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Issue #201 – Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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No jobs for bullies By KRYSTEN MANUEL

ALBURY SS&A Club is asking local businesses to join them in adopting a new anti-bullying program which will see high school bullies’ job applications thrown in the bin. The BULLYCheck program, which originated with Clubs NSW, is now used in 130 venues across NSW and states that any person up to 22-years-old wanting to work at a registered club needs to consent to a verbal referee check from their high school. The BULLYCheck program aims to make local students aware their job prospects could be affected by behaviour deemed “bullying, stalking, cyber stalking or threatening.� “Clubs are very community focused and it’s just another way of supporting what’s going on in the schools,� SS&A Club development manager Tracey Holley said. “We are a large employer of kids in hospitality, some of them are just out of school and some of them are still school-based but working in the clubs. “On our application form there’s a question to say if you’re aged between 18 and 22, do you agree to a check from your previous school. They tick that and we will have a letter they sign saying they agree for us to contact the school. “We contact the school, send that letter to them and then do a regular reference check asking about that person’s qualities for employment, whether the school thinks they would be a good acquisition to our workforce, and we take it from there. “We’ve just done one intake and we’ve done one check on someone in that intake.�

If the school confirms the applicant was involved in high level cases of bullying or threatening behaviour, the job application will be rejected. Ms Holley said the BULLYCheck program was a new approach to traditional programs that had stressed the effect bullying had on victims. “But bullies don’t care about the harm they cause to others. “This program forces students to think about the effect their bullying will have on their own career, which for many is the most powerful motivator of all. It also encourages the entire community to talk about this issue and call out bullying when they see it.� The program came under some scrutiny upon its debut earlier this year, with Dr Dan White executive director of schools for the Archdiocese of Sydney describing the initiative as “misguided, counter-productive, and a simplistic approach to a complex problem.� Dr White said to punish a young person for something he or she might have done many years before by denying them a job and employment opportunities was deeply concerning. “Carl from the Today show also really hammered Anthony Ball from Clubs NSW, saying that all kids make mistakes at schools and that shouldn’t be tied to them,� Ms Holley said. “It’s really important to know this program is not for anyone who’s had themselves in a situation that may not be their fault and they’ve rectified that, it’s about serial bullies that don’t have any regard for other people and aren’t interested in changing. “We don’t want them to come

into a workplace because they don’t have that respect already and it just brings more problems into it.� Ryan Winter, who joined the SS&A Club straight out of high school in November 2012 and is now completing his Hospitality Certificate III at the club, welcomed the club signing up to the BULLYCheck initiative. “Considering how big of an issue bullying is, there is very little actually said about it,� he said. “At the moment, bullying is in the back of people’s minds; it’s not spoken about openly. But people need to talk about it and a program like this really shouts out that bullying is a problem and everyone in the community needs to talk about and help stop it. “I think this program will help to minimise bullying in the schoolyard because kids will realise there’s a consequence for their behavior. BULLYCheck says straight off the bat that bullying is never okay, and can help stop it before it happens.� Examples of misbehaviour which will not be tolerated under the program include acts committed with the intention to cause mental or physical harm to a student or teacher, those which cause a student/ teacher to self-harm, those involving pre-meditated and repeated cyber bullying, acts that threaten a student or teacher, and acts which have resulted in police charges being laid. Any businesses interested in joining the program can call Carissa Simons at Clubs NSW on 0417 348 659.

Albury SS&A Club employee Ryan Winter and SS&A Club development manager Tracey Holley are pleased to launch BULLYCheck this week.

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Kate’s on a mission By KRYSTEN MANUEL

Kate Duncan will represent Albury at the Jamaica Blue 2013 Golden Cuisine Challenge. “There’s a fair few different components to the actual competition,� she said. “The main part is we have to come up with our own spring inspired dish, so something fresh and nice for the warmer weather. We could choose savoury or sweet - I decided to do sweet. “I’m doing a baked passion fruit and lime tart - something a bit zingy to get going for the warmer weather. I’ll have to do five of those, one for each judge, and then we’re doing bite-sized pieces and everyone in Jamaica Blue head office will be tasting it. It’s very Masterchef! “We also have to try to guess

everything that’s in certain dishes, what it is and where it’s from in the world. “Then there’s another section that I think will be similar to last year, it’s a mystery box challenge where we are given ingredients and have to cook something.� After making it to the Grand Final last year, Kate is looking forward to competing in the cook-off and is hoping to go one step further this year to take home the champion title to Albury. “Last year’s competition was such a great experience that I decided to do it all again this year - and hopefully walk away with the top

prize this time!� Kate said. “The best thing about cooking is the opportunity to create something people really enjoy and to make them happy. I also love that I can share the cooking experience at home with my son and teach him all about food.� In addition to the glory of claiming the coveted title, the Jamaica Blue 2013 Golden Cuisine Challenge Champion will receive a $1000 Gift Card, on top of the $250 Gift Card they received as a state finalist. If Kate wins the grand final prize, she plans to spoil her son with a family holiday.

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WHEN the BULLYCheck program was released earlier this year by Clubs NSW, not everyone was happy. Talk shows played devil’s advocate, saying “why punish a child for a mistake/ mistakes made back in school?�And some members of the school system deemed the program “a simplistic approach to a complex problem.� It’s true, the approach is quite different to most other bully prevention techniques in that it provides a negative incentive by punishing the bully for their behaviour. While many other programs focus on damage to the victim and attempt to appeal to the bully’s better nature, it’s our view that tougher penalties, including the BULLYCheck initiative, need to be brought in to protect the victims and send the message - it’s not on and it will not be forgotten. Under the BULLYCheck program, serial bullies will be held accountable for their actions and will learn very quickly that society or “the real world� has no time for selfish, degrading and damaging behaviour, especially in the workplace.

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LOCAL cook Kate Duncan is again on a mission to prove the most delicious dishes are served at Albury in the Jamaica Blue 2013 Golden Cuisine Challenge. With more than a decade of cooking experience, Kate is one of six finalists who competed and won against more than 90 competitors from across Australia and New Zealand to make it to the grand final cook-off, to be held in Sydney today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was shocked when I won it last year - completely surprised, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m chuffed to be going again,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have an idea of what the kitchen set-up is, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the daunting processes - what am I going to have to cook with? The fact that I know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there will make it a little bit easier, but it will be interesting to see who else is there.â&#x20AC;? Aged 28, Kate has worked at Jamaica Blue Albury since the cafĂŠ opened two years ago. During the grand final, Kate will work in a team of three finalists to create and serve an inspiring three-course menu. Within a two-hour time limit, each team will need to purchase their ingredients and serve an entrĂŠe, main meal and dessert before a panel of expert judges. The judging panel will assess Kate and her competitors on their knife skills, compliance to food-safety standards and kitchen-cleanliness.

