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Cats’ wackers Brandon Parfitt, Esava Ratugolea and Scott Selwood bring a geo-political dimension to the Cats' Wacky Wednesday celebrations. But what did fans think of the shenanigans after the elimination final loss. Find out on page 3. (Rebecca Hosking)



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Two young sisters died at East Geelong after a plastic toy fell on a bar heater and melted yesterday morning, police believe. Parents of the girls, aged 2 and 3, rushed them to hospital unresponsive but both were pronounced dead, Victoria Police said. A six-month-old baby who was sleeping with the parents at the time of the incident was treated for smoke inhalation. The baby was in a non-life-threatening condition when the Indy reached deadline yesterday afternoon. The parents reportedly escaped without injury. Investigators sealed off Loch St between St Albans Rd and Kilgour St yesterday as they investigated the tragedy. Police said the smoke woke the parents shortly around 8am. Continued page 2

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WALK THIS WAY: Organiser Kirsten George and participant Tim ‘Bluey’ McGrath, a Geelong Cats legend, join forces at last weekend’s A Walk in the Park fundraiser for Parkinson’s Victoria. More than 500 people participated in the inaugural Geelong walk, raising over $14,000.

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From page 1 They were in a separate part of the house to where the sisters slept. Police initially described the incident as a “house fire” and said the cause was not suspicious but yet to be established. But around midday they confirmed that smoke was the likely cause of the girls’ deaths. "Something has possibly fallen onto a small heater that was in the room where these two children were asleep and smoke inhalation caused the deaths," Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Guthrie told 3AW. "It's a real tragic set of circumstances." Det Sen Sgt Guthrie said police were unsure how long the toy had been smouldering. “The heater had been turned on at some stage in the morning,” he said. "The father has gone into the room and has removed the children and he and his wife have taken both of the children to hospital and when they got to hospital they were pronounced dead." Shocked neighbours described the parents as “the nicest people”. The East Geelong tragedy was the latest in a series of house fire-related incidents across the Geelong region. Father and son Paul and David Solo, aged 90 and 57, died in a house fire at Ocean Grove on 20 August. A few weeks earlier a blaze killed single mother Dawn Webster in the house she shared with her 16-year-old son, who was absent at the time. Near the start of the month a share-house fire critically injured a woman in her 20s at Grovedale.

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Plea for ‘help’ with river body mystery By Gill Cooper Mystery still surrounds the final hours of a Geelong West woman’s life after two rowing coaches' “lucky discovery” of her body in the Barwon River. Detective Sergeant Adam Forehan, of Geelong Crime Unit, said the body could be seen “floating on the surface, lying on the water among shoreline reeds” on 31 August. He said the two men had run out of fuel and came ashore just west of the James Harrison Bridge just before 6pm where they saw human remains and called police. “It really was a lucky discovery,“ Det Sgt Forehan said. Police had to rely on fingerprints to identify the deceased as 40-year-old Melanie Blogg, he said.

Police “desperate to find out what happened to this lady” during the time after she left her home in Halstead Place around 7.45pm on 17 August. “We can’t establish a prima facie case that Melanie’s death was suspicious,” Det Sgt Forehan said. “However, until we are satisfied to the contrary, we’ll be treating this as our highest priority. “Questions remain as to whether Melanie’s death was by force, by accident or an intentional act of her behalf.” Some aspects of Ms Blogg's death were puzzling, Det Sgt Forehan suggested. “A lady leaving her home on a cool night with only one shoe, an oversized hoodie and nothing but underpants on below does suggest some

level of impairment,” he said. “We are seeking assistance from the Geelong community to determine Melanie’s movements and gain a better understanding of her lifestyle in the time leading up to her death.” Police have released CCTV and images of Ms Blogg as they appealed for anyone who saw her or had any contact with her from 16 August onward to come forward. “Particularly anyone that might have CCTV footage of Melanie - private or business. We ask them to check and secure it if they are willing to provide to police,” Det Sgt Forehan said. He asked anyone with information or with footage to to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to submit a confidential report at

Woman ‘grabbed’ A man has allegedly grabbed a woman “from behind” on the Bellarine Rail Trail at Leopold, according to police. Investigators were yet to establish the “exact circumstances” of Wednesday night’s incident but were treating it as “an isolated matter at this stage”, police said.

‘Daters’ infected “Changing sexual behaviours” amid the rise of online dating are linked to increasing rates of sex infections in Geelong, according to State Government. Gonorrhoea rates rose almost 250 per cent and potentially deadly syphilis infections jumped 435 per cent in Geelong between 2012 and 2017 amid the increasing popularity of dating sites and apps, the government said.

Cars chased Two men who stole cars from a Melbourne property have abandoned them in Geelong before police arrested each suspect on the run in separate suburbs. The 24 and 26-yeard-olds were allegedly armed with a knife when they stole the cars at Mooroolbark before a police helicopter helped officers hunt the men down in Geelong later on Sunday.

Injured axed Geelong Football Club has delisted six players, including defender Aaron Black as her recovers from a knee reconstruction following an ACL injury in round 12. Others to join the former Kangaroo exiting Geelong this week included fellow injury victims Stewart Crameri and Cory Gregson along with Ryan Gardner, Matthew Hayball and Tim House.

Teens arrested Police have arrested two teenagers three hours after they tried to rob a 14-year-old boy in Geelong’s mall. The 15-year-olds threatened the boy around on Sunday afternoon before officers caught the pair at Newcomb in the evening and remanded them in custody to appear in Geelong Magistrates Court the following day, police posted on Facebook this week.

City action A car has flipped and a truck has crashed after crews filming a movie returned to central Geelong. The Whistleblower crew filmed “major action scenes” in the city on Thursday as work continued on the filming of “the largest Australian-Chinese-partner film project ever produced”, City Hall said.

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Northern kids strive to succeed in projects By Gill Cooper A showcase of 22 child-led philanthropic projects from Corio and Norlane will feature at Geelong Performing Arts Centre on Monday. More than 100 grade six students from Northern Bay College who completed the projects will present their results at a free Geelong Kids as Catalyst Showcase Expo. Kids Thrive creative director Andrea Rieniets said the program's modest $6000 of funding encouraged the children to form partnerships with

local community groups and seek in-kind support. Building a vegetable garden for the elderly, making a cultural walking track, rehabilitating local wildlife, sharing local knowledge with new arrivals to Geelong and making up hygiene packs for the homeless were among the projects. Wexford campus teacher Roslyn Livingston prised the students' "willingness to step up and take the lead.” “It’s because this program is so organised

they know exactly what they are doing,” she said. “They could never have done this six months ago. The growth has been amazing. I get teary even thinking about it.” Principal Fred Clarke said community leaders and supporters on the pitching panel witnessed “the power of purpose in children’s learning”. “The program positions our school well in the community by including a community audience and community organisation partners pitching with the students,“ he said.

