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Cosy open fire. Today’s Menu Charcuterie Boards: Your choice of a meat platter, cheese platter, or fish platter all accompanied with fresh home grown and made produce, for example, vegetables, gluten free pesto’s, chutneys, nuts, etc,


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Meet Walter Stragan, One Nation candidate for Melbourne

■ Walter Stragan is the Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate for the seat of Melbourne at the May 21 Federal Election. “I’m out to win Adam Bandt’s seat,” says the likeable award-winning accountant. Walter Stragan has a passion for reducing the costs of living and doing business. A family man with two kids, Walter grew up in Melbourne’s western suburbs, delivering newspapers to help his workingclass family with a bit of extra income while he gained his accountant’s diploma. Since 1989 he’s run his own business, which in 2016 gained a Multi-cultural Impact Award. Born in Melbourne to Ukrainian parents, Walter loves the opportunities that come with living, learning, and working in Australia. “Electricity, water, petrol, groceries, rent – the costs of living are skyrocketing and governments obsessed with the power they’ve wielded over us during this damned

pandemic are doing nothing,” says Walter. “Owning or renting a home has fallen out of NAME: Walter Stragan reach for many Australian families. It shouldn’t be OFFICE: House of Representatives this way and it doesn’t have to be.” ELECTORATE: Division of Melbourne The Melbourne electorPARTY: Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ate covers suburbs including Abbotsford, BrunsPHONE: 0423 013 263 wick East, Burnley, Carlton, Carlton North, WEBSITE: Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Cremorne, Docklands, East EMAIL: Melbourne, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Melbourne CBD, North Melbourne, Parkville, Princes Hill, Richmond and West Melbourne. Walter says he has long admired Pauline Hanson, a fighter who was prepared to go to jail for what she believed in. Walter wants to see a fair deal for mum and dad voters. He says the way that pensioners are treated Walter wants to see free Ethnic Festivals to celis appalling. parking in the electorate to ebrate the multi-cultural Walter wants to see a boost suffering small busi- background to our city, a better deal for small busi- nesses, especially hospital- Harvest Festival to connesses, who have suffered ity and entertainment ven- nect farmer and fresh prothroughout the COVID-19 ues as well as shops. ducers with city people, pandemic. He wants to see He wants to see various and kids’ activities like more funding for small entertainment programs pop-up playgrounds. businesses, more appren- brought to the lectorate He is calling for a reductices and more jobs. such as a Boat Show, Fashtion in payroll tax, and for ● Walter Stragan, One Nation candidate Walter wants to see free ion Festival, Cultural and fair rents. Authorised by Walter Stragan, PO Box 1038, Thornbury.

Fast Facts

“I’ve worked on the books for a lot of businesses and one thing has stood out all this time – governments are increasingly getting in the way, placing more and more administrative and cost burdens on businesses.” “We need governments to get out of the way and let businesses do what they do best – create Australian jobs and grow the economy.” “The space where governments should be intervening is with foreignowned multinationals operating in Australia while paying little or no tax.” He is backing the call for a Royal Commission into how Governments have handled the COVID pandemic. “We won’t stop fighting for a transaction-based tax system on multi-national resource companies to ensure Australians receive a fair return for the exploitation of our resources.” “I’m standing for One Nation in Mel-bourne because Pauline Hanson is putting Australia and Australians first.”

MAYA TESA Liberal Democrats candidate for Jagajaga Hi my name is Maya Tesa and I am the Liberal Democrats candidate for Jagajaga. The Liberal Democrats stand for greater freedom, smaller government, and personal responsibility. Along with being a mum to four beautiful children, my husband and I run a family business. We have seen first-hand the detrimental effects of decisions made by entrenched politicians with no real-world experience. Australia is crying out for real representation. The Liberal Democrats aim to restore to individuals the right to make their own choices and to accept responsibility for their consequences. The following Principles represent our enduring values. Economic Principles • Free markets and freedom of choice • Small government, low taxation, limited government spending and regulation • Widespread ownership of private property Social Principles • Civil society and volunteerism • Civil liberties and individual freedom • Individual liberty and personal responsibility under the rule of law Government Principles • Constitutional liberal democracy • Ethical and impartial government under the rule of law International Principles • Free trade in goods, services and capital • Free trade in ideas and culture • Freedom and human rights

I have been a passionate advocate for human rights and have worked hard supporting local not-for-profits and charities. I believe strongly in freedom and equality for all, and that governments must be held accountable to their constituents for any actions and decisions they make. As a local resident, I understand the importance of engaging in local and community issues. My priority is to give a much needed transparent and honest voice to the people of Jagajaga. My aim is to help alter Australia’s roadmap by pushing for economic reform, holding government accountable, restoring individual freedoms, and reducing national debt. “Australia is at a turning point and having honest, transparent and accountable government is what is going to lead Australia to greater growth and prosperity”.

MAYA TESA Liberal Democrats candidate for Jagajaga Authorised by R Westgarth, Liberal Democrats, 117/757 Bourke St Docklands Vic 3008

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Local Briefs New footy fixture Outer Eastern. Division 2. ■ Round 5. May 7. Powelltown v Alexandra. Warburton-Millgrove v Broadford-Yea. Kinglake: Bye. Yarra Junction: Bye. ■ Round 6. May 14. Kinglake v Yarra Junction. Warburton-Millgrove v Powelltown. Alexandra: Bye. Broadford-Yea: Bye. ■ Round 7. May 21. Alexandra v Kinglake. Broadford-Yea v Powelltown (at Yea). Yarra Junction: Bye. Warburton-Millgrove: Bye. ■ Round 8. May 28. Alexandra v Warburton-Millgrove. Broadford-Yea v Kinglake. Powelltown v Yarra Junction. ■ Round 9. June 4. Yarra Junction v Warburton-Millgrove. Powelltown v Kinglake. Broadford-Yea v Alexandra. ■ Round 10. Split Round. June 11 (Queen’s Birthday)). Alexandra v Yarra Junction. June 18. Kinglake v WarburtonMillgrove. Powelltown v Broadford-Yea. ■ Round 11. June 25. Alexandra v Powelltown. Broadforfd Yea v WarburtonMillgrove. Yarra Junction v Kinglake. ■ Round 12. July 2. kinglake v Alexandra. Broadford-Yea v Yarra Junction. Powelltown: Bye. Warburton-Millgrove: Bye. ■ Round 13. July 9. Warburton-Millgrove v Alexandra. Powelltown v Yarra Junction. Kinglake: Bye. Broadford-Yea: Bye. ■ Round 14. July 16. (Last home game at Powelly)) Powelltown v Alexandra. Broadford-Yea v Kinglake. WarburtonMillgrove v Yarra Junction. ■ Round 15. July 23. Alexandra v Kinglake. Warburton-Millgrove v Powelltown. Yarra junction v Broadford-Yea. ■ Round 16. July 30. Alexandra v Broadford-Yea. Kinglake v Powelltown. Warburton-Millgrove: Bye. Yarra Junction: Bye. ■ Round 17. August 6. Broadford-Yea v Warburton-Millgrove (at Yea). Kinglake v Yarra Junction. Powelltown: Bye. Alexandra; Bye. ■ Round 18. August 13. Powelltown v Broadford-Yea (at Thornton). Yarra Junction v Alexandra). Kinglake v WarburtonMillgrove. ■ Semi-Finals. Sunday, August 21. ■ Preliminary Final. Sunday, August 28. ■ Grand Final. Sunday, September 4.

Local netball scores

■ Premier Division A-Grade. Narre Warren 59 d Wandin 35. Mt Evelyn 33 d Monbulk 26. Upwey-Tecoma 59 d Woori Yallock 43. Olinda-Ferny Creek 50 d Pakenham 35. Beaconsfield 23 drew with ROC 23. ■ Premier Division B-Grade. Narre Warren 44 d Wandin 38. Monbulk 35 d Mt Evelyn 26. Upwey-Tecoma 83 d Woori Yallock 20. Olinda-Ferny Creek 50 d Pakenham 39. ROC 50 d Beaconsfield 29. ■ Premier Division C-Grade. Narre Warren 33 d Wandin 25. Mt Evelyn 45d Monbulk k16. Upwey-Tecoma 51 d Woori Yallock 14. Olinda-Ferny Creek 34 d Pakenham 27. Beaconsfield 21 d ROC 18. ■ Premier Division D-Grade. Narre Warren 32 d Wandin 12. Olinda-Ferny Creek 31 d Pakenham 22. ROC 33 d Beaconsfield 8. ■ Division 1 A-Grade. Belgrave 52 d Yarra Glen 46. Berwick 99 d Healesville 12. Emerald 70 d Berwick Springs 24. Seville 65 d Gembrook-Cockatoo 39. ■ Division 1 B-Grade. Emerald 52 d Berwick Springs 32. Seville 70 d GembrookCockatoo 26. Berwick 112 d Healesville 3. Belgrave 59 d Yarra Glen 37. ■ Division 1 C-Grade. Emerald 46 d Berwick Springs 27. Seville 32 d GembrookCockatoo 20. Belgrave 36 d Yarra Glen 27. ■ Division 2 A-Grade. Alexandra 57 d Yarra Junction 42. Broadford 46 d Yea 17. Warburton-Millgrove 70 d kinglake 15. Powelltown: Bye. ■ Division 2 B-Grade. Alexandra 46 d Yarra Junction 35. Broadford 40 d Yea 35. Warburton-Millgrove 51 d Kinglake 20. Powelltown: Bye. ■ Division 2 C-Grade. Alexandra 30 d Yarra Junction 13. Warburton-Millgrove 46 d Kinglake 7. Broadfoird 30 d Yea 10. Powelltown: Bye. ■ Division 2 D-Grade. Powelltown 23 d Warburton-Millgrove 22. Kinglake: Bye. Yarra Junction: Bye.

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Local News

First Broadford-Yea team this Saturday

● Broadford President Bonnie Cavanagh and Yea President Duncan Newcomen talk to members of both teams at Harley Hammond Reserve last Saturday. ■ The combined Broadford-Yea senior football team will take to the Warburton-Millgrove ground this Saturday (May 7) in the first-ever Roos-Tigers combination, in a game against the Burras. The Seniors and Reserves teams will wear the Kangaroos guernsey this Saturday, but will wear the Tigers jumper when home games are played at Yea. The interim fixture has Broadford-Yea playing at Yea on May 21 (v Powelltown) and August 6 (v Warburton-Millgrove). The merged team arrangement is in effect for the remainder of the 2022 season. Both Broadford and Yea clubs had difficulty in re● and Greg Holcombe cruiting enough players to field Firsts and Seconds team after the two-year COVID hiatus. show some Broadford hospitality. Both clubs have hopes of re-forming their own Seniors sides in 2023. A Seniors football practice match was held last Saturday (Apr. 30) at the Harley Hammond Reserve, Broadford, to enable members of both teams to meet. Club Presidents Bonnie Cavanagh (Broadford) and Duncan Newcomen (Yea) addressed footballers and netballers in the clubrooms. The Broadford-Yea team will be aligned to Broadford’s netball team, with clubs netball teams playing Yea’s netball outfit in bye rounds. “A key outcome for all Division Two clubs was for football and netball to remain together both home and away, which has been achieved,” said an Outer Eastern Football Netball representative. The 2022 merger followed approval from the Yea Football Netball Club general commit● Broadford v Yea netball at tee. The Club’s executive travelled to Harley Hammond Reserve. Broadford and met with that club’s executive and the league CEO to discuss the temporary amalgamationof football between the two clubs with netball operating independently. “The meeting was very positive and there 1.AngelALEKSOV was general support from everyone at the meetAnimal Justice Party ing that this approach will keep Broadford and 2. Helen HAINES Yea as town community clubs viable (functionIndependent ing) …meaning it will address the immediate 3. Lachlan O'CONNELL issue of a shortage of football players for this Derryn Hinch's Justice Party season,” said a Yea club representative. 4. Stephen WILLIAMS “We understand that to make this work will United Australia Party require some compromise and a new way of 5. Beth STEVENS looking at things for this season only. Pauline Hanson's One Nation “But, the general consensus is there are re6. Benjamin GILBERT ally no other immediate options for us . if interThe Australian Greens - Victoria vention did not occur it would have been highly 7. Liz FISHER likely Yea would not be able to field a football National Party of Australia - Victoria side in the coming weeks. 8. Nadia DAVID “We are hoping the club members (most imAustralian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) portantly the players, supporters & wider com9. Julian FIDGE munity) understand this and continue to support Liberal Democratic Party the club. 10. Ross LYMAN This coming weekend sees football: Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) Broadford-Yea v Warburton-Millgrove … and ● Election coverage, Pages 16-19 netball: Yarra Junction v Yea.


Local Briefs Items held over

■ The Local Paper is at press capacity this week with a 56-page edition. There is pressure on editorial space, especially with Federal Election items. Some reports have had to be held over.

Compost Q&A

■ To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (May 1-7) Murrindindi Council, together with Upper Goulburn Landcare Network and Embassy of Ideas, is hosting a compost education Q&A panelstyle event on Saturday (May 7) from 10am – 11am at the Embassy of Ideas, 3 Bayley St, Alexandra. Panel members will share their compost stories, including some exciting local projects, and answer any questions you might have about composting. They will also provide tips for creating and improving your own home compost system. ■ Jodie Morrison - Local Compost Activator and Educator, Upper Goulburn Landcare Network ■ Grace Davis-Williams – Regional Waste Education Officer, Murrindindi Shire Council ■ Sasha Barrow – Feed it Forward Community Food Garden, Embassy of Ideas No bookings are required, simply turn up on the day. Submit your composting questions before the event to

Whit’sea cat chat

■ Whittlesea City Council is currently consulting on two cat welfare proposals - a potential cat curfew and mandatory desexing of new cat registrations. An online session was held last Thursday (Apr. 28) to hear a presentation from the Council’s Animal Management Team.

Asset plan open

■ Mansfield Shire Council’s Draft Asset Plan is out for consultation and the community is invited to have its say on how more than $200 million worth of infrastructure and other assets are managed and maintained. Assets identified in the Plan include transport infrastructure (local roads, footpaths and shared paths), bridges and culverts, stormwater pipes and pits, buildings and structures and open space assets such as playgrounds, sportsgrounds and outdoor furniture. “The Asset Plan is a very influential document, and the community should consider what’s important to them and contribute to its development, said Mayor Cr James Tehan. “This first edition of the Plan will assist Council in developing priorities for management of key infrastructure asset categories for the next 10-year financial period and into the future,” he continued. Interested people are invited to complete a short survey, the results of which will help guide planning and decision making so that assets continue to serve community needs.

Trough damaged

■ Plans are underway for the repair of an historic public horse trough in Main Rd, Research, which is believed to have been struck by a vehicle and damaged late last week. The trough, which is of heritage significance, is the only one of its kind in Nillumbik and has been in place since the first half of the 20th century. Nillumbik Council officers have collected the damaged parts and have arranged for their safe storage. The Council will engage a heritage specialist to advise on the appropriate restoration works required.

Mayor on Panel

■ Nillumbik Mayor Cr Frances Eyre has been appointed to the influential Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel. Shaun Leane, Minister for Local Government, announced the 10-member 2022 Panel, to be chaired by the Minister himself.

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Lilydale and Yarra Valley Express Edition

■ COLDSTREAM. Coldstream Post Office/Newsagency. The Lodge Shopping Centre. 670-672 Maroondah Hwy. ■ CROYDON NORTH. Croydon North Newsagency. 5 Exeter Rd. ■ HEALESVILLE. BP. 66 Maroondah Hwy. ■ HEALESVILLE. Coles Express. 123 Maroondah Hwy. ■ HEALESVILLE. Grand Hotel. 270 Maroondah Hwy. ■ HEALESVILLE. Healesville Newsagency. 195 Maroondah Hwy. ■ HEALESVILLE. Tobacco Station/Tatts. Shop 11, Healesville Walk. ■ LAUNCHING PLACE. Launching Place General Store. 2200 Warburton Hwy. ■ LAUNCHING PLACE. Home Hotel. 2170 Warburton Hwy. ■ LILYDALE. Lilydale Newsagency. 237 Main St. ■ MILLGROVE. Licensed Grocery. 3043 Warburton Hwy. ■ MOUNT EVELYN. Mount Evelyn Newsagency. 1A Wray Cres. ■ RINGWOOD. Burnt Bridge Newsagency. 434 Maroondah Hwy. ■ SEVILLE. Wooworths Seville. 568 Warburton Hwy. ■ WANDIN. Wandin Newsagency. 18/2 Union Rd. ■ WARBURTON. Bakery. 3415 Warburton Hwy. ■ WARRANDYTE. Grand Hotel. 140 Yarra St. ■ WARRANDYTE. Quinton’s Supa IGA Supermarket. 1/402 Warrandyte Rd.

■ WARRANDYTE. Warrandyte Newsagency/Post Office. 100 Melbourne Hill Rd. ■ WESBURN. Hotel. 2882 Warburton Hwy. ■ WONGA PARK. IGA Xpress. 70 Jumping Creek Rd. ■ WOORI YALLOCK. Hillcrest Little Store. 1745 Warburton Hwy. ■ WOORI YALLOCK. Woori Yallock Newsagency. Shop 4,1585 Warburton Hwy. ■ YARRA GLEN. IGA Supermarket. 1/38 Bell St. ■ YARRA GLEN. Yarra Glen Newsagency. 32 Bell St. ■ YARRA JUNCTION. Yarra Junction Newsagency. 2454 Warburton Hwy.

Mitchell Shire Edition

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Speakers at Dindi

■ Yea resident Jack Russell spoke at last week’s Murrindindi Shire Council meeting. Lynette Clifford spoke against a Thornton qapplication; Angelina Bell and Mark Hollis spoke in support. Darren Tardio spoke in support of the Tanglewood Music Festival five-year permit, as did Ken Deacon and Steph Born. Council CEO Livia Bonazzi read a submission on behalf of Fiona Mackey against the planning application related to Tanglewood Music Festival at Thornton.

Court Lists Seymour Magistrates’ Court Plaintiff / Informant / Applicant vs Defendant / Accused / Respondent. Information Division. Criminal Case Listings Thursday, May 5 Alachka, Mike Bagdadi, Taylan Berryman, Kevin Chilcott, Cameron Cook, Peter Cormack, Brett Crass, Jessica Currell, Cameron Dowson, Hayley Gibson, Laura Gilchrist, Jabriel Goodwin, Jenelle Gorski, Stanley Marion Gutterson, Warren Hannon, Bailey Hardie, Nicholas Harris, Bradley Kennedy, Bailey Kirkham, John Lennon Larsen, Erling Mallia, Zack Mcdonald, Paul Miller, Orion James Milne, David Wayne Monaghan, Rhyss Nicolosi, Caine Noom, Teun Johannes O'hare, Ariane Catherine Paice, Michael Papaevagelou, Efthimia Plumbe, Chantel Ryan, Jason Charles Schuman, Stephen Singh, Puneetpal Stafford, Kristian Taylor, Baylee Thompson, Aaron David Treacy, Daniel Turner, Craig Vinten, Gabby White, Chloe Williams, James Wilson, Brett Wizz Coatings Pty Ltd Zibell, Andrew Mansfield Magistrates’ Court Wednesday, May 11 Barbour, Nicole Louise Barnes, Dennis Raymond Barnes, Maureen E Bellingham, Blake Browm, Jarrod Burgess, Rayce Justin Burke, Beau Butoyi, Marikia Culhane, Christopher James Dovigi, John Egan, James Christopher Fraser, Anna Jane Gove, Charles Robert Gove, James Thomas Guss, Marilla Hall, Lauren Hartney, Karl Morgan Jury, Will Michael Kirwood, Jeffrey Lee, Jayne Nahon, Mitchell William Obeid, Christopher Pullin, Josh Phillip Querfield, Diane Richarrds, Rodney Riley, Joanne Russell, Bradley Savage, Shane Sloley, Tarkyn Stillman, Aaron Thompson, Jarrad Anthony Thorp, William Collis Van Houten, Paul Vora, Kathit

Local Briefs Boost for Magpies

■ The State Government is backing Wallan Magpies Football and Netball Club. Ros Spence, Minister for Community Sport, announced the oval at Greenhill Reserve will be made weatherproof, through the latest round of the Country Football and Netball Program. More than $100,000 in funding will go towards reshaping, leveling and irrigation to prevent damage and ensure clubs can play on. Once complete, the Magpies will have room to grow. The $2.3 million program is a partnership with Netball Victoria, Australian Football League, and AFL Victoria established in 2005 to help netball and football clubs across the state to meet growing demand and welcome even more members. “The Wallan Magpies are an integral part of this community and they deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of,” said Ms Spence. "The Country Football and Netball Program plays an important role in helping communities’ benefit from new and upgraded facilities, which helps local sporting clubs thrive,” said Ben Kavenagh, Head of AFL Victoria. “The new and upgraded facilities not only provide spaces to play, but also give us reasons to come together for the sheer enjoyment of it.” said Rosie King, Netball Victoria Chief Executive Officer.

Eildon troutfest

■ Trout fishing will be showcased this month as Eildon plays host to Troutfest 2022 on Saturday, May 14. Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO, Travis Dowling, said the event is being run in partnership with the Australian Trout Foundation and will highlight the vast recreational fishing opportunities on offer around Eildon and throughout the state. “This event will be a trout fishers paradise, with tours of our Snobs Creek hatchery, guided fishing clinics, casting demos and much, much more,” Mr Dowling said. “There will be something for fishers of all ages with activities for the kids and a Fishing Hub where you can learn the latest from organisations like the VFA and ATF, Fishcare, VRFish, Maritime Safety Victoria, our Women in Recreational Fishing Network and Native Fish Australia. “Trout are a key component of our record 10 million stocking effort, with close to two million browns, rainbows and tiger trout stocked across the state in the past 12 months. These stockings are thanks to fishing licence fees and the Victorian Government’s $35 million Go Fishing Victoria plan. “A lot of those fish, as well as native species and Chinook salmon, are grown at the nearby Snobs Creek hatchery under the watchful eye of our expert staff. Tours of the facility will offer a unique opportunity to learn more about how your fish are produced.” The guided tours of Snobs Creek will be conducted hourly from 10.30am with VFA staff leading the way and giving fishers a rare, behind the scenes look into fish production. Fishcare will lead the clinics at Eildon Pondage and there will be casting demos and competitions held throughout the day as well as prize giveaways for fishers of all ages. Troutfest will run from 10am-4pm on Saturday May 14, and the Fishing Hub will be based at the Eildon Community Centre on the shores of Eildon Pondage. Bookings for hatchery tours and guided fishing clinics are essential. Reserve your spot and find out more about what’s on offer by visiting

$8 million promise

■ Mitchell Shire Council’s vision to develop Greenhill Recreation Precinct Wallan is a step closer with the Federal Government committing $8 million to kickstart the project if re-elected. Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was in Wallan on Thursday (Apr. 28), with Liberal candidate for McEwen, Richard Welch, to make the announcement. The $8 million will go towards installing services to the site as well as works to support commencement of a gymnastics facility.

Local Briefs Kalkallo raid

■ Two men have been arrested after drugs, ammunition and an illegal snake and lizard were found at a house in Kalkallo. Investigators from the Fawkner Divisional Response Unit attended a warrant on Handlen St about 5am on Tuesday last week (Apr. 26) They discovered an illegal python, as well as a lizard in the family home. The reptiles were removed from the property by specialist teams. Police also found cannabis, suspected methamphetamine, explosives, what is believed to be a firearm and money which is understood to be the proceeds of crime. Two men, a 27-year-old who lives at the address and a 36-year-old Sunbury man, were arrested and assisted police with their enquiries. A 27-year-old Kalallo man was charged with 18 offences including two counts of trafficking of a drug of dependence, firearms and weapons offences, and wildlife offences. He was due to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The 36-year-old Sunbury man was released without charge.

Fatality at T’town

■ A motorcycle rider died after a collision in Thomastown last Wednesday morning (Apr. 27). Emergency services were called to reports of the collision just after 9.30am. Investigators were told the rider was travelling south on Edgars Rd when he collided with a van turning right from Edgars Rd onto the Metropolitan Ring Road. The male rider, who is yet to be identified, died at the scene. The male driver of the Hyundai van, a 22-year-old Whittlesea man, was not injured and is assisting police.

$1 million bridge

■ Murrindindi Council has accepted the the tender from CASA Projects Pty Ltd for the renewal and upgrade of the Yea Caravan Park Bridge over the Yea River, Court St, Yea for a lump sum price of $1,090,035 to complete all required works. The Council will receive will receive $150,000 additional funding through the Federal Bridge Renewal Program increasing its funding contribution from $330,000 to$480,000 towards the project. Funding totalling $150,000 will be contributed by from Goulburn Valley Water.

Mt Evelyn vandals

■ Yarra Ranges Shire officers became aware of an incident at Morrison Reserve at Mount Evelyn. The staff have been working on the grounds in an effort to repair the damage. Council's Sportsfield team have been liaising with the clubs on options for restoring the grounds and removing the vandalism that has occurred. “Council unequivocally rejects this highly offensive act of hate-based vandalism. This senseless behaviour causes distress to those who have suffered racial hatred and hurt in our community and we take these matters very seriously,” a Yarra Ranges Shire representative said.

