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BENDIGO has sweltered into the new year, with the temperature today predicted to reach 44 degrees – making the pool the perfect place to cool off. Kiara and Ronan Clarke jumped into Golden Square Pool this week to do just that – also helping to celebrate 7000 patrons through the pool’s gates in the first seven weeks of the season, an increase on this time last summer. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

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Bendigo Weekly – Friday, January 4, 2019

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BENDIGO received just 389 millimetres of rain in 2018, compared to the long term average of almost 510mm. The figure represents an almost 24 per cent shortfall in rain reported at the Bureau of Meteorology’s Bendigo Airport station. The airport site went offline on December 22, and accordingly, data for the final nine days of the year has not been included in the Bureau’s totals. December was the wettest


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month of the year, with 80.4mm of rain reported up until December 22, including 42.2mm in the 24 hours to Friday, December 14. Eight millimetres of rain fell in March, making it the driest month of the year, and less than 42mm of rain was reported in the Bureau’s automatic weather gauge up until the end of April. Spring rains also failed to eventuate, with approximately 87mm of rain reported at Bendigo airport, compared to the

long term average of more than 136mm. Bendigo’s hottest day for 2018 was back on January 19, when the mercury soared past 43.5 degrees, while on July 2, it dipped to -3.1 degrees on the coldest morning of the year. The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook shows temperatures from January to March are very likely to be warmer than average, with probabilities exceeding 80 per cent for most of

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Haven backs Labor plan Cheaper rental housing gains support


A BENDIGO-BASED community housing provider has welcomed Labor’s plan to subsidise the construction of new housing that is offered to renters at 20 per cent less than the market rent. Haven; Home, Safe chief executive Ken Marchingo said he was in favour of a national approach to improving the affordability of rental housing for low income earners. “We have been working and lobbying tirelessly for a national approach to rental housing affordability for low-income earners and those

locked out of the rental markets,” Mr Marchingo said. “Housing affordability is not just a problem for individuals. It is a problem for the economy as a whole. “Poor housing infrastructure reduces labour mobility and productivity, discouraging workers from migrating towards areas of economic development and job growth.” At its national conference in Adelaide, Labor announced institutional investors would receive long-term subsidies to build new dwellings, on

condition they rented them out below market rates. Labor leader Bill Shorten said a government under his leadership would offer 15-year subsidies – $8500 a year – for investors building new homes provided they charged rent at 20 per cent under the market rate. The program would cost $6.6 billion over the decade to 2028-29. Labor’s 10-year plan is to build 250,000 houses and units, including 20,000 dwellings in the first term of a

Labor government. The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute estimates a shortfall of more than 525,000 affordable rental properties. Mr Marchingo urged speed in setting up the scheme and welcomed Labor’s intention in partnering community housing providers with residential housing builders and institutional investors. “Community Housing organisations like ourselves willl play a critical role in this solution, by creating a

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co-investment/partnership ecosystem that will sit between governments and the private marketplace, ultimately delivering a national housing model supported by three efficient and sustainable housing sector pillars − public, community and private,” he said. Labor’s latest plan is similar to the National Rental Affordability Scheme but was limited to small investors but which added 37,000 to the national supply. The Coalition said Labor’s scheme was an attempt to detract attention from its negative gearing reforms which are seen as less palatable by voters.

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universe really is.” Due to extreme demand, the planetarium show will be on at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. “And summer at Discovery isn’t the same without a hands on activity,” Mr Ridnell said. “We’re rolling out our

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CENTRAL Victorians have been urged to take care and look out for older relatives and neighbours as another day of extreme heat bears down on the region. Heatwaves can be deadly and those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition. To survive the heat, residents are advised to drink plenty of water, keep cool by using wet towels on your arms or neck, putting your feet in cool water and taking cool (not cold) showers. Bendigo’s forecast maximum temperature today is a searing 44 degrees, with light winds becoming north to north westerly 20 to 30 kilometres per hour in the morning then shifting south to south westerly in the evening as a late cool change impacts on central and northern Victoria. Residents who do not have air conditioning to ward off today’s expected heat are encouraged to spend as much time as possible in cool or air-conditioned buildings such as shopping centres, libraries, cinemas or community centres. A total fire ban has been issued for the state of Victoria, and residents should also plan to be out of high fire danger areas, and to plan for vulnerable family and friends, and pets. Health authorities advise householders to block out the sun by closing curtains and blinds but keep an eye outside for signs of smoke or embers, and to open windows when there is a cool breeze. Do not leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles under any circumstances. People should also stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, to eat smaller meals more often and eat cold meals such as salads. Make sure that food that needs refrigeration is properly stored. Strenuous activity like sport, home improvements and gardening should be postponed, and anyone experiencing any health issues as a result of the heat should phone 000. Today’s expected late change should see temperatures drop back to a maximum of just 27 degrees tomorrow and 28 on Sunday.