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An ambiguous title could have roused both sides of the global warming debate in Geelong this week. City Hall obviously had a particular message in mind but the Community Zero Carbon Action Plan could be read both ways. Was the plan aimed at zero ‘carbon’ or zero ‘carbon action’? Most readers would have overlooked the ambiguity to pick the former but City Hall was quick to confirm the plan was all about “being a carbon neutral city-region by 2047”. Still, a simple hyphen would have clarified the Community Zero-Carbon Action Plan. Call it pedantic, but City Hall’s minor grammatical error reminded Double Take of the TAC’s Towards Zero launch a few years back. An assorted crowed of stakeholders had gathered to learn of the new campaign, with TAC boss Joe Calafiore proudly unveiling the slogan and accompanying logo before explaining its ambitious intent. “That ‘s’ in the logo’s redundant,” an attendee whispered into the ear of one of the TAC’s wellpaid spin doctors. “What do you mean?” he whispered back. “Why not just ‘toward’. It means the same.” “Arrgh,” the spin doctor responded,” that ‘s’ cost us $50,000!”

Silence on salt site By Gill Cooper State Government has refused to reveal the fate of plans for a $4 billion residential development on disused Moolap salt works after funding a wetlands restoration project at the site. The $775,000 Deakin University project has clouded the future of alternative uses for the land, with the government yet to release its Moolap Coastal Strategic Framework Plan four years after putting it on the drawing board. In March the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister told the Indy the government had commissioned an assessment of buffer areas to finalise the Moolap plan. Deakin has flagged the wetlands project

as covering 465 hectares but a government spokesperson last week said the precise area was "yet to be determined". Ministerial and departmental offices refused to comment on any potential rezoning of salt works land or whether prospective development partners Ridley Corporation and Sanctuary Living had received any commitments on their Nelson Cove proposal. “No decisions have yet been made and the final Moolap plan is still being finalised,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). “We expect this to be delivered shortly. Questions about future land uses and implementation will be answered in the final

Moolap plan.” Deakin's restoration project would involve engaging with key stakeholders over three years, DELWP said. Ridley Corporation chief Tim Hart said he was yet to see Deakin’s wetlands proposal, so he was unable to comment "at this stage" on what it meant for Nelson Cove. Ridley, which holds a lease on the salt works site, and developer Sanctuary Living unveiled Nelson Cove in 2014. The development proposed over 3000 dwellings and two marinas but looked unlikely to proceed earlier this year when Bellarine MP Lisa Neville said the draft plan for the salt works omitted any residential component.

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Poor old Sarah Henderson must be wondering where it all went wrong. If her margin as Liberal MP for Corangamite wasn’t narrow enough, she had to watch her preferred Prime Minister struggle in poll after poll before being unceremoniously dumped last month, further damaging the coalition’s brand. Then this week she had to vote in federal parliament against debating a motion she sponsored herself, to axe the long-haul live export trade. She tried to explain that her elevation to an assistant ministry under new PM Scott Morrison prevented her crossing the floor to vote against government bills, which she had promised to do on the exports as a rank-and-file MP under Malcolm Turnbull. As expected, the opposition had a field day with her predicament as animal activists hit the roof. Ugh. Hendo must feel like one of those sheep on a slow boat to her fate. Talk about a baa-d journey!

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Geelong’s traditional Wacky Wednesday dress up drew mixed reactions from fans this week. Most supporters were amused by the antics of the Cats’ players, which included Joel Selwood and Quentin Narkle arriving together in a vintage vehicle as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, while Esava Ratugolea was Dennis Rodman and Cam Gutherie appeared as rapper Post Malone. Cats fans usually respond positively to the players’ end-of-season dress-ups at the Lord of the Isles hotel but after Geelong’s limp exit from the finals last weekend a few took to social media to call out their heroes. “Imagine if they dressed up as professional footballers!” Rob Jenner said on Facebook. “Another classless bogan tradition,” Chris Tsorotes posted. “They should pretend to be AFL players,” said Daniel Wright. “Played like princess (sic) last week,” Darren Dookie Clarke added. “Pity they didn’t make as much effort in the 1st 1/4 Friday night might actually be playing footy instead of playing dress up,” wrote Shane Robbo Robertson. But others were amused at the level of effort the players put into their costumes. “This has got to be the best I’ve ever seen,” said Brayden Ward of Selwood and Narkle's impersonation of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. “How good are Geelong with their Wacky Wednesday!” Christopher David posted. “They are good sports enjoy Catters you always have fun,” said Elly Gill. Tom Hawkins and Lachie Henderson came dressed as feuding Australian and Philippines basketballers. Patrick Dangerfield was kitted out in a Canterbury Bulldogs NRL jersey after that club

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GOR 'surging' Highton Guides 'take library to the street' Signs of a surging economy along the Great Ocean Road have prompted a call for “substantial investment” in the iconic touring route. Latest figures showed increases of 16 to 18 per cent for key indicators of the road’s economic value, said the region’s tourism body. “The visitor economy of the region is growing far faster than expected ... and the latest forecasts indicate continued visitation increases of up to 50 per cent by 2025,” said Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism’s Wayne Kalyer-Thomson. “Substantial investment in maintenance and infrastructure (would) further secure the economic contribution within the region. This will underpin employment and the sustainability of the cities and towns of the region,” Mr Kayler-Thomson said. Maintenance and investment along the road has been a hot topic in recent years, particularly since a series of landslips several years ago caused significant road closures.

A “treasure trove” of forgotten books has inspired local Girl Guides to open their own library. Now Highton's Guides is literally taking its girls' venture to the streets after a volunteer discovered the books at the back of a cupboard in the unit’s Patern St hall. The girls had since donated additional books to stock their “street library” on a cleaned-up bookshelf out the front of the hall, a unit spokesperson explained. The group recently achieved registration with Street Libraries Australia to officially operate the “community space” for sharing books without no fees or library cards. “The girls are very excited,” said Highton Guides leader Jenny Possingham. “They worked really hard on cleaning up the bookshelf and gathering books to fill it. They did a fantastic job.”

City centre collapse fears Collapse risks have forced City Hall to order the demolition of a heritage building on central Geelong’s busiest corner. “Forensic testing” revealed that much of the Belchers Corner building on Moorabool and Ryrie Sts was riddled with “concrete cancer”, City Hall said. Basement walls supporting footpaths and roadways were “in danger of collapse” and the façade facing both streets was out of vertical and horizontal alignment. The building must be demolished by 31 December. Heritage planning overlays did not preclude demolition of buildings “considered a

danger to life or property”, City Hall said. “Engineers’ assessments have shown that it would not be possible to maintain the façade of the building while demolishing the building due to insufficient foundations and concrete cancer through the entire structure. “The shoring up and parts of the demolition process will require closure of an area around the intersection of Moorabool and Ryrie Ss. It is anticipated that the demolition project managers will be working closely with VicRoads to ensure all traffic disruptions are planned and managed carefully and safely. “Traffic and business disruption will be minimised as much as possible. However, public safety will be the number-one priority during

the demolition.” City Hall chief Martin Cutter commended council staff’s handling of the building issue since safety fears forced its closure in July. “Every decision made by our municipal building surveyor puts safety first, and we have engaged a number of independent civil engineers to ensure we have had an accurate and thorough understanding of the building condition at all times,” Mr Cutter said. “We will continue to assess the temporary propping measures to ensure they have sufficiently stabilised the building to prevent collapse. This includes daily surveying and monitoring of the props to record any building movement readjust the steel props accord-

ingly, where necessary. “We recognise that the demolition of a significant building in central Geelong is a great shame and a loss to the urban history and landscape of the City, but the welfare of our community comes first. “I can assure the greater Geelong community that their safety has not and will not be jeopardised in the testing and demolition of this building. “We will also seek to minimise disruption to traffic and business operation in the area during the coming phase of testing, building stabilisation and demolition.”