Trail approved

■ Murrindindi Council has accept the tender from Holman Vic Constructions Pty Ltd for the Blue Gums Caravan Park to Eildon – Recreational Trail for a lump sum price of $1,596,809 to complete all required works. The scope of the contract is to construct a shared user trail along Back Eildon Rd on the road reserve between the Blue Gums Caravan Park and the Eildon Pondage. This is a lump sum contract with works to be completed by November .

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Win for Alex. Reserves SATURDAY The AFL Outer East League Round 4 of the 2022 season saw the Alexandra Football Netball Club travel to YarraJunction for two games of football and three games of netball. The Under 18s travelled toSeville with the home side taking the win in a close contest, Alexandra 9.8 (62) defeatedbySeville 10.8 (68) Awards: ITEC Earthworks – Banjo Fitzpatrick, Fineblade – Coby Scott, Snow Composite – Bowen McCarthy, Hadfield Contracting – Keegan Poustie, Bundalaguah Engineering – Beau Scott. ★ RESERVES After the women’s football game, the Reserves ran out after overnight rain, the ground in great condition, the game a good contest with not much in the score all game, the Rebels in front at the final siren, Alexandra 8.11 (59) to Yarra Junction 6.6 (42). Awards: Shepparton Volkswagen – Lachlan Collard, Shamrock Hotel – James Southam, Ampol fuel card – Angus Smith, Alex Sportspower – Lachlan Holschier, Buxton Hotel – Sam Kidd. ★ SENIORS The Seniors had a tough contest, maintaining a lead during the game despite consistent effort from Junction, Alexandra 18.7 (115) to Yarra Junction 13.11 (89). Awards: BMH Roofworx – Joe Daniel, Healesville Toyota – Tom Massey, ITEC Earthworks – Harry Kelly, Shamrock Hotel – Nick Meehan, Buxton Hotel – Jordan LaurieRhodes. Shamrock Hotel volunteer – Luke Chapple. ★ NETBALLAWARDS Ampol fuel card award: Maddy Richards. A-Grade won 57 – 42: Coach award – Lauren Steyger, Shamrock Hotel – Lucy GragePerry, Corner Hotel / Grant St Grocer – Ellie Hedger. B-Grade won 46 – 35: Coach award – Jorja Gesler, Shamrock Hotel – Lisa Collard, Corner Hotel / Grant St Grocer award – Jaz Collett. C-Grade won 30 – 13: Coach award – Kylie Cairns, Shamrock Hotel – Tara Heard, Grant St Grocer / Essence Coffee Lounge – Laura Westwood. ★ CLUB NOTES Thursday’s Swenrick Constructions Joker Jackpot with Bob Pearson unsuccessful, raffles sponsored by Reddrops Foodworks / Houseboat Sales Lake Eildon, Eildon Bakery /Yarck Meat and Produce, Alexandra Quality Meats / AFNC canteen, Yea Chinese Restaurant/ Bailey Funerals won by Darren Gregg, Elizabeth Kidd, Kath Hedger and James Cowell. The Joker Jackpot will be worth $200 this week so come along and buy some tickets at $1 each but you need to be at the Club rooms at 8pm for the draw. The senior League has issued a new Division 2 fixture and this coming Saturday the Alexandra Football Netball Club travels to Powelltown for two games of football and four games of netball. Under 18s have a bye. Awards are at the Buxton Hotel, meals are available but make sure you book in. 2022 Club memberships are available: $200 – Patron, $150 – Family and $100 –Members. Do not forget to order your Club merchandise – polo shirts, warmup shirts @$50, hoodies, vests @ $70, casual shorts @ $40, Club stubby holders @ $7, travel mugs @$15, peaked caps and beanies @ $25, visors @ $20, bumper stickers are free. Thursday night dinners are available after training with main course and sweets – adults $15 and kids $10, everyone is welcome. The Club desperately needs trainers so if you can help, please make contact. Wearealso seeking assistance and need volunteers so if you would like to help with home game tasksincluding scoreboard, canteen, bar work, timekeeping and maintenance amongst other things, please contact Ray Steyger on 5772 2627. ★ SUNDAY The Alexandra Football Netball Club junior

Rebels Seconds defeat Junction season, to St Marys for three games of football and three games of netball, the Under 15 football to Mt Evelyn. The Under 9s and 11s football had a game but theirs is non-competitive and non-scoring so there is no win loss. Under 13s Football Alexandra 3.4 (22) defeated by St Marys 11.3 (69). North Central Construction – Ryder Brady, Essence Coffee Lounge – Maddie Sawyer, Reddrops Foodworks – Kayden Armstrong, Alexandra Bakery and Café – Tom Clark, Kazza’s Diner – Brayden Stewart, Coach – Hamish Wilson. Under 15s Football Alexandra 3.1 (19) defeated by Mt Evelyn 10.17 (77). DMK Taxation – Callan Howell, Essence Coffee Lounge – George Sotiropoulos, Reddrops Foodworks – William Wright, Alexandra Bakery and Café – Noah Campbell, Kazza’s Diner – Shaun Sutcliffe, Coach – Harry Morely. Under 11s Netball Alexandra 8 defeated St Marys 3 Reddrops Foodworks – Megan Kendall, Alexandra Bakery and Café – Chloe Woehl, Essence Coffee Lounge – Charli Newlands, Kazza’s Diner – Zelda Van Lierop. Under 12s Netball, Friday at Mansfield Alexandra 9 defeated by Phoenix 10 Reddrops Foodworks – Cassie Kidd, Kazza’s Diner – Hannah Weeks. Under 13s Netball Alexandra 24 defeated St Marys 5 Reddrops Foodworks – Milly Wales, Alexandra Bakery and Café – Marli Coller, Essence Coffee Lounge – Abby Miljkovic, Kazza’s Diner – Ava Krijt. Under 15s Netball Alexandra 34 defeated St Marys 28 Reddrops Foodworks – Rose Hurrey, Alexandra Bakery and Café – Danielle Nadj, Essence Coffee Lounge – Darcy Kidd, Kazza’s Diner – Tahlia Nash. A very big thank you to the above award sponsors for their continued support of our junior footballers and netballers in 2022. Next Sunday we return to Rebel Park and host Wandong in three games of football, all netball and under 15 football all have the bye. If anyone can assist with the canteen on home games during the season please speak to Melissa Crane and Shona Miljkovic to go on the roster. - Ray Steyger

Grants for W’sea based groups

■ Whittlesea Council Grants Officers are offering free applicant support sessions to help people feel ready to submit' applications fore the Community Recovery Funding Program. Sessions are being held: ■ Wednesday, May 4. 9.30am1.30pm. Mernda Villages Community Activity Centre, 70 Mernda Village Dr, Mernda. ■ Friday, May 7. 9.30am -11.30am at Thomastown Library, 52 Main St, Thomastown. ■ Tuesday, May 10. 9.30am - 11.30am. Thirtyfold Cafe , 11 Gorge Rd, South Morang 3752 Phone enquiries can be made on 9217 2137. Email community.grants@ if you have any questions about the grant program. A quick response grant round providing $2000 cash grants to fund essential equipment purchases and to support small scale community events for City of Whittleseabased groups. Applying for funding is easy – just follow the link to the online form to get started. Applications close at the end of May, or when the funding pool runs out (whichever is sooner).

Local Briefs Conflict declared

■ Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor Cr Sue Carpenter declared a general conflict of interest at last week’s meeting, being the Grants and Contributions Program Allocations, due to her being an Executive Member of the Rotary Club of Yea Board.

Tanglewood OK

■ Murrindindi Council last week voted 61 to issue a Notice of Decision to grant a planning permit for the use and development of land for the purpose of a place of assembly (music festival) annually for five years at 969 Goulburn Valley Hwy,Thornton. Crs Sandice McAulay and Damien Gallagher moved the motion. Cr Eric Lordingvoted against the proposal.

Murder charge

■ Homicide Squad detectives have charged a man following the death of a woman in Croydon North on Saturday night (Apr. 30). Emergency services were called to an address in Patrick Ave about 10.15pm after reports of an assault. A 35-year-old Croydon North woman was treated by paramedics, however she died at the scene. A 40-year-old Croydon North man was arrested on the night and was later charged with murder. He was due to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday afternoon (May 2). The parties involved were known to each other.

Youth precinct nod

■ Murrindindi Council has accepted the tender from Warrandale Industries Pty Ltd for the upgrade of the Alexandra Youth Precinct for a lump sum price of $1,624,950 to complete all required works. The scope of the contract is to construct an upgraded playground facility at the Alexandra Rotary Park and Hec Ingram Reserve play precincts. This contract is a six (6) lump sum contract with a schedule of rates for variation items.

Melba Hwy boost

■ The Melba Highway is expected to receive resealing and road reconstruction repairs during the 2022 road maintenance season. This comes after continuous lobbying from community members and Eildon MLA Cindy McLeish who persistently raised concerns in Parliament and directly to the Minister for Roads. “I have been calling for major improvements to be made on the Melba Highway for years, for the State Labor Government to open their eyes and invest in improving regional roads,” Ms McLeish said. “I am constantly contacted by motorists and locals who are fed up with the potholes, uneven surface, loose bitumen and broken surfaces plaguing the Melba Highway. Vehicles are being damaged by the hazards and the road is becoming dangerous.” Since Ms McLeish’s calls, a number of improvements have been made along the Melba Highway including in troublesome spots Dixon’s Creek and Devlin’s Bridge. “Works are underway in a number of locations but there is still a long way to go,” Ms McLeish said. There are still a number of ‘Rough Surface’ signs positioned on the Melba Highway from Yea to Dixons Creek, alerting drivers of upcoming hazards. “It is time lasting repairs were made and the hazards signs taken down for good,” Ms McLeish said. Speaking in Parliament last year, Ms McLeish called on the Minister for Roads to drive the Melba Highway himself to see the deplorable condition of the highway and to ensure repairs were actioned.

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Yea junior footy scores UNDER 9 FOOTBALL The Yea Under 9’s took on Seymour for their first home game of season this week, and although short of a couple of players due to illness, the boys and girls played a fantastic game of footy for all four quarters. They had worked on specific skills at training during the week, focusing on ruck work and driving and delivering the ball into their forward line, and this hard work paid off, demonstrating great improvement in skills and resulting in great lines of play. From the first bounce, Fynn in the ruck tapped the ball to Archie who kicked forward to Angus to score the first goal. This strong start continued with a further two goals from Angus, after receiving great deliveries in the forward line from his team mates. Izzy applied a great tackle in the forward line keeping control of the ball in contest which was chased down by Angus, and passed to Austin for a kick at goal. Ashton, playing a great game in the forward line gained possession and kicked at goal to score for the Tigers. From the centre ball-up, Seymour moved the ball into their forward line, where Toby SD and Tommy applied pressure, however Seymour goaled. Toby G tapped the ball from ruck to Archie just as they had practiced, and Archie delivered the ball into the forward line to Tahlia who took a fantastic mark, then kicked on to Angus who kicked his fourth goal. After a short break, some positional changes and some direction from the coach, the Tigers burst forward for a quick goal by Toby J. Although Seymour attempted to quickly reply, strong defence by Archie in the backline saved a goal, and through great ground work by Toby J the ball moved back to the centre third. A ball up by umpire with Toby G tapping to Fynn, before Seymour gained control and delivered to their forward line to goal. Highlights of this more even quarter were a great mark by Austin, Izzy contesting the ball consistently, and Toby J assisting in a number of clearances. Half-time saw the Tigers gather their composure and listen to instructions and encouragement from their coach, before some further position changes, allowing each player to experience different positions and zones across the ground. The third quarter saw great team work with the Tigers working well together. Charlie G cleared the ball, kicking into the forward line to Archie who goaled. Toby SD was in and under the pack to get the loose balls, and Judd’s quick hands saw him gather the ball from the ground. Ashton tapped the ball to Tommy for a great ground ball get, but Seymour gained possession and kicked at goal, which was saved by Ashton in the last line of defence. Toby J burst through the centre and kicked the ball forward where Archie tried for goal, followed by Fynn making an attempt and Izzy left holding the ball ready to kick for goal as the siren sounded for the final break. Coach Al delivered an inspiring last break speech, asking his players to give 100 per cent for the final quarter. Fynn worked well in the ruck, and Austin applied a great tackle on his opposition who was called for holding the ball. Yea delivered forward for a mark and a kick into the forward line where Ollie went for goal, just missing to score a point. The ball remained in Yea’s forward line with Ashton taking possession and kicking the ball which bounced through for a goal. From the centre ball-up, Seymour moved it into their forward line to score a point. Toby G kicked the ball back into play and through quick hands, Fynn moved the ball to Charlie G, who moved it forward to Toby J who kicked a long bomb through the centre third to Fynn. The ball was moved into Yea’s forward line for a behind, and although the Tigers managed to keep the ball in their forward third, they were unable to capitalise and score a goal before the final siren. A great second game for the season with the team really demonstrating great team work and implementing the skills and drills worked on in

● Under 9: A. McGillivray, A. Garlick, T. Stuchbury-Debribcat.

● Under 13; E. Brunt and J. Purvis. training into their game this week. The game was enjoyed by all the players and spectators alike. How good is it to have footy back? Go Tigers! Awards. Marmalades best on ground player – Angus McGillivray. Just Great Coffee great player award – Ashton Garlick. Yarra Valley Gas most improved – Toby StutchburyDebrincat. - Lyndal Tait and Claire Geeson ★ UNDER 11 FOOTBALL Round two and we had our first home game, the sun was shining and the boys where ready to play. Hunter in the centre did an amazing job tapping the ball out for the rucks to grab the ball and run with it. Jackson, Jack and Benji were power of force sending the ball towards the tigers goals. Unfortunately on the day Seymour were too strong and won the game Awards. Marmalades best on ground player – Benji Dredge and Angus McGillivray. Yarra Valley Gas most improved – Fynn Wallace - Belinda Johnson ★ UNDER 13 FOOTBALL The Yea Tigers Under 13's played a tough game at home getting defeated by Seymour. Yea 3.2 (20) were defeated by Seymour 11.6 (72). Max Papadopoulos, Edison Waghorn and Tander Fairchild all kicked ONE goal each. Next week we take on St Mary's at Seymour. Awards. Marmalades best on ground player – Emeli Brunt. Yarra Valley Gas most improved – Jack Purvis - Nick Fisher ★ UNDER 15 FOOTBALL The Yea Tigers Under15s knew they would have a challenge on their hands coming up against a top age formidable opponent in the undefeated Healesville Red side. From the opening bounce the Reds team work and balls skills were evident and their first goal of many was on the scoreboard in moments. Coach Papa wasn't disheartened throughout the game as the focus of the boys was sticking with their player which they did throughout and he posted on social media following the game "Awesome team effort by the boys. Tough competition but they showed great determination and never gave up. The challenges of this new league is is something these boys will learn greatly from and set them up for years to come with their footy. Healesville 18.12 (120) def Yea 1.1 (7) Goalkickers: B. Birchall Awards. Marmalades best on ground player – Josh Porter. Yarra Valley Gas most improved – Jack Kenney - Deb Schickerling

Local Briefs Timber transition

■ Yarra Ranges Council is pleased by the State Government’s announcement of up to $500,000 in grant funding to support the Upper Yarra communities affected by the timber industry’s transition out of Victorian public forests. The grant is part of the State Government’s Local Development Strategy grant program. In 2019, the State Government announced a plan to phase out native forest harvesting in Victorian public forests by 2030, with $200 million pledged to help support the transition of workers, communities and businesses affected by the move over the coming years. The funding will enable the development of a strategy with Powelltown, Yarra Junction and Warburton communities to support them through the transition, create jobs and lead to long-term economic and social benefits for the towns impacted. Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Jim Child, said that it was important to recognise the substantial history that the timber industry has in the Upper Yarra. “With over a 100-year history, this transition is profound and will affect families in the Upper Yarra who have ties with the timber industry, some of which go back four or five generations,” Cr Child said. “Council’s role and focus is to support the community through this transition as best we can. “The funding will provide for the establishment of a volunteer committee, made up of members from Powelltown, Yarra Junction and Warburton to assist in developing a strategy moving forward. “This committee will essentially lead this initiative and generate ideas to provide jobs and great outcomes for the Upper Yarra community. “The funding also supports the appointment of a Project Manager and administration resources to oversee the project, run studies and comprehensive engagement with the communities throughout the development of the strategy.”

M’dindi conflict

■ Murrindindi Shire’s Cr Joh Walsh last week declared a material conflict of interest in an item regarding an amendment to an application for 3 Back Eildon Rd, Thornton, due to his wife being an Executive Member of a Committee which receives sponsorship from the applicant.

S. Morang survey

■ Whittlesea City Council is still looking for comment about the improvements people would like to see at the Gorge Rd shopping precinct in South Morang. The Council is extending the opportunity for residents to share their ideas until Sunday (May 8). Residents and business owners are invited to shape the future of the Gorge Rd shopping precinct as part of the Council’s plan to upgrade the streetscape with new spaces to connect, updated visitor parking and improved access to local businesses. Many locals have already shared their ideas with suggestions ranging from more outdoor dining opportunities and furniture to a safer separation between traffic and the shops. gorgeroad

Nappies cashback

■ Strathbogie Shire Council residents can access a one-off reimbursement to cover half the costs of cloth nappies and associated accessories during a six-month trial period. The Cloth Nappy Reimbursement Program was created to encourage local families to reduce waste produced by disposable nappies. Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Laura Binks explained why cloth nappies were a better alternative for the environment. “Disposable Nappies currently make up around 10 per cent of Australia’s waste going to landfill,” Cr Binks said.

Your Stars with Kerry Kulkens ARIES: (March 21- April 20) Lucky Colour: Green Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: It may be difficult to keep peace on the domestic scene, try harder with loved ones. You will find it pays to be careful with detail however minor it may seem. TAURUS: (April 21- May 20) Lucky Colour: Violet Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: Keep all your affairs in perspective and be careful not to exaggerate any minor events. Pursuit of pleasure may seem all important and this attitude could get out of hand at times. GEMINI: (May 21- June 21) Lucky Colour: Yellow Lucky Day: Wednesday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: The unattached could form romantic links during this period and some could come close to gaining their wishes or dreams. Don’t rely heavily on your own judgement in career decision making get advice from the experts. CANCER: (June 22- July 22) Lucky Colour: Peach Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: Take things as they come, elaborate planning may be a waste of energy. Could be a successful period career wise and effort you made in the past could now pay off. LEO: (July 23- August 22) Lucky Colour: Cream Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: Don’t volunteer advice unless asked to do so, your ideas might not go down well. Could be some unpredictable patches, just go along quietly and don’t let anything worry you, some very good luck ahead. VIRGO: (August 23- September 23) Lucky Colour: White Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: Meet your loved ones halfway and there shouldn’t be too much to worry about. Financial ventures need extra care, don’t be in a hurry to part with any money. LIBRA: (September 24- October 23) Lucky Colour: red Lucky Day: Friday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: The need to be making money or conserving what you have should be very important. Self deception could interfere in any decision making so try to deal in facts only. SCORPIO: (October 24- November 22) Lucky Colour: Orange Lucky Day: Saturday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: Many will be making a long standing relationship into a permanent basis. If you are feeling unsettled or disappointed over something stay cool calm and collected something better is coming along. SAGITTARIUS: (November 23- December 20) Lucky Colour: Blue Lucky Day: Wednesday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: An excellent period for affairs of the heart and social activities. As long as you aren’t expecting and exciting financial developments this is a good time to catch up with things. CAPRICORN: (December 21- January 19) Lucky Colour: Cream Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: A period to get on with the things that have been waiting for your attention, keep your priorities in order as mistakes can occur if instructions aren’t clarified. For some new career opportunities. AQUARIUS: (January 20- February 19) Lucky Colour: Blue Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: A good time to catch up with the unfinished chores. Not wise to upset any existing household arrangements. The unpredictable could surprise and will be luck for most. Many could relocate to far away places. PISCES: (February 20- March 20) Lucky Colour: Green Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: This period may not be loaded with excitement but it could be right for checking and balancing your budget. Something unpredictable could shatter you completely but stay flexible and you’ll cope easily.


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Around the grounds across Victoria ■ Eastern Football League. Premier Division Seniors. Park Orchards 15.10 (100) d Balwyn 13.12 (90). Rowville 19.21 (135) d North Ringwood 8.7 (55). Vermont 13.14 (92) d Norwood 12.10 (82). Doncaster East 11.21 (87) d Doncaster 6.7 (43). Noble Park 14.13 (97) d Berwick 6.7 (43). South Croydon 17.10 (112) d Blackburn 12.10 (82). Division 1 Seniors. East Ringwood 9.5 (59) d Croydon 6.10 (46). Mooroolbark 15.14 (104) d Montrose 13.11 (89). Beaconsfield 14.4 (88) d Bayswater 6.14 (50). Wantirna South 15.12 (102) d Upper Ferntree Gully 10.4 (64). Lilydale 10.17 (77) d Mitcham 13.10 (88). Division 2 Seniors. Ringwood 9.6 (60) d Heathmont 7.5 (47). Boronia 10.7 (67) d The Basin 9.13 (67). East Burwood 13.15 (93) d Mulgrave 11.15 (81). Knox 16.209 (116) d Oakleigh District 9.7 (61). South Belgrave 10.19 (79) d Templestowe 5.4 (34). Division 3 Seniors. Glen Waberley 7.14 (56) d Ferntree Gully 7.8 (50). Whitehorse Pioneers 13.12 (90) d Coldstream 10.10 (70). Warrandyte 10.14 (74) d Donvale 10.6 (66). Waverley Blues 11.17 (83) d Fairpark 6.9 (45). Scoresby: Bye. Division 4 Seniors. Silvan 18.21 (129) d Chirnside Park 8.9 (57). Kilsyth 17.13 (115) d Nunawading 14.9 (93). Surrey Park 9.15 (69) d Forest Hill 4.9 (33). Croydon North MLOC: Bye. Premier Division Reserves. Balwyn 12.12 (84) d Berwicj 4.2 (26). Park Orchards 14.10 (94) d South Croydon 5.10 (40). Rowville 12.10 (82) d Norwood 3.4 (22). Noble Park 5.12 (32) d Vermont 5.7 (37). Doncaster East 7.14 (58) d North Ringwood 3.9 (27). Blackburn 26.11 (167) d Doncaster 5.2 (32). Division 1 Reserves. Mitcham 14.12 (96) d Bayswater 5.5 (35). East Ringwood 6.6 (42) d Beaconsfield 4.8 (32). Mooroolbark 9.11 (65) d Lilydale 7.7 (49). Montrose 16.11 (107) d Upper Ferntree Gully 7.0 (42). Wantirna South 9.8 (62) d Croydon 6.7 (43). Division 2 Reserves. Ringwood 26.11 (167) d Oakleigh District 0.3 (3). Knox 10.5 (65) d Templestowe 0.6 (6). East Burwood 12.7 (79) d Boronia 5.5 (35). Mulgrave 14.10 (94) d Heathmont 6.7 (43). The Basin 18.9 (117) d South Belgrave 6.5 (41). Division 3 Reserves. Glen Waverlkey 17.12 (114) d Coldstream 0.2 (2). Donvale 17.18 (120) d Fairpark 1.7 (13). Waverley Blues 14.17 (101) d Scoresby 7.6 (48). Warrandyte 13.7 (85) d Ferntree Gully 6.3 (39). Whitehorse Pioneers: Bye. Division 4 Reserves. Surrey Park 17.14 (116) d Silvan 2.7 (19). Forest Hill 12.22 (94) d Nunawading 2.6 (18). Croydon North MLOC 12.8 (80) d Kilsyth 1.2 (8). Premier Division Under 19.5. Berwick 11.8 (74) d Balwyn 7.10 (52). Park Orchards 10.7 (67) d Waverlkey Blues 7.8 (50). Vermont 11.9 (75) v Noble Park 4.7 (31). Doncaster East 10.8 (68) d North Ringwood 7.7 (49). Rowville 8.11 (59) d Blackburn 7.10 (52). Division 1 Under 19.5. East Ringwood Blue 7.5 (47) d Beaconsfield 3.7 (25). Mitcham 10.9 (69) d Bayswater 1.8 (14). Lilydale 12.12 (84) d Mooroolbark 8.9 (57). Montrose 17.8 (110) d Upper Ferntree Gully 4.3 (27). Wantirna South Green 12.7 (79) d Croydon 8.2 (50). ■ Essendon District Football League. Premier Division Seniors. Aberfeldie 16.12 (108) d Keilor 8.8 (56). Pascoe Vale 8.12 (60) d Greenvale 4.9 (33). East Keilor 10.9 (69) d Strathmore 8.8 (56). Maribyrnong Parkm 11.14 (80) d Glenroy 11.13 (79). Essendon Doutta Stars 17.15 (117) d Avondale Heights 9.5 (59). Division 1 Seniors. Craigieburn 24.10 (154) d Sunbury Kangaroos 7.11 (53). Tullamarine 11.6 (72) d West Coburh 9.13 (67). Airport West 21.20 (146) d Moonee Valley 9.2 (56). Rupertswood 14.21 (105) d Hillside 13.6 (84). Roxburgh Park 13.5 (83) d Westmeadows 9.14 (68). Division 2 Seniors. Burnside Heights 8.14 (62) d Northern Saints 8.12 (60). Hadfield 14.12 (96) d Coburg Districts 3.8 (26). Oak Park 20.14 (134) d Taylors Lakes 8.5 (53). Keilor Park 38.19 (247) d Jacana 1.1 (7).