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Road deaths hit new low VICTORIA has recorded its lowest number of road deaths since records began, but the state government and police have stated the 214 lives lost on our roads last year is still 214 too many. Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said the figure was 45 less than in 2017 and 29 fewer than the previous record low of 243 in 2013. She said one of the most notable trends from the past year has been the reduction in the deaths on highspeed regional roads. Regional roads claimed the most lives in 2017, with 156 deaths – that number dropped to 108 in 2018. There were six deaths on roads across Greater Bendigo, unchanged from 2017. However, country people are still over-represented in road deaths and that’s the government has vowed to continue to invest in road safety infrastructure on the state’s highestrisk roads, including the rollout of flexible safety barriers. With around 1500 kilometres

of barriers rolled out, thousands of barrier hits recorded across the state, and a steep reduction in deaths on high-speed regional roads in 2018, this infrastructure is reducing the severity of crashes and saving lives. Seven cyclists lost their lives in Victorian road crashes last year, down from 12 deaths in 2017, and five of those fatalities happened on metropolitan roads. Ms Pulford said any reduction in the number of people dying on our roads is welcome but the fact remains that hundreds of Victorian families will start 2019 without loved ones. “While this result indicates that Victoria is moving in the right direction with our approach to road safety, it is of no comfort to the families and friends of the people who died on our roads last year.” Head of Road Policing Operations Superintendent John Fitzpatrick said the record low road toll is encouraging, but there are still too many fatalities on our roads. “Reasons for the reduced num-

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ROAD TOLL: Road deaths numbers have fallen, but more can be done. ber of lives lost include the work done by the Transport Accident Commission to educate road users about safety and VicRoads’ work to make roads safer through measures such as wire median barriers. “Victoria Police officers have also been working very hard to en-

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sure everyone on our roads is safe through enforcement and education. “We are increasing the number of drug tests we do by 50 per cent, meaning we will do 50,000 more this financial year. “These measures and the commitment of our officers are an im-

portant factor in the reduced number of lives lost. “We should also remember that while there are fewer fatalities, thousands of Victorians suffer serious and life-changing injuries on our roads each year. This is the hidden cost of road trauma.”

Call for help on creek COUNCIL is seeking the involvement of residents and community groups to create a 50 year conceptual vision for Bendigo Creek. Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said Reimagining Bendigo Creek is a new collaborative project that is seeking community members to get involved in working groups over the coming year. The aim is to come up with a plan to revitalise one of our most significant waterways over the coming decades. “This is a once in a generation opportunity to explore a shared vision for what the creek might look like and how it can be restored and revitalised,” Cr O’Rourke said. “We want people to tell us what aspects they value the most about the creek and identify areas that they regard as special. This will help us build a conceptual vision for the creek for the next generation “We’re looking for people in the community who have different interests, backgrounds or specialist knowledge of the Bendigo Creek to join our workshops which will meet approximately five times over the course of the one year project.” One of the focuses for community participants in the groups will be to work closely with Traditional Owners, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, with

NEW VIEW: Council has asked for input. the aim of reflecting their aspirations. It is also an important opportunity to share in building reconciliation of the people, Country and the community. State government departments and authorities are also partners in the Reimagining Bendigo Creek Plan with the City of Greater Bendigo council. “We want to create a cherished place within the city landscape where the community and visitors can come together and celebrate the creek’s unique natural environment and heritage,” Cr O’Rourke said. The two working groups will each focus on a selection of related topics: Either ecology, water,

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Rate rise capped again An independent report by the ESC released late in December found that nearly all Victorian councils complied with the 2018-19 rate cap – proving that the government’s Fair Go Rates policy is working. Fair Go Rates is encouraging councils to improve accountability and transparency, ensuring they are listening to their communities and delivering the services that matter most. In the decade before Labor introduced Fair Go Rates, council rates increased by an average of 6 per cent per annum. Since then, the rate cap has

been in line with CPI – 2.5 per cent in 16/17, 2.0 per cent in 17/18 and 2.25 per cent in 18/19. The City of Greater Bendigo is one of many regional and rural councils to raise the rate cap

cap is about getting a fairer outcome for ratepayers and encouraging councils to work with their communities to deliver the things that matter most to locals. The Victorian Local Gov-

Mr Somyurek said the new cap is about getting a fairer outcome for ratepayers

policy as a constraint upon the local government sector and the challenges associated with managing growth and maintaining assets. Mr Somyurek said the new

THE state government has set the cap on Victorian council rate rises at 2.5 per cent, matching the Consumer Price Index for 201920. Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek said the government has ended the uncontrolled rate rises seen over the past decade and put the power back in the hands of Victorian families. The Essential Services Commission recommended that there be one cap across the state – and as per previous years, has applied the CPI forecast by the Department of Treasury and Finance.

ernment Association said is remained concerned that a single rate is not sufficiently sensitive to local needs of the 79 municipalities across the state. It claims communities in

some rural shire councils have reached their capacity to pay for ongoing increases in their rates while some councils, particularly those in the urban growth corridor, need additional resources to fund critical infrastructure such as footpaths and drainage to meet the demands of population growth. The organisation has called on the state government to review the rate capping policy by the end of 2020, instead of the planned review date of 2021, so that incoming 2020 councils are in a position to respond appropriately to their local needs.