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Slim margin set to take seat By DANNY BUTTLER

CATHY McGowan is on the cusp of an historic win in the Federal seat of Indi. The Independent was clinging to a slim lead with just a handful of votes left to be counted when Albury Wodonga News Weekly went to print on Tuesday afternoon. At the time, Ms McGowan had 50.22 per cent of the vote to Liberal incumbent Sophie Mirabellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 49.78 per cent. The count was 44,423 to 44,036. A result could be announced as early as today (Wednesday) although a recount could still be requested. Ms Mirabella, who last week ruled herself out of contention for a Cabinet position, was making ground in the vote count, but seemed to have fallen just short. Ms McGowanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely win has captured nationwide attention as she bucked the 3.6 per cent swing to the coalition to overcome Ms Mirabellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9 per cent margin. In what has been portrayed as a victory of people power over party politics, the grass roots campaign of Ms McGowan, her supporters and the Voice of Indi group seems to have stormed the conservative fortress of North East Victoria. Despite her strong per-

formance at the ballot box, it appeared up until last week that Ms Mirabella was chipping away at Ms McGowanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead and would overtake the Independent in the final days of counting. But there was a sensational twist in the already dramatic campaign when 1000 votes for Ms McGowan were discovered in a Wangaratta polling booth. The uncounted votes swung the race back in favour of Ms McGowan, giving her a lead that looks likely to take her all the way to Canberra. North of the Murray, Farrer MP Sussan Ley has been re-appointed as the Assistant Minister for Education in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portfolio announcements by Prime Minster Tony Abbott. Ms Ley said, despite remaining in the outer circle of party-room influence, she was looking forward to influencing the portfolio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to continuing my roles in childcare and early childhood learning as there is still much work to be done in this very important area,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Additionally, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to be part of a strong Coalition team, one that is dedicated to leading the country back to prosperity and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get started.â&#x20AC;?

The opening of Quest Wodonga is an early step in the redevelopment of Wodonga.

Quest joins growth plan THE Victorian Minister for Planning Matthew Guy officially opened the $25 million dollar Quest Wodonga property on Thursday evening - a recognition of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s burgeoning growth. Quest Serviced Apartments general manager Andrew Weisz highlighted the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful business conditions were justification to build the property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Albury/Wodonga region is in the process of undergoing a multi-million dollar redevelopment across the next two years,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This combined with the 8000 businesses already in the area means there is a huge demand for our style of accommodation.â&#x20AC;? Located in the centre of Wodonga, at 46 Reid Street, the property features 80 brand new studio, one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments, a gym, pool, business

lounge, and conference room. Directly adjacent to Quest is Huon Hill, accessible via a visually striking aerobridge, which is set to become the social hub of Wodonga - boasting dining facilities, cafĂŠ, bar and event centre. Franchisees Noel and Madeleine Wood, and Jason and Natasha Callewaert said that the opening event held at Huon Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event centre was a great celebration in recognition of a great development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have both Minister Matthew Guy and Cr Mark Byatt at the event was testament to the support and excitement surrounding the opening of this property,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The night was fantastic, accolades must go to Huon Hill who hosted such a great night.â&#x20AC;? Mr Guy shared with guests his lifelong ambition to own a pub and was given the

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Catch flies, stop the rot SPRING has sprung and so have Queensland fruit flies. Following a relatively warm, wet winter, the last week of warm weather has seen fruit flies emerge from their winter hibernation, looking for suitable fruit protein to build up their body condition for breeding. Fight the Fruit Fly Albury Wodonga spokesperson Joy Sloan is urging home gardeners to recommence baiting for fruit fly if they have not already begun to do so. Killing off their initial attack is critical to the success of ensuring limited fruit fly population growth over the summer, she said. Fight the Fruit Fly Assoc Inc has made available NatFlav

500 which can be purchased by depositing $10 at any branch of the Hume Building Society. Residents can take the deposit receipt to either Wodonga or Albury City Council offices and collect the fruit fly baiting kit. In addition, there are a range of commercial Queensland fruit fly baits available from your local nursery or produce store and users should follow the manufacturers instructions for use. In addition to baiting, home gardeners should also consider netting fruit trees after the initial fruit set and tomato plants before the fruit has ripened to ensure a fruit fly free season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To enable safe netting of fruit trees, they need to be

pruned to a manageable height and shape, and the netting placed all over the tree and tied around the trunk,â&#x20AC;? Ms Sloan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alternatively, commercially available bags can be placed over the ripening fruits to minimise fruit fly attacks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last summer saw a dramatic reduction in the amount of fruit fly affected fruit within Albury Wodonga and Albury Wodonga Fight the Fruit Fly Association attributes this to the long-term baiting that has been undertaken by many home gardeners across the twin cities,â&#x20AC;? she said. For further information on fruit fly control visit or phone 0419 229 409 or (02) 6024 5708.

Above: Hannah McCallum hopes her work will bring a smile to sick children through Operation Art. Left: Students from Lavington East Public School sang beautifully to open the new exhibition, Operation Art.

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STUDENTS from Lavington East Public School lifted their voices and performed at the Albury LibraryMuseum on Monday to open Operation Art. The exhibition is an initiative of Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital at Westmead in association with the Department of Education and Communities and generously supported by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Operation Art is a delightful display of artworks created by students around NSW from Kinder to Year 10 for the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital at Westmead, and began 18 years ago as a vision of Dr John Yu, then CEO of the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital at Westmead. Dr Yu wanted to create a positive environment to aid the recovery process of young patients and to foster a sense of wellbeing within the hospital. He believed art works by school students should be a part of the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art collection, allowing children in all schools in NSW to become involved in the lives of children in hospital by creating works for their enjoyment.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you go to the hospital it looks like a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; playroom as opposed to a barren wall,â&#x20AC;? Mulwala Public School principal Kylie Becker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ethos and the theory behind it is about compassion and empathy and understanding that people are worse off than us and we have to acknowledge and support them through that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The top 50 artworks go to the official opening and the kids whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done them come and see them hung on the wall, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the well kids and the sick kids chatting together and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really powerful experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The warm and fuzzies that come through pay for themselves ten-fold.â&#x20AC;? Each year many works are selected to become part of the permanent art collection of the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital at Westmead as well as being exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW and at regional art galleries across NSW. One participant this year was Hannah McCallum, 13, who contributed a collage of a stone hut using natural products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What inspired me to do my artwork was the country around where we live, the huts we go

and camp at in the summertime and all the native animals around where we live,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The huts are made of rocks so I thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d use rocks.â&#x20AC;? Works created for Operation Art are now exhibited as part of the permanent collection in the hospital alongside those of well known artists and are extremely popular with visitors. The works give young patients the opportunity to leap into a world of imagination and is also a fantastic opportunity for students to gain a wider recognition for their creativity. A collection of 50 artworks were shown in Operation Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first exhibition 18 years ago. Last year 789 artworks from 277 schools were featured in the initial exhibition the Armory Gallery during September. The 52 artworks exhibited at the Albury LibraryMuseum were selected by a panel of judges from the initial exhibition, with works also chosen for Operation Art Bank, which donates artworks to childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wards in hospitals throughout the state, with some being given to Albury Hospital during the exhibition.






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a limited capacity in July, 2012. The main amenities block, built by Bennett Building Constructions Pty Ltd of Wodonga, was completed earlier this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The project was around $180,000 with Towong Shire Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insurance policy covering the main amenities building and DEPI paying the $50,000 excess to make it happen,â&#x20AC;? Department of Environment and Primary Industries manager property services (Hume) Therese Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is extremely important to the local community that its caravan park is not only open for business, but is doing well after recovery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great example of DEPI, the committee of management and the council working together to achieve the best outcome.â&#x20AC;?