Premier Division Reserves. Keilor 15.16 (106) d Aberfeldie 8.4 (52). Greenvale 6.7 (43) d Pascoe Vale 4.1 (25). Strathmore 15.17 (107) d East Keilor 5.5 (35). Maribyrnong Park 17.19 (121) d Glenroy 4.l4 (28). Essendon Doutta Stars 18.5 (113) d Avondale Heights 3.4 (22). Division 1 Reserves. Craigieburn 7.10 (52) d Sunbury Kangaroos 5.14 (44). West Coburg 13.15 (93) d Tullamarine 11.8 (74). Airport West 10.16 (76) d Moonee Valley 3.2 (20). Rupertswood 5.8 (38) d Hillside 5.16 (46). Westmeadows 24.19 (163) d Roxburgh Park 3.2 (20). Division 2 Reserves. Northern Saints 39.20 (154) d Burnside Heights 3.1 (19). Coburg Districts 23.14 (152) d Hadfield 4.4 (28). Oak Park 14.12 (96) d Taylors Lakes 7.9 (51). Keilor Park: Bye. Premier Division Under 18.5. Aberfeldie 1 7.8 (50) drew with Keilor 6.14 (50). Maribyrnong Park 1 11.11 (77) d Greenvale 1 5.5 (35). Pascoe Vale 11.11 (77) d Essendon Doutta Stars 2.2 (14). Strathmore 1: Bye. Division 1 Under 18.5. Sunbury Kangaroos 5.11 (41) d Craigieburn 4.11 (35). Hillside 1 7.7 (49) d Rupertswood 4.3 (27). West Coburg 11.15 (81) d Airport West 10.6 (66). Moonee Valley-Avondale Heights 7.9 (51) d Westmeadows 7.6 (48). Division 2 Under 18.5. Greenvale 2 9.3 (57) d Hillside 2 4.8 (32). Oak Park 19.18 (132) d Taylors Lakes 2.0 (12). Strathmore 2 15.8 (98) d Aberfeldie 2 7.4 (46). Maribyrnong 2 7.8 (50) d Keilor Park 3.5 (23). Northern Saints: Bye. Coburg Districts: Bye. Thirds. Airport West 19.24 (138) d Craigieburn 5.2 (32). Keilor Park (Green) 9.11 (65) d Greenvale 1.4 (10). Hillside 3.10 (28) d Maribyrnong Park 1.4 (10). Keilor 21.16 (142) d Sunbury Kangaroos 0.0 (0). Keilor Park (Orange) v Aberfeldie. Glenroy 3.15 (33) d Tullamarine 3.4 (22). Northern Saints: Bye. ■ Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League. Division 1 Seniors. Frankston Bombers 10.14 (74) d Pines 7.9 (51). Bonbeach 15.13 (103) d Sorrento 9.9 (63). Dromana 15.12 (102) d Edithvale-Aspendale 11.7 (73). Frankston YCW 8.13 (61) d Red Hill 5.7 (37). Mt Eliza 12.8 (80) d Rosebud 6.2 (38). Division 2 Seniors. Chelsea 18.14 (122)) d Hastings 4.7 (31). Somerville 16.20 (116) d Tyabb 4.2 (26). Langwarrin v Crib Point. Karingal 10.15 (75) d Pearcedale 9.11 (65). Seaford 10.13 (73) d Mornington 7.18 (60). Rye v Devon Meadows. Division 1 Reserves. Pines 8.13 (60) d Frankston Bombers 9.4 (58). Sorrento 6.11 (47) d Bonveach 6.9 (45). Edithvale-Aspendale 14.7 (91) d Dromana 4.6 (30). Frankston YCW 4.12 (36) d Red Hill 5.4 (34). Mt Eliza 20.10 (130) d Rosebud 1.0 (6). Division 2 Reserves. Chelsea 7.7 (49) d Hastings 5.4 (34). Somerville 15.22 (112) d Tyabb 1.4 (10). Karingal 7.15 (57) d Pearcedale 4.3 (27). Seaford 7.3 (45) d Mornington 4.10 (34). Devon Meadows 6.6 (42) d Rye 6.16 (52)). Division 1 Under 19. Frankston Bombers 13.12 (90) d Pines 2.3 (15). Sorrento v Bonbeach. Dromana 7.11 (53) d EdithvaleAspendale 6.6 (42). Frankston YCW 16.10 (108) d Red Hill 0.4 (4). Mt Eliza 20.20 (140) d Rosebued 3.0 (18). Division 2 Under 19. Seaford 6.8 (44) d Mornington 2.2 (14). Rye 13.8 (86) d Devon Meadows 9.4 (58). ■ Northern Football Netball League. Division 1 Seniors. Bundoora 20.14 (134) d Husrtbridge 10.15 (75). Northcote Park 9.7 (61) d Macleod 8.9 (57). Greensborough 11.16 (82) d Montmorency 9.15 (69). West PrestonLakeside 10.3 (63)) d North Heidelberg 8.13 (61). Heidelberg 24.23 (167) d Whittlesea 3.7 (25). Division 1 Reserves. Bundoora 14.12 (96) d Hurstbridge 5.4 (34). Macleod 14.17 (101)) d Northcote Park 8.7 (55). Montmorency 13.17 (95) d Greensborough 5.4 (34)). West Preston-Lakeside 17.13 (115) d North Heid-elberg 7.8 (50). Heidelberg 18.17 (125)) d Whittlesea 5.4 (34). Division 2 Seniors. Lower Plenty 11.21 (87) d Banyule 8.8 (56). Eltham 21.11 (137)

d Watsonia 9.7 (61). Diamond Creek 18.19 (127) d Epping 0.6 (6). Thomawstown 16.22 (118) d Fitzroy Stars 2.3 (15). St Marys 9.10 (64)) d Panton Hill 6.10 (46). Division 2 Reserves. Banyule 15.9 (99) d Lower Plenty 8.4 (52)). Eltham 18.10 (118) d Watsonia 2.5 (17). Diamond Creek 17.16 (118) d Epping 0.1 (1). Thomastown 18.16 (124) d Fitzroy Stars 3.4 (22). St Mary’s 18.20 (128) d Panton Hill 1.4 (10). Division 3 Seniors. South Morang 21.19 (205) d Reservoir 0.0 (0). Old Eltham Collegians 5.15 (45) d Laurimar 6.6 (42). Kilmore 8.6 (54) d Heidelberg West 5.13 (43). Mernda 21.24 (150) d Lalor 3.2 (20). Division 3 Reserves. Reservoir v South Morang. Laurimar 8.8 (56) d Old Eltham Collegians 4.7 (31). Kilmore 10.6 (66) d Heidelberg West 2.6 (18). Mernda 27.22 (184) d Lalor 4.3 (27). ■ Outer Eastern. Premier League Seniors. Narre Warren 16.9 (105) d Wandin 6.10 (46). Monbulk 13.16 (94) d Mt Evbelyn 12.8 (80). Woori Yallock 13.13 (91) d Upwey Tecoma 10.11 (71). Pakenham 13.12 (90) d Olinda Ferny Creek 12.17 (89). Officer: Bye. Premier League Reserves. Narre Warren 8.19 (67) d Wandin 3.4 (22). Mt Evelyn 17.7 (109) d Monbulk 6.3 (39). UpweyTecoma 17.15 (117) d Woori Yallock 0.1 (1)). Pakenham 13.8 (86) d Olinda-Ferny Creek 7.14 (56). Officer: Bye. Division 1 Seniors. Yarra Glen 9.20 (74) d Belgrave 8.10 (58). Emerald 12.12 (84) d Berwick Springs 4.18 (42). Seville 21.10 (136) d Gembrook-Cockatoo 8.13 (61). Healesville: Bye. Division 1 Reserves. Belgrave 15.7 (97) d Yarra glen 8.6 (54). Berwick Ranges 8.11 (59) d Emerald 5.5 (35). Seville 19.8 (122)d Gembrook-Cockatoo 5.8 (38). Division 2 Seniors. Alexandra 18.7 (115) d Yarra junction 13.11 (89). Kinglake 17.7 (109) d Warburton-Millgrove 11.12 (78). Powelltown: Bye. Broadford-Yea: Bye. Division 2 Reserves. Alexandra 8.11 (59)) d Yarra Junction 6.6 (42). WarburtonMillgrove 7.12 (54) d Kingalke 7.4 (46). Powerlltown: Bye. Broadford-Yea: Bye. Under 19 Boys. Healesville 9.7 (61) d Upwey-Tecoma 6.7 (43)). Emerald 4.12 (36) d Officer 3.5 (23). Monbulk 11.15 (81) d Mt Evelyn 3.4 (22). Pakenham 8.5 (53) d OlindaFerny Creek 6.11 (47). Narre Warren: Bye. Under 18 Boys. Kinglake 16.6 (102) d Warburton 11.6 (72). Seville 100.8 (68) d Alexandra 9.8 (62). Womens. Upwey-Tecoma 13.12 (90)) d Yarra Junction 1.0 (6). Healesville 20.21 (141)) d Thornton-Eildon 0.2 (2). Monbulk 4.11 (35) d Seville 1.2 (8). Yarra Glen v Belgrave.Olinda 9.6 (60) d Pakenham 4.6 (30). ■ Southern Football League. Division 1 Seniors. Mordialloc 7.9 (51) d Springvale Districts 6.12 (48)). Cheltenham 13.10 (88) d St Paul’s McKinnon 11.7 (73)). Cranbourne Eagles 14.13 (97) d East Malvern 4.8 (32)0. St Kilda City 13.7 (85)) d Dingley 12.8 (800). Port Melbourne Colts 100.10 (70) d Bentleigh 6.13 (49). Division 1 Reserves. Springvale Districts 18.10 (118) d Mordialloc 0.2 (2)0. Cheltenham 8.6 (54)) d St Paul’s McKinnon 4.6 (30). Cranbourne Eagles 9.5 (59)d Malvern 4.5 (29). Dingley 21.11 (137) d St Kilda City 3.3 (21). Bentleigh v Port Melbourne Colts. Division 2 Seniors. Chelsea Heights 9.10 (64)) d Highett 9.8 (62)0. Hampton Park 16.9 (105) d Skye 8.17 (65). Kesybroough 16.12 (108) d Heatherton 6.6 (42). Doveton Doves 13.11 (89) d East Brighton 8.9 (57). Division 2 Reserves. Chelsea Heights 17.10 (112) d Highett 3.5 (23). Hampton Park 14.9 (93) d Skye 3.8 (26)0. Keysborough 13.14 (92) d Heatherton 3.1 (19)). Doveton Doves 7.2 (44) d East Brighton 4.5 (29). Division 3 Seniors. Murrumbeena 10.11 (71) d Ashwood 8.13 (61). Black Rock 29.12 (186) d South Yarra 8.10 (58). Carrum Patterson Lakes 9.13 (67) d Clayton 3.10 (28). Narre South Saints 10.12 (72) d Endeavour Hills 4.8 (32). Division 3 Reserves. Ashwood 12.15 (87) d Murrumbeena 6.4 (40). Black Rock 12.15 (87) d South Yarra 8.9 (57). Carrum

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Patterson Lakes 16.11 (107) d Clayton 3.7 (25). Endeavour Hills 15.7 (97) d d Narre South Saints 2.6 (18). Division 4 Seniors. Lyndale 8.8 (56) d Cerberus 7.11 (53). South Mornington 12.12 (84)0 d Dandenong 4.13 (37). Hallam 12.16 (88) d Moorabbin Kangaroos 5.2 (32). Frankston Dolphinbs 14.14 (98) d Lyndhurst 8.7 (55). Hampton 12.12 (984) d Doveton Eagles 7.8 (50). Division 4 Reserves. Lyndale 11.3 (79) d Cerberus 11.13 (71). Dandenong 11.12 (78) d Mornington 6.5 (41)). Hallam 15.18 (108) d Moorabbin Kangaroos 1.5 (11). Frankston Dolphins 9.13 (67) d Lyndhurst 5.9 (39). Doveton Eagles: Bye. ■ Western Region Football League. Division 1 Seniors. Caroline Springs 8.12 (60) d Alrona 7.6 (48). Hoppers crossing 15.10 (10) d Deer Park 5.6 (46). Sunshine 17.9 (111) d St Albans 13.9 (87). Werribee Districts 15.16 (1006) d Sportswood 11.5 (71). Point Cook 11.13 (79) d Yarraville Seddon Eagles 9.9 (63). Division 1 Reserves. Altona 7.7 (49) d Caroline Springs 7.4 (46). Deer Park 8.11 (59) d Hoppers Crossing 8.6 (54). St Albans 10.12 (72) d Sunshine 7.7 (49). Werribee Districts14.19 (103) d Spotswood 3.6 (24). Point Cook 8.10 (58) d Yarraville Seddon Eagles 6.3 (39). Division 2 Seniors. Wyndhamvale 17.14 (116) d Albion 7.7 (49).Glen Orden 15.12 (102) d West Footscray 4.7 (31). Point Cook Centrals 23.14 (152) d Newport 9.16 (70). Parkside 12.13 (85) d North Footscray 5.10 (40). Division 2 Reserves. Albion 11.,8 (74) d Wyndhamvale 6.8 (44). Glen Orden 14.13 (97) d West Footscray 5.7 (37). Point Cook Centrals 8.6 (54) d Newport 6.12 (48). Parkside 11.12 (78) d North Footscray 7.4 (46). Division 3 Seniors. Albanvale 15.11 (101) d Braybrook 14.9 (93)). Sunshine Heights 25.16 (166) d Laverton 4.5 (29). Tarneit 15.13 (103)) d North Sunshine 2.6 (18). Suns: Bye. Division 3 Reserves. Albanvale 18.8 (116)d Braybrook 3.4 (22). Sunshine Heights 19.18 (132) d Laverton 2.1 (13). Tarneit 13.6 (84) d North Sunshine 9.11 (65). Suns: Bye. ★ COUNTRY LEAGUES ■ Goulburn Valley Football League Seniors. Kyabram 18.9 (117) d Benalla 3.4 (22)). Rochester 16.18 (114) d Shepparton United 11.6 (72). Echuca 17.12 (114) d Mansfield 7.4 (46). Euroa 19.6 (120) d Shepparton Swans 7.3 (45). Mooroopna 13.8 (96) d Seymour 7.1 (43)). Shepparton 17.15 (117) d Tatura 8.4 (52). Reserves. Echuca v Kyabram. Rochester 22.10 (142) d Shepparton United 7.4 (46). Echuca 11.6 (72) d Mansfield 6.9 (45). Euroa 28.16 (184) d Shepparton Swans 2.0 (12). Seymour 16.18 (114) d Mooroopna 3.2 (20). Shepparton 7.13 (55) d Tatura 7.9 (51). Under 18. Kyabram 17.20 (122) d Benalla 5.1 (31)). Shepparton United 20.13 (133) d Rochester 8.2 (50). Echuca 18.10 (118) d Mansfield 6.7 (43)0. Shepparton Swans 25.18 (168) d Euroa 2.1 (13). Mooroopna 12.10 (82) d Seymour 8.4 (52). Shepparton 24.28 (172) d Tatura 0.0 (0). ■ Kyabram District Football League Seniors. Avenel 22.17 (149)0 d Undera 3.8 (26). Merrigum v Violet Town. Murchison v Dookie United. Stanhope 10.7 (67) d Nagambie 6.12 (48). Shepparton East 137 d Girgarre 15.9 (99). Lancaster 46.28 (304) d Longwood 0.2 (2). Tallygaroopna v Rushworth. Reserves. Avenel v Undera. Violet Town 9.7 (61) d Merrigum 7.2 (44). MurchisonToolamba v Dookie United. Stanhope 6.15 (51) d Nagambie 1.4 (10). Shepparton East 101 d Girgarre 3.4 (22). Lancaster 12.19 (91) d longwood 6.5 (41). Tallygaroopna v Rushworth. Under 18. Avevel v Shepparton East: Cancelled. Merrigum v Violet Town: Cancelled. Merrigum v Violet Town: Cancelled. MurchisonToolama v Dookie United: Cancelled. Nagambie 10.7 (67) d Stanhope 1.7 (13). Lancaster 22.17 (149) d Longwood 26. Undera v Girgarre. Tallygaroopna v Rushworth. ■ Riddell District Football League Seniors. Romsey 14.6 (90) d Diggers Rest 14.7 (91). Woodend-Hesket 9.15 (69) d Melton Centrals 10.8 (68)). Wallan 15.11 (101)) d Riddell 7.6 (48). Wallan 15.11 (101) d

■ Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman in Croydon North on Saturday night (Apr. 30). Emergency services were called to an address in Patrick Ave about 10.15pm after reports of an assault. Paramedics worked on a woman found with critical injuries. The woman died at the scene. A 40-year-old Croydon North man is assisting police with their enquiries.

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● Outer Eastern: Alexandra does battle in the ruck against Yarra Junction. Photo: Alexandra Rebels/Facebook. Riddell 7.6 (48). Lancefield 15.10 (100) d d Old Mentonians 5.5 (35). UHS-VU: Bye. Western Rams 3.5 (23). Macedon: Bye. Division 1 Men’s. Glen Eira 26.17 (173) Reserves. Diggers rest v Romsey. Wood- d St Mary’s Salesian 6.5 (41). PEGS 13.15 end-Hesket 3.8 (38) d Melton Centrals 3.109 (93) d Old Camberwell Grammarians 3.8 (26)). (28). Wallan 6.11 (47) d Riddell 6.5 (41). Prahran Assumption 11.15 (81) d Whitefriars Lancefield 13.10 (88) d Western Rams 3.8 9.6 (60). Kew 14.21 (105) d Peninsula OB (26). Macedon: Bye. 4.6 (30). Oakleigh 16.11 (107) d Thierry Under 19.5. Macedon 9.11 (65) d Penola 10.11 (71). Gisborne Giants 2.4 (16). Woodend-Hesket Division 1 Reserve Men’s. Glen Eira 9.14 (68) d Romsey 7.12 (54). Riddell 4.12 18.100 (118)) d St Mary’s Salesian 8.4 (52). (36) d Wallan 2.11 (23). Old Camberwell Grammarians 7.11 (53) d ★ PEGS 4.9 (33). Prahran Assumption 11.12 (78) AMATEURS d Whitefriars 10.4 (64). Kew v Peninsula OB. Pemier Men’s. Old Scotch 12.11 (83)) d Oakleigh 17.14 (116) d Thierry Penola 1.9 Old Brighton 11.10 (76)). Old Trinity 9.7 (61) (15). s University Blues 8.8 (56). Old Melburnians Division 2 Men’s. Brunswick 13.15 (93) 10.12 (72) d St Bernards 5.8 (38). Caulfield d Old Paradians 8.6 (53)). Manningham CoGrammarians 11.7 (73) d Old Xavierians 7.11 bras 9.14 (68) d Yarra Old Grammarians 4.11 (53). St Kevin’s OB 12.9 (81) d Collegians (35). West Brunswick 12.14 (86) d Bulleen9.6 (60). Templestowe 11.5 (71). Ivanhoe 21.18 (144) Premier Men’s Reserves. Old Scotch d Power House 4.8 (32). MHSOB 21.17 (143) 13.8 (86) d Old brighton 5.6 (36). University d Aquinas 8.5 (33). Blues 7.13 (55) d Old Trinity 8.5 (53). St BerDivision 2 Men’s Reserves. Brunswick nards 9.7 (61) d old Melburnians 8.10 (58). 14.14 (98) d Old Paradians 2.9 (21). Yarra Old Xavierians 16.14 (110) d Caulfield Gram- old Grammarians 14.5 (89)) d Manningham marians 1.7 (13). St Kevin’s OB 9.15 (69)) d Cobras 11.4 (70). West Brunswick 35.22 Collegians 4.3 (27). (232)0 d Bulleen Templestowe 1.0 (6). Ivanhoe Premier B Men’s. St Bedes-Mentone ti- 11.5 (71) d Power House 5.5 (35). MHSOB gers 20.15 (135) d Old Carey 7.10 (52). Old 14.13 (97) d Aquinas 6.7 (43). Haileybury 13.14 (92) d Williamstown CYMS Division 3 Men’s. North Brunswick 7.8 6.11 (47). University Blacks 14.16 (100) d (50) d Emmaus St Leos 6.9 (45)). Richmond Beaumaris 3.8 (26). De La Salle 13.9 (87) d Central 21.29 (148) d Westbourne GrammarAJAX 10.9 (69). Fitzroy: Bye. ians 6.5 (41). Parkside 13.12 (900) d HawPremier B Reserve Men’s. Old Carey 7.5 thorn 8.6 (54). South Melbourne Districts (47) d St Bedes-Mentone Tigers 5.14 (44). 14.14 (98) d Canterbury 9.12 (66). Old Haileybury 11.11 (77) d Williamstown Elsternwick: Bye. CYMS 10.11 (71). University Blacks 24.9 Division 3 Men’s Reserves. Emmaus St (153)) d Beaumaris 1.0 (6). De La Salle 17.11 Leos 7.15 (57) d North Brunswick 7.7 (49). (113) d AJAX 5.6 (36). Fitzroy: Bye. Richmond Central v Westbourne Grammarians. Premier C Men’s. Mazenod 20.24 (144) Parkside 13.12 (90) d Hawthorn 2.5 (17). d Preston Bullants 3.3 (21). Old Geelong 16.10 South Melbourne Districts 9.12 (66) d Canter(1006) d Old Ivanhoe 9.12 (66). Marcellin bury 7.9 (51). Elsternwick: Bye. 11.12 (78) d Ormond 7.15 (57). Hampton Division 4 Men’s. St John’s 14.11 (95) d Rovers 20.8 (128) d Monash Blues 9.11 (65). Masada 6.8 (44). Swiburne University 12.20 Old Mentonians 10.8 (68) d Parkdale Vultures (92) d Eley Park 11.5 (71). La Trobe University 8.12 (60). UHS-VU: Bye. 15.6 (96) d Albert Park 8.7 (55). Box Hill Premier C Reserve Men’s. Mazenod v North: Bye. Preston Bullants. Old Geelong 11.6 (72) d Old Division 4 Men’s Reserve. Masada 8.6 Ivanhoe 7.1 (45). Ormond 8.7 (55) d Marfcellin (54) d St John’s 5.15 (45). Swinburne Univer7.8 (50). Monash Blues 7.10 (52) d Hampton sity v Eley Park. La Trobe University 10.11 (71) Rovers 4.4 (28). Parkdale Vultures 8.12 (60) d Albert Park 9.6 (60). Box Hill North: Bye.

● Police want to speak with this man. ■ Port Philip Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for public assistance following an aggravated burglary in South Melbourne. It is understood a man entered a property on Coventry St about 2.40am on Thursday, March 24 whilst the occupants were asleep. Detectives have been told a male victim woke to find the offender and escorted him out of the building. The offender then fled the scene and there were no injuries. The man is described as Caucasian, in his 40s with short brown hair.

North: drug raid

■ Echo Taskforce detectives have arrested two people and seized an imitation AK47 rifle as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking linked to the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang. Police carried out searches at two residential addresses in Reservoir and Glenroy early on Thursday morning (Apr. 28). The imitation AK47 assault rifle was seized, alongside quantities of various drugs, including human growth steroids and cocaine, a quantity of cash and drug paraphernalia. A 42-year-old Reservoir man, who is a chapter president of the Hells Angels, was charged with possess drug of dependence, commit indictable offence whilst on bail and two counts of contravene conduct condition of bail. He was bailed to face Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on August 23. A 44-year-old Glenroy woman, an associate of the Hells Angels, was charged with traffick drug of dependence, possess proceeds of crime, possess imitation firearm and possess drug of dependence. She was bailed to appear at Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on October 11. The investigation remains ongoing. Acting Deputy Commissioner, Bob Hill, said: “This is yet another arrest linked to serious and organised crime groups operating in this state and demonstrates Victoria Police’s unrelenting commitment to target the evil activities of these criminals. “The seizures highlight the significant nature of the offending hence why we will continue to work tirelessly to put a stop to the harm these people are causing in our community. The Hells Angels is a group well known for violent offending.”


