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Cardinia mayor Collin Ross is front and centre as people march through the streets of Pakenham in the quest to stamp out family violence.

Together we did it Cardinia Shire’s ground-breaking Together We Can campaign has been recognised at a national level. The Collective Impact campaign - devised and spearheaded by retiring CEO Garry McQuillan two years ago - picked up awards at the National Awards for Local Government in the categories of Prevention and Community Safety and also Innovation. The awards have been hailed as a win for the Cardinia Shire community. “Men, women and children of Cardinia Shire ought to feel proud of their contribution to making our communities a safer place to live, learn, work and play,” Cardinia mayor Collin Ross said. He said the awards demonstrate that Cardinia is on its way to reach its long-term vision of safe and peaceful communities.

“Together We Did It!” the mayor said, adding: “We have a long way to go”. When launching the campaign in April 2016, Mr McQuillan said Together We Can was the first council-led initiative of its kind aimed at tackling family violence. He shared the horrific numbers coming from police at the time. “Let’s put a human face on those numbers,” Mr McQuillan said at the launch. “What they mean is that someone, somewhere in our community, is experiencing serious domestic abuse on a daily basis, often in front of their children." The CEO said it was not acceptable. The work that has been done under the Together We Can banner since and the way it has been received in the community suggest a vast majority share that view. The Together We Can model will now be replicated on the Mornington Peninsula.

The latest crime figures report a drop of more than 20 per cent in reported cases of family violence in Cardinia Shire. As another indication of the success of the program, youth workers are reporting that young people are now self-identifying and disclosing family violence far earlier than years previous. Formerly, young people would present to welfare staff with self-harming, alcohol and drug abuse and aggressive behaviours. It would take the workers often months of one to one support with a young person to identify that the root cause for their behaviour was due to unhealthy family dynamics. The workers stated that the increased awareness of family violence seems to have helped young people to disclose their home issues to adults earlier. The subject is no longer a taboo and they are feeling safer to seek help to heal.

Accepting the award at the National Awards for Local Government in Canberra are, from left, Together We Can facilitator Fiona Cost, Cardinia Shire general manager community wellbeing Jenny Scicluna and Cardinia mayor Collin Ross.

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Community achievement On behalf of the whole community who have been working together to implement actions that addresses the high rates of family violence in the Shire of Cardinia, council applied for a national award for Together We Can. As a community - we won! “Men, women and children of Cardinia Shire ought to feel proud of their contribution to making our communities a safer place to live, learn, work and play,” Cardinia mayor Collin Ross said. “We have such a long way to go, and this National Award for Prevention and Community Safety demonstrates we are on our way to reach our long-term vision - Together We Did It! Safe and peaceful communities.” Since 2015 the governance group for Together We Can secured resources from the Department of Social Services (Federal), the Victorian Government, Cardinia Shire Council, The Ross E Trust Foundation and Cardinia Park Hotel. These resources have enabled people in the shire to develop and implement ideas, innovations and solutions that are starting to changing lives for people exposed to or using violence within families. “As mayor, I could not be more proud of the enormous contribution that organisations, businesses, individuals, clubs, services and authorities have had in our collective effort to keep women and children safe,” Cr Ross said. “Children and young people are our future, and each of us, as members of the community have, and still need to, play our part to stop and prevent family violence from happening.” The Cardinia Shire Liveability Plan, devel-

Proudly displaying the Innovation Award are, from left, Cardinia Shire manager community strengthening Stephen Sparrow, general manager community wellbeing Jenny Scicluna and Cardinia mayor Collin Ross. oped by the community for the community, has a vision to be “a liveable, resilient community where the environment flourishes and residents are healthy, included and connected”. “Reducing family violence is one of seven outcomes of the plan and when people engage and align their work to Together We Can, they are actively working towards this collective vision,” Cr Ross said. Council is committed to Together We Can for the long term - understanding that to stop, prevent and end family violence requires a

sustained effort from all parts of the community, including government. Council is now the ‘backbone’ organisation for Together We Can and will be supporting the community through the advocacy for systems changes and resources and managing the Collective Impact model. Together We Can was also recognised as the Gold Medal winner for the National Local Government Innovation Awards, voted on at the National ReInvent Conference in April 2018.

We just want people to be, and feel, safe Victoria Police regularly respond to family violence incidents in Cardinia Shire, many that involve children. They see first-hand the devastating impact this has on families and children. “Victoria Police is part of a larger response system working hard to prevent and respond to family violence, as well as other associated crimes that often involve people who have been traumatised by family violence and not had the opportunity to heal,” said Tom Nairn, specialist investigation and support inspector for Victoria Police Southern Metro Region - Division 3. “One of our roles is to uphold the law and hold perpetrators to account for their actions when a crime has been committed, and family violence is a crime. “We, like other parts of the system, are continuously working on improving the way we work. “We have improved family violence education and training at the Victoria Police Acad-

emy with the establishment of a dedicated Centre for Family Violence, we are in the process of introducing specialist Family Violence Investigation Units and are involved in more collaborative practices with family violence and children service providers. “The last thing we want to see are families being broken apart. We just want people to feel safe and be safe and as police we are here to ensure that happens.” Inspector Nairn has been a member of the Together We Can Governance Group since it began in 2015. His role is to represent Victoria Police on the governance group and inform its operation and outcomes with a policing perspective. He champions the goals of the Together We Can initiative, provides linkages, and negotiates pathways to Victoria Police services. “The Cardinia Shire community should be very proud of this award,” Inspector Nairn said. “It demonstrates a growing strength and resilience in the community with a willingness

Acting Sergeant Mark Graham encourages locals to get their own anti-violence coffee cups, as part of the 16 Days of Activism against family violence in November last year. Picture: KYRA GILLESPIE to support one another when times are difficult, and that people are brave enough to ask for support when they need it.”

This graph indicates a significant drop on family violence in Cardinia Shire since the introduction of the Together We Can campaign. Family violence is a broader term than domestic violence, as it refers not only to violence between intimate partners but also to violence between family members. This includes, for example, elder abuse and adolescent violence against parents. Family violence includes violent or threatening behaviour, or any other form of behaviour that coerces or controls a family member or causes that family member to be fearful. In Indigenous communities, family violence is often the preferred term as it encapsulates the broader issue of violence within extended families, kinship networks and community relationships, as well as intergenerational issues. But it’s not always physical... Emotional/psychological violence - can include a range of controlling behaviours such as control of finances, isolation from family and friends, continual humiliation, threats against children and/or pets or being threatened with injury or death.

Collective Impact model

Mapping the change

Family Life provided the backbone function of the Together We Can innovation established with Cardinia Shire since 2015. Family Life worked with Cardinia Shire Council’s leadership to implement a Collective Impact approach, developed by the Tamarack Institute in Canada, to address the burning need for change to the raising rates of family violence in the shire - and indeed across Victoria. Collective Impact brings a disciplined and structured approach to working with complex community problems focused on empowering diverse community members to be leaders for change. Their role has been to harness and build the capacity and capability of the community to design and lead local solutions to stop, prevent and end family violence - and the community has achieved just that. “We are excited to see the phenomenal decline in family violence that has occurred in our community,” Jo Cavanagh, Family Life CEO, said.

The University of Melbourne has been involved primarily with the evaluation component of Together We Can since its inception in 2015. As part of the Together We Can Governance Group, which includes members from Family Life, Cardinia Shire Council and Victoria Police, the university supported the development of a Theory of Change for the first three years. The focus of this Theory of Change for Together We Can was to: motivate individuals’ engagement with the issues of family violence through the voices of children; increase individuals’ understanding of what constitutes family violence; increase the understanding of the impact that family violence has on children’s health and wellbeing; and increase the knowledge of family violence associated services and supports in Cardinia. Key findings of the evaluation process to date has identified that some sectors in the community are naturally more interested

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“These are not just numbers, but lives saved through the committed work of groups of people across the community, all working in diverse ways they identified, towards a common vision. “The receipt of this award affirms the necessity for the work that occurs behind the scenes and we are proud to have had the opportunity to share in the community’s success. “Working in partnership, we have achieved great things and it is exciting to be transitioning this function now into Cardinia Shire Council to enable the continued and ongoing success of Together We Can.” Ms Cavanagh said there was still so much more work to do. “Family Life will remain involved, supporting the success of Together We Can, advocating for more system improvements, and we seek to share learning and the possibilities for community change work in other local government areas,” she said.

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in becoming engaged than others, however a wide net needs to be cast to reach “not the usual suspects” to have a truly community engaged approach, rather than a services or professionals dominated effort. Identifying and responding quickly to opportunities to link Together We Can with a broad canvas of existing community activities and events, and repeatedly articulating the reciprocal benefits produced, are important to building awareness, engagement and ultimately collaboration. It also found that strengths-based strategies are key to mobilising real community action. Community engagement with the initiative is strongest when it is built upon the existing interests, resources, knowledge of self and local leadership contained in community. The University of Melbourne is continuing to support Together We Can with the ongoing development of the Together We Can initiative, advise on evaluation and shared measurement, and bring research and evidence base to Together We Can where needed. Thursday, 12 July, 2018

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The success of Together We Can has been a collective community effort. Star News reporter KYRA GILLESPIE catches up with some of the unsung heroes of that success, who are leading the charge in their fields of endeavour and influence.

Working in good faith Jasbir Singh Suropada has been working tirelessly behind the scenes, debunking the most common myth across cultures: that faith agrees with the suppression of women. Jasbir is the Founder and Director of Sikh Australia Support for Family Violence (SASFV), the Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria Chair and a senior parent resource coordinator for ParentZone and Anglicare Victoria. He organises and facilitates various family and youth wellbeing workshops through the ‘Healthy Family, Healthy Relationships’ program across Australia, the UK and Singapore to empower women and raise awareness about family violence. He is also actively involved in the planning and facilitating Parent Building Solution program (PBS) to parents, step parents, grandparents, foster carers, and Dads Do Matter across cultures with various NGOs, schools and indigenous communities. Working with different faith and cultural leaders to strengthen religious communities and give them the tools to talk about and prevent family violence is at the core of what Jasbir does. “I work with people from all different faiths and all different professions on how to approach sensitive issues in various communities,” Jasbir said. “There is no scripture and no faith that says women should be disrespected, yet over generations those ideas get perpetuated. “I run workshops to challenge these beliefs and educate men, women and children on the

Jasbir Singh Suropada with the award. 182407 importance of respectful relationships.” Jasbir was running a workshop in Sydney last year around the same time Indian mother Harjit Kaur was murdered by her husband Jagdish Singh in her Glenwood home. . He said one man stood up in the middle of the workshop and said if that if Jagdish had come to Jasbir’s workshop “that woman would still be alive.” “That was just heartbreaking to hear. It made me even more determined to raise awareness around domestic violence,” Jasbir said.

Picture: ROB CAREW “I think a common misconception in many faith communities is that abuse is just a physical thing, but obviously it’s not - abuse can be financial, emotional and spiritual too. “I help people look out for the signs that their friend or family member might be experiencing abuse; such as dressing down to the wrist, wearing a scarf or becoming quiet when the husband is around. There are so many signs; you just have to look out for them.” Migration can be a stressful process for families, and the pressure of moving to a new

country and assimilating into a new society can result in domestic violence. “There are many generations moving to Australia from places like India and Iran who have no family support, and things can get out of hand. “I run men’s support groups and in those groups we talk about what we can do to control anger and stress, and what to do when we lose control.” Sikh Australian Support for Family Violence (SASFV) is an organisation comprised of volunteer professional men and women including psychologists, social workers, nurses, accountants, barristers, solicitors, teachers and others. Through SASFV Jasbir works closely with local councils and welfare organisations, mainstream service providers as well as the police, Sikh institutions, Gurduaras and Interfaith Networks to actively promote awareness through community education at the primary and secondary prevention levels. He said one of the biggest challenges for women experiencing domestic violence is knowing where to go for support. “It can be very daunting for those women who are experiencing violence because often they don’t know where to go or who to talk to. “There is a lot of uncertainty and feelings of disconnection with the system, so I help provide them with pathways of where to go for help and how to report to police. “Working alongside Together We Can, I hope to create a better society for all members of the community.“

Cultivating conversations of change Nurse and mother of five, Medina Lamunu has been working with the South Sudanese community to promote respectful relationships and safe and peaceful communities. “I was invited to the Together We Can Summit when I was working as a Graduate Nurse in Kooweerup,” Medina said. “We wanted to do a project that would help embed ideas of a violence-free society into the local South Sudanese community. “We decided to host a South Sudanese Community Celebration Day where we could get together for an evening of singing, dancing and sharing of traditional South Sudanese cuisines while having conversations about family violence.” The inaugural event held on Saturday 20 January this year was the first of its kind for the shire and centred on preventing domestic violence to create peaceful communities and safe families through the celebration of culture. “The event gave us a reason to come together as one and talk about these issues,” Medina said. “The women were able to open up about their experiences while cooking, and hear more

about what family violence actually is. “Many of them were surprised to hear that violence can come in other forms, such as financial and emotional abuse.” Medina said that while it was good to see discussion opened up between the women, more needs to be done in the men’s space. “A lot of people are not willing to say what is happening in their family in case they are judged or the man will have his family taken away from him,” she said. “I think there needs to be a South Sudanese men’s group where they can get together to talk. Talking is healthy, and it shouldn’t be up to the women to teach men what is right and wrong. “A lot of men in our community have seen a lot of violence and think that violence is normal. If men get together more to talk about family violence then we can make real change.” Medina is no stranger to violence: she herself spent 12 years in refugee camps in Uganda after fleeing violence in her village in South Sudan in 1994. She and her siblings called a UNHCR refugee camp home for many years until Joseph Kony’s

Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) invaded their camp. “We were forced to run; I had to leave all of my books behind - everything I had learned so far. “We ended up in another camp, but we had nothing with us. We were given blank exercise books and had to copy about six years’ worth of notes from other children’s’ exercise books. “We were living in a big tent and would often do our homework at night, but sometimes the moon wasn’t bright enough to be able to read.” Medina then received a scholarship and completed her secondary school certificate, after which she moved to Australia and called Pakenham home in 2006. Fast forward to 2018 and Medina is working as a nurse while her husband is a stay-at-home dad with their five children. She and her husband have since founded a project in South Sudan, providing clean water and education to communities after her brother in law died water borne disease. She said she was excited by the work of Together We Can.

Medina has been recognised for her work withing the South Sudanese community. 182609 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS “It makes me so happy to see a whole community working towards the same thing. It makes sense to do it together, rather than on our own.”

Small acts of kindness are the key As a firm believer of collective change, Anni Cockburn has been working towards a community that works together regardless of differences. As someone who is often listening and supporting people who are escaping violence, she said small acts of kindness by individuals is the key to changing a community for the better. “When I joined Together We Can I felt I needed to be there as a member of the community,” Anni said. “One thing I know is that while all the terrible things that happen in our area don’t necessarily impact my family directly, they do my neighbours. “Most people turn a blind eye if it’s not happening in their own backyard, but if it’s happening in my community then it has something to 4W STAR NEWS

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do with me.” Anni has attended every Together We Can summit and event since its inauguration. “I’m Indigenous, and violence is something that can be prevalent in my community at times. “Within the Pakenham community I’ve felt the need to stand up more than once, particularly for the Sudanese community who often bear the brunt of racist and ignorant comments. “We can’t stand by and let these comments slide. Cardinia needs to join as a community before we can progress forward together. That’s what I believe Together We Can has the power to do.” As a child Anni was part of the Stolen Generation and was adopted into a large family with siblings from many different cultural backgrounds.