GAME ON AT POKIES BENDIGO residents continue their love affair with electronic gaming machines, with punters pouring more than $22 million into the machines to the end of November. Data published by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation shows the 653 gaming machines operated by venues across the municipality turned over $22,042,755 in the first five months of this financial year. Spending was up in each month compared to the previous year, with August’s $4,709.065 the highest monthly spend for more than two years. Central Victorian gamblers spent $49,335,224 on poker machines across the region in the 12 months to June 30, up from $47,754,127 the previous year. The 653 machines installed in Greater Bendigo’s 11 licenced pokie venues at November 30 is the highest number of machines recorded in the region. Bendigo Stadium remains the biggest operator of gaming machines with 105, while the Quality All Seasons Resort has 100.


TOP TOP: Exchange students will be taking footy shirts back to China. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Shirts a sporting gesture for visitors EAGLEHAWK footy shirts are set to be the latest fashion trend in China over summer, after the premiership-winning club presented a gift to each exchange student visiting Eaglehawk North Primary School. The school has hosted the exchange students for the past eight weeks as part of its relationship with the city of Suzhou, and in-

vited the local club in to hand over the colours to ensure students have a piece of their Australian home to take back with them. “This is just about them becoming part of Eaglehawk, and part of the Borough,” principal Craig Burnett said. Mr Burnett said the school’s relationship with the local club was

strong, with the junior team using their grounds to train, and most of the players being ex-students. “(Things like this) are a great opportunity to get the team up here, and then give these kids something to remember Australia by, and their visit to Eaglehawk by,” Mr Burnett said. “It’s also great for our students

to see them, and see what success could look like when they leave here and go somewhere else.” Now, all that’s left is for the exchange students to take up the great game when they head back home. “We want them all to go to Shanghai next year to watch some AFL,” Mr Burnett said.




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New leadership at BCHS

FORMER Mildura Rural City Council chief executive officer Gerard José has been appointed to lead Bendigo Community Health Services. Mr José comes to BCHS after four years with Mildura Rural City Council, and replaces Kim Sykes, who spent more than eight years in the role. BCHS chair Geoff Bowyer said Mr José was selected after an extensive recruitment process and the board was confident he has the experience and leadership skills to ensure Bendigo Community Health Services can continue to grow and support the community. “Gerard impressed the board with his strong background in leadership and strong affiliation

with regional Victoria. “We believe Gerard is a very engaging leader who will draw on the strengths of existing staff and further those strengths. He will be a great mentor. “As we come to the end of our present three-year Strategic Directions, we see 2019 as an important time for BCHS as we finalise a new plan for the future of the organisation and Gerard will be critical to that process.” Mr Bowyer said the organisation was proud of what it had achieved under the quality leadership of Ms Sykes, and he looked forward to continuing to build services and programs to care for the Bendigo community with Mr Jose’s guidance and initiatives.

Mr José said the BCHS CEO role provided a great opportunity to work with very talented staff to gain an understanding of the community health and well-being issues and improve our community’s quality of life. “The board impressed me with their passion to work in partnership with others in our region to create healthier outcomes and meet needs in a systemic way,” Mr José said. “I appreciate the opportunities for BCHS to engage directly with others to ensure opportunities are explored, and work to achieve BCHS’s vision. I believe that we will continue to build strong relationships and networks across agencies and governments that will

be of deep benefit for communities, all spheres of government and the economy.” Mr José said while he was looking forward to his new position, it was with some sadness that he would be leaving the Mallee. Mildura Rural City Council Mayor Simon Clemence highlighted Mr José’s leadership qualities and commitment to the region and said he had provided diligent and ethical leadership to council and shown great passion for the community in which he and his family have lived. “I’d like to congratulate Gerard on his new role as CEO of Bendigo Community Health Services and wish him and his family the very best for the future.”

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Pick the dog not the breed NEXT month, fur babies big and small will descend upon Bendigo as part of the fifth annual National Pet Adoption Day. The initiative, run by PETstock Assist and adoption site PetRescue, is this year hoping to double the number of pets adopted during 2018 to 1000. All breed labels will be removed from pets listed on in the week leading up to NPAD, to ensure as many loving pets of all types find the homes they deserve. Events coordinator Jess Guilfoyle said she hopes the move will help Aussies forget any preconceptions they have about rescue pets or breed characteristics and get to know the animals for who they are. “Every pet is unique and individual, and I encourage people considering a new pet to keep an open mind – you may just be surprised by who you fall for,” she said. “Love really does know no breed.” Animal behaviourist Kate Mornement said there are many more important factors than breed that determine a pet’s personality and temperament. “Personality and temperament are also influenced by previous experiences and individual differences,” she said. “This is why you get so much variation both within and between breeds. “Many well socialised and trained pets find themselves in need of a new home.” Every year around 200,000 pets remain unclaimed in Australian pounds, a statistic PetRescue cofounder Vickie Davy is determined to change. “National Pet Adoption Day is a fantastic opportunity for Bendigo locals to find their perfect match.” The event will be held at PETstock 106 Hattam Street on Saturday, February 9. For more information visit au or