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Election Updates Nominated twice

■ Federal Election candidate Malcom Heffernan hqas been wiped as a nominee in two seats: Banks (NSW) and Brand (WA). Mr Heffernan’s nomination for two electoral divisions was in contravention of the Electoral Act, said a representative of the Australian Electoral Commission. “Each nomination form had a signed declaration that the candidate did not intend to be a candidate in any other election held the same day,” noted an AEC statement. “The two nominations were for two separate political parties – Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Banks) and the Australian Federation Party (Brand). “Each nomination form had differences in the listed information - including a different date of birth, and a different expression of the candidate's name. “Given these declarations are false the AEC has now referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police for investigation as to whether a crime has been committed under section 136 and/or 137 of the Criminal Code. “We have notified Mr Heffernan and both registered political parties regarding this referral. “Contravention of section 165 of the Electoral Act renders Mr Heffernan incapable of being elected. However, candidate nominations for the Divisions of Banks and Brand must remain as they were formally declared on April 22. Ballot papers have been printed and some postal voters have already received their postal voting packs,” the AEC said. Candidates for the Federal Election were formally declared at public events on April 22.


Senate vote important ■ Kammy Cordner Hunt, Fusion Party candidate for the Senate, is urging voters to carefully consider their Upper House vote. The Federal Election selects House of Representatives members, and Senators. “The two houses are separate, and both ‘houses’ are equally important as each other in politics, as policy can’t be passed unless it is passed by both houses,” said Mr Cordner Hunt. “It has always been said that the Senate provides the “checks and balances” to good legislation being introduced. “Generally speaking, the average voter arrives at the ballot box somewhat aware of who their local Rep candidates are, but are quite unprepared for the Senate vote, giving it almost no thought until a length of white paper is thrust into their hands. “Yet the Senate vote is just as significant as the electorate vote – if not more so, as you are about to discover. That means that we all have a responsibility to our democracy to inform ourselves of how we want to vote in the senate as well. “While the personalities in the contest for the electorate get lots of media exposure, the Senate candidates get zero coverage from the media during election campaigns. The subject is completely abandoned,” Ms Cordner Hunt said.

● Kammy Cordner Hunt

Disbelief at preferences

No more secrets

■ Lead Senate candidate for the Fusion Party, Kammy Cordner Hunt, says that Upper House voting used to be “1 above the line” (or 1 to 90-ish below) for the voter to show their choice. “That resulted in ‘secret preference deals’ and ‘preference whispering’ with sometimes outlandish results,” Ms Cordner Hunt said. “So it has been changed to 6 (at least) above the line or 1 to 12 (at least) below. “There are now no more secrets about deals and preferences. “That has been eliminated. You, the voter, make those decisions yourself by putting 6 or more numbers above the line. “There are 12 senators in each state, including Victoria, who get voted in for two years. Six years! So we want them to be the right people. “Every three years half of those 12 (ie 6) come up for re-election, the other half next election. “Some senators have never actually even been elected. If a party member in the Senate retires, the party can put whoever they like in their place. “Senators are often given Ministerial roles and play a big role in policy and the directions our country takes. “This means unelected people can have a power like this. Amanda Stoker, the current Minister for Women, got into the Senate in this way. Still only in her 30s, she has had three ministerial roles in parliament since being given the seat four years ago. She also has fairly extreme Christian views. “Bridget McKenzie has upset a lot of Australians over the last few years with her ‘Sports Rorts’ scandals and more recently her ‘missing-in-action’ scandal as the emergency services minister. “Yet she is up for re-election to the Victorian Senate this election – don’t reward her for all this misconduct by giving her another six years in parliament. “Others up for re-election are Greg Mirabella (not elected, installed into a vacancy), Sarah Henderson (not elected, installed into a vacancy after losing an election to the House of Reps), all new Labor candidates and Lidia Thorpe for the Greens. “I recommend everyone to do their research online into the parties on the ballot paper before you go in to vote so that you are prepared to navigate the daunting, confronting ballot paper,” Ms Cordner Hunt said.

● Lisa Stark, Goldstein candidate (PHON)

■ Lisa Stark, Pauline Hanson One Nation candidate for Goldstein, has expressed disbelief at local Liberals directing their preferneces to the Labor Party. In return, One Nation is now directing its preferences to Labor in five seats targeting ‘leftleaning Liberals’. Pauline Hanson says the move is in retaliation for the Liberals’ decision to preference Jacqui Lambie Network in Tasmania. The Guardian reports: “Hanson confirmed she will preference against the Liberal MP Bridget Archer, who holds Bass on 0.4 per cent. “Others on Hanson’s hit list include the Liberals Tim Wilson in Goldstein (Victoria), Trent Zimmerman in North Sydney, James Stevens in Sturt (SA) and the independent Helen Haines in Indi (Victoria),” said Paul Karp and Joe Hinchcliffe.

Indi held narowly by 1.4% ■ Dr Helen Haines, independent member for the north-east Victorian seat of Indi, was elected in 2019, only on Labor preferences. Dr Haines took over the seat from fellow independent Cathy McGowan, who endorsed her. It might only take a swing of 1.4 per cent for Dr Haines to lose the seat, possibly to Liberal candidate Ross Lyman. In the past two elections, there was a strong anti-Liberal vote against candidate Sophie Mirabella. The battle for Indi sees 10 candidates contesting the seat, in ballot paper order: ■ ALEKSOV, Angel. Animal Justice Party ■ HAINES ,Helen. Independent ■ O'CONNELL, Lachlan. Derryn Hinch's Justice Party ■ WILLIAMS, Stephen. United Australia Party ■ STEVENS, Beth. Pauline Hanson's One Nation ■ GILBERT, Benjamin. The Greens ■ FISHER, Liz. The Nationals ■ DAVID, Nadia. Australian Labor Party ■ FIDGE, Julian. Liberal Democrats ■ LYMAN, Ross. Liberal

Poll Latest Bankruptcy claim

■ Rodney Culleton, a Senate candidate in Western Australia, has been noted by the Australian Electoral Commission as an undischarged banrupt. “This follows his lodgement of a fully completed nomination form and mandatory qualification checklist, together with the requisite $2,000 fee, before the close of nominations 12 midday on Thursday April 21,” said an AEC statement. “Mr Culleton’s nomination declared that he was not an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent. “The AEC notes Mr Culleton is listed on the National Personal Insolvency Index as an undischarged bankrupt. It appears therefore that he may have made a false declaration as part of his nomination process. The AEC has referred this matter to the Australian Federal Police for their consideration.” Under the Constitution: “Any person who is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent, shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representative.” “:The AEO WA will proceed with the election of Senators for Western Australia, as declared, and Mr Culleton’s name will appear on the WA Senate ballot paper in the 2022 Federal Election. “The provisions of the Electoral Act do not give the AEC or any AEC officer the power to reject a fully completed candidate nomination, regardless of whether any answer to a question of the qualification checklist is incorrect, false or inadequate. “This means the AEC cannot reject a nomination even if it contains a false declaration as to the eligibility of that person to stand for election. “If the AEC is presented with compelling evidence that other candidates in the 2022 Federal Election may have also signed a false declaration we will consider whether similar referrals to the AFP are warranted to ascertain if the candidate has committed an offence,” the AEC statement said.

1624 candidates

■ Some 1624 candidates will contest in the 2022 Federal Election, after nominations were officially declared at public events held across the country. This was followed immediately by a draw for ballot paper positions. Candidate lists in ballot paper order have been verified. The ballot order for candidates in the 29 seats covered by this newspaper, are on following pages. There are 1203 House of Representatives candidates. There are 421 Senate candidates. Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said the statistics represent a milestone in the huge, complex logistical operation . “Approximately 60 million ballot papers can now be printed and distributed in the coming days and early voting will begin on Monday, May 9,” Mr Rogers said. “This is an enormous task that enables our 8000 voting venues and 105,000 temporary election workers to provide access for Australian voters. “At the same time, we’re ensuring each venue has the appropriate COVID safety measures in place and people can feel comfortable to come and vote. “It really is one of the largest and most complex peacetime logistical events conducted in Australia, and now is when it all comes together ahead of early voting starting on Monday (May 9),” Mr Rogers said.

Safety for voters

● Dr Helen Haines, Indi MHR The majority of a small sample of voters surveyed by the Melbourne Observer-Local Paper last week perceived that Dr Haines paid most of her electorate attention to the Hume Highway corridor of Benalla-WangarattaWodonga, at the expense of MansfieldAlexandra- Yea-Kinglake. There is a perception that Dr Haines has unduly focused on her pet Integrity Commission project, at the expense of attention to local issues.

■ COVID-19 safety measures will be in place at all voting locations as well as for other activities that support the conduct of the election. As part of the Electoral Integrity Assurance Taskforce, the Australian Electoral Commission also liaises with partner agencies like the Australian Federal Police to ensure readiness for the range of both minor and major potential threats the election can pose. An Australian Federal eEection is a major event in the nation’s calendar.

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Election Updates Action for vets

■ An Albanese Labor Government will fix the crisis in veterans’ affairs and restore respect to veterans and their families, says McEwen Labor MHR Rob Mitchell. “Labor’s $519 million plan will repair a decade of damage and neglect by refunding and renewing the services veterans and their families count on,” Mr Mitchell said. “Presently, veterans are being forced to wait up to 18 months for their claims to be processed by Veterans Affairs. “This backlog is unacceptable. Our veterans deserve so much better than this. “This is on top of the fact that veterans were promised another $90 million from this Government in the budget but it only turned out to be $23 million, once again showing how the Morrison Government is all about the announcement but when it comes to delivery, the Prime Minister goes missing,” Mr Mitchell said.

Naked politics

■ Reason Party candidate Yolanda Vega has participated in the Passion. Pride. Protest, an exhibition featuring young female Victorian artists’ works, including nudes in wild colours . According to Reason Party publicity, Ms Vega is a woman whose CV paints a powerful portrait itself. “Equality of opportunity in electoral politics includes being able to finance a campaign. Passion. Pride. Protest is an atypical fundraising event. The walls of the Reason Australia Party headquarters will be graced by images of naked bodies. “The human body is a beautiful thing. Politicians are constantly talking about the economy, but with scant sense of humanity. The economy is nothing without people; there can be no prosperous high streets without healthy backstreets,” Ms Vega said. Vega and Reason Party Leader, Fiona Patten, a civil libertarian Parliamentarian, believe the removal of cultural, political, and economic barriers still faced by women is central to equality of opportunity. “Breaking barriers for women helps our entire population, boosting productivity, economic growth, family flexibility and individual liberty,” said Ms Patten. Ms Vega says she has fought for women’s workplace, economic, and social rights as a business group leader and an academic. Ms Patten, Ms Vega and the Reason Party say they are leading on reforms for women and families. They are calling for fully publicly funded universal childcare and the phased integration of early childhood education with schools, the first such policy in Australia.

Homelessness fear

■ Homelessness is likely to worsen after the Australian Federal Election on May 21 as investors have been holding off on development applications, says Inspire Realty founder/ property advisor Colin Lee. He says some investors and developers were being cautious holding off on developments until after the election results were announced. “Every developer I have spoken with nationally in the last three weeks has been waiting and seeing what the new government will put into place on negative gearing,” Mr Lee said. “Some of these developers are waiting to spend millions of dollars from small-time developers doing four to five townhouses to high rise unit developments. They want assurity.” He said after the election, this would lead to increased rental and sales prices as demand would continue to outstrip supply. “We will be even worse off because of this,” Mr Lee said. “Properties will not go down. People need a place to live and property is in high demand from renters and buyers.” The national rental vacancy rate fell to 1 per cent in March, halving year-on-year, with all capital cities now operating in a landlord’s market, Domain’s latest Rental Vacancy Rate report found.


UAP candidate arrested

■ Clive Palmer’s candidate for Higgins in the Federal Election, Ingram Spencer, was arrested late last week for using a carriage service to menace. He has spent time behind bars after an allegation was lodged by another person to Police. The next Court hearing is scheduled for tomorrow (Thu., May 5). Mr Spencer is standing for the seat of Higgins which includes areas including Armadale, Ashburton, Carnegie, Glen Iris, Kooyong, Malvern, Malvern East, Murrumbeena, Ormond, Prahran, South Yarra, Toorak and Windsor. Mr Spencer had earlier been alleged to demonstrate “aggressive behaviour” in a disturbance at an Australian Electorial Office property, in which he confronted Liberal MP Katie Allen. The United Australia Party website said of its candidate: “Born in the UK with a conservative upbringing, Ingram has since called Australia home for the last decade. He is a father of three sons, is a keen triathlete, a cyber security expert and currently Director in a major accounting firm in Data Trust and Privacy. “I am well read, I follow true news sources and investigative journalists. I am a fighter, very articulate, able to defend and strategically win arguments,” Mr Spencer is quoted to say.

● Ingram Spencer, UAP, Higgins

Vandal targets Liberal

● Defaced sign of Zoe McKenzie, Liberal.

■ Vile graffiti has been painted on campaign signs for Zoe McKenzie, the Liberal candidate for Flinders. A corflute sign at Rosebud, and Ms McKenzie’s vehicle at Sorrento, were attacked late last week. Ms McKenzie was said to be devastated after her election signs and car were targeted by “disgraceful” graffiti, which she says is part of an “orchestrated campaign”. Ms McKenzie – who replaced former Health Minister Greg Hunt as Liberal candidate - said the attacks amounted to property damage and threatening attacks. Local political observers said there did not appear to be similar attacks on local candidates from other political parties. Local Police on the Mornington Peninsula are said to be investigating.

Council removes signs ■ Darebin Council has removed United Australia Party signs from the Bell St overpass in Preston, which is public property. The signs were promoting a vote for the UAP in the Cooper electorate, where that party’s candidate is Adam La Rosa. Paras Pappas, a campaign worker for Mr La Rosa, said UAP corflutes in public areas within the Cooper electorate had either been taken down within a 24 hour period or vandalised. “Every attempt has been made to remove these signs from public viewing, whilst other corflutes (Labor, Liberal, Greens and Socialists) remain untouched. “Needless to say, UAP volunteers will not succumb to the cancel culture currently dominating this electorate - replacing corflutes becoming a daily task. “In retrospect, we can only thank the culprits for bringing further attention to UAP, for strengthening our group of volunteers to continue our collective vision towards awareness, education, change and freedom, with intense passion and commitment. “Is the removal of these corflutes an orchestrated plan from opposition or do we have lone

Campaign Latest Senate choices


Unauthorised ads

■ Paras Pappas, campaign worker for the United Australia Party (see report this page) says that close to 100 corflutes have been desecrated or removed in the Cooper electorate. “If free speech is respected, why are UAP corflutes targeted so viciously?” The Local Paper asked Ms Pappas if the Cooper campaign for Adam La Rosa has permission to erect signs on public property. She confirmed that no permission has been obtained. Ms Pappas said: “Last week, it was reported that a person was arrested for removing UAP corflutes after he live-streamed himself committing these actions. “What has become of the arrest and why has mainstream media minimised this issue, deflecting from what UAP stand for, and even humouring his interview? “Could this be an attempt to sabotage public curiosity and support of minor parties? For the last two years, mainstream media has used fear propaganda ad nauseum - any contrary information is certainly a threat to the government's narrative for mass compliance and no-choice policies. “The writing is on the wall- desperate attempts to minimise public awareness of freedom fighting parties such as UAP by silencing their advocates and removing their merchandise from public attention. “In my opinion, verified information of the ongoing attack of UAP merchandise is worthy of public recognition as an act of antidemocracy? “Is this particular story not worthy of opposition leaders publicly condemning such actions? Is this story not worthy of Police warning the public again against such acts of violence? Or will serious investigation only be reserved for those that follow the current government narrative?” Ms Pappas said.

Postal voting time

● Adam La Rosa, UAP candidate

■ Electors are eligible to apply for a postal vote if they are unable to get to a polling place on election day. The Australian Electoral Commission isd encouraging people to apply as soon as they know they are eligible. The AEC cannot send voting packs until the ballot papers have been printed. The earliest the AEC can send out packs was April 26. “If you do not apply as soon as possible, you may have to choose an alternative way to vote. If you are a registered general postal voter and your postal address has changed or you have been affected by events such as natural disasters, you can update your postal address online,” said an AEC representative.

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Australia Votes 2022

All the local Federal Election candidates ASTON 1. Rebekah Jane SPELMAN United Australia Party 2.Alan TUDGE Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 3.Asher COOKSON The Australian Greens - Victoria 4. Ryan BRUCE TNL 5. Craig IBBOTSON Pauline Hanson's One Nation 6. Liam ROCHE Liberal Democratic Party 7. Mary DOYLE Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch)

7. Ethelyn KING Liberal Democratic Party 8. Sarah NEWMAN The Australian Greens - Victoria 9. Melanie Merle KEMPSON United Australia Party 10. Dominique MURPHY Independent 11. Wayne TSENG Independent 12. Carina GARLAND Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch)

6. Colin LANE The Australian Greens - Victoria 7. Sarah RUSSELL Independent 8. Surbhi SNOWBALL Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 9. Despi O'CONNOR Independent 10. Pamela ENGELANDER Animal Justice Party


1. David WOOD Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 2. Daniel MULINO Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 3.Anthony CURSIO Liberal Democratic Party 4. Bella MITCHELL-SEARS The Australian Greens - Victoria 5. Keith James Aaron RAYMOND United Australia Party 6. Sabine de PYLE Pauline Hanson's One Nation 7. Catherine ROBERTSON Victorian Socialists

1. Christine SKROBO Liberal Democratic Party 2. Matt BABET United Australia Party 3. Hayley DEANS Pauline Hanson's One Nation 4. Julian HILL Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 5. James MOODY Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 6. Matthew KIRWAN The Australian Greens - Victoria

1. Rabin BANGAAR Animal Justice Party 2. Kath LARKIN Victorian Socialists 3. Celeste LIDDLE The Australian Greens - Victoria 4.Adrian WHITEHEAD FUSION: Science, Pirate, Secular, Climate Emergency 5. JadonATKINSON Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 6.Adam LAROSA United Australia Party 7. William Tristan TURNER Pauline Hanson's One Nation 8. Ged KEARNEY Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch)



1. Mark PRESTON Pauline Hanson's One Nation 2. Tim STAKER-GUNN Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 3. NatalieABBOUD The Australian Greens - Victoria 4. MariaVAMVAKINOU Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 5. Joshua NAIM United Australia Party 6. Jerome SMALL Victorian Socialists 7. Maria BENGTSSON Australian Federation Party

1. Matt GREGG Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 2. Rob HUMPHREYS The Australian Greens - Victoria 3. Qian LIU Independent 4. Katherine DOLHEGUY Animal Justice Party 5. Harrison CARR Liberal Democratic Party 6. Michael SUKKAR Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 7. Judith THOMPSON Derryn Hinch's Justice Party 8. Bianca Joy GIDLEY United Australia Party 9. Samantha BASTIN Australian Federation Party 10. Natasha COUGHLAN Pauline Hanson's One Nation


CASEY 1. Jenny GAME The Australian Greens - Victoria 2. Craig COLE Independent 3.Andrew KLOP Animal Justice Party 4. Aaron VIOLI Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 5. Bill BRINDLE Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 6. Paul MURPHY Pauline Hanson's One Nation 7. Chris FIELD Australian Federation Party 8. Trevor Walter SMITH Liberal Democratic Party 9. Peter SULLIVAN Derryn Hinch's Justice Party 10. Anthony Sebastian BELLVE United Australia Party 11. Claire FERRES MILES Independent


1. Gladys LIU Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 2. Thomas STANFIELD Derryn Hinch's Justice Party 3.AntheaANTONIE Australian Federation Party 4.Aaron TYRRELL Pauline Hanson's One Nation 5. Rod WHITFIELD Animal Justice Party 6. Ryan DARE Australian Citizens Party

DUNKLEY 1. Darren BERGWERF Independent 2. Peta MURPHY Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 3. Damian WILLIS Liberal Democratic Party 4. Elizabeth JOHNSTON Animal Justice Party 5. Liam O'BRIEN The Australian Greens - Victoria 6. Sharn COOMBES Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 7. Scott MIDDLEBROOK Pauline Hanson's One Nation 8. Kathryn WOODS Australian Federation Party 9. Adrian Kain IRVINE United Australia Party

FLINDERS 1.AlexVAN DER END United Australia Party 2. Cyndi MARR Pauline Hanson's One Nation 3. ChrystenABRAHAM Liberal Democratic Party 4. Zoe McKENZIE Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 5. Jefferson EARL Australian Federation Party


GELLIBRAND 1. Suzette RODOREDA The Australian Greens - Victoria 2. Monica CLARK Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 3. Sharynn MOORS Australian Federation Party 4.Andrew CHARLES Victorian Socialists 5. Abraham ISAC United Australia Party 6. Chloe GLASSON Liberal Democratic Party 7. Rob BRADDOCK Pauline Hanson's One Nation 8. Tim WATTS Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch)

GOLDSTEIN 1.Alana GALLI-McROSTIE The Australian Greens - Victoria 2. Ellie Jean SULLIVAN Derryn Hinch's Justice Party 3. Brandon HOULT Sustainable Australia Party - Stop Overdevelopment / Corruption 4. David SEGAL Liberal Democratic Party 5. Zoe DANIEL Independent 6. Lisa STARK Pauline Hanson's One Nation 7. Catherine Frances REYNOLDS United Australia Party 8. Tim WILSON Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 9. Martyn ABBOTT Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch)

HAWKE 1. Michael WILLIAMS Australian Federation Party 2. Michael Edward LACEY The Great Australian Party 3. Sam RAE Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 4. Jarrod James BINGHAM Independent 5. Max MARTUCCI TNL 6. Enamul HAQUE Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 7. Lynda WHEELOCK The Australian Greens - Victoria 8. Nick SUDUK Pauline Hanson's One Nation 9. Glenn VESSEY Australian Citizens Party

10. Jack HYNES Victorian Socialists 11.Andrew Glenn CUTHBERTSON United Australia Party


4. Robbie BEATON Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 5.Alex BRESKIN The Australian Greens - Victoria 6.Alix LIVINGSTONE Animal Justice Party 7. Scott Anson McCAMISH United Australia Party

1. Matthew FORD Liberal Democratic Party 2. Ingram Magnus SPENCER United Australia Party JAGAJAGA 3.Alicia WALKER 1. Kate THWAITES Animal Justice Party Australian Labor Party (Victorian 4. Katie ALLEN Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Branch) 2. Brendan PALMARINI Division) Australian Federation Party 5.Andrew JOHNSON 3.Allison ZELINKA Reason Australia United Australia Party 6. MichelleANANDA-RAJAH 4. Zahra MUSTAF Australian Labor Party (Victorian Independent Branch) 5. Maya TESA 7. Suzie MENOUDAKIS Liberal Democratic Party Australian Federation Party 6. Liz CHASE 8. Sonya SEMMENS The Australian Greens - Victoria ASTON The Australian Greens - Victoria 7. John BOOKER Pauline Hanson's One Nation HOLT 8. Sahil TOMAR Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian 1. Ravi RAGUPATHY Division) Independent 2. Cassandra FERNANDO KOOYONG Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 1. Monique RYAN Independent 3. Gerardine HANSEN 2. ScottAndrew HARDIMAN United Australia Party United Australia Party 4. SandyAMBARD 3.Alexandra THOM Pauline Hanson's One Nation Liberal Democratic Party 5. Gregory SALDANHA 4. Michele DALE Australian Federation Party Derryn Hinch's Justice Party 6. Matthew NUNEZ-SILVA 5. Josh COYNE Liberal Democratic Party Pauline Hanson's One Nation 7. Sujit MATHEW 6. WillANDERSON The Australian Greens - Victoria Independent 8. Ranj PERERA Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian 7. Josh FRYDENBERG Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) Division) 8. Peter LYNCH HOTHAM Australian Labor Party (Victorian 1. Edward SOK Branch) Liberal Democratic Party 9. Rachael NEHMER 2. Clare O'NEIL Animal Justice Party Australian Labor Party (Victorian 10. Piers MITCHEM The Australian Greens - Victoria Branch) 11. David CONNOLLY 3. Louisa WILLOUGHBY Australian Values Party The Australian Greens - Victoria 4. Bruce Scott RIDGWAY LA TROBE United Australia Party 5. Roger TULL 1. Jason WOOD Pauline Hanson's One Nation Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian 6. Savitri BEVINAKOPPA Division) Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian 2. Hadden ERVIN Division) Pauline Hanson's One Nation 3. Michael SCHILLING INDI The Australian Greens - Victoria 4. Merryn MOTT 1.AngelALEKSOV United Australia Party Animal Justice Party 5.ABHIMANYUKUMAR 2. Helen HAINES Australian Labor Party (Victorian Independent Branch) 3. Lachlan O'CONNELL 6. Rebecca SKINNER Derryn Hinch's Justice Party Australian Federation Party 4. Stephen WILLIAMS 7. MichaelABELMAN United Australia Party Liberal Democratic Party 5. Beth STEVENS 8. Helen JEGES Pauline Hanson's One Nation Animal Justice Party 6. Benjamin GILBERT The Australian Greens - Victoria MACNAMARA 7. Liz FISHER National Party of Australia - Victoria 1. John B MYERS 8. Nadia DAVID Independent Australian Labor Party (Victorian 2. Colleen HARKIN Branch) Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian 9. Julian FIDGE Division) Liberal Democratic Party 3. Josh BURNS 10. Ross LYMAN Australian Labor Party (Victorian Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Branch) Division) 4. DeberaANNE Pauline Hanson's One Nation ISAACS 5. Rob McCATHIE 1. Boris SOKIRANSKY Liberal Democratic Party Pauline Hanson's One Nation 6. Ben SCHULTZ 2. Mark DREYFUS Animal Justice Party Australian Labor Party (Victorian 7. Steph HODGINS-MAY Branch) The Australian Greens - Victoria 3. Sarah O'DONNELL 8. Jane Elizabeth HICKEY Liberal Democratic Party United Australia Party

