBTFUL RESULTS

Dear Editor, The aim is to provide better education, and we all agree with that. This will be best achieved by keeping years 7-10 (or at least 7-9) where they are, and having years 11 and 12 (or 10-12) for all at Shepparton High School, with a wide choice

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Dear Editor, Per s on a l ly, I fe el b e t raye d by t he St ate E duc at ion D epa r t ment ’s pla n to amalgamate secondary colleges in Shepparton. I spent hours researching subject and elective choices as well as behavioural policies and ideals and chose the school my children attend based on what was offered. That choice will be taken away from me if the proposals proceed based on a policy that offers nothing substantial in the way of increased academic outcomes. Next year my year 9 student will be removed from the school we chose, to travel across the causeway to a school location with a curriculum still being developed with no details released. A year when she will begin to make career choices, disrupted from the course we planned together, with no guarantees regarding improved learning choices or retaining relevant electives. With her younger sister, she is facing up to three to four school location moves in as many years if the school isn’t completed on time, which appears likely, with no funding past the first year. My eldest child may be disrupted in his VCE years. Sibling support has been removed from my family by isolation at three separate locations, eventually to land on a crowded, nonextendable, unsuitable site. My children’s education is being sacrificed for the sake of a plan of visionar y rhetoric regarding mental well-being, selfdevelopment, focus on leadership etc. This disruption is likely to see them disengage and not improve. Where is the information that shows that the new school will improve their academic outcomes with regard to state average? Supposedly that’s what this plan is all about? Are they improving training programs or raising pass levels to enable country teachers to also reach expected student academic levels, or providing students with free private tutoring? Add to that the cost of new formal uniforms (not public school suitable and unwanted by students), bus or vehicle transport costs

over 23.4km twice daily for two to three children, despite allowances, parking issues at three locations a day with possible staggered hours, designed to add stress to families already under financial and time constraints, and the very real problem of one of my children becoming a latch-key child because I can’t be in three places at once. A responsible parent, I would never willingly send my children to a school with such a disruptive effect on their education. I object to being bullied into accepting a policy I feel has no likely academic i mprovement outcome and made to feel inadequate for standing up for what I believe to be in the best interests of my children regarding their education. Neither one makes me confident my children will be in the best hands. We all want improved comparison state average levels, but this disruption is not worth doubtful and unproven results. Yours sincerely, Melanie Jones Shepparton

ENVIRONMENT ONE OF MANY LOSERS IN BASIN PLAN Dear Editor Last week, in the first week of July, the Millewa Forest’s largest regulator, called the Mary Ada, was opened to provide the forest with more ‘targeted waterings’. The forest will get yet another drink, this time using environmental water because, unlike last summer, authorities do not have irrigator water to waste like they did last year. In the 2018-19 season the forest flooding lasted 141 days, and during this period the amount of water that exceeded channel capacity totalled 802,000 megalitres. This was not allocated environmental water, but rather water that was taken from irrigators and unnecessarily and unseasonally flooded into the forest. In doing so, authorities ignored the Murray Da rl i ng B asi n Aut hor it y ’s (M DBA) ‘objectives and outcomes’ document regarding “delivering within constraints” and “not impacting state water allocations”, under which the MDBA is supposed to operate the river. As a further consequence this decimated the Murray Valley’s chance of an allocation, increased the price of temporary water beyond the reach of many businesses, and eliminated the chance of carryover water being available. The reality which too many in government and bureaucratic positions refuse to acknowledge is that there are many losers from this Basin Plan, including the environment which ironically is being damaged with out of season environmental water. Constraints are getting tighter as the river has lost 650GL of in-channel capacity and the Chokes shallow out from the excessive and insatiable downstream demand. Just this week there has been a River Management report in which the MDBA pats itself on the back for heightening the South Australian lower lakes and reducing salinity in the northern lagoon. Yet, as has been highlighted by media this week, those lakes were traditionally estuarine, as proven by Professor Peter Gell’s most recent report, published by the CSIRO on June 20. continued next page