“I know what it’s like to be a minority, I know the damage it does,” she said. “I don’t hold any personal resentment about what happened to me but I won’t condone the marginalisation of other communities. “I have many local friends from ethnic communities who feel fear going out in the community because people think they are all the same. “Where do they turn for help? If you say nothing you are condoning the behaviour.” Anni said becoming part of Together We Can was a crucial first step to creating a more connected and inclusive community. “Together We Can brings people together - it has enhanced me immensely as a person and restored my faith in other people. “If we want to mend our community we need to start with ourselves.“

Anni Cockburn with TWC award. She is a community member and Torres Strait Islander. 182737 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS pakenhamnews.starcommunity.com.au


Levelling the playing field Working within the physical activity space, Aligned Leisure has been focused on building community resilience through sport. As Aligned Leisure’s Paige Kristalyn explains, sport is an opportunity for people to be equally respected and valued at all levels. “As soon as you get out onto that court nothing matters outside of that game; when you’re in a team the same rules apply to everyone and everyone gets a fair turn,” Paige said. “Along with health and fitness, sport promotes social cohesion and equal opportunity which is transferrable into everyday life. “A good example of this, for instance, is that our Under 8’s and Under 10’s basketball teams are mixed, which teaches kids to work together and respect one another from a young age.” Aligned Leisure is involved with a range of community activities in local schools and clubs that help shape a healthy, active and socially engaged community. “Our programs teach kids about a range

of things, from physical activity and nutrition through to diversity, resilience and mindfulness. “We try to instil ideas around respectful relationships through those programs to promote equality both on and off the court.” Aligned Leisure is also adopting the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program, which recognises workplaces that are taking active steps to stop violence against women. “We have around 150 staff that are all being trained through the program and can take that knowledge and awareness home to their families and their wider community. “We are really focused on advocating for gender equality and promoting ourselves as a safe and inclusive environment. “We currently have more women enrolled as members as men, and with the introduction of the AFLW we’re seeing so many more women and girls signing up to participate.” Paige’s own studies in the health sector have ignited her passion for gender equity.

Dean, Amber, Zach, Chris, Simon, Paige, Kat, Paula and Dylan from Aligned Leisure. 182727 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS “I studied Public Health and Health Promotion and am really passionate about equal opportunities and preventative health. “In the past there has been a huge focus on demands for funding services for after the fact, but preventative health focuses on preventing these things happening so that we don’t have to

have those services. “I think the whole idea and process of Together We Can is just brilliant; by creating community solutions rather than imposing ‘rules’ onto the community we have a more sustainable and holistic way of reducing the amount of family violence occurring in Cardinia.”

Turning over a new leaf Casey Cardinia Libraries (CCL) has played a vital role in fostering community conversation around the impacts of family violence. The organisation has been instrumental in supporting family violence and respectful relationships literacy and staff have been on the front line role supporting people experiencing violence. CCL’s Erin Commerford said the library has been able to provide a helping hand to community members from all walks of life. “I think in terms of a library we’re really lucky because we’re a really neutral space,” Erin said. “We are able to be a safe and inviting place for anyone to come who might be experiencing trouble at home who may need help finding services, or simply somewhere quiet where they can bring the kids. We’re really quite lucky that we can play that role in the community. “I think another really important thing that we do is provide books as a way for parents to talk to their children about all kinds of differ-

ent things. Books can play a role in supporting parents, teachers and community groups when explaining a difficult or emotional topic to kids.” CCL has hosted a number of important events in partnership with Together We Can. In April this year the Pakenham Library held a major community summit called Together With Me @ The Library. The purpose was to inform community, education practitioners, parents and young people about how to help prevent family violence. There were a number of activities at the summit, including a keynote presentation from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg which was attended by 250 members of the community. “The amount of people who turned up for Dr Michael Carr-Gregg’s presentation is a real testament to the need for these kinds of conversations in the community,” Erin continued. “It’s really important that we continue to really push the limits and start these conver-

Shanice and Vicky from the Pakenham Library are proud to be educators of family violence. 182719 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS sations, because we are that safe, respectful place that everyone can be part of and express their views without judgement. “While it’s awful to be highlighting such a

terrible issue, hopefully it will mean we’re not having this conversation in the future. We’ll keep flying that flag and keep doing more across Casey and Cardinia.”

Shining a light on darkness in the disability sector Women with disability experience violence at significantly higher rates, more frequently, for longer, in more ways and by more perpetrators compared to women and girls without disability, according to the Australian Human Rights Commission. They are 40 per cent more likely than women without disabilities to be the victims of domestic violence and more than 70 per cent of women with disabilities have been victims of violent sexual encounters at some time in their lives. Michael Wright has been working tirelessly behind the scenes raising awareness about the prevalence of violence against women with a disability. “I am a White Ribbon Ambassador and am really passionate about this cause,” Michael said.

Michael Wright proudly holds the award. 182369 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS “Violence against women with disability is something that isn’t really spoken about, yet every female with a disability will likely experience some sort of violence against them in

their lifetime. “That’s the reason why we’ve been putting on events to raise awareness about the issue and to get people talking about it.” As a person living with a disability himself, Michael was shocked when he learned about the frequency of violence against disabled women. “When I started working with Outlook and learned about the violence it changed my views so much. “Violence against women living with a disability can come in all forms and in more ways than just physical violence. It can be carers withholding money, refusing to let them out of the house and just generally restricting their lives. “It made me realise that I can’t sit back, I

have to get out there and change it. The current culture is not acceptable.” Michael’s particular focus is on how everyone can play a part using their own unique gifts and the role they can play as a local community member. “We are all unique in our own way and have our own skills to bring to the table. For example, I’m an IT guy so I like to make videos and use my computer skills creatively. “We all have our own bit of expertise and skills we can use to our advantage.” Michael was invited to the Together We Can summit last year as a representative of Outlook. “Together We Can is amazing because it brings all different organisations and people together.”

Respect is the key to a better community Sonya Boloski is coming up to her 24th year as a Girl Guides leader. Her years leading young girls and women have highlighted the importance of hearing children’s voices on respect and equality. “Girl Guides have been a big part of my life,” Sonya said. “As leader and mother of three daughters, one of which who experienced domestic violence at the hands of her own partner, I know the effects it has on young girls and women. “Last year I attended the Together We Can summit and we decided that the best way to highlight young people’s perspectives on family violence would be to display them on school and community buses. “We got kids from four different schools to pakenhamnews.starcommunity.com.au

come up with their own poster designs, and then we picked the best ones to be displayed on buses.” On Monday 11 June, three judges - Bass MP Brian Paynter, Cardinia mayor Collin Ross and respected local business woman Joanne Staindl-Johnson - were invited for the selection of the winning posters at Pakenham Girl Guides Hall. The judges selected nine posters out of 46 posters, three of which were from St Patrick’s Primary School and two each from the other three schools. “Each school got same brief, yet the kids each came up with really different concepts. “Some were so awesome and the whole exercise generated important conversations about

Sonya Boloski pictured with some of the poster designs. 182366 Picture: LOCKY ELLIS family violence in the classroom which is fantastic. “It also means that people sitting in traffic at the lights will see the bus with the poster and hopefully they will have a conversation about it too.” Sonya believes respect is a crucial first step in raising a violence-free generation.

“My big push is on respect, my whole aim for this year and next is not only to teach kids to show respect to adults, but also adults showing respect to kids. “If a teacher shows respect to their students, then they are far more likely to want to show the same respect back. “Respect is the key to a better community.” Thursday, 12 July, 2018

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Turning the page The editor’s desk

By Garry Howe Coverage of Cardinia Shire’s innovative Together We Can campaign began on a powerful note. Among the first of over 80 stories carried in the pages of primarily the Pakenham-Berwick Gazette over the campaign journey to date was the revelation by then Cardinia mayor Jodie Owen that she was, herself, a victim of family violence. At the launch event in April 2016, Cr Owen described the horror of walking in on her grandmother sprawled across the floor after being beaten by her grandfather. As a child, she witnessed her grandfather’s derogatory remarks about women and his attitude that their opinions didn’t matter. Years later, Cr Owen found became engaged to a man who began showing similar signs. “Nan said to me, ‘don’t be like me’. So I didn’t, and I have her to thank for that.” In the many editions that have hit the streets since, we have reported the stories of other victims and those of perpetrators. On a more positive note, we have looked at those setting an example, like the respectful relationship fostered by John and Laura Veloso of Officer and their three kids Jakin, Hanel and Malach. Campaign ambassador Dr Joy Louisa Doherty shared her perspective as well. She helped framed the campaign’s guiding statement - “I have the human right to live in a safe and healthy family environment in Cardinia Shire. I am ashamed of the violence and will act now to play my part to end family violence”. Psychologist Tim Mulvaney spoke about the traumatic impact family violence can have on a child’s brain development and behavior for years to come. High profile domestic abuse survivor Kristy McKellar came on board to head up the shire’s first Survivors’ Advisory Committee, the first of its kind to be launched by a Victorian coun-

Some of the coverage under the Together We Can banner.

cil. Her insights played a key role in the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The state’s first Minister for Women and the Prevention of Violence Against Women, the late Fiona Richardson, came on board in August 2016, signing the Together We Can pledge. She was back in the area a few weeks later as Rosie Batty captivated the audience at a family violence prevention forum at the Toomah Centre. Star News Group has been there at all the major events like the annual walk against family violence through the streets of Pakenham and chronicled achievements like Outlook and the Shire of Cardinia achieving White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation. There have been the heart-warming human interest stories, like Leanne Rider making trauma teddies to comfort children in family violence situations. The Agnes Bears are named in honour of her grandmother. Others have expressed their views through the pages of the paper, like Pakenham-based travel writer and photographer Kate Newman, who in a ‘Me Too’ moment hit back at rape

Star News Group editor Garry Howe and reporter Kyra Gillespie with the Together We Can award. 182698 threats made by an online predator. The bulk of the reporting has been done initially by Aneeka Simonis (now at the HeraldSun) and currently by Kyra Gillespie, whose father is a men’s behavior group facilitator. Star will continue to chronicle the great work done under the Together We Can banner.

Counting the cost of family violence Violence against women and their children is costing Australia $21.7 billion each year, with governments carrying more than a third of the cost burden; as shown in the report A High Price To Pay: The Economic Case For Preventing Violence Against Women by Price Waterhouse Cooper partner James van Smeerdijk, VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter and Our Watch director of policy and evaluation, Dr Lara Fergus. The cost of pain, suffering and premature mortality constitutes the largest proportion of the total cost of all violence at 48 per cent, equating to $10.4 billion. Governments, both State and Commonwealth then bear 36 per cent or $7.8 billion in order to deliver health services, criminal justice and social welfare for victims. Economically, $3.4 billion is lost either due to victims or other members of society funding for their own services or due to lost opportunity costs. Prevention strategies have a proven effect on levels of violence. If we engage the whole community in prevention and give them skills for respectful relationships, we will reduce the costs associated with violence. “Putting a dollar number on a problem that is about the wellbeing and safety of human beings may seem a bit impersonal, but it’s important we continue to shine the spotlight on the shocking size of the domestic violence problem in Australia and its many social, economic and fiscal impacts“ said Mr van Smeerdijk. The report, which was reviewed by an advisory panel of representatives from government, academia, community groups and research organisations and was provided to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, estimates that if no further action is taken to prevent violence against women, the costs will accumulate to $323.4 billion over the 30 years to 2045. “Prevention of violence against women is an issue whose time has well and truly come“ said van Smeerdijk. “Like many in the community, we are deeply saddened by the statistics and personal stories of violence against women. This is not just an issue for the community. It is a workplace issue

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and employers also have a role to play. Our report shows the magnitude of the problem, and it also shows the major benefits from investing in primary prevention. This investment will not only quickly pay for itself, but more importantly, it will transform women’s lives.“ The report reviewed what works in prevention and found two areas where there has been sufficient time and investment in evaluation to quantify the reduction in prevalence of violence against women, community mobilisation and individual and direct participation. If a similar reduction in violence against women were achieved as has been the case for other community mobilisation programs, the benefits would range from $35.6 million to $71.1 million over a lifetime. For individual and direct participation programs, the benefits would range from $2.2 billion to $3.6 billion over a lifetime. These are only two examples which demonstrate the potential gains from investing in prevention. “Although there is no single cause of violence against women, substantial evidence indicates that higher levels of violence against women are consistently associated with lower levels of gender equality in both public life and personal relationships. For example, one recent major study found higher gender inequality predicted higher levels of intimate partner violence across 44 countries,“ said Our Watch director of policy and evaluation, Dr Lara Fergus. “The new cost estimate of over $20 billion per year is staggering. In addition to economic costs, we must also remember the significant

emotional and social costs of violence against women and their children. In estimating the benefits of investing in prevention, we note that this investment should not come at the cost of investing in response services. Increased and sustained investment to end violence against women and their children in Australia is required right across the spectrum from primary prevention to emergency response“ said Dr Fergus. “The intrinsic link between gender inequality and violence against women is now well understood and primary prevention offers a way to address them together. Prevention activities in a range of places including schools, workplaces and sporting organisations are essential in addressing the stereotypes and gender imbalances deeply embedded in our culture. This report shows that the benefits of improving equality between women and men will be felt by everyone in our community, not just victims, into the future.“ said Jerril Rechter, CEO of VicHealth. “Significant and ongoing investment in prevention is required if we want to see a reduction in the shocking statistics“ said Ms Rechter. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. To access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit: www.ourwatch.org.au

Five years ago 100 male community leaders put their hands up to take responsibility for helping stamp out the growing scourge of family violence in the local community under the Challenge Family Violence banner. That program - run across the Shire of Cardinia, City of Casey and City of Greater Dandenong - called for men to start owning the problem. After all, it was men who were primarily doing the damage. The men - myself included - agreed to attend a series of workshops over three years to become better educated on the issue, with a view to being better armed to help change attitudes and behaviours. These workshops were enlightening, frightening and, at times, confronting. I have been fortunate to work in an industry and workplaces that are pretty much gender blind when it comes to hiring and promotion. My first editor was a woman, as was the last editor I worked for before taking on this job nearly 20 years ago. The previous two editors at Star were women and my most recent appointment, an editor for sister publications in the Mail Newspaper Group, went to a woman. So it came as a bit of a shock to learn that, in this day and age, there are some professions and workplaces that discriminate on the basis of gender. We also learned about male privilege and gender stereotyping. Earlier this year I had the great pleasure of making Hayley Wildes our first female sports reporter. It’s not the first time Hayley has challenged gender stereotypes. She has progressed from being the only girl running around with the boys on a muddy Lang Lang oval to this year living out her dream and playing in an AFLW premiership for the Western Bulldogs (read about Hayley’s journey on page eight of this special wraparound feature). The other night I watched an ABC news report and took great delight in the fact that a female sports reporter threw to a male weatherman. We also learned that family violence doesn’t discriminate on the grounds of race, religion or socio-economic circumstances or social standing. The seemingly most respected professionals don’t always foster respectful relationships just look at the sad events in Sydney last week, where two children were killed at the hands of their well-to-do father. Two years ago Cardinia Shire CEO Garry McQuillan identified family violence as the number one issue in the growing municipality. He led the charge towards a Collective Impact model and, with the help of Family Life, the Together We Can campaign was born. Since then, many in the Shire of Cardinia have brought into the program and real change is occurring. Community Solutions have been rolled out and there are a lot more to come. This week we celebrate the Together We Can model being awarded nationally. More pleasing was the report we carried on our front page a couple of months back that the latest crime statistics showed a significant decline in family violence reports. At the weekend, as we were putting together this special feature to celebrate the success of Together We Can, two women were killed in their homes in the neighbouring City of Casey. This is not an exercise in man-bashing by feminist crusaders. I like the socalled ‘blokey’ pursuits more than anyone and don’t feel any less masculine because I treat my life partner equally and with respect. This is a movement to make the women in our lives feel safe - because it’s a fact that many of them don’t have that privilege. There are many stories that show when we work together we can make a difference - but the battle has only just begun. - Garry Howe pakenhamnews.starcommunity.com.au


Dispelling a few myths Our beliefs and attitudes are shaped by many influences and can be held without conscious thought. When we unpack the building blocks of our attitudes we can identify certain myths or false truths upon which our attitudes are based. Some myths can lead people to minimise or excuse violent behaviour. We can identify these commonly held but prejudicial myths and constructively question their influence on our attitudes, behaviours and our relationships. Prejudicial myths are dangerous because they influence how we think and feel about violence against women and their children. These beliefs and attitudes then influence how we act when confronted with violent behaviour or how we respond when we hear about violence. Here are some common myths and why they are not true: MYTH 1: Men should make the decisions and take control in relationships… FACT: Violence is more common in families and relationships in which men control decision making, and less so in those relationships where women have a greater degree of independence. The belief that men and women have different roles or characteristics (whether in relationships or society in general) is known as gender stereotyping. International studies have shown time and again that belief in such stereotypes is one of the most significant predictors of violence. That is, individuals who hold such beliefs are more likely to perpetrate violence against women, and countries where gender stereotyping is more accepted have higher levels of violence against women. We know that in societies where men and women are more equal in their relationships, and where they are not expected to play different roles based on their sex, violence is less common. Greater equality and more flexible gender roles give everyone more opportunities to develop to their full capacity. MYTH 2: There’s nothing wrong with a sexist joke… FACT: The most consistent predictor for support of violence by men is their agreement with sexist attitudes. Sexist jokes reflect and reinforce sexist attitudes. They excuse and perpetuate the gender stereotyping and discrimination against women that underpins violence. If no one speaks up when a sexist comment or joke is made, it sends the message that this behaviour is ok. It can be difficult to stand up to someone using sexist language, so we’ve created some strategies that may help. MYTH 3: Domestic violence is okay if the perpetrator gets so angry they lose control… FACT: Violence against women is about something more than just losing your temper. There are no excuses for violent behavior - ever! Violence is caused by an individual’s attitudes towards women, and the social and cultural influences that say violence is okay. MYTH 4: Women could leave a violent relationship if they wanted to… FACT: The most extreme violence, including murder, often occurs when a woman tries to leave a relationship. When it is assumed that a woman who is a victim of domestic violence stays by choice, blame is taken away from the perpetrator. This puts the responsibility for dealing with the violence on the victim, who might not be able to leave a relationship because she fears for her life or the safety of her children. MYTH 5: If a woman is drunk or on drugs, she’s partly to blame for being raped… FACT: You can’t legally give consent when you’re intoxicated. The perpetrator is always the only person responsible for sexual violence.