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Australia Votes 2022 MARIBYRNONG 1. Mark Michael HOBART The Great Australian Party 2. Daniel Nair DADICH Victorian Socialists 3. Bill SHORTEN Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 4. Jodie TINDAL Pauline Hanson's One Nation 5. Darren BESANKO United Australia Party 6. Mira D'SILVA Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 7. Rhonda PRYOR The Australian Greens - Victoria 8.AlexanderAnthonyANSALONE Australian Federation Party 9. Cameron SMITH Liberal Democratic Party

McEWEN 1. Neil BARKER The Australian Greens - Victoria 2. Paul Joseph McRAE United Australia Party 3. Christopher NEIL Australian Federation Party 4. Chris BRADBURY Pauline Hanson's One Nation 5. John HERRON Liberal Democratic Party 6. Richard WELCH Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 7. Rob MITCHELL Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch)

MELBOURNE 1. Justin BORG United Australia Party 2. Keir PATERSON Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 3.Adam BANDT The Australian Greens - Victoria 4. James DAMCHES Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 5. Richard PEPPARD Liberal Democratic Party 6. Scott ROBSON Independent 7. Walter STRAGAN Pauline Hanson's One Nation 8. Bruce POON Animal Justice Party 9. Colleen BOLGER Victorian Socialists

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The Human Voice

● Hearth, from Fleur Murphy, is set in Kinglake. ■ Australian playwright Fleur Murphy premieres Hearth, a new drama about family and belonging, from May 18-29 at the La Mama Courthouse. Murphy says: “I’ve been extremely humbled by the response we’ve received from various communities and individuals throughout the development of the work. “What’s been amazing is the space it’s provided others to share their own stories of hope and resilience – whether in the rehearsal room, the classroom, over a cuppa and a scone after a reading, or in the theatre foyer." Forged in the exploration of an environmental threat Australians know all too well – an approaching bushfire, Hearth strikes the balance between pathos and humour, with witty and lyrical dialogue, relatable characters and timely themes. It’s February 7, 2009 – forever known in Australia’s history as Black Saturday. It’s also Tom Robinson’s 18th birthday. Celebrations kick off at the family’s Kinglake home and nothing seems out of the ordinary. But tensions start to rise between Tom and his older brother Matthew, along with the temperature outside, and before the ice-cream cake has time to melt a deeply held family secret is revealed. Directed by Tom Royce-Hampton, this play investigates how good intentions can slowly erode away and reveal the cracks in the foundation of a family. It poses the questions: What makes a family? Is it love, blood or law? And, what breaks a family? “The play is inspired by a number of things: my own upbringing in a small country town, family secrets and the heartbreaking accounts from those involved in the Black Saturday bushfires. “In the beginning it may look like a familiar family drama but it’s a play scorched in secrets and trauma. For me, Hearth is about striving for a sense of belonging and a desperate yearning to heal,” says Murphy. The cast of Hearth includes Geoff Paine (Neighbours), Sonya Suares (Melbourne Talam, MTC), Martin Blum (Boy out of the Country, Larrikin Productions), Carole Patullo (Button, La Mama) and Kurt Pimblett (Hir, Belvoir and Because The Night, Malthouse). - Cheryl Threadgold

Assessors sought

■ Denise Kuchmar, a recently appointed Short and Sweet Literary Manager for Victoria, is on the lookout for anyone interested in joining the team of Short and Sweet Play assessors. This will involve reading new works from upcoming authors for Short and Sweet International. Support guidelines are available and assessors can choose how many scripts a month they can read. Upcoming 2022 Short and Sweet Festivals: ■ Short and Sweet Theatre Sydney, August 28 to October 9 ■ Short and Sweet Essex, September 18 to October 1 ■ Short and Sweet Hollywood, September 26 to October 30 Also, playwrights are encouraged to submit their plays via the Short andSweet Website Further information and criteria are listed on the site for play submissions. Enquiries: shortandsweetviclitmgr@ - Cheryl Threadgold

■ In the first fully inhouse Theatre Works produced season, actor Jane Montgomery Griffiths will perform the renowned one-woman play Jean Cocteau wrote to be unactable titled The Human Voice on Friday, May 6 at Theatre Works, 14 Acland St, St Kilda. A woman lies dead. A telephone rings. Her last chance to speak to an ex-lover. Awakening from this limbo she holds the receiver to her temple. She must look after the man she loves, even if it grinds her into the fetid rot of systemic power that wreaks havoc on her body. But what will it take to break the cycle and work her way out? Will it kill her ... or free her? Directed by Briony Dunn, this new translation by Iris Gaillard is set in a patriarchal purgatory for women who need to try harder at looking after their men. A recent addition to the 2022 Theatre Works line-up of shows and events, The Human Voice spotlights this systemic control in a unique and impressive manner. One of Australia’s longest-running independent theatres, Theatre Works is constantly reinvigorating and reimagining the sector by providing a hotbed for artist and audience development. They strive to champion artists and work that embrace difference and celebrate risk, working to provide a platform for marginalised conversations and voices. The Human Voice will be the first production within the organisation’s new 2022 model, blending co-productions with produced works throughout the year. Performance Date: Friday, May 6 at 7.30pm Venue: Theatre Works, 14 Acland St, St Kilda. Bookings: - Cheryl Threadgold

Frankston Generator

■ The South Side Festival - Frankston Generator will be presented by Frankston City Council, supported by Eastlink from May 6 - 8, May 12 - 15 from 5pm - 10pm, and May 14 from 3pm-4pm Visitors will go underground to be immersed in 1000 lights and be surrounded by a pulsating soundscape. In an Australian first, Mandylights have transformed an old car park into a series of 10 new light-based installations that explore themes of power generation and energy transfers – on a grand scale. Enter the carpark lift and descend into the depths with a transformative lighting and audio experience. From the lift, be drawn into the turbine; a swirling, all-encompassing vortex of animated light. Emerging into the field, participants become part of a humming, radiating electric field of energy that covers hundreds of square metres. Audience movements are generated in real time, as their kinetic movement is converted to light on floor-to-ceiling video screens. The water-themed Hydro offers a series of hanging meshes covered with animated projections of rippling water in relaxing blue and cyan tones. Moving forwards, wander through a subterranean, alien-like natural landscape called Geotherma that sees a thousand handmade flowers mimic flows of lava as red and yellow lights ripple down the walls and across the floor on both sides of the pathway. The pulsing reactor pushes out flashes of intense neon colour, while guests peer inside into a stunning infinity cube of light. Moving up the ramp, a blast of air as the solar winds see theatrical fog thunder down a sixty-metre expanse, with the walk flanked by 50 searchlights that create geometric patterns through the air. At the end of the walk, the ventus sculptures turn gently in the wind; creating ever-changing shadows on the walls and beams through the air. In the final installation, visitors will be immersed in a towering star field of rainbow neon colours, between a dozen tetra stars.

● Jane Montgomery Griffiths in The Human Voice. These mammoth illuminated forms pass through a series of beautiful rainbow colour sequences. The Frankston Generator is an all-new immersive experience created by Mandylights for the inaugural Frankston South Side Festival May 6-15. - Cheryl Threadgold

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

■ As the first main stage production in Australia in over 40 years, Melbourne Opera and IOpera will present a reinterpretation of Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at The Athenaeum Theatre, Collins St on May 3 and 5 at 7.30pm. First performed in Leipzig in 1930, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny is a political-satirical opera that was banned in Germany after 1933 by the Third Reich. Regularly performed in the great opera houses of the world (including recent revivals at Covent Garden and The Met), its criticism of corruption in a world with increasingly shaky moral foundations makes it more relevant than ever. Directed by Suzanne Chaundy, the production will see two-time Helpmann Award-winner James Egglestone in the role of Jimmy, Antoinette Halloran as the provocative Jenny Smith and tenor Robert Macfarlane in the role of Fatty the Bookkeeper. Rounding out the lead cast are Christopher Hillier, Liane Keegan, Christopher Tonkin, Fraser Findlay, Darcy Carroll, Alastair Cooper-Golec as well as the Melbourne Opera chorus under Chorus Master Raymond Lawrence. The cast and 40-piece orchestra is conducted by multi-award winning conductor and singer Peter Tregear. Performed in English, using the Australian premiere of Jeremy Sams’s new translation for The Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Performance Details: May 3 and May 5 at 7.30pm at the Athenaeum Theatre, Collins St., Melbourne. - Cheryl Threadgold

Sale of costumes

■ A vintage clothing and costume sale will be held by Heidelberg Theatre Company on Saturday, May 21 from 9am - 5pm at the Heidelberg Theatre, 36 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna. All are welcome. - Cheryl Threadgold

What’s On The Return

■ Malthouse Theatre, commissioned and presented with Rising. presents The Return from May 13-June 4 at Merlyn Theatre, The Malthouse. Torres Strait Islander playwright John Harvey recounts a dark history of Australia in The Return, inspired by Yorta Yorta man Jason Tamiru’s experiences as a repatriation worker. Locked away in museums, on display at universities and hoarded in private collections are the bodily remains of First Peoples men, women, and children. Pillaged by grave robbers and sold on by unscrupulous dealers, these people taken from their place of rest have been sold and traded for study and display across the globe. Harvey (Heart is a Wasteland) weaves three intersecting narratives—a repatriation officer, a museum curator and a bone collector—in an epic tale spanning 250 years. In his Malthouse directorial debut, Tamiru joins forces with Malthouse Theatre Artistic Director Matthew Lutton and a First Nations cast from across Australia including Jimi Bani, Ghenoa Gela, Damion Hunter, Angelica Lockyer, Guy Simon and Laila Thaker. Malthouse Theatre and Rising’s new production, premiering in the Merlyn Theatre in May, brings to light the macabre true histories, false justifications and the discredited and harmful scientific theory of eugenics used to keep First Peoples remains from reaching their rightful resting places. With many still locked away, now is the time to bring them back to Country for peace and healing. Performance Details: May 13 - June 4 Venue: Merlyn Theatre, The Malthouse Bookings: au/tickets/malthouse-theatre/the-return/ - Cheryl Threadgold

Joe Avati

■ Italian-Australian comedian Joe Avati presents his new comedy show 25 Live Have Some Respect at the Palais Theatre, St Kilda on May 14 for two shows at 4.30pm and 8pm. Featuring his unique brand of humour and sharp observations, and over the course of almost 90 minutes, Joe will recount life as an ethnic Australian (or a wog kid as he prefers to call it), and now life as a husband and father to a newborn. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, Joe will share his view on how today’s generation of kids compares to his own experiences. Joe Avati has achieved a lot in his 25 years of work. He is the only Australian artist to have two comedy albums charting simultaneously in the top five anywhere in the world as well as a number one comedy album. He boasts record breaking, sell-out shows around the globe, has produced several successful live theatre shows, plus hosts the popular podcast A Serious Chat with A Comedian. He is also about to release a children’s book titled When I Was Your Age – a subject also touched on (in a very different way) in his new comedy. Joe relies on wit, human insight, and genuine comedic talent rather than risqué subjects or profanity and it is this characteristic that has drawn comparisons to the great Jerry Seinfeld. Performance Date: Saturday, May 14 Times: 4.30pm and 8.00pm, Tickets start at $69, Bookings: - Cheryl Threadgold

Queenie on tour

■ To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s landmark album renowned cabaret chanteuse Queenie van de Zandt, brings the critically acclaimed and Helpmann Award nominated Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell . Victorian venues include Melbourne, Mildura, Warrnambool, Macedon Ranges, Bendigo, Ballarat, Frankston, Albury, West Gippsland, Geelong, Colac and Sale. With her three-piece band, Queenie explores her love of all the things that make Joni such a unique and timeless artist.

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Local Theatre Shows

■ The Basin Theatre Group: It’s Now or Never (by Miles Tredinnick) Until May 8 at The Basin Theatre, Doongalla Rd., The Basin. Director: Chris Shaw. Bookings: 1300 784 668 between 7:00pm and 9:00pm. or ■ Eltham Little Theatre: Three One Act Plays Until May 7 at the Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Rd,, Research. No Chocolates by Request (by Chris Hodson, Directed by Del Jordan); The Patient (by Agatha Christie, directed by Carol Owen), Der Kriminal Kommissar (by Michael McLean, directed by Bert Fine). ■ Sale Theatre Company: Heathers Until May 6 at The Wedge, 100 Foster St., Sale. Bookings: heathers-the-musical/ ■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: 4000 Miles (by Amy Herzog) Until May 14 at the Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale. Director: George Werther. Bookings: ■ Beaumaris Theatre: Jack and the Beanstalk – the Pantomime (by Georgy Charles, Debbie Keyt, Lorraine Ellis and Stephen White) May 6 – 22 at Beaumaris Theatre, 82 Wells Rd., Beaumaris. Director: Debbie Keyt; Musical Director: Rhonda Vaughan; Choreographer: Camilla Klesman. Bookings: ■ Williamstown Musical Theatre Company: Mamma Mia! May 13 – June 4 at Centenary Theatre, 71 Railway Place, Williamstown. Bookings: or phone 1300 881 545. ■ CLOC Musical Theatre: The Jersey Boys: the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons May 13 – 28 at the National Theatre, St Kilda. Director/Set Designer: Richard Perdriau; Musical Director: Malcom Huddle; Choreographer: Kirra Sibel. Bookings: ■ The Mount Players: The Odd Couple (by Neil Simon) May 13 – 29 at the Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith St., Macedon. Director: Frank Harvey. Bookings: https:// ■ Playhouse Players: The Crucible (by Arthur Miller) May 19 – 28 at the Clayton Theatre, 9-15 Cooke St.., Clayton. Director: Emma Newport. Bookings: ■ LilydaleAthenaeum Theatre Company: The Deep Blue Sea (by Terrence Rattigan) May 19 – June 4 at the Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre, 39-41 Castella St., Lilydale. Director: Alan Burrows. Bookings: 9735 1777 or www ■ The 1812 Theatre: Til Beth do Us Part (by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten) May 19 – June 11 at The 1812 Theatre, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully. Director: Keith Hutton. Bookings: or 97583964 ■ Brighton Theatre Company: Torch Song (by Harvey Fierstein) May 20 – June 4 at the Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton. Director: Annie Blood. Bookings: ■ MLOC Productions: Keeping UpAppearances (by Roy Clarke) May 25, 26, 27 at 7.30pm; May 28 at 2pm and 6pm at the Shirley Burke Theatre, 63 Parkers Rd., Parkdale. Directors: Jane Court and Dean Mitrousis. Bookings: ■ MLOC Productions: My Fair Lady June 3 – 12 at the Grand Hall, Kingston Arts Centre, 979-985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin. Director/Choreographer: Robert Ray. Bookings: ■ Babirra Music Theatre: Mamma Mia! June 10 – 19 at the Karralyka Theatre, Mines Rd., Ringwood. Director: Richard Perdriau; Musical Director: Mal Fawcett; Choreographer: Di Crough. Bookings: ■ Encore Theatre Company: Alice’sAdventures in Wonderland (Original story by Lewis Carroll, adapted for the stage by Matthew CW) June 30 – July 9 (Thursday – Saturday 11am and 2pm shows) at the Clayton Theatre, Community Centre, Cooke Street, Clayton. Bookings: www.encoretheatre. - Cheryl Threadgold

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Law and Order PTV

■ Sevenfold Theatre Company presents the sketch comedy show Law and Order PTV from May 12-15 at The Toff in Town, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne. "The guy with his feet on the seats. The woman who litters on the train. The teenager who fails to produce a valid concession card. “These are just a few of the violent offenders our brave authorised officers encounter on trains and trams every day. “In the Victorian public transport system, fare evading offences are considered especially heinous. In Melbourne, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Authorised Ticket Inspectors. These are their stories." Sevenfold Theatre Company will combine dance, music, comedy, and metro announcements in this public transport experience. Just don’t forget to touch on. This season will see new officers boarding the train, with Kyle Cuthbert, Kiara Ariza Stellato Pledger, Zoë Harlen, Sian Crowe, Tam Dahmen, Tom Costigan and Asher GriffithJones. Fae O’Toole and Zachary Dixon met whilst studying at Federation University ArtsAcademy, and have been collaborating as writer and director, respectively, since the show was first performed in 2019. Zac says of the show: “Fae … has written an intricate, ridiculous, and hilarious script…[it] is a love letter to Dan Andrews and the tragic farce that Victoria’s Public Transport System can be.” Sevenfold Theatre Company is an ensemble of artists who aim to nurture an artistic network by seeking young artists, directors and writers to build a community that produces and elevates new works and adaptations “ Performance Dates: May 12-15 at various times Show duration: One hour Venue: The Toff in Town, 2nd floor, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne Tickets: Adults $35, Concession $27.50 Bookings: - Cheryl Threadgold

Four Seasons


● The Four Seasons: Jonathon Shilling (Bob Gaudio) at left, Robbie Wilton (Tommy DeVito), Will Hanley (Frankie Valli) and Tom Morley (Nick Massi). ■ CLOC Musical Theatre presents Jersey Boys: the Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from May 13-28 at the National Theatre, St Kilda. Jersey Boys is the true-life story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey became Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons - one of the most successful bands in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, sold 175 million records worldwide, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their countless worldwide hits, including Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Oh What A Night, Bye Bye Baby, Rag Doll, Working My Way Back to You, My Eyes Adored You, Who Loves You and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. Appearing as the Four Seasons are Jonathon Shilling (Bob Gaudio), Robbie Wilton (Tommy DeVito), Will Hanley (Frankie Valli) and Tom Morley (Nick Massi). All four performers have performed in 13 CLOC productions between them. For Tom Morley (a doctor by day working in COVID wards), this is his second consecutive CLOC show after last year's Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It is 11 years since Will Hanley last stepped on to a CLOC stage, although he has

Observations Extended leave

■ Local Paper-Melbourne Observer columnist James Sherlock is on extended leave. We look forward to the return on his columns when he returns to duty.

Sondheim show

● The cast of Law and Order PTV. been a prolific and award winning performer with various companies around Melbourne. Jonathon Shilling and Robbie Wilton have reunited after last appearing together in CLOC's Kinky Boots in 2019, and this show marks Robbie's eighth CLOC on-stage appearance. After a long delay in a silent and dark theatre, it’s time to turn on the lights, turn up the volume and celebrate as CLOC finally takes to the stage of the National Theatre St Kilda. Performance Season: May 13 – 28. Evening performances 8pm, Matinees 2pm. Tickets from $56. Bookings at or 1300 362 547 - Cheryl Threadgold

Love in Bright Landscapes

● David McComb Photo: Tony Mott ■ Opening in Melbourne cinemas on May 5 is Love in Bright Landscapes, the inspiring, tragic and intimate life story of David McComb, Australian singer-songwriter of The Triffids. The first film for Melbourne director Jonathan Alley, Love in Bright Landscapes has been made over a 13-year period. Just as McComb used his familiar Western Australian landscape as the canvas for his psychodramas and heart-broken epics, the tragedy and triumph of McComb’s short, driven, passionate life is brought to the screen using an array of David’s music, poetry, letters, and unseen family-archives; and lays claim to the legacy of a talent gone too soon. David McComb believed in the song: from his earliest art-punk pranks to the darkly atmospheric brilliance of his last works, he gave up his secrets in the shape of his songs. In The Triffids’ 1986 album Born Sandy Devotional he found a new Australian voice: a poetically inspired vocabulary cast against desolation and broken hearts in the bright expanse. But McComb’s health faltered and after a heart transplant in 1996, he died in 1999, days short of his 37th birthday - leaving a slew of unanswered questions and unrecorded songs. Love in Bright Landscapes reveals the man behind the songs – via beautifully restored 35mm slides, evocative home movies and heart-rending interviewees with colleagues, family, and friends. McComb’s poetry and newly discovered letters are read by Australian-born Man Booker Prize winning novelist DBC Pierre, interwoven with excerpts from 75 of McComb’s songs. A special screening and live performance of The Friends of David McComb is taking place on Sunday May 15 at The Astor Theatre, 1 Chapel St, St Kilda. Further details: www.loveinbright - Cheryl Threadgold

● Trevor Jones ■ One of the world’s greatest ever music theatre creators, Stephen Sondheim left a real void when he died in November last year. But Melbourne Sondheim fans have a reason to rejoice next week. According to Melbourne cabaret maestro Trevor Jones, Sondheim was the greatest musical theatre composer and lyricist of the 20th century, which is why Trevor has decided to honour the great man in a concert on Wednesday May 11 at 7pm. Called Sondheim: More To See, the show sees Trevor taking to the piano and using his golden vocal tones to honour his hero at Athenaeum Two in Collins St, Melbourne. The concert will feature some lesser known Sondheim delights as well as major hits such as Being Alive,Anyone Can Whistle and No One is Alone. In between, Trevor will share fascinating Sondheim snippets with the live audience. But if you can’t get there, there’s no need to fret – the concert is being presented by Australian Digital Concert Hall, and you can buy online tickets to stream the performance in your own lounge room, as an alternative to being live at the theatre. For bookings visit Julie Houghton


■ The Mount Players: Reservoir Dogs (by Quentin Tarantino, adapted for the stage by Emma J. Steele) May 4 at 7.00pm, May 7 at 10.00am at Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith St., Macedon. Director: Craig Lenaine Smith. Please provide a headshot and resume prior to the audition via email to the director: ■ Heidelberg Theatre Company Youth: The Legendary Robin Hood May 8, 9 at 5.00pm at Heidelberg Theatre, 36 Turnham Ave., Rosanna. For young people aged between 15 and 25. To register for an audition, get involved offstage, or want to know more, email, or contact Youth leaders Ryan and Morgan at 0400 297 686 and 0409 984 171. ■ Melbourne French Theatre: Le Mariage Forcé (The Forced Marriage) (by De Molière, celebrating the 400th anniversary of his birth), Fluent French-speaking actors only. Audition dates: May 14 at 2pm; May 17 at 7.00pm at La Maison de Maitre Building, 203-205 Canning St., Carlton (Cnr. Neill St. enter via corner door). Director: Donald McManus. Producer: Michael Bula. Audition Bookings and Details: https://melbournefrenchtheatre. ■ Malvern Theatre Company: Skylight (by David Hare) May 15, 16 at 7.30pm at 29 Burke Rd., Malvern. Director: Michelle Swann. Audition enquiries: michelleswann65@ ■ The Mount Players: When the Rain Stops Falling (by Andrew Bovell) July 23, 24 at 10.00am at the Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith St., Macedon. Director: Vicki Smith. Working With Children Check required for cast and crew. Enquiries: - Cheryl Threadgold

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What’s On Official Competition

■ Opening the Spanish Film Festival was Official Competition, a biting satire from writer-directors Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn that pokes fun at the usual suspects of the arthouse cinema it emulates. Pretentiousness, petty jealousies, vanity, high art versus low are mercilessly punctured. Pharmaceuticals billionaire Humberto Suarez (Luis Gomez) wants to leave his mark on the world. The octogenarian tycoon has his eyes on a bridge in his name. His young financial adviser Matias (Manolo Solo) convinces him to finance a film instead. But not any old film; this will be an arthouse film about two warring brothers, rivalry, based on a Nobel-prize-winning novel to be directed by an avant-garde, feminist auteur, Lola Cuevas (Penelope Cruz). Cast from opposite ends of the acting spectrum, Lola throws together ageing heartthrob Felix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and distinguished theatre maestro Ivan Torres (Oscar Martinez). Lola, Felix and Ivan embark on a nineday rehearsal process where the actors are subjected to increasingly oddball trust exercises and mind games by Lola. The monumental brutalist edifice, the Suárez Foundation HQ, provides the rehearsal space yet can barely contain Ivan and Felix’s giant alpha male egos. In-jokes abound. At one point, Lola throws the actors’ awards into a metal crusher, including the very same Venice Film Festival award, the Cuppa Volpi, which Martinez received for The Distinguished Citizen, also directed by Duprat and Cohn. Banderas also provides a fabulous in-joke, declaring that he would never attend the Oscars as the token Latino, only to be caught later practising his Oscar speech in a bathroom. The ensemble cast brilliantly nails their characters, but Cruz, as the manipulative and obsessive Lola, steals the show in this clever, dark comedy. The Spanish Film Festival runs until May 15. - Review by Kathryn Keeble

Open Mic Night

■ With the production name Smelling Good Productions and show title The Annual Chumsville South North Tavern Inn Open Mic Night I did not quite know what to expect from a William L Boyd / Connor Dariol comedy festival show. These men are talented. They can sing, act, improvise, make fast costume changes, relate respectfully to an audience and inspire laughs. It did resemble a university showcase, that is not necessarily a negative thing, it means this show was low budget, yet loaded with creativity. This show was designed to include many theatre genres, we saw everything from mime to musical with standup, slapstick , drama, and dance. It was fast paced, very clever, especially the characters making a ‘quick’ return to update us on their current status and remind us of what went before. Very impressive. I noticed these two actors did everything with regard to production. Directing, writing, producing, musical directors, everything but tech ( Jason Ng) and poster design (Mark Lazaro). The scenes where lighting was used on the bare black stage were most impressive, more could have been done to create a theatrical space. Some of the timing could have been improved, certain things that may have been picked up with an outside director, dramaturg or observer. Perhaps with their next show Dariol and Boyd could use a director or dramaturg to lift their production to the next level- if that is something this company wants to do. For now it seems they are happy making people laugh and putting as many ideas/characters as they can into one piece of comedy theatre. Well done. - Elizabeth Semmel