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Local Liberal irks minister The state election battle for the seat of Bellarine has become a war of localism between a sitting MP who has never lived in the electorate and a challenger who recently moved in. Labor MP and Police Minister Lisa Neville has accused veteran policeman Brian McKiterick of “taking the p..s” with his move to Ocean Grove from Torquay earlier this year. Ms Neville, a long-term resident of Geelong West, attacked the Liberal candidate in an interview with the Ocean Grove Voice this week. She compared him to a previous Liberal candidate who “rented a house and left as soon as he lost”. “I think it’s taking the p..s out of the community, to be honest,” Ms Neville said. She defended her non-residency in Bellarine, saying she had “lived and worked with this community” for over 20 years. “I love this place and I support it,” she told the Voice. “I live in Geelong West and I have lived there for 24 years in the same house with my son, and I’m five minutes from my electorate.” Ms Neville was responding to an interview with Mr McKiterick in the previous edition of the Voice, where he expressed his affection for Bellarine and Ocean Grove. “I love it,” he said. “It’s a great spot, a great community, and I can’t wait until summer. “The whole Bellarine; you go to St Leonards or Point Lonsdale and you just think, ‘These are hidden treasures’, and probably the people getting on the buses from the ferries are missing out on some of the best parts of Victoria.” “I think a lot of people don’t realise how

PEEVED: Bellarine MP Lisa Neville has accused her challenger of "taking the p...s" with his move to Ocean Grove. special it is.” Mr McKiterick, a sitting councillor and twoterm mayor of Surf Coast Shire with 40 years’ experience as a policeman, also called for more police resources on the Bellarine Peninsula. He called for a new station established at Leopold to take pressure off Victoria Police’s Bellarine headquarters at Ocean Grove. “I spoke to a lady in Queenscliff who heard some knocking on her door in the middle of the night and she went and hid in the bathroom and locked the bathroom door and stayed there all night in a panic,” he said. “I said to her, ‘Why didn’t you ring the police?’, and she said, ‘I didn’t think there’d be any police available’. “Having a police station in Leopold … would be a great benefit to this community.” Victorians go to the polls in less than three months.

ATTACKED: Liberal candidate and veteran policeman Brian McKiterick has come under fire from Labor's state Police Minister, Lisa Neville, for moving into her seat of Bellarine, where she has never lived.

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Moody landscapes dominate a public vote for local images to appear in next year’s Geelong council calendar. City Hall has unveiled a shortlist of 24 finalists from 727 submitted photographs. The City has dedicated two images to each month, with the public voting at to decide which of the pictures appear in the calendar. Geelong Gallery boss Jason Smith has already chosen the cover image after helping select the shortlisted monthly entries. “It was a pleasure to be involved as a judge for the first time this year,” Mr Smith said “I was very impressed with the calibre of entries which demonstrated a real depth of creative talent in our community. “I am confident that the community will enjoy the 2019 calendar.” Voting closes 24 September, with the calendar out in December.

Wind farm in prices battle A 99-turbine wind farm west of Geelong will help deliver “lower power prices and more jobs” for Victorians, according to Premier Daniel Andrews. But the opposition has seized on the claim, citing a $500 increase in power prices under Mr Andrews and “hundreds of millions of dollars” in subsidies for the proposed wind farm and five others. The Andrews Government highlighted Berrybank Wind Farm this week as one of projects to win funding under Victoria’s first renewable energy “auction”. The Spanish-owned Berrybank farm, off the Hamilton Hwy 100km west of Geelong, would produce 180MW of the auction winners’ combined 928MW in promised power. The power would cut 16 per cent of “emissions” from Victoria’s electricity generators by 2035 while helping the state toward its target of 40 per cent renewable energy within seven years, the government said. The government expected the targets to drive around $9 billion of investment and create more than 11,000 jobs over the life of the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) scheme. “It’s simple: greater supply of renewable energy means lower power prices and more jobs for Victorian families,” Mr Andrews said. “We’re making Victoria the capital of renewable energy and supporting the thousands of local jobs it creates.” Energy and resources shadow minister David Southwick asked why Mr Andrews thought he could “fix” power prices 75 days out from an election after delivering only price increases for the previous four years. “If Victorian taxpayers are paying hundreds of millions of dollars to subsidise this, then it’s not really cheap energy at all,” Mr Southwick said. “In fact, it means Victorian taxpayers are paying for this extra electricity twice. Having helped to push up electricity prices by forcing the closure of Hazelwood, Daniel

LABOR: Daniel Andrews says prices will fall.

LIBERAL: Davis Southwick says prices will rise. Andrews is now looking to taxpayers to help buy his way out of political trouble. Electricity prices have gone up around $500 a household under Daniel Andrews, but a few months out from an election he suddenly claims he can fix it.” Mr Andrews was a “desperate Premier” leading “a panicked government”, Mr Southwick said. “Daniel Andrews has had four years to fix electricity prices and 75 days out from the election he says he has an idea but can’t or won’t say what it will cost taxpayers.”

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The next meeting of the Greater Geelong City Council will be held at the Council Conference and Reception Centre, City Hall, Little Malop Street, Geelong on Tuesday 25 September commencing at 7.00pm. This meeting is open to the public. Watch Council meetings live online at

TEMPORARY CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS - 15 TO 21 SEPTEMBER A number of Central Geelong roads will be used next week for the filming of the Whistleblower, the largest Australian Chinese partnered film project ever produced, with a budget of $40 million. A number of major car sequences and stunts will be filmed on our roads. To enable the safe conduct of this filming, these roads will have changed traffic conditions, with all filming occurring between 6.00am–6.00pm. Brougham Street

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Now’s your chance to sit in the hot-seat and act as a juror or court participant considering the verdict in a mock court case. It will be facilitated in the Geelong Courts by lawyers and will be based on a common workplace scenario to highlight mistakes that can be made regarding workplace safety and the very serious consequences that can follow. It’s part of the City’s commitment to leading and promoting safety and will appeal to students, employers and employees, and anyone who wants a behind-the-scenes glimpse into courtroom workings.

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DRAFT MUNICIPAL EARLY YEARS PLAN 2018–22 The City has released a draft Municipal Early Years Plan 2018–22 for community comment. It details how we’ll seek to improve the health and wellbeing of children (aged 0–8) and their families over the next four years.


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White Night Geelong will be a significant event for our city with a big influx of visitors and considerable changed traffic conditions in Central Geelong. The event precinct features Gheringhap Street as its spine and one block either side. It is bordered in the south by Ryrie Street and Western Beach Road in the north. White Night Geelong is a State Government of Victoria initiative that is owned and managed by Visit Victoria and proudly supported by the City of Greater Geelong.