MYTH 6: Men rape women because they can’t control their need for sex… FACT: Sexual violence is an abuse of power. Men rape women because they believe women are possessions, not equals, and that they have a right to women’s bodies. Myths like this place responsibility on the woman and encourage more victim-blaming. MYTH 7: Women are most likely to be raped by a stranger in a public place… FACT: Both men and women are more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone they know than by a stranger. According the Australian Bureau of Statistics 15 per cent of all women and three per cent of all men aged 18 years and over have been sexually assaulted by a known person. This is in comparison to the 3.8 per cent of all women and 1.6 per cent of all men who had been sexually assaulted by a stranger. The stranger danger myth is one of the reasons that women are less likely to report a sexual assault perpetrated by someone they know. They may fear no one will believe them or that they encouraged the perpetrator in some way. Once this myth is busted, women may be more willing to come forward and report a known attacker. MYTH 8: Many women make false claims about domestic violence or sexual assault… FACT: False claims of domestic violence or sexual assault are extremely rare. Eighty per cent of women who experience current partner violence don’t contact the police about the violence. The same is true with sexual assault; 80 per cent of women do not report sexual assault to police. MYTH 9: If I go to the Police, they will take my children away from me. FACT: Children are removed from unsafe environments when they are suspected of being abused, neglected or harmed, or when parents are unable to provide adequate care or protection. When a person experiencing the violence makes a report to the police, the priority is to ensure that the person (victim) and their children are kept safe from the person using the violence (perpetrator), and all family members receive adequate support to heal from traumas caused by the violence. MYTH 10: Family violence is always physical FACT: Physical Violence is only one form of family violence. Violence is defined as any act, which makes another person feel fearful, unsafe, and not in control of their own destiny. Family violence can include physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, spiritual, verbal, technological, and financial abuse. It can occur in current or past family, domestic or intimate relationships. Family violence is predominantly, but not exclusively, perpetrated by men against women and children. MYTH 11: Babies are not affected by family violence. FACT: The Family Court of Australia reports: “Children of all ages have been found to have more problems when they have been exposed to family violence, particularly coercive and controlling family violence. Research has consistently found that children who are exposed to family violence have higher levels of emotional and behavioural problems than children who have not. Children who are in violent homes are also at a greater risk of physical abuse or having their physical and emotional needs neglected. Younger children are more vulnerable than older children because they are with their parents more frequently, and are more dependent on their parents for care and protection. Teenagers exposed to family violence may be more aggressive to their parents and other acquaintances and constantly be at greater risk of retaliation.”

THE RED FLAGS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE You are expected to spend all of your time with him/her or to “check in” with and let him/her know where you are.

You are isolated by controlling where you go, who you see and talk to, what you wear.

He/she acts extremely jealous and/or possessive of you.

He/she makes you feel as if you are walking on eggshells to keep the peace.

Your partner loses his/her temper frequently over little things?

Your friends and family are putdown, along with your dreams, ideas and/or goals.

You are treated with disrespect and put-downs

He/she plays mind games or makes you feel guilty?

Threats are made to hurt you, leave you, hurt your pets, destroy your property and/or commit suicide if you don’t do what he/she wants?

Your partner refuses to take responsibility for his/her actions? Blames you, drugs or alcohol, the boss, parents, etc. for his/her behaviour

THE BLUE BANNERS OF RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS Both your points of views and beliefs are valued

Both your feelings of self-worth are fostered

You can make your own choices and form your own views consistent with your age and developmental level

You both are accepted

You both are able to disagree at times and say what you think or feel without being put down or hurt in anyway

You both can make mistakes and still be accepted and respected

Your relationship nurtures a culture of trust, honesty and happiness

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‘No’ is accepted for an answer

You both are listened to and heard

Your relationship is never controlling, and encourages personal growth and fulfillment

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Both your rights to be safe, valued and cared for are understood

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Football is for everyone By Hayley Wildes My football journey started at the Lang Lang Football Club, where I participated in AusKick from a young age. It was there that I was afforded the opportunity to play the game I loved, despite being the only girl out there. I progressed through to playing under-13s with the Tigers in the Ellinbank and District Football League and loved every minute; always welcomed and felt a part of the team and club. We never reached the pinnacle, but running out in the yellow and black every Saturday morning - often in the mud, fog and rain - was the highlight my week. I still remember the bitterly cold mornings where at quarter breaks, with everyone absolutely freezing, we would dip our hands in buckets of hot water to warm up. We did it knowing full well that as soon as we took our hands out, they’d be even colder! League rules meant I was unable to play past the under-13s with Lang Lang, which was when I headed to Cranbourne. In five seasons with Cranbourne in the under-18 Youth Girls competition, we won three premierships and we claimed another premiership in Division 1 of the Victorian Women’s Football League in 2015 - defeating Knox by one-point. In 2016, I was drafted to the Western Bulldogs and after a season full of learnings in 2017, we claimed the 2018 AFLW premiership, defeating Brisbane by six points on a very wet day in March. Thinking back to where it all began, people within the local community and around the football club at Lang Lang were pivotal in giving me the confidence to play the game when it wasn’t in vogue. I was never made to feel out of place and

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Hayley, far right, celebrates with teammates as the Bulldogs claim the AFLW premiership.

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was instead encouraged to keep playing something that I’m extremely grateful for and if I hadn’t have been treated in that respectful way, I doubt I would still be playing today. When I made the move to Cranbourne, I never could have imagined the doors that

AFLW has had on female sport - not just football - has been extraordinary and a privilege to be a part of. The good news is that this is just the beginning, with more females being involved in sport around the country than ever before.

would be opened and the life-long friends that would be made by playing female football. Travelling interstate and winning national championships and premierships with mates was just amazing. Now at the Bulldogs, seeing the effect the

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We Want You To... For the men: Lead the way and join the working group to plan and deliver the next ‘Walk against Violence’ in November 2018. First meeting: 1 August 7.30pm-9pm For more details, email Fiona f.cost@cardinia.vic.gov.au For Cardinia Shire elected members of government, business owners, CEOs, presidents, developers, managers, foremen, directors, executives, principals, doctors, ministers, editors; vets, board and committee members: Save the date for the 2018 Together We Can Leadership Summit. 11 October 2018 - 9.30am-3pm For newsletter, magazine and newspaper editors, social media and communication managers: Spread the word that we all play a part in stopping, preventing and ending family violence. For article ideas, contact Fiona - f.cost@cardinia.vic.gov.au For everyone: Like and follow us on Facebook @twccardiniashire Sign the Together We Can pledge and have a conversation about what is needed to build and maintain healthy and respectful relationships. Visit: www.togetherwecan.org.au Vote for Together We Can to get funding for Community Solutions at: www.pickmyproject.vic.gov.au

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“Pakenham Tennis Club members, with their own hands rolled the courts and turned off the sprinklers at night to make play ready for the next day. “To be moved to the Regional Centre - a concrete structure, situated near industry and residential housing density, is a bad decision for the Pakenham community. To lose its heritage in the tennis club which is set in beautiful surroundings is a big loss.” “Just another iconic part of Pakenham gone,” former club president Greg Marshall added. Cardinia Shire Council’s General Manager for Community Services and Wellbeing, Jenny Scicluna, said “an offer” was made to the Pakenham Tennis Club to relocate but has not disclosed any details about the offer. “Following a council decision to have a club

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based at the Pakenham Regional Tennis Centre, an offer was made to the Pakenham Tennis Club,” Ms Scicluna said. “The club has been provided with an offer from council, but are absolutely not obliged to accept it. “Decisions on the future of the facilities at Anderson Street will be determined once more information and a review of the PB Ronald Reserve Master Plan is available.” Council says the Pakenham Regional Tennis Centre has more than 250 members, and more than 550 coaching participants taking to the court monthly. “Court hire numbers are strong, and development programs are being delivered to local schools. Tennis Victoria’s book-a-court system has been installed at the Pakenham Regional Tennis Centre and is providing greater oppor-

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The future of the Pakenham Tennis Club hangs in the balance after a portion of its members voted to relocate to the new Pakenham Regional Tennis Centre. A Special General Meeting held on Thursday 28 June saw a narrow 24 to 20 vote in favour of moving from the current Anderson Street site to the new Webster Way facility. Club members aged 15 and over were permitted to vote on the proposal and anyone who could not make it on the night could not have their vote counted as per the club’s current constitution. The refusal to accept proxy votes meant that life members like Val and Ron Carroll could not have their say on the future of the club they called home for so many years. “I didn’t even know there was a meeting,” Mr Carroll, life member and former club president said. “We’ve had so many good times at those tennis courts; I remember they were just being built after I came to Pakenham. I’ll never forget that they opened on 6 November 1960 because that’s the day my son Bernard was born. I went and saw Val at the hospital and then came down to the opening of the court. “There’s a lot of history there - the clubhouse was all done by volunteers, and Margaret Court even played there before she went over and started winning at Wimbledon. “I wonder what council will do when they get their hands on that land.” Fellow member Helen Hare shares similar concerns about the loss of the club’s heritage and history. “The culture of Pakenham tennis has been at the Pakenham Tennis Club for 60 years,” Ms Hare said.

tunities for people to play at times that suit them.” The Pakenham Tennis Club currently has 119 members. Committee member Ann Molino said some members of the club have been in discussions with council about relocating for around two years. “We’ve had many discussions with council about the new facilities over there and the longevity of the current club,” she said. “A lot of work needs to be done - we need resurfacing, new fencing and the club room needs substantial work done to it. “So when we were weighing up where to put our funds, we figured moving to a newer facility with more courts would allow us to use the money elsewhere.” Ms Molino said members were given two weeks’ notice to vote at the meeting, but admitted that administration lapses meant that some members, such as the Carroll’s, were not on their list of contacts. She could not say if those people would be given an opportunity to vote. “It was a very close vote and there was tension in the room on the night. “It was always going to be a tough one; we understand and appreciate that life members who have grown up with the club and know its history would love see club continue there. “But the current members and committee are wondering if that would be the best thing for the club in 10 years’ time.” The Pakenham Regional Tennis Centre opened early-2010. The construction cost for the centre was $3.4 million.

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Man on murder charge A man has been charged following the discovery of a woman's body in Hampton Park on Saturday 7 July. Police were called to the Redwood Avenue address just before midday where the 45-yearold man was arrested at the scene. Homicide Squad detectives have charged the man with one count of murder. He has been remanded in custody and is expected to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Monday 9 July. The woman had been identified and the cause of death is yet to be determined. All parties involved are believed to be known to each other and police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident at this stage. Domestic Violence Victoria (DVR) said attitudes needed to be challenged that condone discriminatory attitudes towards women. "The best evidence on the likelihood of perpetration of domestic violence is attitudes towards women and attitudes towards violence," said DVR chief executive Fiona McCormack said. The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review report showed 80 per cent of the 152 intimate partner homicides in Australia between 2010-2014 were committed by a man killing his current or former partner. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Sex offender accused of grooming teen By Cam Lucadou-Wells A registered-for-life sex offender has been refused bail on allegations of persuading a 15-year-old girl to perform a sexual act on Facebook. Richard Kelly, 34, appeared at Dandenong Magistrates' Court after police raided and seized electronic devices from his room at a Cranbourne boarding house on 9 July. He was accused of grooming the girl for about a year through a Facebook pseudonym account, informant Detective Senior Constable David Matthews told the court the same day. She had allegedly told him she was 14 on the first occasion they spoke in April 2017. Over the following months, Kelly allegedly asked if she liked cuddles and requested a photo of her. He responded: "Wow you're very cute", the court was told. She was asked if she smoked or did drugs like "meth", where she lived and if she wanted to do a video call, the court heard. "Can I have another picture of you, babe?" he allegedly wrote. In April this year, Kelly communicated with the girl on his mobile phone, the court heard. "Hey, it's Richard", he said before allegedly directing her to "now delete our conver-

sation on Facebook". That night, he encouraged her to send an explicit image, leading to a charge of penetrating a child under 16, the court heard. After the girl broke off contact, Kelly allegedly contacted her with another Facebook pseudonym account. Kelly used the profile picture of a 15-yearold boy on the account, with the girl unaware of the 'boy's' true identity, Det Sen Const Matthews said. Kelly was also charged with failing to report the messages as part of his reporting obligations as a registered sex offender. He had also failed to inform authorities of a new mobile phone he used to contact the girl in May 2018 - a day or so after his release from jail. He had been imprisoned for numerous unreported child contacts, email addresses and Facebook accounts, Det Sen Const Matthews said. Det Sen Const Matthews said there were more charges expected to be laid after further examination of Kelly's devices. Police seized several mobile phones from Kelly's residence that he claimed he was repairing, the court heard. Kelly had made partial admissions to contacting the girl and receiving photos from her, but claimed he couldn't remember the specific messages, the informant said.

In July 2016, Kelly was convicted, put on the state's sexual offender's register for life and sentenced to a 30-month corrections order, the court heard. Representing himself, Kelly told the court that he needed to look after a depressed and anxious close relative. He cooked for the relative, and supervised their medication, he said. Kelly attended drug-and-alcohol and community work appointments as part of his corrections order, but hadn't received any sexual offenders' treatment programs, he told the court. During the recent bail hearing, he had to prove 'exceptional circumstances' due to the serious charge and being on a community corrections order at the time. Magistrate Pauline Spencer ruled Kelly failed to produce "special, different or outof-the-ordinary" evidence to justify bail. Kelly was also an unacceptable risk of reoffending if released, Ms Spencer said. The "quite concerning" allegations surfaced despite Kelly spending two months in jail as well as being on the sex offenders' registry and a corrections order at the time, she noted. He was remanded to appear at a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 13 July.

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A $20k gift Narre Warren's Christians Helping In Primary Schools (CHIPS), a non-profit organisation that provides support to children and their families who have suffered trauma in their lives, has collected a $20,000 windfall. In celebration of a 100 year legacy of giving, Commonwealth Bank employees are giving $10 million to community organisations, with 1,000 Centenary Grants valued at $10,000 being distributed. CHIPS is receiving a Centenary Grant, with Fountain Gate and Westfield Casey Central branches and employees having nominated it in recognition of the much needed services it provides to the local community. The inspiring and far reaching impact of the work undertaken by CHIPS was a crucial factor in it receiving the grant. "It's important to us that we support local organisations like CHIPS. It's incredible to see how they support the wider community," says Commonwealth Bank with Fountain Gate Branch Manager, Melanie Aarons. "When we first found out about the CommBank Foundation's Centenary Grants program, it was so exciting to have the opportunity to nominate a local organisation that's meaningful for us. It was a unanimous decision to choose CHIPS to receive the $20,000 grant." Right across Australia, Commonwealth Bank employees will be supporting local organisations that benefit youth wellbeing, access to education, and cancer research and awareness. For the Centenary Grants, Commonwealth Bank donated a further $10 million to CommBank Foundation.

