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‘Can The Plan’ rally in ACT ■ The Yea organiser of the farmers’‘Can The Plan’ rally against the Murray Darling Basin plan being operated by the Federal Government, Jan Beer, says that the convoy of vehicles into Canberra, at one stage stretched over 19 kms on Monday (Dec. 2).

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■ The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee is this week holding three days of public hearings on the Auditor-General’s report into protecting and managing Victoria’s wetlands. The audit report examined whether Victoria was meeting its obligations to protect wetlands under the international Ramsar Convention. The public hearings were held in Melbourne (Monday), Edithvale (Tuesday) and Sale today (Wed.).

MP concerned ■ Tania Maxwell, MLC for Northern Victoria, has questioned Adem Somyurek, Minister for Local Government, about bushfire management and prevention activities in regional areas of the State. Ms Maxwell raised concerns that local councils may not be sufficiently resourced to upgrade aging fire-related infrastructure. Ms Maxwell asked the Minister to commit to making publicly available a detailed breakdown of the emergency management funding provided to each Victorian council.

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Local Briefs Yea PS Council ■ The Yea Primary School Council dinner will be held on Monday (Dec. 9). The Grade 6 Graduation Dinner will be held on Wednesday (Dec., 11).

■ Seymour College students Justin McCallum and Lulu Moon were amongst those to participate in an art exhibition at the school. A Remembrance Day commemoration was held last month for all students of defence families.

Rezoning ask

■ The State Minister for Planning will be asked for permission to prepare a Planning Scheme Amendment C70 under a proposed planning permit for rezoning of land from General Residential 1 to Low Density Residential. B. and R. Creighton applied to Murrindindi Shire Council for rezoning of land at 5 Plantation Lane, Alexandra, at the southern end of the township, for a cattery.

Vito is Director

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● Vito Albicini ■ The title of ‘Director:Assets and Development’ appeared against Vito Albicini’s name in the Murrindindi Shire Council Minutes from last week’s meeting.

■ Murrindindi Shire Council has agreed to pay $241,476 to North Central Construction for footpath renewals at: ■ Lawrence¡¦s Road (Yea) ■ UT Creek Pathway, Leckie Park Pathway (Alexandra) ■ Rotary Park (Alexandra) ■ Eildon Reserve (Eildon) ■ Eildon Pondage Part 1 (Eildon) ■ Eildon Pondage Part 2 (Eildon) ■ Maroondah Highway Intersection (Taggerty) ■ Flowerdale Primary School (Flowerdale)

Presentation time ● Justin McCallum and Lulu Moon.

Nod for Glenda

■ Cr Bec Bowleswelcomed Glenda Woods to last week’s Murrindindi Council meeting. “For the past 17 years, Ms Woods has been a cornerstone of the Yea Wetlands Committee, and has, at different times, served as its president, secretary and treasurer,” the meeting was told. “Ms Woods also has a long history of volunteering with Waterwatch, Yea Rotary and the Yea Garden Expo. “Her passion for and dedication to the environment has been, and continues to be, an inspiration. “It is a remarkable contribution and commitment to the community and is enormously valued.”

Roads program

■ The sum of $292,983 will be paid by Murrindindi Shire Council to Anthony T. Lindsey Pty Ltd for sealed roads rehabilitation: ■ Break O¡¦Day Road, Glenburn ■ Ghin Ghin Road, Ghin Ghin ■ Green Street, Alexandra ■ High Street, Eildon ■ Lyrebird Drive, Pheasant Creek ■ Maintongoon Road, Alexandra ■ Marr Court, Eildon ■ Ninth Street, Eildon ■ Shamrock Street, Alexandra ■ Vickery Street, Alexandra.

Golf Club visit

● Glenda Woods, Cr Bec Bowles and Cr Leigh Dunscombe. Harry Braun ■ Cr Charlie Bisset advised that Radio spoke as the lead petiNational had a discus- tioner regarding the ■ Patrick Browning and Jackie Browning sion about the Yea condition of Gordons Ashe, proprietors at the Alexandra Hotel, last Wetlands, now a na- Bridge Rd, Castella. week won two Gold RACVTourism Awards. tionally known site. They were recognised for Standard Accommodation and Restaurant Catering.

Gold win for couple

YHS valedictory

■ Thanks have been extended to Yea High School Year 12 Co-ordinator James Walsh and VCAL Coordinator Amanda Hard for organising the Valedictory Dinner function at Flowerdale Estate. Graduating students were presented with a certificate and a glass in a formal ceremony. Year 12 students and their families enjoying the evening and celebrating the completion of 13 years of schooling.

■ The Yea High School presentation afternoon will be held at the Yea Shire Hall on Tuesday. December 17. Families and students are requested to arrive before 1.15 pm for a start at 1:30pm. The AYCE (Access Yea Community Education) presentation day is Wednesday. December 18,with the formal presentations commencing at 2pm at the Chinese Centre in Bayswater.

Speakers Disclosure at Shire ■ Crmade Charlie Bissett

■ There were two public speakers at last week’s Murrindindi Shire Council meeting. Karen Cassidy spoke in support of use and development of land for the purpose of a dwelling at 511 Falls Rd, Strath Creek

disclosed a conflict of interest regarding a matter involving the Marysville and Triangle Economic Strategy - Boston Consulting Group at an assembly for Councillors last month. She left the room prior to any discussion.

■ Craig Lloyd, Murrindindi Shire CEO, told last week’s Council meeting about a visit he had taken to Marysville Golf Club. “I had the opportunity, with Cr S. McAulay to meet this month with the Marysville Golf and Bowls Club. This beautiful facility is run by a group of dedicated volunteers. It was good to hear of the club’s plans and challenges, and how Council may be able to support this club which serves locals and visitors alike,” Mr Lloyd said.

Into final quarter ■ Cr Leigh Dunscombe has likened his Mayoral role in the fourth year of the Council’s tenure, to a football match. “I look at this final year as being like the fourth quarter of a football match, as a time when teamwork and commitment will play a vital role in the consolidation of our efforts and initiatives of the past three years and a time to set the stage for the next season and the next cohort of Councillors,” Cr Dunscombe said.

Help for wildlife ■ A session to assist volunteers to help injured animals was held by the Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House last Saturday (Nov. 30).

Ticks & Crosses

Certain indemnities covering volunteers on local committees for reserves and halls might disappear under new Local Government laws, warns politician Steph Ryan in this week’s Local Paper. Public swimming pools at Alexandra, Eildon, Marysville and Yea have been closed since last Saturday (Nov. 30) because of colder weather.

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Local News

Shire officers recommend ‘Balaclava’ permit refusal

Local Briefs Doors open 5.30pm

■ Doors will open at 5.30pm tonight (Wed.) for the 6pm meeting at the Yea Shire Hall for the public to give its opinions on the planned hotel development at ‘Balaclava’ (707 Murrindindi Rd,). The Council has called the special meeting, and Councillors are expected to vote on the proposal at tonight’s meeting (see separate report, at left). Some 133 submissions were received, 131 objecting and 2 supporting.

Eildon pool closed

■ Murrindindi Council had to close the Eildon Pool on Friday afternoon (Nov. 29) due to plumbing issues. The closure also impacted Monday morning lap swimming.

Caveat bushfire

Santa will be visiting the Yea Rotary Carols In The Park to be held at the Yea Railway Park, with a 6pm for 6.30pm start on Thursday, December 12. Carols start at 7pm with the combined Church Choir, Sacred Heart Primary School and other acts. Patrons are invited to bring chairs, rugs and family. Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House is organising Carols By Candlelight at the Bollygum Twilight Market from 5pm-6.30pm on Sunday (Dec. 8). There will be performances from local primary school students and local dance schools.As well as a visit from Santa, Mother Christmas will tell a seasonal story.

● Grant St, Alexandra There are some great historic photos of Alexandra at the ‘Lost His tory of Alexandra Victoria 3714’ page on Facebook. A big tick to Pete Tate who has colorised a number of the o0ld black-and-white photographs. Brad ‘Bunsen’ Byrne will be the 2020 Superules Coach at Whittlesea, with Steve ‘Moose’ Young. There is a renewed feeling and excitement within the group . Training commences tomorrow (Thurs.) at the Showgrounds. An Arthurs Creek-Strathewen landowner found out on Friday how quickly fire can spread, even on a calm, still, mild day. He registered the burn with CFA and lit up. A quick zip away to grab a hose and the fire had jumped away from the pile into the grass and became bigger quite quickly. 000 were called and along with a couple of neighbouring brigades the local unit attended and extinguished the fire which had affected approx half an acre of green paddock. Whittlesea Agricultural Society firends will gather at the Showgrounds Admin. Building at 6pm on Saturday, December 14, for a Christmas Party. There will be old time games, and a visit from Santa. Bring-your-own meat, drinks, salad and chair. Ticks for the new playground area under construction at Yea Primary School. The construction company believes it will take four weeks to complete the project, includes garden beds and a path.

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■ A bushfire at Caveat was placed under control on Friday.. CFA District 12 said approximately 10 acres of grass and trees were impacted. The fire is believed to have started due to rising temperatures in a hay bale. ● Council officers are recommending the ‘Balaclava’ hotel permit be refused. ■ A report tonight (Wed.) to Murrindindi Shire that it creates predominantly tourism use in a Councillors is recommending that they refuse to farming environment that has the potential to grant a planning permit for a residential hotel limit the operation and expansion of adjacent and restaurant at 707 Murrindindi Rd, Murrin- and nearby agricultural uses in high quality agricultural land. dindi. The report says that the proposal does not ■ “The social and economic benefits of the comply with the requirements of Clause 02.03 proposal are unsubstantiated and cannot be relied upon to balance other competing objectives Strategic Directions: ■ “Protecting rural land for productive agricul- contained within Clause 35.07 Farming Zone. ■ “The current planning proposal and plans do tural uses and compatible rural uses”, and ■ “Ensuring that the use and development of not provide sufficient detail to demonstrate that rural land protects and enhances agricultural the risk to human health and the environment potential and the productive capacity of the land associated with on-site wastewater management will be acceptable. and surrounding land.” The Council officers have assembled a list ■ “The proposal provides insufficient detail of other reasons why Councillors should vote with respect to infrastructure servicing. ■ “The proposed access arrangements are unagainst issuing a planning permit: ■ “The proposal does not comply with the re- satisfactory having regard to the site’s location quirements of Clause 13.02 Bushfire in that it and the nature of the proposed land use. has not addressed the potential for bushfire risk. ■ “The proposal will lead to adverse amenity ■ “The proposal does not comply with the re- impacts on surrounding residents due to noise, quirements of Clause 14.01 Agriculture, given and light spill.”

Cl. tunes into public mood ■ Murrindindi Shire Council has had to carefully play the ‘Balaclava’ permit application by the book. Interests associated with controversial Chinese businessman Tom Zhou made application for a residential hotel and restaurant on rural land at Murrindindi. The land consists of 13 separate parcels totalling 842 hectares in area and is located in Murrindindi, approximately 15km south of Yea. The hotel would be accessed by Cummins Lane. Local residents are generally against the hotel proposal. The Zhou interests were not assisted by a 60 Minutes TV report that revealed allegedly illegal wombat shooting on the property. Fairfax-Nine Newspapers revealed that Zhou interests had connections with Crown Casino. The Age alleged that Crown had “unsavoury” links. The Age alleged that Mr Zhou was on an Interpol ‘red list’. Murrindindi Shire Council, officially, could take anyof this into account. The planning permit has to be decided strictly on planning laws. Despite the national media noise, the Council has been obliged to see that the planning

● Tom Zhou application is judged strictly on the matter to the Victorian Civil planning issues. and Administrative Tribunal Councillors have had to re- for determination by an indemain silent, lest it be perceived pendent member. that they developed a pre-conAs it stands, the proposal is ceived view prior to tonight’s for a 46-room resident hotel, vote. and a 60-person restaurant. Issues such as native aniTonight’s public meeting will mal hunting have had to be re- give an opportunity for Murrferred to other government indindi residents to again agencies. voice their objections, and for If the planning permit is re- Council to at last show sympafused tonight, the Zhou’s inter- thy. However, the fight is unests will be at liberty to take likely to be over.

Rainfall figures

■ TheYea Butter Factory last week became the official Bureau of Meteorology rainfall recording site for Yea. Rainfall measurements have been continuously recorded in Yea manually since 1885, until a lapse earlier this year.

Visit to Marysville

■ Eildon Primary School students enjoyed their visit to at Marysville for the MARC Literacy Festival. Seniors pupils worked with author Corinne Fenton on adding description to their writing and predicting what happens next in the story. Drawing advice was given by illustrator/ author Mark Wilson, and Marjory Gardner helped the juniors.

New soccer pitch

■ Students at St Mary’s School, Whittlesea, have anew synthetic soccer pitch. It oopend on Friday (Nov. 29) and the Grade 6 students had the first opportunity to play soccer at recess.

Buck passing

■ Eildon MLA Cindy McLeish last week spoke in State Parliament about ‘buck passing’ in regard to Goughs Bay. “Will the minister (for water) co-ordinate a meeting to be led by Goulburn Murray Water and including Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Mansfield shire representatives with residents of Goughs Bay? “Goughs Bay residents feel neglected by government authorities and council. They have numerous concerns which are complicated by the different land managers, and they say there is a lot of ‘buck passing’. “In particular, the residents want to see the land in the township precinct and the immediate vicinity effectively maintained and fuel loads managed with a strategy and implementation plan developed. “Grass is overgrown and fallen branches are not picked up. Much of this is in the area between the caravan park and the lake. This is the area where the residents and tourists would flock to in the event of fire. The area itself is now a fire hazard but should and could be a feature of the town,” Ms McLeish said.

Trawool fire

■ Firefighters attended a bush fire on the Goulburn Valley Hwy, Trawool, in the vicinity of the old Trawool school, on Thursday (Nov. 28).

Eagles sign Rice

■ Whittlesea Football Club has signed former St Kilda player, Bailey Rice. Bailey is 22 years old, 186cm tall and 88kg. He will add strength to the mid-range.

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Lions serve well ■ The community service group, Lions, is well represented throughout the region. There are clubs at Alexandra, Eildon, Kinglake, Marysville and Whittlesea. There was a Lions Club of Yea for decades. Loingest serving John Leaford gave a speech about the 50th anniversary of the Lions Club of Whittlesea at last week’s meeting at the Whittlesea Bowls Club. He condensed 50 years of history uinto a 15-minute speech. John has been a Lion since July 1970. The first meeting and charter presentation was held on November 25, 1969. The club was chartered by the Ivanhoe Lions Club with the late Past District Governor Lion Lewis Jackson as President. John highlighted many of the activities of the club, they include the Whittlesea Show for 49 years, the Annual Art Show held in conjunction with the Whittlesea Masonic Lodge for 24 years, fashion parades, Youth of the Year Competition, dinner dances for the Lions House, camps to Licola, with Kinglake Lions trips for children to Luna Park, dances at the Lions Hall (now the New Horizons Church), bad taste nights, Ford Days, Gymkanas, Country Music at the Showgrounds, Jazz nights and countless barbecues, just to name a few. The Lions Ladies supported the club with their own fund raising activities. A new committee was formed to refurbish the Mechanics Institute and with support of the Whittlesea Council, repairs were done to the stage, floor, kitchen and toilets added, the hall then became known to all as the Lions Hall. Since the New Horizons Church have made this their home in Whittlesea further renovations have been done and the heritage building still remains in town. The Club was the instigator in having the first ambulance station established in McDonalds Rd, Epping. Many members were on the Whittlesea Country Music Festival committee, this event bringing many well-known country artists and visitors to the town. The Club supported families in need, sporting clubs, fire brigade, scouts, football club,

cricket club, supplied defibulators, school students in Whittlesea, Yan Yean and Upper Plenty, the swimming pool, and many more worthy causes. After the devastation of Black Saturday members were at the forefront with assistance needed by those affected by the fires. Tool libraries were set up and caravans and cars supplied also generators, toilets and PODS, with hands on support from two district governors the late Lion Anthony Stockdale and Lion David Jones. The Club hasin return given their support through the Lions Clubs in the areas of great devastation, such as fires and floods, while at the same time supporting Australian Lions and International Lions projects. The whinge pills introduced by the late Lion Ken Browne and Santas by the late Lion Alan Hayward have become a great fund raisers and talking point, along with the sale of Christmas Cakes and Puddings and the Lion Mints. Another great achievement for the club was the establishment of the Lions Park, the tractor being a great attraction for children of all ages. Over time the barbnecues were installed along with tables and seating, and not forgetting all the play equipment for the childen. Bollards were recently erected to thank the services clubs, the fire brigade, the SES and the police for there dedication during the Black Saturday event. In the future shade cover will be over the play equipment. TheAnnual Golf Day held at the Whittlesea Golf Club, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Whittlesea is a great success. Each year they also assist the Rotary Club in supplying a meal for students returning to Geelong Grammar Timbertop Campus in Merrijig. The Whittlesea Bowls Club and the Whittlesea Rotary Club have been a great support with any large projects that may come along. ■ If you would like to help your community in any way please contact Lion David Cordell ,0418 348 057, for any further information on how to join our club. - Leila Leaford

Council News Local Laws

■ Do you own pets? Have a shipping container in your yard? Camp on your land? If so, you need to know about Murrindindi Shire Council's new draft Community Local Law. Community Local Law sets out how the Council maintains peace, order and safety in the Shire. It governs a wide range of issues from what qualifies as an 'unsightly property' to what can go in public bins to the rules around putting up your garage sale sign. It sets out the regulations around things as varied as heavy vehicle parking in residential areas through to where and when you can use recreational vehicles. It defines when you can burn off and how much noise you can reasonably make in residential backyards. Mayor Cr Leigh Dunscombe said Council recently reviewed its Community Local Law 2012. It has endorsed a new draft Community Local Law 2019 at its Ordinary Meeting last week (Nov. 27). The draft Community Local Law 2019 will be on public exhibition until January 31. "There are quite a few proposed changes to a variety of laws. “We've really tried to reduce red tape and remove unnecessary permits, so we're really keen to hear from the community about whether they think we've got it right or not," Cr Dunscombe said. “We've worked closely with other organisations - such as the Victoria Police, Country Fire Authority, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, State Emergency Services, Parks Victoria and the Environmental Protection Authority - to make sure Council's laws align with what other agencies are doing. "The goal of this Community Local Law is to make it easier for people to understand and manage their responsibilities to their neighbours, the wider community and the land," Cr Dunscombe said. "We understand that trawling through a 40-page document in search of the regulations that might affect them isn't everyone's idea of a good time, that's why we're inviting you to come along to one of our community consultation sessions, which will be held as follows: ■ Alexandra Council Offices - Tuesday December 10 at 6pm ■ Yea Council Chambers - Thursday December 12 at 7pm ■ Marysville Information and Regional Arts Centre - Monday January 20 at 6pm. ■ Kinglake Council Offices - Wednesday January 22 at 6pm "If you can't make it to one of the info sessions, I encourage you to check out the draft Community Local Law 2019 at comment or at any of our Council office. "We'd love to hear your thoughts on the draft Community Local Law 2019, so if you would like to provide Council with some input, you can make a submission by email to post to PO Box 138, Alexandra 3714 before January 21," Cr Dunscombe said. - Contributed

16 Days of Activism

■ '16 Days of Activism' is well under way in Murrindindi Shire, with Council running an awareness-raising morning tea for its staff on Monday November 25 in Alexandra and a community afternoon tea at the Kinglake Library on Thursday November 28. The events have been an opportunity to start the conversation about preventing family and gender-based violence and a chance for people to learn more about support services available in Murrindindi Shire. - Contributed

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Your Stars with Kerry Kulkens

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Zero to Landfill policy

TAURUS: (April 21- May 20) Lucky Colour: Lemon Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: 1,17,23,34,44.45. Many will get the chance to renew friendships and love affairs. Plenty of entertainment and enjoyable evening to be spent with the one of your choice.A regular routine will be helpful keeping your health on the right track and stop you getting tired.

CANCER: (June 22- July 22) Lucky Colour: Green Lucky Day: Friday Racing Numbers: 7,8,9,3, Lotto Numbers: 1,16,23,34,41,22, Many will find new and exciting ways to keep their love life from becoming dull and routine try a stint on a water bed or something else that might be different from the usual make sure you take in plenty of liquid. LEO: (July 23-August 22) Lucky Colour: Cream Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: 6,8,4,5, Lotto Numbers: 1,17,23,36,42,11, Most will be playing games when making love and getting a kick out of it. New interests and new affairs are very prominent. Make sure you don't suffer from sunburn. There is plenty of socialising in store for many. However don't over do it. VIRGO: (August 23- September 23) Lucky Colour: Mauve Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: 7,9,3,4, Lotto Numbers: 1,16,23,34,41,22, You will be interested in keeping your love life exciting so be honest with your partner. Most will be getting plenty of exercise, so no need to worry about your health. LIBRA: (September 24- October 23) Lucky Colour: Yellow Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: 7,9,3,5, Lotto Numbers: 3,6,23,31,22,28, You should be feeling full of confidence and vigour which will make the most of your tasks easy, making time to take on some new ones. But don't make to many changes at this point as this could lead to further problems. SCORPIO: (October 24- November 22) Lucky Colour: Orange Lucky Day:Wednesday Racing Numbers: 6,9,3,4, Lotto Numbers: 1,16,23,27,34,41, Your passions should be flowing high and more intense relationships are indicated.Also in your career changes are imminent and more power and success is on its way. SAGITTARIUS: (November23- December 20) Lucky Colour: Red Lucky Day: Saturday Racing Numbers: 6,8,3,4, Lotto Numbers: 1,15,23,35,41,22, A good period for love relationships and many could commit themselves permanently now. Travel is also on the agenda either yours or someone close, keep an eye open for opportunities abroad. CAPRICORN: (December 21- January 19) Lucky Colour: Silver Lucky Day: Thursday Racing Numbers: 4,6,2,3, Lotto Numbers: 1,14,23,27,34,38, No good dwelling on the past look to the future with open eyes and something mysterious will be solved. New friendships could be something very important to you in the near future. AQUARIUS: (January 20- February 19) Lucky Colour: Violet Lucky Day: Thursday. Racing Numbers: 5,7,3,4, Lotto Numbers: 1,16,23,26,34,39, Big changes in career matters and some could be called on to sort out some problems that professional cannot solve official or legal problems are also in the agenda so watch what you sign and double check everything. PISCES: (February 20- March 20) Lucky Colour: Red Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: 1,14,23,34,45,22, Helping people is one thing but financing their endeavours in another don't let yourself be bullied into anything you will regret later on. Loved ones are in need of special attention so show them that you care. KERRY KULKENS MAGIC SHOP AT 1 693 BURWOOD HWY BEL G RAVE PH/FAX 9754 458 7 W W W.KERRY KULKENS. COM.A U

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K’lake streetscape project progress

ARIES: (March 21-April 20) Lucky Colour: Silver Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: With good humour and fair play you will be having a real ball in your love life. Don't try to keep secrets be frank many could be having a good time in general and this will be beneficial to their health, plenty of parties and outdoor activities.

GEMINI: (May 21- June 21) Lucky Colour: White Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: 1,16,23,34,36,22, Many will get that extra boost in their love life , don't forget a harmonious relationship is give and take try to relax a bit more. Your social life is taking quite a bit of your energy.