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Feedback closes 11 October 2018.


Want to enjoy the thrill of supercross in Geelong and see Australia’s best take on the Americans as they race for the Australian Supercross Championship title? We have three family passes up for grabs! It is going to be a great night of Supercross racing and Motorsport for the whole family. See celebrity Off Road Buggy racing with Mr Hot Wheels, Matt Mingay and three times World Champion Troy Bayliss plus lots more!



We will be upgrading the intersection of Bellerine St and Myers St to improve pedestrian safety. The works will be undertaken between Tuesday 18 September to Friday 26 October.

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DRAFT ACCESS AND INCLUSION ACTION PLAN 2018–22 The City has released its Draft Access and Inclusion Action Plan 2018–22 for community comment. It details how we’ll seek to create a more accessible and inclusive community for everyone. The vision for the plan is to uphold the rights of equal and dignified access for everyone while setting out how we will work towards full equality for people with disability to participate and be included in our broader community. You can read it in full and provide feedback at Feedback closes 12 October 2018.




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Hendo ‘flips’ on live trade Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson “back flipped” on her opposition to live-animal exports when she voted against her own bill to end the trade, according to Labor. Ms Henderson seconded Liberal colleague Sussan Ley’s private members bill on 21 May but turned against it in federal parliament on Monday, said shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon. “Give the vote was 72-70, their votes were the difference,” Mr Fitzgibbon said. “Many Australians will be disappointed by their actions.” Earlier this year Ms Henderson described live sheep exports as “inhumane”, saying the “vast majority” of her constituency supported her opposition to the trade. “If any person in Australia crammed sheep into a transport vehicle for 25 days in the searing heat with limited access to food and water, standing in their own excrement, that person would be charged with animal cruelty,” she was quoted as saying in May. But on Monday Ms Henderson and Ms Ley, who had threatened to cross the floor of parliament over the issue, voted to prevent debate on the bill after the Greens and cross-benchers sponsored its passage through the senate. Mr Fitzgibbon linked the pair’s about-face to their recent promotions under new Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Both took “their 30 pieces of silver” when they voted with their party against the bill, he said “The only thing that has changed since they introduced (the bill) is their promotion to a junior ministry. It’s obvious their passionate

RACE DAZE: Local model Sarah Czarnuch gets into the spirit of the spring racing season as she poses to announce her role as ambassador for next month's 2018 Geelong Cup.

BACKFLIP: Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson. speeches in support of their own bill were full of hollow and insincere words.” The pair would have had to quit their new roles to cross the floor of parliament. Ms Henderson and Ms Ley released a joint statement on Tuesday confirming their promotions prevented them supporting the bill. “As members of the ministry, it is no longer open to us to support any private member’s bill or the bill passed by the senate today,” they said. "Our personal conviction on this issue remains and we will continue to advocate for a change in coalition policy and for a phase out of this awful trade.”



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LETTERS More government needed Australians are only just beginning to recover from the shock of learning that our major banks have regularly lied about services for which they have charged customers. Now we are discovering the terrible possibility that the foods we think we are buying in our supermarkets, such as honey, might not be the actual products we assume them to be (Geelong Indy, 7 September). Business self-regulation has clearly failed. It’s time to radically increase government regulation of business. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) urgently needs more power, funding and staff. Robert Van Zetten Highton

Queen and country Geelong’s council has a responsibility to explain to ratepayers how it can sell the saleyards site for redevelopment when the council does not own it. The now-disused site is Crown Land, which, as I understand, is owned by the Queen. Does the council have permission from the Queen to sell this property? City of Greater Geelong is also a private entity with an existing ABN, which I believe makes it ineligible to sell a property owned by someone else. This all begs the question: does the council have the right to acquire a resident’s property for lack of rates payment? Our constitution clearly states not. The council must also please explain what happened to the money from the proceeds of an insurance claim after a fire at the saleyards complex some time ago. KW Oakley Belmont

Authorities make monster The toxic junk-pile monster at Lara has brought City of Greater Geelong a credibility crisis. This thing has been 10 years in the making, with no authority able to bring owner David McAuliffe to heel. Over this time the City has harvested possibly more than $2 billion in rates without much to show for it in either town maintenance or improvement. A major reassessment of our council, even the need for it, is necessary. Council rates are a huge impost on the people of Geelong for little service delivered. Many council services are actually government business, so they should be implemented and delivered by State Government. Other authorities should also be embarrassed by the Lara failure. The CFA, EPA and VCAT are also agents of the State Government and, lumped together hold liability and responsibility for the Lara disgrace. It is not difficult, with a quick search on the internet, to conclude that Mr McAuliffe should have been prevented from trading on the site and that VCAT should never have kept granting him permits to continue. Along with our council, local state politicians are costing us millions of dollars in salaries, perks and entitlements but can’t conspire to deliver in parliament anything effective, be it public transport, infrastructure, jobs, or pre-

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BUCKETS & BOUQUETS Bouquets to Mother Nature. Spring has sprung at last. The birds are blooming, the bees are shining, the flowers are chirping, and this writer has a spring loose! But readers might have known that already. Melva, Anglesea Bouquets to the kind person who handed in my wallet with everything still inside at the Geelong West council kiosk on 6 September. I wish you had left your details so I could have contacted you. Hopefully some good karma comes your way soon. Grateful, Geelong West Bouquets to Campbells for helping me out so graciously and returning my card container after I dropped it in the store. It was such a great end to what had been a tiring day. M Watts, St Albans Park venting toxic junk piles. All things governmental should be reassessed, possibly via public debate. I look forward to this, and sincerely hope it happens. Perhaps local newspapers could conduct an opinion poll on the idea. Gary Oraniuk Geelong West

Give a rat’s for refugees New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was recently quoted on television as saying that holding refugees in a state of limbo on Nauru “highly unsettling”. Ironically, the quote was included in a strip rolling repeatedly as Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed an Albury community forum, seeking to invoke party unity with references to the values of Robert Menzies. Approximately 1000 refugees remain incarcerated in the rat holes that are Nauru and Manus islands. Too harsh? My cynicism has qualified support. Now-hardened professionals returning from federal employment on the former are expressing concerns. Child psychiatrist Dr Veron Reynolds, registered nurse Jacinta O’Leary and mental health team leader Fiona Owens all broke ranks with confidentiality on ABC TV recently to call Nauru as they found it. As Ms Ardern noted, New Zealand has for five years had an offer on the table to take 150 refugees, which Australia ignored while also refusing to discuss the incarceration by member nations of the recent Nauru-hosted Pacific Islands Forum. There are no shades of grey. Stopping the boats and dealing humanely with existing refugees and asylum seekers remain separate issues. The electorate needs to take that on board as a federal election beckons. Richard Worland Manifold Heights

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Buckets to a Geelong West supermarket for selling sea salt chips that tasted like rubber wheels. LM, Hamlyn Heights Buckets to Michael Gamble’s (Letters, 7 September) constant criticism of those who fail to live up to his lofty standards. Some voluntary work might help relieve the bitterness and loneliness that can creep in when we age without enough stimulation. Get A Life, Belmont