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Be a city ambassador RESIDENTS who are planning to show friends and family around Bendigo this summer are encouraged to pick up a free Ambassador Pass to save money and enjoy free entry to a range of Bendigo attractions. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Terry Karamaloudis said the Ambassador Pass is a great incentive for local residents to give family and friends the best Bendigo experience possible. “Many local residents are proud of the city and enjoy taking visitors out for days trips,” he said. “The Ambassador Pass is the perfect way to showcase Bendigo and not be out of pocket. “We know that almost half of the people who visit Bendigo come to see family

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Penalty rates are not a luxury “They are sacrificing time with their loved ones and should be compensated for that.” Ms Chesters said it was important to note that not only are public holiday rates cut, Sunday penalty rates will be cut again this

year and in 2020 under the government’s policy. “Working people are not commodities to be traded at the lowest possible price,” Ms Chesters said. “When wages growth has hit a record low, there could not be a worse time to cut the wages of hard working Australians.” Ms Chesters said if elected at the federal election widely expected to be held in May, a Labor government will restore Sunday and public holiday penalty rates in the first 100 days, and legislate so they can never be cut again. “Labor will continue to defend the lowest paid workers in this country,” she said.

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communities and the importance of using plain language when educating these groups. She said a local project had been developed with Bendigo Community Health Services and Breastscreen that worked with newly arrived Karen women, encouraging to visit a clinic for testing within six months. “Group education sessions have been identified as a solution to overcome barriers,” Ms Kornmann said. The sessions will start early this year. “Previous group education sessions ran by Women’s Health Loddon Mallee for other culturally

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A very special pony was the only time really that Penny has left the property, and we’ve had her for 39 of her 42 years. “Mum thought it was a bit mean on Penny not doing anything, we don’t need her anymore, so let someone else have some fun with her ... then when that didn’t work out, mum said ‘that’s it, I’m not selling her ever again’.” Judy said is was her mum’s upbringing and training of Penny that led to her warm and calm nature. “My mum just looked after horses so well, she just loved them – we used to joke more than her own kids,” she said. Over the years Penny has been used for more than just training, most recently in competition under the guidance of 20-year-old Maddi – the only one of Ailsa’s grandchildren who learnt to ride on Penny, and still rides today.

Maddi competed with Penny in dressage events, show jumping, cross country, games events, as well as interschools and show competitions. She said it was special to have received the family baton to continue Penny’s gallant life, and agreed with her grandma and mum’s love for the pony’s calmness. “Knowing that my uncle and my grandma, everyone rode her, everyone had something to do with her, it is pretty special. “You knew what she was going to do ... you could read her, it was like a communication, the relationship was strong, she is a good horse.” For Judi, Penny is like the grand-dame, and another member, of the Mason family. “Age 42 is pretty amazing, she’d definitely be your greatgrandma type of age in pony years.”


























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THEY say an animal can be your best friend, a confidant, and just like another member of the family – and for the Masons, Penny the pony, is all that and more. Penny is this year celebrating her 42nd birthday, a fair innings for any pet, and for 39 of them, she’s lived with the Masons on their Maiden Gully farm. Judi, whose mum Ailsa bought Penny in the 1980s, described how the pony was brought to teach siblings, and then family friends, how to ride. In total, three of Ailsa’s six children learnt to ride with the pony, with one grandchild then following suit. “(Penny) was the starting point of any kid wanting to ride, because she was a nice size for young kids. “She wasn’t scary at all, she was just really kind, mum

used to start (the kids) off leading them around,” Judi said. “If they showed further interest, then she was the one they all started on, because we could trust her, we knew what she was like. “She was just a nice horse for everyone. “... we knew (Penny) was a good safe starting point for them.” After the first wave of riders had finished learning and practicing their skills on Penny, Ailsa sold her to a farm in Lockwood. However, it only took two months for the pony to find her own way back to the Maiden Gully farm, forcing Ailsa to make a decision – and showing where Penny’s real home, and heart, lied. “So mum had to buy her back, she actually had to pay more than what she sold her for,” Judi said. “It’s really amazing. That



TASHA Zappala and Victor Cripes make their Blues Tram debut next weekend on Bendigo’s iconic mobile music venue. It will be a demonstration of two contrasting styles from two exciting young acts – soulful, jazzy and sweet versus raw, bluesy and rugged. Enjoy the sights of Bendigo’s CBD from on board a sensationally restored vintage tram, while being serenaded by these artists. Australian singer-songwriter Zappala unlocks a raw mixture of post-folk blues. Her gypsy-folk melodies will at one moment materialise into dainty falsettos, and at the next into a throaty, growling chest tone. Soulful and spinetingling, ethereal and evocative, Zappala weaves abstracted tales of foggy memories and days adrift. Fellow tram rider Cripes delivers a distinctive dirty blues sound which echoes the styles of over 100 years of blues music – from the blues masters of yesteryear to the British

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Family and love the focus of book FAMILY, community and love is the focus of a collection of writing released by Catherine McAuley College EAL students, promoting the power of story telling and positivity. The book, Our World of Colour, already in its second printing, was part of a school-based work project undertaken last year, centred on the qualities students were grateful for. The project included an offschool panel discussion at Bendigo Library last November, where students presented their works and stories to an audience, alongside a documentary series. Many of the students are new


to take away the experiences and challenges his auntie faced in her life from reading his story. “I would like the other people to look at her, because she always tried hard, and even though she has fallen down, she stands up for her community,” he said. Teacher Dianne Hill said the project was about putting the students in the driving seat. “We hope these young people can be seen as empowered and valued members of the community,” she said. Copies of the book are available to buy by phoning the Catherine McAuley College office on 5445 9100.