Murrindindi Matters

● Ben Taylor (Mayor of Ballarat), Michael O’Brien (Leader of the Opposition), Cindy McLeish (Eildon MLA) at KKC recycling services in Ballarat . ■ Eildon MLA Cindy ment in Victoria to create en- a low emission, baseload enMcLeish says she is excited by ergy from household waste. ergy supply to help meet the Coalition's announcement "Dumping our waste into Victoria's growing energy of the Zero to Landfill policy landfill might have been the needs. to transform waste manage- best plan we had 70 years ago Ms McLeish said: "This is - but we know better now, and part of our plan for Victoria's we have the technology to do future. We must take responsisomething about it,” Ms bility for our own waste so that McLeish said. our children can live in a state “Our landfills are running that is cleaner than the one we ■ The Toolangi Commuout of space, our recycling sys- inherited from our parents. tems aren't up to scratch and "It's time Victoria stepped nity Planning Group comLabor has no plan to resolve up and took responsibility for munity members together their waste crisis. our own waste rather than shipat the Toolangi Tavern for a "By delivering energy-from- ping it to other countries. dinner on Friday, February waste facilities across Victoria "Our waste - our responsi21, to prioritise the comand upgrading our recycling bility. munity planning ideas. facilities, we can reduce what Michael O’Brien, Leader of Cr Sandice McAulay we send to landfill and turn it the Opposition, said: "Victoria told last week’s Murrininto reliable, low emission en- desperately needs to reduce the dindi Shire Council meeting ergy. waste we send to landfill and “The Zero to Landfill policy we need new, low emission that representatives from commits to a 100 per cent re- sources of energy. the planning group were induction of household waste "Energy-from-waste techtending to attend the small going to landfill by 2035. nology is the key. It is proven, business breakfast event at “This visionary Zero to clean technology in use all Toolangi Tavern yesterday Landfill policy will bring en- around the world. (Tues., Dec. 3), to hear isergy-from-waste technology “It's time we brought it to sues relevant to small busicurrently being used in central Victoria and the Liberal Nanesses, as well as invite inParis, Amsterdam, Germany tionals will make it happen. and Singapore to Victoria put to the list of ideas and "Our plan is about doing the along with reforms to recycling. right thing, solving today's probongoing involvement in the “Large scale energy-from- lems and standing up for future community plan. waste facilities will also create generations."

Toolangi meetings

Local Briefs Remembrance Day ■ Murrindindi Shire Mayor Cr Leigh Dunscombe told the Council that the Remembrance Day service at the Middle Kinglake Primary School was a recent highlight. “The professionalism, knowledge and the effort demonstrated by the students and staff in respecting our fallen comrades was truly something to behold. “The hall looked fantastic with paintings, poems and stories on display all around. “The presentations and history talks were articulate, interesting and informative and the service itself was truly moving. “I offer my sincere thanks and congratulations to all involved for a service that I won't soon forget,” Cr Dunscombe said.

Kids Sing Out Loud ■ Cr Leigh Dunscombe said the Kids Sing Out Loud event was the culmination of a five-year song writing and performance project conducted by Carter and Carter with six primary schools in and around the Kinglake Ranges. “A crowd of around 500 people attended and witnessed what I would call the most inspirational event I have been to in my entire time on Council. “The stadium looked amazing, the band was fantastic, the kids were sensational,” he said.

Coldstream fix

■ The state of the road at Coldstream has been raised in State Parliament by Evelyn MLA, Bridget Vallence. Ms Vallence said she was speaking on behalf of Coldstream residents, agricultural businesses and tourism businesses, about the stretch of Maroondah Highwayfrom Domaine Chandon to the Yarra River. Ms Vallence said she was referring to safe turning access to Maddens Lane, Hill Rd and Maxwells Rd, whether one is travelling from Coldstream or from Healesville. “Coldstream residents want to know: will you take seriously their concerns about how unsafe this road has become, allocate funds to widen the road for dedicated turning lanes to these intersections for safe turning access into and out of numerous wineries and other tourism businesses, reduce the speed to 80 kilometres per hour and reconsider the installation of wire rope barriers, which the community feels are stupid and will not address the problem of turning safely into or out of these properties, given the increasingly high volumes of local, tourist, tradie and truck traffic in the vicinity? “Despite meeting with VicRoads, residents feel ignored. They are worried every day for their safety on this dangerous road and deserve that it be fixed before there is another tragic accident,” Ms Vallence said.

■ Murrindindi Shire Council's engineers have been about on the streets of Kinglake. They've been hard at work measuring topography, mapping existing infrastructure (like powerlines, drains and Telstra cables) and gathering all the details needed to turn the concept design for the Kinglake Streetscape Renewal project into a reality. Kinglake Ward Councillor, Leigh Dunscombe said: “We've just engaged Tomkinson Group Pty Ltd to help us turn the concept design for phase two into a detailed design. “We anticipate bringing this design to the community by March 2020 for final feedback, then, once we've incorporated the community's feedback, construction will kick off in late Spring/early Summer 2020. "Phase one of the Project - the sealing of Aitkin Crescent - is scheduled to start in Autumn 2020, which will be a fantastic," Cr Dunscombe said. "The concept design being worked on now is the result of the ideas and priorities more than 60 Kinglake community members shared with us through our consultation sessions and online survey earlier in 2019. "There were some particularly great ideas for drought-tolerant landscaping, beautification of the streetscape, clever pedestrian access and parking (including for long vehicles). "We understand the community is eager for these works to get started, and we are too. “The Project has the potential to transform life here in Kinglake. The streetscape renewal will provide a boost to local businesses, help attract more tourists and promote community connectedness. “There are, however, quite a number of steps in the process - from concept design to getting the grant funding in the bank, developing construction plans, consulting with the community to make sure we've got it right, then procuring contractors and getting the works underway once the weather is warm enough. We're doing this once and we're doing it right," Cr Dunscombe said. "You will be hearing quite a bit from us over coming months. We are committed to gathering input from the community every step of the way, so that everyone has the opportunity to influence the future of their town. "Of course, none of this would be possible without support from the Australian Government's Building Better Regions Fund and Regional Development Victoria, which have each contributed $750,000 to supplement Council's $249,000 investment into this $1.74 million Project. “We are very grateful for their vision and commitment to the future of Kinglake," Cr Dunscombe said. - Contributed

Kinglake Village

■ Developers purchased a parcel of land at 1 Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd in Kinglake with the aim of building a new commercial and retail hub in that central township location. The developers, Roscorp, conducted community consultation in Kinglake in December 2018 to advise the community of the scope and look of the proposed commercial development. In February 2019, Murrindindi Shire Council received from the developers an application for a planning permit for the development of that land. On October 11, Council officers issued a planning permit for development of the land. In line with the plans that were displayed for the community to see late last year, the permit allows construction of a range of retail and commercial outlets, including a supermarket, cafes and a restaurant, other retail tenancies, office accommodation and the provision of local artist studio's. Under the permit, the developers have a period of three years within which to commence construction. - Contributed

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Whittlesea Lodge celebrates

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● Keith Murray and Justin Stark.

● Ian Urquhart and Gordon McKenzie.

● Garry James and Barry Watson.

● Charlie Shier and Damian Byrne.

● Bill Sheahan and Wayne Millard.

● Geoff Lowe and Iain Townsley.

● George Riddle and Barry Reaper.

● Doug Knight, Neil Wells and Clem Webster.

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100th anniversary: 1919-2019 Photos: Ash Long

● Frans Buissink and Garry Ewart.

● John Podolak and Laurie Fitzpatrick.

● Roger Schie and Warren Dolling.

● Doug Quine and Doug Ashley.

● Len Jinnette and Garry Porter.

● David Draper and Nicholas Alivizatos.

● Tim Gauci and Jim Hill.

● Keith Mason and Gregory Bayliss.

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What The Papers Say Local winners

■ The Mitchell Shire is seeing success on the racetrack following two wins in eight days for horses bred by Kilmore breeders PT Thoroughbreds. Titan I Am broke his maiden status at Traralgon and then seven days later, Is Don Is Good won at Moe. The two horses are the first major successes for the relatively new PT Thoroughbreds, owned by Justine Phelan and Karl Tribel. - North Central Review

Thefts at Ruffy

■ There have been a few thefts within the Terip and Ruffy areas in the past couple of weeks with mainly small farm equipment and fuel being taken, although one house was broken into and ransacked. It appears to escalating as last Monday it was discovered that the perpetrators have broken into a locked container on a farm in Ruffy and taken equipment and a motorbike. No matter where you live within the Hughes Creek Catchment area keep an eye out for any suspicious activity and ring 000 to report anything unusual, no matter how inconsequential. uch behaviour is totally unacceptable and must be stopped. - Granite News

Cut to gambling

■ Whittlesea Community Connections has won over the State Government with their proposal to reduce gambling harm by providing alternative recreational activities for residents experiencing gambling issues. The group received $70,155 as part of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s 2019-21 Prevention Partnerships Program to organise soccer programs in the Thomastown electorate for the next two years starting January 2020. The not-for-profit group said their programs aimed to assist young people and migrant and refugee groups. - Whittlesea Review

Healesville rains

■ Healesville received quite good rainfall last month despite records being lower than the same time last year. Healesville’s Alma Mitchell recorded a total November rainfall of 117.7mm. Her recording for November rainfall last year was 131.2mm. Both results were higher than the 67.2mm she recorded in November 2017 - Mountain Views Mail

Off-duty heroics

■ An off-duty nurse helped save the life of an elderly man after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a spin class at Greensborough’s WaterMarc swim centre. Jenna Boglis said she was in a group fitness class at the centre last Wednesday when she heard the commotion and rushed to help. The midwife and former emergency nurse said the man, 78, who went by the name of George, was “unresponsive” and she started to resuscitate him. Another off-duty nurse joined in, while two off-duty firefighters called triple-zero and retrieved a defibrillator. “We interchanged rounds of CPR and on the fifth round we finally got a pulse,” Ms Boglis said. - Diamond Vallety Leader

New boss at work

■ Council troubleshooter Kevin Spiller will “carefully review” the circumstances which led to Simon Overland’s controversial decision to step away as Whittlesea Council’s Chief Executive. And while some councillors were positive interim chief executive Mr Spiller could bring stability, others said Mr Overland’s shock decision to take leave had left staff “in the dark”. Mayor Emilia Sterjova said Mr Spiller would “waste no time getting started”. - Whittlesea Leader

Court Lists Seymour Magistrates’ Court - Criminal Case Listings Thursday, December 12 Plaintiff / Informant / Applicant vs Defendant / Accused / Respondent. Information Division. Victoria Police - Mackey, A (42625) v Ginn, Hayden Joseph. Uni-Seymour Victoria Police - Peile, A (37909) v Stojanovski, Robert. State Highway Patrol South East Victoria Police - Pratt, J (45214) v Gleeson, Renee. Pcet-Seymour Victoria Police - Mackey, A (42625) v Collins, Jennifer. Uni-Seymour Victoria Police - Garbutt, E (35708) v Stapleton, Travis. Highway Patrol-Seymour Victoria Police - Whiteside, M (43500) v Palmer, Russell. Uni-Seymour Victoria Police - Kamali, V (42448) v Stoneman, Phillip. Uni-Kilmore Victoria Police - O'neill, J (40075) v Flower, Michael. Uni-Kilmore Victoria Police - Davies, P (43901) v Hughes, Jessica. Uni-Seymour Victoria Police - O'neill, J (40075) v Devlin, Luke. UniKilmore Victoria Police - Robinson, S (43940) v Murray, Thomas Leslie. Uni-Seymour Victoria Police - Mullett, K (39188) v Exadactylos, Sinziana. Socit-Ballarat Victoria Police - Crossing, J (42422) v Petronio, Jamie. UniSeymour Victoria Police - Betson, M (44767) v Smith, Bruce Graham. Uni-Seymour Victoria Police - Aiello, P (36973) v Nicolosi, Caine. UniSeymour Victoria Police - Mapperson, J (44313) v Mason, Melissa. Uni-Seymour Victoria Police - Aiello, P (36973) v Roach, Wayne. UniSeymour Victoria Police - Carter, S (42829) v Lee, Shane. UniSeymour Victoria Police - Owen, A (43352) v Howe, Jesse. UniWallan Victoria Police - Heather, D (42932) v Gleeson, Renee. Landow Royal Commission Victoria Police - Wright, A (31459) v Moustafa, Mahmoud. Highway PatrolSeymour Victoria Police - Aiello, P (36973) v Roach, Wayne. UniSeymour Victoria Police - Crossing, J (42422) v Nguyen, Johnathan. Uni-Seymour Victoria Police - Crossing, J (42422) v Stanyer, Harley. UniSeymour Victoria Police - Wright, A (31459) v Hibbert, Michael. Highway Patrol-Seymour Victoria Police - Pickett, M (35046) v Harvie, Benjamen. Highway Patrol-Melbourne Victoria Police - Voisey, M (27261) v Garlick, Donna. UniYea Victoria Police - Heather, D (42932) v Gleeson, Renee. Uni-Craigieburn Victoria Police - Oraha, Y (42872) v Hassan, Robert. UniSeymour Victoria Police - Oxnam, G (33435) v Hogan, Daniel. Solo Unit Victoria Police - Porter, I (33403) v Crusius, Penny. CiuMitchell

100 Years Ago Contents of Court Lists are intended for information purposes only. The lists are extracted from Court Lists, as supplied to the public, by the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, often one week prior to publication date; for current Court lists, please contact the Court. Further details of cases are available at The Local Paper shall in no event accept any liability for loss or damage suffered by any person or body due to information provided. The information is provided on the basis that persons accessing it undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content. No inference of a party’s guilt, innocence or liability should be made by publication of their name as a defendant. Court schedules may be changed at any time for any reason, including withdrawal of the action by the Plaintiff/Applicant. E&OE. (42872) v Willigenburg, Garth. Uni-Seymour Victoria Police - Bennett, N (36915) v Howe, Jesse. CiuMitchell Victoria Police - Renshaw, T (43565) v Gleeson, Renee. Uni-Flemington Victoria Police - Sowden, D (36568) v Barwick, Liam. UniPyalong Victoria Police - Sowden, D (36568) v Capan, Shaun Mladen. Uni-Pyalong Victoria Police - Wright, A (31459) v Fuiava, Esther. Highway Patrol-Seymour Victoria Police - Mehmet, A (40584) v Gleeson, Renee. UniCraigieburn Victoria Police - O'neill, J (40075) v Mcnally, Sharna. Uni-Kilmore Victoria Police - Konings, D (26750) v Blackaby-Rose, Jamie. Uni-Yea Victoria Police - Wright, A (31459) v Bush, Ben Reece. Highway Patrol-Seymour Victoria Police - Pezzimenti, P (32040) v Tennant, Jay Brian. Highway Patrol-Seymour Victoria Police - Bennett, N (36915) v Phelan, Rachelle. Ciu-Mitchell Victoria Police - Davies, T (36906) v Thomas, Shannon. Uni-Mooroopna Victoria Police - Voidis, O (41330) v Hyatt, Renee. UniCraigieburn Victoria Police - Rourke, M (41690) v Cahill, Rachael. UniSeymour Victoria Police - Rossetti, T (42521) v Thayaparan, Dinoshan. Uni-Kilmore Victoria Police - Webster, B (41109) v O'brien, Adam. UniKilmore

Victoria Police - Sowden, D (36568) v Dyson, Harley. UniPyalong Victoria Police - Hicks, C (34491) v Berry, Daniel James. Highway Patrol-Mildura Community Corrections Centre - Enright, Cv Byrne, Danial. Seymour Community Correction Centre Victoria Police - Bortolotto, C (40740) v Thomson, Wesley. Uni-Kilmore Victoria Police - Bennett, N (36915) v Mccaughey, Patrick. Ciu-Mitchell Victoria Police - Thomas, S (40419) v Litchfield, Jason. Uni-Seymour Community Corrections Centre - Peacock, T v Roach, Wayne. Seymour Community Correction Centre Victoria Police - Duff, D (35543) v Christie, Corey. UniNagambie Community Corrections Centre - Mclaren, K v Boncaldo, Michael. Community Corrections Centre Victoria Police - Pezzimenti, P v Jones, Ronald. Highway Patrol-Seymour Community Corrections Centre - Peacock, T v Howe, Jesse. Seymour Community Correction Centre Community Corrections Centre - Peacock, T v Jones, Ronald. Seymour Community Correction Centre Victoria Police - Chief Commissioner Of Police (00008) v Jones, Christopher. Office Of The Chief Commissioner Community Corrections Centre - Cochrane, S v Matthews, Dwayne. Community Corrections Centre Victoria Police - Robinson, S (43940) v Nicolosi, Benjamin. Uni-Seymour Friday, Decmber 13 Traffic Camera Office Traffic Camera Office v Seymour Tyrepower Pl. Melbourne Mitchell Shire Council Kaur, A v Harrison, Leslie John. Mitchell Shire Council Mitchell Shire Council Minnitt, T v Van Bael, Stephen Anthony. Mitchell Shire Council Victoria Police - Gomez, C (38921) v Lynch, Phoenix. CiuMacedon Ranges Victoria Police - Soklev, P (40796) v Lynch, Phoenix Ellis. Uni-Fitzroy Mitchell Shire Council Mcghie, K v Debono, Matthew Charles. Mitchell Shire Council ,Broadford Mitchell Shire Council Minnitt, T v Balawee, Dean. Mitchell Shire Council Victorian Electoral Commission - Frazer, G v Cooke, Graham Joseph. Victorian Electoral Commission Victoria Police - Robinson, S (43940) v Nicolosi, Benjamin. Uni-Seymour Victoria Police - Sowden, D (36568) v Taylor, Justin Paul. Uni-Pyalong Victoria Police - Mion, C (40159) v Threlfall, Anita. DtuSeymour Victoria Police - Bova, L (31851) v Johnston, Brendan. Uni-Kilmore Victoria Police - Bova, L (31851) v Johnston, Brendan. Uni-Kilmore Victoria Police - Boxall, T (39656) v Singh, Onkar. UniKilmore Victoria Police - Costa, C (28340) v Walker, Bradley Andrew. Ciu-Mitchell

From Our 1919 Files

Juvenile Ball

■ A children's ball, followed by an adult ball, took place in the Shire hall on Friday night for the pur pose of raising funds for an Honor Board for the Yea State school, but owing to it not being generally known that at the former the children would give a programme of variety items, the attendance was not nearly as large as the performance warranted.

Local tennis

■ The return match between Strath Creek and Broadford returned in a win for Strath Creek by 16 games. The match was played at Strath Creek; the previous game was won by Broeadford. Last Saturday Yea played Merton on the Cathkin court on Saturday last. An enjoyable afternoon was spent. The members of the Cathkin club did all they could for the visiting members of both teams, and as usual, the improvised shelter shed afforded a cool spot for players and onlookers. The match resulted in a win for Yea by 44 games, Yea was represented by. the Misses N, Redmond, M. Donnelly, N, Commons, and Messrs. Almond, McMlillan and Longhbead.

Homewood farewell

■ A very large and representative gathering of residents of the district assembled in the Homewood hall on Wednesday afternoon of last week to bid farewell, and make a presentation, to the Misses Gill, two highly respected residents, who were on the eve of leaving the district. Afternoon tea was provided by the ladies, and the tables were decorated with choice blossoms. The Mesdames Drysdale and Purvis officiated as hostesses. Musical items were rendered by the Mesdames J. D. and J. B. Hamilton, and the Rev. Mr. Brammall, and Mrs Win. Drysdale gave recitation, after which Miss Gill and Miss Jessie Gill were each presented with a handsome suit case, suitab!y inscribed. In making the presentations, Mrs J. D. Hamilon spoke of the great interest the Gill family had taken in every effort that had been made for charitable, patriotic, and church work during their 53 years residence in the district, the late Mr Thomas Gill having given the ground on which the Homewood hall was built, and the Misses Gill were instrumental in securing the harmonium which is now used for church service.

1919 election

■ Mr. Hugh Menzies will address the lectors at the Hurstbridge Hall on Monday Evening next, 8th inst., at 8p.m., and the Panton Hill Hall on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m., in support of the Nationalist candidates. In the Legislative Assembly last Wednesday night the Premier, in reply to urgent representations made by Mr. W. H. Everard, M.LA., said he would do his best to make white sugar immediately available for jammaking purposes.

Eltham Council

■ The ordinary monthly meeting of the above Council was held at the Council Chamber, Kangaroo Ground, on Monday last, let inst. Present :- The President (Cr Shallard) and Crs Bradbury, Campbell, Hewitt, Hubbard, Smedley and White. The minutes of the last ordinary meeting were read and confirmed, and outward correspondence approved of.

Rail timetable

■ On Saturday and Monday mornings the train leaves Melbourne at 6.48 a.m. On Saturday and Monday nights a train leaves Melbourne for Yea at 6.35 p.m. On Monday and Tuesday mornings a train leaves Yea for Melbourne at 5.50 a.m. All passengers change trains at Tallarook. Those for Rhodes and Alexandra also change at Cathkin. Passengers from Alexandra and Rhodes change at Cathkin and Tallarook,

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Magazine A Christmas Carol

● Marley (Carl Michelangeli) and Scrooge (David Peters) in HTC Youth’s production of A Christmas Carol. Photo: David Belton ■ HTCYouth’s adaptation ofA Christmas Carol will be presented from December 6 – 14 at Heidelberg Theatre, 36 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna. Adapted by Eric Fordham and Ryan Purdey and co-directed by Morgan Thomas-Connor and Ryan Purdey, Charles Dickens’s seminal work A Christmas Carol is a parable of charity and compassion that rings relevant eternally. The story tells of the Christmas miser forced to confront his failings and become a better man through supernatural intervention. The name Scrooge lingers in popular culture as a term for a bitter, miserable skinflint. The imagery of the spirits that haunt on Christmas Eve - the ethereal Past, the jolly Present, the sinister Future - is striking and indelible in the way that all Dickensian writing is. And yet, Charles Dickens upon commencing the writing of his Yuletide fantasy, designed the publication merely to pay his bills! How lucky then for Dickens - and every soul that has read or seen his story since - that it has resonated in the public consciousness and turned into a seasonal touchstone, and in England at least is regarded as ‘The’ Christmas Story. Performance Details: December 6 – 14 Times: December 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7pm; Matinees December 7, 8, 14 at 2pm, Venue: Heidelberg Theatre, 36 Turnham Ave., Rosanna. Tickets: $10 Bookings:., or 9457 4117 - Cheryl Threadgold

Peter Green's Top 10 show

■ Listeners to my reviews on Arts Weekly on 3MBS and readers of the Observer will have noticed over the almost 11 years I have contributed my widow's mite of performance reviews. I don't award stars. I don't believe in graduations of excellence; it's akin to weighing sunbeams; but at year's end I reflect on performances and productions and note my 10 best for the year. When I say I review performances I include; not just plays but musicals, opera [not the music and singing - I'm not expert enough] but the total production. Opera is the complete performance art . Wagner deliberately used the term gesamtkunstwerk-"total art work." I also review dance, ballet, modern and contemporary. Here then my list of 10 best for 2019: Facing Medea La Mama, Pinnochio La Mama, Come From Away Comedy Theatre, A View From the Bridge both National Theatre Drama School 3rd Years and MTC, Shakespeare in Love MTC, Australian Realness Malthouse The Three Graces, Theatre Works, The Beautiful Game, Chapel Off Chapel and finally Diaspora, Newport Substation.