Driftwood - The Musical

■ New musical theatre work Driftwood - The Musical will be presented May 13-14 at the Alexander Theatre, Monash University and May 18 - 28 at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran. Driftwood - the Musical tells the story of renowned Austrian-Australian sculptor Karl Duldig and his artist/inventor wife, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig, based on Eva de JongDuldig’s critically acclaimed memoir. Adapted for stage by award-winning playwright Jane Bodie and directed by Wesley Enoch, with musical direction and original music composition by Anthony Barnhill, the musical follows Karl and Slawa’s romantic and artistic lives in pre-war Vienna, Slawa’s ingenious invention of the foldable umbrella and their miraculous escape from the Holocaust to living ● Tania de Jong (Slawa Horowitz), Sara out their lives as artists in Melbourne. Reed (Eva) and Anton Berezin (Karl “Driftwood is a show not of our time but for Duldig) in Driftwood - The Musical our time. History has so many lessons to teach Photo: James Terry us and, as we start to recover from a once-in-a- does go wrong. Classic routines such as a mad century pandemic, we are reminded of our re- chase scene in and out of doors, a food fight and silience and the collective power of the human the obligatory pie-in-the-face abound, intercondition,” says Enoch. spersed with a narrative where every new scene “Through historic narratives we can demon- is more haywire than the last. strate to the future known ways forward, voFamiliar territory maybe; nevertheless, the cabularies of change and the human instinct to audience reacted with belly laughs. tell stories that unite us. Karl and Slawa’s story Toilet humour, pratfalls and visual jokes feais a deeply moving and compelling one. With turing a dead rat, Fluffy the bunny rabbit, Tiddles the power of music and the human voice we are the kitty cat and a murderous magpie are just very excited to bring this gripping drama to some of the wacky running gags that keep the show moving forward. stage,” says Enoch. The action never lets up, escalating from madKarl Duldig and Slawa Horowitz-Duldig’s granddaughter, soprano Tania de Jong performs cap stunts to cartoon comic violence. Bartholomew and Tobias make it seem efthe lead role of Slawa. “The work poignantly explores the loss that fortless as they crank up the comedy. With nods to Mr Bean, Fatal Attraction, The families encounter when they are dislocated by war, whilst illuminating an immigrant experi- Poseidon Adventure, The Shining, Hitchcock’s ence that is uniquely Australian,” says de Jong. The Birds and others, this show is as outlandish “I am so inspired to be playing the role of my as it is ridiculous. It’s also very funny. extraordinarily creative grandmother who in- Review by Kathryn Keeble vented the foldable umbrella Actor and singer, Anton Berezin who recently performed with Opera Australia in Evita and whose theatre credits include Sweeney Todd, Wicked, The Producers, Side Show Alley, How ■ Ben Kochan and Concetta Caristo are two To Succeed in Business plays the male lead ‘separate comedians’ and a de facto couple in role of Karl. Playing Slawa’s sister Rella is jazz love. Their devotion is obvious as they bounce songstress and musical theatre actor Fem Bell- on stage full of energy and adoration for each ing (The Boy From Oz, Hairspray and Fame). other in their Melbourne International ComSara Reed whose musical theatre credits in- edy Festival offering at Cooper's Inn, Funny clude Billy Elliot: The Musical, Jane Banks in as Sin. But as is to be expected, in any relationship Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins and Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof opposite Anthony there are hurdles, differences, rivalries and Warlow plays Eva, whilst Troy Sussman quibbles – happily all played out with affection, (Aladdin, Les Miserables Australian and West courtesy and kindness. Caristo is delightfully animated, with a gift End productions) plays multiple roles, rounding of the gab, she bubbles and chatters away about out the all-Jewish cast. anything and everything with ease and confiSeason Details: May 13 - 14 at Alexander Theatre, Monash dence. She is pro-women, but not anti-men, a girl’s University, Fri 1pm and 7.30pm; Sat 2pm and May 18 - 28 at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran, girl with a penchant for pink things, all over the Tue - Sun at 7.30pm, Wed and Thu 1pm, Sat apartment, but that doesn’t seem to bother Kochan. and Sun 2pm Kochan is slightly more measured, perhaps Tickets: Standard $59, Conc $49, School Stuthe saner of the two, but equally as engaging. dents and Teachers $29 Bookings: Monash and Chapel Off Chapel They both seem enamoured and delighted in the audience and are looking for validation for Duration: Two hours incl. interval their own experience in love from audience Recommended for ages 12+ Information: www.driftwoodthemusical. members. Their banter is light and fun as they chat about - Cheryl Threadgold being a couple, what it’s like to be in love and living together. They bounce naturally off each other and the ad-libbing is impressive and funny. The routine is pacey and varied. A celebrity ■ Comedy genius Eric Sykes’s 1967 film, The portrait guessing competition is a unique and Plank, famously presents a narrative almost en- quirky aspect to the show. They give each other an opportunity for some solo stand-up and betirely without dialogue. The action is made up of slapstick and sight fore you know it, the hour has gone. Funny as Sin is a delightful and funny hour gags. The Anniversary is a zany production that of entertainment with plenty of laughs and well follows in the footsteps of Sykes’s iconic mas- worth seeing. - Review by Beth Klein terpiece. Created by Clare Bartholomew and Daniel Tobias along with director Peter Houghton, the show is defined by absurd sight gags, violent mishaps and screwball pranks punctuated by ■ The GTV-9 family is mourning the passing of Don Hauser, who started in props, and moved grunts and sound effects. Kooky couple, Barb (Bartholomew) and Jim his way to become a Program Director. He later (Tobias), are getting ready for their golden wed- moved on to work on educational audio-visual work for Monash University. ding anniversary. The bunting is up, the food is prepared, and ■ Sarah Ferguson has been appointed Presenter of the ABC's 7.30 program. She will comthe guests are on their way. Balloons, music, dancing – what could go mence her new role in July, following Leigh wrong? Everything it seems that can go wrong Sales's departure at the end of June.

Funny As Sin

The Anniversary

Media Flashes

What’s On Ross Noble

■ Steven Spielberg once said that the idea behind the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind was to take an ordinary individual, upend their life, and throw them into complete upheaval. Ross Noble opens his show with a Close Encounter-like theme tune foreshadowing the zany trip we are all about to go on. Against a backdrop of Kaws-like giant, inflatable dolls, Noble drags his audience along an exhilarating, bumpy, wild ride, a window into the id of the Geordie master of stand-up comedy. Noble’s show is a stream of consciousness. Psychedelia minus the drugs. Don’t be fooled, there is a method behind the madness. The raggedly riotous routine is carefully crafted within a frame of running gags. In between, Noble riffs off his audience. Each new thought leads him off on another tangent and into a funny tale of some kind at the expense of a hapless front-row audience member Noble managed to co-opt. Just a portion of Noble’s weird and wonderful yarns covered incontinence, that slap, COVID-19 lockdowns, Adelaide, foam mascots, mosquitoes, Prince Andrew, Squid Game, the British seaside, flying dogs, harps and hurricanes. Like a Beat poet of comedy, the delivery’s incredibly fast – blink, and you’ll miss it. While you’re scrambling to catch up, Noble’s off again down another comedic rabbit hole. And then he makes himself laugh before carrying on with the joke. Like Willy Wonka, Noble’s in control of this crazy ship. What’s more, he’s having a great time sailing it. The audience spills out into the street shellshocked and wondering what just happened? We’re pretty sure, though, that it was something spectacular. - Review by Kathryn Keeble

Travelling Sisters

■ With a string of awards and festivals around the world, The Travelling Sisters moved to Melbourne in 2018 and since then performed at all known comedy and fringe Festivals around Australia. Meeting while studying at the University of Southern Queensland and creating comedy characters, saw Lucy Fox, Eli Sachs and Laura Trenerry start the dream of three blokes named Darryl, Vinnie and Berrick. Said to have no talent while being selfproclaimed thespians with mullets and mummy issues they have since created many absurd characters with much physical comedy, often quixotic and nonsensical. In collaboration with Kimberley Twiner, their latest offering of Thy, Thus, ‘Twas, is based out of their mothers' living rooms, where they worked to create a theatrical masterpiece. Giving credence to the time-honoured phrase of “All the world’s a stage, and all the men shall play all the parts”, the three “sisters” took us on a frenetic journey, often playing the part of their mothers while changing into other characters with adept timing and physical movement. Each set a fast pace as they prepared to perform at an RSL Club, will it happen, will they find the right material to perform? Are their mothers any help? These women are clowns. Exaggerated faces and gestures, modulated voices with much wig changing and much physicality, all with apparent ease. Their ability to create and entertain was once again on show. - Review by Graeme McCoubrie

Climate change film

■ Some of Australia’s most loved film industry personalities have combined to create a compelling plea to act on climate change: These futures aren’t inevitable. The short feature depicts a three generation Australian family gathering to celebrate a newly born baby and pondering what the future holds for the child. The cast is Rachel Ward, Marcus Graham, Michael Caton, Jenny Wu, Tim Franklin and Joshua Nichols. It was directed by Rachel Ward.

What’s On The Three Witches

■ Macbeth’s witches didn’t quite survive the temporal transfer from the renaissance to the present day in The Three Witches at Motley Bauhaus in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Having accidentally set a train of events in motion by prophesying Macbeth’s ascension to the throne, the witches attempt to retrieve the letter he has sent to his good lady wife. The conceit has plenty of scope for fun and slapstick but the narrative is caught between wanting to continue with Shakespeare’s plot line and language while simultaneously attempting to portray the witches as incompetent. One could have effectively minimised the focus on Shakespeare’s plot given it is so well known and accentuated the comic. As it was, there were copious entrances and exits necessary to keep the story going which could have been averted. The comedy is logically based on the premise that the witches couldn’t conceivably predict the future and the nonsense of Macduff’s conception being of no woman born. He came from a womb regardless of the exit point. The small stage made slapstick challenging but the invisibility spray had lots of potential and does explain the floating dagger. The crazy beards worked but pushing the levels of absurdity might help develop this piece. Imagine the stuffed toy that represented Fleance floating over the audience when Fleance fled. “Fly good Fleance, fly, fly, fly.” A little more of the ‘insane root’ might see this piece being developed further; I speak of absurdity rather than anything psychedelic. This review can be added to the pot as you conjure your next iteration of the travails of the three witches. - Review by David McLean

Two Hits and a Ms

■ The welcome return of Morning Melodies at Arts Centre Melbourne, the first performance for the dedicated followers for 2022, had their feet tapping and hands clapping. With arts now gathering momentum following an almost two year hiatus, the Arts Centre is set to celebrate its 38th year of Morning Melodies with its “stellar line-up of music , theatre, cabaret, jazz and dance” each month. Two Hits and a Ms, the first program for the year, was all tap and song by the acclaimed song and tap dance trio of Christopher Horsey, Bobby Fox and Nicole Melloy. Led by Christopher Horsey, who has travelled the world from Broadway to West End, the trio gave us much variation of tap with song to an almost full house at Hamer Hall. A four-piece brass ensemble. drums, an electric bass guitar and a piano backed the performers through song and tap of hit numbers such as Singing in the Rain, Me and My Shadow and a vibrant 42nd Street. A feel good dialogue had the trio casually seated around a table, telling us of how they each started in Tap and Song, all from a very young age. With the many variations of tap, that included soft-shoe dancing vaudeville style, shuffle and slide African style, the trio captured the mood and the audience with ease. Watch for their upcoming performances at Chapel on Chapel. - Review by Graeme McCoubrie

Del Rio returns

■ Bianca Del Rio is returning to Australia with her new comedy tour Unsanitized! Unsanitized! will begin in Brisbane in August, and travel to Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth, with tickets on sale from Friday (May 6). Bianca Del Rio, otherwise known as Roy Haylock, is a dimple-cheeked, larger-thanlife drag queen and outrageous comic who isn’t afraid to shock and offend. When it comes to insult comics, Bianca is in a class by herself. Fierce, funny and fabulous, she has sandblasted her name into the annals of pop culture on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Listies: really funny

■ “Really funny.” “Go to the back with the silly string.” “Ask every kid in the audience about the instruments.” “I liked how they did the inflatables.” “The baby was really funny.” “The audience calling out was annoying.” “A show for 5 – adults.” These were some of the comments brought forward from my two companions (8 and 9) following The Listies comedy festival show, Make Some Noise. As an adult with a particular interest in theatre for young people, this show hit the right ‘chord’ with enough humour, music, and interest for all ages. The performers made immature jokes, but didn’t talk down to the audience, instead played with them, showing respect in their responses and interactions. This was a clever show with lots of music, sounds, original songs – the final one I could not get out of my mind for a while. A professional looking show with everyone in the audience encouraged to join in and they did. At times it felt like a concert, at other times sketch comedy. There were some predictable moments but all delivered brilliantly. The audience laughed every time at the ’roadies bum crack’, as silly as it was as it was delivered beautifully and in context. Everything had a purpose which I think is why this show worked for both children and adults. This show is advertised as one for the whole family and it is. Richard Higgins (Rich) and Matthew Kelly (Matt) are endearing, smart, performers who deserve a following. - Review by Elizabeth Semmel

Mastress of Ceremonies

■ Heather Valentine, writer and solo performer, in her debut work Mastress of Ceremonies has certainly workshopped her script well. The result provides the audience with a captivating and incredibly funny show. Valentine plays the character of Michelle who had been asked five minutes prior to the wedding ceremony of her ex-boyfriend to be the MC (Mastress of Ceremonies). Being MC at such short notice would be a daunting and arduous task, let alone having the complication of MC at your ex’s wedding. Michelle’s primary role as MC is to keep the entire event moving along smoothly. She tries hard to do this at this somewhat disastrous event. Anyone who has been to or involved in the planning of a wedding, will find this show thoroughly amusing. They will relate to all the clichés that are typical of a traditional wedding. For example, we have the bridesmaids' awful dresses, and the speeches are somewhat salacious and suitably naughty. Weddings have their own musical repertoire for singing and dancing and Valentine includes the old favourite and much-loved line-dance, the Nutbush. The comedy is racy, quick, and reminiscent of a number of vintage English TV comedy shows, whilst Carl Whiteside’s direction is excellent. Many of the audience acted as if they were at a real wedding. Many had frocked up for the occasion and during the performance, were encouraged to ‘top up their glasses’ as the bar remained open and the audience was encouraged to continue imbibing. Valentine’s performance projected the right amount of dramatic tension and release throughout the performance, and this sustained her awesome characterization as Michelle as the “Mastress of Ceremonies” . - Mary Downie

● The Listies. Photo: Andrew Wuttke disconcertingly onscreen. Like a wired warmup guy on a TV game show, Marlborough berates the audience to applaud the show’s sponsors, Boko Haram. Marlborough then trolls through Australian popular television history to re-discover some of its most disturbing moments: a nostalgic montage of the racist, homophobic, sexist and just plain obnoxious. Who can forget the many incidences of black face? ■ Rolf Harris playing the didgeridoo. ■ Corey Worthington? ■ The infamous Big Brother turkey slap? ■ John Howard’s ‘children overboard”? ■ And who can forget Rove’s most disturbing catchphrase: ‘Who would you turn gay for?’ Marlborough is a whirlwind in human form. Electrified, he explodes onto the stage but in a way that resembles a cartoon character sticking a finger in a socket. A hyper ball of energy. Frenzied, frantic and feverish, watching Marlborough perform is like watching someone on the verge of a breakdown. An exceptionally funny person on the verge of a breakdown that is. This is decidedly dark comedy, and Marlborough tackles taboo topics like a highwire artist. Even while we’re laughing, we catch our breath, thinking that this joke might be a step too far. But he’s no novice. Marlborough knows precisely what he’s doing, which is why this show is so exhilarating. - Review by Kathryn Keeble

Gabbi Bolt

■ It’s hard to believe that I Hope my Keyboard Doesn’t Break (IHMKDB) is Bolt’s first solo live show performed at the Butterfly Club for this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She is a natural performer with a confidence and comedic presence that makes her riveting to watch. Even more impressive however is her voice. Following years trying to make it in the music industry thanks to a little extra time on her hands due to the pandemic, she branched out into music comedy – “because as if life wasn’t unstable enough”. We can be grateful to the pandemic for that. Bolt is destined for the comedy hall of fame. Having found fame on TikTok with the now infamous political and satirical duet with Kevin Rudd and her submission to an online fake Ratatouille musical, which drew international attention, she has turned her energy to live performance. Her repertoire consists of witty, topical, and tuneful melodies sung beautifully and peppered with comic pauses and hilarious quips. She finds a uniquely funny aspect to experiences we are familiar with, be it finding love on the internet, including a hilarious hypothetical date, being a parent (or not) or house sitting – a standout of the show. The more serious topics of climate change and feminism also get a unique comedic makeover with more hilarious lyrics in Give Yourself A Quick And Painless Death. ■ Not so long ago, Rove McManus was the Bolt is much more than a triple threat – she is biggest thing on TV. The three-time Logie win- a composer, lyricist, singer, and comedian. She ner seemed to disappear from our screens over- mixes it up with a wide variety of styles and night in 2009. tempos from Elton John like ballads to the Comedian Patrick Marlborough ponders this sexed-up House Sit and playful White guys who question for his frenetic show Killing Rove. play guitars. While he muses about Rove’s disappearance, Her banter between songs is polished and the disturbing, giant, deepfake head of Rove’s her segues seamless. She deserves our attensidekick, fellow comedian Peter Hellier, floats tion. - Review by Beth Klein

Killing Rove

What’s On Beige Bitch

● Emily Carr in Beige Bitch. ■ I had hoped to channel my inner mediocrity to write this review and be the beige Emily Carr championed in her one woman show, Beige Bitch. Alas, I am driven to superlatives and have failed. Structured around the five stages of grieving (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance), the audience follows the tribulations of an aspiring actress attempting to ‘make it’in a rather unforgiving industry. It is Emily’s ability to seamlessly transition between narrator and character parts through a turn of the body or change of a hat that marks her as both comic and actor. (Your break in the industry may yet be but a moment away). The variety in the presentation also extends to lyrical renditions with a ukulele. In each and every form there is comic substance some of which you have to be quick to follow but that speaks to the depth in the material the most poignant of which occurs in the ‘depression’ segment where comedy and pathos meet; the two being different sides of the same coin. There is a complementary use of audio visuals (Jackson McGovern) denoting the stages mentioned but also providing comic counterpoints. The prologue to the show, an illustrated story on screen (Sarah Silverman), while well executed, delays Emily’s arrival and doesn’t so much set up the comedy but serves as a separate storyline. This is something the dramaturge (Kaitlyn Rogers) might like to look at in the future. While beige may be what is being extolled the audience might find themselves moved beyond tawny to a comfortable crimson should they have the opportunity to see the show. - Review by David McLean

Stella winner

■ Evelyn Araluen’s Dropbear (University of Queensland Press) was named as the winner of 2022 Stella Prize for Australian women's writing. The winner was announced at a special celebration of Australian women’s writing presented in partnership with State Library Victoria. The gala event marked 10 years since the inaugural Stella Prize was awarded. Acclaimed film and television actor and producer, Claudia Karvan, hosted the evening. Karvan was one of five Stella Prize judges for the inaugural Prize in 2013. This year’s prize was presented by award-winning Bundjalung author and the 2022 Stella Prize Chair of Judges, Melissa Lucashenko. The 2022 Stella Prize was awarded to Evelyn Araluen for her debut collection of poetry and prose Dropbear. With 2022 marking the first year that poetry publications have been eligible for the Stella Prize, it is particularly significant that Dropbear has been selected as the most original, excellent, and engaging work by an Australian woman or non-binary writer. - Dina Kluska

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Local History

‘Times’ sets values in Queen Victoria’s era ■ The Murrindindi region’s first newspaperman, John Whitelaw, outlined his publishing values in his first issue of the Alexandra Timeson June 2, 1868: In making our first appearance at Alexandra on the great and important platform of journalism, we, with all politeness, raise our hat from off our head and, bending our body as gracefully as possible, beg fervently to express the hope that peace, happiness, and prosperity may rest, increase, and abide with all the inhabitants of this growing, extensive, and important district. We have cast our lot amongst the people of Alexandra, first, in compliance with the expressed wish of a large and influential public meeting, representing the commercial and mining interests of the district ; and, secondly, because we can clearly foresee that Alexandra and the surrounding districts contain the elements of future greatness, progress, and prosperity. Nature has been unusually prolific in distributing around Alexandra gold in great abundance, and, in addition to this, when we look over the splendid alluvial soil and extensive grazing country with which the banks of the Goulburn are surrounded for many miles above and below this township, we are forced to the conclusion that this district is one of the finest for settlement that is to be found in Victoria. In proof of this we need only refer to the progress of our mines and to the steady increase of the population that is establishing permanent homes throughout the district, under the 42nd section of the Land Act. We shall record the development, of the interests we have referred to, and lay before our readers authentic information regarding mining operations, and all business transactions, accompanied with such facts and figures as will give our readers sufficient data to draw their own conclusions as to the present and prospective value of mining and other property throughout the district. In politics, our views are liberal. In our loyalty and devotion to our beloved Queen we acknowledge no superior, and although we do not entirely recognize the vox populi as the vox Dei, yet we shall ever be guided in our opinions by the expressed views of the great mass of the people, believing as we do that no sound or safe government can be established that is not founded on the sympathy and support of the majority of the inhabitants of the land. The important subject of religion we leave to abler pens than ours. We believe that in our "Father's house there are many mansions," and that a place will be found above for many of all creeds and colors, and though we may prefer to worship God according to the ancient custom of our fathers, yet our willing assistance will at all times be readily given to all denominations and it shall be our careful study to discourage anything approaching sectarian or party strife. A portion of our space will he placed at the service of those who may feel disposed to express their views on any subject of general interest, even though such views may be opposed to our own, but our columns shall be as strongly barred and bolted against all communications of a scurrilous and personal nature, as are the doors of Newgate Gaol against the escape of a condemned

● John Whitelaw, first publisher of The Alexandra Times criminal. As nothing tends more to from being departed from this once injure a place than personal and party celebrated gold-field. We shall supply our readers at squabbles, we shall endeavour to culti vate harmony, friendship, and Wood's Point, Gaffney's, Raspberry, Matlock, Jericho, Gooley's Creek, good feeling in our community. In the hurry and confusion neces- and surrounding places with the sarily connected with our removal Alexandra Times in lieu of the here, and the setting of our house in Wood's Point Times and Mountainorder, we are conscious that many eer to the end of the current quarter, imperfections must have got into this after which we shall discontinue unour first issue, both as regards the less we receive a fresh order. ★ arrangement of the advertise ments, James John Hamilton McColl, and the substance and style of the taking over the Times business, and reading matter. These imperfections we shall en- changing the name to The Standard deavour to correct and avoid in our on July 7, 1877, said: In making our bow to the people next issue, and in the mean time we of this district, as the future exponent say to you, gentle readers, of its public opinion and the journal"Be to our virtues very kind, istic guardian of its interests, we feel And to our faults a little blind." Before concluding these few in- it incumbent upon us to offer a few troductory remarks, we would take remarks explanatory of our present the opportunity of informing the nu- position, and of the principles that merous supporters of the late Wood's will guide us in the conduct of this Point Times and Mountaineer that journal, as well as for the purpose of we feel reluctantly compelled to dis- removing any misapprehensions that may have arisen or been implanted continue that paper. After mature consideration it ap- in the public mind respecting the busipeared to us much better to concen- ness or political relations of the Stantrate all our force and energy in one dard to any other section of the comgood paper than weaken our efforts munity. As most of our readers are probby separating our staff and dividing our plant for the purpose of produc- ably aware, this journal has been established to fill the place hitherto ing two indifferent ones. Although personally removed occupied by theAlexandra Times, from Wood's Point the interests of the business of which has been purthat important district shall still be chased by the proprietor of the Standard, and without any desire to redear to us. A residence of four years in that flect on our predecessor, we may at mountain region as journalists has once state that it is our intention to secured for us many sincere and improve as far as possible upon the valued friends, and although the literary, typographical, and commerplace is now suffering from the ef- cial character of the Times. There can be no doubt that the fects of a mad and reckless career of unprincipled and misguided resources and pros pects of a disspeculation, yet we have the most trict, as well as the intelligence and implicit faith in Wood's Point, as a energy of its inhabi tants, are often permanent gold-producing locality. judged by the character and status of The present escort returns clearly its local newspaper, and therefore it prove that the district is steadily re- is to the interests of the residents that covering, and that the glory is far such a medium of in formation

● Queen Victoria should be creditably and honestly tenets of sound political economy. conducted, in order that it may faithWe believe that these opinions fully portray the circum stances, opin- are shared by a majority amongst ions, wants, and require ments of the the intelligent portion of our comlocality in which it circulates. munity, and we have every confiTo what extent this has been the dence that as the principles of free case hitherto it is unnecessary now trade become more widely underto enquire, because, irrespective of stood they will be those of the bulk the sound taste expressed in the of the popu lation generally. maxim, " Do mortuis nid nisi At the same time we are fully bonum," it will be more to the pur- aware that many hold contrary opinpose to speak of ourselves and our ions on this question, and we may intentions than to gird at our prede- state that, whilst firmly maintaining cessor-and in this connection we our own views and combating those should be wanting in courtesy were of our politictal opponents, we shall we to omit acknowledging the hand always endeavor to do so in a coursome and kindly manner in which teous and conciliatory manner. we were introduced to his readers in We may also observe that, whilst his last issue. we shall give forth no uncertain Suffice it, therefore, to say in this sound on this subject, we have not respect that in everything tending to the slightest intention of becoming make a good local newspaper, in- the tool of any clique or party whatcluding the vigilant chronicling of ever, and in contra diction to a statedistrict intelligence, a diligent atten- ment that appeared in print a forttion to local wants, an impartial ven- night since-that no other person has tilation of public questions, and faith- any pecuniary interest in this journal ful reports of the various periodical than the registered pro prietor, whose and casual meetings occurring in our imprint appears on its pages. midst. We, therefore, claim to occupy a We trust that the comparisons be- thoroughly independent position, and tween the old and the new will be the shall endeavor to avail ourselves of reverse of unfavorable to ourselves. it for the benefit of the whole comRegarding our politics, it is of munity, and to exercise the utmost course no secret that on one impor- impartiality towards every section of tant ques tion, that of free trade and which it is composed. protection, we differ widely from our In general politics we shall strive predecessor, and we have no hesita- to be the exponent of that true libertion in saying at the outset that we alism which aims at effecting the shall, to the best of our ability, advo- greatest good for the greatest numcate a return by the Government of ber; land with respect to questions this colony to the principles of free more immediately affecting this lotrade, believing that to be the only cality, it will be our object to stimupolicy which the states men of any late, encour age, and support every country, who have a really enlight- movement intended to advance and ened regard for its best and most promote its interests. permanent interests, can consistently In conclusion, a few words readopt. specting the business department of We are glad to think, notwith the Standard. standing the discouraging results of It will be observed that we have the recent general elections, that this already made a considerable enpolicy is now making headway largement, by the addition of an examongst the community, and we take tra column in each page. it that the very fact of a free-trade We have made arrangements for journal having supplanted a protec- the supply of telegraphic intelligence tionist one in such an important and up to the hour of going to press, and rising district as this, is some confir- also with a journalist of experience mation of the correctness of our opin- in the metropolis, for a weekly letter ion. dealing with public and social topics It will be one of our duties to fos- in an interesting and sketchy manter, encourage, and maintain this re- ner, and from a political standpoint action against what we firmly believe in harmony with our own. to be a mischievous and delusive In other respects we shall from system, calculated to mar the pros- time to time introduce new improveperity and retard the progress of the ments as opportunity offers, and withcountry, and especially oppressive to out laying claim to anything like jourits true native industries, such as ag- nalistic infallibility, we shall enriculture and mining. deavor to make the Standard worIn this task we are glad to know thy that we shall have the support and of the growing importance of assistance of a number of gentlemen Alexandra and its surroundings. who have for some time been enFor the rest, we are content to let gaged in the laudable purpose of dis- performance take the place of promseminating knowledge on this ques- ise, and confidently leave the result tion, and fur thering the advancement to the considerate appreciation of a of what we regard as the inviolable discriminating public.