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Poor choice for power The Andrews Labor Government has announced it will build six new wind and solar plants if re-elected in November. The government’s blurb said the new projects could provide up to 928 Megawatts of power, allagedly enough to power 640,000 homes. Under the government’s plan, $1.3 billion will also be set aside in subsidies for private home-owners to install rooftop solar and solar hot water. Aside from the fact that low-income households will subsidise wealthy households, going green is not a good idea. What people are not told is that if the rated capacity is 928 MWs, the output is generally on average under one-third of the rated output, unlike fossil fuel power plants that have 95 per cent efficiency. People mistakenly believe that green power is “clean”. Wind turbines have to be made somewhere, usually China, then shipped to Australia and installed with massive amounts of concrete. Wind turbines have short productive lives, around 12 years compared to 60 for fossil-fuel plants. Wind turbines, even with battery storage, are unsuited for baseload power. If Victoria closes another major fossil-fuel plant we won’t have enough power for our homes, hospitals and economy. Renewable energy works only with fossilfuel backup. Without massive subsidies wind and solar power would be untenable as power sources. Japan and environmentally concerned Germany have realised that HELE coal-fired power plants are the best options going forward. Another baseload power station is urgently needed so that renewables have the backup power they will need. Alan Barron Grovedale

I have asked Planning Minister Richard Wynne to put on hold all wind farm permits for southwest Victoria. I have done this not to inhibit the state’s responsibility to support renewable energy but to enable a comprehensive review of the impacts of wind farms in this region to date. We have many wind farms, with many more to come to achieve the state’s Renewable Energy Target of 40 per cent by 2025. I want to understand the social, economic and environmental impacts of the wind farms. I want to know how they impact health, amenity, landscape and lifestyle. What we have seen so far are significant taxpayer subsidies going into an industry that promises much more than it delivers into the national energy grid. At Inverleigh, near Geelong, farmers are right to be anxious about the latest proposal for a 16-turbine wind farm in a farming zone. They’re most-worried about the industrialisation of their rural landscape. However, that project will be dwarfed by another. WestWind Energy wants to build a 228-turbine Golden Plains wind farm, which would be the Southern Hemisphere's biggest. The Golden Plains wind farm will sidle up to another four, creating a six-kilometre stretch of turbines, 310 in total, with their associated poles, wires and substations. We must make sure we get this right because changing the landscape forever is a very big decision to make. Simon Ramsay MP Member for Western Victoria

Dump renwables, go nuclear A study of Australian electricity prices and future costs was published in a national daily on 5 September. The study, by a group of engineers with experience in the power industry, compared the costs of various mixes of generation, which included the Australian Energy Market Operator’s forecast for the year 2040 of 65 per cent renewable energy, including hydro, as well as five other scenarios, including replacing coalfired or gas generation with nuclear power. The report was in light of Labor’s claim that a 50 per cent renewable energy target would reduce electricity prices. The AEMO scenario, the closest to Labor’s policy, would, so the engineers calculated, lead to retail electricity prices rising 84 per cent to 39 cents per kilowatt-hour, adding nearly $1400 to the average household’s 2017 electricity bill based on the AEMO’s June report. The AEMO forecast would require more than a 40-fold increase in solar capacity and a tripling of wind generators. As an engineer spokesman said: “That’s a total of 62,000MW of unreliable, intermittent, weather-dependent generating capacity“. The AEMO scenario of 65 per cent renewable energy by 2040 would reduce emissions at a cost of $365 a tonne of carbon dioxide, the study estimated. Replacing coal-fired power with nuclear power would reduce emissions by far more, at a cost of $27.50 a tonne. The study recommended ceasing subsidies for renewable energy and ending the national ban on nuclear energy. Tim Saclier Leopold

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Kew mum in Adele show By Gill Cooper Olivia Hemphill can find herself doing the school run or scoring her daughter’s basketball game one minute - then belting out powerful Adele hits on stage the next. This modest mum from Kew juggles her regional performances and weekend road trips while still organising family life for husband Robert and their three young daughters, aged four to eight. Olivia has been a regular visitor to popular Geelong venues in recent months delivering a stylish tribute show to her idol, working class soul diva and popular UK artist Adele. Her most recent Adele The Tribute gigs in local venues were during winter. Now Olivia is set to celebrate spring by drawing local Adele fans to the Sphinx Hotel's Showroom on 13 October. Olivia will perform with her five-piece band Rumour Has It. The musicians include longterm friend and neighbour Ben Bishop on keyboard, Taxiride drummer Sean McLeod, bass player Kim May and guitarist Aaron Marshall. A professional singer for more than 20 years. Olivia was a former member of ABBA tribute BABBA , playing Freda for four years. “So the whole tribute thing was well known to me and I wanted to challenge myself,“ she says. School productions, musicals, funerals, weddings, then cover bands, corporate gigs, jazz, classical tunes and typical 70s, 80s and 90s numbers were her mainstay before taking on Adele two years ago. “You have to be versatile. Her voice is an

amazing instrument - like a woodwind. I have the classical training and have done the groundwork,“ Olivia says.“It’s important being vocally fit.“ Olivia said she felt privileged developing a successful show as a tribute to Adele and continues to work hard on her own stage presence including banter with a cockney accent. “I like the power that Adele’s music allows me to perform. Vocally the notes are a challenge - from low to high and the different emotion in her voice. Sometimes you can hear a pin drop.” For Olivia it’s more than Adele’s soulful music that inspires her own performances. “I was a professional singer before I had kids - I’ve always been a performer. Adele is a powerful, strong woman and a good role model. I do this for my three girls. I want to show them that I go off to work and that we’re all contributing.” Adele ‘The Tribute’ promises take the audience on a brief journey from Adele’s humble beginnings to the world’s big stage, featuring numbers like ‘Hello’, Rolling in the deep’, ‘Make you feel my love’ and ‘Set fire to the rain’. Olivia urges fans to get set for the Oscarwinning theme to the James Bond blockbuster - Skyfall. “It’s my favourite Adele song and my big Shirley Bassey style number at the end of the first set.” Adele ’The Tribute’ will be at the Sphinx on Saturday 13 October. Local fans can book tickets on 5278 2911 or online at www.spinxhotel.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR GARDENS - Rotary seeks professionally designed local gardens for fund-raising public open days as part of state-wide biennial Garden DesignFest from 10-11 November. Proceeds to End Trachoma by 2020. Enquiries, RAILWAY - Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway seeks volunteers. Enquiries 0476 124 598. WRITERS - Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House Rip Writers Group seeks members. Meets 12.30-3pm second Tuesday monthly at Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House. Includes barbecue lunch. Enquiries 5258 3367, APPEAL - Volunteers wanted to help in Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast schools. Enquiries 1800 668 550, BREASTSCREEN - Free appointments for 10-minute screening available, BreastScreen, 78 Gheringhap St, Geelong. Bookings 132 050 AA - Alcoholics Anonymous invites enquiries about its service and support on 5229 1710. U3A - Surf Coast U3A runs 15 weekly classes and occasional talks. Enquiries 0419 578 598. TUTORS - AMEP Volunteer Tutor Program seeks volunteers 1-2 hours weekly to help newly arrived adult migrants and refugees learn English and about life in Australia. Free training. Enquiries 9009 7900, ART - Geelong Art Society Printmakers exhibition, Aug 28-Sept 23. Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, weekends 1-4pm at Shearers Arms Gallery, 202 Aberdeen St, Geelong West. Enquiries 0407 880 365.