NICA - Sick

Guangxi Zhuang ethnic group - Liu Sanjie, a legendary folk singer known as the Chinese ‘Song Fairy’. With her songs, it is said she gives a voice to the impoverished and sings about her yearning for love. The concert features folk songs from the original film that has entertained millions for over half a century. Performed by 56 artists, including two of China’s acclaimed performers NingJiang and Pan Wu, with a 40-person choir and accompanied by Biyan Duan on piano. Zhao Haifeng, producer of the opera said, "Liu Sanjie is a cultural icon of Chinese folk music. Adapting the beautiful story into opera allows more and more people to know about Guilin and the classic folk songs." Established in 1951, the renowned Chinese Orchestra of China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre (CNODDT) has created a large number of popular opera and dance dramas with their unique artistic style. The organisation has fostered a large number of performers who have enjoyed great success across China. Melbourne Performance: Tuesday, December 17 at 7.30pm Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall Tickets: $48/$68/$88/$108 Bookings: ( - Cheryl Threadgold

● Cassie Bellybutton (top) and Hannah Richards in SICK, presented by National Institute of Circus Arts graduating students. Photo: Kieran McNamara ■ When I say NICA I have to spell out the acronym: National Institute of Circus Arts, founded in 1995 by Pam Creed on the campus of Swinburne University in Green Street, Prahran, but funded [and this was a clever move] directly by the Federal Government. Among the first staff and Head of Performance Studies was Megan Jones, an ex-student of mine [you know you're ancient when someone you first met when they were 18 - retires!] This must be my 20th review of NICA productions - First,Second and Third years. SICK from the Graduands of 2019 was a a triumph of narrative and skills in balance [no pun intended]. Once again Zabastian Hunter's leadership as current Head of Performance Studies bears fruit in Gavin Marshall's conception and direction of SICK. The set? A large public hospital with its pinging lifts, sad, waiting rooms, emergency departments, morgue overseen by a handsome but ominously glowering young man equipped with a bone saw! We've all been there and if really unlucky St V's emergency on a Friday night at full moon. The 17 young women and men of Company 2019 took us through the whole hospital experience from death to birth [in that order] with a narrative that recalled all; waiting;ignored; misdiagnosed and, when properly diagnosed after a comic balletic blood test, given shattering bad news. The skills? Two young men sharing the climbing pole in a pas de deux extraordinaire, and large ring manipulations from an equally adventurous young woman. [Are we still allowed to make gender definitions?] Conceiver and director of SICK,Gavin Marshall, marooned in hospital for two months with a serious illness had time on his hands to observe hospital goings-on and participants, thus as said before, narrative driving the physical. Performance Season: Until December 7 Venue: NICA Institute of Circus Arts, Green Street, Prahran Bookings: - Peter Green

■ In December 1956 at Sun Studios in Memphis, studio owner, Sam Phillips’ latest acquisition, Jerry Lee Lewis, was called in to play the piano for a Carl Perkins recording session. Elvis Presley, a former Sun artist and now at RCA, dropped in to pay a casual visit to his old label and Johnny Cash was already in the studio listening to the Perkins session. What was captured that day in that legendary studio is now referred to as the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’. After performing their rock and roll show in theatres across Australia, ‘Sun Rising – The Songs That Made Memphis’ will perform a Christmas Rock and Roll Show at the Caravan Club on December 20. Showcasing a selection of songs from the Million Dollar Quartet session featuring music from Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, SR will also perform a set of music from other legendary Sun Record's artists including, Roy Orbison, BB King, Howlin’Wolf, Rufus Thomas Jnr and more. Sun Rising will relive the music and classic stories of Sun Records’ early years, paying homage to both the artists and Sun‘s owner/producer, Sam Phillips, and possibly the most historic day in the history of rock and roll. Event Date: Friday, December 20 Venue: The Caravan Club, South Oakleigh Club, 1 Victor Rd, East Bentleigh, Further Details: - Cheryl Threadgold

Chinese Song Fairy

■ Ausfeng presents China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre, The Legend of the Chinese Song Fairy , Opera Liu Sanjie in Concert on Tuesday, December 17 at Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall. This is the first time this concert format has been presented out of China. Liu Sanjie in Concert is a made-for-touring performance that tells the inspiring story of cour-

Sun Rising

Choir Girl Movie

● Krista Vendy (Polly) and Peter Flaherty (Eugene) in Choir Girl. Photo: Raphael Chan. ■ The Producers of locally produced film Choir Girl have announced two only public screenings at the Lido Cinema on Thursdays December 5 and 12 at 9.00pm. The film makers and cast including actor Peter Flaherty will also be available for a Q and A session. Choir Girl tells of a lonely, rejected photographer who has found his muse, a 15 year old prostitute. How far will a nobody go to be a somebody? Set in the mid-90s, Choir Girl is the debut

brutal story about Eugene (Peter Flaherty), an outcast photographer who becomes obsessed with protecting underage prostitute Josephine (Sarah Timm). She has escaped a war-torn country only to be trapped in the illegal sex trade by corruption and a powerful underworld criminal named Daddy (Jack Campbell). For Eugene, Josephine represents a symbol of purity in the darkness – when he takes her photograph there is something captivating about her and she quickly becomes his muse. When a jaded but calculating assistant at an arts magazine, Polly (Krista Vendy), shows interest in Eugene's photos it could be a way out of the sex trade for Josephine, out of obscurity and rejection for Eugene, and out of a hopeless life for both. But Daddy won't let go of Josephine and crossing the powerful pimp means danger and death. How far will Eugene go for recognition and a chance to achieve his dream? Is Eugene saving Josephine? Or is he using her? Filmed in stark black and white, Choir Girl tackles loneliness and obsession, the struggle for recognition, and the blurred line between art and morality. Public screenings: December 5 and 12 at 9.00pm Venue: Lido Cinema, 675 Glenferrie Rd., Hawthorn Tickets: - Cheryl Threadgold

The Drill

■ It’s been three years since The Women’s Circus last show and while the wait has been long, The Drill was worth it. Drawing on their home base’s history - The Drill Hall in Footscray - the production pays homage to the building’s foundation. The hall was built in 1914 to train young men for the Australian war effort - one wonders what those youths might make of its all-women residents today – but the main focus of this show is on those left behind. As the audience is corralled into a ‘mess hall’ they are instantly transported to a World War I dance hall. Occasionally a performer breaks away and asks an audience member to dance. It’s audience participation at its best. Curiously the performance/s take place in various small and large spaces within the facility. The audience is divided and each group is allocated a marshal who escorts them to various performance spaces - which feels aptly regimented. A strong knitting theme resonates and reminds of women’s essentially domestic roles before many left the home to take up jobs vacated by men off at war. Music and sound effects cleverly permeate across all stages as each group moves between stages. ● Turn To Page 39

Local Theatre Shows

■ The 1812 Theatre: Leading Ladies (by Ken Ludwig) Until December 7 at 3-5 Rose St., Upper Ferntree gully. Director: Pip Le Blond. Bookings: 9758 3964. ■ Warrandyte Theatre Company: Crimes of the Heart: Two One Act Plays. Contractions by Mike Bartlett, Director David Tynan; Elegy for a Lady by Arthur Miller, Director Adrian Rice, Until December 7 at Warrandyte Mechanics' Institute, Yarra St., Warrandyte. Bookings: www.trybooking ■ Eighteenth Year National Playwright Competition: Three Finalist One Act Plays, December 5, 6, 7 at 7.30pm and December 7 at 3pm at Rentoul Theatre, 16 Livingstone Close (off Elgar Rd.) Burwood. Family Happens written and directed by Jonne Finemore; The Deal by Elizabeth Long; After Isobel by Carmen Saarelaht, directed by Julie Cunningham. Tickets all $26. Bookings: trybooking or


■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: 4000 Miles (by Amy Herzog) December 8, 11 at 7pm at Guide Hall, Glebe Ave., Cheltenham. Director: George Werther. Enquiries: or 0402 222 090.

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● Nick McCallum and Philip Brady

■ Former staff of Channel 0-10 gathered at the Burvale Hotel on Friday night to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the TV station first going to air on August 1, 1964. The station was founded by Sir RegAnsett on orchard land at Nunawading. The studios of the Ten Network in Melbourne are now based at Como, South Yarra. The new station opened with a preview program hosted by Barry McQueen and Nancy Cato followed by a variety program, This Is It! Reception difficulties in parts of the city resulted in the station's virtually permanent third position in the Melbourne television ratings. Current productions at ATV Studios, South Yarra are Ten Eyewitness News, The Project , The Bolt Report and Have You Been Paying Attention? Amongst the 200-plus attendees at the party were Philip Brady, Roy Hampson, MalWalden,Annette Allison, Kevin Trask, Jim and Jen Brown, Tim McColl Jones, Jack Strom, Bruce and John Rowlands, Rob Gell, Di Rolle, Jennifer Hansen, Neil Miller, Geoff Veitch, Shirley Hardy-Rix, Brian Finch, Kevin Sowerby, Nick McCallum and Norm Beaman.

● Barry Pullen, Di Rolle and Mal Walden

Channel 10 50-Year Anniversary 2014 Burvale Hotel, Nunawading Photos: Kevin Trask, Di Rolle, Facebook

● Annette Allison and Brian Finch

● Geoffrey Veitch, Ray Belcher and Ros Marsden



● Jennifer Hansen and Norm Beamen

● Roy Hampson and Annette Allison

● Geofrey Veitch and Ray Belcher

● David Triscott, Faye Leishman-McNeice and Erin Jameson

● Noni Hellier, Shirley Hardy-Rix and Jill Ansett

Magazine ● From Page 37 Performances include knitting ladies, one on stilts, who fossick in cupboards and wardrobes piled up on top of each other, spasmodically scaling each other and the furniture. Another stage centres on a solitary parachute survivor, surrounded by wooden crosses, representing those lost, documenting hunger, fear and loneliness. At one point the audience is escorted back to the ‘mess hall’ to allow for a reset on the major stage, for a hilarious lesson in dance hall etiquette. On the main stage the ensemble enthrals as they knit and weave from a giant red ball of wool, before various rope and floor routines. The Drill’s WWI themed narrative combined with modern circus skills was thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining. - Cheryl Threadgold

Theatre Works

■ Theatre Works launches its Summer Carnival, on December 7 from 4.00pm until late at Theatre Works, Acland Street, St Kilda. Theatre Works transforms into a full-blown party hub to celebrate the launch of TW’s 2020 program, whilst also raising funds for the artists who will present work at the venue next year. 2020 marks the 40th anniversary for Theatre Works as an organisation and the first year without federal funding in several years. “Organisationally, we have recently reviewed our operations and purpose through a thorough, external interrogation of our current financial situation and our future capacity to operate,” says TW General Manager Dianne Toulson. “This process was to ensure that our future is sustainable and that we can continue to deliver our primary objective: to foster a supportive environment and space for independent artists. “While this has been a challenging time, we are excited and confident that TW will continue into the future with a solid foundation and a new vision. “The past two years has been a period of consolidation for Theatre Works and we have done the hard work to enable the delivery of an exciting, inclusive and diverse program for 2020. We will continue to work on our organisational sustainability, to ensure we are best placed to support our independent artists into 2020 and beyond.” The Summer Carnival celebrations include: -An Adult-Size Jumping Castle, Live Music, DJs, Sausage Sizzle (Vegan and Non-Vegan options), Dunk Tank, Carnival Games (with prizes) Inflatable Sumo Wrestling, Bungie Run and the Theatre Works 2020 Season Launch. Every dollar raised goes straight to the supporting the independent artists who will be lighting up the Theatre Works stage from January next year. When: December 7, 4:00pm - Late Schedule: Music, BBQ, Games + More from 4:00-6:00, Season Launch 7:00-8:00, DJ sets from 8:00 Venue: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda Tickets: Pay What You Can between $5 $30 (no booking fee) | Gold coin donation on the day for games + BBQ | Ultimate Carnival Pass $40 at checkout (includes unlimited games + one drink) Bookings: or call 03 9534 3388 More Information: http:// - Cheryl Threadgold

War Horse Story

■ The National Theatre of Great Britain’s Tony Award-winning musical War Horse returns to Melbourne for 37 performances at the Regent Theatre from January 10, 2020. War Horse tells of a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey. Set against the backdrop of the First World War, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is filled with stirring music and songs, featuring ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage. An integral part of War Horse is the musical score, and English composer Adrian Sutton was

show’s narrative. “A theatre or film score supplies emotional insight. What one character says to another on stage will often convey an incomplete - or even very different - sense of what they’re feeling emotionally. T “hey may be speaking calmly, but feeling anger. Fear. Longing for home. Music’s job is to let us into their feelings, possibly when they’re not saying anything at all. Music can suggest other things too.. landscape, for example, or general mood or tone of an environment in which a scene is set”. Adrian explained that War Horse is an epic story, set over a long period of time (World War 1) with a heroic character at its centre. “The symphony orchestra, with its huge dynamic range of expression and nuance, is still the best musical palette to employ for an emotional journey of that kind”. It took initially around eight months to create War Horse, and now the show has been running for over 12 years. “We’ve had the opportunity to refresh and enhance it throughout that period”, said Adrian. “Sonically, it’s got a clarity, depth and richness to it these days that we weren’t able to bring about in the earliest days of the production”. When asked if there was any particular influence in composing the War Horse score, Adrian replied: “The story begins pre-war, in peaceful Devon, and there is a nod to the English pastoral composers around that time.. Elgar, Vaughan Williams. Folk music too, plays an important part in the story, sourced by John Tams. But once war is declared, the focus shifts across the English Channel, where we start to learn how the war affected human lives on all sides - German, French and British alike. So it seemed appropriate to bring European orchestral composers into the reference, as well as harder-edged styles”. Adrian learnt violin and piano from the age of five and began writing his own pieces in his early teens. “At seven I started taking tape recorders apart because I wanted to know how they worked, and at 12 I learnt to program computers. I think the obsession with learning how things work, and getting them to do things I wanted them to do, meant I’ve been technique and craft-focussed pretty much my whole career”. For young musicians aspiring to follow in Adrian’s footsteps, his advice is, “Don’t be a musical ventriloquist, we want to hear *your* unique voice - your view of the world - not someone else’s. Think like an artist, but work like an accountant. Work daily, methodically, as a craftsman. There’s no such thing as perfection. Just do the daily work. Be fun and professional to work with – always”. When asked to pick his favourite musical piece in War Horse, Adrian says it would probably be Devon at Peace, the opening cue. “It sets the emotional tone for what’s to come”. Melbourne audiences can enjoy seeing War Horse at the Regent Theatre from January 10, 2020. - Cheryl Threadgold

Gilbert and Sullivan

■ The colourful red, blue and gold Yeoman uniform displayed in the Malvern Theatre foyer during a production of Engaged! was there to attract donations to recreate 16th century Yeomen costumes which have been destroyed in a fire. Formerly owned by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in England, the Yeoman uniform was displayed by courtesy of G and S Director, Diana Burleigh. The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria Inc. will be presenting The Yeomen of the Guard in 2020, and would love to have replacement Yeomen uniforms. Donations can be made to the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria Inc., a registered not-for-profit organisation. All donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductable in Australia and contributors will be acknowledged in the theatre program. Contact:

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Dead Martin

■ Brooklyn Runaways presents The Dead Martin Christmas Special on Sunday 8 December at The MC Showroom in Prahran. Christmas just got worse. Back from the dead with a song in his head, Dead Martin - the world's greatest zombie crooner - is here to ruin holidays. Condemned to forever host the worst variety show in the universe, witness the velvet voice of the underworld as he's joined by his best (worst?) friends and performers. Featuring local acts of all kinds and all levels of talent, expect music, comedy, magic, cartoons, burlesque, and drag,. Joining creator Don Winsor as Dead Martin will be drag provocateur (and accompanist) Peppy Smears, Melissa David (Ghost Quartet), and Downton Abbey’s John Voce. Additional performers will be announced at a later date. Readers are invited to take part in The Dead Martin Variety Hour (either for the Christmas Special or future shows), send a video of your act to Brooklyn Runaways produces cabarets and live events for a modern audience. Previous shows include From: New York, For: Him (The Butterfly Club and Adelaide Fringe) and four cabarets with the duo Mel & Peppy. In January, they’re bringing Bowie Ball to Melbourne for the first time ever as part of Midsumma. Venue: The MC Showroom, 1/48 Clifton St, Prahran Date: 8 December at 7:30pm (doors at 7pm). Tickets: $40 VIP (reserved table seating), $30 Regular, $25 Concession Bookings: or - Cheryl Threadgold

National Gallery In Absence - Yvonne Scarce & Edition Office The winning design of the 2019 Architecture Commission is In Absence by Yvonne Scarce and Edition Office. Occurring annually, the NGV Architecture Commission is an open national competition which invites architects to create a site-specific work of temporary architecture activating the NGV's Grollo Equiset Garden. For 2019 architects were encouraged to submit ideas focusing on ,multidisciplinary thinking collaboration and audience engagement. Yvonne Scarce's and Edition Offices' project In Absence is an architectural installation that invites audiences to better understand the long histories of indigenous construction, design, industry and agriculture prior to the arrival of Europeans, including permanent villages and dwellings of many indigenous communities. The dark and enigmatic exterior form of the timber tower conceals a textural and uplifting interior composed of two dramatic internal voids adorned with black glass Yams by Yvonne Scarce. The NGV Architecture Commission 2019 is now on display at NGV International. National Gallery of Victoria 150 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne - Peter Kemp

Linden New Art Winners of 29th annual Linden Postcard Show announced Linden New Art has announced the winners of the 20th annual small works exhibition Linden Postcard Show 2019-20 which attracted a record-breaking 1250 entire from living artists across the country. The winning postcard entry was Mark Hopper with his 2019 artwork titled Shaun the Wanderer. When carefully judging the overall winner, judges Julie McLaren, Curator of Ballarat Art Gallery, and Phillip Adams of Temperance Hall and Balletlab said "We were drawn to the haunting and arresting subject of the winning work. The person captured made us feel alarmed and concerned. Linden Postcard Show First Prize $2,500 cash prize. Supported by the Palais Theatre Community Fund Award: Mark Hopper, Shaun the Wanderer. Photograph. Artist Encouragement Award- $1,500 cash prize. Supported by Elwood Community Bank of Bendigo Bank, Charmaine & Jokson Kyalic,

Best Portrait Award - $1000 cash prize supported by Rotary Club of South Melbourne, Robert Fenton. Linden NewArt 26 Acland St, St Kilda - Peter Kemp

Monash Gallery

2019 Sotheby's Australia People's Choice Award. The MGA and Sotheby's Australia are delighted to announce that Stanley Diez has been awarded the 2019 Sotheby's Australia People's Award. In 2018 Sotheby's Australia became the proud sponsor of the Sotheby's Australia People's Choice Award. The MGA Foundation announced earlier this year that the prize award3ed to the recipient has increased to $5,000 which will provide significant encouragement and support to the selected artist. Sotheby's Australia's support of the Bowness Photography Prize is a reflection of the national and historic importance of the prize. The 2019 Bowness Photography Prize shortlist was an outstanding selection of Australian artists that reveal a picture of Australia as a multicultural, quirky and extraordinary place. Curated from nearly 700 entries these works collectively create a cohesive snapshot of contemporary photographic practice today. 80 Ferntree Gully Rd. Wheelers Hill - Peter Kemp

Opera Australia

Turandot Conductor: Christian Badea Director: Graeme Murphy Opera Australia's production of Turandot opened in Melbourne on November 19. A full house for a very successful evening of Puccini's last opera which wasn't quite finished when Puccini died in 1924. A story of Princess Turandot who if anyone desires her hand in marriage must solve three riddles if not, they are executed. Calaf sees Turandot and immediately falls in love. But! Can he answer the riddles? Lisa Lindstrom was Turandot, who gave the opening night audience a wonderful performance enhanced by her excellent soprano. Not only a remarkable singer but balanced by a wonderful performance with a good rapport between her and Walter Fraccaro. Calaf was performed by Walter Fraccaro. An amazing tenor, well balanced voice and good stage [projection. Karah Son was Calaf's father's slave who was in love with Calaf. An absolutely superb performance with an amazing voice and really held onto the long notes. Her performance was possibly the best received by the opening night audience. A light touch was added by Ping, Pang and Pong performed by Richard Anderson, Christopher Hillier and John Longmuir. The three added to the evening with good voices, superb stage performances, from singing in harmony to gliding across the stage. A very large cast with excellent timing, wonderful sound and the stage movements added to the high standard of the production. The setting s were flown in and out smoothly adding to the delight of the evening. A good night of opera from Opera Australia. Faust Faust intends to win his heart's desires, even if it costs him his soul. Led into temptation by the charming Mephistophélès, the ageing academic swaps moral restraint for a salacious journey through life's earthly pleasures. But as the lives around him start to unravel, the devil, it seems, is in the detail. Venue: State Theatre /Victorian Arts Centre Season: November 27, 29. December 3, 5. At 7pm. Saturday matinee at 12.30pm December 7. - Peter Kemp

At Abbotsford

Wet Nurse - 110% The performance unfolds in a humid environment of soft and sweating forms that blends elements of the medical ward. kitchen, construction site and cruising lounge. Combining movement, video projection and live sound from Sydney based sound artist Endene, 110%

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Crossroads By Rob Foenander info@countrycrossroads

Winning tapestry ■ Melbourne entertainer Gabrielle Parbo was in fine voice and delivered a very convincing tribute to some of the most influential women in music with her Tapestry show at St Kilda's Firefly music venue on Nov 23. The songs of Carole King, Carly Simon, Rickie lee Jones and Joni Mitchell were no trouble for Gabrielle's impressive vocals which itself was a highlight of the show. A small but appreciative crowd indulged in a wonderful nostalgic journey back to the 60s and 70s that included the stories behind the artists and their songs, adding interest to what was a good nights entertainment worthy of experiencing.Good Friday Appeal.

Clyde Carols ■ Gethsemane Church presents their annual Christmas Carols on Dec 7 at the Hillcrest Christian College, 500 Soldiers Rd, Clyde, commencing 5.30pm-9.30pm. Supported by the City Of Casey, the event promises free entry, free kids amusements, entertainment and raffle etc plus Santa.. More info 0404 875 647.