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IT has been a long road for the lessee of the Walwa Riverside Caravan Park since the devastating damage of the 2012 floods, but they say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all been worth it. Husband and wife, Mary and Garry Webster took over the lease six days prior to the 5 March flood that last year wiped out their main and secondary amenities blocks. Now 18 months on, both amenities blocks are in full operation with the addition of a new accessible (disabled) toilet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The facilities are better than they were prior to the flood, so that has been one positive,â&#x20AC;? Mr Webster said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The main amenities block was originally made of mud brick, but its exterior is now stronger. The original floor, toilets, roof and structure are still

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Grease is the word By KRYSTEN MANUEL

ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S a family affair for several members of the Livid Productions cast of Grease, with mothers, daughters, sons, granddaughters and husbands all working together for one of the years most highly anticipated plays on the Border calendar. Liz Kolisnyk (playing Miss Lynch) is working alongside her daughter Lauren Schmutter (vocal director) and husband Toli Kolisnyk (trumpet) and says music runs in their blood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love the theatre, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been involved since the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s and two of my three daughters are singers and involved in musical theatre,â&#x20AC;? Ms Kolisnyk said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, I get a real buzz out of being able to do this with my daughter and also watching the grandkids coming up through the ranks. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got my oldest granddaughter just cast as Christine in Phantom of The Opera in Ballarat. My motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical too, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been a singing teacher for years - weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a musical family.â&#x20AC;? Ms Kolisnyk said the most rewarding thing about working so closely with her family is watching them grow creatively, as well as other young cast members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Lauren could actually teach me a thing or two, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very good at what she does!â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My girls have just picked it up and run with it. I love watching them more than doing it myself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so rewarding to be able to be involved with Livid and see the opportunities weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re giving young kids to perform on-stage.â&#x20AC;?

Narelle Parker is is also involved with Grease, making costumes and assisting with direction. This year she celebrates 40 years in local theatre and says working closely with her son and granddaughter is the perfect way to celebrate the milestone. Jason currently sings with local band Ledd Asprin, having sung for 20 years and featuring in musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors and Spamalot. His daughter Tori will make her debut on the stage in Grease. Natalie and Jayden Schrikker are also a family team in Grease, with Natalie both singing and dealing with pomotions, and Jayden playing the bouncing cheerleader, Paddy Simcox. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing productions with Livid for the last few years now,â&#x20AC;? Ms Schrikker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jayden has come along, seen some shows, absolutely loved it and then she got involved and did Spelling Bee last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just heaps of fun, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good environment when you do theatre, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing quite like it. The feeling you get onstage when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting that feedback from the audience is just a different thing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody knows Grease, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those ones everyone wants to be involved with no matter how old they are.â&#x20AC;? Grease is on at the Albury Entertainment Centre on 24, 25, 26 and 31 October, l and 1 and 2 November. Call 02 6043 5610 for details.

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Fuller is toast of the region By KRYSTEN MANUEL

TOASTMASTERS Wodonga are proud to announce one of their own has taken on the position of Area Governor - a position that spans Wodonga, Wangaratta, Shepparton and Bendigo Toastmasters Clubs. Graham Fuller has embodied the Toastmasters motto â&#x20AC;&#x153;where leaders are madeâ&#x20AC;? in his short but extremely productive time at Wodonga Toastmasters. Mr Fuller, who received a sash for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;best table topics speakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on his first night in April 2012 has fully embraced Toastmasters. In less than 18 months, he has joined three clubs and taken on an executive position in each of the three clubs. Additionally, Mr Fuller has delivered more than 30 speeches which has seen him earn three Toastmaster educational awards. To add to his long list of achievements, Mr Fuller has now taken on the role of Area Governor for Area 29, which will see him being available to assist Speak Up Toastmasters in the four clubs of Area 29. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am looking forward to learning more myself, while assisting members of the other clubs in which my area oversees,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since joining Speak Up, my confidence has grown out of sight along with being able to speak in public and the leadership skills I am developingâ&#x20AC;?. Anyone interested in taking Mr Fullerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead can contact Sue Honey at Speak Up Toastmasters Wodonga on 0419 979 351.

Narelle, Jason and Tori Parker, Natalie and Jayden Schrikker, Lauren Schmutter and Liz Kolisnyk all have a hand in Grease.

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Zackary Furst and chef team-mate Matthew Moffatt cooked up a storm at the 2013 NestlĂŠ Golden Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hat Award.

Chef cooks up silver Mr Furst was awarded medals for culinary excellence, achieving silver medals for entrĂŠe and dessert courses and a bronze for main course. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zackary has proven himself to be a talented chef and we look forward to seeing his culinary career develop further,â&#x20AC;? Australian Culinary Federation competition director Deb Foreman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He did an exceptional job under pressure and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure he will take a lot from the experience.â&#x20AC;? The NGCHA is the longestrunning culinary competition in Australia and is dedicated to helping junior and apprentice chefs develop their cooking skills and broaden their culinary

BORN and bred Wodonga chef Zackary Furst, 20, has won two silver and one bronze medal in the 2013 NestlĂŠ Golden Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hat Award (NGCHA). Mr Furst and chef team-mate Matthew Moffatt, 22, cooked their way into the national final, having put their culinary skills to the test for the first time ever, winning the Victoria heat in June. During the national final cook-off against eight other chef teams, the pair had to create a three-course meal in four hours from a mystery box of ingredients under the steely gaze of the professional judging panel, including celebrity chef and restaurateur, Adrian Richardson.

horizons. Taking part in the NGCHA offers apprentice and junior chefs the opportunity to pit themselves against their peers and benchmark their cooking skills. The competition also provides young chefs with the opportunity of being mentored by culinary instructors and given access to a national network of professional chefs. With the first event held in 1966, the NGCHA is the longest running sponsorship for NestlĂŠ Professional. The annual competition is run in partnership with the Australian Culinary Federation and supported by key sponsors including Emerald Valley.



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Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Thumbs up TO the opening of Quest

Thumbs down TO Wodonga rates

Thumbs down TO the winter weather after such beautiful spring days

Thumbs up TO the Henty Field Days - thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like it anywhere

Thumbs up TO the Facebook page â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worst drivers,â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about time these people were made accountable

Thumbs down TO the proposed aerial culling of brumbies in the Guy Fawkes National Park again. This has been sanctioned by the RSPCA and considering last time it was found many animals were left to die cruelly, injured and maimed and sent shockwaves around this country and globally, I do not believe it will be any better this time. Thumbs Up Thumbs Down is your chance to have your say. Malicious or defamatory submissions will not be accepted. All submissions must include a full name, address and daytime phone number. Contributions over the telephone will not be accepted. Contributors will not be identified. Albury Wodonga News Weekly reserves the right to edit submissions. To submit a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: email us at or mail us at Level 1, 299 Townsend St, Albury, NSW 2640.

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Byrne performs for seniors A HIGHLIGHT of the City of Wodonga Senior Celebrations 2013 will be a performance by iconic Australian performer, Debra Byrne. Byrne will take to the stage at The Cube Wodonga from 10.30am on Wednesday, October 23, following a morning tea at 9.30am. Since the early days of Young Talent Time, Byrne - one of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite voices - has been wowing audiences everywhere. Byrneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as an outstanding vocalist has long been admired through her roles in many hit musicals including Mary Poppins, Cats, Les Miserables, Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Girls and Sunset Boulevard. Her live performances are legendary in theatre, stage, casino and clubs. Byrneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently per-

forms in Ripe - a showcase of her diverse and extensive career. Join her in this superb show celebrating the career of one of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most cherished artists. The cost is $10 per person, including morning tea. Bookings are required on (02) 6022 9311, in person or online at Other events planned for the senior celebrations to be held throughout October include mystery bus tours, movies in The Cube Wodonga Courtyard, an antiques and collectables valuation day, and Baranduda Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shed open day. A full program is available in person at The Cube Wodonga or online at sen-celebrations.