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The ones that missed a run

NOT every picture, or story for that matter, makes it into the pages of the Weekly. Throughout the year, photographer ANDREW PERRYMAN takes thousand of images in an incredibly diverse range of settings and situations that for reason of space or change just don’t see the light of day. Apart from the extra pictures taken at a shoot, some photographs are taken and selected for use only to be left out at the last minute. Andrew has chosen his best from the rest of those images that didn’t make it into print during 2018.

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BELOW: A pelican drops by.

RIGHT: The retiring James Lerk.

SKATES ON: The Chiko Rollers out for a spin in the park.

TIME FOR REFLECTION: Premier Daniel Andrews ahead of the state election last year.

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No bah humbug please CHRISTMAS is supposedly a season of peace and tolerance, but I cannot help wondering at D Arscott’s Scrooge-like, bah humbug attitude to the Christmas wishes of others. (“Wish List”, Bendigo Weekly, December 20.) He seems convinced that since the issues which concern Di O’Neill and Ray Wilson are beyond their immediate control they should simply cross these issues off their wish lists and just get on with enjoying their own Christmases. Yet it is only when people do speak out about injustices that it becomes possible to begin making changes for the better and finding the solutions so sorely needed. Mr Arscott seems not to realise this. For example, when Mr Arscott expresses misgivings about medical evacuations becoming “entrenched in law”, what exactly is his point? Asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru, and children in particular, have no legal status at present. So any who have been brought to Australia for medical treatment – below the radar of public scrutiny, it would seem – are still in legal limbo. Is it Mr Arscott’s preference that they remain so? Di O’Neill would assuredly welcome a clarification here from Mr Arscott. As for the difficulties Mr Arscott believes Ray Wilson has with Palestine’s refusal to “recognise” Israel, Mr Arscott correctly observes that this conflict has been going on in one way or another since 1948. However, the issues are more complex than Mr Arscott suggests. This is not a simple question of the Israelis being the goodies and the Palestinians the baddies. It is all too clear that atrocities have been committed by both sides. But the Palestinian refusal to accept Israel’s “right to exist” is contentious for two main reasons. Firstly, there is no assurance from Israel that a reciprocal “right to exist” would be issued to Palestine, and secondly, if Palestinians do concede Israel’s “right to exist”, this is tantamount to conceding that Palestine has no such right, and any attacks the Israelis have made on the Palestinian people and their territories in the past were therefore justified. Thus the issue is a continuing stalemate. Mr Arscott also suggests that Ray Wilson has a simplistic view of

what “change a date on the calendar” implies. If I assume that both Ray and Mr Arscott are referring to Australia Day, then I doubt that anyone would be naive enough to think this alone will solve the ongoing difficulties facing Indigenous communities. These communities are living with a range of problems, a fact which has not escaped Mr Arscott’s attention. Yet he fails to understand that finding solutions to these problems has to begin somewhere, and re-examining the different significance of Australia Day for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians may well be a starting point for negotiation. I hope that everything on Mr Arscott’s own Christmas wish list came true for him. I wish him the compliments of the season, with no bah humbug whatsoever. Julie Hopper, Bendigo

Rail trophy projects IN The Age on Saturday, December 15 a well researched article appeared with the heading “Roads and Rail here’s why we could do better”. In the first paragraph it was written, “It’s nearly 35 years since the Very Fast Train bulleted into the national agenda. If it had been completed as first planned in 1995, the VFT would now be whisking millions of people a year between central Sydney and Melbourne in three hours. But nothing came of it, nor of subsequent proposals.” This is a prime example of political atrophy by politicians Liberal, Labor and National party, which makes you scoff every time you hear a politician mouth those words that have been devalued and relegated to being meaningless – “In the national interest.” In Victoria at the last election Dan Andrews and Matthew Guy indulged themselves in “rail trophy projects syndrome” in an attempt to out bid each other. Regrettably, rational decision making goes out the window with the elections. The one major project that had credibility and would not have cost multi millions, but would have derived enormous community benefit, was the reintroduction of passenger rail services to Donald. This project would have progressively enabled Mildura with a

PICK OF THE WEEK: Chinese tower at Eaglehawk. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN For more photos go to population of 60,000 to have passenger rail service that the city has been lobbying years for and which for political expediency reasons, has been denied by Liberal, Labor and National Party. Consequently, Mildura has an Independent in parliament and it is hoped that an alliance of independents are voted in to parliament in four years time. This will keep the politicians who have succumbed to “rail trophy projects syndrome” on their toes looking over their complacent shoulders. Dan Andrews’ political ego and sensibility escaped him when he announce the underfunded $50 billion suburban loop and is a major example of the diagnosis of “rail trophy projects syndrome”. Yet the Victorian regions’ regional rail loop between Bendigo and Geelong via Ballarat lies derelict between Castlemaine and Maryborough having been vandalised and butchered and unauthorised rail removed to go into Jacinta Allan’s botched MBRP. The re-dualing of the Bendigo to Kyneton line was also a project that would provide profound benefit to the community again was overlooked for “rail trophy projects” by Dan Andrews and Matthew Guy.