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$500m grant for Monash Monash Freeway's notorious gridlock is set to be eased with 36 kilometres of new lanes to be added - made possible by a $500 million grant from the Turnbull Government. Major construction on the Monash Freeway Upgrade Stage 2 project is scheduled to start in mid-2019 and is expected to be completed in early 2022. Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood said he has long campaigned to make the upgrade a reality. He said the project included the upgrade of the Beaconsfield Interchange and the extension of O'Shea Road in Berwick. "The freeway will be widened between Warrigal Road and Eastlink and between Clyde Road and Cardinia Road, cutting an estimated nine minutes off a peak-hour trip between Pakenham and the city," Mr Wood said. "This is going to deliver smoother and safer

commutes for my community, ensuring people get from work to home sooner so they can spend less time in traffic and more time with the family." Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the added lanes "will slash congestion and improve travel times for drivers across Melbourne's south east while also ensuring safer journeys." "Motorists make more than 470,000 trips on this corridor each day and that's why the Turnbull Government is investing $500 million in this vital project - to help ensure those trips become quicker and easier for Melburnians," Mr Fletcher said. "There are also important economic benefits - this upgrade will improve access to the growing Monash and Dandenong National Employment and Innovation Clusters, major employment centres incorporating Monash

University, Monash Medical Centre and Dandenong Hospital. Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said the State Government was pleased to see the Commonwealth getting behind the urgently needed project. "Stage 2 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade will give drivers in the south east faster, safer and more reliable journeys - we're glad to see the Commonwealth getting behind this urgently needed project," he said. "It is a fantastic outcome for Victoria that we have been able to take Commonwealth money that would have been wasted on the Liberals dud-East West Link and redirect it to important projects like the Monash Freeway Upgrade." The national advisory body on major infrastructure projects, Infrastructure Australia added Stage 2 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade to the Infrastructure Priority List.

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depression was "messing with his mind", Mr Moore said. "He's ended up in hospital four days later." The man was since receiving counselling, Mr Moore said. According to a clinician's report, the man was misusing prescription drugs, the court heard. The female victim was the daughter of the accused's dead sister. The man had brought her up as his daughter for most of her life, Mr Moore said. The head-butt occurred while the accused putting his head through the open window. But it wasn't in the "normal sense" of a headbutt, the lawyer told the court. The dispute was "all about some monies he was owed". The partner was supposed to re-

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pair his car and he didn't, Mr Moore said. "Things between them are now very good." Police submitted for the man to be put on a corrections order due to his prior history and the nature of the assaults. Magistrate Pauline Spencer said she would fine the man given the 16-year gap in offending - though a CCO was "in range". The father-daughter relationship represented a "breach in trust" - and was an aggravating factor in sentencing, she noted. Ms Spencer took into account the man's hospital admission soon afterwards, as well as his ongoing mental-health treatment. "Things are not quite right with you mentally at this stage which may explain why you reacted in such an extreme way." He was convicted and fined $1500.

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Housing lots pledge By Brendan Rees New housing lots for new homes in the City of Casey would be created to tackle the housing affordability crisis - if a Victorian Coalition Government is elected. Opposition leader Matthew Guy has committed to fast-track the release of 290,000 residential housing lots in the hope of giving more Victorians the chance of owning their own home. "This fast track will happen alongside our long-term strategic work to decentralise population growth to regional Victoria, to take pressure off Melbourne and ensure it does not become unliveable," Mr Guy said. An elected Liberal Nationals Government would fast-track the completion of the planning of all metropolitan Precinct Structure Plans by 30 June 2020. Mr Guy said housing lot prices in Casey had increased 35 per cent, jumping from an average of $270,000 in 2016, to $365,000 in 2017. For the outer areas of Melbourne the price of a housing lot has spiked by 54 per cent under Labor, Mr Guy added. South Eastern Metropolitan MP, Inga Peulich, MLC said housing prices in Casey had "spun out of control." "The Andrews Labor government has made it harder to live in Casey by introducing 12 new taxes and turning a blind eye to inflated housing prices," she said. "Fast-tracking housing developments in Casey will help first-time homebuyers and residents by alleviating the cost of living pressures." However, Cranbourne Information and Support Service (CISS) executive officer Leanne Petrides said while the Liberal's policy may assist a number of people purchase a home of their own, there were still more than 82,000 Victorian families and individuals on

Teacher has hard lesson By Cam Lucadou-Wells

Ray Roberts and dog Abby in their shared bedroom in the back of his van - who moves between Picture: CAM LUCADOU-WELLS car parks in Dandenong, Narre Warren and Pakenham. 179045 the public housing waiting list. "The most important policy both parties could commit to in order to address housing affordability would be to invest heavily in public housing," she said. "Clients we work with at CISS are often paying more than 60 per cent of their income in rent, and many are on the precipice of homelessness. All they want is safe, secure and affordable housing for their families." Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera said Matthew Guy could not be trusted when it came to housing. "When in Government, he rezoned land overnight to line the pockets of Liberal Party donors, while cutting funding to the schools

and hospitals our growing suburbs need," he said. "We're boosting housing affordability through our Homes for Victorians package - slashing stamp duty for first home buyers, doubling the first home owner grant in regional Victoria and giving first home owners the chance to co-purchase their house through the HomesVic shared equity scheme." Shadow Minister for Planning, David Davis said: "While local MP Luke Donnellan wakes up in his trendy inner-city suburb, he has no idea about the housing affordability crisis looming 45kms away in his electorate, and the cost of living pressures faced by his constituents."

A teacher pleading guilty to his third recent drink-driving offence has the spectre of jail looming over his head. Vincent Lam had been at a good friend's wedding before being detected with a bloodalcohol reading of 0.112 at Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills just after 3.30am on 25 March, a court heard. He was also unlicensed to drive at the time having been disqualified from driving for previous drink-driving. Police had observed Lam had difficulty staying in his lane while driving that night, Dandenong Magistrates' Court was told on 9 July. Lam asked the court to take into account his guilty plea, that his alcohol reading was not in the "high range" and that he'd signed up for a drink-driving awareness course. He told the court that he wanted to continue to work as a "civil servant". "I keep my personal and my professional life separate," he said. "I was at a very good friend's wedding ... It was an error of judgement." Magistrate Pauline Spencer was concerned that the "obviously smart and hard-working" teacher had been previously detected at 0.14 in 2014 and 0.06 in 2015. "Why are you making such important errors of judgement multiple times? "You can imagine someone doing it once, even imagine them doing it twice but three times? What's going on in your head?" Lam's sentence was deferred on condition that he attended the drink-driving course and that he underwent counselling. His licence was disqualified for 22 months from 9 July. Lam faces final sentencing at Dandenong Magistrates' Court on 5 October.

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I read with great interest the article: VCAT fight for ‘Old Berwick’ in The Berwick Star News (28 June) on the residents of Wilson Street, Berwick fighting proposed two by two-storey units with basement garage. Reason: “Not in keeping with old Berwick”. And that the City of Casey is going in to bat for them against developer at VCAT. City of Casey reasons are: Neighbourhood character. Density. Site coverage. Building setbacks. Lack of separation. Landscaping and private open space. Spare a thought for your neighbours living in the old Narre Warren estate, with proposed Planning Amendment C198 by City of Casey for three to four-storey units. Picture this: Service Road, Lancaster Avenue, Moran Street and Sweeney Drive - boarded by Stewart Avenue and Narre Cranbourne Road. Just imagine how many three to four-storey units can be built in an area this size and consider the reasons by City of Casey for two units. It seems a bit unfair. Already residents are selling up and moving away from this area due to the fear of units being built next door to them. Think ahead ... slums of the future. Carolyn and Peter Hamill, Narre Warren.

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Pioneer Park in Peel Street, Berwick, is the former Berwick Primary School site, which concerned citizens of Berwick worked long and hard to raise money to purchase the site and also, I believe, obtained grants to secure the land as a park - subsequently named Pioneer Park. It is scandalous that the City of Berwick sees fit to re-name this park in any one person’s name. Surely a tree planted to honour the former councillor would be sufficient. W. and M. Goodwin, Berwick.

Supply of land The lack of available land in Casey and Cardinia has caused land prices to skyrocket - median lot prices are now $375,000 and $344,000 respectively, with Cardinia’s median increasing 41.2 per cent in the last 12 months alone. (Gazette, 4 July). This week Opposition Leader Matthew Guy announced that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will fast track the release of an additional 290,000 residential housing lots across Melbourne’s growth areas, including Casey and Cardinia. This land was rezoned for urban growth in 2010 but bureaucracy and red tape has so far kept it from the market. Areas for employment are included with the areas allocated for residential housing. A greater supply of titled land should drive price competition and help more Victorians own their own home. Of course with more land must come more infrastructure - the Liberals have recently an-

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SOCIALLY SPEAKING On the 4 July, the Cranbourne Star News published a story about the State Government announcing a site had been secured at 50S Eliburn Drive, Cranbourne East to start work on the Casey Fields (Five Ways) Primary School. The story created some strong opinions. Here is how they reacted online: Ryan Loose: Somebody should tell this Liberal Candidate for Cranbourne that the developer who owns the land to the east of Smiths Lane in Botanic Ridge where a new Primary School has been planned has refused to develop the land for five years and have been given a further five year extension by Casey Council. This same developer contributed thousands of dollars to the current Mayor of the City of Casey's failed Liberal candidate 2014 State Election campaign. Perhaps there is an investigative journalist at Cranbourne Star News who might like to do a bit of digging?! Narrelle Osborne: I think it's great the area is getting more primary schools but they need more secondary colleges to keep up with demand. Four different secondary colnounced a $30 billion road package including an East West Link and North East Link and the removal of 55 intersections to get Melbourne moving. Closer to home, the Liberals will ensure McGregor Road is duplicated and the Pakenham Bypass interchange completed with new entry and exit lanes; the busy roundabout at Racecourse Road and Bald Hill Road will also be removed by grade separation, allowing continuous traffic and removing the

leges cannot service an area with nearly ten primary schools. On the 6 July, the Cranbourne Star News published a story about Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy promising to allocate new housing lots in the City of Casey to tackle the housing affordability crisis. Here is how our readers reacted online: Ryan Loose: What about the Developer in Botanic Ridge who has sat on the land it owns for five years without developing it and has been given an extra five year planning permit extension by Casey Council. This same developer contributed thousands of dollars to Cr Ablett's unsuccessful Liberal Party campaign at the 2014 State Election. So we have a Liberal Party donor who refuses to develop land that has been available for housing for years!!! Chris Bateman: Anyone that thinks his strategy of fast tracking PSP approvals is as stupid as Matt Guy is, this won't help first hope buyers one little bit! It will not see a dramatic drop in pricing, what an absolute flog. current peak-hour bottleneck. We will also work to decentralise population growth to regional Victoria to take the pressure off Melbourne. The cost of housing in Melbourne’s outer areas has risen 54 per cent under Labor. When it comes to housing affordability, the numbers do not lie: Victorians cannot afford another four years of Daniel Andrews. Brad Battin MP, Member for Gembrook

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They're the unsung heroes, tirelessly helping others without asking much in return - except for a loving pat. In honour of their services, a memorial was unveiled at KCC Park in Skye on Sunday 8 July which paid tribute to all defence and service dogs that have died while serving in the protection of Australia and its citizens. The event, organised by the Service Dogs Memorial Committee and Dogs Victoria, was officiated by the patron of Dogs Victoria, Peter Hitchener OAM. Dignitaries included City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett and Deputy Mayor Amanda Stapledon who laid tribute wreathes for all dogs that have given their lives. The Last Post was performed at the conclusion of the ceremony. More than a million dogs have served the country with the Australian Defence Force since WWI. Service Dogs Memorial Committee founder Merilyn Syme OAM said the memorial provided a permanent tribute dedicated to the courage and sacrifice of canines. "We felt we should have something ac-

knowledging our passion we feel about our dogs to honour all dogs," she said. "It is extremely important; it's taken us a couple of years to raise the money. We're very proud and very grateful for the people turning out today. "We admire the ability of all breeds of dogs and we want to look after their future and their welfare," Ms Syme said. Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation President Nigel Allsopp said the memorial was a great opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution of Australia's war and service dogs. "They're out there serving the community literally every hour so it's vitally important that we honour two legged diggers that have served our nation," he said. Mr Allsopp, who also worked as a Queensland police dog handler for the past 26 years, said assistance dogs were also helping returned soldiers recover from PTSD: "They're working for us even after war which is great." City of Casey Mayor Geoff Ablett said he was honoured to be a part of the ceremony. "Dogs were often put in really dangerous

Service Dogs Memorial Committee founder Merilyn Syme OAM, Dogs Victoria Patron Peter Hitchener OAM and dog handler Greg Bobbin with German Shepherd, Yokon. 182697 Pictures: GARY SISSONS situations, I think it's only fitting that we honour them. It was very similar to an Anzac day ceremony, it was terrific," he said. "They're the unsung heroes in a wide range of things doing an amazing job. They really are man's best friend." "We were absolutely wrapped to be invited and be apart of it." Peter Hitchener OAM said the event was very moving. "Service dogs have contributed so much to the country and our community, whether they be the services or police or customs, they're just wonderful," he said. pakenhamnews.starcommunity.com.au


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The Casey Philharmonic - along with students Jeremy, Nicholas, Timothy and director of music co-ordinator Michael Couche from Berwick Secondary College - will perform Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on 14 July at Bunjil Place under the groups budding new mentorship program. Working amongst seasoned professionals and keen amateurs, the orchestra was set up to give musicians in the City of Casey the opportunity to perform symphonic repertoire at a high standard. Jeremy said he had “learnt a lot and extended” his skills in a short space of time with the ensemble. Roy Theaker (conductor) is at home playing with and conducting Australia’s top orchestras. With an equally impressive reputation in the UK it is terrific to be able to extend this opportunity to play under him to musicians in and around Casey. The concert also boasts international Soprano Shu-Cheen Yu, who has recorded with ABC classics and is in constant demand both in Australia and overseas. Performing Mozart’s Exultante Jubilante and Chinese Art songs from Lotus Moon by Julian

Music co-ordinator Michael Couche from Berwick Secondary College with students who will be performing. Yu, Shu-Cheen helps bring a spark to this exceptional local orchestra and helps us celebrate the richness of Casey’s multicultural community. The meeting of the two cultures ‘east meets west’ sees traditional Chinese instruments such as the Erhu (Chinese two stringed violin) performing with the CPO. The grand masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition is a recognisable classic that is often used in advertisements and victorious sporting moments. Written in 10 short movements

the programmatic music describes the composer walking around an art exhibition of his friend Hartmann, where each movement is inspired by individual paintings interspersed by a reoccurring promenade theme. BSC recently performed Mussorgsky in a band format. Performing with the CPO has enabled the student to extend their knowledge of the work by playing the full version in a full Symphony Orchestra including additional wind, two harps and celeste. Also in the program is Schuberts 8th Symphony. A lyrical piece that is quite short dubbed as Schubert’s ‘Unfinished Symphony’ as it only contains two movements. The orchestra hopes to build upon its student mentor program for future events and encourages students from within the City of Casey that are passionate about music to enquire about upcoming programs our next concerts rehearsal period commences on in term three. Inquiries can be made through wwwcaseyphilharmonicorchestra.com or email caseyphilharmonic@google.com.au or find them on Facebook.

People with special needs can get their groove on to monthly disco jams held Pakenham Dance Studio. The Special Needs Disco will be held on the third Saturday night of each month with a colourful theme and to assist people of all abilities to develop their social skills. Music is suitable and entertaining for all who like to dance the night away. Multiple door prizes, hot food and snacks available. For more details: contact Shane at the Pakenham Dance Studio on 59 408402.

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Bail revoked for drug accused A driver allegedly found with 'ice' as well as prescription drugs such as Viagra in his car in the early morning has been refused bail. Jayden Mitchell had been on bail when he was intercepted by police in Cranbourne about 1.30am on 9 July , a bail hearing at Dandenong Magistrates' Court heard later that day. He had appeared to speed and drive in an "evasive" manner, remand liaison officer Sergeant Christopher Marlow told the court. Mitchell allegedly told police he didn't have his licence and appeared to have difficulty re-

membering his date of birth. Police seized Mitchell's driving licence from a bag behind the driver's seat, Sgt Marlow said. Four grams of 'meth', 50 grams of GHB, a diazepam tablet, a Xanax tablet and Viagra, a drug 'tick book', measuring scales and zip-lock bags were also allegedly seized from the car. Mitchell told police he sold drugs but did not use them, Sgt Marlow told the court. However, Mitchell had priors for using and possessing drugs, he said. He admitted knowingly possessing the drugs, except for the GHB found in one of the door

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Berwick set for big 150th Pakenham, corner of John Street, 1912.