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PIETER Mourik suggests I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand â&#x20AC;&#x153;what democracy really meansâ&#x20AC;? and a 2004 Australia wide survey by a Katherine Betts, proof the majority of Indi voters are â&#x20AC;&#x153;pro choiceâ&#x20AC;? (AWNW, 11 September) Democracy is government of the people, by the people, for the people. Even if this was so of Indi voters, it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make abortion right. Only five per cent of the American population opposed slavery. Were they wrong? Seeking


to defend the indefensible, Dr Mourick resorts to the argument â&#x20AC;&#x153;abortion is safer than childbirthâ&#x20AC;?. Though the chances of a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe abortion are today greater, more abortions mean the number of suffering women is also greater. And even if abortion were safer for the mother than childbirth, it is still fatal for the innocent child. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A politician is elected to represent the majority view of their electorate, even if their personal opinion differs,â&#x20AC;? Dr Mourik says. And if that majority view favoured capital punishment, would Cathy McGowan vote accordingly? BEFORE

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing progressive about her pro choice position. It stands for a quality of life for some people, at the expense of others. Always others. In this case, 100,000 Australian unborn children annually. The pro-life position is the radical position. It aspires to a quality of life for everyone, not at the expense of anyone. Denise M. Cameron, President, Pro Life Victoria (Inc), North Fitzroy.








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You can really have it all ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S easy to think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on permanent holidays when you live at the award winning resort style Albury Lifestyle Village. With endless activities and recreational facilities, Albury Lifestyle Village is popular for the over 55â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seeking low maintenance living in the safety and security of a gated community. Residents are the biggest advocates for the village and say it suits their lifestyle perfectly. Semi-retired former motel managers from Bright, Allan and Janet wanted to downsize and found that Albury Lifestyle Village ticked all the boxes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to travel around Australia doing relief work at caravan parks and motels, but we wanted to have a secure home base,â&#x20AC;? Allan says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did a lot of homework into different villages like this, but a lot of them were nothing more than glorified caravan parks,â&#x20AC;? Janet added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some were very stark and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like home. But we came here quite a few times and felt it was run very professionally and everyone here was so friendly.â&#x20AC;? They also found Albury Lifestyle Village was unique in that if their circumstances changed, they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be hit with exit fees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the places we looked at, they take a big lump out if you sell your place. They want a commission out of it and their exit fees â&#x20AC;Ś it was ridiculousâ&#x20AC;? Janet said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But here, this place is all yours â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there are no exit fees or anything like that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great.â&#x20AC;? Other residents, such as Pam has found a new lease of life after losing her husband of 45 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found I had a big house and a little dog and it was just becoming too much for me,â&#x20AC;? Pam said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I suppose like everyone I was a little bit hesitant about moving. I had an elderly mum and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been in retirement villages, but nothing like this. I came to an open day and it was fabulous -

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moving here was the best thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever done. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be anywhere else.â&#x20AC;? Pam was particularly keen to meet new friends and enjoy this next phase of her life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the buildings and the houses, but in my case it was the company I needed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the beauty of it was you could bring your dog, or your cat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that makes a lot of difference when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re by yourself,â&#x20AC;? she said. Residents enjoy the facilities of an in-house cinema, hair dresser, masseuse, beautician, library, gymnasium, pool room, heated pool, function room and lawn bowls. The village also has a substantial calendar of events and activities organised by the social committee. Established by a private family partnership

four years ago, the village has been awarded Best Manufactured Housing Village in NSW in 2010 and runner-up in 2011 and 2012 and a finalist in 2013. For all of the lifestyle features the village has to offer, some say its most appealing attraction is its affordability. Former Sydney girl Gail decided to leave the city life and was thrilled to be able to trade up to a brand new home at Albury Lifestyle Village, and still have some money in the bank. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sold my unit up there and I still have money left over which I can enjoy my life with and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no struggle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big plus,â&#x20AC;? Gail said. Brand new manufactured houses are priced from $185,000 and are ready to be lived in within

14 weeks. Gail has gone from feeling isolated in a big city, to becoming a social butterfly, and making new friends as part of a welcoming Albury Lifestyle Village community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been involved in the social club,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have dinners, Christmas in July, we have pizza nights, casserole nights, birthday nights and we do happy hour. You just meet people everywhere â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel alone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a retirement village, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally wrong, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t - look at me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lifestyle change, a tree-change as they call it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in my 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s again, instead of being in my 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fabulous feeling.â&#x20AC;?


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Carevan cash By KRYSTEN MANUEL

CHEMART at The Gardens has done it again, with a record donation of $231.45 to Carevan. Carevan CEO Jodie Tiernan said the money would be used to purchase freezers to keep food cooked through the schools and donated to community centres. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gratefully appreciated,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not government funded, so all donations we receive gets pulled back into Albury Wodonga. It really shows our community cares. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homelessness is not an attractive charity, people think â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not in their face. Cancer is, and we need to pour money in to try and find a cure, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a credit to Chemart to take in those applications and find something for those ones that also mean something to the community.â&#x20AC;? Chemart owner Amanda Brndusic said choosing to support Carevan was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;no-brainer.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we got all the applicants in, we were trying to find organisations from all aspects of our community and we found



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some limelight for these little foundations that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get much time in the spotlight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I like to see the money coming back locally. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the locals spending the money, so why shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it come back here and even help someone they know.â&#x20AC;? Ms Brndusic said next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charity is the Murray River Quilters, and people can donate by purchasing Chemart brand items.

Young achievers need to step up NOMINATIONS for the prestigious Victorian Young Achiever Awards (VYAA) are now open. Nominate a young person up to 28 years of age who is actively involved in community activities or achieving great results and both boost confidence and inspire their continued work. Nominations are being

sought throughout Victoria until 22 January for Academy Graphics Regional Achiever Award, BASF Science and Technology Award, Saward Dawson Community, Service and Volunteering Award, Victorian Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Small Business Achievement Award, Australian Super Career Kick Start Award,


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STUDENTS from Victory Lutheran College were one of over 12 schools sponsored by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to take part in the 2013 Target Kids Teaching Kids Week last week. Victory joins more than 10,000 students across Australia who focused their knowledge and passion for the environment through comedy, songs, quizzes, rap, plays and experiments centered on local environmental issues of concern. Students taught each other about issues such as climate change, water, waste, conservation, energy, drought, habitat destruction, population and pollution to bring about positive environmental change. About 100 organisations, local government agencies, community groups and others were also involved to support this great week of environment activities and learning. As part of their event, Victory Lutheran College students hosted a Sustainability Expo that included several student-run workshops where senior students taught junior students how to make a difference to the environment and live more sustainably. Local green businesses, government agencies and interest groups comprised the stallholders at the event. The students competed in a science fair with sustainably designed projects and guest speakers gave attendees great insight into strategies to create change and help their environment. Victory Lutheran College principal Cain McDonald is proud of his studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Target Kids Teaching Kids project and believes the students have developed a real respect for the environment and have the confidence to share their ideas with others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The experience has made the stu-



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VLC students took part in the 2013 Target Kids Teaching Kids Week. dents quite passionate about their topicâ&#x20AC;? VLC teacher Valerie Ratcliff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have become more involved in what each person can do to assist the environment, and realise that we each have a contribution to make.â&#x20AC;? Students were passionate about the cause, saying itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right thing to do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are teaching this workshop because it is the right thing to do and because something needed to be doneâ&#x20AC;? VLC students Dana Mayne and Grace King said, who are raising litter awareness with an art piece they call the Litter Wall of Shame. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids need to know where their rubbish ends up if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put it in the bin,â&#x20AC;? VLC student Cain Terry said. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realise that it ends up in rivers and pollutes the ocean and the earth.â&#x20AC;?