UPCOMING JUNE NEWMAN LIVE IN CONCERT At 1:30pm on Wednesday, July 24, June Newman will be performing live at Eureka Gardens Community Room. June has had an extensive career of singing for over 30 years and has done everything from television variety shows, acting and performing overseas. She specialises in covering music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Entry by gold coin donation. H E R I TAG E A N D H I S T O RY O F STRATHBOGIE At 1:30pm on Sunday, August 18, The Strathbogie Tableland History Group is hosting a historical discovery day at the Strathbogie Memorial Hall, Main Street, Strathbogie. Join them in discovering the heritage and history of the region through good company, good memories, historical images and documents. Archival digital scanners will be running on the day to capture and preserve – so please bring along precious images and documentation. Afternoon tea provided. RSVP by August 10 by emailing strathbogiehistory@gmail.com calling 0438 005 622.

ONGOING THE MERRIGUM MUSEUM Located at 111-113 Waverly Avenue, Merrigum, The Merrigum Museum will be opened on the last Friday of every month from 1pm until 3pm or by appointment. Admission for viewing is $2 per person. Group tours are most welcome and will include morning tea and afternoon tea at a cost of $7 per person (bookings essential!) Meetings for The Merrigum Museum are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. For further details, call the museum secretary on 5855 2330. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR YOUNG CARER MENTOR PROGRAM Have you got some spare time? Are you a good listener? Would you like to help a young person continue with their schooling? Not-profit organisation, Villa Maria Catholic Homes has young carers in the Shepparton area who desperately need support from a volunteer adult to help them cope with their day-today responsibilities. Contact Marion Rak on (03)5722 9046.

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Dear Editor, In the spring of 1989, I was volunteering as the program director for community radio station, 3ONE-FM. One of the first live broadcasts undertaken by the newly licensed station was to cover the official opening of the Maude Street Mall. This was an exciting time for Shepparton, one embraced by our then forwardthinking council, the general public and many traders.

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It also tied in to the progressive “Solar City” theme espoused by the council at the time. That was a different era! Last week I went shopping for clothing and footwear down the mall and was staggered at the increase in empty shops since my last visit, but even more gobsmacked by its general shabby appearance. Just look at of the sundial beneath the telecom tower in Fraser St. This mosaic tied in beautifully with the notion of Shepparton, the “Solar City” and is now sadly in ruins just like the concept. Imagine the jobs bonanza we could have had here if the “Solar City” theme was nurtured and developed, instead of being left to wither on the vine. Successive councils have contributed to this demise due to their lack of maintenance of the area and inaction on revitalisation plans. What is the problem and what do we need to do to move this forward? I am aware there are plans to open up the Mall to traffic but I fear the time it is taking council to agree on a plan and implement it, will see the death of our CBD all together. I ask you to think where you, as a proud Sheppartonian, would take a visitor to in this town? The Lake precinct? Tick! The botanical Gardens at Mt Kialla? Tick! The Fryers St food precinct? Tick! The lovely walks along the Goulburn River? Tick! Maude Street Mall? Probably not unless you want to buy womens clothes. The “vibrant” shopping strips along High Street and Wyndham Street? Ok, if you like traffic sewers, empty shops and derelict historical buildings. I could go on but you get the picture. To make matters worse, who were the geniuses who decided to shut two major intersections (Fryers Steet/Corio Street, Fryers Street/Maude Street) for drainage and Pedestrian crossing works, and Maude Street near Vaughan Street (for the bus interchange) ALL AT THE SAME TIME? I’m no engineer, but surely they could have done one job at a time and blitzed that before moving on to the next intersection thus minimising the disruption to traffic and trading. I ask again, what do we have to do to get our council off their collective backsides to get this Mall revitalisation up and running instead of floating grandiose ideas about an $18 million rail overpass. I am at a loss, so are the traders I have spoken too. Two ideas for you to mull over: Re-open the Mall to traffic, urgently. Expand the foodie precinct around Fryers Street to include the Mall and encourage more of our diverse ethnic cultures to set up cafes and restaurants, by the use of incentives such as rate and fee reductions. A foodie precinct based around the Mall would become a tourist attraction and help revitalise the CBD. Our city council is failing us and the traders of the CBD, it’s time for some fresh ideas. Yours faithfully, Ern Meharry Shepparton

