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Cannabis castle By DANIELLE GALVIN POLICE stormed a house in Farmdale Road Pakenham on Wednesday morning and uncovered dozens of marijuana plants. The hydroponic drug bust occurred early in the morning on the quiet residential street off Henry Road. Leading Senior Constable Tony Davies said police executed a search warrant at the house and two men were arrested. They were remanded to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. “There were five rooms and the setup - there were 78 plants all up,” he said. “A commercial set-up is 100 or more plants, and that’s almost a very good chance you are going to jail.” Police said it was common for residents to be unaware of a drug house in their street. Leading Sen Const Davies said that crop houses were harder to pick because of the sophisticated technologies used by growers. “No-one knows - unless there is a smell,” he said. “They are becoming more sophisticated in how they hide it.” Police removed “grow lights,” hydroponic growing material and other equipment used in the cultivation process. Leading Sen Const Davies said it was believed the drug house had been operating for six to eight months. In April, Pakenham police from the Tasking Unit seized more than 400 plants from a house in Gobbo Place in Pakenham. The house was also in a quiet and unassuming street, much like Wednesday’s bust. Sergeant Darren Shaw told the News in April that the grow house had probably been operational for about two months, and that the plants usually took between six to eight weeks to harvest, depending on the experience of the syndicate.

Leading Senior Constable Tony Davies was at the Farmdale Road house removing the plants. Top right: Seventy-eight plants were seized in the drug bust on Wednesday morning. Bottom right: Drug paraphernalia was removed from the house. 108182 Pictures: DANNY BUTTLER

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David Fordes from Drouin has his eye on a motorbike at the White Elephant Sale on the weekend. 107867 Picture: DONNA OATES

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Officer resident Tayla Peacock and daughter Londyn are looking forward to the Garage Sale Trail.

On the trail of bargains TREK around Cardinia Shire next weekend for the Garage Sale Trail and pick up some secondhand bargains. The Garage Sale Trail sees thousands of Australians host their garage sale on the same day, Saturday 26 October. Cardinia Shire mayor Brett Owen said the event was a great way for residents and businesses to get rid of their unwanted goods and for

bargain hunters to find a treasure. “Buyers will enjoy browsing the sales, picking up a pre-loved bargain or two and getting to know their neighbours,” he said. Anyone can register a garage sale, and it doesn’t need be at a household; businesses, schools, community groups or charities are all invited to get involved and host a sale.

This national initiative promotes sustainability, encouraging redistribution of goods rather than throwing them away. Now in its third year, the Garage Sale Trail has already saved one million items from potential landfill, and help raised $3 million in local fund-raising. The Garage Sale Trail is all about community and provides a great excuse to get to know neighbours and

engage with the people. There can’t be a sale without some customers so the Garage Sale Trail website allows buyers to search where sales are, flag those they want to visit and produce a map for the day. To register as a seller or see where sales are happening on Saturday 26 October, visit www.garagesaletrail.com.au

THE weather was “magic” at the White Elephant Sale on Saturday at Toomuc Valley Football Ground. The sale is an annual event run by the Pakenham Rotary Club. Pakenham Rotarian Geoff Janssen said there were fewer items than normal, but the quality was higher and all in all it was a great day. He said the donations were great and there were plenty of helpers too, as well as a little bit of drama at the end of the day. “Many, many people assist in many ways. “They’re exceptional in donations and time,” he said.

Correction THE News would like to clarify a story printed on page 3 last week about a council decision to approve a 17-home development in Lakeside. The News quoted Councillor Jodie Owen as saying ‘paltry single-storey homes’ were not desirable in the development. This was incorrect and the term paltry was not used.

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Hoon just won’t stop By BRIDGET SCOTT A PAKENHAM resident is calling for action to be taken against a hoon who wreaks havoc outside her window every night. Barbara lives on the corner of a roundabout at Eagle Drive and Ahern Road in Pakenham and fears for her life each night. The resident says she can barely remember a time in the past 12 months when the driver hasn’t torn through the roundabout at about 1am in the morning. “Every single morning they go around the roundabout at about 130km, I would say,” she said. Barbara said she had contacted her local police and the council, but to no avail. She said her neighbours were also concerned about the driver, who goes around the roundabout six or seven times before speeding off. Barbara said ideally she and her neighbours would like police to patrol the area, but she is now going to the lengths of installing her own cameras outside her house. “I want them to patrol the area but they keep telling me they don’t have the resources,” she said.

“This person is going to end up coming through one of our houses.” Members from the Cardinia Highway Patrol were unavailable to comment on the issue. While Barbara and her neighbours fear for their safety, the residents are also tired of the noise the hoon makes. “It wakes you up and it’s hard to get back to sleep after that,” Barbara said. Barbara’s neighbour Lyn is also fed up with the speeding drivers, and would like to see the installation of cameras or speed bumps in the area. The Cardinia Shire Council said the existing roundabouts along Ahern Road were designed to deter speeding. The local council do not hold any jurisdiction over this area and encourage anyone to report anti-social and inappropriate driving to the Hoon Hotline. Lyn said they were simply looking for something to slow them down, saying people ‘fly’ down the road. She hopes that the local council may be able to offer assistance. “We are ratepayers so they should be able to do something,” she said.