â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is good for our education to learn how much, when we litter, it can impact on the world,â&#x20AC;? VLC student Jaymee Morrison said. Event creator Arron Wood, who was Australian Environmentalist of the Year for his environmental education efforts, said that all the events being held around Australia were packed with great activities and learning opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adults take a back seat at this event - kids teach each other in much more interesting creative ways than the usual classroom format, with songs, dance, poems, drama, games, interactive quizzes and crafts,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most importantly, the kids learn they can make a real difference on environment issues, despite the magnitude of problems facing their environment.â&#x20AC;?




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Day out for dogs THE Toddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tasty Treats fund-raiser was described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an exceptional dayâ&#x20AC;? by Toddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tasty Treats owner and operator, Di Ingrey, attracting between 200 and 300 people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a lot of dogs and a lot of people here and the weather was fine,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We raised about $900 on the day for Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue. Albury Lifestyle Village came in with a donation and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still taking donations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grace and her puppies were a highlight and demonstrated the type of work AWAR do, bringing the dogs up to speed, temperament testing, vet checks, vet bill and the main thing was to highlight the cost of immunising. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at $210 to spay a female, $195 for a male and they cover all of those costs. Even the C5 vaccination is $85 per dog, flea treatments are about $10 a month per dog, it all adds up.â&#x20AC;? Other highlights of the day include Brydie Charlesworth dog training showing some tricks of the trade, a representative from Natural Animal Solutions to talk about the natural pet products and samples galore.

Vanessa, Finn and Riley Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Louchlin and their Spanadore Hurley.

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Larissa Barlow and Axil who is looking for a new home.

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Ballet and art a magical mix By KRYSTEN MANUEL AFTER wowing a sold out crowd in May with their superb performance of The Nutcracker, The Imperial Russian Ballet Company is back in Australia with A Festival Of Russian Ballet. This time, the performance is composed of three diverse acts that capture the true classical nature of The Imperial Russian Ballet Company, but also introduce contemporary style and feature elements to the performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first part is mixed choreography from The Nutcracker,â&#x20AC;? head artistic director Gediminas Taranda said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are the best pieces of Spanish dance, Chinese dance, Russian dance, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very classical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The second part Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve used my favourite ballet, contemporary ballet with contemporary costume and absolutely magical music. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very different choreography,â&#x20AC;? Mr Taranda said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have one surprise for the Australian audience. In the first part, for the first time, we are using a slide show. A few months ago I went to the Russian Gallery in Moscow and spoke with the director about Russian paintings, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taking 15 slides of Russian painted art with me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is very interesting for the audience because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re introducing Russian Ballet and art together.â&#x20AC;? Act one of the performance is taken from The Nutcracker, which is famous for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music one of the most recognisable and enduring music scores ever written. Act two is taken from Bolero that follows an ancient storyline - first there was darkness, then there was light and then there was the Godhead. Act three is composed of highlights from the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great ballets including Giselle, Carmen, The Dying Swan and Le Corsaire. To support the event, Mr Taranda is bringing 45 hard-working dancers to Albury, not to mention 120 costumes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taking eight very good, very strong, very classical soloists with me who dance many types of choreography,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every soloist must know the full choreography, not only two pieces. This is a very long tour with 60 performances, so if any dancer is sick, another dancer must know and dance the choreography.â&#x20AC;? Mr Taranda is not only the artistic director of The Imperial Russian Ballet

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Vinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left for dead on planet rock DURATION: 119 minutes FIRST there was Pitch Black, then The Chronicles of Riddick, and now this - what I like to call â&#x20AC;&#x153;flogging a dead horse.â&#x20AC;? A reasonable amount of expectation falls on the shoulders of this film, and throwing Vin Diesel and a pack of aggressive, bloodthirsty aliens together will never be completely disastrous, but I expected more. More blood, more

gore, more aliens, more intrigue and a much better plot. The story begins with Riddick painfully emerging from the dust and dirt of an unknown planet after being left for dead. Having wandered the planet and become extremely familiar with its wildlife, Riddick sees a storm coming, and with it, the threat of being overrun by a race of strange and violent aliens. He has no choice but to activate an emergency beacon, calling bounty hunters who want nothing more than to collect the head of the infamous escaped convict, Riddick. After getting his jollies toying with

the bounty hunters, things get serious as the storm is upon them all and suddenly the focus is shifted from the hunt to survival. Judging by the reaction in the cinema, there are many Riddick fans out there who would enjoy anything with Vin Diesel killing things and showing up his cocksure opponents, and I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed those elements too. There were two saving graces in Riddick - one being Vin Dieselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s superb character, the other being clever, unexpected humour carefully planted  throughout.

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Surreal take on drawing By KRYSTEN MANUEL

THEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S a lot to be said for the transference of skill, especially in the case of local artist Bev Wilson. Ms Wilson is currently holding an exhibition at GIGS Art Gallery featuring 23 surrealist drawings, some with more than 250 hours of fine, painstaking work put into them. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even more impressive than Ms Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patience and skill is her development as an artist, which began in the photographic industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very fine work and my fineness is through retouching,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before coloured photographs came out, someone had a blemish so the negative retoucher would touch it out, but then when the photo is printed it would have white splotches and I would have to paint them.â&#x20AC;? Ms Wilson has always been interested in art. As an only child she spent her weekends just drawing and took the job as a photographic colourist and retoucher once leaving school. Once married, Ms Wilson had six children and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pick up a pencil or brush for 20 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The I found I needed to do something so I started painting,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was painting in oils and I sold a heck of a lot, but I loved pencil pencil is my main medium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did a course here at the Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education and came out with an associate diploma in creative art,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I struggled through that course because I was a realist. They used to try and loosen me up and I would say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;well Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a loose person!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much beauty in rock formations, waterfalls, reptiles, everything,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I go by a lot of photographs but if I see something and think I can make something out of I start to put it together. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always go to plan, as I start to draw it can alter as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m drawing. Everything needs to blend into one picture and create an impact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just places I seem to make up, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly always a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;shangri laâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Others see different faces and things in it. The interpretation is in the eye of the beholder.â&#x20AC;? Surrealist Drawings in Black & White is on at GIGS Art Gallery until 7 October between Tuesday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Interested visitors to the exhibition have an opportunity to meet the artist on Saturday 28 September 10am-noon. Inquiries: (02) 6021 3073.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I struggled for two-and-a-half years and in the last six months I got a terrific teacher and she put me straight. She said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;your drawing is very good but you have to create.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I started to create these weird surrealist drawings.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;weird surrealist drawingsâ&#x20AC;? were the beginning of a huge period of success for Ms Wilson, with exhibitions in the Raja Idris S2D0 Gallery from 1987 to 1988, Raja Idris Gallery from 1988 to 1992 and The Tribal Art Gallery from 1992 to 1997. More than 300 pieces of Ms Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art have been sold all over the world, including Australia, the United States, Holland and Switzerland. Her weapon of choice is grey lead pencil and her subject matter endless. While Ms Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work seems extremely conceptual, she argues both concept and beauty are in the eye of the beholder.