Teskey Bros. win ■ Melbourne band The Teskey Bros have won 3ARIAs and caps off an incredible year for the group. Best Blues & Roots Album, Best Group and Engineer of the Year (Sam Teskey) awards all belonged to the boys. A Grammy nomination is also included in their accolades list. - Rob Foenander


Peter Lehmann, truly great Barossan ■ I remember many years ago attending a 'small' function of a couple of hundred people in the Barossa Valley house Peter Lehmann shared with his wife Margaret, both of them now sadly deceased. The food was hearty Barossan fare and the action centred on a huge kitchen, which they both insisted was the heart of that house. He and Margaret were like that and generous to a fault. And they had lots of friends in the Barossa, many of them grapegrowers who supplied fruit to the Lehmanns, year in, year out, purely on the basis of a verbal agreement, reached over a handshake and probably a few glasses of port. Both sides treated that agreement as gospel. Peter was like that. After all, Peter had set up his own winery, largely to buy the grapes he had vouched to buy, when a multi-national looked like leaving them in the lurch. Yes indeed, Peter was like that. As an aside, I remember a group of well established wine writers attacking a junior member of their fraternity for being a bit loud after a glass too many of really good red. Peter heard them, stepped in, and just said: "Those of you who have never had too much to drink can carry on, the rest of you shut up." The group of scribes became silent. Peter was like that, and covered himself with well-earned respect wherever he went, particu-

● Peter Lehmann, behind the bar at the weight-bridge and serving a hoard of Barossans, many of them no doubt grapegrowers. WINE OF THE WEEK larly in his beloved Barossa. Chandon 2015 Vintage Brut($35): Robert Stein 2017 Reserve WINE REVIEWS Dan Buckle, Chandon's Director Peter Lehmann 2017 The Bond of Winemaking, chose the poten- Chardonnay ($40): Jacob Stein has Shiraz ($25): This dry red cel- tially best blocks on his vines in celebrated his tenth vintage at the ebrates the handshake agreement Victoria's high, cool Strathbogie family's Mudgee vineyard by rethat the late Peter Lehmann had and Whitlands regions as early as leasing a truly outstanding dry white with many of his South Australian pruning time and treated them with laden with rich, powerful fruit flavours and layers of winemaking Barossa Valley growers, many of due care. nuance. It shows some excellent whom he treated as long-standing It shows in a stunning glass of stonefruit flavours balanced by friends and figuratively broke bread fizz that exhibits a fine sliver of fresh acidity. Drink it with a fullwith in his enormous kitchen. It's rather a solid, old-fashioned acidity and some delicate, but quite flavoured white-meat dish, made from say chicken or pork, and dry red and deserves a really good powerful fruit flavours. Treat it as aperitif or match for dressed with a rich sauce. chunk of solid, old-fashioned steak, - John Rozentals grilled no more than medium-rare. some really good oysters.






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Stateside with Gavin Wood in West Hollywood

Veterans Day in WeHo ■ Hi everyone, from my suite at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites comes this week's news.

Out and About

Village comes together

Not good enough

■ The crowds are getting bigger every year for the remembrance of the fallen heroes from all wars. The pleasing aspect was seeing so many younger people attending. The Veterans Day Ceremony was held at Sal Guarriello Veterans Memorial Park, right across from the original Barneys Beanery in West Hollywood established in 1920. Barneys Beanery got its reputation for giving returned serviceman and women a free bowl of its classic chili for their service. All the essential services were represented on the day. The Sheriff's Department, L.A.P.D. and the L.A. Fire Department.

Olympics investment ■ The Japan Olympic committee has invested 13 billion dollars since 2016. The Olympics expects to attract 11 million visitors next year to watch 11,090 athletes compete in 33 sports over 21 days. Seven sports competitions will be held in five cities outside of Tokyo; Sapporo, Sendai, Kashima, Saitama and Yokohama. Competitions will be in 42 locations, mainly in metropolitan and commercial areas and in Tokyo Bay. There will be 339 disciplines including the following new events: 3 x 3 basketball, mixed doubles in table tennis, relays in triathlon and track and field, karate, skateboarding, climbing, baseball, softball and surfing. While seven of the venues were used in the 1964 Olympics, 24 venues are ready, 10 will be temporary and eight are under construction for these games. The new Tokyo Olympic Stadium has a capacity of 80,000 spectators. The best way to get around Tokyo is on the highly efficient subway system with 760 stations. All Olympic venues inside and outside Tokyo connect to the cities transport system. Guests will be able to buy a smart card for using trains, subways, buses and even hotel rooms. It will also work with Autonomous taxis. Train and Metro tickets range between $1.30 and $17.89.

LA overtime blowout ■ Jaws dropped recently when City Controller Ron Galperin released "On the Clock: Review of City Employee Overtime." The 17-page report garnered national headlines, many of which focused on the revelation that a Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter pulled 5616 hours of overtime in the last fiscal year, earning $360,000 on top of the unidentified individual's base pay of $127,000. There were other staggering figures, including a Department of Transportation traffic officer who earned regular pay of $65,500, but clocked 3702 hours of overtime, pulling in an additional $174,000. The big numbers kept coming: city employees did nearly 8.6 million overtime hours, at a cost of $470 million; 91 percent of police officers and firefighters received overtime pay, with an average of $27,737 per employee; 18 LAFD employees collected more than $200,000 in overtime; and 11 "general" employees (meaning not first responders) each made more than $100,000 in overtime. Galperin has recommended the city set limits on the overtime an employee can earn.

● Arnold Schwarenegger

● Pictured at the 2019 Veterans Day Ceremony were Ramada Plaza Managing Director, Alan Johnson with Sheriff Sergeant Jon R. Klaus.

■ It feels like everyday there is another article published blaming millennials for this or that. A certain industry is in decline? Millennials must be involved. Not enough money being generated in certain sectors? Those stingy millennials are spending too much money on avocado toast again. Fair or not, young adults of this day and age have become a scapegoat of sorts for a myriad of societal problems and changes. What seems to be lost in this conversation is the effect all of this is having on many millennials' mental health and self-confidence. Now, a new survey consisting of 2,000 millennials (ages 22-38) has revealed some troubling statistics regarding how young adults see themselves in comparison to both their peers and older generations. An astounding eight in 10 flat out believe they are not "good enough" in virtually all areas of their lives. Furthermore, three quarters of the survey's respondents admit that they constantly feel "overwhelmed" by pressure to succeed in their careers, find a meaningful romantic relationship, and meet others' expectations. Another seven in 10 millennials say that daily chores like going to the gym regularly, maintaining a presence on social media, and making enough money are among the top reasons why they feel overwhelmed from time to time. In all, 80 per cent of respondents even say these worries have negatively impacted their sleep and 79 per cent admit that their overall mental health has suffered. The survey, commissioned by plant-based food producer Alpro, found that the average millennial feels inadequate roughly 130 times per year.

Presidnet Kanye 2024

From my Suite at the Ramada Plaza Complex on Santa Monica Blvd

■ Kanye brought his Wild West show to town, appearing at high-minded events by WSJ. Magazine and Fast Company, throwing a spontaneous party, saying he'll run for office in 2024 and launching a shoe made of algae within hours. West and wife Kim Kardashian honored designer Riccardo Tisci at the WSJ. Innovator Awards. West then hosted his own starry bash at a Burberry store after he'd spontaneously hatched the idea at 4pm, we hear, to unveil a video for his tune Follow God. Organisers of the Fast Company Innovation Festival got word that West was confirmed to appear at a 12.45pm talk with writer Mark Wilson and Yeezy shoe designer Steven Smith. During the all-over-the-place, near 40-minute session, Trump supporter West advised black Americans: "Own your power. Your power is not to just vote Democrat for the rest of our lives. That's not the power."

Terminator 3 flops

Alarming new trend


■ The still yet to be disproven axiom "get woke, go broke" chalked up another win for itself with the underwhelming box office performance of the ultra-feminist Terminator: Dark Fate. Despite the return of producer James Cameron and the reunion of Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forbes reports that the sci-fi action sequel pulled in a horrific $10.6 million and was tracking for a lousy $27 million opening weekend on an inflated budget of $185 million (not including another $100 million in marketing costs). That makes it the lowest profiting Terminator in the franchise's history. The sci-fi sequel was the third attempt to revive the Terminator series in a decade. Terminator: Salvation, a future war sequel starring Christian Bale, earned just $125 million domestic and $375 million on a $200 million budget. Terminator: Genisys, a time-twisting tale that paired Schwarzenegger with Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney, earned $89 million domestic and $441 million worldwide on a $155 million budget, including $113 million in China. So, how did this happen? How could one of the most beloved sci-fi action franchises in movie history become such a flop? According to Society Reviews, Terminator: Dark Fate flips everything people loved about Sarah Connor's story on its head in the name of third-wave feminism, rendering the events of T1 and T2 meaningless:

■ In the span of a couple months, smokers have begun to think of cigarettes not as "cancer sticks" but a safer choice for a fix than vapes, users say. The dramatic shift comes as vaping related illnesses have exploded to become one of the biggest public health concerns of the year. The death toll from vapes has reached 34, and hundreds more have faced life-threatening sicknesses. This means that, astonishingly, fears over e-cigs have converted vapers such as 20-year-old Delilah Cravensback to cigarettes, even though the risks remain deadly. "Within the people I hang out with, there was a point where most of us were Juuling, and now most of us are back to cigarettes," the Kenyon College junior says.

Come and visit us

■ If you are considering a move to Los Angeles or just coming over for a holiday then I have got a special deal for you. We would love to see you at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites, 8585 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood. I have secured a terrific holiday deal for readers of the Melbourne Observer and The Local Paper. Please mention 'Melbourne Observer' when you book and you will receive the 'Special Rate of the Day'. Please contact: Jennifer at Happy Holidays Gavin Wood

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■ There would not be a great number of our readers who still remember one of the great American film stars of the B-grade westerns, Buck Jones. He appeared in more than 160 silent and sound films in a career that spanned almost 30 years and was very popular throughout the world. Charles Frederick Gebhart was born in Indiana in 1891. Charles served in the US Army from the age of 16 and was honourably discharged in 1913. He worked as a cowboy on a ranch in Oklahoma and married professional horse rider Odille Osborne in 1915. Charles got a job as a stuntman and bit player for Universal Pictures in 1918. In the same year their daughter Maxine was born. After a series of small appearances Charles landed his first starring role in The Last Straw and was now known as Buck Jones. He quickly became one of the top cowboys in films and was an international success as popular as Tom Mix, Ken Maynard, William S. Hart and Hoot Gibson. His faithful horse was named Silver (later used as a name for The Lone Ranger's horse) and they appeared together in many films. In 1928 he formed his own production company but after the stock market crash of 1929 he lost everything. He started his own Wild West Show but after that failed Buck returned to working for the major studios and his salary was around $300 a week.

Magazine Whatever Happened To ... Buck Jones

By Kevin Trask of 3AW and 96.5 Inner FM

The titles of his B Grade Westerns would not mean a lot to our readers but in his career Buck Jones worked alongside some famous actors including George ‘Gabby’Hayes, Ward Bond, Dick Foran and John Wayne. His final films included a series of eight features playing US Marshall Buck Roberts. In 1940 Maxine married actor Noah Beery Jnr and they had three children before divorcing in 1954. In 1937 Buck and Odille built their lavish Western styled ‘dream home\’ in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles complete with stables. Buck had a fear of fire and designed the house to be fire proof. Ironically on November 28, 1942 he was the guest of honour at the Coconut Grove Night-

● Buck Jones

club in Boston when fire broke out and Buck was one of the victims in a disaster that claime 492 lives. There were stories around at the time that h had gone back into the inferno to rescue patron but this theory was discredited in later years. H had been badly burned and affected by smok inhalation. The idol of millions died alone in the Massa chusetts General Hospital two days after th fire. He passed away just before Odille arrive at his bedside. America had just entered the Second World War and Buck Joneshad planned to tourAmerica to help sell War Bonds. Before he died he agreed to a series of Buck Jones comic book and in later years that income helped Odille through a difficult financial situation. His daugh ter Maxine passed away in 1990 and Odille passed away in 1996 at the age of 95. Kevin Trask Kevin can be heard on 3AW The Time Tunnel - Remember When Sundays at 10.10pm with Philip Brady and Simon Owens. And on 96.5 FM That's Entertainment - Sundays at 12 Noon.

Community celebrated by theatre-maker

■ Boroondara community members will be celebrated by theatre-maker David Williams, who will lead the cast to explore the role that culture plays in the Boroondara community. Part talk-show, part confessional and part celebration, A Cultured Place will stimulate the hearts and minds of audiences at the Kew Court House on Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8. This year’s successful application for the Boroondara Arts Initiative, A Cultured Place is a truly unique theatre experience where members of the local community have been chosen to have their lives highlighted in this special performance. David Williams will craft evocative performances from materials such as interviews, archives and transcripts of public inquiries. A Cultured Place reflects the diversity of the Boroondara community, exploring what culture is, where it’s found, who it involves and how it affects the people of Boroondara. Over the past months, David has conducted interviews with various members of the community to learn about their experiences, working and being a part of the Boroondara culture. This insightful performance will generate discussion about life and culture, by sharing stories and perspective. David Williams creates theatre works that open spaces for public conversation about political and social issues. He was the Curator of Australian Theatre Forum 2015, and his theatre works have won Helpmann, Green Room and Drovers’Awards. Recent works of David’s include Quiet Faith, Grace Under Pressure and Smurf in Wonderland. Once a police station and court house, the Kew Court House is a charming heritage building that has been redeveloped into a contemporary cultural centre. The venue now provides a unique, intimate performance space with an extraordinary ambience, where some of Australia’s most exciting artists perform. A Cultured Place Performance Details: Saturday December 7, 7.30pm – 8.30pm; Sunday December 8, 2pm – 3pm Venue: Kew Court House, 188 High

2020 Midsumma Festival at Chapel off Chapel in Prahran. Based on original direction by Tony Award-winner Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man) and performed by Outer Critics Circle Award Nominee and controversial LDS outcast Steven Fales, this critically acclaimed 90minute solo play has educated and entertained audiences across the US and around the world and been awarded numerous “Critics Choice” awards in many countries. Confessions of a Mormon Boy is the inspiring true story about how one troubled young dad first learned to wake up and grow up—and kept learning. An emotional rollercoaster of extremes—from perfect Mormon boy in Utah to perfect rent boy in Manhattan—"Oxy-Mormon" storyteller Steven Fales discovers an imperfect ● David Williams middle ground in this reclamation saga about what it means to finally come home. Told with humour, song, and The Book of Mormon, this tale tells of how a sixth-generation Latter Gay Saint attempts to reclaim his two kids and Donny Osmond Smile “will leave you breathless” Defying respectability politics, the adult themes in Confessions of a Mormon Boy include spiritual abuse/religious violence in the form of excommunication; Reparative "Conversion" Therapy and the Ex-Gay Movement; HIV/AIDS; mixed-orientation marriages; drug abuse/"chemsex"/crystal methamphetamine; prostitution/sex work/human trafficking; recovery/ spirituality; family and legacy; divorce; child custody/support; family law; parenthood and parental alienCheryl Threadgold ation; non-traditional families; father/ son themes, cult detox, and much Street, Kew more pertaining to MormonAmeriTickets: $10 Bookings: https://www. cana . . . and musical theatre. Aside from the themes the play boroondara. on, this solo play is Steven tured-place-performance Fales's initial manifesto of personal transformation. "I am constantly measuring my personal offstage life by what I declare onstage", says Fales. Venue: The Loft, Chapel Off ■ The international one-man show Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran Performance Season: February 7 Confessions of a Mormon Boy returns to Australia after its successful sea- – 9 at 8pm;February 8, 9 at 2pm Tickets:Adults $35, Groups of 6+ son as part of the 2019 Sydney Mardi $28. Bookings:


Confessions of a Mormon Boy

OK. With John O’Keefe Heads up about Eric

● Eric Bogle ■ One of my all time favourites is Eric Bogle and he is a ‘must see’ . Eric will headline Newstead Live, Victoria along with a great support crew. Make it a must - Newsted Live, January 24-27

Socks for sale

■ If you can stump up a spare million, maybe two, then you can bid for the original socks worn by Michael Jackson when he first performed his now iconic Moonwalk dance. Socks are unwashed and framed just waiting for a Jacko fan to put up their hand for the smelly socks.

Chopping block

■ Channel 9 has decided to cease production of their kids program Kids WB . Show was filmed in Melbourne and after a run of 13 years it’s fade to black with all talent and crew given their marching orders. Such show cancellations often happen just prior to Christmas and will effect hosts Lauren Phillips and Andy Sutherland .

Pamela Anderson speaks up

■ Uber/Lyft copped a massive spray on American news services over their service. “They are a haven for preditors”,said the one time bikini beach babe. “Never travel alone , always have a partner.”

Dog’s best friend

■ Couple of months ago vandals made a mess of the iconic Dog on the Tucker Box at Gundigai. The local Council restored the tourist attraction and also appointed Country and Western singer Andrew Swift, as official Ambassador to spread the word about the monument when he entertains audiences around Australia, and on overseas gigs . - John O’Keefe

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Movies, DVDs with Jim Sherlock, Aaron Rourke What’s Hot and What’s Not in Blu-Rays and DVDs FILM: Genre: Cast: Kier,

DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE: Crime/Drama/Thriller. Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson, Udo

Thomas Kretschmann Year: 2018. Rating: MA15+ Length: 159 Minutes. Stars: ***½ Verdict: Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn are two overzealous detectives who get suspended from the force, so they decide they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their proper compensation, but instead they find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows. As far as cop buddy movies go, if it's a "Lethal Weapon" of "Rush Hour" you are after or like, this isn't for you, this is a tough, no nonsense, hard hitting, hardboiled, at times gut-wrenching darknoir crime drama that requires patience and raw understanding, a slow burning and brutal experience of police corruption that remains disturbingly compelling and even strangely exhilarating throughout its mammoth 158 minute running time. The well worn granite faced Mel Gibson carries all the scars of a wounded veteran along with a darkly sinister and deeply rooted embitterment with a skill that few others can deliver in cinema today, and balanced by a more enlightened but equally frustrated and embittered Vince Vaughn as his supportive partner in crime, then add to the mix Don Johnson as the Police Chief, and veterans Thomas Kretschmann and Udo Kier, and the fuse is lit. Definitely not a first date movie or for the squeamish, when the fireworks hit, they hit hard with an unapologetic vengeance, as writer and director by S. Craig Zahler, whose previous credits include the savagely tough "Bone Tomahawk" (2015) with Kurt Russell and the brutally raw "Brawl in Cell Block 99" (2017) with Vince Vaughn, has delivered sleek, murky, violent, meticulous, nasty and thought provoking thriller with a blood-letting body count that is sure ignite debate long after it's over. FILM: KURSK: Genre: Action/Drama/History. Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Max von Sydow, Lea Seydoux. Year: 2018. Rating: M. Length: 117 Minutes. Stars: *** Verdict: The film follows the August 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed, and as the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them. Good, solid, well executed dramatisation of what has been called "The Last Great Tragedy of the Cold War," a gripping, heartfelt and heart-breaking re-enactment that grips the imagination with immense frustration, melancholy, despair and anger, a gripping depiction of tragedy, arrogance and a blinded government cemented in a time, age and traditions it for so long has refused to move away from. Matthias Schoenaerts gives a tough, hard-boiled but compassionate and caring performance as the ill-fated Russian navy captain Mikail Averin, and Colin Firth in a more restrained but no less effective performance as British Commodore David Russell, who ignored all orders in an extraordinary attempt to rescue the stricken sailors, however, it is Lea Seydoux as the wife of the Russian captain that ignites the screen as she tries desperately to save her husband and get to the truth through a litany of Russian government bureaucratic lies and deception. Aided by outstanding set, production design and CGI effects, even though it may be formulaic at times in execution, this is still nonetheless as compelling a story as the disaster at Chernobyl, a compelling, frustrating, haunting and poignant story of nations brought together by a catastrophic event. FILM: THE NIGHTINGALE: Genre: Adventure/Drama/Thriller. Cast: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr. Year: 2018. Rating: MA15+ Length: 136 Minutes. Stars: ** Verdict: Set in 1825, a young Irish convict woman chases corrupt and sadistic British officer and his subordinates through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family, and on the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Rourke’s Reviews Knives Out: Dragged Across Concrete ■ (M). 130 minutes. Now showing in cinemas. Having to take shelter after infuriating hardcore Star Wars nerds with The Last Jedi, his playful, if highly uneven, entry in the neverending franchise, writer/director Rian Johnson returns to the familiar territory of his 2005 feature debut, Brick, except this time there is a noticeable increase in budget and humour. The story begins like every other murder/mystery TV show ever made, with the discovery of a body, on this occasion housekeeper Fran (Edi Patterson) finding renowned mystery author Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) dead in his study, his throat slit. Initially deemed a suicide, enough questions emerge for Lieutenant Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield) and Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) to visit the family's sizeable estate, accompanied by famous Poirot-like detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig, with a strong southern drawl). Blanc and his colleagues interview all the possible suspects, including Linda Drysdale (Jamie Lee Curtis), her husband Richard (Don Johnson, who is also in Dragged Across Concrete), Walt Thrombey (Michael Shannon), and Joni Thrombey (Toni Collette). However, the person at the heart of the investigation is Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas), Harlan's personal nurse whose family immigrated to the U.S. years ago (her country of origin provides the film with an amusing running gag). With Linda and Richard's irresponsible son Ransom (Chris Evans) absent for the time being, Blanc will have to decipher many clues and behavioural oddities, in order to figure out what really happened within these expensive, expansive walls. The advertising keeps touting Knives Out as a reinvention of the Agatha Christie-style whodunnit, but slavish homage would be a more apt description. Every location, altercation, dissection, and revelation could come from any episode of Murder, She Wrote, Midsomer Murders or Miss Marple (or even the 1985 comedy movie Clue), and writer/director Johnson is obviously a huge fan of all of them, but in wanting to craft his own And Then There Were None or Murder On The Orient Express, doesn't do anything distinctive enough to make his effort stand out from the crowd. Johnson's love for the genre also

impedes his focus, with overlength dampening the fun which ultimately feels more scattered about, and allows the audience plenty of time to consider the numerous possibilities and paths inherent in the plot. In fact, it is all so deliberately formulaic that you expect it all to finish in a manner similar to the 1986 film April Fool's Day. A big cast largely deliver enjoyable performances, particularly Curtis, Johnson and de Armas (there are also nice appearances by Frank Oz and M. Emmet Walsh), but the film belongs to Craig, who enjoys himself immensely playing a role that isn't James Bond. Stanfield, so good in Sorry To Bother You, is underutilised here, while Collette is typically over-the-top and theatrical. There is definite entertainment value in Knives Out, but due to its excessive running time, turns into a case of 'the parts are better than the whole', amplifying an already ever-present sense of beloved imitation, rather than genuine inspiration. RATING - **½ Dragged Across Concrete (R). 159 minutes. Now available on Blu-ray and DVD. After coming out of nowhere with the attention-grabbing Bone Tomahawk in 2015, followed by the outstanding Brawl In Cell Block 99 in 2017, author-turned-film-maker S. Craig Zahler continues to provoke audiences with his latest offering, a deliberately morally ambiguous concoction which, like his previous efforts, will lead to highly divisive reactions and opinions. The story centres on police detectives Brett Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn), who have just been suspended after being filmed performing an illegal drug bust on two suspects. Acquiring a bagful of cash from the bust, the duo, who feel out of step with today's attitudes towards law enforcement, come across information regarding a major money exchange, and decide to intercept this criminal meeting so they and their families can live an easier life. Of course, nothing goes quite to plan. Dragged Across Concrete may cover familiar ground, but Zahler cleverly subverts the multiple tropes that are present in the plot. Working from his novelistic type script, Zahler again dares to swim against the tide, taking his time to build character and story, allowing every hot topic to develop nicely. Performances across the board are firstrate. Gibson, like in the recent Blood Father, is knowingly cast, and delivers one of his best performances. Vaughn, who I am not normally a fan of, seems to respond to Zahler's ultra-focused direction, and while not as good as his career-best turn in Brawl In Cell Block 99, he is still excellent, reminding one of his good work in the under-rated 1998 thriller Clay Pigeons. Kudos must also go to Tory Kittles, Jennifer Carpenter, Laurie Holden, Udo Kier, and Don Johnson.