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By NICOLE WILLIAMS PAKENHAM’S Carols by Candlelight has outgrown its Lakeside location and will take on Toomuc Recreation Reserve this Christmas. Lack of parking, the threat of danger for children around the lake and community groups removing involvement were the prime reasons behind the move. Steve Maloney, venue manager at Toomuc Recreation Reserve, said he was asked by Cardinia Shire Councillor Graeme Moore if the reserve would be willing to host the popular Christmas event. “The carols have grown out of Lakeside,” Mr Maloney said. “This was the only place identified. That’s what the reserve is for.” Cr Graeme Moore said it was time for the carols to move on from the lake. “For the future growth, it needs to be larger and in a more confined and safer venue,” Cr Moore said. “This will encompass it all together with the fireworks on the back oval - it will bring people closer to the fireworks.” Cr Moore and Mr Maloney said the event would otherwise be the same as previous years, with many of the same performers.

TREATED PINE SLEEPERS Last year’s Carols by Candlelight held at Lakeside Pakenham attracted big crowds, including Jessica Cropley and Melodee from Pakenham. The event will be held at Toomuc Recreation Reserve this year due to safety and parking concerns. 91532 “It will be better because it will be held on the oval,” Mr Maloney said. “It will be far better for traffic and more practical.” The church groups involved in running the previous event have also decided not to participate this year, simply because it was getting too much to handle, Cr Moore said. “The church groups were finding it difficult to handle with the numbers of community representatives in those groups to run an event of that size,” he said. “It gets difficult, these events require

a lot of community volunteer involvement and without that, none of these things would work.” Cr Moore said interest had been shown by local Rotary, Lions and Probus clubs to get involved. The cricket and football clubs will man the canteen for the event, Mr Maloney said. Cr Moore said he was thankful to community groups for showing interest and for Mr Maloney’s positivity. “I am looking forward to it,” he said. “All we need is good weather and for people to turn up.”

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Wheels in motion TWO of Casey’s volunteer organisations will be better equipped to deal with emergencies after two funding announcements this month. South Eastern Metropolitan Region MP Inga Peulich recently announced that the Narre Warren SES and Narre Warren North CFA were set to receive Emergency Services Volunteer Grants. The SES will receive $39,405 towards a 4WD, while the CFA was granted $867 to contribute to selectable flow branches. Narre Warren SES deputy controller of operations Clinton Brown said they

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Opinion Too late to complain I was disappointed to hear that pastor Danny Nalliah has withdrawn his VCAT case against the Muslim mosque at Doveton. He has not considered the residents and businesses at Doveton who wrote letters and petitions to council opposing the construction. Pastor Danny should have had a ’coffee’ with the locals who opposed the construction and supported him in opposing it before he dumped them and had a ’coffee’ with the Muslims, whom he has widely criticised on TV, radio, newspapers as well as politically. It is too late now for the residents to fight the construction. K Caldwell, Narre Warren North.

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assailant had locked and found Ms Prohaska clinging onto life, barely conscious on the floor. She was rushed to Dandenong Hospital where she stayed for a month. Ms Prohaska’s neighbour, who had encouraged her to carry the emergency beeper and didn’t want to be named, said the attack had rocked Endeavour Hills. “I used to go shopping and I’d leave the garage open with the tools and everything down there. I’d come back and there was no problem; we never had any problem around here,” the neighbour said. “Now I always carry my keys around my neck.” Detectives believe the attacker tried to use the stolen bank card at a Dandenong ATM on the corner of Lonsdale and Clow streets on the same afternoon of the attack. A second man waiting to use the ATM around the same time could help police identify the attacker and has been urged to come forward. A 32-year-old Hallam man was arrested in September over the attack and was released pending further inquiries, with the investigation still ongoing. The attacker is described as Caucasian, in his thirties or forties and wearing a high-visibility jacket at the time. Ms Prohaska thanked Narre Warren North MP Luke Donnellan for his assistance after the attack and for organising a security door which should be installed in the coming weeks. Her neighbour said there was one thing for certain about Ms Prohaska. “She’s a fighter. When something’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be,” the neighbour said. “God didn’t want her upstairs yet.” Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Flaunting their fashion By BRIDGET COOK DESPITE the cold weather, the competition was hot in the fashion stakes at the TAB Cranbourne Cup on Sunday. More than 50 men and women braved the cold and dressed in their finest racewear for the Myer Fashions on the Field. Graphic prints in both neutral and bright tones were a popular choice among women entrants, while it was all about attention to detail and accessories in the men’s competition. The two categories - Myer Lady of the Day and Myer Man of the Day - were judged by Myer ambassador Lauren Phillips, Australian Fashion Guide chief executive Scott Fiora and local milliner Annette Sanfelippo. In the women’s section, Crystal Kimber, from Park Orchids, was crowned the winner, Breanne Beatson second and Lauren Ellery third. Creativity was the key to Ms Kimber’s winning look, having handcrafted some of the elements of her bright green and blue outfit herself.

Her dress was from Asos, and she had cut the hem of the dress to shorten it and used the material to create a collar. She also made her cape and ordered her headpiece from a Bosnian felt maker on Etsy. “It’s so exciting to win,” Ms Kimber said. “It’s not even about winning though, it’s just nice to know someone else liked your outfit. “I actually had another outfit planned for today, which I brought in a bag with me, but it just wasn’t right for the weather.” The winner of the Myer Man of the Day was Michael McAlpine, from Richmond, and the runner-up was Ben Carbonaro, from Hillside. It was all about the attention to detail for Mr McAlpine who took every aspect of his outfit into consideration - right down to his shoelaces. He donned a deep purple patterned, Jack London suit, with a grey shirt, hat and shoes and light pink tie and shoelaces. Mr McAlpine, a seasoned Fashion on the Field entrant who won at Cranbourne two years ago, said a lot of thought went into each outfit.

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