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Full solar checks ANYTHING Solar has been in the solar game for a long time, 10 years this year actually - before all the hype of government incentives, even before the boom. Dealing in all things solar from household and commercial solar systems to hot water, pumping and lighting, the team at Anything Solar have a wealth of knowledge to offer their customers. One of the most common questions asked of installers is â&#x20AC;&#x153;What maintenance do I have to do?â&#x20AC;?. The answer really is pretty simple ... not a great deal, but there is some upkeep involved of which customers need to be aware and Anything Solar is able to offer all the services related to solar. You service your car why not service your solar system? You ensure that your car is in good working order, you should do the same with your solar system. By doing so you are ensuring that your system is not only safe but also maximising its production. Electricity network providers and the

Clean Energy Council (the solar industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governing body) are all now advising that residents have their solar system checked by a qualified solar professional a minimum of once a year for safety purposes. After all, it is a big electrical appliance on your roof. The main reason they are doing this is so that the inverter in particular can be tested to ensure that it is shutting down and starting up again in the required time frames which is a safety requirement. Inverters have to protect anyone working on the powerlines at all times. Basic maintenance is really quite simple; you can simply hose your panels down every so often to get the day to day dust and grime off. The Anything Solar team donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t advocate climbing up on your roof and doing it yourself - often panels can be hosed down simply by standing at the corner of the house. This is particularly important after long periods without rain. If you live in an area that creates a lot

of airborne pollutants or dust you will need to do this more often. However, at least once a year residents should have a qualified solar professional conduct a full check of their solar system. Anything Solar have a maintenance program in which they can automatically schedule a visit and ring first before doing anything. The team checks over the system, cleans solar panels, checks all the connections and completes safety tests on the inverter. Owners are immediately advised of any safety issue and repairs can be made. Once the maintenance check is completed the team at Anything Solar will send a report of any issues which need addressing in the near future, like trimming nearby trees. We really do give you peace of mind from start to finish. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why for everything solar it really is Anything Solar.

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The new Clean Energy Council solar checklist app.

updated as standards change and, along with the Clean Energy Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continuous professional development program, will be a useful way to stay up-to-date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have had excellent feedback on the app so far and we encourage all installers to download it and try it out.â&#x20AC;? The Clean Energy Council has also developed a range of training videos for solar installers, including one on â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Testing an Installationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, that can be used alongside the Solar Checklist app. Visit the Clean Energy Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s YouTube channel at to access them. The development of the Solar Checklist app and the training videos were made possible through coinvestment from the Industry System Change business activity of the national VET e-learning strategy.





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Solar is now much more financially attainable with Zen Energy Systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new finance solutions.

Solar records phenomenal growth

Zen cuts solar barriers SIGNIFICANT upfront costs are no longer a barrier for householders seeking to benefit from solar energy. ZEN Energy Systems has launched a new range of flexible finance solutions aimed at making solar even more attainable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solar energy should be available to every

household in Australia,â&#x20AC;? ZEN chief executive and founder Richard Turner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One way of achieving that is to provide flexible finance options that meet the needs of households right across the spectrum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the past, the upfront costs of solar energy have been a hurdle for many.



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â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has been particularly the case for young families with limited access to funds and other demands on their household budgets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Often itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the young families who are also hit hardest by rising energy costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By providing flexible solar finance options, more householders can now say goodbye to energy bill stress.â&#x20AC;? Research conducted by the CSIRO for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has found people aged 18-39 years were more willing to consider an arrangement other than paying upfront for a solar energy system. ZEN is offering its customers access to a solar loan for a financing period of up to 10 years allowing for most householders to be cash flow positive from day one. Customers also have the flexibility to pay out the loan at any time with a small discharge fee of $85 but no additional hefty penalties for an early exit. Mr Turner said ZENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no deposit incentive had also proven extremely popular since being introduced. Under the offer, people who sign with ZEN for a solar energy system before 30 September 2013 do not have to outlay any money until the system is installed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a variety of finance options available and we work closely with our customers to tailor a solution that suits their individual requirements,â&#x20AC;? Mr Turner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solar home energy is a long-term investment so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also critical that householders invest in a high quality system that will best cater for their current and future needs.â&#x20AC;?

SOLAR Australia has recently embarked on a program designed to help cut the cost of energy to local businesses. It has grown from modest beginnings in Newcastle in 2005 into one that now has over 10,000 solar installations behind it and all the expertise and acquired knowledge that comes with it. The business has three retail outlets and two large warehouses, the newest of which is based in Lavington. In recent times, the operation has been accredited to provide services under the Energy Savings Scheme (NSW) which has the potential to unlock significant State Government rebates to businesses that invest in low energy technologies such as LED Lighting. This program is being offered from their warehouse and administration facility located in Catherine Crescent, Lavington. It is a holistic approach that involves an on-site assessment designed to identify potential savings and government funding available through the implementation of technologies such as solar energy generation and LED lighting. In addition to these technologies, less obvious strategies such as how the business is using power and the billing structure that is currently in place are considered, possibly leading to the adoption of recent product enhancements such as flexible or time of use billing. Solar Australia has recently become an Accredited Certificate Provider under the Energy Saving Scheme and is now in a position to share the benefits of this with the local business community. Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, who manages this program for the Albury region, commented on the potential savings available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have seen some business that will have recouped their investment within three years using this approach. In these days of low interest rates, it would have to be one of the best investments a business could make,â&#x20AC;? he said. As a national business with regional base utilising the services of local staff and trades people Solar Australia has access to the latest technologies at very competitive prices and can offer a service back-up from their Lavington facility that is the envy of many city-based competitors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many businesses operating warehouses and large areas under lighting would benefit for our on-site power audit during which we look at how solar and LED lighting can be integrated to reduce energy requirements from the grid,â&#x20AC;? he said. When you are ready to cut the cost of your business energy requirements, give Chris a call and make an appointment to discuss the options available. Solar Australia -Albury (02) 6040 6240.


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Switched on to solar

The number of Australians using solar power passed the one million mark in March.


Your guide to solar with value By KRYSTEN MANUEL IF YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE sick of high electricity bills and need guidance through the increasingly popular world of solar power, you need look no further - Tru Value Solar Albury is at your service. While Tru Value Albury is locally owned and operated, the franchise also benefits from quality products carefully researched and stocked Australiawide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the number one solar company in Australia - the biggest solar company in the country,â&#x20AC;? Tru Value owner and operator Michael Steinlauf said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the best performing solar panels in the word at the best price, and basically any solar system that currently exists. We have grid-connect solar, off-grid solar, hybrid solar - which is grid-connect with battery back-up, wind turbines and micro-hydro - which uses water pressure to generate electricity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can use any of those systems anywhere depending on the customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requirements and where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re located.â&#x20AC;? Mr Steinlauf took on the Albury and Wangaratta Tru Value franchises two years ago and brought with it his own experience, expertise and business skills. Having owned and operated Steintech Electric for five years (now seven) and coming from an electrical trade background, Mr Steinlauf knows the value

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Michael Steinlauf of Tru Value Solar. in quality products and professional service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs are different and what we really pride ourselves on is offering that personal touch,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We meet up at the customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home or business, sit down with them, go over their power bill and their situation. We look at how much power their property is using and tailor a design system to suit their needs.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is remarkable when you think that just five years ago in 2008 there were only about 20,000 systems installed across the entire country,â&#x20AC;? Mr Green said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For some years solar has been most enthusiastically embraced by those in mortgagebelt suburbs, retirement areas and regional parts of the country. People from all walks of life have been installing solar as a way of protecting themselves from power price pain over the long-term.â&#x20AC;? Mr Green said the solar industry had gone from the domain of backyard enthusiasts to a major business opportunity within a decade.