Top 10 Lists DECEMBER 1-7 THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. FORD V. FERRARI. 2. LAST CHRISTMAS. 3. CHARLIE'S ANGELS. 4. 21 BRIDGES. 5. JOKER. 6. FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS. 7. TERMINATOR: DARK FATE. 8. MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL. 9. OFFICIAL SECRETS. 10. STEPHEN KING'S DOCTOR SLEEP. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON TO CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA: NOVEMBER 28: BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FROZEN 2, KNIVES OUT, MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY, MRS. LOWRY & SON. DECEMBER 5: THE GOOD LIAR, KOKO: A RED DOG STORY, THE ADDAMS FAMILY. THE DVD AND BLU-RAY TOP RENTALS & SALES: 1. FAST & FURIOUS: Hobbs & Shaw [Action/Adventure/Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham]. 2. ANGEL HAS FALLEN [Action/Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith]. 3. LION KING [2019/Adventure/ Beyonce, Seth Rogen]. 4. LATE NIGHT [Comedy/Drama/Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling]. 5. WHO YOU THINK I AM [Drama/Juliette Binoche]. 6. PALM BEACH [Comedy/Drama/Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Richard E. Grant]. 7. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 [Animated/Adventure/Comedy/Harrison Ford, Patton Oswalt]. 8. MIDSOMMAR [Drama/Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, Jack Reynoe]. 9. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME [Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson]. Also: CHERNOBYL, TOY STORY 4, CRAWL, THE PUBLIC, OPHILIA, YESTERDAY, THE KEEPER, STUBER, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, THE WHITE CROW. NEW HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE [Crime/ Action/Drama/Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn]. KURSK [History/Drama/Colin Firth, Matthias Schoenaerts, Lea Seydoux]. RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL [Crime/ Drama/Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne]. DVD AND/OR BLU-RAY NEW & RE-RELEASE CLASSIC MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS: THE SHINING - 4K UHD eSR [1980/ Horror/Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd]. THE WIZARD OF OZ - 4K UHD [1939/ Family/Music/Adventure/Judy Garland]. NEW RELEASE TELEVISION, DOCUMENTARY AND MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: GRANDCHESTER: Season 4. THE 100: Season 6. THE HANDMAID'S TALE: Season 3. THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL: Series 3. BLINDSPOT: Season 4. FRAYED. - James Sherlock

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Ivanhoe ‘Class of 74’ reunion

Photos: Ash Long

● Chris Herrod and Inara Lazdins (Ozolins).

● Neil James and Lyn Thompson.

● Sue Frew and Helen Godfrey.

● Steve Frew and Glenn Bear.

● Grant Scale and Marg Milne (Rose).

● Ray Bainbridge, Simon Billington, John Price.

● Peter Millsom, Jenny (Ferguson) and Andrew Kenyon-Smith.

● Helen Williams Wright and Lyn Gillespie.

● Anne Scott (Jenkins), Fiona Mackenzie, Ash Long, Fleur Long (Tunzi).

● Noel Crouch and David Stevenson.

● David Dowell and Wayne Binfield.

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Photos: Ash Long

Friends of 50 years at the Eagle Bar Photos: Ash Long

● Steve Cropley and Virginia Vindin-Price.

● Glenn and Yvonne Bear.

● Rick Newbery, Peter Swain and Andrew Howarth.

● Greig Wanliss and Andrew Blankley.

● Ash Long and Chris Herrod.

● From left: David Stevenson, Noel Crouch, Pam Green, Neil James, Steve Cropley, Virginia Vindin-Price, Rick Newbery.

● Glenn Bear and Steve Cropley.

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Bleak House - by Charles Dickens “Phil!” said Mr. George. “Yes, guv’ner.” “Be quiet.” The little man, with a low growl, stood still. “Ladies and gentlemen,” said Mr. Bucket, “you’ll excuse anything that may appear to be disagreeable in this, for my name’s Inspector Bucket of the Detective, and I have a duty to perform. George, I know where my man is because I was on the roof last night and saw him through the skylight, and you along with him. He is in there, you know,” pointing; “that’s where HE is — on a sofy. Now I must see my man, and I must tell my man to consider himself in custody; but you know me, and you know I don’t want to take any uncomfortable measures. You give me your word, as from one man to another (and an old soldier, mind you, likewise), that it’s honourable between us two, and I’ll accommodate you to the utmost of my power.” “I give it,” was the reply. ‘“But it wasn’t handsome in you, Mr. Bucket.” “Gammon, George! Not handsome?” said Mr. Bucket, tapping him on his broad breast again and shaking hands with him. “I don’t say it wasn’t handsome in you to keep my man so close, do I? Be equally good-tempered to me, old boy! Old William Tell, Old Shaw, the Life Guardsman! Why, he’s a model of the whole British army in himself, ladies and gentlemen. I’d give a fifty-pun’ note to be such a figure of a man!” The affair being brought to this head, Mr. George, after a little consideration, proposed to go in first to his comrade (as he called him), taking Miss Flite with him. Mr. Bucket agreeing, they went away to the further end of the gallery, leaving us sitting and standing by a table covered with guns. Mr. Bucket took this opportunity of entering into a little light conversation, asking me if I were afraid of fire-arms, as most young ladies were; asking Richard if he were a good shot; asking Phil Squod which he considered the best of those rifles and what it might be worth first-hand, telling him in return that it was a pity he ever gave way to his temper, for he was naturally so amiable that he might have been a young woman, and making himself generally agreeable. After a time he followed us to the further end of the gallery, and Richard and I were going quietly away when Mr. George came after us. He said that if we had no objection to see his comrade, he would take a visit from us very kindly. The words had hardly passed his lips when the bell was rung and my guardian appeared, “on the chance,” he slightly observed, “of being able to do any little thing for a poor fellow involved in the same misfortune as himself.” We all four went back together and went into the place where Gridley was. It was a bare room, partitioned off from the gallery with unpainted wood. As the screening was not more than eight or ten feet high and only enclosed the sides, not the top, the rafters of the high gallery roof were overhead, and the skylight through which Mr. Bucket had looked down. The sun was low — near setting — and its light came redly in above, without descending to the ground. Upon a plain canvas-covered sofa lay the man from Shropshire, dressed much as we had seen him last, but so changed that at first I recognized no likeness in his colourless face to what I recollected. He had been still writing in his hiding-place, and still dwelling on his grievances, hour after hour. A table and some shelves were covered with manuscript papers and with worn pens and a medley of such tokens. Touchingly and awfully drawn together, he and the little mad woman were side by side and, as it were, alone. She sat on a chair holding his hand, and none of us went close to them. His voice had faded, with the old expression of his face, with his strength, with his anger, with his resistance to the wrongs that had at last subdued him. The faintest shadow of an object full of form and colour is such a picture of it as he was of the man from Shropshire whom we had spoken with before. He inclined his head to Richard and me and spoke to my guardian.

Charles Dickens “Mr. Jarndyce, it is very kind of you to come to see me. I am not long to be seen, I think. I am very glad to take your hand, sir. You are a good man, superior to injustice, and God knows I honour you.” They shook hands earnestly, and my guardian said some words of comfort to him. “It may seem strange to you, sir,” returned Gridley; “I should not have liked to see you if this had been the flrst time of our meeting. But you know I made a fight for it, you know I stood up with my single hand against them all, you know I told them the truth to the last, and told them what they were, and what they had done to me; so I don’t mind your seeing me, this wreck.” “You have been courageous with them many and many a time,” returned my guardian. “Sir, I have been,” with a faint smile. “I told you what would come of it when I ceased to be so, and see here! Look at us — look at us!” He drew the hand Miss Flite held through her arm and brought her something nearer to him. “This ends it. Of all my old associations, of all my old pursuits and hopes, of all the living and the dead world, this one poor soul alone comes natural to me, and I am fit for. There is a tie of many suffering years between us two, and it is the only tie I ever had on earth that Chancery has not broken.” “Accept my blessing, Gridley,” said Miss Flite in tears. “Accept my blessing!” “I thought, boastfully, that they never could break my heart, Mr. Jarndyce. I was resolved that they should not. I did believe that I could, and would, charge them with being the mockery they were until I died of some bodily disor-

wearing out, I don’t know; I seemed to break down in an hour. I hope they may never come to hear of it. I hope everybody here will lead them to believe that I died defying them, consistently and perseveringly, as I did through so many years.” Here Mr. Bucket, who was sitting in a corner by the door, good-naturedly offered such consolation as he could administer. “Come, come!” he said from his corner. “Don’t go on in that way, Mr. Gridley. You are only a little low. We are all of us a little low sometimes. I am. Hold up, hold up! You’ll lose your temper with the whole round of ’em, again and again; and I shall take you on a score of warrants yet, if I have luck.” He only shook his head. “Don’t shake your head,” said Mr. Bucket. “Nod it; that’s what I want to see you do. Why, Lord bless your soul, what times we have had together! Haven’t I seen you in the Fleet over and over again for contempt? Haven’t I come into court, twenty afternoons for no other purpose than to see you pin the Chancellor like a bulldog? Don’t you remember when you first began to threaten the lawyers, and the peace was sworn against you two or three times a week? Ask the little old lady there; she has been always present. Hold up, Mr. Gridley, hold up, sir!” “What are you going to do about him?” asked George in a low voice. “I don’t know yet,” said Bucket in the same tone. Then resuming his encouragement, he pursued aloud: “Worn out, Mr. Gridley? After dodging me for all these weeks and forcing me to climb the roof here like a tom cat and to come see you as a doctor? That ain’t like being worn

want. You want excitement, you know, to keep YOU up; that’s what YOU want. You’re used to it, and you can’t do without it. I couldn’t myself. Very well, then; here’s this warrant got by Mr. Tulkinghorn of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and backed into half-a-dozen counties since. What do you say to coming along with me, upon this warrant, and having a good angry argument before the magistrates? It’ll do you good; it’ll freshen you up and get you into training for another turn at the Chancellor. Give in? Why, I am surprised to hear a man of your energy talk of giving in. You mustn’t do that. You’re half the fun of the fair in the Court of Chancery. George, you lend Mr. Gridley a hand, and let’s see now whether he won’t be better up than down.” “He is very weak,” said the trooper in a low voice. “Is he?” returned Bucket anxiously. “I only want to rouse him. I don’t like to see an old acquaintance giving in like this. It would cheer him up more than anything if I could make him a little waxy with me. He’s welcome to drop into me, right and left, if he likes. I shall never take advantage of it.” The roof rang with a scream from Miss Flite, which still rings in my ears. “Oh, no, Gridley!” she cried as he fell heavily and calmly back from before her. “Not without my blessing. After so many years!” The sun was down, the light had gradually stolen from the roof, and the shadow had crept upward. But to me the shadow of that pair, one living and one dead, fell heavier on Richard’s departure than the darkness of the darkest night. And through Richard’s farewell words I heard it echoed: “Of all my old associations, of all my old pursuits and hopes, of all the living and the dead world, this one poor soul alone comes natural to me, and I am fit for. There is a tie of many suffering years between us two, and it is the only tie I ever had on earth that Chancery has not broken!” Chapter XXV— Mrs. Snagsby Sees It All There is disquietude in Cook’s Court, Cursitor Street. Black suspicion hides in that peaceful region. The mass of Cook’s Courtiers are in their usual state of mind, no better and no worse; but Mr. Snagsby is changed, and his little woman knows it. For Tom-all–Alone’s and Lincoln’s Inn Fields persist in harnessing themselves, a pair of ungovernable coursers, to the chariot of Mr. Snagsby’s imagination; and Mr. Bucket drives; and the passengers are Jo and Mr. Tulkinghorn; and the complete equipage whirls though the law-stationery business at wild speed all round the clock. Even in the little front kitchen where the family meals are taken, it rattles away at a smoking pace from the dinner-table, when Mr. Snagsby pauses in carving the first slice of the leg of mutton baked with potatoes and stares at the kitchen wall. Mr. Snagsby cannot make out what it is that he has had to do with. Something is wrong somewhere, but what something, what may come of it, to whom, when, and from which unthought of and unheard of quarter is the puzzle of his life. His remote impressions of the robes and coronets, the stars and garters, that sparkle through the surface-dust of Mr. Tulkinghorn’s chambers; his veneration for the mysteries presided over by that best and closest of his customers, whom all the Inns of Court, all Chancery Lane, and all the legal neighbourhood agree to hold in awe; his remembrance of Detective Mr. Bucket with his forefinger and his confidential manner, impossible to be evaded or declined, persuade him that he is a party to some dangerous secret without knowing what it is. And it is the fearful peculiarity of this condition that, at any hour of his daily life, at any opening of the shop-door, at any pull of the bell, at any entrance of a messenger, or any delivery of a letter, the secret may take air and fire, explode, and blow up — Mr. Bucket only knows whom. For which reason, whenever a man unknown comes into the shop (as many men unknown do) and says, “Is Mr. Snagsby in?” or words to that innocent effect, Mr. Snagsby’s heart knocks hard at his guilty breast. He undergoes so much from such inquiries that when they are made by boys he revenges himself by flipping at their ears over the counter and asking the young dogs what they mean by it and why they can’t speak out at once? Tio Be Continued Next Week

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Special Report

Bushfire risk is close to all of us: MP ■ Eildon MLA Cindy McLeish last week spoke in State Parliament about bushfire preparedness: “ Whilst I am pleased to have the opportunity to submit this matter of public importance to the chamber today, I am actually completely disturbed that I have to raise these issues, because this is indicative of a number of failures of the Andrews Labor government,” Ms McLeish said. “It is a failure by the Premier and certainly by his ministers. “Now, Victoria is one of the highest bushfire-risk places in the world. “Certainly my electorate, in the heart of the ranges, very much has a high bushfire risk. This is no secret. “We know this. We have known always about the risks that face Victoria, and the risks at the moment are very high. “We do not even need one code red day to have a catastrophic event—we just need a bad day and things could really take off. “Black Saturday was only 10 years ago and we remember much about that, but it seems that we have not really learned a lot of the lessons. “Certainly the government again have failed in being able to actually take the key lessons away from Black Saturday. “Ash Wednesday was not that long ago either, and we have small communities surrounded by bush open areas and people are still building homes in amongst the trees. “So fire preparedness is extremely important. That risk is very close to all of us. “As individuals, as families and as people in small country areas we do a lot in terms of fire preparedness. “We have the CFA put out a lot of information to homes about what they can do to help. “The volunteers willingly go out to people’s properties to have a look at how they can help them mitigate the risk posed by the fires and the environment that they live in. “But with that we also expect the authorities to do their bit, and this is where we see the failure by the Premier and his ministers, because we know that they have not done all that they can do and that they have not learned the lessons that they should have learned to fully protect Victorian communities this coming fire season. “:We know what fuel loads are. We talk about fuel loads all the time, and as a country member you see the fuel loads. “But I am not convinced that all of the city members actually understand what fuel loads are—the long grasses and the branches and the barks and the twigs and the understorey that is there. “What can happen with these fuel loads is that they can create a wick. “They can create a wick for the fire to travel very quickly along the side of a road, very quickly along the banks of a river and very quickly as a stepladder into the canopy of the forests. “And we know—we saw certainly at Black Saturday—that when the fire gets into the canopies metres and metres high it can take off very, very quickly and cause enormous devastation. We can see this. “Country members of Parliament see it all the time, but I do not know that the government has seen it.

● Cindy McLeish “I think actually some members are starting to see it, but they are only just starting to see this because we seeing the panic that is evident in the way that they are running around trying to get on top of this at the last minute. “We have some grazing licences that were talked about being removed from farm areas and river frontages, and suddenly they have been renewed for five years as the government spins into panic mode. “The reason they have been renewed is without the farmers to maintain that area it would become a huge wick along the rivers and into the forests. “This is something that has just been happening very recently in my electorate. “There is a lot to be said about fuel loads, but the failure is around the secrecy of the government in not releasing some of the burn maps and the fuel load data information, which is about that lack of protection for Victorian communities. “On November 12 the Premier said: We know there’s a lot of fuel load out there. We know we’re going to have a long, hot, dry and dangerous summer … “We’re going to have a very challenging season. “But we have been trying to find out—not only us, but the press—what it is about these fuel loads. How much is out there, and what do we need to do? “Ed Gannon, the editor of the Weekly Times, a few months ago— not at the last minute but a few months ago—tried to find this information to make it available to the public so we actually know what is going on. “But we are finding a veil of secrecy here, and we know what they are hiding. They are hiding declines in their performance—this chronic underperformance in managing the fuel loads across the state. “Ed Gannon told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell: First of all they told us that the figures are only what they would use internally, then they told us a

couple of months ago that it’s not something they would feel comfortable to release publicly. “So not only are they not releasing information but it appears they did not even release the minister to make comments, because an article in the Herald Sun of November 15 by Andrew Koubaridis says that: “A government spokeswoman said: ‘We act on the advice of fire experts who’ve advised the map shouldn’t be released at this time’. “So they have even protected the ministers and not sent them out to face the music on this and explain their failures to people. “We know that they are failing to meet the planned burn targets. After the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission there were a number of recommendations, and there was a recommendation specifically around prescribed burning. “It found that prescribed burning is one of the main tools for fire management on public land. “Specifically recommendation 56 recommends that: “The State fund and commit to implementing a long-term program of prescribed burning based on an annual rolling target of 5 per cent minimum of public land. “The government of course always know better, and they abandoned that and went instead with a computer-modelled measure of residual risk. “It might sound good, but the former head of the CSIRO’s bushfire research unit, Phil Cheney, branded residual risk as ‘a load of bull…’— well, a bit stronger than ‘a load of rubbish’. “He said fuel load is the only thing that matters. I drive around and I see the fuel loads, and I know my colleagues do as well. “We have got evidence of the mismanagement of Victoria’s fuel load, because Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s annual reports reveal that the amount of planned burning has dropped from just over 234,000 hectares in 2014– 15 to just under 65,000 hectares in 2017–18. “Even if they are looking at residual risk, that is an enormous drop, and we know that they are just not on top of that. “As I have said, in my electorate I see evidence of this. Anthony McMahon, who is a Kinglake local who lost his home on Black Saturday, spoke on 3AW recently about the fuel load risk being extremely high. “I know Anthony McMahon and I know his family, and they are very long term residents—an old family— of Kinglake. “They have seen the terrain change and the forest grow, and they have seen the mismanagement. “They know the difficulty of accessing some of the terrain, and they have seen many, many fires. “Anthony McMahon said: You don’t want to panic people but I think you’ve got to understand that since Black Saturday there has been a lot of natural regrowth, because that’s what happens with eucalypt forest. “As it gets older it starts to thin out so you’ve got a lot of natural attrition from young plants that are dying. “The young plants that are dying fall onto the forest floor, and that is part of the fuel load in the forest. “He said: They should be doing a lot more back burning being.

“And: There needs to be a more proactive management system. “There is not just one wet forest, as the minister has talked about. “There are various windows during the year, and there are other methods that can be used. “It does not just have to be prescribed burning. “There are things that can be done, but the government is actually failing. The minister and the Premier are failing. “Kinglake resident Sue Zuber, part of the town’s fire defence group, told the Weekly Times: There’s a lot of new growth and a lot under my feet. It’s quite alarming. It makes me wonder what’s being done on fuel hazard reduction. “The government can bang on all they like about what they are doing, but the fact is the fuel loads are there. “On top of the mismanagement of the fuel loads and the prescribed burning, we have had an awful attack on volunteers—a savage attack on volunteers. “Virtually 4000 volunteers have walked away. My father was a 45year volunteer with the Limestone fire brigade. I grew up with volunteerism in the CFA. “I was heartened when former Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett acknowledged that:“ Volunteers are the backbone of our community. “They help protect the lives of more than 3.3 million Victorians and deserve our support. “We know they are; we agree with her. But, sadly, the Premier and Peter Marshall certainly did not, and four years on from her making those comments the release of the CFA’s annual report in October this year revealed that they have lost 3955 operational volunteers since the Premier declared war on CFA volunteers. “This is a backward step. I go around and visit the brigades in my electorate, and let me tell you: the Premier’s name is not held up in lights. “They do not see him as having helped them at all. “They see him as having let them down. “On top of the failures of planned burns and on top of the failure to manage fuel loads, we have a failure for volunteers and we actively need volunteers. “Volunteers are now trying to do what they can to get more people to re-engage, but they are suffering from fatigue from the way that they have been treated. “You only have to speak to them to know how much fatigue they are suffering. “They of course will still be out there because that is the core to why they volunteer. “But we know that the equipment and technology is becoming more and more sophisticated and there is talk about more equipment being available, but it is not there yet. “We know that Emergency Management Victoria have said a 50strong fleet—large air tankers and the like—is becoming available over summer. Well, it is not here yet. “We have had one fire code red day already—that extreme day on November 21. “Summer is just four or five days away, but we do not have this fleet yet. “The emergency management

commissioner said on November 20 that four air cranes would arrive that week. “They have got to go through the process of accreditation. They have got to get them all sorted. They have got to know how people are going to go. But we need to make sure that we have the support on the ground when we need it. “It is so important that it is on the ground now. “What we have also had is a move into a digital radio system. Again, we are riddled with black spots and dropouts. “The government has spent $3.3 million on advertising. We know they are good on advertising. “We saw that they spent considerable sums before the federal election on getting the public sector to do some of their dirty work for them. “We have got $3.3 million on the advertising campaign, but we have not— Ms Neville: You are against letting Victorians know? Ms McLeish: No, we need to let Victorians know what happened, but what is not happening is the investment to fix the digital technology. “We need to have the digital technology that will meet the needs of our brigades, because at the moment it is not meeting the needs of our brigades. “On top of this we have had some power outages, and we know they are only going to get worse. On that day of November 21, last week, it was not a code red in my electorate, but we had power outages in my electorate. “Some people were without power for 24 hours. Not only were they without power, but that also then impacted them for that period of time in how they could charge their phones. “The mobile communication system went out, as did the landlines. I had several people come to me from Yarra Junction and Wesburn and say, ‘This is how we rely on getting our messages, and if the phones aren’t going to work, the mobile phone towers are going to give up and the power is going to give up, how are we supposed to get our messages?’, because everything is reliant on receiving it on an app, on your phone. “I am happy to have those apps, but we need to make sure that the background works for these people. “These people that contacted me were absolutely disturbed about how much ceased to function. “We have also got the situation— and I know others will talk about this in more detail—of the Premier’s decision to cut the native timber industry, our sustainable timber industry, and with that goes a lot of equipment. “There are probably 70 or so dozers and different excavators and things. “People who operate those in the timber industry are deployed to help fight fires. “They get out there, they take their gear out and they put firebreaks in. “They spend a lot of time, taking time off from doing their paid job, to keep the community safe. “As they exit the industry, this is not going to be there either. We have seen failure after failure of the Andrews Labor Government and the ministers to keep Victorians safe this summer,” McLeish said. ● Continued On Next Page

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Special Report ● From previous page Danielle Green, Yan Yean MLA (Labor), was critical of Ms McLeish’s comments: “This reminds me of the disgraceful behaviour of the then opposition in the lead-up to that horrific fire season of 2008–09. “I recall absolutely—we had Dorothy Dixers in those days—I was asked as the Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services to ask a question of the then Premier, the first question of the day, on the Thursday prior to Black Saturday: what was our level of preparedness? “I was shouted down and laughed at by the other side because they thought it was a joke. “I remember at the time I yelled at them and said, ‘You’ve got to listen—this is serious’. “Those of us who were then on this side of the house knew it was serious. We knew that it was not something to be played with like a political football. “The member for Eildon was not in the house then. The then member for Seymour and I turned out to that fire on that weekend, and we will never forget it. “The member for Eildon has learned nothing from that period of time. I felt like I was in a parallel universe hearing her mealymouthed, pathetic advancement as the lead speaker in this debate. “It was like being slapped with a wet sock—that is how much heart she had in it. “But then those that have continued to perpetrate myths and nonsense about preparedness, about socalled truths about Victoria’s preparedness and the approach that this government takes—to take these matters seriously—could not even get their story straight. “On planned burns, the member for Eildon came into this place at the end of 2010, and as far as the targets were then—5 per cent of the state—by their own measure they were not met in 2011. “They were not met in 2012, nor 2013, nor 2014. “I do not recall the member for Eildon mentioning that once when in government. Then after her mealy-mouthed contribution today we had a contribution from the member for Gippsland East. “I quite respect the member for Gippsland East—he is a good bloke—but in criticising us on fuel load and burning targets, he said that he thought a target of around 103 000 hectares would be adequate and that is what we should be doing. “Even though they did not reach the targets, he was bragging about the number of hectares that were burnt between 2011 and 2014 and saying that was adequate. “For starters it was immediately after the breaking of the millennium drought. Of course it was easier to do planned burns then, but even then the targets that were proposed were not met. “But he also said he thought we should be doing a target of around 103 000 hectares. “Earth to the member for Gippsland East: the average since 2011 has been 160,000 hectares. “So they cannot even get their story straight internally. “The member for Gippsland East quoted a good friend of mine, John Fisher, who now works as a senior forest firefighter in New South Wales. “I worked side by side with John Fisher in the 1990s as we were both on the state council of the State Public Service Federation.