SATURDAY DANCE - Ballroom dancing 8-11.30pm at Leopold Hall, 805-809 Bellarine Hwy, Leopold. Cost $10 includes supper. Enquiries 0400 500 402. BALLROOM - Geelong Ballroom Dance Club dances to Margot 8-11pm at The Ballroom, Carey St, Hamlyn Heights. Entry $10. Enquiries 0418 584 051.

SUNDAY MARKET - Torquay Cowrie Market 10am-3pm. Enquiries SCOUTS - Scout Heritage Centre meets 10am-3pm at 56 Russell St, Newtown. Enquiries 0419 591 432. SERVICES - Gospel services 7pm at Aberdeen Street Baptist Church Centre, 7 Aberdeen St, Newtown. BAPTIST - Anglesea Baptist Church 10.45am at Murch Cres, Anglesea. Enquiries 5263 2744. RAIL - Miniature railway 11am-4pm at Portarlington Bayside Family Park, Pt Richards Rd, Portarlington. Enquires 0476 124 598.

Leopold Public Hall, Queenscliff Rd. Cost $5. Enquiries 5250 1937, 5278 7720. ALCOHOLICS - Alcoholics for Christ 12-step program 7.30pm at South Barwon Salvation Army, 176-180 Francis St, Belmont. Enquiries 0420 910 763. YOGA - Free Sahaja yoga meditation lessons 7-8pm at Vines Road Community Centre. Enquiries 0430 536 280,


TALKING IT UP: Counsellor Christian Doherty and advocate Tony McManus will speak at an awareness and fundraiser for mental health at Lara Sporting Club on Monday night. BINGO - Bell Park Dragons and Raiders Bingo midday at club, Calvert St, Hamlyn Heights. Also Tuesday. Enquiries 5278 9978.

SENIORS - Line dancing 9am-midday at Highton Senior Citizens Club, 84 Barrabool Rd. Also Tuesday, Friday. Carpet bowls 1.15pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday. Tai chi 9.30-10am, bingo 1.15pm Friday. Enquiries 5244 2258

MONDAY MENTAL - Lara community groups host mental health awareness and fundraising event from 6.30pm at Lara Sporting Clubs. Guests speakers include mental health advocate and former Lara real estate agent Tony McManus. Tickets SPEAKING - Public speaking meeting 6.45pm. Enquiries 0408 369 446, 0418 691 709, VIEW - Geelong Evening View Club meets 6.30pm at Waurn Ponds Hotel. Visitors welcome. Enquiries 0403 778 178. PROBUS - Combined Probus Club of East Geelong meets 10am at Uniting Church, cnr Boundary and Ormond Rds. Speaker City of Greater Geelong environment and waste education officer Darby Munro. Enquiries 5248 6690. ART - South Barwon Community Centre Art group meets 1-3pm at South Barwon Community Centre. Cost $2. Enquiries 5243 8388. BOWLS - Indoor carpet bowls 1-4pm at Portarlington. Cost $3. Enquiries 0431 789 048. LOUNGE - Village Listening Lounge open 11am-3pm on first floor, Corio Central, Bacchus Marsh Rd, Corio. Also Tuesday-Thursday. Enquiries 5275 5807.

TUESDAY SQUARE - Geelong Club Dancers square dance class for children and parents 6.30-8pm for $5, mainstream dancers 8-10.30pm for $12, at 33 Myers St, Geelong. Enquiries 0435 091 277. DANCE - Scottish Country Dancing 7.30-10pm at Leopold Hall. Cost $5 includes supper. Enquiries 5250 5540. MUSIC - Mainly Music program for carers and babies, preschoolers 10-11am at St Albans Uniting Church, 276282 Wilsons Rd, St Albans Park. Cost $2.50 per family. Enquiries 0447 646 364 or 0417 252 832. COMMUNITY - Vines Road Community Kitchen 9.30am12.30pm at Vines Road Community Centre, 49 Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights. Enquiries 5277 9027,

WEDNESDAY ART - U3A recreational drawing and painting 1-3.30pm at Drysdale Tennis Club. New members welcome. Enquiries, 0421 559 592. BALLROOM - Dancer’s Club Geelong ballroom dance including old-time, new vogue and Latin 7.30-10.30pm at

ELECTRONICS - Geelong Radio and Electronics Society meets 8pm at rear of Belmont Community Youth Centre, 237a High St, Belmont. Enquiries 5243 2737. BOWLING - Mature league 10-pin bowling 1.30pm at Belmont. Enquiries 5221 0826 or 5229 4987. DANCING - Life Activities Club dance 2.30-4.30pm at Belmont Pavilion, Barrabool Rd, Belmont. Entry $5. Enquiries 5251 3529. PLANT - Plant sale 10am-3pm at The Heights, 140 Aphrasia St, Newtown. Proceeds to Heights gardens. HELP - GROW meets to help depressed, lonely, isolated, anxious 7pm at 248 Latrobe Tce, Newtown. Also Friday 12.30pm at Vines Rd Community Centre, Hamlyn Heights. Enquiries 1800 558 268. CHESS - Geelong Chess Club meets 7pm at 33 Myer St, Geelong. Enquiries PHILOSOPHY - Practical philosophy discussion groups meet 2-4.30pm at Italo’s Pizza Café, Gilbert St, Torquay, and 7-9.30pm at Community House, 14 Price St, Torquay. Enquiries 5264 7484.

FRIDAY BOCCIA - Geelong Boccia Club meets 10am-midday at Geelong Basketball and Netball Centre, 1 Crown St, South Geelong. All ages and abilities. Cost $5. Enquiries MUSIC - Bellarine Country Music Group meets 6pm at the Belmont Pavilion, 162 Barrabool Rd, Belmont. Enquiries COMMUNITY - Lara Community Drop In Centre 6-8pm at Lara Uniting Church, 1 Flinders Ave. Refreshments provided. The Geelong Indy’s Community Calendar is a free service for not-for-profit community organisations. Entries appearing under specific days are printed the week of the event only. Deadline for submission is the Friday before the intended date of publication. Please keep submissions short, simple and include the day, date, time, location and a contact phone number. Emails without attachments are preferred. Email phone 5249 6700 or fax 5249 6799.