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To Barbra, With Love

■ There is good reason why Barbara Joan 'Barbra' Streisand is so adored the world over – what a remarkable talent. An American icon with a career spanning over six decades - she is a multiple Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, Grammy and Tony Award winner. Few have reached the heights of her success. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Live Nation tribute to her outstanding career marking her 80th birthday (April 24), To Barbra, with Love, was a stunning and fitting tribute to her extraordinary career with seemingly endless hit after hit. While there is no mistaking the skill and faultless performance of the MSO, superbly conducted by Vanessa Scammell and music arranged by Nicholas Buc, the show truly belonged to the vocal stars Caroline O’Connor, Katie Noonan, Elise McCann andRyan Gonzalez. Cameron Mitchell directed proceedings with a seamless flow and focus. Opening with a Stephen Sondheim ensemble piece, Putting it Together from Sunday in the Park with George (1983), was a rousing beginning. It was followed by the stand-out song of the show, Woman in Love, performed by Noonan. Noonan’s vocal range and clarity was astounding and her renditions of Evergreen and Somewhere were as equally nuanced and magical. The award-winning and internationally renowned O’Connor demonstrated her star quality and powerhouse vocals in People, Don’t Rain on my Parade and Send in the Clowns. Elise McCann channelled Babs with an extraordinary likeness, and there wouldn’t have been a dry eye in the house with her beautiful and moving Papa Can you Hear Me. Delivering the male vocals for duets such as You Don’t Bring Me Flowers and Guilty, Ryan Gonzalez brought a flamboyance to the show. He also impressed with his solo performances of Gotta Move and How Lucky Can You Get. Peter Rubie’s lighting design created mood and beautifully highlighted the dramatic crescendos. Such a joy and celebration, congratulations to everyone involved. - Review by Beth Klein

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

■ Award-winning writer/director Ryusuke Hamaguchi's road-drama movie Drive My Car has scooped over 90 awards in Japan and abroad since premiering at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Australian cinema audiences can now enjoy Hamaguchi's Japanese romantic drama anthology film Wheel of

● Elise McCann in To Barbra, With Love. Photo: Nico Keenan Fortune and Fantasy (2021), which has already won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize in the 71st Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival). Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy com■ Harry Potter and the Cursed prises three 40-minute stories linked by Child in Melbourne has sold more themes of past and present, love, loss, than one million tickets, breaking revenge and the joys and perils of verbal the record for most tickets sold of and electronic communication. any stage play in Australia. Episode One, Magic (or Something This is ahead of the reimagined, Less Assuring) sees a friendly converone-part production opening this sation in a taxi between photographic month at Melbourne’s Princess model Meiko (Katone Furukawa) and Theatre. best friend Tsugumi Konno (Hyunri) This achievement comes after result in an intriguing unexpected love an already record-breaking pretriangle with Meiko’s ex-partner miere season, when more than Kazuaki (Ayumi Nakajima). Add a 128,000 tickets were purchased in touch of fantasy, but the wheel of forless than four hours on the first day tune may be unlucky for Meiko. of sales. Door Wide Open tells of failed stuAn estimated 326,500 people dent Sasaki (Shouma Kai) persuading saw the show in its first year, tophis married lover Nao (Katsuki Mori) to ping any previous record set by a seduce French professor Segawa stage play in the history of Austra(Kiyohiko Shibukawa). The wheel of lian theatre. fortune initially appears favourable for With more than half of these atscheming Sasaki until five years later tendees made up of first-time when meeting Nao on a bus. We are left theatregoers, Harry Potter and the to hope that justice will be served. Cursed Child has brought magic In the third episode, Once Again, and its technical wizardry to a Natsuko (Fusako Urabe) attends her allwhole new audience. girl high school reunion but doesn’t reThe Australian production remember any classmates. At a train stasumed performances in November tion she meets Aya (Aoba Kawai) who last year, with more than 80 per she believes is a close fellow student centof ticket holders choosing to and is invited to Aya's home. A delightretain their tickets following canfully gentle story of two mistaken identicelled performances due to ties with role-playing, leaves us feeling COVID-19. happy for the women consolidating their Producers Sonia Friedman and pasts. Colin Callender said, "We are so As in Drive My Car, director grateful to our audiences in AusHamaguchi's skilled writing and directralia to help us reach this momention uses moving transport to enhance tous milestone in the life of Harry his storytelling - inside a taxi, bus and Potter and the Cursed Child at the train station. Princess Theatre. Distributed by Potential Films, "We can’t wait to re-open with Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy will apthe reimagined version of our play peal to viewing audiences in different and introduce even more new auways. diences to the joy and excitement A thought-provoking and memorable of live theatre. film experience. Originally an epic two-part event Now screening at that cast a spell over the world, ■ Palace Balwyn, Harry Potter and the Cursed ■ Nova, Carlton Child is now reimagined as a fast■ Lido, Hawthorn paced, singular performance by ■ Classic, Elsternwick original creatives J.K. Rowling, ■ Pivotonian, Geelong Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. ■ Cameo, Belgrave Rehearsals are now underway. - Cheryl Threadgold

Million tickets to see Harry

Rourke’s Reviews After Yang

■ (PG). 96 minutes. Now showing in selected cinemas. It has sadly become quite rare for Western films to genuinely engage and move, as Hollywood studios have become obsessed with manufactured money machines, mostly involving either superheroes or Star Wars characters. So it’s with immense joy to see After Yang arrive in cinemas, which is a truly satisfying, wholly human experience. Set in the near future, androids, known as techno sapiens, are available to help people with almost every aspect of their lives. One particular couple have one, called Yang (Justin H. Min), purchased to be a supportive brother to their young, adopted daughter Mika (Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja), but he suddenly breaks down, throwing the household into turmoil. As Mika’s father Jake (Colin Farrell) valiantly tries to get Yang fixed, he realises just how much the family have drifted apart, having relied so much on the android, who we discover has a whole history of his own. Writer/director Kogonada (whose 2017 feature debut, Columbus (****), is impressive) has obviously been influenced by legendary film-maker Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line), bringing an organic emotional core to what is a familiar premise (with echoes of Blade Runner), and although the director keeps the story simple, the examination of everything happening within it is far more complex. Performances are outstanding, and production values are stunning. After Yang may have turned up without much fanfare, but it towers over so many high profile releases, and will be one of my favourite films for 2022. RATING - *****

The Northman

■ (MA). 137 minutes. Now showing in cinemas. A bold, brutal combination of Hamlet and Conan The Barbarian (1982), this new, mesmerising creation from director Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse), takes the heroic revenge adventure and approaches it from a different perspective, making us look at the cruelties that proliferate underneath that simple framework. Amleth (a committed Alexander Skarsgard) seeks revenge on the uncle (Claes Bang) who, when Amleth was young, killed his warrior king father (Ethan Hawke), and forcibly took his mother (Nicole Kidman, whose cosmetic surgery is unfortunately distracting) as his queen. Gaining access to his uncle’s

Icelandic estate by disguising himself as a slave, Amleth begins his plan to avenge his father, but is illprepared for the truth that he’ll have to face. Immersive and compelling, this is unmistakably the work of Eggars. The potent, hypnotically filmed rituals are reminiscent of brilliant scenes from movies such as The Wailing, City Of Life And Death andAltered States. Also providing strong turns are AnyaTaylor-Joy and Willem Dafoe (there is even a brief appearance from Bjork). Though the film can be seen as a pumped up adventure that features moments of graphic gore, Eggars has more on his mind, looking at the ritualistic masculinity that is passed from one generation to the next, and the destructive, traumatic effect it has on everyone and everything around them. Also intriguing is the examination of relationships between men and women, and how nothing is black and white. Gorgeously photographed and designed, this is a magnificent, big screen experience. RATING - ****

The Unbearable Weight Of Immense Talent

■ (M). 106 minutes. Now showing in cinemas. A great premise somewhat goes wanting in this enjoyable if one-note comedy, which never reaches the crazy heights it could have. Cage plays ‘himself’, a neurotic actor who is always questioning his worth, is still dealing with the breakup of his marriage, and has a rocky relationship with his teenage daughter. In debt, Cage accepts an offer to entertain a rich fan in Mallorca (Pedro Pascal), but complications ensue when the fan may be a notorious criminal. Nicolas Cage is always a game actor, and he gives a typically committed performance, and there is good work from Pascal and Sharon Horgan. The second half loses steam, as the film-makers have trouble cleverly walking that fine line between a 90’s Cage action film and a Cage satire. Though it does reference some of his earlier work, co-writer/director Tom Gormican is obviously of a younger age where Cage’s action films have influenced him the most, which may prove disappointing to older fans who have watched Cage since the early 80s. But after this and Ambulance, can we please have a moratorium on The Rock references? RATING - *** - Aaron Rourke

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■ Hoagy Carmichael was an amazing man he composed more than 200 songs and also had a career as a pianist, singer, actor and bandleader. Hoagy Carmichael was born in Bloomington Indiana, in 1899. He scored the name ‘Hoagy’ from a circus troupe called ‘The Hoaglands’ who stayed in their family home for a period of time. Hoagy had two younger sisters and his musical mother taught him to sing and play the piano. He attended the Indiana University in Bloomington, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree and a Law Degree. Hoagy began playing with local bands and was friends with Leon ‘Bix’ Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong. He began composing songs and making recordings in 1924. During the day, he was working with a law firm and playing in bands at night. In 1927 Hoagy recorded his composition Stardust for the first time at the Gennett Records Studio in Richmond, Indiana, accompanying himself on the piano. He moved to New York City and his first major composition Rocking Chair was recorded by Louis Armstrong and Mildred Bailey. In 1930, he composed the song Georgia on My Mind with Stuart Gorrell - 30 years later Ray Charles had a huge hit with the song and today it is the theme song of the State of Georgia.

Magazine Whatever Happened To ... Hoagy Carmichael

By Kevin Trask of 3AW and 96.5 Inner FM Hoagy collaborated with Johnny Mercer in 1933 and wrote their hit song Lazybones in less than half an hour - Hoagy wrote the music and Johnny penned the lyrics. Hoagy Carmichael was one of the famous Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the 20th Century and some of his other hit compositions included Lazy River, Blue Orchids, I Get Along Without You Very Well, Small Fry, Washboard Blues, Two Sleepy People, Heart and Soul, Skylark and How Little We Know. Hoagy married Ruth Meinardi in 1937 and they had two children during their marriage which lasted for 19 years. Hoagy was nominated for anAcademy Award for his song Ole Buttermilk Sky in 1947 which

● Hoagy Carmichael he wrote with Jack Brooks. He won the 1951 Academy Awardfor Best Song In The Cool Cool Cool of the Evening which he wrote with his old friend Johnny Mercer. In his acceptance speech Hoagy thanked Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman for the way they presented the song in the film Here Comes the

Groom. Hoagy had a most successful career as an actor and his films included: To Have and Have Not, Johnny Angel, Bells on their Toes, Young Man with a Horn and The Las Vegas Story. He had an ongoing role in the television western series Laramie which also starred John Smith. After his divorce from Ruth in 1955 Hoagy did not marry again until 1977 when he married Wanda McKay and they were together until Hoagy died. Hoagy Carmichael passed away in 1981 at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, from a heart attack at the age of 82. His family donated his piano and memorabilia to the Indiana University and a room has been set up to display items from the collection As I write this article I am playing Ray Charles singing Georgia on My Mind through the speakers of my computer. 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.

Vitali, eminent Italian photographer, on show On culture

■ Meg Watson has commenced a new role at The Age as a Culture Reporter. She joins from ABC Everyday, where she recently finished a 12-month contract as a Digital Reporter.

Polite Mammals

■ ArtPlay brings Polite Mammals to life on Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8, at 10am and 1.30pm at Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square, Melbourne, recommended for children ages five to nine. Polite Mammals is created by award-winning kids’ comedy group and physical artists The Wholesome Hour, as part of ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab - a program that supports artists and children to work together to develop new arts experiences. Polite Mammals will invite children and their parents to explore animals in all their forms -from the stinky and sparkly to the real and imaginary. The 60-minute program will be filled with singing, dancing, puppets, and funny characters dreamed up by children. The Wholesome Hour performer, Lily Fish, said Polite Mammals is a kaleidoscope of colour, laughter and creativity. “We hope the children will see themselves reflected in the work their humour, their world view and their experiences. But most importantly we want them to leave the theatre absolutely exhausted from laughing so much,” she said. Event Details: Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 at 10 am and 1.30pm at Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square, Melbourne. Cost: $15 per adult, $10 per child. Bookings. https://www. polite-mammals-show.aspx - Cheryl Threadgold

Massimo Vitali: Leporello Massimo Vitali, one of the most eminent Italian photographers, is best known for his large-scale colour images of beaches and mass leisure events. Vitali has never been drawn to emptiness, and deserted cities hold little interest for him. But following the European lockdown of 202, as soon as it was possible to leave the house in Italy and travel outside one’s own town, people began to return to the beaches. And Vitali was there, ready to capture the Italians during their moment of relaxation and leisure, as if to ask himself if they had really changed. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Italian Institute of Culture and Monash Gallery of Art and will be shown in the CBD during PHOTO2022. Exhibition closes May 22. Venue: Shop 5, Upper Level 3 Southgate Avenue Southbank.

At Geelong

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 57. The National Wool Museum the exclusive Victorian home of the much loved wildlife photographer of the Year 57 from the Natural History Museum London. The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London is now on at the National Wool Museum, featuring exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breath-taking diversity of the natural world. Using photography’s unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating the planet. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 55 years. Exhibition closes May 15. National Wool Museum Wadawurrung Country 26 Moorabool St, Geelong

The Arts

with Peter Kemp

NGV Collection

Transforming Worlds: Change and Tradition in Contemporary India. Drawn entirely from the NGV Collection, the exhibition showcases an important new collecting focus resulting in more than sixty recent acquisitions that have never before been displayed. The presentation features dynamic and thought-provoking woks by established and emerging artists form distinct communities across India, including the Gond and Warii painters of central India, the Suther, Jogi, Santal and Madhubani artists of northern India, and the Kalighat and Chritraker painters of eastern India. Many featured artists share long intergenerational lineages with artists families and communities central to the development of Indian vernacular movements and styles that have gained international recognition in recent years. Exhibition closes Augst 22. National Gallery of Victoria 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne - Peter Kemp ● Wherever you are, you can have a free Digital Edition of this newspaper delivered to your inbox. It is an exact replica of the print edition. Register at:

OK. With John O’Keefe What could be worse?

● Jackson Kalb ■ The worst thing a chef could suffer is to lose their sense of smell and taste. It happened in America to professional chef Jackson Kalb. Worst still, he lost his sense of taste - due to COVID - just prior to being a contestant on TV food show 'Top Chef'. Jacob battled on, cooked up a storm on TV but had no way of smelling or tasting his fare. The good news is Jacob has recovered and his sensory facilities have returned .

You sexy thing

■ It sounds like a storm in a teacup but heads are locked over the new appearance of the Green M&M confectionery button. The design of M/s Green waswearing go-go boots, lip gloss, thick eye lashes - she had adopted the Kadashian look. Some adored her raunchy new look, so much that Rolling Stone magazine said “Let the Green M&M look like a nasty little slut.” Owner of the brand Mars Wrigley said 'No way'.

KISS logo for sale

■ Fifty years ago, when KISS band members first formed the group, guitarist Ace Frenly designed their logo. His design was meticulously designed and is now about to be auctioned with starting bids at $50,000. To preserve the concept the design is preserved in an airtight opaque box.

Superstar to Water Boy

■ Over the Easter break former AFL hard man Heath Shaw made the headlines when he tried to play as a celebrity guest for the local Benalla club. Heath was already signed with a Melbourne based community club who kicked up a stink about Heath playing elsewhere despite being part of a fund raiser. The long and short story ended in Heath not allowed to play and volunteered to run the boundary as water boy.

Back to the outback

■ It is an interesting flick combining excellent animation with the animal characters voiced by some of Australia's best-known actors including Kylie, Tim Minchin, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce and Isla Fisher. Isla's voice is cast as Maddie, a Taipan, the deadliest snake in the world. Might sound gruesome but it's fun with a wholesome message. Catch it on Netflix. - John O’Keefe



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Stateside with Gavin Wood in West Hollywood

Emotional footy retirements

■ Hi everyone, remotely from my suite at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites in West Hollywood comes this week’s news.

Out and About

Top AFL execs move on

■ Following on from nine years as President, Ben Buckley has handed over the chairmanship of the North Melbourne Football Club to Dr Sonja Hood. She is a lifetime Kangaroos supporter and CEO of ‘The Huddle’ at Arden St headquarters from 2010 to 2015. Dr Hood will oversee an $8 million extension of North Melbourne’s headquarters and the Arden Urban Renewal Project. Gillon McLachlan, CEO of the Australian Football League, has announced after eight years in charge ,that he will be stepping down as Chief Executive at the end of the 2022 season. Managing Director of the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites, 8585 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Alan Johnson is still in charge and charged up and ready for all the Australians who will be coming to stay at his Hotel, now that the planes are flying over the Pacific Ocean again after a two-year COVID break.

Preventing suicide

■ ICE automatically installed a suicide prevention app on employees’ government-issued smartphones this week, staffers told The Washington Times, calling it a grim sign of just how far morale has sunk at the immigration agency. The app poses a series of questions designed to spot troubling mental health and spur awareness. In an email to employees, the acting deputy director at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement urged employees to report any colleagues they believe are disposed to take their own lives. ● Gillon McLachlan, Ben Buckley and Alan Johnson

40-year inflation high

■ Inflation ran red-hot again in January, with consumer prices surging to a fresh four-decade high of 7.5 per cent. The latest spike which jumped past economists’ expectations for a 7.2 per cent jump marked the highest annual increase since February 1982 for the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index, a closely tracked inflation gauge that details the costs of goods and services such as food, gas and rent. “Increases in the indexes for food, electricity, and shelter were the largest contributors to the seasonally adjusted all items increase,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a release. On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.6 per cent compared to December, according to the BLS. The core Consumer Price Index, which excludes volatile food and gas prices, rose 0.6 per cent in January and 6 per cent over the last 12 months. The latest figures will only heighten scrutiny of the Federal Reserve’s plan to tighten monetary policy following a lenient approach during the COVID-19 pandemic. The central bank is expected to enact its first interest rate hike in more than three years in March, with several more hikes expected throughout the year as the Fed seeks to curb inflation.

1950 Census data

■ The US National Archives released a batch of Census records from 1950, shedding light on the life of more than 150 million Americans at the midpoint of the 20th century and after World War II. The records were kept private under federal rules, restricting public access for 72 years. The 1950 census is one of the last of its kind, with more than 20 detailed questions asked of every person. The data spans 6.4 million digitised pages and include names, ages, addresses, as well as answers to questions about ancestry, the kinds of toilets and kitchen sinks families had, and more. Census forms from later decades were eventually changed to ask fewer questions, with the 2010 census asking 10 and the 2020 census asking only nine. The detailed questions give historians and genealogists an unprecedented look at the personal dynamics, relationships, and sentiments of society at the time. About 26 million Americans living in 1950 are still alive, according to online genealogy platform My Heritage.

Buzzing at work

■ More people are going to work with a buzz in the US now than in the last two decades, according to new data that says worker shortages and loosening restrictions have driven the increase. Nearly 4 per cent of more than six million workers who were randomly urine tested in 2020 for marijuana use tested positive, a 50 per cent increase over 2017. The data, from Quest Diagnostics’ annual drug-testing index, may reflect the fact that 10 more states have legalized marijuana since then, when recreational use was legal in eight states. Many companies have stopped random testing for marijuana and some states where pot is legal are not allowed to use test results in hiring decisions.

Dangerous US roads

■ US roads saw the largest increase on record in deaths per mile travelled in 2020, including a 26 per cent increase in hitand-run fatalities that outpaced the increase in overall deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the data earlier this month. Hit-and-run deaths have grown steadily in the last 15 years as a share of traffic deaths. Victims of hit-and-runs are also increasingly pedestrians and cyclists. In 2020, 69.6 per cent of hit-and-run deaths were either pedestrians or cyclists, compared with 61.1 per cent in 2006. Roughly one in four pedestrian deaths in 2020 was a hit-and-run. “The hit-and-run statistics are bad. But it’s all part of the larger problem of pedestrian safety. That’s a crisis,” said Julia Griswold, a traffic safety researcher focused on pedestrians and bicyclists at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley.

Troubles at US


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

■ Forty-year-old Stephen Knittel has been a Disney fan “since diapers.” His parents took him to Disneyland as soon as he could walk, he says, and he used his season passes to Disneyland California to take his five-year-old and two-yearold to the theme parks before COVID-19 shut down the country. When Disney parted ways with actress Gina Carano, he began to reconsider supporting the company. He became even more sceptical when Disney announced the film Turning Red, a movie that touches on themes of sexual maturation and puberty. But it was Disney’s stance on Florida’s bill banning classroom conversations on gender and sexual orientation for young children that pushed Knittel over the edge. “It saddens me to think that the magic that was part of my life and my wife’s too will not be part of theirs,” the Orange County, California, resident said of his children in an email to The Daily Wire, “because the only way we can effectively voice our opinion to a company like Disney is to refuse to do business with them.” “For us that means cancelling Disney+ and the Disney Movie Club, deleting Disney Insiders memberships, and boycotting any and all creative works put forth by Disney,” he continued. “I’m not sorry for our decision and can’t even pity a company for making such a poor decision when they have enough clout to do whatever the hell they want and this is the direction they’ve decided upon.”