‘You’ve got got to to listen, listen, this this is is serious’ serious’ -- Danielle Danielle Green, Green, MLA MLA ● Danielle Green, Yan Yean MLA “I worked side by side with John firefighters are needed. So I will be Fisher, fighting against the cuts that back on the fireground, and I am sure the Kennett government made to plenty of others who have needed firefighting services in this state. that pause and that time to heal will “What hypocrisy for the member be back. to come in and quote John Fisher. “We heard about the communi“I understand—sitting behind cations. I mean, really. I wish I had him, I did not quite hear everything longer to speak, but in talking about that the member for Gippsland East the digital radio rollout and so-called said—that he quoted John Fisher as black spots, the State Emergency saying that the only thing in the tri- Service’s communications strategy angle you can impact is your fuel was rolled out. load. Mr Battin interjected. “He quoted John Fisher as sayMs Green: Listen, member for ing that you need to do those burns Gembrook, you might learn someovernight. thing. “That was always what “The strategy has not changed. It firefighters thought and believed. was actually developed by the de“But I believe that quote from partment when I was the ParliamenJohn Fisher was from 2002. tary Secretary for Police and Emer“Well, hasn’t the environment gency Services; it was re-endorsed changed since then? by the then minister in the next gov“I have fought fires since 2002. I ernment, Peter Ryan, and it has been was in the CFA for 13 years, and I re-endorsed by this government. fought fires in the High Country, in :The thing we have to deal with is alpine areas and in the Grampians that the Telstra network is being cut in the early 2000s, prior to 2009. off in the middle of next year, so we “During those alpine fires, let me will not go to a new radio system that tell you, around Mount Buller we can actually function. had fires get away overnight. “Member for Gembrook, if you “When we tried to back-burn we want to use your good offices to talk had to stop it. In the past the theory to your communications minister in was that humidity would go up, the Canberra, you go right ahead, but I temperature would drop and you have not seen any of you very often would be able to do some planned standing up to your mates in burning and some back-burning over- Canberra and saying, ‘This is what night during a fire event. needs to occur’. “Guess what? Climate change “We will absolutely work, and we means you can almost never do it will not ignore whatever problems anymore. So if you are going to quote there might be with the rollout—una very senior firefighter, make sure like the member for Eildon when she you get it at the right time and do not was in government. verbal him, because John Fisher is “She was completely silent when a very good firefighter to this day the communities of Kinglake had and is working in New South Wales. services cruelly ripped away from “I mentioned my volunteer ser- them, when we had been told, ‘Do vice. Let me tell you, the number of not remove services from fire-affully operational volunteer fected communities, particularly chilfirefighters has only dropped by dren and adolescents, inside of five around 200. years’. “So do not get out there and scare “That cruelly occurred within the community and say there are not three, and we are still dealing with enough volunteer firefighters. the consequences. “Some of those people who have “Where has the member for taken breaks in recent years are Eildon been, whether in government people like me, who needed to have or opposition, to say, ‘Why are there a bit of a pause from being an opera- still mobile black spots in Kinglake tional firefighter to deal with what West? Why are there still mobile we went through on Black Saturday. black spots in Strathewen?’. And the “But I made a pact last Sunday last time I looked that is in the electhat I am returning to the local bri- torate of the member for Eildon, not gade because I know that operational the member for Yan Yean — but I

am actually fighting for that. I have never heard her say a word about it. “Her confused messaging around communications, electricity and radios in her contribution was an absolute disgrace. She should really reconsider her position. “As a member for a bushfire-affected area and the deputy leader of the party, how dare she come in here and scare the community? “We would not have gone down the path of having such hard-hitting advertising if we did not understand that this state is at huge risk. “But like the Prime Minister and the Premier have said, we are prepared, our volunteers are prepared, our government is prepared. “And this lot opposite are not prepared ever to sit on the government benches. They are a disgrace,” Ms Green said. ★ Warrandyte MLA Ryan Smith contributed to the Parliamentary debate: “When our communities elect us and send us to this place we are charged with a very serious responsibility, and the responsibility is to bring our community’s concerns to this place. “Whether you are in government or in opposition or you are an Independent in this place, it is still your responsibility to come and bring the issues of your community to this place. “We have heard today from members whose electorates cover Eildon, the Dandenong Ranges, Gippsland and indeed my own electorate of Warrandyte, who represent areas whose communities are very much in high fire risk zones. “The community of Warrandyte was very fortunate on Black Saturday, notwithstanding the tragedies that befell so many other parts of the state. “The community of Warrandyte was saved by a change of wind at about quarter past 3. That wind change actually saved Warrandyte from being decimated in much the same manner that many other areas were. “My community are very aware of the risks that are around them. There are many, many residences that back onto the Warrandyte State Park.

“As we go into the fire season the level of concern about the level of unpreparedness of the government coming into this fire season is just heightened. “Last Thursday we had some particularly high temperatures and blustery conditions. “I had cause to go into the Warrandyte state forest and have a look at the fuel loads, and I have to say that I was nothing short of horrified. “When we asked in this place about the level of preparedness and the prescribed burning that had happened, the government said that they are doing things smarter. “If you walk through the Warrandyte State Park, there is clear evidence that nothing has been done. “While those opposite think that we are in here playing politics, the reality of situation is that we are actually coming here representing our communities. “Our communities are significantly at risk, and if the government gets it wrong, then those people will face an inferno. “Blinded by smoke they will lose their houses and in some cases they may lose their lives. “If the government gets it wrong, then it is those people, it is those residents in the communities that I talked about that are going to pay a very, very heavy price. “Notwithstanding if we were ever to have another tragedy like Black Saturday, members in this house would I am sure feel much sorrow, much pain and all those emotions that you have when a tragedy of that magnitude happens. “But the reality is that the material impact would be felt by members of those communities. “I was in this house, unlike others—not that it makes any difference—in the aftermath of Black Saturday when the Brumby government did the right thing and got a royal commission going. “The experts that went through that royal commission were part of putting some significant recommendations together. The recommendations that were put together included a commitment to prescribed burning of 5 per cent of the state per year. “The government of the day, which ended up being the coalition government, made some very significant steps towards reaching that target. “We went from the previous Labor government’s levels of 70,000 hectares per year up to around 280,000 hectares on the way to 350,000 hectares had we remained in government. “We put the resources, the funding and the commitment into achieving those targets, achieving the outcomes of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission’s recommendations. “Unfortunately we seem to have forgotten those recommendations. We seem to have forgotten what happened 10 years ago, because the level of burning has reduced significantly. “And as I said, all you have to do is walk around the Warrandyte State Park—and I am sure many, many other areas around the state—to see the blatant fact that nothing has been done in those areas at all, the blatant fact that the lives of communities are at risk because of the lack of preparation leading into this summer. “Those opposite can talk about scaremongering or whatever they like, but the fact of the matter is that people in my area should be concerned because over their back fences there is fuel load like you have never seen before, that I have never seen before in my time as a member, in my time walking around those areas of public estate,” Mr Smith said.

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Local People

Toxic workplace at Whittlesea Cl. ■ Simon Overland’s indefinite leave from his position as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Whittlesea was spoken about in State Parliament last Thursday (Nov. 28) by Yan Yean MLADanielle Green. “I take great pleasure in joining the debate on the Local Government Bill 2019,” Ms Green said. “I commend the minister and staff, who have done a great deal of work to get to this point and also the ministers in the previous Parliament who began this process. “A number of other members have said that the legislation has not been substantially changed since 1989, so it really is a bill whose time has come. “I have been in this place for 17 years, and I have dealt with many local government administrations in the electorate of Yan Yean, across the Shire of Nillumbik, across the City of Whittlesea, across the Shire of Mitchell and in the abutting areas of Murrindindi—and we particularly had a lot to do with each other post bushfires. “I have really seen the best and the worst, I think, on some occasions. “Before I go into the substance of the bill I would like to mention a particularly wonderful example of collaboration of offices across a number of councils. “That was the situation coming up to two years ago, or maybe it was three years ago, between Christmas and new year, when I noticed that there was a great deal of angst on some community Facebook pages. “I think it really began with people’s anxieties and sadness with the empty chairs at the tables in families that were impacted by the Kilmore East fires 10 years ago. “I think that distress was then developing into anxiety because of the different regimes that were happening across local government areas, the different timing for roadside vegetation clearance. “I thought, ‘Look, we really need to do something to sort of alleviate this stress’. “I want to thank the Kinglake West Fire Brigade, who hosted a meeting. “It was at short notice, and I think we had the emergency management commissioner’s office there, we had Parks Victoria, we had VicRoads and we had the four municipalities. “I really want to credit the local laws officers, who often get a bit of a beating up because they are the ones that fine you when you have transgressed a parking arrangement or something like that. “People do not always see them in the best light, but these blokes— and they are all blokes—just took great pride in working on a new regime where they would work together to ensure that the roadside vegetation clearing was all done in the leadup to a fire season at around the same time so that people that lived near boundaries would not, if their roadsides were not going to be cleared until a few weeks later, be in fear. I just really wanted to commend all those local laws officers, because it really was outstanding. “I wanted to say at the outset that I very much support the single-member wards that are proposed in this bill. “The Shire of Mitchell, and I am pleased to represent the southern part of that council, have expressed their opposition to this.

Country councillors

● Simon Overland has taken leave as CEO at the City Of Whittlesea. Photo: ABC. “But my experience, particularly for. with the City of Whittlesea—a grow‘I ask the City of “And I have found that many of ing municipality—is that it has just the City of Whittlesea councillors Whittlesea been too enormous a task for counhave been found wanting. councillors to have cillors and council candidates to ac“One of the things that has really tually serve a giant ward like the a good darn look at disturbed me in the last week is that North Ward in the City of on Saturday we had the fourth CEO themselves’ Whittlesea. appointed to the City of Whittlesea “Even though it is three council- Danielle Green MP in three years. lors, it is very, very difficult for the “I think that this is evidence that three councillors to serve such a geo“With the current councillors in the current majority of councillors graphically disparate area that in- the North Ward, there are three ward are very distracted by other matters cludes Mernda and Doreen and is councillors. rather than delivering to their connow larger than the size of “The deputy mayor from last stituents. Warrnambool in population. year, Tom Joseph, is an absolutely “I am deeply disturbed by this be“You have got Whittlesea town- outstanding councillor, and he always cause the first CEO that I worked ship, you have got Donnybrook, responds. with in the City of Whittlesea, David which is growing, and rural areas like :”He was actually elected on a Turnbull—we were all aghast when Humevale, Kinglake Westand Eden countback after the sad passing of his term was not renewed. Park. another councillor. “He is renowned as the best stra“It really is a very difficult thing, “He had by then taken on another tegic planner in Australia. and the three councillors that repre- job which involves overseas travel. I “He oversaw great planning and sent that area have a much more dif- do not think, if he had been elected, growth—better growth than any other ficult task than the four that repre- he would have done hat. municipality, I would say. sent the South East Ward and the “But despite that overseas travel, “Fortunately for the Shire of South West Ward. he still responds whenever he can. I Mitchell, when his term was not re“I also think one of the flaws with have got to say that with the other newed in the City of Whittlesea the that model is campaigning. Particu- two councillors it is mostly crickets Shire of Mitchell picked him up. larly for women, campaigning in a that are heard for constituent inquir“Then the ruling cabal of Cr ward like that is just absolutely im- ies, whether it is through Facebook Lalios and Cr Kirkham appointed a possible. or email. CEO, Michael Wootton. “It is larger than most state seats. “Or one of those councillors might “He was gone in about five minIt is not as large as the electorate of contact my staff say three or four utes—in under a year. Yan Yean, but it really is very diffi- months later and go, ‘Did that get “Then we saw the appointment cult, so there is only a small number fixed?’, and invariably it is, ‘Yes, Cr of Simon Overland. of people that can really contemplate Joseph has fixed it’, or the poor “We disturbingly found out that ever getting elected to represent that ratepayers just put up with it. Simon Overland took extended area. “I think it has led to laziness from leave last week because there is a “And it has really only been in some councillors, and it is also meant poor health and safety environment this term that we have actually had that because they have not really at the City of Whittlesea. locals from that ward actually get- understood their role and they have “I have heard that there has never ting elected. found it too hard to cover such a sig- been such a poor situation of bully“The other thing about having nificant ward, instead of serving their ing. those very large wards is sometimes constituents, responding to their indi“On a day when “the interim recthose councillors find it completely vidual inquiries and actually having ommendations have been brought overwhelming in terms of being able a plan for delivering infrastructure down from the royal commission, to to respond to constituents so in the and services, they have just become have a group of people in my conend they do not. commentators on what other levels stituency operating in such a toxic “My electorate staff tell me, and of government should do. workplace, well, I ask the City of I have seen the correspondence, they “Of course I believe that anyone Whittlesea councillors to have a good deal with an inordinate number of that is elected at any level of govern- darn look at themselves. municipal constituent inquiries, ei- ment should, as part of their role— “I look forward to single-memther because people do know who to and as part of our role and part of our ber wards coming in as part of this go to or because they have gone to remit—advocate to other levels of bill next year. their local ward councillor and got- government. “I support the bill. I commend it ten absolutely no response. “But it should not be the only thing to the house, and I urge change in “To me, it just looks like it is too that you do; you have still got to do next year’s elections,” Ms Green much of a task. the knitting that you are responsible said.

■ Steph Ryan, MLA for Euroa, has spoken about the differences in being a Councillor in the country. “In my observation of the differences between a city MP and a country MP, those roles are quite different, and that is also reflected in local government,” Ms Ryan told Parliament on Thursday (Nov. 28). “In my observation how a local councillor goes about doing their job in the city is quite different to councillors in the country. “In the country councillors are generally very well-known by their communities and that means they are very much stopped in the street when an issue arises. “Sometimes I think city councillors perhaps have a little more anonymity among the general public in their community. “At times they tend to be quite high-profile, but the reality is when you are councillor in a country community, then you are stopped in the street almost every day. “You have to be at events all the time. People know who you are and they always want to talk to you and raise issues with you. “I think the distinction between those roles has not really been thought about that much in how the government has applied this bill to country councils. “I raise, for example, the issue of volunteer indemnity, which, as the member for Kew has explained, creates some very serious issues. “The previous local government bill actually indemnified community asset committees, but under this bill that will only apply if there are two councillors sitting on a committee. “In a country council you can have literally dozens and dozens of those committees because every small community has a hall, every small community has a sporting reserve, and it is going to be absolutely impossible to have two councillors assigned to every single hall committee, every single sporting reserve. “I assume kindergarten committees may be swept up in this as well. “So there is a really serious issue there. “We just simply cannot understand why that indemnity for volunteer committees would be taken away by the government. “Already in country communities we are relying on people to wear many, many hats within their community, and we are now sending them a message that their actions, that the work that they put in, the effort that they go to in a volunteer capacity to keep their local hall or their local sporting reserve running will not be indemnified. “This is a really serious issue, and it will discourage people from taking up those roles,” Ms Ryan said.

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It’s a Blue Diamond record

■ The Melbourne Racing Club was rubbing its hands with delight when first nominations were taken for the rich $1.5 million Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes to be run at Caulfield in February. First acceptances hit a record high, when 831 two year-olds, were nominated for the February 22nd showpiece over 1200 metres. Last year saw a total of 831 first acceptances, with many of the country's top stables prominent among those attempting to claim Victoria's premier juvenile race. Leading Caulfield trainers, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, top the list of first acceptors with 86, ahead of Peter and Paul Snowden, who submitted 77 nominations of their own and one late entry. Their high class filly, Angel Helena, is one of four to have been deemed worth paying the $5500 late entry fee . This along with Nick Ryan's Dundeel colt, Cordyceps Three, and an unnamed Written Tycoon x It's Poets Day colt, from the O'Gorman Racing Stables, and Woodpark Stud's, Golden ● Chris Waller. Racing Photos Gift runner-up, See You Soon. named after triple Cox Plate winner, Kingston The Lindsay Park team of, David Hayes, Town. soon off to Hong Kong, his son, Ben and Tom A three-year old filly, Tuscan Queen, won Dabernig, have nominated 73, the powerful the lead-up race, the Western Australian fillies' Godolphin camp (46) and top trainer Chris event in great fashion, with WA’s leading rider, Waller ( 45). Willy Pike in the saddle, scoring in brilliant fashGraeme Begg will be hoping for history to ion. repeat itself, after accepting with a half-brother Despite a good field for the trip over 1800 to last year's winner, Written By, named Wise metres; the filly is being quoted at just under Dragon. each-way odds. Chris Waller’s team include a half-brother Trained by the Williams team, the filly is by to retired mare, Shoals ( Medaglia D'Oro x The top sire, Fastnet Rock, and showed her tenacity Broken Shore) and the regally bred, Bucharest, in beating, Sanabreanna, and the second by Deep Impact, out of champion filly, Miss favourite Kay Cee. Finland. On the next line is the Godolphin, James Boom sire I Am Invincible leads the way as Cummings trained, Best of Days, I thought a bit the best represented stallion amongst those acunlucky, when beaten narrowly by Regal Power cepted, with no less than 55 of his progeny in in the Railway Stakes in Perth. Blue Diamond contention. That was over 1600 metres, and the extra Victorian stallion, Written Tycoon, is proving almost as popular, with 45 of his sons and daughters among entries, while the offspring of Snitzel (44) and Zoustar (42) also feature heavily. The 2020 Blue Diamond will offer further incentive to those involved through the Inglis Blue Diamond Bonus. On behalf of Inglis, the $500,000 bonus will be split equally between the catalogued vendor and supplier, if a yearling is sold at the 2019 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale wins the Blue Diamond. The 2020 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes commences with the Blue Diamond Previews on January 25 over 1000 metres; Group 3 for the fillies, listed for colts and geldings, followed by the preludes on February 8 over 1100 metres, a GroupYwo, for fillies, and Group 3 for colts and geldings. This is ahead of the Group One Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes over 1200 metres on February 22. Second declarations for the 2020 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond close at 12 Noon, on Tuesday ■ The scene is set for a clash of top horses when they contest the Kingston Town Classic January 7.

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200 metres here could make all the difference. He is being quote at the good odds of 8-1, and could be hard to beat. With Willy Pike riding the favourite, Tuscan Queen, Damien Oliver returns to his home state, picking up the ride on Regal Power. The former International galloper, Gailo Chop, has been quoted at just over double figure odds, but would need to improve on recent runs to be a chance here. Kay Cee, who started favourite to beat the favourite , Tuscan Queen, in the Western Australian champion fillies race, would need to find a length or two as she was beaten by nearly three lengths into third spot. On the next line is the Victorian, Pacodali, who came back to his best last start, with an emphatic win over the hot favorite, Set Sail, in the Eclipse Stakes over this trip back on November 16t. The former Weir stayer is now in the care of former Western Australian trainer, Len Smith, who has now settled in Victoria. He took over the stables of Darren Weir at Ballarat, after Darren was suspended. On the next line is, Star Exhibit who disappointed in the Railway Stakes finishing well back. On that run he would have to improve considerably, but on his day he is good. The Cummings entrant, Tally, who can put in an indifferent run, is being quoted at better than double-figure odds, and would need to show a bit to beat these. Gatting improved last start, with a good second to Star Exhibit, but not for mine. I like the top three, with Best of Days and Regal Power, good each-way bets. - Ted Ryan

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All the spoils at Terang ■ Terang based owner/trainer/driver Mattie Craven collected all of the spoils in the Thank You Susan & Mark Hayes 3Y0 Trotters Mobile over 2190 metres at Maryborough (Home Of The Trotter) on Monday November 25 when Muscle Hill-Kyvalley Aldebaran colt Aldebaran Knox on debut scored an impressive victory. Angling from gate two to trail the leader Whos Countn which speared across the face of the field after starting outside the front line, Aldebaran Knox travelled kindly throughout. Not bothering to wait for the sprint lane to come into play, Craven angled Aldebaran Knox away from the inside approaching the home turn to make the final bend four wide. Finishing full of running, Aldebaran Knox careered away to register an untouched 10.8 len-baker@ metre margin over Dublin Chubb (three wide last lap) which galloped at the bell when makwith Len Baker ing a three wide move from one/one. Bacardi Bindy (three back the markers) was third 2.9 metres away after gaining a split in- Four Lonely Nights off a three wide trail last between runners halfway up the running. The lap, with Nowhere Creek third 1.5 metres away in third place after leading up the three wide mile rate 2-03. train in the final circuit. The mile rate 1-57.5.