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Safety first in 2019

A RECORD low road toll might be seen as something Victorians should celebrate, but the harsh reality is the friends and families of 214 people who died on our roads in 2018 will forever mourn the loss of a loved one. We join the government, police and emergency services in wanting to see the state’s road toll continue to decline in 2019. There will never be an acceptable number of deaths on our roads. As technology continues to improve and more and more safety initiatives are put in place and the condition of Victorian roads improves, we should rightly expect the incidence of deaths on our roads to fall. But none of these measures, costly though they are, should ever be seen as a substitute for more road users accepting responsibility for their actions when they take to the road. Alcohol, other drugs, fatigue, mobile phones, failure to wear a seatbelt, speeding and fatigue should never be an excuse for the tragic loss of life that we have become accustomed to. Nobody needs to, or should,

Editorial Comment lose their life because of any of these contributing factors. The sad reality is that approximately 65 per cent of deaths on our roads involve one of these circumstances. Simply put – that’s about 130odd lives unnecessarily wasted due to a situation that should never have existed in the first place. In 2017, 259 lives were lost on Victorian roads, and as indicated elsewhere in today’s Weekly, the provisional road toll for 2018 of 214 lost lives is a step in the right direction, but we can, and must, do better. 139 lives were lost on roads in regional and rural areas in the past 12 months – that’s about two-thirds of all fatalities, yet country Victorians make up less than 20 per cent of the state’s population. To counteract this, there’s been a record investment by governments on the vast regional and rural road

network, but the age-old message of driving to the conditions remains as relevant and as potent, as ever. At the same time, the number of crashes in Victoria involving hospitalisation has risen in the past five years. Road trauma costs our state billions of dollars annually, and a lot more in terms of ongoing emotional trauma and loss. But it’s impossible to put a value on just one life lost, let alone hundreds. It’s not hard to see why there is so much ongoing frustration and community angst surrounding the road toll. Equally, it should not be hard to achieve a massive shift in community attitudes and in reported fatalities. While the progress towards a zero road toll continues, the message to everyone is to think before you get behind the wheel and don’t ever place yourself or other people at risk. We implore all Victorians to be safe at all times in the coming year, and to consider the safety of others in all that they do.

opinion By PAT HORAN Community Commentator

Australians’ faith in democracy is declining. As we observe the divisive, self-focused antics of federal government members lurching from one internally generated crisis to the next, we ask: ‘Where is the vision for our country, and the leadership to guide us towards it?’ The equal marriage vote sent a message which MPs failed to absorb, while their attitude to climate change imperils us all. I believe that Australians want more – we want a vision for our wonderful country and an indication of how it can be achieved. Everyone should be able to contribute to the best of their ability while being able to have a reasonable standard of living, with accommodation, employment and health care. The increasing gap between the richest and poorest should be controlled.

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The most disadvantaged should be enabled to live with dignity, adequate housing, education and health care while the richest should pay fair amounts of tax. Everyone should have access to the best education suited to their needs. Education should teach us how to live a happy and productive life, not just to fit into formal employment. Pre-school education is especially important to overcome the lifetime handicap felt by those

not be above the law, exempt from social responsibility, or financially advantaged. We need a Bill of Rights. Many Australian laws deny human rights without right of appeal, for example the indefinite detention of refugees and asylum seekers. A Federal Anti-Corruption body, with power to hold parliamentarians and public officials accountable is essential to weed out perceived and actual corruption. Donations to political

We want a vision for our wonderful country and an indication of how it can be achieved from disadvantaged backgrounds. For those with disabilities, whatever support is needed must be provided to enable them to lead happy lives and contribute to society in accordance with their ability. Freedom of speech and religion must be protected but religion must

parties should be banned or restricted, with realtime reporting. The ABC is not a player in the media, it is an essential social institution which must have guaranteed funding, an independently appointed board and freedom from political influence. Parliament should sit

for fixed terms; four years is desirable. The parliamentary workplace should be subject to the same laws as other workplaces, except for Parliamentary privilege. MPs departing parliament should be restricted from employment in their areas of responsibility for at least two years. Political paid lobbyists should be banned. The public service should be free of politics. The CSIRO should have guaranteed funding, with merit based appointments. University funding should be at arm’s length from government. Government policies should be based on evidence, not belief. A tax review should be driven by society’s needs, not those of the financial institutions. Education funding should be based on student needs and public schools should never get less per student than the private school system.