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The program is aimed at people with hip or knee osteoarthritis who are considering jointreplacement surgery. Australians have around 500,000 hip replacements and 600,000 knee replacements annually. “Current research indicates some people who undertake surgical joint replacement may delay or even prevent surgery if they undergo appropriate treatment and management,” says Kieser Geelong's Richard Wallace. "OUr program aims to do just that: delay or prevent joint replacement surgery, primarily through reduced pain levels and improved function. “If surgery is required, the program aims to better-prepare the participant for surgery by

improving strength and function of the joint, leading to improved post-operative rehabilitation.” Health insurer GMHBA is collaborating with Kieser on a pilot study of the Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis Program. The program is available for the first 150 eligible GMHBA members with valid hospital cover and at least 12 months of membership. GMBHA will cover the cost for eligible members who complete the Kieser program by 31 December. Referral from a medical practitioner is required and satisfying the eligibility criteria is essential, including a confirmed diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the hip or knee and being a potential candidate for surgery within the next three years. More information is available by phoning 5221 7555 or visiting

Being Geelong-owned and staffed by local people, Hearing Aid Specialists takes great pride in helping people to achieve their full hearing potential. “Over the years hearing devices have become more advanced and are able to provide the wearer with better outcomes in a variety of listening situations,” Marcel Timmers of Hearing Aid Specialist Geelong said. “Along with the advancement in technology comes the need to be able to accurately assess the performance of the hearing devices.” Mr Timmers likens it to buying a sports car but then having it tuned by someone who either doesn’t have the right equipment or the experience to extract the correct performance. “Today’s hearing devices are more sophisticated and are able to cope with a large variety of listening situations, so it is very important that the devices are calibrated to the individuals hearing loss accurately, but also takes into account the individual needs,” Mr Timmers said. “Hearing Aid Specialists Geelong takes the time to understand your needs and works with you to ensure that your devices are not only tuned to your hearing loss, and also strives to help you achieve your hearing goals.”

We are proud to be one of the few privately owned practices that can give independent advice, offering unbiased guidance on the best hearing devices to suit your needs. Hearing Aid Specialists –Marcel Timmers is accredited to provide services to Non Pensioners, Pensioners, Veteran Affairs and WorkCover. What happens at an appointment? A hearing assessment takes 30-45 minutes and we explain the results in easy to understand language. Don’t have 30 minutes? Then come in and have a 10 minute screening test with one of our 3 practitioner’s. Hearing Aid Specialists Geelong can help guide you to better hearing health. We offer leading hearing aid technology from all over the world and our commitment does not stop there. Today’s hearing devices are more sophisticated and are able to cope with a large variety of listening situations.

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Utilising a state-of-the-art hearing device analyser like the “Aurical” Real Ear Analyser, Hearing Aid Specialist Geelong can accurately assess the performance of hearing devices while customers are actually wearing them. This allows Mr Timmers to take into account personal ear characteristics like the shape and size of the ear canal and pinna effect. Hearing Aid Specialist Geelong has set aside some consultations for a free assessment of hearing devices’ performance but places are limited. They will give an unbiased report on how devices are performing and make recommendations on how customers might achieve their full hearing potential. Call today on 5223 2770 and secure a free consultation.

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Hearing Aid Specialists Geelong has been proudly owned and family operated for more than 25 years. The practices’ philosophy is a simple one, “we are not happy unless you are”.

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People who can hear and engage with their friends and loved ones live better and healthier lives. It is also known that people who treat their hearing loss by getting hearing devices overwhelmingly agree that they have made an incredible difference in their lives.

Here’s 7 reasons how hearing devices can help: 1. Improve brain function by slowing down 5. Improve personal relationships Without cognitive decline Studies have linked the important sense of hearing, you can untreated hearing loss to an increased often miss out on conversations. Regular risk of developing dementia and reduced hearing device use will help you rejoin cognitive functioning. these conversations and continue to enjoy social interations. 2. Reduce the effects of Tinnitus Wearing 6. Boost your self confidence Hearing professionally-fit hearing devices to devices help people feel more in control correct hearing loss can reduce the of their lives. They can feel more annoyance and stress of tinnitus for many motivated to participate in the activities with hearing loss. they love and social engagements 3. Anticipate your needs and adapt became more stimulating and rewarding. automatically New hearing devices 7. Connect to other devices The latest continuously remember and learn what hearing aid technology uses Bluetooth situations you need to hear better in. So, to transform your hearing aids into in a few weeks they will have learned wireless stereo earbuds. They give you your personal hearing preferences and the freedom to interact with all of your automatically adjust. devices, so you can stream a phone call, 4. Improve your safety You can hear listen to iTunes or stream Netflix from warning signs that help you stay safe, your TV or tablet. such as a smoke alarm or car horn.

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HIV a target of STI week The Victorian Government is taking action to meet an ambitious target to eliminate new HIV transmissions by 2020 as new data shows rates are declining. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy this week marked STI Testing Week by releasing the latest HIV data and launching a new HIV awareness campaign encouraging all Victorians to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). “We’re making headway as we strive towards a future without new HIV transmissions, but there’s more to do,” Ms Hennessy says. “Everyone can take steps towards staying safe in the bedroom - and everyone should talk openly with their partners, without shame or stigma. “Around one in six people will get an STI, so if you’re having sex, you’re at risk. Talk about it, and make sure you get an STI test at least once a year to help prevent the spread of STIs.” According to new data, Victoria recorded 57 cases of HIV between April and June this year compared with 92 for the same period 12 months prior. This brings the year-to-date total to 130 new HIV cases, compared with 167 for the same period in 2017 - a 22 per cent drop. The government says the downward trend is thanks to more people getting tested than ever before, treatment as prevention, conventional safe sex practices and the game-changing HIV prevention drug pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The Federal Government has listed the drug

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy. on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme before a state study that helped more than 4000 Victorians access the drug. PrEP is shown to reduce the risk of HIV transmission by more than 99 per cent. “While the latest data shows great strides have been made to eliminate the scourge of HIV, there’s more work to do to get on top of rising rates of STIs,” the State Government says. “The theme of this year’s STI Testing Week is Talk, Test, Treat - it’s a timely reminder for anyone who is sexually active to take necessary caution to help stop the spread of STIs. An awareness campaign will target the LGBTIQ community, young Victorians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians and the medical community. “Tests are quick, easy and confidential. For more information visit au/STI.

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Implants feel, act like teeth When a patient comes to Norlane Dental Surgery in need of a tooth replacement, dentists provide a thorough explanation of each option to help them fully understand what to expect. While solutions like dentures and bridges can be great solutions for many people, dental implants are especially beneficial for many reasons. Instead of a restoration that simply sits on top of the gum, an implant actually replaces the tooth’s root for a secure, permanent replacement option. As a result, patients can experience a number of advantages compared to alternatives. These include looking and functioning like

a natural tooth, not relying on adjacent teeth for support, no slipping, improved chewing and speaking ability, no extra maintenance and the fact that they’re a permanent tooth replacement. Dental implants can be used as a single tooth implant or to anchor dentures, depending on the needs and goals of the patient. They can also be used for a fixed bridge to replace dentures. For more information about implants and how they can improve oral function and aesthetics, contact Norlane Dental Surgery on 5278 2666.