Harness Racing

Tight rein

■ Carisbrook part-owner/breeder/trainer Ray Cross tasted success on his home track when 5Y0 Yankee Spider-Kumbya mare Honey Please (Greg Sugars) led for the majority of the trip from barrier three to land the 2190 metre Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap in a mile rate of 2-04.6. Travelling under a tight rein, Honey Please bounded clear at the straight entrance to score by 3.5 metres from 10 metre marker The Girls Gotflair which led up the outside division in the last lap from six back the markers at the bell. Allanon (three back the markers) was third 6.3 metres away.

Exposed from bell

■ The Goldfields FM 99.1 Trotters Handicap saw 6Y0 Angus Hall-Skye Rocket mare Skyeski victorious for Junortoun trainer Gary Donaldson and reinsman Rod Petroff. Raced by a large syndicate headed by Donaldson, Skyeski was given an easy time one/one from barrier four as the hot favourite Clarkes Hill drawn inside her led. Easing wide on turning, Skyeski ran home best to prevail by a head over Lombo Scrutinizer (one/two - three wide last lap) and Iona Spider which raced exposed from the bell, finishing 2.1 metres away from the runner up. The mile rate 2-03.4.

1.7m margin

■ Cardigan trainer Anton Golino combined with James Herbertson to snare the Thank You Buddy Holly & John Chase Pace over 1690 metres at Mryborough with Sun Peaks, a 4Y0 Modern Art-Bronski Flyer entire. Taken back from outside the front row, Sun Peaks spent most of the race at the rear of the field as David Murphy's Valla Reine led from gate four. Going forward in the last lap, Sun Peaks must have been at least five wide on the final bend, before motoring home to register a 1.7 metre margin in advance of Ramseys Hope (one/two three wide last lap), with Fakes First third 1.5 metres away after racing mid-field. The mile rate 1-58.3.

Took concession

■ Junortoun trainer Laurie Wills has been a regular at Maryborough for years and was successful with 9Y0 Union Guy-Highly Volatile gelding Lets Went who produced a giant effort to land the Thank You Brian Hughes Vicbred Pace over 2190 metres much to the delight of wife Chelsea and mother Elaine who race the horse. T aking a concession for Michelle Phillips, Lets Went was immediately snagged to the tail of the field from outside the front line as hot favourite Seemepearlywhites trained locally led from gate five. Asked for a late finish, Lets Went was right off the track on the home turn, but finished with a wet sail to gain the day by 2.3 metres over

Weakening leader

■ Heathcote concessional reinswoman Shannon O'Sullivan made the long trip to Mildura on Tuesday worthwhile after guiding Shelbourne trainer Kate Hargreaves' smart 5Y0 Auckland Reactor-Lady Lunchalot gelding Quamby Reactor to a big victory in the Tasco Petroleum Pace over 2190 metres. Pushing through from gate two on the second line to possie one/one, Quamby Reactor looked the winner a long way from home and after easing three wide at the bell, put pay to his rivals in the back straight to record a 44.6 metre margin in advance of Baby Luv which trailed the weakening leader Apache Wind which held down third 3.5 metres away, The mile rate 1-59.3.

Captured race

■ Local Irymple trainer Reece Moore combined with Bendigo based Jayden Brewin to capture the 1790 metre The Gateway Pace at Mildura with 8Y0 Ponder-Rhythmaka gelding Rhyflective in a rate of 2-00.4, leading throughout from gate two in defeating Dungeon Dragon which trailed and Systamatic (one/two). The margins 3.6 X 5.4 metres.

Run of the race

■ It was great to see Parwan's Jodi Quinlan back in the winners stall after winning the Australian Pacing Gold Pace over 2240 metres aboard 4Y0 Mach Three-Placid Castle mare Error at Tabcorp Park Melton on Wednesday. Also trained by Jodi for mother Cheryl and partners, Error was given the run of the race from the pole trailing Ajay Breezy Rose which flew away for Michelle 4.2 metres from strongly to record a 4.3 metre victory over Ajay Breezy Rose in a mile rate of 1-57.5. Rose Cooper (one/ one) was third 7 metres away.

Used sprint lane

■ Popular Rockbank owner/trainer/driver Freddy Spiteri snared the Reward Distributions Trotters Mobile over 2240 metres with consistent 5Y0 Fling It-Squaring About mare Fling About in a rate of 2-01.6. In similar circumstances to Error, Fling About from the pole followed the pacemaker Express Yourself starting outside the front line, before using the sprint lane to race clear over the concluding stages and win by 4.2 metres from Express Yourself, with Classy Lola 1.2 metres back in third place after racing exposed for the last half of the race.

Snagged back

■ Buangor part-owner/trainer Louis Franc's 6Y0 gelded son of Village Jolt and Bianca Jasper Franco Jolto chalked up his 7th victory in 43 outings by taking the Alabar Pace over 2240 metres. With Chris Alford in the sulky, Franco Jolto was snagged back to the tail of the field from

outside the front line as Our Master George led from the pole. The race changed through the middle stages when John Caldow aboard the hot favourite Stagger Lee made a lightning move to stride clear immediately being the one to beat. Still at the tail heading into the back straight as Playing The Ace which moved away from three back the markers to race exposed when Stagger Lee took over, Franco Jolt was asked for an effort approaching the final bend and finished full of running to prevail by 2.3 metres over Playing The Ace which dashed clear in the last lap. Tiwanaku was third 9.1 metres back after a midfield trip in the moving line. The mile rate 158.3.

Auckland Inters

■ ID19 commenced in Auckland on Friday with keen racing, track records, some disappointments and surprises. PACERS - HEAT ONE 4Y0 Bettors Delight-Reality Check entire Ultimate Sniper lived right up to his Junior Free For All victory on NZ Cup Day with a brilliant success in the first of the 2200 metre pacers heats. Trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Ultimate Sniper driven by Natalie was trapped wide from gate six with no option but to be restrained to settle four back in the moving line as stablemate Chase Auckland led from gate three. Going forward three wide in the final circuit, Ultimate Sniper sustained a long run to gain the day by a half neck over Chase Auckland which looked the winner on turning, with Mach Shard (three back the maarkrs third ¾ of a length away. In a last half of 55.6 - quarter 27.5, Ultimate Sniper returned a mile rate of 1-53.6. Another of the 'All Stars" stable Ashley Locaz galloped in the score up putting pay to his chances. Victorian San Carlo ran a ripper when fifth after racing exposed, while My Kiwi Mate wilted after a perfect one/one trip to be 7th. Queenslander Colt Thirty One was taken back to the rear from outside the front line and was never a chance, but finished his race of well to come in 9th, while NSW duo Conviction and Our Uncle Sam were never a chance, Conviction (four back the markers) 8th and Our Uncle Sam 10th from mid-field in the running line.

Pacers reversal PACERS - HEAT TWO A complete form reversal came about in the second heat, when 6Y0 Rock N Roll HeavenAtomic Gold gelding A G's White Socks came from knowhere to blouse a game Cruz Bromac in this heat. Having his first outing for master trainer Barry Purdon, A G's White Socks who raced really well last season settled mid-field from gate three with veteran reinsman Maurice McKendry in the sulky as Luke McCarthy and Bling It On after being trapped wide from gate seven worked forward to assume control from On The Cards hitting the back straight on the first occasion. Still a long way off the leaders on turning as Cruz Bromac which raced in the open from the bell after going forward from near last got the better of the leader halfway up the running being hailed the winner. Coming with a withering burst of speed down the centre of the track, A G's White Socks registered a length margin in 1-54.2 (Half 55.6 - quarter 27.3) over Cruz Bromac who certainly lost no admirers, with Thefixer (four back the markers) weaving a passage between runners for third 1 ¼ lengths back ahead of Star Galleria (three back the markers). Victorian Sicario (one/one last lap) finished 7th, while Bling It On may not have been suited in working to the front, folding up to be 10th.

Trotters Heat 1

■ Clevedon (North Island) father and son - John and Joshua Dickie opened the first round 2200 metre Inter heats last Friday at Alexandra Park Auckland when 5Y0 Love You-Paramount Star gelding Paramount King scored in track record

Sulky Snippets This Week

■ Wednesday - Bendigo, Thursday Kilmore/Mildura, Friday - Melton/Auckland I-D Heat 3, Saturday - Cranbourne, Sunday Gunbower (Cup), Monday - Melton, Tuesday - Ballarat.

time of 2-40.5. Given a sweet passage from inside the second line trailing the poleline leader Big Jack Hammer, Paramount King was always travelling smoothly, so much so that Josh didn't bother waiting for the passing lane to come into play, easing three wide approaching the home turn. Finishing solidly, Paramount King reached the wire 2 ¼ lengths clear of Massive Metro (three wide last lap from mid-field), returning a mile rate of 1-57.3 (last half mile 57.9-quarter 29.4). Big Jack Hammer having his first outing racing clockwise held down third ¾ of a length away and will be all the better for the outing. Valloria (one/one) was fourth. Hot favourite Habibi Inta was never in the hunt after not matching speed from gate four and settling in the second half of the field, but made ground late to finish fifth after racing wide in the final circuit.

Trotters Heat 2

■ Sometimes unruly 5YO gelding Winterfell, a son of Majestic Son and Una Bromac was on his best behavior to take the second heat in a mile rate of 1-58.1. Trained by Mark and Natalie for one of the leading stable clients Trevor Casey, Winterfell a top class juvenile starting from outside the front line spent the first half of the race at the tail of the field as Tough Monarch worked very hard from gate seven to cross Temporale (gate 4) prior to the bell. No sooner had Tough Monarch found the lead, Mark Purdon had set Winterfeel alight to circle the field and race outside him for the final circuit. Applying plenty of pressure before the home turn, Winterfeel crossed to lead into the straight and kicked away. Holding a handy margin halfway up the running, Winterfeel just lasted by a head over Marcoola (three back the markers) which followed Winterfeel into the final bend before switching down to the passing lane. Majestic Man (four back the markers) flashed home late for third a nose away and would have won in another stride. The mile rate 1-58.1 (half 55.5 - quarter 27.6).

Racing Extra Columb honour

■ There is surely no better place to launch a project honouring leading owner, owners' advocate, bloodstock consultant & buyer Nick Columb than Caulfield, the scene of many of his most important victories. Those victories included two Caulfield Cups (Tristarc and Imposera), the Caulfield and Underwood Stakes (Tristarc), Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Toorak Handicap (Magari), St George Stakes (My Brown Jug) and the Blue Diamond Stakes (Courtza). Nick's long-time friends Tony Cavanagh and John Messara were at Caulfield to talk about the project to create a statue of Nick, who died suddenly last August, and introduce the sculptor Linda Klarfeld. "He had a notable impact on racing as a highly successful owner, an indefatigable campaigner for owners in Victoria and throughout Australia, and finally as a buyer and bloodstock consultant for the Hong Kong Jockey Club,” said Tony Cavanagh.

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Local People

Centenary for Whittlesea’s Masons ■ Whittlesea Masonic Lodge held its 100th anniversary celebrations on Saturday (Nov. 30). More than 120 men and women attended, with Freemasonry Victoria’s Grand Master Keith Murray presiding over a Reconsecration Ceremony. TheWhittlesea Masonic Lodge No 256 was founded in 1919, having been sponsored by the Preston Lodge No 148. A commemorative booklet, compiled by David Draper, was issued. Foundation members were W.H. Robinson, Worshipful Master; R.W. Kieman, Senior Warden; W.A. Crawford, Junior Warden; J. Higgs, Treasurer; A. Johnson, Director of Ceremonies; R.E. Dawson, Senior Deacon; G.J. Apted, Junior Deacon; G.J. Coombs, Inner Guard; A. Gingles, Tyler. Membership also included T. Mitchell, H.H. Giddens, D. Cornfoot, H.W.B. Scott, J. Price, G. Brain, J. Stoddart, P. Bidstrup and J. Crawford. The written history notes that November 29, 1919, was a hot day, and that a large number of Freemasons arrived by train, motor car, horse and buggy. Along with the foundation members, Frederick Thomas Hickford, Victoria’s Grand Master, and his team, consecrated the Whittlesea Lodge at 5.30pm on that day, 100 years ago. The Grand Master presented a Past Master’s Jewel to Worshipful Brother Robinson. The jewel wqas donated by the Steward Street St Arnaud Lodge, where Wor. Bro. Robinson was a member. The jewel was donated back to the Lodge by the Robinson family, and has been proudly worn by evrey Master of the Whittlesea Lodge to the present day. Priore to the building of the current Masonic Hall in Beech St (opposite the Royal Mail Hotel), meetings were held in the Whittlesea Mechanics’ Hall in Forest St (now the Horizons Church). Members had to set-up and put away the furniture for each meeting. First candidates to be initiated into Whittlesea Lodge were the two sons (W.W. Robinson and H.I. Robinson). of the Foundation Master. H.I. Robinson became Master of the Lodge in 1927.


● Freemasons Victoria Grand Master Keith Murray (centre), flanked by Bill Sheahan and Nicholas Alivizatos, makes his entrance to Saturday’s ceremony at Whittlesea Lodge. As there was no electricity until 1920, a motion was passed that the 1938, a lighting plant was supplied offer from Brother Clark of land, for in 1927-28 by Brother Owens, the building of a new temple, be acproprioetor of the local cinema, lo- cepted. A letter o fthanks was sent to all cated in the Mechanics Hall. In the early years meetings were the brethren who had offered land. In 1924 the Trustees purchased held on or about the Full Moon to take advantage of the moonlight for the current property for the sum of £150, with the intention of building those driving horse and buggies. After the meeting they could the Masonic Centre when circumclimb onto their buggies and have a stances permitted. On April 24, 1924, a motion was snooze while the horses took them passed to allow the Building Comhome. On one occasion, a brother mittee to spend £10 10s for the declimbed onto his buggy and let the velopment of plans and specificahorse have his head, when the horse tions for the new building. At the following meeting on May stopped he woke uyp, looked around and thought ‘this is not my place, this 2, 1924, a motion was passed to enis Bob’s place’, only to realise he able the Building Committee to call had taken Bob’s horse by mistake. for tenders for the construction of thre It is said the yard at the back of new building. A motion was passed at the Lodge the Mechanics hall resembled a show grounds with the variety of meeting held on June 6, 1924, to authorise the Building Committee to vehicles parked there. At a meeting held on August 13, accept the tender from W. Allans Timber for the construction of the Temple at a cost of £1072/10/-. Total cost of the building was £1326/19/8. At this meeting a motion was passed to authorise the selling of Commonwealth Bonds owned by the Lodge Trustees, a total of £750 was raised from the sale. At the time the Building Fund was increased by several generouws donations. A small banquet charge at all installations then held in the Parish Hall, was also added. A small mortgage was raised with repayments being £25 a quarter and the final payment was made in 1944. Worshipful Brother Johnm Crawford (Past Grand Steward) laid the Foundation Stone of the Temple on July 29, 1934. In 1934 the building was all but ● Whittlesea Lodge Foundation Members 1919. Back row: Tho- completed with only the northern end mas Mitchell, H.H. Giddens, Davbid Cornfoot, Henry W.B. Scott, remaining unfinished. J. Price, George Brain, J. Stoddart. Middle Row: Robert E. Dawson, Several gifts were presented to P. Bidstrup, John Higgs, J. Crawford, A. Gingles, Geo. Apted, the Lodge: Senior Warden, Brother Geo. Coombs. Front Row: Wm. A. Crawford, W.S. Robinson, A. McKenzie, the local chemist, donated Johnson, R. Kiernan, the Senior Warden’s chair; the

Whittlesea Stationmaster, Bro. C. Smith, Junior Warden, donated the Junior Warden’s chair. The square pavement was obtained from the Bastings St Temple which was being renovated. The Working Tools were a gift from Worshipful Brothers Eaton, father and son, from the Learning Lodge No 250. The Master’s Gavel was a gift from Bro. C.H. Reaks and Bro. Giddens. The chairs were donated by Bro. Sam Lew, who also donated pastries and cakes over many years. All these furnishings are still in use today. The first regular meeting to be held in the new building was on October 3, 1934, and was the ‘last night’ of Worshipful Brother D.A. Funstonm’s year as Master. The following meeting of November 7 was the first installation of Worshipful Brother James McKenzie. On the night following this installation (Nov. 8) the first Whittlesea Mark Lodge Installation was performed when Worshipful Brother W.A. Langfgord was installed. The Installation was carreied out by Right Worshipful Brother Rev. A.T. Holden, Deputy Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Victoria. First candidates to be initiated in the Whittlesea Craft Lodge’s new building were Bro. G. Sawyer and Bro. G.P. Child, who went on to become Secretary of the Lodge with Grand Rank of Past Grand Senior Deacon. In 1926 a motion had been passed that no alcoholic beverages be served at the festive board. The motion was withdrawn two meetings later. A few years ago, a 60-litre gas boiler was installed in the kitchen. Worshipful Brother Coulthard, a locxal dairy farmer, would supply milk whivh was heated, and the brethren at the festive board would enjoy whisky and milk. ★ On April 13, 1927, a vote of thanks to Brother Giddons was recorded in the minutes, for the mak-

Weighting of three gavels, which were consequently presented to the St Andrew Lodge No 4087, Whittlesey, Cambridge in the east of England. At the installation of Worshipful Brother Rev. A.E.T. Newman, Provincial Grand Chaplain of Cambridge, the immediate Past Master on September 27, 1927, stated: “that the handsome gavels which had been used in this ceremony had been received from the Whittlesea Lodge No 256 under the Grand Lodge of Victoria”. It was unanimously resolved that a letter of sincere thanks and hearty good wishes be sent to the Whittlesea Lodge. On February 14, 1928, Worshipful Brother J.H. Pokle from the St Andrew Lodge, reminded brthren “of the gift of the gavels from the Whittlesea Lodge No 256 under the Grand Lodge of Victoria, Australia, and drew attention to an Alms box in oak”. It was proposed to sebd eth Alms box to the Brethren of Whittlesea Lodge bearing with it the greetings and good wishes of the Lodge, the cost to be borne by voluntary subscription. The Alms Box is still on display in the Whittlesea Lodge. ★ The links continued over the years. On March 4, 2009, Worshipful Brother Allan from the St Andrew Lodge, Whittlesey, England, presented a standard from the St Andrew Lodge to the Whittlesea Lodge. In addition, he presented a cheque for £1000 for the Black Saturday bushfire relief. ★ Over the years the brethren of the Whittlesea Lodge, their familkies and friends have raised many tens of thousands of doillars from raffles, dinner dances, games and trivia nights. In the early years charitable donations were made on a regular basis. Receipients incloudeed the Eye and Ear Hospital, and Returned Services League. ● To Be Continued PHOTO: ASH LONG

● Freemasons Victoria Grand Secretary Garry Runge.

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Diamond Valley cricket scores BARCLAY SHIELD

■ Results.Saturdays, November 30 and December 7. North Eltham Wanderers 1/3 v Plenty 211 G Zull 74 J Gavin 52 M Johnson 34 T Ranasinghe Muduyanselage 5/35 TL Baker 3/ 56 A Tsapatsaris 2/33. Rosanna 179 N Horsford 47 S Shelton 36 N Pietsch 29 L Campitelli 3/32 DR Gilbert 2/27 v Diamond Creek 1/0. Heidelberg 195 PD Edirisinghe 59 P Cashen 36 A Fotinopoulos 25 R Wise 6/64 T Wise 2/23 v Macleod 1/0. Riverside v Epping 4/287(cc) T Emmins 151* A Licovski 69 T Hughes 30 A Villani 2/73. Lower Eltham 2/33 v Bundoora 136 D Preston 31 J Kaminski 28* A Burke 26 A Hone 3/13 AR Walshe 3/50 LA Costa 2/33


■ Results.Saturdays, November 30 and December 7. Bundoora United 9/287(cc) T Sanjeewa 92 SC Barnett 78 M Ross 32 C Meredith 29 L Solar 25 J Sassella 4/67 SR Velagala 3/90 v Research Eltham Collegians. Mernda v Mill Park 227 J Lyon 50 D Polius 49 AC McLaughlin 25 L Castle 25 M Harris 4/38 C Perrin 3/44. Banyule 198 BL O'Connor Snr 67 NP Murray 51 J Crook 33 G Turner 6/67 v Eltham 0/7. Lower Plenty 202 AC Horner 48 LM Sirianni 44 B Zerafa 40 MA Hayse 6/48 JW Scott 4/63 v Lalor Stars 0/14. Montmorency 266 TK Groom 53 R Shaman 39 C Wright 37 D Leahy 37 J Hansen 26 UJ Ranasingha 3/46 DJ Bubis 2/21 T Tilkeridis 2/30 RD Thomas 2/61 v Old Paradians


BJ Stone 28 B Meredith 2/83 P Hodges 2/84 v Eltham. Thomastown United 0/10 v Bundoora Park 152 P Bishnoi 57 R Hillyear 25 S Apostola 4/32 T Jones 3/26. Thomastown 274 R Rathi 141 J Cope 39 J Cugnetto 25 D Salvatico 4/36 M Ward 4/73 v Hurstbridge. Montmorency 0/10 v Mernda 189 R Marnell 34 G Greenough 32 S McKay 30 GG Summers 28* S Woodhouse 3/ 20 D Pathania 2/25 R Patmore 2/38


■ Results.Saturdays, November 30 and December 7. Rosanna 232 G Wilson 94 S Morey 46 KM Page 31 JF Pattison 3/34 M Fernando 2/ 21 JN Arambatzidis 2/32 BJ Vasiliadis 2/48 v Old Paradians. Diamond Creek 87 G Milner 26 M Chaffey 3/14 B Van Driel 2/16 R Koppula 2/ 32 v Mill Park 3/44 JR Rowley 2/12. South Morang 2/109(cc) JJ Singh 55* B Nehra 40 W Ali 2/29 def Riverside 82 D O'Connor 34 D Raj 4/16 S Singh 3/27 T Santhosh 2/10. Bundoora 2/ 23 v Macleod 114 JT Cleary 36 JM Poulsen 3/ 20 AJ White 3/28 C Wills 2/2


■ Results.Saturdays, November 30 and December 7. Heidelberg 149 S Cashen 78 J Mulvey 29 K Whitcher 6/36 X Rimmer 2/12 v Lower Eltham. Lower Plenty 1/56 JD Mechkaroff 36* v Rosanna 71 A Caldera 4/15 B Gilbert 2/21. Riverside 144 S Bowler 35 M Newell 28 NA Heaney 5/47 ZJ Ferguson 2/23 v Whittlesea 0/ 7. Lalor Stars 275 J Vasilev 103 JA Griffin 69 NJ Bowler 6/43 ZJ Brown 2/33 v Banyule 0/6