By Brendan Rees Casey Council will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Shire of Berwick will plans underway to host a community event at a historic site. At their 3 July meeting, councillors approved the milestone event to be held on Saturday 1 September at Pioneer's Park. The budget for the proposed big event is $10,300. A report before councillors said the event would feature an 1868 themed family fun day - which is the year the Berwick Shire was formed. A community BBQ, carnival rides, face painting and display of historic local photos is proposed for the event. The rotunda would house speeches, performances and a mock reenactment from the first Council meeting in 1868. "Other 19th century activities could consist of games such as bobbing for apples, egg tossing and sack races and themed activities such as costume dress ups and wood chopping," the report said. Council believes the site would have plenty of flat open space with ample parking. Marquees for displays, food stalls and local organisations taking part in the event will also be arranged.Other venues council had considered in hosting the event was High Street, Berwick and the Old Cheese Factory. Details regarding the celebration will be announced by council later in the year. Berwick Pakenham Historical Society secretary Audrey Dodson said she was pleased Casey Council was recognising the anniversary because "It's important to know how far we've come in 150 years - it's really quite amazing." Ms Dodson said, growing up in the area she had watched Berwick change from a small country town with a single lane highway to a populating suburb.

The City of Berwick and the Shire of Paken· ham were formed on October 1, 1973 when

Berwick Councillors (undated) but likely from the 1890s. "I don't know if there would be many countries that could've developed that much in 150 years," she said. "I came to the area in 1952 and it's come ahead a lot in that time. You would walk down the street and you would just about to talk to everybody," she said. "There weren't any high schools around there was only Dandenong and Warragul." Casey Cardinia Libraries local history librarian Heather Arnold said census records from 1861 showed 60 people called Berwick home. Now, 155 years later, the population has grown to 46674 according to the 2016 census. Ms Arnold said she grew up at Cora Lynn but recalled driving through Berwick to travel to Melbourne before the Berwick by-pass existed. "I do remember when there was nothing much on the Princes Highway between Dandenong and Berwick," she said. A timeline of significant events from Ms Arnold's research include:

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town of Berwick proclaimed on Febru· The ary 25, 1861. Road Board proclaimed September · Berwick · 29, 1862. Shire of Berwick Council chambers built in · High Street, 1865. of Berwick proclaimed, May 5 1868. · Shire The Road Board members then became the · first Councillors. They were James Wilson,

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Shire President; John Brisbane, David Connor, Joseph Smith, H. Smith, John T. Dobson (who later became a member of the Ferntree Gully Council when the Scoresby Ward was annexed to the new Shire in 1889), Francis Barr, Thomas Henty, owner of Pakenham Park at Pakenham and James Buchanan. The Scoresby Ward of the Shire of Berwick, including Scoresby, Fern Tree Gully, Clematis, parts of Emerald and Avonsleigh was severed from Berwick and became the Shire of Fern Tree Gully on May 23 1889. Shire of Berwick Offices moved to Pakenham Mechanics' Institute in 1902. Shire of Berwick Offices open in Main Street

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the Shire of Berwick split. The Shire of Pakenham continued to use the Main Street Offices and the City of Berwick used temporary buildings in Kays Avenue, Hallam until the Civic Centre opened in 1978. Civic Centre at Narre Warren opened December 8, 1978. Demolished in 2018 Cr Jeune Matthews first female Shire President of the Shire of Pakenham in 1979. Cr Jan Bateman, City of Berwick's first female Mayor of the City of Berwick in 1980. Shire of Pakenham Offices opened July 28 in Henty Way in 1983 City of Cranbourne created on April 22 1994. City of Casey and the Cardinia Shire officially came into being on the December 15 at 4pm in 1994. City of Casey was created from the western section of the short-lived City of Cranbourne (Cranbourne, Tooradin, Pearcedale, Devon Meadows, Hampton Park etc) and the entire City of Berwick in 1994. The Cardinia Shire was created from the Shire of Pakenham, the eastern end of the City of Cranbourne (Koo-Wee-Rup, Lang Lang, Yannathan, Bayles, Catani etc) plus Emerald, Clematis and Avonsleigh which were annexed from the Shire of Sherbrooke in 1994. Langwarrin and Carrum Downs went to the City of Frankston from the City of Cranbourne. The City of Cranbourne, Shire of Pakenham and City of Berwick ceased to exist on December 15, 1994. Cardinia Shire Offices opened on November 17 in Officer in 2014. Cardinia and Casey both turn 20 on December 15, 2014. Bunjil Place opened in October in 2017.

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Creating an impact to last By Brendan Rees Lea Paton has taken over the reins as president of the Rotary Club of Berwick during a changeover dinner held on Wednesday 4 July. Ms Paton - the first woman to be elected as president in a decade - was humbled by her induction during her speech, saying "I'm looking forward to leading the club in a fun-filled, lighthearted year of inspirational service." "When I joined the Rotary Club of Berwick six years ago I had no idea I would be asked to be on the board within the first year, so the last thing I expected was to be standing here as president," she said. Ms Paton thanked the members of the club for their support and faith in her: "I will do my best to live up to your expectations in the year ahead of me. "I'm anticipating of the continuation of our tried and true projects. "It's not my intention to overload members with extra projects but I'd like to try a few new things, centred around looking after the onus of our community," she said. Ricardo Balancy reflected on his past year as president, addressing more than 87 guests at the 57th changeover dinner at Holm Park Reserve Pavilion. "It's been an immense pleasure, privilege, honour to serve as president of this great Rotary Club," he said. "I've had a great board, some very good people, and I can't thank them enough for all their efforts." Mr Balancy said delivering positive outcomes for the community was a whole club effort. "I think we'll definitely proud, looking back

Incoming board members from left, David Button, Di Double, Ricardo Balancy, Viv Armstrong, Gary Castricum, Lea Paton, Gus Dominguez, Bob Lay and Gerlad Treasure. Picture: CONTRIBUTED on the last 12 months as to what we can achieve and we've done some great things as a club," he added. Delivering mental health projects would also continue to be a priority, Mr Balancy said. "We can see how it's making a difference and changing lives." He added $75,000 was distributed to the community in the past year. "We have little things like coin collection at Coles, which is a simple idea ... we are raising $3000-4000 a year, just something little like this and that's helping make a difference in the community." The club also welcomed its newest inductee Adwin Town, who is also the club's sixth member for 2018. "It is my privilege and honour to induct you as a member of the Rotary Club of Berwick," Mr Balancy said.

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LOST OPPORTUNITY IS ROAD TO NOWHERE A UNIQUE opportunity has been missed to provide Pakenham and the wider region with vital transport infrastructure, according to local developer Parklea. Parklea is the development firm behind an ambitious plan to turn vacant land at Pakenham East into a master planned community comprising up to 4000 lots. The wider Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) area will eventually become home to more than 20,000 people. Parklea has a proven track record in delivering high quality developments in Cardinia Shire including Timbertop at Officer, Heritage Springs in Pakenham and Arena Shopping Centre. It is currently developing Kaduna Park at Officer South. Parklea sales and marketing manager Jarod Mills said the company was disappointed that authorities had rejected an early plan to include a new arterial road through the centre of the Pakenham East development with an overpass and interchanges on and off the Princes Freeway. The proposed road would have connected to Bald Hill Road at the south and provided access to a potential new train station at Pakenham East. Mr Mills said Parklea put this proposal to Cardinia Shire Council in 2013 suggesting funds could be sought from the State Government’s Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) scheme to pay for the interchange. “Our plan would have provided another point of access to the freeway other than Racecourse Road,“ Mr Mills explained. “The infrastructure would have been built up front and would have ensured that the community got the benefit of GAIC. We felt that under our plan urban growth contributions could have made a positive contribution to the wider Pakenham community.“ Instead the council has opted to upgrade Ryan Road to an urban collector road. The council’s preferred location for a new railway station is also on Ryan Road. Mr Mills said he understood the fears and frustrations of residents who live along Ryan Road. “As a developer we support the wider community and take into account their concerns. We are sensitive to the impact of development on the wider community.“ Mr Mills cited Parklea’s work with the Nar Nar Goon community on developing a strategic plan to make sure the character and liveability of the town is protected as the

Above and below right: The Pakenham East land soon to be developed. Pakenham East development progresses. He said Parklea was also hamstrung by State Government rules, especially those governing density. “Nor are we developers interested in creating ghettos. It is the authorities who are mandating higher density requirements. We would love more discretion on lot sizes per hectare, which is reflected in the streetscapes of Timbertop. “We have tried our best to get some really good outcomes for the community. Our original plan has been an opportunity lost. A new arterial road can’t be retro fitted once the development starts.“ Parklea hopes to start selling land at Pakenham East in 2020. For more information contact Jarod Mills on 0437 985 275 or email jmills@parklea. com ●

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TAX FOCUS ON HOLIDAY RENTALS

HOUSING affordability must remain a key objective to support and encourage first home buyers to enter the market, according to the Housing Industry Association. “One of the best ways to address housing affordability is to increase land supply,” said Fiona Nield HIA’s Victorian executive director. “A lack of supply of new land is a core constraint to supplying housing that is affordable for new home buyers. “HIA has long advocated for more efficient delivery of shovel-ready land and reduced taxation and charges associated with new home building. “The current shortage of land across metropolitan Melbourne is starting to bite, resulting in additional cost to new home buyers. This needs to be urgently addressed.” Speaking in response to Opposition Leader Matthew Guy’s plan to tackle house affordability announced on 4 July, Ms Nield said: “This is a positive development, a plan that increases the supply of land for new homes, and we would hope reduces punitive taxes and charges imposed on that new land, which will flow through to new home buyers as lower upfront costs”. “Fast tracking land release is a key aspect to addressing affordability,” she said. “Current constraints are resulting in delays of up to two years from when a home buyer signs a contract with a builder to when their new home is built. “More efficient planning processes will

THE Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is setting their sights on the large number of mistakes, errors and false claims made by rental property owners who use their own property for personal holidays. “The ATO is focusing on taxpayers who claim deductions for holiday homes that are not actually available for rent or only available to friends and family,” Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said. “While private use by family and friends of a holiday home is entirely legitimate, it does reduce your ability to earn income from the property. This in turn impacts the deductions you can claim. “You can only claim deductions for your holiday home if your property is genuinely available for rent. You cannot claim for times when you were using it for your own personal holidays or letting friends and family stay rent-free. It’s not ok to expect everyone else to pay for your holiday. “Holiday home owners also need to remember that if their property is rented to friends and family at mates rates, they can only claim deductions for expenses up to the amount of the income received.” Besides holiday rentals, the ATO is also focused on other times when a property is not rented or genuinely available for rent. Ms Anderson said some taxpayers claim their property is available for rent, but when the ATO investigates, it is clear they have little intention of renting it out. “We see things like unreasonable

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COUNTRY COMFORT AND CHARM FORMALLY known as 462 Bayles Cora Lynn Road, Cora Lynn, this home is the definition of breath taking. It showcases luxurious, modern country appeal and is situated on approximately one acre and poses the ultimate lifestyle living, not too far out but far enough to be called “country”. This Romeo-built home is one you will fall in love with, as the owners have spared no expense on quality. Upon entry you are welcomed with a master bedroom fit for a king and queen with a huge walk-in robe with built-in shelving and an ensuite with double shower with a down head showerhead, double vanity and a free-standing stone bath perfect for those relaxing nights. The two additional bedrooms feature walk-in robes and fourth bedroom with a double wardrobe. This home also features a private playroom or rumpus, ideal for a kids retreat and a study nook close to the grand open plan living zone, making it a great place for the whole family to enjoy. The kitchen would impress the chef of the family with a fully equipped butler’s pantry, 40mm stone benchtop with waterfall, 900mm electric induction cooktop and oven with ample cupboard space. This home includes everything you could ever want and need. Stepping outside to the decking and pergola area which overlooks the outdoor pool and spa surrounded with exposed aggregate pathways which will make for a perfect addition in summer. Shedding is not an issue with a 10m x 7m barn style shed and a triple garage with internal access to house all the toys with space to have more! Additional features include ducted vacuum, six star energy rating throughout

the home, exposed aggregate driveway, three split systems with quality light features and downlights throughout. Only a short drive to the M1, local shops and the new Gumbuya World, this home will undoubtedly be an asset to whomever chooses to embrace the luxurious modern country appeal on offer here. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind home. ●

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250 Princes Highway, OFFICER Primrose Park – Circa 1888 Significant Historic Victorian Homestead on 1.7ha / 4.21 Acres (Approx) A prime, high exposure site in the heart of Officer’s exciting growth area, representing numerous opportunities. With the bulk of the title being zoned Medium Density Residential, some of the potential uses include retirement living, premium gated housing community, tearooms/café/restaurant, multi storey Victorian Style terrace homes (STCA).

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HERITAGE HOME, ENORMOUS POTENTIAL THIS SIGNIFICANT historic Victorian homestead on 1.7 hectares (4.21 acres approx) on a prime, high exposure site in the heart of Officer’s exciting growth area represents numerous opportunities. With the bulk of the title being zoned High Density Residential, some of the potential uses include retirement living, premium gated housing community, tearooms/cafe/ restaurant or multi storey Victorian-style terrace homes. The magnificent Victorian homestead has been fastidiously maintained and beautifully renovated to its former glory. Presented to perfection, it’s constructed predominantly in double brick and boasts period features and character rarely seen, such as soaring 3.6m high ceilings, ornate cornice and corbelled archways, and original Baltic pine polished floors. On offer are four bedrooms with original open fire places, two bathrooms, elegant formal lounge, formal dining room and spacious living room that flows onto a lightfilled conservatory - ideal for entertaining. Adjoining the home are a double garage and single carport and a large machinery shed accommodates larger vehicles and equipment. Exquisite gardens and mature tree specimens grace the grounds around the home, none more so than the 140-year-old Bunya Bunya Pine, making for an impressive centerpiece to a grand entry of the property. Additional features include an in-ground swim spa, mains water, 80,000 litres of tank water and natural gas. This property, Primrose Park at 250 Princes Highway in Officer, is not only a picturesque and historic property, but one that shows enormous development potential. A rare offering, available to one lucky purchaser. ●

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THIS ONE WILL IMPRESS AND INSPIRE PRESTIGIOUS, luxurious, contemporary, masterpiece - they are just a few of the words that will come to mind upon inspection of this one of a kind home in the highly sought after Heritage Springs estate. The vendors set out to create something truly special and a home that would inspire all who visit. The big home has four bedrooms plus study and features a unique studio room. The glorious master has walk-in robe and stunning ensuite reminiscent of a five-star hotel bathroom. The twin sink vanity has 40mm stone bench, the double shower is spotless and features a high volume ceiling rose. The secondary bedrooms are all double with walk-in robes. At the center of the home is the gourmet kitchen which has an island with 40mm stone bench top. You get stainless 900mm cooking and stunning red glass splash back. A big walk-in pantry completes the kitchen. From the kitchen you look at across to the amazing outdoor area that is simply the best you will find in any house you view this weekend. Triple stacker glass sliding doors separate the two areas. Being fully enclosed the outdoor entertaining becomes another living area that adds to the three living areas you already have, which includes a genuine theatre room. Everything you look at is of the highest quality, from the window furnishings to the floor coverings, you even get double glazed windows! There is ducted heating and cooling,

internal access from the double garage, and a 5KW solar electricity system. Those wanting rear access, take a look at

the massive 10mx4.5m shed with carport behind the electrically operated sliding gate. All this on a massive 858 square metre

allotment with professionally landscaped grounds, a few short minutes from the Heritage Springs shopping complex. â—?

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 18 Wills Avenue, PAKENHAM, VIC 3810 Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 garage Price: $850,000 - $900,000 Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Craig Seymour 0459 122 056 or Gisela Bonaudi 0459 122 000, CENTURY 21 SOUTH EASTERN

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Bunyip 14 Main Street

Opportunity is knocking. For auction. Saturday 28 July at 12pm Opportunity is knocking in the fast growing town of Bunyip, as we are selling the historical Bunyip Pub, located at 14 Main Street, Bunyip. Currently tenanted on a secure 5 x 5 x 5 year lease and returning over $54k pa. Our tenants are keen to continue to invest in this iconic landmark as business is growing, as the town grows and more patrons enjoy the charm and ambiance on offer.