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continued from previous page P rof G el l go e s i nto d e t a i l ab out misinformation, misquoting and the false science that has become entrenched within our society to create the all-out train wreck called a Basin Plan that we have here today. Prof Gell backs up the unequivocal fact that the lakes were estuarine, as reported in 1994 by Barnett. As someone said to me recently, the great thing about diatoms is that they do not lie. So I ask: Why, since a Commonwealth science centre has published Prof Gell’s findings, is the MDBA still ignoring the historical scientific fact that the lower lakes are estuarine, not fresh? And why do governments allow this to occur while the environment, economy and our social fabric suffers in the bush? The MDBA continues to flush water out to sea, including 8,000ML last week with a further 500,000ML to flow down to South Australia, much of which will evaporate or flush out the north and southern lagoons of the Coorong, even though the lakes were naturally managed by tidal action and the Coorong by South Eastern South Australian groundwater, a pittance of which has been recovered with their recent drainage works. This is said to re-divert 26GL of what once was, based on estimates, roughly 4000GL. Prof Gell’s report has also confirmed what communities have been telling the Government, Basin Officials Committee and the MDBA for years, that the science is written to meet a political agenda rather than the genuine needs of the environment and the Basin communities. The evidence proves that the Basin Plan in its current form is built on false science. The Plan should be reviewed immediately with the objective of preserving Australia’s long-term food security for the next 50 years. This may require the prompt installation of Lock Zero and automation of the barrages, which could save a massive 850-110GL per year. Our newly re-elected, local member Sussan Ley, as the Minister for Environment, has to opportunity to use Prof Gell’s report to rectify this environmental disaster. State Water Ministers Melinda Pavey and Lisa Neville should be working with David Spiers and federal Water Minister David Littleproud to restore our region’s reliability as a food producing area that would safeguard Australia’s long term food security by setting up this region for the next dry spell through effective management of our most precious resource by amending out-dated policy, building new infrastructu re and prioritising meaningful community engagement. Yours faithfully Darcy Hare Wakool

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SPORT Bouncing to the history of basketball BASKETBALL was invented in 1891 by a Canadian sports instructor named James Naismith, who wanted to create a sport that was less injury-prone than football. Now regarded as one of the most popular sports in the world, basketball established pretty quickly and grew increasingly popular throughout the 20th century. The sport bounced into Australia soon afterwards, with the earliest reported game of basketball taking place on our shores in February 1897. Despite how early Australia was to adopt the sport, basketball has only really taken off in popularity locally over the last thirty years. The top-level men’s National Basketball League began in Australia in 1979 and experienced rapid growth throughout the 1980s, with an influx of American players to the country throughout this time. Zooming in even more locally, the Greater Shepparton Basketball Association has run competitions for juniors and seniors for over 20 years across seven clubs. The local basketball membership base is in excess of 2,000 seniors and juniors, with over 100 teams competing throughout the summer and winter seasons. This week, we dribble, bounce and jump back into Greater Shepparton’s past with much thanks from Lost Shepparton and Shepparton Resource Centre. For more great snapshots of the region’s history, visit Lost Shepparton’s Facebook page.

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Education and support for young indigenous people THE Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE) was formed as a community and educational resource to provide young Indigenous people with an educational setting and support for their transition to employment or further education. The goal was to develop a culturally integrated program to improve the life expectancy and quality of life of Indigenous

young people through education and cultural affirmation. In the early years the focus was on certificate courses in sport, health and recreation, though the range of these has broadened. In 2012, ASHE further extended the range of educational options by delivering a VCAL program. ASHE also offers pre-employment training and work experience opportunities for students.

Those in the community who are interested in learning more about ASHE will get the opportunity to meet staff and students and check out some of the great courses on offer during a special open day next Wednesday, July 17 from 11am to 6pm. For more information head to the ASHE website at www. ashe.unimelb.edu.au or call 5823 6600.