MORE than two million Australians are now getting cheaper power and saving some half a billion dollars a year on their electricity bills, because of their switch to solar energy. The number of Australian homes with solar power systems has passed the one million mark, according to figures from the Clean Energy Regulator that confirm the milestone was reached in March. Clean Energy Council chief executive David Green said this meant that approximately 2.5 million Australians now lived in a home with a set of solar panels on the roof - more than the entire population of Western Australia.



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Cleaning panels for efficiency By KRYSTEN MANUEL ONCE you’ve purchased solar panels, one of the main benefits you can expect is a lot more money in your pocket, come bill time. While this might be the case for six months, many solar panel owners don’t realise their pockets will become lighter and lighter if their panels aren’t professionally cleaned - this is where H2O Solar Cleaning Pty Ltd comes in. This locally owned and family operated business comes to clients with new cleaning methods and fresh research ideas that can save you money. “My parents got in early on the solar deal and are getting about $0.68 feed-in for every kilowatt,” H2O Solar Cleaning Pty Ltd director Lucas Williams said. “They had the system for about two-and-a-half years and then they got a bill. After reading the fine print on their contract, we found you have to clean the panels to keep them efficient and meet warranty obligations, so I did some more specific how-to-clean research, got up there and cleaned the panels. After that, the next bill my parents got put them back in credit by $150. “Since then, we’ve refined our processes by cleaning with purified water to produce an even better outcome.” H2O Solar Cleaning is a new business with a focus on doing things right the first time - hence, a great deal of research was undertaken into the precise way of cleaning solar panels for the best result.

Using deeply researched cleaning methods, Lucas at H2O Solar Cleaning can help you get the most out of your solar panels. “We use purified water to clean solar panels,” Mr Williams said. “We’ve found it’s the most efficient method available to improve panel performance and as a bonus is environmentally friendly quite simply it’s the best way to clean solar panels. The pure water actually attracts dirt particles as we clean using our special-

ised water feed brushing system taking the dirt and grime with it as the water washes off the panels.” “We’ve also uncovered research saying unclean solar panels can cause a loss of up to 40 percent in efficiency. People are still getting 10 - 20 percent return on their initial investments in their solar systems, so you can imagine

if you were to maintain your solar panels, just how much you can maximise your savings.” Mr Williams endeavours to run his own research and individually record his findings via the news feed on their website Most solar panel owners are un-

aware that cleaning solar panels can actually save them more money by maintaining their system and possibly avoiding replacement of damaged panels. “Not cleaning them will damage the surface of the panels, you can get moss, mould and dirt accumulating along the outside of the panels where it’s sealed, which can result in water ingestion into the actual panels that will result in some or all of the cells within the damaged panel burning out,” Mr Williams said. Lastly, why not take on the job yourself? “We’re certified to work at heights, we also have construction white card certification and we are fully insuredthough we clean from our mobile work platform and try not to get on the roof, if we don’t have to - but if the home owner gets on their own roof and damages it, it comes out of their hip pocket,” Mr Williams said. “There’s also the injury factor - if someone gets up on their own roof and falls they could injure themselves or worse. “We also do a visual check of your panels and mounting systems during the course of cleaning ” As a special introductory offer, H2O Solar Cleaning will clean up to 30 panels for just $99 - and remember, no job is too big or too small. Call 0419 501 033 or 0260 560 467 or visit for details.



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THURSDAY  Wodonga Scrabble Club meeting. The Salvos Cafe, Wodonga (enter via Railway Street), 6pm- 9pm. Gold coin donation. Inquiries: Natalya 0435 916 082.  Murray Wheezers respiratory illnesses support group meets on the third Thursday of each month at Glenecho Neighbourhood House, Burrows Rd, Nth Albury, 1.30-3.30pm. New members always welcome. Inquiries: (02) 60214939 or (02) 6056 9966.

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FRIDAY  The Long Road Exhibition. The Long Road is an exhibition of works by local painter Robin Cerini. Official Opening: Friday, 20 September at 5.30pm. Artist Talk: Saturday, September 21 at 10.30am. Art Space Wodonga 10-4pm. Inquiries: 02 6022 9600. SATURDAY  Wodonga Toy Library Inc. Sacred Heart parish hall, Beech Street Wodonga. 9am-12pm. New members welcome. Inquiries, 0404 936 208.  Albury Toy Library 10-11am. Inquiries, email


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Homes&Property Albury Wodonga

In the perfect place

THIS Alatalo-built home is situated in Wodongaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greenhill Estate, the perfect place for a new family or investment property. From the street, 18 Falcon Circuit is a warm and inviting looking house with a low maintenance front yard and a large, welcoming external entry. Through the front door you will find the master bedroom to your left and second bedroom or nursery to your right. The master bedroom is a generous queen size that invites a lot of natural light in and offers a fantastic walk-in robe. An ensuite is also connected to the master bedroom, featuring a toilet, shower and vanity area.



Bedroom two is double size with built-in robes and again, a lot of natural light. Due to its proximity to the master bedroom, bedroom two would be perfect as a nursery. Moving down the tiled hallway will take you past a short walkway giving internal access to the double garage and a large built-in cupboard for extra storage space. The formal living area is next - both spacious and light-filled, this area showcases a rustic exposed brick feature wall and clever wood divisions, giving the area an elegant, exclusive feel. The heart of the house is the open plan kitchen, living and dining area and features warm pink tones, downlights,

an abundance of natural light and access to the backyard. The kitchen is striking with its unique shape and offers plentiful cupboard space. Bedrooms three and four, the laundry and main bathroom are cleverly concealed in a separate section of the house next to the living area. Both bedrooms are queen size, with large built-in robes. The main bathroom is sectioned off for convenience, with the powder-room as you first enter, separate toilet and separate bath and shower. 18 Falcon Circuit is set on a 860 sqaure metre block and enjoys a large, low maintenance backyard with a fantastic view and garden shed.



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Albury Wodonga

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Angela Collins, Kylie Young, Joanne Taylor, Barbara Ritchie, Shannyn Kiley, Hayley McLees, Ian Ritchie, Steve Wise and Kayla Brown.

Honestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the key By KRYSTEN MANUEL

WHEN youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with the type of money real estate demands, honesty, integrity and professionalism are integral to a positive and beneficial experience. Be it residential sales, residential rentals, commercial sales, commercial rentals, storage sheds or serviced apartments, look no further than Ian Ritchie Real Estate. Having been in the industry since 1979, Mr Ritchie knows what it takes to develop long, successful and mutually beneficial relationships with clients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The philosophy has always been to be honest and straight forward,â&#x20AC;? Mr Ritchie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re part of an industry which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always perceived in those simple terms, so my own approach in dealing with people is to put the cards on the table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to be realistic for

potential outcomes, whether weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking sales or landlords and their expectations on returns for properties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The majority of people respect dealing with people who are straight to the point and give them the advice thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to best represent the end result.â&#x20AC;? Of course, these values flow through the Ian Ritchie team as well. As a client, you can also expect specialised knowledge on the area from a team who value their professional relationship with each and every one of their clients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people we have working here are going to be in the industry for a long time and, from my perspective, that underpins the stability of the office,â&#x20AC;? Mr Ritchie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People that pay $150 a week rent are just as important as those who are paying $350 a week, because ultimately we think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where we believe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to.â&#x20AC;?