5940 4044 Suite 2, Level 1, 48 John Street Pakenham obrienrealestate.com.au Antoinette Mitchell 0447 677 181 Rod Capuano 0414 960 000

Officer 7 Huntingdale Street

Officer 20 Lexington Crescent

For sale.

5940 4044

For auction.

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$795,000 - $874,000

Suite 2, Level 1, 48 John Street, Pakenham obrienrealestate.com.au Anthony Denyer 0402 326 447 Rod Capuano 0414 960 000

Saturday 21 July at 12pm $380,000 - $418,000

Suite 2, Level 1, 48 John Street, Pakenham obrienrealestate.com.au Savan Patel 0426 709 631

• 5 generous bedrooms plus study • 4 separate living zones, including theatre room and kid’s play area • Master suite with park views • Cascading Caesar-stone kitchen featuring commercial-sized oven

F5 G2 H2 I1

Fall in love with this wonderful 2 bedroom home overflowing with character and charm in the quiet and mesmerizing Park Central Estate.

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We are different for all the right reasons.

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0417 135 075 Voted best in town!

3 ANFIELD COURT, OFFICER

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UNRIVALLED LUXURY WITH BREATHTAKING CLASS!

$690,000-$750,000

• A Dream Court Location in Arena • A Level Above All Others • Absolutely Stunning Family Home

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IT WILL BE LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT THIS outstanding home is superb in every way. The fabulous street presence is a headturner but that is only the beginning, as this four bedroom home will excite. The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite and the other bedrooms are very generous and have built-in robes. Living space is randomly large, with two separate zones consisting of a formal lounge/dining room and additional open plan family room. The kitchen streams natural light and has great storage, a big breakfast bar, stainless steel trim, Smeg electric oven, a gas cooktop and rangehood and the dishwasher will keep the family very happy. The open plan meals zone is totally in sync with the generous living space and connects the family room and kitchen. Standouts include and 18-panel solar system, ducted gas heating, split system air conditioning, select stunning timber style flooring, extra wide solid timber front door, double remote garage with internal access and ceiling fans in all bedrooms. Entertain year-round with the alfresco that overlooks the beautiful landscaped backyard, a perfect size for kids to play, animals to enjoy and peace of mind for Mum and Dad. This property is outstanding in so many ways, not the least the location. It is a walk to the schools, Heritage Springs shopping centre and parks, along with easy access on to the Monash Freeway and the town centre. It is listed for immediate sale. â—?

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 3 Viola Avenue, PAKENHAM, VIC 3810 Price: $520,000-$570,000 Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,2 garage Inspect: Every Saturday Contact: Craig Currie 0417 135 075, CRAIG CURRIE REAL ESTATE

EASY LIVING, SMART DESIGN AND LOADS OF SPACE OFFERING easy living, a smart floor plan and space for all, this home is highly appealing. It has four bedrooms - the master suite with walk-in robe and ensuite and the other bedrooms with built-in robes and an additional bathroom that also has a spa bath. The living space is zoned and extremely generous - with a formal lounge, separate rumpus room, open plan meals/dining with a expansive kitchen showcasing breakfast bar, double pantry, storage, dishwasher and stainless appliances. Being in the heart of the home, this will be the central hub for complete enjoyment and a space for entertaining. The equally generous pergola is great for combining indoor and outdoor living, overlooking the backyard with well established gardens and outdoor space. Standouts of the home include ducted gas heating, ducted evaporative cooling, Rinnai continuous hot water service, double remote garage with internal access, large double gates for caravan and or boat storage, water tank with pump, back to base alarm, NBN connected, and yes a highly sought block of size of approx 586 square metres. Walk to the Heritage Shopping Centre, town centre and train station, great walking tracks and open space. There is easy vehicle access to the M1. This is a family home, with family values and on a family budget! â—?

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 26 Camelia Way, PAKENHAM, VIC 3810 Price: $550,000-$595,000 Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,2 garage Inspect: Every Saturday Contact: Craig Currie, 0417 135 075, CRAIG CURRIE REAL ESTATE

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Warragul Warragul

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ana 4 Union Avenue

Get set for a great future.

Just listed.

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This beautifully appointed family home is situated on a 608m2 allotment appro. This home is perfect for rst home buyer investor or anyone looking to downsie. Offering a spacious lounge room owing through to the hub of the home where you have the open plan newly renovated kitchendining area with split system heatingcooling incorporating uart stone bench tops brand new wall oven gas cooktop dishwasher and plenty of cupboard space. A master bedroom Featuring R ensuite and ceiling fan. The remaining bedrooms are freshly painted both with BRs. The large backyard is sure to impress with plenty for room for the kids and pets to play addition features include a colorbond 33m garden shed a timber shed that has power connected and a double remote garage with rear access featuring a bench top and cupboards.

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FOR SALE PRICE GUIDE 440000 480000 INSPECT Photo  reuired Sat 14 July 2:00 - 2:30pm {doc.OpenHomeTime} CONTACT Terri Fellows 0400 573 483 Andrea Poulter 0412 389 060 Barry Plant Pakenham 5941 1977

Cora Lynn 462 Bayles-Cora Lynn Road

Ultimate lifestyle living on 1 acre. Upon entry you are welcomed with a master bedroom with a huge R an ensuite with double shower with a down head showerhead double vanity and a free-standing stone bath perfect for those relaing nights. The 2 additional bedrooms feature Rs and 4th bedroom with a double wardrobe. Also featuring a private playroom or rumpus ideal for a kids retreat and a study nook close to the grand open plan living one. The kitchen features butler’s pantry 40mm stone benchtop with waterfall 900mm electric induction cooktop and oven with ample cupboard space. decking and pergola area which overlooks the outdoor pool and spa. Shedding includes a 10m  7m barn style shed and a triple garage with internal access. Additional features include ducted vacuum 6 star energy rating throughout 3 split systems plus more.

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Pakenham 34 Arden Avenue

An entertainer’s dream, just for you, on the Avenue. We present to you this stunning north facing home with an open view of spacious grasslands. A striking statement in contemporary style, this extensive modern masterpiece boasts an innovative loorplan, generous proportions and sensational low-maintenance appeal. There is nothing more rewarding than the endless entertaining pleasures to be enjoyed in the three gorgeous living zones plus alfresco area. Ready to cater for any number, the entertainer’s kitchen with stone benches, large pantry and 900 mm stainless-steel appliances looks across the open living, dining room and spacious under-cover alfresco with garden surrounds. Showcasing an abundance of quality inishes, it is a must see!

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FOR SALE PRICE GUIDE $565,000 - $620,000 INSPECT (Photo ID required) Sat 14 July 12:00 -12:30pm Sat 14 July 3:00 - 3:30pm CONTACT Megan Gordon 0406 536 836 Barry Plant Pakenham 5941 1977

Pakenham 4 Hale Place

All Hale the Perfect Starter. Nestled nicely in a quiet court location on a 609sqm block. The home itself boasts three bedrooms with master entailing walk in robe and ensuite with the remaining two providing sizable loor space and built in robes. Two large living zones will be ideal for entertaining. Large kitchen and meals area that will be sure to impress with a stainless-steel dishwasher and heaps of cupboard and bench space. Ducted heating provides absolute comfort through these cooler months. Moving outside you have a nicely established front garden with double garage with rear access. Out the back there is a large pergola. Large grassed area sets the tone of the backyard where you can watch the kids and pets enjoy all day long.

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FOR SALE PRICE GUIDE $480,000- $528,000 INSPECT (Photo ID required) Sat 14 July 12:00 -12:30pm CONTACT Stuart Sheppard 0422 106 084 Tom Wing 0432 363 040 Barry Plant Pakenham 5941 1977

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Pakenham 47 Edmund Street

e  Pioneer Way

Situated on a 400sqm block in the Devonia Park estate. This well thought out loorplan provides well-spaced living. The master bedroom provides a WIR and ensuite. The remaining three bedrooms provide BIRs. The kitchen itself will be sure to impress with large 900mm free standing oven and dishwasher. Ducted heating and a split system air conditioner provide comfort all year round. Outside you have a low maintenance front garden with remote access double car garage.

This very low maintenance property is perfect for families or investors wanting a large home or a fantastic rental return. With 5 bedrooms  with ensuite a main bathroom and  living areas you won’t be short on space. Enoy an open plan family room with mealsdining and kitchen. n additional living space upstairs allows complete enoyment. Ducted gas heating two oversied split systems etra wide double remote garage with internal and rear roller door access.

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Just listed.

Pakenham 7 oore ews

n e 1 onnor Road

This enley built home speaks quality. The master with full ensuite double vanity WIR and ceiling fan. pon entry you have a formal living area which lows into the grand open plan living and dining one with ceiling fan and separate back rumpus room.  large kitchen boasting caesar stone bench tops 900mm stainless steel oven gas cooktop and dishwasher. Includes: evaporative cooling ducted heating quality roller blinds downlights solar panels double garage and more.

Spectacular 40 acres with ecellent views 10 minutes’ drive to Drouin town fwy schools and more. This property has massive potential with 7 paddocks mains water cattle yard 4 4 foot shed plus storage room large hay shed and old milking shed. Well established orchards include olives haelnut apple plum and chestnut. With fabulous views ecellent location great storage shedding and plenty of land to play with. se it as a weekender or build your family home (ST).

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garr 14 Princes Avenue

ru  Bunyip Drive

Just under  of an acre with prime residential oning. The home itself is superb in sie and has all the modern facilities and features. 6 bedrooms, 2 upgraded bathrooms and multiple livingdining spaces. The kitchen featuring a dishwasher and gas cooktop. A large living space acts as the central B of the home, with high 10 ft ceilings, hardwood oorboards and a large woodred coonara heater and split system air conditioning.

Nestled quietly in Drouin’s eclusive Jackson’s View state sits this immaculately presented family treat on 0m2. (Appro.) Boasting 4 spacious bedrooms, master with ensuite, double vanities and WIR. The 3 remaining bedrooms all have BIRs. Throughout the home is gas ducted heating, split system heating, as well as air conditioning. This home is big on space, with 2 separate living ones. ade complete with an outdoor entertaining area with views of the Baw Baw ranges.

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Barry Plant Drouin 5625 3006

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Warragul 2 Asha Court

ru 11 Drovers Close

Situated on a 394sqm block this gem will be sure to impress any style of buyer. This home offers three bedrooms, master with BIR and semi- ensuite whilst the rest offer BIRs. A great open plan kitchen and meals area with quality appliances make up the hub of the home. With split system heating and cooling, you’ll be prepared for every season. Boasting a large garage, fully fenced and completed landscaped for a young family with pets and a potential rental yield at $1195 per month.

Tucked away on 1.6 acres (appro.) in the highly sought after Amberley state. Wellappointed open plan kitchen is bound to encourage your master-chef skills. Dining and living areas effortlessly ow around the kitchen one and open-up to the outdoor entertaining area. The other wing of the home offers a second living area with another four large bedrooms all with BIRs and a separate study, serviced by the main bathroom. ther highlights are: separate powder room, heating and cooling.

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MODERN HOME IN A TOP LOCATION SITUATED on a 400 square metre block in the Devonia Park estate, this ready-made four-bedroom home will allow you to cut down the building time. This well thought out floorplan provides well-spaced living. The master bedroom provides a walkin robe and ensuite. The remaining three bedrooms boast plenty of floorspace and built-in robes. The main hub of the home consists of an open plan kitchen, dining and living zone. The kitchen itself will be sure to impress with large 900mm free standing oven, dishwasher and large bench space with extended breakfast bar. Ducted heating and a split system air conditioner provide comfort all year round. Outside you are welcomed with a low maintenance front garden with remote access double car garage. Rear access to a courtyard to the back allows you to securely store something that will fit. Out the back you have a spacious backyard with pergola built to entertain. The timber deck base is what everyone is looking for. Well located near, parks, schools, public transport and shops, what more could you possibly ask for in a property and location? Be quick to inspect as this will not last long. â—?

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 47 Edmund Street, PAKENHAM, VIC 3810 Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 garage Price: Contact Agent Inspect: Saturday 14 July 1:00pm-1:30pm Contact: Stuart Sheppard, 0422 106 084, BARRY PLANT PAKENHAM

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J FPB

Berwick

1/9 Gardiner Street

$620,000 - $650,000

QUALITY UNIT – OLD BERWICK This beautifully presented 3 bedroom unit is situated within walking distance to the Village & Pioneer Park making an ideal home or investment. The unit enjoys direct street frontage, open plan living with polished timber floors throughout the modern kitchen area & the large meals area. The lounge room with carpets and split system is north facing making it light and bright. The master bedroom enjoys the benefits of a FES & ample robe space while the other bedrooms have robe space. A double garage with direct internal access & remote door is ideal while the private courtyard is both low maintenance & practical. This could be the one you’ve been waiting for, inspect with confidence!

Inspect Saturday 14th July 11:00 - 11:30am

Pakenham

7 Hayden Grove

$460,000 - $500,000

EASY LIVING IN HERITAGE SPRINGS Situated in the prestigious Heritage Springs Estate this superbly presented 3 bedroom home will impress you from the moment you lay your eyes on it. Nestled on a snug 332m2 allotment this property provides a very low maintenance garden allowing more time to enjoy the luxury features it has to offer inside. 3 generous sized bedrooms, master with FES & Wir, BIR’s to remaining bedrooms. Formal lounge with split system air con & ducted heating, modern kitchen with stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances, adjoining meals area which flows through to your outdoor area. Double garage with remote door and internal access. Ideal property for the downsizer or investor.

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Pakenham

12 Ann Crescent

$500,000 - $550,000

PRIME COURT LOCATION - BIG BLOCK This comfortable brick veneer home is situated in a prime township location that is only a few minutes stroll to shops, train & medical facilities. Located on a 794m2 is this 3 bedroom, full ensuite with living & kitchen are overlooking a huge pergola & rear yard. Split system air conditioner, gas heating keep all year round ambiance. Double steel garage plus double carport, there is rear access to the block ideal for boats, trailers, caravans. Purchase for immediate occupation or investment. With this huge allotment you may be able to develop the site (STCA) in the future as it is in the township zone. An opportunity to good to ignore – Inspect immediately.

Inspect Saturday 14th July 12:00 - 12:30pm

Pakenham

42 Natanya Drive

$480,000 - $500,000

INVESTORS TAKE NOTE !!

12393023-28-18

There is a strong lease in place at this lovely home, so it is receiving good profits from the rental return. Located near spacious parklands. The home comprises of three bedrooms, full ensuite plus a study. Fantastic bench space in kitchen, gas cooking, electric w/oven. Large separate living area with direct access to paved pitched pergola. Ducted heating plus split system air con. Double garage with direct internal access. Separate side access ideal for boat, caravan or trailer. Only a young home, makes for a great investment.

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BIG HOME, QUARTER ACRE BLOCK, PEACE & TRANQUILITY! 5

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1028m2 corner block. Features of the home include 2 car remote garage with internal access, powder room, gas ducted heating & evaporative cooling.

OVER AND ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE

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This stylish four bedroom home features modern decor and quality finishes throughout. Added extras of ducted heating, air conditioning, alarm system and a double garage.

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TIMELESS DESIGN & QUALITY IN THE HEART OF OFFICER!

FOR SALE $580,000 - $630,000 View Saturday 14th July 1:00pm - 1:30pm CENTURY 21 SOUTH EASTERN Daniel Exposito 0419 436 314 century21.com.au/pakenham 5940 9922

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FOR SALE $850,000 - $900,000 View Saturday 14th July 11:00am - 11:30am CENTURY 21 SOUTH EASTERN Craig Seymour 0459 122 056 Gisela Bonaudi 0459 122 000 century21.com.au/pakenham 5940 9922

Luxurious in space and timeless in design and quality, this stunning Metricon home offers a premier family lifestyle in the heart of Officer. Extras include split system cooling, gas ducted heating, internal access and double remote garage.

FOR SALE $580,000 - $638,000 View Saturday 14th July 11:00am - 11:30am CENTURY 21 SOUTH EASTERN Christine Quarrie 0449 191 575 century21.com.au/pakenham 5940 9922

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SOLD 9 B E N O R C O U R T, PAKENHAM —

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Superbly located north of the highway in a quiet court, this beautifully presented 4 bedroom home sits on a generous 600sqm allotment. There is a rear roller door on the garage that enables vehicular access.

NEAR NEW AND READY FOR YOU!!