Tobacco stocks perform

● Sonja Hood

Come and visit us

■ If you are considering coming over for a holiday in 2022, 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 to receive the ‘Special Rate of the Day’ for your advance bookings. Please contact: Jennifer at Happy Holidays, Gavin Wood

■ Tech stocks have taken a beating in 2022, driven in part by fears of rising interest rates. Where have investors gone for refuge? Some have piled funds into very non-tech assets, Tobacco stocks. While the tech-heavy Nasdaq index is down 13 per cent this year, some smoky names are doing well, per The Wall Street Journal. Philip Morris International which sells Marlboro cigarettes outside the US is up 14 per cent. Altria which sells Marlboros in the US is up 6 per cent. British American Tobacco is up 20 per cent. These assets have lagged in recent years. Why? Asset managers that control $12 trillion+ have pledged, on ethical grounds, to not invest in tobacco firms. Why the turnaround? Tobacco firms, peddling addictive wares, generate predictable cash flows. It lights up investor interest because it means juicy dividends that hedge against higher inflation. Per WSJ, Philip Morris and Altria will need to make progress in “less-risky” products AKA e-cigarettes, vaping to drive real gains. It’s much easier said than done: Altria backed one-time e-cigarette darling Juul, only to see the startup mired in lawsuits for marketing to minors. Longer term, regulators will decide the fate of the tobacco industry. The current uptick may very well burn out.

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By Rob Foenander info@countrycrossroads

Run With Me

■ Melbourne Blues sensation Andrea Marr, along with her music partner John McNamara, are proud to release their brand new album, Run With Me. The two are well known in both the local and Australian music scene for their well crafted songs and gritty live performances. Prestigious music awards have also been won along the journey. More info at

Darlinghurst win

■ The 0th Tamworth Golden Guitar awards saw local country - pop group Darlinghurst take out the new talent of the year trophy. Jason Resch, Pagan Newman, Cassie Leopold and Matt Darvidis make up the fast rising band who can also claim a number one album on the Aria Country Music charts.

Sir Cliff tribute

■ Australian music legend Marty Rhone returns to the stage with his tribute to Sir Cliff Richard. The show is billed as a stunning audio visual spectacular and Aussie music guru Donny Sutherland describes it as the best Aussie show he’s ever seen. Opening night of the 2022 tour is May 14 at West Gippsland Arts Centre. The very next afternoon (May 15) 2.30pmis at The Palms at Crown. Bookings martyrhone - Rob Foenander


Legends of the Skies at Moorabbin

■ With the ability now to have a major performance, Maggie Morrison and her team at Legends of the Skies (Lots Theatre Inc) commemorated ANZAC eve with an impressive performance of song and dialogue, capped off with reflection over historical war time aircraft in the heritage hangar at Moorabbin Airport. Opening with the reciting by David Dodd of C.J.Dennis’s memorable 1914 poem, The Austra - - laise, that featured that word “bloody” throughout the blanks. Such a word was frowned upon in those respectful days. Yet it won him an author's award. In a cabaret style setting the two hours were spent in facts, yarns, music, and a participating quiz where the eight tables tested themselves in a hotly contested session of ANZAC related topics, put together by Jim Williams and compered by Maggie Morrison. The story of the creation of ANZAC was emotionally told by the youth cast of Jemma Gay, Sydney Inglis, Oscar Sheedy, Harrison Sheedy and Robbie Sheedy with Robbie Sheedy later paying tribute to the contribution of our indigenous solders. Excellent visuals, including soldiers in trenches, soldiers facing Gallipoli fire and even paying respects to the Red Baron, during the bloody 11 to 1 flying encounters in 1916, were amongst those screened supporting the dialogue and song.

Barb Mendleson, while bringing us little known war time songs also led us in the popular Pack up Your Troubles and It’s a Long Way to Tipperary. Graeme Hanks on guitar, Colin Prosser on keyboard gave great backing while Maggie Morrison and David Dodd linked the various scenes with well written and poignant narratives. Additionally, some little known historical events were orated as thought provoking yarns by John McCulloch. A wonderful reflection of ANZAC well presented, culminating with all sharing in, I Am Australian and We’ll Meet Again. - Graeme McCoubrie

Wake Against The Machine

■ Matt Harvey held little back as he delivered a biting and acrimonious recount of his experience in the workforce in his Melbourne Comedy Festival offering, Wage Against the Machine. Kudos must be given for his quirky play on the title (which landed him some funding) and a crisp and confident delivery that was both accomplished and well delivered. As is to be expected the fall-out from the pandemic has provided much fodder for this year’s comedy festival. For Harvey – he quit his job. While gently guided to the

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and Media Manager Johann Jayasinha into their Champions Group. It is a well deserved recognition for the Hampton Park based Johann who has been a multi-cultural sports and community leader for over 20 years. His experience is not only in the cricket arena but many other sporting codes too. He has worked with the ICC, Cricket Victoria, Sri Lankan Cricket, Cricket Australia, Commonwealth Games, the VRC and AFL, and received official accreditation to report on many of their events. His work has also seen him lead several overseas sports development programs that have given participants invaluable experiences in different environments and other cultural diversity opportunities. With COVID preventing a lot of plans in recent times, he’s now hoping to recommence new programs in the near future Whilst being a tireless leader and worker in the multicultural community Johann has also maintained a successful career in retail and media. Within the Sri Lankan sector SNNI has covered countless events over the years. His action shots can be seen right throughout social media plat■ The ICC T20 World Cup has forms and in newspapers around inducted SNNI (Sports N News the globe. International) National Operations - Rob Foenander Centrelink line-up by his employee, ultimately it was a bold stick-it-to‘em move following workplace abuse, an injury and dodgy work practices. There’s plenty of material there for a robust comedy show and despite even his jobs in a theme park and porn shop providing additional potentially funny storylines, the comedy is a little too subtle and there is a sense of self-pity rather than finding humour in dire circumstances. Moving on, Harvey targets a ridiculous Centrelink definition of a couple which produces some chuckles and some cutting reflections on Robodebt. While there is admiral courage and fortitude in delivering a 60minute routine, and Harvey did well to engage his audience – he would benefit from workshopping his material and getting a better feel for what works, what can be strengthened and what needs to be cut. For example, his storytelling is far more interesting than his commentary and he ended on a high note with his funny and animated story about operating the roller coaster for the very first time. - Beth Klein



with Matt Bissett-Johnson

Mike McColl Jones

Top 5


5. The dark side of the Moon. 4. Licorice Allsorts. They should be sold in separate bags. 3. Silver Top taxis. (Offensive to senior citizens). 2. Manangatang. (Should be Personangatang). 1. Call someone bald. That should work a treat.

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Darley Australia going all out

■ Darley Australia has announced its fees for its incredibly strong 2022 roster. The 18 stallions, who will stand in New South Wales and Victoria, are all Group One winners, and offer strength, class and exceptional value. Exceed and Excel at $132,000 retains his position as top stallion, supported by proven barn mate, Street Boss, at $ 77,000, and sire-son, Bivouac at $66,000. The 2022 roster is remarkable:18 high-class stallions, all Group One winners from three elite first-season stars: five- time winner, Palace Pier ($55,000); champion two-year-old and Pinatubo ($55,000). Then you have Victor Ludorum, a Group One winner at two, and three, standing at $24,750. Telling other statistics reveal the exceptional quality of this year’s roster: ■ 22 champion titles, either on race track or as sires; ■ 54 Group One wins; ■ 14 of the 18 stallions,are an outcross opportunity for Danehill mares; ■ Three are Danehill’s line, notably Exceed and Excel, and his sons Bivouac, and Microphone plus Astern, from a daughter of Exceed and Excel; ■ 39 Group One winners sired by seven proven stallions on the roster. It’s typical at his time of the year to hear how exceptional, a roster is. However, it’s not until you analyse the key metrics, that you unearth the true measure of a roster’s quality. That sorts the wheat from the chaff. “That’s where the Darley Roster excels”, said Godolphin Australia Managing Director, Vin Cox. “Consider the significance of this just one statistic: 22 champion awards. That alone is remarkable. And when you look at what the Darley Stallions continue to achieve on the track and in the sales ring, it’s a serious roster”. With emerging sires such as Harry Angel ($16,500), whose yearlings attracted numerous top buyers this year, and Kermade ($16,500). There has already been a genuine weightfor -age performer in Montefilia, it is the young stallions that stand out. Supporting the three first-season stars are second season sire , Bivouac, the world champion sprinter, and Ghaiyyath ($27,500), the world’s best racehorse, Also listed is the champion two -year-old, Earthlight, at $ 22,000. You can add, Too Darn Hot ($44,000), Blue Point ($44,000) and Microphone ($33,000) who retired in 2020.

but eligibility was restricted to farmers involved in food and fibre production. TBA lobbied Federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, as well as finance boss Simon Birmingham, to have this eligibility criteria changed. Last year Mr Littleproud announced that RIC would conduct a review of its lending criteria. With TBA to provide detailed submission outlining how these loans would allow breeders to strengthen their businesses.

Great news

■ After a great day at the Woodlands Golf Course at Mordialloc for the their Trust, and the National Jockeys Trust, figures are now in. Their marketing guru, John Sweeney, was happy to tell me that a total of $38.110 was raised on the day. The National; Jockeys Trust received $19,055.00, while the Woodlands Trust gained the same figure, ● Bivouac after winning the Darley Sprint Classic at Flemington Racecourse. Over the years they have been running the Photo: George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos. day, which is mainly for jockeys, business people purchasing breeding stock, acquiring machin- or any company that would like to join in. ery and other capital investments. It’s been most successful for some time, and Access to the RIC loans comes after a Gov- I am very proud to be able to play a small part in ernment review of the eligibility criteria, which the day with interviews with top racing people, had initially excluded horse breeders. from back at the old Epsom Track, which was All loans through the RIC are provided on a next door to the Golf Club. This was after it was variable interest rate, which currently stands at sold and split up into housing allotments. 2.31 per cent. Over the years thanks to great people who To access RIC finance, breeders will also put them time in, to help get the day rolling, like have to have a matching loan, with a commer- John Sweeney, backed by the Golf Club, and the National Jockeys Association. cial lender. For example, somebody borrowing $1 milIt is held each year on the third Monday in lion from RIC, would be required to borrow $1 March, attracting not only jockeys and personmillion dollars from a Bank or their lender. alities to come and participate, but helping the TBA understands that both Inglis and Magic Woodlands Trust, who help local charities in Millions will be considered suitable commer- their area. The money for the National Jockeys cial lenders, allowing for the investment in breed- Trust looks after riders who may have been uning stock. fortunately hurt in a race fall or otherwise, to get The RIC first began issuing loans in 2020, back to the sport they love.

Ted Ryan

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Relief for breeders

■ Thoroughbred breeders are on the verge of receiving some welcome news that they will able to access concessional Government loans after a sustained lobbying effort by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia. The loans will, be made available through the Regional Investment Corporation, a Federally backed body that provides finance to pri-

mary producers. There are five different loans, all of which allow borrowers to pay only interest for the first five years. Breeders will be able to use the loans for a wide variety of purposes including buying land,

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Stawell winners on ANZAC Day

■ Salt Creek (Great Western District) owners Phillip and Tammy Giles were winners at Stawell on Monday April 25 when 5Y0 Majestic SonWee Sun Lass gelding Double Helix was victorious in the VHRC / Aldebaran Park Benefiting Our Members Trotters Handicap over 2180 metres. Trained by Phillip and driven by Hamilton’s Jackie Barker, Double Helix stepped safely from barrier five to settle five back along the markers as pole marker Dream Over anticipated the start to a nicety to lead before old timer Jaden Gil which also began fast from barrier six crossed him shortly after the start. Coming away from the inside to follow The Girls Got Flair forward after travelling a lap, Double Helix was left exposed when The Girls Got Flair assumed control leaving him uncovered for the rest of the journey. Striding clear on the final bend, Double Helix was untroubled to run out a 3.1 metre winner over Jaden Gil along the sprint lane, with Show Me The Moolah (20m) third a metre back after trailing the winner throughout. The mile rate 2-06.9. ■ The Levarg Racing Group have won numerous races over the years including some high quality events and added another to the list when Captaintreacherous-Miss Dream Star filly Jilliby Willow blitzed her rivals in the APG – The Industry’s Not For Profit Sales Co. Pace over 1785 metres. Trained at Terang by Marg Lee, Jilliby Willow driven by Codi Rauchenberger exploded away from gate six to clear the field easily, toying with her rivals to greet the judge by 11.1 metres in advance of Presidentialchange (one/ two - three wide trail last lap) on the back of Dancin With Elvis ahead of her. Miradero was third 5.1 metres away after following Presidentialchange home in the three wide line. The mile rate 1-59.4. ■ Long time harness participant Ken Feltus and co-owners Michael Gazzard, Peter Burchell and Bernard Flood were in the winners circle when their 6Y0 Net Ten Eom-Silky Franco gelding Don’t Need An Excuse in the care of astute Naracoorte trainer Greg Scholefield led throughout in the hands of James Herbertson to land the 2180 metre Don’t Miss Out On The VHRC Bonuses Pac in a mile rate of 1-58.3. Beginning fast from gate three to lead, Don’t Need An Excuse was rated a treat at the head of affairs to easily account for a game Jilliby Dynamite (three wide to outside the leader from gate five) by 2.4 metres. Whats Stanley Got (one/one from gate four) was third 12.8 metres away after switching down to be three back the markers approaching the home turn.

Profitable Shepp.

■ Shelbourne trainer Kate Hargreaves enjoyed a profitable night at Shepparton’s big 10 event card on Tuesday with a stable long shot double including $151 winner Tex Goes Bang in the Barastoc Pace over 2190 metres and $31 chance Gauci in the Neatline Homes Pace over the same journey. ■ Following a brilliant drive by Nathan Jack, Tex Goes Bang, a 6Y0 Bettors Delight-Eastern Lookout gelding raced and bred by Mitch Sidebottom settled mid-field in the moving line from gate five on the second line as Reckless Dream (gate three) led until the bell when Damian Wilson’s last start winner at the track Roman Arnie (gate two second line) vacated the one/one spot to cross and lead. Switching down to the sprint lane on turning, Tex Goes Bang did exactly that to gain the day by 3.8 metres over What A Pleasure ($151) from a mile back, with Hard Rock Shannon ($21) third a head away after always being handy resulting in the trifecta paying a dividend of $10,057.30. The mile rate 1-59.3. ■ Five year old ex-Tasmanian Betterthancheddar-Magic In Flight gelding Gauci driven by Ellen Tormey led out from gate six before being crossed by Del Port which eased off his back shortly after the start to assume control. Enjoying a cosy passage, Gauci finished best along the sprint lane to blouse the leader by a half neck, with first starter Arbee third 4.5 metres back after following the pair. The mile rate an identical 1-59.3.

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with Len Baker ■ Lara trainer Nathan Purdon combined with fellow countryman Josh Dickie aboard Always B Miki-The Waratah gelding The Cid to land the TAB Long May We Play Pace over 2190 metres. In a race of changes, The Cid found the front after travelling a short distance before being eased to allow Classic Mix Up to take over. Given the run of the race, The Cid using the sprint lane scored by a neck in 1-57.8 from the fast finishing No Neigh Philtra (four back the markers) along the sprint lane, with Always Locksley third 3.8 metres back after racing exposed from the bell. ■ Locksley owner/trainer John Nissen’s exciting 4Y0 Love You-Elusive Charm gelding Locksley Lover was outstanding in taking the 2190 metre Euroa Mems Shed Trotters Handicap. With regular driver Bec Bartley in the sulky. Locksley Lover starting from 20 metres stepped cleanly but settled a long way off the pacemaker Alluring Tyron starting outside the front line to be seven back along the marker pegs. Coming away from the inside racing for the bell, Locksley Lover was accommodated by That’s Not My Gate (three back the markers) coming away from the inside to lead up the outside division giving him a nice ride home. Easing three wide on the final bend, Locksley Lover looked to be in trouble as the leader which had been rated a treat by Mark Pitt kicked away with a handy lead. Showing a great will to win, Locksley Lover dug in deep over the concluding stages to register a 1.1 metre margin returning a mile rate of 2-02.1 (last half 57.2 – quarter 28.7). Star Down Under (three back the markers was third 13.6 metres away. ■ Rockbank owner/trainer Ted Caruana received a tonic after his smart 4Y0 Courage Under Fire-Crown Defender colt District Attorney produced an impressive performance to snare the 1690 metre Your Sold Real Estate Pace in a rate of 1-58.1. Driven by Jodi Quinlan, District Attorney (gate three) went forward from three back in the moving line racing for the bell to park out for the final circuit. Kicking clear on straightening, District Attorney reached the wire 7.8 metres in advance of Little Demon which eased away from the back of the weakening leader El Boston to give chase. Sweet Creation (one/one) held down third albeit 8.4 metres back.

Late starter

■ Ballarat raced on Wednesday and Marong trainer David Van Ryn combined with Leigh Sutton to land the $10,000 Aldebaran Park Vicbred Maiden Trotters Mobile over 2200 metres with 5Y0 Angus Hall-False Gem gelding Simulant. ‘ A late starter who was making only his third race appearance, Simulant began brilliantly from outside the front line to lead and after being driven to perfection, defied all challengers to record a 7.6 metre margin over polemarker Rosies Pride which trailed in a rate of 2-04.8. Mielicki (four back the markers) ran on late out wide for third 9.4 metres away. ■ Moyreisk co-trainers Barry and Ashley Ainsworth have enjoyed a good season to date and provided another winner when 6Y0 Majestic Son-Dreamachiever mare Majestic Achiever driven by Ash led throughout from gate three in the Haymarket Trotters Mobile over 2200 metres.

Rated a treat, Majestic Achiever held a margin to the wire, accounting for Quick Witted which raced outside her by 1.1 metres, with Mystic Chip (one/one – three wide home turn) third 2.2 metres away. The mile rate 2-04.6. Majestic Achiever is raced by Barry’s wife Katrina. ■ Honest 4Y0 Well Said-Fine Exception mare Miss Tyler chalked up her 4th success in 33 outings when victorious in the 1710 metre National Tiles Pace. Trained by Julie Douglas at Strathfieldsaye, Miss Tyler was eased to the tail of the field by stable reinsman Jack Laugher from outside the front line as noted front runner Trent From Punchy piloted the field from gate two. Easing three wide on the final bend, Miss Tyler raced by a large syndication of friends and associates ran home strongly to prevail by 2.1 metres over Trent From Punchy. Seaside Sister (gate three) was third 4.5 metres back after extricating from three back the markers following an unsuccessful bid for the lead. The mile rate 1-56.7. ■ The Emma Stewart trained big guns were out in force when resuming at the meeting with champion filly of last season Ladies In Red defeating stablemates Joanna and Tough Tilly in a heat of the APG 4Y0 (Mares) and Beyond Delight taking a heat for 4Y0 Entires & Geldings in advance of stablemate Act Now and Treacherous Rock. Both races over 1710 metres.

Kilmore abandoned

■ Thursday was supposed to be double day with Charlton racing in the afternoon and Kilmore at night, however the Kilmore meeting was abandoned after heavy rain effected the track. ■ The annual Djaara Cup fixture was the feature at Charlton with the victor being Kialla trainer Rod Lakey’s 3Y0 Art Major-Lombo Cloud Nine gelding Lochinvar Jag in a mile rate of 1-57.9. Driven by former Charltonian Ellen Tormey, Lochinvar Jag led throughout from the pole to street his rivals by 19.2 metres from local hope Cee Cee In America (three back the markers from gate four) which was badly held up before using the sprint lane. Monsieur Delacour (gate three - one/one) was third a head away. ■ Mount Gambier breeder/owner/trainer Paul Rousch makes a habit of crossing the border to take our money and handy Artesian-Hope Williams 8Y0 gelding Thelongroadknowhere was successful in The Vale Of Avoca Pace over 2100 metres. Driven by Brent Murphy, Thelongroadknowhere spent most the race race three back along the markers from gate four as All Saints Beach led from the pole. Angling four wide on the final bend, Thelongroadknowhere finished at 100 miles an hour to run out an easy 2.8 metre victor over a death-seating Not Telling returning a mile rate of 2-00.2. All Saints Beach held third 7 metres back. ■ The 2100 metre Warpil (Wedge Tail Eagle) Trotters Mobile went the way of Romsey trainer/ driver Chris Svanosio’s 4Y0 Majestic Son-Don’t Question This mare Appearfromnowhere bred and raced by Veritas Holdings Pty Ltd. Beginning fast to lead from gate three, Appearfromnowhere was untroubled to score by 11.7 metres from Savvy Kyvalley (gate five) which trailed after dropping the back of the winner. Bacardi Jess was third 2.5 metres back after trailing the pair and using the sprint lane. The mile rate 2-01.1. ■ Young reinsmen Jack Laugher and Connor Clarke enjoyed a great afternoon each providing a driving double. Laugher successful aboard Julie Douglas’ home bred Sweet Lou-Miss Laura Jane filly Ozzie Sweet Pea in the Cricket Club Hotel 2Y0 Pace over 1609 metres in a rate of 156 and father Michael’s veteran 10Y0 Christian Cullen-Jaz Tanner gelding Christian Jaz in the 1609 metre Banya (Ring Tailed Possum) Pace returning a mile rate of 1-58.9. ■ Connor Clarke’s winners were Allendale trainer Adam Stephens’ 5Y0 Bettors DelightLombo Madam Lashe gelding Silver Domino in the Barrumal (Emu) Pace over 1609 metres in 1-55.9 and 8Y0 Mach Three-Filly Won gelding On Wheels for Red Cliffs trainer Naomi Kerr in the 2100 metre TAB Long May We Play Pace which returned a mile rate of 1-58.2.

Sulky Snippets This Week

■ Wednesday – Ballarat, Thursday – Bendigo, Friday – Yarra Valley/Mildura, Saturday – Melton, Sunday – Shepparton, Monday – Horsham, Tuesday – Kilmore.

Bendigo bulletin

■ Bendigo was Friday’s fixture and two of the nicest men in the business Phil Chircop and Clinton Welsh both were victorious on the night. Betting Line-Sapphire Lil gelding Sapphire Gambler raced by Steve Carter and Matt (Wooley) Alush snared the Gold Central Victoria 3Y0 Maiden Pace over 1650 metres for Phil Chircop following another outstanding drive by James Herbertson. Pushing through from inside the second line to settle three back along the markers as favourite Miramanee led from gate two after crossing polemarker Interpretation, Sapphire Gambler appeared to be travelling easily approaching the final bend and when angled three wide, ran home best to prevail by a nose in a tricky finish over the leader, with Interpretation third a neck away. The mile rate a slick 1-55.1. ■ Four year old Betterthancheddar-Nova Arama gelding Hameldaeme trained and driven by Clinton Welsh snared the 2150 metre Northern Rivers Equine Vet Clinic and Llowalong Farms Pace after being given the run of the race from gate two trailing the short priced favourite Heston Cash which flew way from gate four. Extricating to be outside the leader on the home turn, Hameldaeme raced by stepmother Elizabeth Welsh quicky put pay to Heston Cash on straightening to record an easy 2.8 metre margin over the leader in a mile rate of 1-58.5. Rank outside Sports Bounty used inside runs from four pegs to finish third 1.4 metres back. It was Hameldaeme’s second success in eight outings. ■ Former West Australian trainer/driver Ashleigh Markham based at the Charlton Training Centre chalked up his first winner since crossing the Nullarbor when Petrock-Mustang Sally gelding Codename Marcus scored in the Sheahan Plumbing 3Y0 Maiden Pace over 1650 metres. Slowly out from the pole to be buried four back along the markers at the bell after the lead changed several times, Codename Marcus after angling away from the inside in the last lap to give chase to Captain Barnato (three wide last lap from three back) to lead narrowly on the home turn. Quickly joining Captain Barnato on turning, Codename Marcus ran home strongly to register a 3 metre victor over Betterthanpopsy (led – behind leader – three back the markers at bell) which was shuffled out of it in the last lap before flying home late. Captain Barnato weakened for third 2.5 metres away. The mile rate 1-56.2. ■ Tongala trainer Michael Watt enjoyed a ‘night of nights’ after landing a stable double with 8Y0 Tintin In America-For The Girls gelding For Tony (Tayla French) taking the Pryde’s Easifeeds Pace over 1650 metres in 1-57.1 and 6Y0 Major Bronski-Miss Jules gelding Fullofmischief (Talor Youl) the Oxley Feed Mill Pace in 2-00.2. Both winners leading all of the way. ■ Bolinda trainer Brent Lilley combined with Chris Alford aboard Kiwi import Taimate Sass, a Love You-Tozzies Sister filly to capture a good quality J & A Mazzetti Painting Trotters Handicap over 2150 metres. Stepping safely from barrier five to take the lead away from Dellsun (barrier two) in driving rain, Taimate Sass was allowed to bowl along turning with a commanding lead. Getting very tired halfway up the running, Taimate Sass had a metre to spare on the wire from the fast finishing Rockford Peach along the sprint lane from three back the markers.

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