Ian Ritchie Real Estate agent Steve Wise has also been in the real estate game a long time and offers his own expertise in assisting Ian Ritchie to excel in all areas of real estate - not just buying and selling, and not just highend properties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In terms of the properties we deal with, the range is right across the board, as basic as you can get to as elite as you can get,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the years, between Ian and myself we have handled all properties from the bottom to the very top, and as far as areas we cover Albury and Wodonga, as well as your outlying suburbs including Jindera and Howlong.â&#x20AC;? Having been in the area for so long, Mr Ritchie knows the market like the back of his hand and sees the Border as an area of rapidly growing potential. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re quite optimistic that things will settle down with the market,â&#x20AC;? he said.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;It might not happen quickly but now the federal election is behind us, I think gradually the economy will improve and begin to reflect whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in Sydney and Melbourne - the clear message coming out of the capital is the market is very strong and positive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Albury Wodonga has established itself as a real investment hub, you only need to drive down Dean Street and see the high level buildings that have come into existence here to know that. It demonstrates thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of outside money coming into Albury Wodonga, and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in Wodonga with the relocation of the railway system and the redevelopment is going to change the dynamics of Wodonga enormously.â&#x20AC;? Ian Ritchie Real Estate is now conveniently located on the corner of Olive and Smollett streets Albury, phone 02 6041 2411.

THIS spacious home offers more than meets the eye. The home consists of four double bedrooms plus study, all with built-in robes. The main bedroom has full en-suite and huge built-in robe space. An added bonus is a good-size study with ample cupboard space and direct outside access. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of room for the kids with two living areas, and a spacious fully renovated kitchen with ample bench space.



Outside the home has a quality fully tiled in-ground pool, large outdoor entertaining area overlooking the pool and still a nice lawn area for the kids. Inspection is a must.


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Local Sport

At long last - this is it Simon

Says with SIMON CORR

A small but enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 2013-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 triathlon season last Sunday.

Preston takes out the first tri By KRYSTEN MANUEL

LUKE Preston took out the first event of the season on the Albury Wodonga Triathlon Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calendar last Sunday, nearly two minutes ahead of second place winner, Josh Roy. A small but enthusiastic number of competitors turned out for the season opener - a duathlon along the banks of the Murray River. The race, which started at the Kremur Street Boat Ramp in Albury, comprised a challenging 3km run, 12km mountain bike ride and 3km run. There was also a short-course which comprised of a 1.5 km run, 6 km ride and 1.5 km run. Preston, who dominated the previous season, got an early win on the board, easily taking out the longcourse distance in 49:52 from Josh Roy (51:43) and first junior, Nathan Rogers (53:46). A total of 41 competitors lined up

for the event, with Paddianne Archdale the first woman home in the longcourse followed by Sarah Kilner. In the short-course, Tom Friere was first, followed by up and coming junior Emily Crispin. The duathlon follows a similar event held in June to raise funds for club member Justin Godfrey, who will compete in the World Para Triathlon Championships in London this week. New elected club president, Chris Westwood said the June event was such a success that the club decided it was a great way to start the season and hopefully attract more members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The duathlon is a great introductory event to triathlon and the distance of this first event is very achievable for those whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never participated before,â&#x20AC;? he said. As well as newcomers, the club saw many regulars line-up at the start, eager to shake-off the winter cobwebs and launch into the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have 40 competitors is pretty

much in line with what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had previously,â&#x20AC;? committee member Peter Hudez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were a few things on that weekend; we still have football finals, the rugby final was played and being part of bike week, we lost a couple to some events that were on on the Sunday.â&#x20AC;? The next duathlon will return to Allans Flat on Sunday 13 October. Mr Hudez encourages anyone who wants to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;have a goâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to sign up online and become a part of the Albury Wodonga Triathlon Club community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good opener to the triathon that follows in November,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about personal challenge, like a lot of things. We feel a lot of people come back because of the nature of the sport - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very relaxed and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a good club thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fairly closeknit.â&#x20AC;? For a calendar of events or to register, visit

YES this is it, and unbelievably after 21 weekends of football it has come down to the same two again. For an unprecedented fifth year in a row, the Yarrawonga Football Club will meet the Albury Football Club in the Ovens and Murray Grand Final. This unbelievable country football rivalry continues to go to reach new heights, but it was nearly not to be. Albury survived last Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preliminary final by the smallest of margins, giving supporters one hell of a fright. A brave and dedicated Lavington led the contest by 20 points and looked certain to throw some new talent into our big Grand Final. However, a team like the Tigers never gives in and while many were looking to next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grand final, they continued to focus on the job at hand. Good teams fight to the end and put up a brave effort, champions snatch victory from certain defeat and that is exactly what Albury ... a champion team. Can this champion team defeat a team of champions in Yarrawonga? It would be disrespectful to not acknowledge that Yarrawonga also plays great team football, but the pure talent pool of the Pigeons is the envy of all country teams. Brendan Fevola: An AFL Coleman medallist, the most recognisable footballer in the country and a ripper one at that. Big Fev has owned this finals series, with 19 goals in three games all against the leagues heavy weights. Craig Ednie: A Morris medallist, Did Simpson medallist and multiple Premiership hero. The biggest â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Manâ&#x20AC;? in the business. Kayne Pettifer: A proven AFL goal kicker, and this year a proven O&M match winner. Xavier Leslie: A ball magnet, and previous Morris Medal runner up Steve McKee: An AFL Grand Final-

ist, and accomplished AFL ruckman Plus if you add to the list, Drew Barnes, Marcus McMillan, Jarrod Thompson, and Brad Ottens (should he play) it really is the whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who of football. How do you stop such a list? If Albury unite and play as a team, as they did in the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final homeand-away round, they are capable of anything. The Tigers key to victory must be to stifle Yarrawongaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forwards of genuine opportunity. Any delivery to the Pigeons forwards must be under intense pressure. If Ednie, Leslie, Lawless, Greer or Bonat are given a split second to deliver in space they will ensure Fev get silver platter table service, and neither Thompson , Shepherd, Will Smith or any other defender in the country will keep the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Fellaâ&#x20AC;? from kicking goals. To apply such pressure takes extreme fitness and dedication. To apply sustained pressure for the entire game would take a Herculean effort ... but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what it takes to win Grand Finals. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, Albury arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t without their A Graders either, something that the Pigeons will be all too aware of. The Tigers have proven big game performers in Mackie, Packer, Gaylard and Hyde. Dean Polo has been huge this year, as has Luke Wells and both will need to deliver their best should their new team prevail. In grand finals, anything can happen and most probably will. This Sunday both sides have an equally good chance of once again tasting grand final success. It will come down to who plays to their strengths best. If Albury plays as a united team by placing constant and vigorous pressure on their opponents, then exposing them with pace and execution on the counter attack, they will win. If the Yarrawonga ball magnets get enough numbers into their star-studded forward line they will win. Final prediction ... Yarrawonga by 13 points


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