CENTURY 21 SOUTH EASTERN Craig Seymour 0459 122 056 Gisela Bonaudi 0459 122 000 century21.com.au/pakenham 5940 9922

SOLD 22 BLACKWOOD DRIVE, PAKENHAM —

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CENTURY 21 SOUTH EASTERN Barry McMurchie 0412 546 299 century21.com.au/pakenham 5940 9922

SOLD 11 BAVARIA LANE, PAKENHAM —

Built in 2005, this 620SQM approx. corner block has side access and great spaces, with 4 bedrooms and a study combining easily with an open plan kitchen/dining and 2 separate living areas.

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This home represents a marvel of contemporary craftsmanship and is a magnificent single level freestanding family home. Creature comforts include: ducted heating, cooling, intercom system & alarm.

FOR SALE CENTURY 21 SOUTH EASTERN Christine Quarrie 0449 191 575 century21.com.au/pakenham 5940 9922

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THE HOUSE HUNT IS OFFICIALLY OVER PERFECTLY nestled in the highly soughtafter Arena Estate is this stunning ex-display home of grand proportions. Featuring five generous bedrooms plus study and four separate living zones, including theatre room, formal lounge and kids’ games area, this home is impressive in size and ready for the largest of families to enjoy and entertain. From the moment you enter you will be instantly impressed by the premium finishes and many features on offer, including: - An impressive master suite with park views from the balcony, large walk-in robe and a double vanity ensuite with porcelain floor tiles and luxury shower; four remaining bedrooms all with built-in robes; - A downstairs study that is large enough to convert into a guest room for visiting

friends and family; - A separate ground floor powder room; - Cascading Caesar-stone kitchen featuring 900mm oven and stove-top; - A theatre room complete with projector, built-in wall speakers and large cinematic screen; - Two outdoor entertaining zones, including alfresco and oversized spa, surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens; - A large backyard with garden shed and ample room for the kids to play; and - Evaporative cooling, ducted heating, solar panels, ducted vacuum, alarm system and internal Bluetooth speakers throughout. With so many upgrades and close proximity to schools, shops and sporting fields, this magnificent home is sure to impress. ●

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 7 Huntingdale Street, OFFICER, VIC 3809 Price: $795,000 - $874,000 Description: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 study, 2 garage Contact: Anthony Denyer- 0402 326 447, O'BRIEN REAL ESTATE PAKENHAM

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8 year WALE in central Pakenham township • Income of $243,877 pa net • Shops 4 & 5 current 5 year lease commenced December 2017 • Shop 6 current 10 year lease commenced February 2017 • Substantial redevelopment upside

244 DAwSONS TRACk NILMA NORTH -Incredible 147 acres, versatile & delightful -A1 location & typography with excellent farm setup -Magical panoramic views!! -Upgraded fences, laneways, gates, troughs and lovely home renovation -Permanent water inc 22mg licence, spring fed dam -Shedding, RPM crush, loading race & stock yards -3bdr architecturally designed home, luxurious bathrooms & kitchen

Total Building area 1,689m² Zoning Commercial 1 EOI Closing Thursday 26th July, 5pm 6 Clow Street, Dandenong Matt O’Dea 0448 566 556 Graham ‘Josh’ Kendall 0418 322 443 *All sizes are approximate.

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TOWNHOUSE STYLE AND GRANDEUR DESIGNED for easy living, this immaculate double storey townhouse is ideal for first home buyer, investor, downsizer or retiree. Quietly tucked away in a private location, this low maintenance design offers a fabulous format for light filled living. Downstairs comprises of bathroom including separate bath, secondary bedrooms both including built-in robes and private courtyard to be enjoyed off the rear bedroom. Upstairs offers open plan living including a dining zone with its own balcony and the accompanying kitchen is stylish and functional with plenty of cupboard space, quality stainless steel appliances and tiled splashback. Adjoining you will find living area plus large balcony overlooking parkland, linked for effortless indoor-outdoor entertainment. Privately zoned upstairs master bedroom includes built in robe and adjacent full ensuite. Added features include split system heating/cooling, European laundry, large single lock-up garage with remote control access, picturesque parkland views and is conveniently located close to local schools, public transport and shops. Less than two years old and showcasing a spacious design, impeccable finishes and classic modern style, you will not want to miss this property. For inquires of this exceptional property always contact Liza Hickey on 0481 185 038 or attend the open for inspections. â—?

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 19 Sable Circuit, OFFICER, VIC, 3809 Description: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 garage Price: $430,000 - $470,000 Contact: Liza Hickey 0481 185 038 or liza@krpeters.com.au 12393037-DJ29-18

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Bunjil Place has won a second architecture award in less than a month.

Bunjil Place soars again City of Casey's new arts and cultural precinct Bunjil Place has won the top award for Public Buildings at the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. The $125m project, designed by leading Australian architectural firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt), was awarded the William Wardell Prize. As the winner of the Victorian Chapter, Bunjil Place is now in the running for the Australian Institute of Architects National Award for Public Architecture. The national award winner will be announced in November. City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said we are honoured that Bunjil Place has been recognised with a second award win in less than a month. "At the end of May we were delighted to hear that Bunjil Place had taken out the top

honour at the International Design Awards (IDA) 2017," said Cr Ablett. "Award nominations were assessed by an independent design jury and to again see such high recognition received for the iconic design of Bunjil Place is a testament to the contemporary and innovative design that fjmt envisioned for our community facility. "We are proud that the iconic design has created a welcoming and enlivening destination for residents and visitors to enjoy the many exciting entertainment, arts and cultural experiences on offer at Bunjil Place." Bunjil Place opened in October 2017 and comprises a range of community and civic facilities including an 800-seat theatre, multipurpose studio, gallery space, three-level library, outdoor plaza with big screen and function centre.

Gun found in parkland Police have located a firearm believed to have been used in an armed robbery in Berwick on 17 March. The hand gun was found in a parkland opposite Coral Drive and Manatoka Crescent, Hampton Park on 12 April. The firearm was wrapped in green fabric inside a black satchel bag when it was found. Detectives have released an image of the firearm and satchel bag in the hope that someone may recognise it and can provide further information. The investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed the initial incident or with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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Survey opens on parking By Brendan Rees Casey residents can have their say on parking issues following the launch of a council survey. The online questionnaire will be used to help the council form its parking strategy. It will gauge residents' opinion of "where they feel current parking is not serving their needs." It also asks residents if they support the use of parking technology including sensors and electronic signage. The draft Parking Strategy will provide direction on how council oversees its parking supply and how technology such as the arrival

of autonomous vehicles and ride share programs will impact on the demand for parking resources. City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said the draft parking strategy would help shape the future of parking management within the municipality. He said Casey had one of the highest rates of car ownership within metropolitan Melbourne with almost 65 per cent of Casey households owning two or more cars. "Our estimated resident vehicle fleet will reach 216,000 by 2026," he said. "With the Casey population expected to

reach over 500,000 by 2041, a shift in the way we think about and plan for parking is required to ensure we can provide a more equitable and liveable City for our residents. "The draft Parking Strategy outlines considerations for the future of parking management and includes mechanisms that aim to manage parking more efficiently and provide optimal parking supply," Cr Ablett said. Narre Warren Business Group spokesman Dale Munckton said its members appreciated council recognising the on-going parking issues effecting businesses in the Verdun/Victor Crescent and Webb Street precincts. "We look forward to working closely with

council to ensure adequate parking is available for our members and businesses within the area. We encourage businesses to provide their feedback to Casey Council online," he said. Casey Residents and Ratepayers Association president Arvo Talvik said the draft parking strategy mentioned in several places about introducing 'paid parking' and questioned whether this was "A disguise for revenue raising." "This document does not detail how the strategy will become council policy or be implemented," he said.

New team to lead business group By Brendan Rees Members of the Narre Warren Business Group (NWBG) gathered for their annual general meeting on Wednesday 4 July. Held at Switch Lifestyle located at Fountain Gate, the evening included guest speakers sharing their insights on current business issues and attendees also having the opportunity to network with local business owners as well as electing its new committee members. Steve Osborne returned as president, joint vice presidents are Dale Munckton and Tara Angelone, Richard Edwards returned as treasurer, Tim Allan returned as secretary and Michael Parker and Rob Wilson were appointed as general committee members. The group, which provides a voice for local business, also discussed car parking within the City of Casey and looks forward to discussing adequate parking strategies with the Casey Council. Robert Errey from Federation University

spoke at the recent meeting about the Federation Business School's Master of Business Administration (MBA) which is available at the Berwick campus from August. According to the group's President Steve Osborne, the NWBG will put a focus on growing their membership over the next 12 months. The group will also continue to run monthly events on the first Wednesday of the month with a range of exciting speakers. Mr Munckton said Mr Errey told attendees they were "never too old" to start an MBA. The university will be holding a detailed information evening on Tuesday 17 July from 5.30pm - 7.30pm at Atura, Dandenong. Next month's event is 'How to build a Million and Dollar Property Portfolio' with guest speaker Frank Valentic as seen on reality television series 'The Block'. Events for this year include a speed networking night, search engine optimisation presentation and an end of year celebration dinner.

Narre Warren Business Group elected its new committee members, from left, Dale Munckton (vice president), Tim Allan (secretary), Richard Edwards (treasurer), Steve Osborne (president), Tara Angelone (vice president), Michael Parker (committee member). Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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WHAT’S ON Casey Choir - Sing into Spring Concert

Thursday Playgroup Winter Plant Sale:

We will entertain you with a mix of songs, from Abba to Mozart and everything in-between. Guest Artist Shu-Cheen Yu is a multi-award winning international soprano with more than 12 major national and international singing awards. Following our concert there will be a scrumptious afternoon tea. Sunday 19 August - 2pm at Casey Grammar School, 3 New Holland Drive, Cranbourne East. Tickets: www.trybooking.com/UXUQ or at the door. Adult: $25, Concession. $20, under 12 are free. Visit: www.caseychoir.com.au

The Growing Friends group of the Cranbourne Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Inc will be selling a wide range of Australian plants in tubes and larger pots – priced from $3. A great opportunity to purchase plants and look around the Australian Garden. Saturday and Sunday 21 and 22 July from 10am – 4pm at the Royal Botanic Garden Victoria in Cranbourne (Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne)

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Boomerang bag project Boomerang Bags is a grassroots, community driven movement tackling plastic pollution at its source. Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags. Why not get involved - join us on a weekly basis to make these sustainable bags that we can then donate on to local support organisations who would normally use plastic bags. It does not matter if you can or cannot sew. The program will be facilitated by an experienced teacher who will teach the art of sewing to those who want to learn. It is a great opportunity to come together and be part of how our community can change to manage this issue. Come along and join this fun group, learn new skills and make new friends. All materials will be supplied. We do have some sewing machines but if you have one please bring it along. Starting Tuesday 17 July for 10 weeks from 9.30am - 12.30pm at Balla Balla Community Centre, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East.

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Concert in Cranbourne Cranbourne Chorale's Concert "Favourites Something for Everyone" will be held at Casey Grammar Performing Arts Centre, 3 New Holland Dve., Cranbourne on Sunday 15 July starting at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/UMPS, or at the door. For further, contact Jennie on 0417567 125.

With One Voice Would you like to be inspired, unleash your creative potential and improve your well-being? Then a With One Voice choir is for you! Singing is the language of the heart. For centuries, song has played a key role in community, culture and story-telling. Every week Creativity Australia's With One Voice choirs inspire diverse people from more than 40 nationalities, aged nine to 90 to sing side by side. There are no auditions and no singing experience is necessary and is led by professional conductors. Choir is a great place to find your voice, find friends, de-stress, build well-being and confidence, learn new skills and connect to your community. Weekly on Mondays 6.15pm-7.30pm at the Narre Warren Seniors Centre. 192/196 Centre Road, Narre Warren. Supper included. (03) 8679 6088 or email withonevoice@creativityaustralia.org.au.

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Narre Warren and District Family History Group Inc. General Meeting Guest Speaker is Lisa Habermann will be talking about writing our Living History. Lisa will be giving us hints and tips to help unlock those memories and easy ways to get your stories and recollections down on paper. Afternoon tea will be served afterwards, then the General Meeting will begin. A fee of $3 to be paid on entry to the room. All visitors are welcome to attend. Saturday the 14 July at 2pm in the meeting

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room at the Cranbourne Library, 1/65 Berwick Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne. Please use Casey Radio entrance. Contact Lynne Bradley at president@nwfhg.org.au or phone 87875558.

'Be Well' mental health wellness workshop BE WELL is aimed at increasing people's understanding about what 'mental health' really means and what are the most effective ways to maintain good mental health and wellbeing. The talk draws on the latest mental wellness research and will be presented by Troy Macris from the City of Casey Community Care team. The information content is presented in a simple, straightforward and entertaining way and is suitable for anyone in the community irrespective of their education level, cultural background and prior mental health knowledge. Come and ask questions and engage in discussion along the way. Afternoon tea provided. Tuesday 31 July from 1pm - 2pm at Balla Balla Community Centre. Free workshop. Contact 5990 0900 or admin@ballaballa.com.au.

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Senior citizens' AGM Berwick Senior Citizens is holding its 2018 annual general meeting. 11.30am, 20 July at 112 High Street, Berwick. Details: 9707 2017

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NAIDOC activities NAIDOC Week is being marked at Westfield Fountain Gate with traditional painting workshops, boomerang decorating and an indigenous art display by local children. The exhibition is at the shopping centre from Wednesday 11 July - Sunday 15 July. Workshops run 10am-1pm on Tuesday, 10 July Thursday, 12 July.

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Time for tennis Cranbourne Tennis Club holds social tennis on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am. Competitions are open to singles and doubles of all ages including beginners and advanced players. Cost is $2 including tea and coffee. Casey Fields at 160 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd (Melways 134 E7). Details: 0419 382 049 or 0432 535 575.

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Community choir With One Voice Casey choir welcomes singers of all backgrounds and abilities. There are no auditions. No singing experience is necessary. Rehearsals run each Monday, starting from 28 May. Supper included. 6.15-7.30pm, Mondays at Narre Warren Seniors Centre, 192-1096 Centre Road, Narre Warren. Details: 8679 6088 or withonevoice@creativityaustralia.org.au.

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Men talking OM:NI holds a discussion group for blokes over 50 in a warm, friendly environment. They meet over coffee and discuss issues of interest, with plenty of laughs. New members welcome. Tea and coffee provided. First Wednesday of the month, 9am-12pm at Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House, 21A Bemersyde Drive, Berwick. Details: Brian Regan, 0408 545 984.

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Ballroom at Balla Balla Improve your health and make new friends with some easy-to-learn and affordable ballroom and Latin dancing at Balla Balla Community Centre East Cranbourne. All are welcome (no age limit). Balla Balla Community Centre East Cranbourne, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East. Cost is just $10-00 per one hour session at 4.30pm and 7pm every Monday. Other sessions can be arranged on requests. The instructor is accredited and approachable. To enrol call Di on 0408343202, or email difen69@bigpond. net.au.

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Pre-kindergarten group Narre Community Learning Centre runs a prekinder program Mondays-Thursdays. The program focuses on preparing children for the big step into kindergarten. Mondays 1 pm - 4 pm, Wednesdays 9.30am12.30pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30 am - 12.30 pm at Narre Community Learning Centre, 1 Malcolm Court Narre Warren. Details: 9704 7388.

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This group is run in a small, fun and friendly environment by an experienced playgroup co-ordinator. With crafts, songs, story-time and outdoor play, it's a great place for your child to socialise and make great friends. Available for children up to 4 years old. 9.30-11.30am Thursdays at Oakgrove Community Centre, 89-101 Oakgrove Drive, Narre Warren South. Bookings: 9704 2781.

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Childrens Fitness The Happy Feet fitness and entertainment program delivers educational content, creativity and social skills. Suitable for 18 months-5 years. Costs $9.50 per session. 12-12.30pm Tuesdays at Oakgrove Community Centre, 89-101 Oakgrove Drive, Narre Warren South. Bookings: 9704 2781 or Cathy Lord, 0402 146 629 andcathy@happyfeetadmin.com.au.

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Seniors activities Berwick Seniors welcome new members who would like to join their club and enjoy good company and activities such as indoor croquet, billiards, table tennis, darts, board games and bingo. The club days are Fridays, 9.30am1.30pm.112 High Street, Berwick. Details: 9707 2017.