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NO WINNER ROUND 16 JACKPOT $100 Football Followers have the chance to WIN BIG during the 2019 AFL football season with Viatek/The Adviser Football Tipping Competition. Each week there will be a prize of $25 to be spent at selected supporting businesses. All you have to do is place a tick against the football team that you think will win each game. Be careful with your selections as only correct entries will go into the draw for the weekly $25 voucher. If no correct entry is received the prize will jackpot each week until a correct entry is submitted. Entries will only be accepted at the office, 219-225 Wyndham Street, Shepparton, no later than 5pm on each Friday during 2019, unless stated otherwise due to early matches being played. Entries must be on original forms – no faxes or photocopies will be accepted and only one entry per household is permitted. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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GVL Seniors Results Round 13 Wednesday 10th July, 2019 Goulburn Valley League

Football with Matthew Chilcott

Benalla (87).......................def...........Shepp Swans (35) Shepp United (55)...........def......................... Tatura (54) Echuca (101)......................def.................... Seymour (61) Kyabram (135)..................def.............. Shepparton (28) Euroa (87)..........................def................. Rochester (60) Mansfield (70)..................def............... Mooroopna (49)

GVL Seniors 2019 Ladder Kyabram...............................................52 (279.59) Echuca..................................................48 (183.86) Seymour................................................ 30 (96.88) Tatura...................................................28 (116.55) Benalla.................................................28 (107.93) Shepparton..........................................28 (107.31) Rochester.............................................24 (101.31) Euroa....................................................20 (100.83) Mansfield............................................... 20 (96.73) Shepparton United................................ 20 (65.00) Shepparton Swans................................ 10 (54.08) Mooroopna.............................................. 4 (45.82)

GVFL & GVNL Round 14 Saturday, July 20 Shepp United...................vs...................... Shepparton Euroa...................................vs.......................... Mansfield Seymour............................vs............................... Benalla Shepp Swans...................vs....................... Mooroopna Tatura.................................vs................................ Echuca Kyabram............................vs......................... Rochester

Adviser Footy Tipsters

COACHING CHANGES AT GVL… Shepparton United coach Stephen Scott is the first GVL coach to say he will not be continuing his role in 2020. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Scott signs off It`s that time of year where football club boards and football departments start dissecting where their club is at and asking themselves: do we need change, or are we happy with where we are at? First stop in looking at this is who the coach is now and is he the man to take us to the promised land. Already in the AFL there has been two coaches replaced and with St. Kilda not going as well as what the Melbourne media would like, it appears another is under pressure to keep his job. Along with that, John Longmire and Alistair Clarkson have been linked to rival clubs. That’s a possible five new coaches and we are only two thirds of the way through the season. Locally, Shepparton United coach Stephen Scott has been the first coach in the GVL to come forward and say that he will not be continuing on. It happens quite differently in the bush compared

to the professional level of the AFL. Stephen Scott is a 200 game player and has done the lot at the Demons and bleeds red and blue. He was thrown in the deep end in February 2018 when Peter Sheahan stepped down due to work commitments and took on the job with the club not having played in a final since 2013. As it stands this week, the Demons have just won three games in a row for the first time since 2013, which was a side coached by premiership coach Marc Quarrell. With Scott stepping down but coaching out the year, it gives Shepparton United first crack at what is available in the coaching ranks. With only four wins last year and five wins currently, with five rounds remaining, it looks like the Demons are on the improve and a good job for any prospective coach. Watch this space for more movements off field.

JAMIE SPENCER (60)

PAUL BROWN (55)

Shepparton Euroa Seymour Shepparton Swans Echuca Kyabram

Shepparton Mansfield Seymour Mooroopna Echuca Kyabram

PAUL TSORBARIS (62)

GARRY OSBORN (49)

Shepparton Euroa Seymour Shepparton Swan Echuca Kyabram

Shepparton United Euroa Benalla/Seymour (draw) Mooroopna Echuca Kyabram

GLENN IRVINE (58)

MATTHEW CHILCOTT (59)

Shepparton Euroa Seymour Shepparton Swans Echuca Kyabram

Shepparton United Euroa Seymour Shepparton Swans Echuca Kyabram

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