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Bendigo Baptist Commuht nity Care: Life Essentials, 214 for thoug Hargreaves St, Bendigo. Tues and Thurs. 5441 4747. Bendigo Family & Financial Services Inc: Myers Street, Bendigo. Ph: 5441 5277. Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm. Long Gully Community House: Humboldt Dve. 5442 1165. Wed mornings (bread only). Food Support 3556: Eaglehawk Community House, 19 Bright St. Ph: 5446 8322. Mon and Thurs, 9am-2pm (school terms). Foodcare 3556: Eaglehawk Uniting Church, cnr Peg Leg Rd/Kirkwood St, Tues 1pm–3pm. Gold coin donation. Ph 0403 698 715. Giving and Living Op Shops: Shed 3, 75 Beischer Street, East Bendigo, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am1pm. Ph 5444 2882 and 671 Midland Highway, Huntly Ph 5448 8434. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. St Vincent de Paul: 16 Hopetoun St, Bendigo. 5443 5688. Mon/Tues/Thurs and Fri, 10am–1.30pm. Kangaroo Flat–117 High St. 5447 9800. Mon–Wed, 10am–1pm, Fri 11am-2pm. 82 High St, Eaglehawk. Ph: 5446 2548. Tues and Thurs 10am–1pm, Friday 1pm–4pm Uniting Care Emergency Relief Centres: Bendigo: 25 Forest St. 5443 4972. Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri 10am-12.15pm and 1.30pm-3.45pm. Kangaroo Flat: Cnr. Church and Camp sts. 5443 5458. Tues and Fri 10am–1pm. Victory Foodbank: 110 Garsed St. Bendigo. Ph: 5443 5998. Tues 10am–12pm.

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Bendigo Community Health Soup Kitchen: The Arcade, 165-171 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. Ph: 5448 1600. Thurs, 4pm-4.45pm. Bendigo Baptist Community Care Breakfast: Life Essentials, Mad Cow Cafe, 214 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. 5441 4747. Tues 7.45am. Eaglehawk Community House: 19 Bright St, Eaglehawk. 5446 8322. Tues 12 noon and 6pm. Kangaroo Flat Community Meals: Rotary Gateway Park, High St, Kangaroo Flat, Wed 5.30pm-6.30pm. Kangaroo Flat Uniting Church: Cnr Church and Camp sts, Kangaroo Flat. Ph: 5447 9998. Fourth Wednesday of every month, 12pm. Not Just Soup - Soup Kitchen: A Reasonable Christianity Church, 237 High Street, Golden Square - back room (opposite Woolworths). Ph: 0404 559 769. Sun, 3.30pm-4.40pm, Thurs, 5pm-6pm. FOODCARE3556: Eaglehawk Uniting Church, Peg Leg Rd Eaglehawk. Tues 1pm–3pm. Gold coin donation.Ph 0403 698 715. Saltworks Community Meal: Eaglehawk Anglican Church, 63 High St, Eaglehawk. Ph: 5446 8251. Fri 5.45pm (except Jan or public holidays). St Liborius Parish Centre: 50 Panton St, Eaglehawk. 5446 8235. Tues 11.30am (school terms).

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was born at

was born at

St John of God

St John of God

December 28, 2018

December 31, 2018

3472 grams

3570 grams

Son of Mikayla and

Son of Kaitlyn and

Grant Weeks

Russell Morrissey

of Colbinabbin.

of Golden Square.





was born at

was born at Bendigo Health

January 1, 2019

January 2, 2019

was born at Bendigo Health January 1, 2019 3401 grams Daughter of Siriporn Taokumlor and Dean Segafredo of Heathcote. Sister for Mathew Segafredo.

was born at

St John of God

3058 grams Daughter of Nadine

2995 grams Daughter of Naomi and Chris Boyes

and Cobus Beetge

of Spring Gully.

of Bendigo.

Sister for Annabel.

JAPJI KAUR CHOHAN was born at Bendigo Health December 31, 2018 Daughter of Gaganpreet Kaur and Gurpreet Singh of Golden Square.

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Milestones loom large By SAM KANE

IT’S a weekend of milestones for the Bendigo Bank Spirit, with Abbey Wehrung playing her 100th WNBL game on Sunday against Perth Lynx, while Cassidy McLean celebrates her 50th tonight in Canberra against the Capitals. For Wehrung, she said reaching the triple-digit game count felt like it had come up out of nowhere. “It’s cool that I’ve got to 100 already, but I don’t really think about it too much,” she said. Wehrung is currently in her first season with the Spirit, after previously being with the Canberra Capitals for four seasons, and said it was the teams she’s played apart of, and players she’s suited up alongside, that has been a standout of her career. “This Bendigo team is incredible, everyone gets along so well off the court and on the court, and I’ve really really enjoyed my time here.” Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard believed Wehrung has an-

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other 150 to 200 games ahead of her. “We’re pretty proud of her, we think that she’s got a lot of growth left, so whilst she’s played 100 games she’s nowhere near a finished product, and that she’s going to be a staple of the Bendigo Bank Spirit for a number of years to come,” he said. McLean also said her 50 games had crept up on her. “It’s a bit surreal,” she said. It has been a whirlwind WNBL career for the 19-year-old, spending her first two seasons in the national league as part of the Sydney Uni Flames, who during that time won a championship, before joining the Spirit this season. “In the championship year I was with great players like Leilani Mitchell and Belinda Snell, and just learnt so many things from them that I could carry on in these last few years,” she said. “In the last few years I think just as a player I’ve definitely improved and just the opportunities I’ve got as well have been great.”