Cranbourne U3A term three classes New members are welcome in the following classes: Folk art, calligraphy, bridge, mahjong, chess, sewing and patchwork, as well as knitting and crochet. We also have a Singing for Fun group, armchair movies group, table Tennis, and fishing group. If retired or semi-retired come along and join in. Have some fun, learn a new skill or make new friends to enhance your lifestyle. Starts 16 July. For more information and other classes check the web site u3acranbourne. net.au or call Helen 0423 623 337.

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Casey U3A Casey U3A classes for retirees will be held in Berwick at a range of locations and also at Selandra Community Hub, Clyde North. Only $35 to join for year. 40 plus classes. Visit the website at http://casey.u3anet.org. au for details or John 9707 2301 or 0409 515465.

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Carpet bowls Hampton Park Senior Citizens club welcomes the community to join in a carpet bowls every Saturday from 1pm-3pm at 2 Narellan Dr, Hampton Park. For more information please contact the club on 97992588 or kcj@iinet.net.au.

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Back on the world stage By Russell Bennett The waterskiing career of Pakenham teen sensation Bailey Christie continues to go from strength to strength, with the young star embarking on a Junior World Championships campaign in Spain next month. Bailey, who's in Year 10 at Pakenham's Beaconhills College, is overseas already - preparing for the tournament. Through his sport, he's been presented with the opportunity to travel the globe and compete - and it's something he refuses to take for granted. He headed off to the last junior World titles in Chile as a reserve and it was an experience that he's well and truly built from. "Since then I've just been focussed on training hard to make the team for this world championship just because I loved the experience of being over there and just wanted to do it again," he said. "For two years, it's just been training and tournaments to get good scores to get selected." The team for August's competition was picked at the nationals in April. He won a silver in slalom, gold in trick, placed fifth in jump, and claimed a silver overall. He also broke a trick and overall state record - a remarkable achievement given he was in his first year of under-17 competition. Bailey would love to achieve a personal best at the Junior World Championship coming up, but more than that he just wants to soak in the entire experience. "That's really important - to go over there and not be too focussed on what's happening, but enjoy what's going on around you as well," he said. "I feel like sometimes you go to a tourna-

Bailey Christie will once again compete on the world stage next month. ment and you don't find yourself enjoying it enough. "I'm only going to ski in one junior worlds. "I just want to take in as much as I can and remember everything and soak it all in, because I'm not going to be able to do it again. Bailey is number one for his age group in Australia for slalom and trick, and third in jump. He was also recently the sixth-ranked overall skiier in the world in the under-17 bracket. Throughout his time in the sport, Bailey has been fortunate enough to follow in the foot-

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steps of his older brother Jack - also a world class skiier. Jack recently competed in the US Masters in America, a competition which only the world's top five are invited to compete in. Not only do Bailey and Jack spur each other on through their respective journeys, they provide and unending source of support for each other. It's a unique situation that's clearly served them particularly well. While it would be easy for a skiier of Bailey's age to get carried away in competing on

the world stage and all that it encompasses, he remains grounded - fully appreciative of all the support he's received from friends and family, his school, and his sponsors, in addition to Pakenham family owned and operated business, Voyage Gym. It's hell of a crest of a wave that Bailey's riding, but he remains focused with his eyes firmly fixed on the future - continuing to establish himself as one of the best young waterskiers in the world, while taking time to stop and smell the roses along the way.

Weideman explodes for 44 points in a special showing By Hayley Wildes The Pakenham Warriors had a great weekend of Big V basketball, claiming four wins from four outings. The Division 2 Men took down the ladderleading Craigieburn Eagles on their home floor on Saturday night - an upset win that could spark a late-season Warrior revival. The Warriors were simply sublime, holding the Eagles to 25 per cent shooting from deep and finding their own offensive groove early. Ben Gaze was brilliant as he shot the lights out from deep, hitting five triples on his way to recording a game-high 26 points. Big man Brad Bridgewater (21 points, 6 rebounds) was another constant threat on offence, helping the Warriors claim a 90-76 win. Pakenham backed up that fine performance a day later with a massive home win against the North East Bushrangers, 106-76. It was again Gaze (19 points, 9 rebounds) and Bridgewater (24 points, 11 rebounds) who led their team home, while Brad Szalek (20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals) was busy on both ends of the court. The two wins see Pakenham (9-9) rise to

seventh on the ladder, just one win out of the top six. The Youth League 2 Women continued their impressive season with a comprehensive win on the road over Sherbrooke on Sunday. The Warriors were far too good for the Suns, running out 112-70 winners. Sarah Thomson (27 points, 18 rebounds, 3 steals) posted a massive double-double, while four other Warriors scored in double figures. The Warriors (12-3) are riding a three-game winning streak and sit second, just one win behind the top of the table Casey Cavaliers. The Youth League 2 Men made it five wins on the trot with a dominant win in Craigieburn as Ned Weideman caught fire and put on an offensive masterclass. After a slow start which saw the Warriors trailing by six points at quarter time, Pakenham reeled off a massive 67-24 second half to blow Craigieburn away and claim a 118-78 win. Weideman was the star of the day, pouring in 44 points (five triples) and grabbing 10 rebounds. He was simply unstoppable as Craigieburn's defence was unable to keep him in front of them.

Pakenham's Division 2 Men team is just one win out of the top six. 179816 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS Tyrone Tonkin also joined in on the threepoint party, hitting an incredible eight triples to finish with 24 points. The Warriors (14-6) rise to third on the ladder.

Round 16 sees all teams hit the road, with the Youth League 2 Women facing Frankston on Friday night, whilst on Sunday, the Division 2 Men take on Camberwell and Youth League 2 Men face Western Port.

Gippy Storms home again

Storm’s Premier Division winning squad (from left to right): Zoe Zeuschner, Sam Walker, Millie Sadler, Sophie Bolam, Taylah Grasso, Ash Gill, Simon O’Shanassy (coach), Allie Oakenfull, Mia Palmer, Kyra Esler, Emily Zeuschner, and Briana Pratt. 42 STAR NEWS

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The Gippsland Storm Elite Development Netball Club's open squad won the grand final of the Premier division at the Waverley Netball Centre, just before the school break. Storm had four squads that made the finals, from their seven squads entered in the Autumn season at Waverley. The senior squad went all the way through to the grand final. Storm's senior squad finished third on the ladder before the finals. With a couple of weeks of solid team work on court, the Storm girls seemed to refocus which helped them get through to the Grand Final. During the final, their midcourt was very strong, with fast hard drives to the ball. The attackers had a high percentage return with every entry coming in. But it was in the defensive

end for Storm where the game was won. The combination of Allie Oakenfull (goal defence) and Sam Walker (goal keeper) worked a treat with them picking off passes and coming away with game high intercepts and deflections. The team finished with a dominant win against the top side, Blackwood Comets, 51 to 43. The best on court award went to Walker, who had been involved with the squad in a mentoring roll - helping develop the younger players. She is also a former Championship player for Gippsland Storm, and still plays her Saturday netball each weekend with Ellinbank in the EDNA. Coach Simon O'Shanassy was thrilled with the whole squad's performance, coming away with a another comprehensive victory. pakenhamnews.starcommunity.com.au


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Lions make some noise By Nick Creely

Pictures: ROB CAREW

Matt Livermore (right) and Col McNamara battle on ground level down at Tooradin. 182661

While the Wickers still managed to kick 71 points in the rain, it's been a wonderful three weeks of defence that has brought Stewart Kemperman's side back into second spot. Incredibly, the Wickers have conceded over 100 points less than any side in the competition, and are building into their best form. The Wickers jumped out of the blocks to kick three first quarter goals, and steadily built the lead throughout the day as Travis Tuck, Matthew Young, Bryce Rutherford and Madi Andrews dominated the middle. But in defence - despite missing Michael

Riseley - the Wickers didn't give the Kangaroos an inch, leaving them precariously hanging onto fifth spot on the ladder. Earlier in the round, back on 9 June, Cranbourne dominated Doveton at home, 35.21 (231) to 3.2 (20). Round 12 will be another split round, with Cranbourne and Tooradin-Dalmore to do battle, while Officer will host Doveton in a mustwin game for the Kangaroos. The following week, Beaconsfield hosts Berwick, while Pakenham faces a big test against Narre Warren at home.

Berwick star Travis Tuck celebrates a goal against Officer on Saturday. 182662

Sports Trivia QUIZ NUMBER 1617 1.

Who scored Australia’s first goal in the 2018 World Cup soccer finals?

2.

WHICH Indian batsman made history in the 1980s by scoring centuries in his first three cricket Tests?

3.

WHICH state has the best win percentage rate in Sheffield Shield cricket?

4.

AN Aussie scored the first century in limited overs cricket in England in 1969. Who was he?

5.

7.

WHICH wicket-keeper has taken the most dismissals for Australia in one-day internationals?

8.

WHICH horse lost a race despite being 40-1 on in 1949?

9.

WHICH woman has won the most Wimbledon titles (doubles and singles)?

10.

WHICH European in 1979 became the youngest winner of the British Open golf title?

11.

Who are we?

WHO was the first Australian cyclist to win two Olympic gold medals?

2.

WHICH AFL team lost its first 10 games straight in 2016 - the worst start for the reigning minor premiers in history?

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WHAT are the three points values of goals in basketball?

14.

WHICH sporting legend was due to light the Olympic flame but at Rio withdrew at the last minute due to ill health??

15.

Daniel O’Halloran is an aspiring local sports journalist who is heavily into his footy, cricket, and tennis. Like anyone with a keen interest in the craft, he loves hearing and reading about other people’s stories. Researched from running a keen eye over Gazette editions of years gone by, this is his quiz:

WHAT were the vast galleries of fans that followed Arnold Palmer around the golf course known as?

16.

CAN a 12th man in first class cricket bat, bowl or field?

17.

WHICH jockey rode a record 181 winners in the 1980-1 season?

18.

WHICH swimming stroke appeared at the Olympics at the first time in Melbourne in 1956?

19.

WHICH Australian won the US Open tennis title in 1973?

20.

WHICH Australian golfer received an MBE in 1957?

1. I’m a former Catani cricketer who once played against Arjuna Ranatunga, and alongside Australian legend Dean Jones… 2. I was the captain of Tooradin’s WGCA Premier grade grand final winning side in 2013… 3. Nicknamed ‘The Little Dasher’, I am Berwick’s only Test cricketer… 4. I’m the Devon Meadows greyhound trainer who won the $60,000 Warragul Cup in 2013… 5. I was the starting Cranbourne ruckman in the 2013 Casey Cardinia senior football grand final…

Chappell 5. Mike Tyson 6. Beau Zam 7. Adam Gilchrist 8. Ajax 9. Billie Jean

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million prizemoney in Australia ?

King 10. Seve Ballesteros 11. Russell Mockridge 12. Fremantle 13. One,

It took months of hard work, dedication and a love for the jumper to culminate in a long awaited win for Pakenham's inaugural South Eastern Women's side over the weekend. Fresh to the competition, the Lions have finally got their first ever win, climbing off the bottom of the table and exceeding all expectations in a year of growth as they continue to make their mark in women's football. On a blustery day with bouts of torrential rain on Saturday, the Lions ventured down to Red Hill, winning by 14-points in a landmark day for the club, 6.10 (46) to 3.14 (32). Lions coach Warren Cawcutt couldn't hide his excitement as his side finally got some reward for effort in a hard-fought contest. "We had to work hard, it was a wet, windy day, which was never going to be high scoring we had to work for the win, we were brilliantly led by our captain and vice-captain," he said. "Mimi Henderson, who is our vice-captain, went into the game knowing she did her A/C joint, but she wanted to play with one arm she did a fantastic job holding up our backline. "Rachel Betteridge, our captain at centre half forward, took marks, kicked goals and led from the front. "But it was a team effort - I know that clich¨¦ gets thrown around a little bit, but it was a genuine team effort." The Lions led at every change to control

the contest, with Betteridge slotting three and Holly Dennison, Roslyn Cook and Chloe Nagel each hitting the scoreboard. Cawcutt was full of praise for the "dedication" put in by everyone involved with getting the side up and running. "The girls are the ones out there doing the hard work, I'm pretty much just telling them what to do - the guys behind the scenes, Nicky Muley, Amanda Sidebottom, they're the ones that got the side set-up, and everything like that," he said. "Just to see the girls since I took over as coach and how hard they've worked, and how much they want to learn, I'm really happy they got a win for themselves." While the Lions have only recently started to learn more about the game, Cawcutt said the sky is now the limit as they eye off more wins before the end of the season. "I'm not surprised (with getting a win), based on the fact of their dedication, and their willingness to train and be there - I'm not surprised with their progression," he said. "The more you handle the footy at training, the better you'll become - only two weeks ago, we learnt about set plays, so I knew they'd get better. "There are only about five games to go, so we'd like to win another one or two of those Officer this week seems like it could be a good match for us."

WHAT was the name of the first racehorse to win more than $2

two and three points 14. Pele 15. “Arnie’s Army” 16. He can only field 17.

By Nick Creely

champion in 1986? 6.

Wayne Harris 18. The butterfly 19. John Newcombe 20. Peter Thomson

A history-making victory

WHO became the world’s youngest heavyweight boxing

Daniel’s Sports Quiz

ANSWERS: 1. Mile Jedinak 2. Mohammed Azharuddin 3. NSW 4. Greg

terrific job, but it doesn't mean they'll be there the following week against Narre. "We can certainly defend, but our problem has been scoring, and that's still a work in progress, that's for sure." Down by the Westernport, Tooradin-Dalmore pushed ladder-leaders Narre Warren to the brink, but the Magpies' experience ensured they could walk away with the four points, 13.8 (86) to 7.10 (52). The Magpies looked flat-footed for most of the contest in muddy conditions, and amazingly, found themselves down by under a kick at three-quarter time after the Seagulls kicked four goals in the term. It took a major spark for Matt Shinners' side to emerge with a win, with young pair Peter Gentile and Tom Miller finding much needed goals early in the final term, before the visitors slammed the door shut with a further four goals. The experience of Brad Scalzo and Michael Collins in the guts helped the Magpies over the line with polished displays, while Seagull skipper Matt Livermore, Andrew Dean (three goals) and Brad Lenders were instrumental in a terrific effort by the home side. In the final game on the weekend, Berwick kept Officer goalless in a defensive masterclass at Starling Road, 10.11 (71) to 0.6 (6).

Daniel’s ANSWERS 1. David Williams 2. Aaron Avery 3. Harry Graham 4. Wayne Vassallo 5. Mitch Lindsay

SOUTH EAST FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE REVIEW - ROUND 11 (SPLIT ROUND) Pakenham coach Ash Green simply won't be drawn into finals talk despite his Lions now within striking distance of Officer in fifth spot. The Lions' stingy defence took its first real scalp of the season in horrendous, torrential conditions at Toomuc Reserve, knocking off a Beaconsfield side battling with injury, 6.10 (46) to 3.4 (22). Despite being just two points away from Doug Koop's Kangaroos and with a superior percentage, Green isn't talking the 'F' word just yet, and wants his side to keep building its form. "We aren't talking finals; we were just looking to beat a side inside the top five to get some enthusiasm in the second half of the year," he said. "We've lost a few games we should have won, so we aren't thinking about finals, we just want to be competitive. We're up against it, so we won't look that far ahead." Missing key cogs in Scott Meyer, Nathan Langley, Lachlan Modica, and the Eagles couldn't quite adjust to the conditions, but remained well and truly in the contest at half time, with both sides kicking just the one goal apiece. The importance of James Harrison (three goals) in the attacking half proved pivotal in the end, with the Lions locking down defensively and managing to find some run in the wet to kick five goals after half time. Green was proud of his side for bouncing back from a lacklustre effort last week. "We were really disappointed in our effort against Tooradin last week, and we made a conscience effort to have a really good week on the track - we had a couple of guys who were out injured, and they put a bit of pressure on the playing group," he said. "We brought a few new players in, so I'm pretty proud of the boys - conditions wise, it was miserable and two sides were out there having a crack, so it wasn't probably the greatest spectacle. "To our credit, we played well, so (I'm) happy with the performance." Stats suggest that Green's side is firming into fifth spot, with his improved defence leaking on average just 82 points, less than Officer. "It's important to have a strong defence, and we've been able to throw different blokes down there at times, and like any good side, you have to be versatile," he said. "We're really happy with our backline, we put a couple guys down back and they did a

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