■ Results.Saturdays, November 30 and De- ■ Results.Saturdays, November 30 and December 7. Hurstbridge 170 S Wijesiri 40 S cember 7.. Bundoora United 163 G Casey 48 G Corcoran 37 K Edussooriya 28 L Richardson 3/ Logeswaran 36* N Talevski 4/47 T Sebastian 20 S Mitchell 2/12 v Laurimar 1/33. Whittlesea 2/30 v Epping 1/23 N.J Telfer Reserve. North v Thomastown United 5/307(cc) S Eltham Wanderers v Diamond Creek. Old Wijegunarathne 147 D Lakmal 54 AM Basanisi Paradians 103 CO Fernando 30 G McGrath 2/ 36 SJ Solyom 34* C Baker 3/37. Bundoora Park 10 R Young 2/12 v Research Eltham Collegians 245 R Miller 83 P Singh 54 T Herath 42 B Riley 0/38. Thomastown United 7/108 J Keratianos 5/38 C Cannata 2/42 v South Morang 0/8. 28 T O'Rourke 27* M Tino 3/20 C Burge 2/21 Greensborough 1/2v Thomastown 222 D RR Sharan 2/21 v Plenty 69 T O'Rourke 5/13 S Ranatunga 75 L Alberti 46 T Alboruge 28 M Lucca 3/44 Crawford 4/48 LM Bowden 3/41 N Hewage 2/ G1-GRADE 47. Diamond Creek v Panton Hill 230 S Tung 53 ■ Results.Saturdays, November 30 and DeR Ford 29 A McCrabb 29 M Stamkovski 27 H cember 7. Thomastown 0/4 v Laurimar Teal Smith 5/61 AA Elward 2/43 145 T Foster 39. Laurimar Black 1/71 M B-GRADE Stoneham 32* v Mernda 112 J McAleer 3/17 ■ Results.Saturdays, November 30 and De- M Liversidge 2/11 D Jenkins 2/15. Diamond cember 7. Macleod 103 D Bosso 25 C Smythe Creek 2 0/22 v Montmorency 291 RJ Cotterill 25 MJ Molony 4/21 C Kostakis 2/19 P Hannah 52 O Chandler 47 K Williams 44 SV Kelly 36 2/23 v Heidelberg 0/16. Epping 203 A Fletcher LR Rowley 3/33 R Tomasiello 2/77. South 68 T Peirce 41 J Wilkins 31 S Gibbs 3/42 L Morang 6/222(cc) S Sivagnanasundram 61 L Morgan 3/44 v Riverside 0/0. Lalor Stars v Xavier 51* S Thavaraj 50 A Putto 3/66 S Russell Rosanna 9/186(cc) M Macaulay 62 C 2/67 v Diamond Creek 1. MacDonald 3/24 C Higgins 2/15 J Hayse 2/29. UNDER 18 BLUE Bundoora v Montmorency 175 J Harrison 37 D ■ Results.Fridays, November 22-29 and DeCompton 26 LR Smart 3/65 J Murray 2/22 M cember 1. Bundoora United 6/162 JD Turner 34 Campbell 2/23 M Fullelove 2/45 JJ Rudge 32 T Downes 2/36 def Diamond Creek 156 A Jarram 47 T Downes 47 AA Elward 28 Y C-GRADE ■ Results.Saturdays, November 30 and De- Sharma 3/16 M Zealley 2/8. Mernda 0/36(dec) cember 7. Mernda 9/203(cc) C Simmonds 41 R def Research Eltham Collegians 34 ZJ Davies Corrigan 38 P Gill 26 T Centorino 3/20 J 2/4 JL Ladiges-Tucker 2/9 and 3/193 N Willis McNamara 2/37 BA Horkings 2/45 v North PHOTO: ASH LONG Eltham Wanderers. Mill Park 101 N Chaudhary 35 L Caldera 4/28 AJ Campbell 3/11 KD Pike 2/ 22 v Lower Plenty 2/62 T Lambert 26. Old Paradians 3/29 v Bundoora United 163 A Hamilton 54 D Hodge 6/32 JR Di Giuseppe 2/ 26 NJ Sergi 2/31. Eltham 181 KL Davidson 51 T McEntee 33 J McEntee 26 SG Clapton 3/31 JN Wilson 2/51 v Banyule 0/9

81* FL McColgan 51. Montmorency Black 10/ 150 FJ Pendlebury 49 B Healy 5/46 J Culph 3/ 28 J Barrett 2/4 def by Bundoora Park 8/274(cc) T McCarthy 99 B Healy 53 P Bishnoi 48 S Miller 25 P Watson 2/30


■ Results.Fridays, November 22-29 and December 1. Bundoora United 9/202 I Dhanoa 65* R Lee 52 B Rigg 3/5 M Siede 2/10 def Montmorency 139 S Norton 65* S Culhane 4/8 B Cass 2/14. Diamond Creek 151 H Downes 54 T Kunelius 4/16 K Lawry 2/39 def by Epping 8/162(cc) N Sharma 80* K Lawry 32 H Downes 2/21. Plenty 133 E Weir 38* C McEvoy 25 L King 2/17 def by Mernda 7/135 KA Turner 35 B Key 3/3 C McEvoy 3/23. Research Eltham Collegians 155 J Klaster 74 R Bradshaw 33 C Hodges 4/12 B Wolczko 2/14 L Dench 2/32 def by Rosanna 161 T Bourke 48 A Goswami 44 A Asdagi 3/20 S Warrillow 2/23


■ Results.Fridays, November 22-29 and December 1. Macleod 3/87(cc) C Avola 3/13 drew Whittlesea 9/122(cc) MR Russell 51. Bundoora Park 4/242(cc) J Martorana 70* ZP Howell 66* L Sharma 31 H Caruso 28 def Laurimar 82 L Sharma 3/ C Pringle 2/12 J Martorana 2/23. Riverside 6/92 E Campbell 32 S Tung 4/4 drew Hurstbridge/Panton Hill 8/208(cc) S Tung 66* B Lovett 65* O Gleeson 2/5 J Atkinson 2/15 L Atkinson 2/37. Banyule 105 def by Lower Plenty/Lower Eltham 6/108


■ Results.Fridays, November 22-29 and December 1. Hurstbridge 3/199(cc) L MolinaroLawrence 64* J Taylor 50* KJ Hart 43 def Diamond Creek 163 S Murphy 50 M Guthrie 40 J Taylor 3/7 KJ Hart 3/13 B Wilson 2/20. Riverside 100 R Ormerod 28 B O'Donnell 3/7 T Alexander 2/7 R Ranganathan 2/12 def by North Eltham Wanderers 9/157(cc) H Kofoed 57 L O'Brien 3/16. Montmorency 5/154(dec) W Panozzo 60 J Gillard 29 D Rigg 28 A Raza 2/5 def Mernda 5/141(cc) R Raman 54 J Gillard 2/ 16. Banyule 149 BL O'Connor 41 NJ Bowler 36 M Ruwanpathirana 4/13 def by Epping 163 M Ruwanpathirana 40* WD Waters 2/12 NJ Aston 2/14 MJ Jones 2/19


■ Results.Fridays, November 22-29 and December 1. Laurimar 200 M Mirra 41* N Key 29* A Bal 2/21 def by Epping 2/255 A Bal 39* V Sandhu 36* K Mohan 33* K Bhambi 27* A Saleemi 25. Plenty 7/237(cc) K Axton 50* ZJ Holmes 49 AA Huybers 41* def Bundoora United 138 O Tsoukas 42* H Webb 27 J Davidson 3/13 AA Huybers 2/19 K Harrop 2/26. Montmorency 218 D Keating 62 J Spark 53 ET Conceicao 3/8 def Banyule 213 RJ McMurray 117 RC Forbes 32* H Thompson 2/19 R Keating 2/28 R Watts 2/37. Research Eltham Collegians 111 J Leeson 2/13 M Tabain 2/19 def by Diamond Creek 5/139 B Hoffman 26* R Thompson 3/11


■ Results.Saturdays, November 30 and December 7. Banyule 9/315(cc) LA Willoughby 84 DA Kennedy 68 SM Pinner 45 AA Simon 36 CM Ataryniw 32 SM Toull 3/57 S Mirando 2/47 JD Hodgskiss 2/52 A Barber 2/90 v Laurimar. Riverside 3/290(cc) B Jurkovic 129* N Ellks 69 A Amenta 36 H Ellks 29* v Lower Eltham. Plenty 5/338(dec) D Tobias 136 A Coles 74* SR Daly 55 S Fraser 4/68 v North Eltham Wanderers 4/54 A Cronwright 52. Research Eltham Collegians 7/257 E Zumbo 73 A Turner 36* J Brown 33* J Gallo 31 J Klaster 30 D Robertson 29 T Wellington 4/100 vGreensborough 84 SI Meckiff 28 J Brown 4/7 O Irvine 3/7

■ The East Central District Rifle Association members were greeted with a topsy turvy range on Saturday as, during the past week the local earth moving contractor had been very busy. Ever since the range was established in the 1970s there as been issues with rocks, often just a few cm out of the ground that pose a danger to vehicle sumps and the larger ones a safety issue for the range operation. The “sump knockers” turned out to be great boulders know as “floaters”. In the past months the ECDRA have been working with the Shire and DWELP to ensure the works will result in a safer range. The “sump knockers” have been relocated to the erosion gullies on the range and the access / parking areas are to be defined to further encourage native species of herbs shrubs and grasses to thrive. Regrettably the extended dry period has left the subsoil dry, prone to turn to dust if disturbed so the works were put on hold until we have some serious rain. Almost on call the works were well watered on Sunday, but as they say "one rain shower does not make a seasonal break”. The rain will consolidate the works and make the final stage (after theAutumn Break) much easier. Abig thank you toECDRA’s Graeme Kerr and our local contractor who have progressed the works to this stage. Back to the shooting, well the decision was to shoot 600 yards and of course our favourite wind decided that Saturday was its day to show these shooters a thing or two. It was Roger King who hit a good patch and posted the highest range score pf 56.1, a great score. When the shot plots are viewed, every shooter had shoots stringing with the wind from 4 o’clock to 10 o’clock on the target. Geoff James, with his 60+ years of experience, said it was difficult to pick the wind movement, then adjust the sights and finally release the shot because the wind changed in that short time. The changes were difficult to pick as the wind spiralled down the range. It was Dr Bob Irving that proved consistency wins through in the end and he took the prize for top score of 105.3 made up of a 54.2 and a 51.2. A great effort Bob under difficult conditions, well done. The scores shot on Saturday were: in TRifle class Richard Godden 26, F-Std class Robert Irving 54.1,51.1 = 105.3,Rodger King 56.1, 47.2 = 103.3, Graeme Kerr 50.1, 50.1 = 100.3, Rosco Davis 43, 51.2 = 94.3 and Geoff James 41, 47 = 88. F-Open class, Neal Hambridge 44.1, 54.1 = 98.2. The day was scheduled as a day when shooters could try different classes and it seems that Richard Godden did just that and he was happy with his T-Rifle class score and he is confident he will not shoot this class in competition, it is fun but it is also quite a challenge to shoot well, thanks for having a go Richard. Captain Neal Hambridge has asked the committee to review the schedule for the close of the year due to the necessity of avoiding interfering with the half-done earthworks. The committee is on the job and shooters are asked to check the website for the latest details in particular the arrangements for the annual Christmas shoots. This week finds two of the ECDRA members, Yowie and Andrew, in hospital we wish them well and a speedy recovery as Christmas is not the time to be hospitalised. - Robert Chaffe

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■ Results.Saturdays, November 30 and December 7.. Panton Hill 6/404(cc) T Rodgerson

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● Kinglake captain Jason Gaffee retired on 51 asgainst Dennis on Saturday.

■ Cameron 186 D Gough 50* W Maher 49 B Ferguson 30 def Strathewen 179 D Gough 3/33. Fairfield 127 A Kumar 61* D Subedi 2/ 25 N Bhattarai 2/26 S Chaudhary 2/30 R Devkota 2/30 def by Sagarmatha 1/131 BK Ranjitkar 50* D Subedi 50*. Preston Footballers OD6/122 L Gaddam 41 TI Barwise 28 A Finikarides 2/21 J Dow 2/31 def Northern Socials OD8/121(cc) S Singh 39 M Pengilly 28* M Waheed 4/18 M Naeem 2/12. Kinglake 8/98(cc) J Gaffee 51* def by Dennis 3/99. Camrea: Bye.

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■ Results. Saturdays, November 30 and December 7. Yea Tigers 0/19 v Kilmore 150 B Dawson 52 CA Dennehy 39* M Steiner 4/ 35 A Chisholm 2/31 Broadford 174 EW Mills 64 BG Bryant 4/ 39 T Rudd-Schmidt 2/22 D Bergowicz 2/28 v Eastern Hill 1/11 Tallarook 0/87 M Itter 50* B Cooney 37* v Seymour 139 D Fountain 33 W Dundon 4/ 44 X Arandt 2/3 M Itter 2/18


Opening bat out for a duck PHOTO: ASH LONG


■ Results. Saturday, November 30. Eastern Hill 6/192 def Avenel 7/189(cc) Kilmore 107 N Farrell-Ryan 3/34 MT Pratt 2/10 JP Ryan 2/16 J Delaney 2/22 def by Pyalong 3/109 J Pryor 39* S Walsh 28 D Manuel 3/28 Puckapunyal def Yea Tigers Alexandra 9/138(cc) J Fishlock 42* J Williamson 29 J Jones 3/11 J Meek 3/34 def by Broadford 9/140 A Wood 44 PD Withers 32 J Reynolds 2/21 J Ladd 2/22 Royals 91 D Humphrey 3/23 S Watts 2/8A Howard 2/35 def by Tallarook 4/93


■ Results. Saturday, November 30. Eastern Hill 74 J Paynter 5/18 def by Puckapunyal Wanderers 0/78 P Murtagh 42* J Marshall 30* Puckapunyal Nomads: Bye Avenel 75 B Fitzpatrick 3/3 W Ellis 3/10 T Orgill 3/15 def by Alexandra 7/81 C Thomson 3/13 C Chee 2/22 Broadford Black 193 T Hanson 77 CJ Still 50 DR Heppell 5/18 S Partridge 2/18 J Denney 2/23 def by Kilmore 2/196 P Lilburn 85* M Denney 45 S Brown 37* Pyalong def Royals Seymour 8/158(cc) D Russo 63 D France 31 R Kirby 28 B Stray 3/37 M Egan 2/44 def Broadford Red 110 B Stray 41 A Baker 26 S liyanage 2/11 R Kirby 2/16 MR Culina 2/22


■ Results. Sundays, December 1 and 8. Broadford 148 v Kilmore 0/10 Alexandra/Yea v Eastern Hill


■ Results. Saturday, November 30. Kilmore Blue 6/112(cc) K McNicholas 32* T Archibald 2/2 def Kilmore White 10/58(cc) R Ferraro 2/7 Broadford 5/96 def Tallarook 85 Alexandra 9/31 def by Eastern Hill 5/100 B Geldart 2/11


■ Results. Friday, November 29. Eastern Hill: Bye Kilmore White v Yea Tigers Avenel White 4/104 (cc) O Smith 2/12 def by Avenel Red 6/115(cc) K Sidebottom 3/11 R Ezard 2/5 Broadford Red v Broadford Black Pyalong 7/130 def Kilmore Blue 8/117 J Wilkins 3/6


■ Results. Friday, November 29. Kilmore Blue 145 C Micallef 45* WBowshall-Tanner 31 1 Player 2/2 v Kilmore White 6/108 A Ryan 40 Z Osmond 32* R Ferraro 2/1 Yea Tigers 7/42def by Alexandra 7/56

Bowls Sunday Singles

■ Men’s Singles. G.Flint 25 d J. Branch 21. J. Cujioc 25 d W. Flint 19. G. Matthews 26 d R. Chapman 15. J. Hinchcliffe 25 d S. Matcham 11. Semi-Finals: G. Flint v J. Cujic. G. Matthews v J. Hincliffe. Semi-Finals to be played at Seymour Bowls Club on Sunday (Dec. 8). ■ Women’s Singles. J. Goring 25 d H. Flint 10. G. Taverner 25 d P. Bell 11. Semi-Finals: H. Flint v G. Taverner. Semi-Finals to be played at Seymour Bowls Club on Sunday (Dec. 8). ■ Div. 1 Saturday. 1. Seymour VRI, 2. Kilmore, 3. Eildon, 4. Wallan, 5. Alexandra, 6. Broadford, 7. Seymour, 8. Yea. - Ann Argent

● Within the next few seconds, Kilmore A-Grade opening batsman Ashley Lovick will be caught out for a duck by Yea’sDamon Malcolm, with a ball bowled by Tigers captain Marc Steiner. Photo: Ash Long. ■ After starting with 4/9, Kilmore A-Grade A. Pearson, dnb cricketers staged an impressive comeback at T. Manuel, dnb yea on Saturday, to finish their innings with 150. J. Denney, dnb Extras (nb 1, w 2, b 3, lb 0) ............................. 6 A-GRADE Total ........................................................... 6/90 YEA V KILMORE Overs ......................................................... 45.0 ■ Wednesday saw 13 men contest a Par Yea Tigers v Kilmore FOW: 3 (P. McDonald), 15 (E.A. Frendo), 15 Event at Royal Yea. Venue: Yea Recreation Reserve (C. Partidge), 28 (D. MacBean), 32 (D. Manuel), Winner of the day with an excellent +7 Result: Match In Progress 69 (B. Proctor). was Steve Rumney (32). Second was new Toss won by: Kilmore Bowling: J. Leary 9.0-2-3-16, J. Geldart 9.0-6- member Paul Hildebrand (36) with +1 from Batted first: Kilmore 1-9, N. Stewart 8.0-2-0-17, J. Kidd 7./0-3-1-12, Bill Dredge (21) and Ken Whitfort (7) on 1st Innings - Kilmore W. Ellis 5.0-1-1-13, J. Reynolds 3.0-1-0-5. CB. A.R. Lovick, c D.LK. Malcolm, 1st Innings- Alexandra Ken Whitfort was NTP on the 18th, and b M. Steiner ................................................ 0 J. Reynolds, c K. Craddock, b B. Proctor ........ 1 Michael Sheather won the Club Award. J. Buttler, run out ............................................ 0 C. Friswell, c C. Partridge, b J. Denney ......... 28 ★ M. Davern, b M. Steiner ................................. 0 S. Parker, not out ............................................ 44 Saturday saw the last round of the Sichlau B.J. Dennehy, c A. Butterworth, J. Williamson,, b A. Pearson .......................... 0 Trophy Event and the Monthly Medal conb M. Steiner ................................................ 1 B. Waixel, b A. Pearson .................................. 3 tested at Royal Yea. S. Topham, c D.L. Malcom, J. Bourke, not out ........................................... 16 Twenty four men participated in the stroke b C.A. Malcolm ......................................... 14 J. Kidd, dnb and putting, with the course in excellent conJ. Walton, c C.A. Malcolm, b A. Chisholm .... 3 J. Leary, dnb dition following recent green scarrofying. M. Rose, lbw b M. Steiner ............................. 2 W. Ellis, dnb Winner of the Monthly Medal was Sam B. Dawson, c M. Steiner, b A. Chisholm ....... 52 J. Geldart, dnb Wright (21) with a 69 nett. This was his secB.D. Trezise, run out (M. Steiner) .................. 9 N. Stewart, dnb ond win in a row as Sam won the C-Grade at C.A. Dennehy, not out .................................... 39 J. Ladd, dnb the Murrindindi Masters last week. B. Buttler, c ? b C. Armstrong ....................... 16 Extras (nb 4, w 0, b 0, lb 2) ............................ 6 Second on Saturday was Michael Extras (nb 1, w 1, b 9, lb 3) .......................... 14 Total .......................................................... 4/98 Spagnolo (8) with a nett 70 from third Alan Total .............................................................. 150 Overs ............................................................ 31.0 Pell (12) with 71 on CB from John Anstey Overs .......................................................... 65.2 FOW: 5 (J. Reynolds), 39 (C. Friswell), 43 (J. (19). FOW: 0 (A.R. Lovick), 2 (J. Buttler), 2 (M. Williamson), 55 (B. Waixel). Fifth was Jeff Aurisch (16) with 72 on CB Davern), 9 (B.J. Dennehy), 20 (J. Walton), 26 Bowling: E.A. Frendo 5.0-2-0-6, B. Proctor 6.0from Neil Peterson (15) and Greg Clements (S. Topham), 36 (M. Rose), 52 (B.D. Trezise), 1-1-20, J. Denney 4.0-0-1-21, P. McDonald 4.0- (17). 116 (B. Dawson), 150 (B. Buttler). 1-0-12, A. Pearson 5.0-1-2-18, M. Isles 1.0-0-0Nearest the pin for two on the 10th was Bowling (O-M-W-R): M. Steiner 14.0-6-4-35, 5, D. Manuel 6.0-2-0-14. Kevin Coghlan and Michael Sheather won A. Chisholm 17.0-6-2-31, C.A. Malcolm 17.0the Club Award. PHOTO: 5-1-25, C. Armstrong 10.2-2-1-20, W. Dalton 3.0Michael Spagnolo won the putting with ASH LONG 0-0-12, N. Beattie 4.0-1-0-15. 25 putts and he also won the Sichlau Trophy 1st Innings - Yea Tigers by four points. N. Beattie, not out ........................................... 13 The Sichlau is determined by the best four +D.L. Malcolm,. not out ................................. 6 rounds from six available medal rounds. Top C. Armstrong, dnb 10 results will be posted below. +R. Akers, dnb The last event of the year will be held next D. Pell, dnb Saturday for the Gold Medal for men with a D. Evans, dnb stroke round with the highest medallist of the *M. Steiner, dnb year receiving the Gold Medal for 2019. W. Dalton, dnb Sichlau Trophy Results: (top ten). Michael A. Chisholm, dnb Spagnolo – 72, 71, 68, 70 (281). Alan Pell – A. Butterworth, dnb 74, 68, 72, 71 (285). Kevin Coghlan – 73, 64, C.A. Malcolm, dnb 76, 74 (287). Jeff Aurisch – 76, 74, 68, 72 J. Johnson, dnb (290). Greg Clements – 71, 72, 79, 72 (294). Extras (nb 0, w 0, b 0, lb 0) ............................. 0 Rick Wills – 76, 73, 73, 73 (295). Brian Total ........................................................... 0/19 Priestley – 70, 66, 82, 77 (295). Martin Lowe Overs .......................................................... 13.0 – 74, 71, 80, 75 (300). Rob O’Halloran – 70, Bowling: B. Dawson 5.0-1-0-12, J. Buttler 6.077, 79, 78 (304) Neil Peterson – 75, 72, 87, 72 4-0-3, C.A. Dennehy 2.0-1-0-4. (306) B-GRADE We now have 30 new members at our reduced members; fee and Welcome them all ALEXANDRA V KILMORE to Yea Golf Club. Alexandra def Kilmore We have organised a six-hole golf night Result: Alexandra won First Innings for all the new members plus Sausages/ Toss won by: Kilmore Drinks on Thursday December 12 - arrive at Batted first: Kilmore 5pm for a 5.30pm hit off. 1st Innings - Kilmore The club can provide clubs if required and +K. Craddock, not out .................................... 59 caddies to guide you around the course. P. McDonald, b J. Leary ................................ 0 You are welcome to come along and enE.A. Frendo, b J. Leary ................................... 7 joy the golf with your fellow new members. C. Partridge, b J. Leary .................................... 0 If you are coming on the night please email D. MacBean, c N. Stewart, b J. Kidd ............. 0 back to Alan Pell : email pellalan1@ *D. Manuel, c B. Waixel, b W. Ellis .............. 0 ● Yea Tigers Captain Marc Steiner B. Proctor, c J. Bourke, b B. Waixel .............. 11 - Alan Pell bowls against Kilmore on Saturday. M. Isles, not out ............................................... 6

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