DYNAMIC DUO: Abbey Wehrung and Cassidy McLean. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Spirit face vital challenges

Sports Star honours key duo CRICKETER Tayla Vlaeminck and cycling coach Tim Decker have been named joint monthly winners of the PEAK Sport Australia Bendigo Sports Star of the year for November. For Vlaeminck, the nomination caps an incredible year with the teenage superstar forming part of the all-conquering Australian women’s T20 squad that defeated England to win the World Cup in the West Indies. While the former Strath Maristians pace bowler did not play in the final, she took one of the catches of the tournament in the lead up, and she has firmed as one of Australia’s best up and coming pace bowlers and looks set to be a key player for her country in the years ahead.


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Vlaeminck has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame after a spate of serious injuries threatened to curtail her career, and she is regarded as one of the quickest bowlers in women’s cricket today. Decker, the former Bendigo based cyclist and now Australian track en-

durance coach, earned his nomination after being named Cycling Australia’s coach of the year. Now based in Adelaide, Decker oversaw the men’s team pursuit quartet of Alex Porter, Sam Welsford, Leigh Howard and Kelland O’Brien who became the first team in

From Page 20 The team will face the Capitals without star forward Nadeen Payne, who’s resting an achilles injury, but is expected to return against the Lynx. “It’s a big loss for us, she’s one of our highest scorers, plus our highest percentage scorer, and she’s been big part of the team ... the physio suggested to us that she won’t be able to back up ... so we’ve chosen the Perth game,” Pritchard said. Pritchard said the weekend’s matches are about bringing the Bendigo brand of basketball to the court. “(Against Canberra) we’ve got to keep the game slow enough, ... so we can score enough points, because they’ve got such star power, if they get out 15 points they’ll be able to do whatever they like. “For us it’s going to be about that first quarter ... not let them get out, restrict them, use our time-outs, slow the game down,

really control the game.” Pritchard was confident about the team’s prospects against the third-placed Lynx. “I really feel like Perth is a game that we can get, they’re really achievable.” he said. “Perth have (also) played a game before like us ... so hopefully they will be a little bit fatigued with their fast style of basketball.” Spirit forward Louella Tomlinson, who played two seasons in Perth, said Sunday’s game was important for the team, who want to finish the season with some good wins. “Last weekend was a nail biter and pretty disappointing for the group, but we think we can get Perth, especially at home. If we can strike them early and keep momentum of the game, then we’ll definitely get the win.” Sunday’s game kicks off at 2pm at Bendigo Stadium.



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STAR POWER: Tayla Vlaeminck and Tim Decker.

history to break the threeminute, fifty-second barrier (3:49.804) on their way to winning gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The ever popular Decker was also named the winner of Sports Star’s Faith Leech Achievement Award in 2015, and under his stewardship, some of the biggest names in Australian track cycling have won multiple Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games gold medals. Vlaeminck and Decker join a star-studded list of nominees for the prestigious PEAK Sport Australia Bendigo Sports Star of the Year award to be announced at the gala dinner on Friday, March 1 at Bendigo’s All Seasons Quality Resort.



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Spirit seek revenge


THE Bendigo Bank Spirit has suffered its second narrow overtime loss of the 2018/2019 WNBL season, this time in a nail biting finish against the Melbourne Boomers. After trailing at the turn of every quarter, and by as many as 14 points going into the final term, the Spirit clawed back to lead by three points with four seconds to go, before a shot by the Boomers’ Lindsay Allen levelled the score, forcing Saturday’s match into extra time. However, the Spirit were unable to ward off Melbourne’s seven-point comeback, going down 64-71. It follows a similar end in overtime against the Townsville Fire in November, finishing on 82 to the Fire’s 89. “(Saturday) was a heartbreaking loss, we had to work so hard to get back into the game,” coach Simon Pritchard said on Wednesday. “We struggled to contain Lindsay Allen, she was scoring them well. And the thing about Allen is she’s a good player - she was finishing at the ring, she was hitting the jump shots and she was hitting the threes. “She played a really good game and really just kept them in the game. If it wasn’t for Lindsay Allen there’s no way they would have won.” It was the fourth quarter of last weekend’s game where the Spirit shone, scoring 23 to the Boomers’ nine. “If we could maintain that all game, then we would be winning games,” Pritchard said. Saturday’s loss comes as the Spirit now sit equal fifth on the ladder with Townsville and Dandenong. The Spirit spent the week preparing for a double-header weekend - first against ladderleader Canberra Capitals in the ACT tonight, then a crucial home lineup against Perth Lynx on Sunday.

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