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Snore less to sleep better Snoring throughout the night, waking feeling sluggish and struggling through the day may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). According to clinical co-founder of Dental Sleep Clinic Australia Dr Sam Talpis, OSA can contribute to weight gain, depression, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and even heart attacks. “There are currently only two proven treat-

ments for snoring and OSA recommended by sleep physicians,” Dr Talpis said. “(These include) continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices and custommade oral appliances made by trained dentists, which bring the lower jaw forward, opening the back of the throat and keeping the airway open.” However, Dr Talpis explained that many

people using a CPAP machine find it uncomfortable and struggle to use it for more than four hours a night. “Don’t let snoring and the effects of OSA ruin your relationship and quality of life - there is a highly effective treatment right now,” he said. “Dental Sleep Clinic Australia is the only clinic in the Geelong area exclusively making oral appliances for snoring and sleep ap-

noea. Created from superior strength materials which allow the appliances to be thin and comfortable, the device is manufactured in Melbourne with 3D technology.” The Dental Sleep Clinic Australia receives referrals from sleep physicians, GPs, ENTs and other dentists. Appointments are available by phoning 5223 9900 or visiting

Too much to bear? Then kids can take Teddy to 'hospital' By Luke Voogt

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Teddies bearing grizzly injuries and pawful illnesses will receive the best treatment possible from Deakin University’s expert medical team this month. Deakin medical students will hit the paws button on unbearable ailments when Geelong’s Teddy Bear Hospital reopens at the university’s waterfront campus on 22 September. “Children of all ages can bring in their teddies and toys for a check-up,” said chief teddy doctor Rachael Marshall. For a gold coin donation local teddies can get immunisations, X-rays, eye checks and more from 10am to 3pm. “Every teddy will be triaged when they arrive and given an individual teddy passport to take with them before being whisked away to their first station in the teddy ambulance,” Rachael said. “After completing the stations, the child can then become a certified ‘Teddy Bear Doctor’.“ All proceeds would go to University Hospital Geelong’s children ward, Rachael said. “Bring along your kids and make sure your teddy has a check-up to raise funds to help care for Geelong’s sick kids.

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Experts on foot, leg pains With cold weather well and truly still about as the region enters spring, painful joints, old injuries and arthritic conditions can become more troubling and interfere with daily activities. The experts at the Foot and Leg Pain Clinic recently addressed what can be done about these pains. “Until recently the only options have been to put up with them, rest for extended periods, refrain from activities, resort to medications or in severe cases undergo surgery,” the experts at the Foot and Leg Pain Clinic said. “But now thanks to the latest research and advances in medical science, along with experts such as those at Foot and Leg Pain Clinics in Melbourne, lower limb pain from injuries, arthritis and degenerative concerns could be a thing of the past.” Foot and Leg Pain Clinics have developed a clinically proven system to assist people with common musculoskeletal and degenerative conditions such as foot, ankle, knee and hip pain, injuries (new and old), tissue degeneration, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis and other soft tissue conditions. “By combining the latest natural regenerative treatments, with load management strategies, targeted strengthening and conditioning and nutritional advice - the clinics have been able to help patients to alleviate pain, improve mobility and re-engage in activities,” experts said. “They’ve even assisted some to avoid or prolong surgery such as knee replacement. “Thanks to the latest medical research we have a better understanding of the body and how we can assist it to function better and

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Kia upgrades for Carnival Living with the latest Kia Carnival finally put paid to the notion that people movers are vans with sparse seating, pokey side windows and access to a take-it-or-leave-it luggage area through an ungainly back door. The third generation Kia Carnival has just had a mid-cycle makeover that centres on comfort and safety upgrades. The model range - Carnival S, Si, SLi and Platinum - stays the same. So do its petrol and turbodiesel engines. However, the latter are mated with the latest eight-speed automatic transmission. Prices before on-roads start at $42,490 for the Carnival S petrol model and top out at $62,790 for the turbo-diesel Platinum. On test was the SLi, at $52,490. The Carnival’s svelte appearance, for a people mover, can be put down to its long 3060mm wheelbase, trimmed height of 1755mm with roof rails across the range, swept-back profile, and long bonnet. Styling cues are shared with the Sorento sports utility vehicle, including a revised tigernose grille, sleek headlamp clusters and lower air intake with integrated fog lights reinforcing the wide stance of the vehicle. The latest version of the Carnival has a lower tailgate and the three-quarter panels have been given a light touch to add a stronger look from behind. The cabin has top quality materials, premium features and high-tech systems. The two-tone interior features a high proportion of soft-touch materials, and, in the SLi, light and grey contrasting leather trim. Front and middle-row passengers enjoy individual seats and overhead consoles as in airliners. Innovative stand-up seats in the second row

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The Si and SLi grades carry a premium 3.5inch OLED instrument cluster giving major trip computer info, as well as digital speedo, service intervals and user-selectable options such as headlamp escort function. All but the entry-level grade feature an 8-inch touch screen with satellite navigation, rear-view camera display with Kia’s SUNA real-time traffic details and 10-years-free MapCare. The 3.3-litre GDI V6 engine of the SLi, mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission, is good for maximum power of 206kW at 6000rpm and 336Nm of torque at a very high 5200rpm. Autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and smart cruise control are included. Occupants have the assurance six airbags,


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Mechanics with a ton of experience North Geelong mechanic Chris Mitsarakis takes great pride in his work and his business, Auto Express Service Centre and Mobile Mechanics. "The workshop's like a hospital - its super clean," the 42 year old says. "When we give a customer's car back, we give it back cleaner than we got it and running like a dream." The father-of-two started the business in North Geelong 19 years ago with his wife after 10 years working at a Mitsubishi dealership. Joining Chris at the family-owned business are Gary Krahe, Mark Hill and Wayne Gray, who together have more than a century's experience working on cars. Gary worked with Ford, Mark worked in the Gary Rogers Motorsport V8 Supercar pit team and Wayne has 40 years' experience with all makes and models. Auto Express moved to 396 Thompson Road 13 years ago and the fully-equipped workshop has six different scan tools. The business also operates a mobile service to keep the customer's car going, Chris says. "If you've had a break down or you're too busy at work, we come to you, Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm." Auto Express has a seniors discount for over 65s, a 12-month, 20,000km warranty on all parts and labour, and a pick-up-drop-off service. "We offer the whole kit and caboodle, and friendly service," Chris says..

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Experts in Geelong for the range of German cars Customers rely on the fine-tuned expertise of German Automotive to ensure they are prepared for any lengthy trip. General manager Ben Buckle said German Automotive always tries to improve its service to customers. The German Automotive team has the latest equipment and specialises in European brands, specifically Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Skoda and Porsche. "We're set up to dealer standard for these brands and take great pride in meeting the needs of our customers who have come to rely on us over the years," Ben said. "We've invested heavily in both training and state-of-the-art equipment and two of our staff recently returned from training overseas. "This allows us to work on current models with no effect on manufacturer's warranty at all." The team at German Automotive uses genuine parts sourced from European suppliers and seeks customer authorisation before proceeding with any major repairs. Road worthy inspections are available and customers can benefit from the use of courtesy vehicles and a drop off/pick up service around Geelong. The workshop is equipped with dealerstandard diagnostic equipment to quickly track down any vehicle problems. German Automotive is at 8 Autumn Street, Geelong West.

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The Chinese-owned MG company has taken another step forward in its bid to make an impact on the Australian market by launching the latest version of its MG3 five-door city hatch. The previous MG3 was on sale from October 2016 but with negligible sales due to a lack of marketing, uncertain build quality and the absence of an automotive transmission. Things have changed quickly and MG, a subsidiary of the giant Chinese automaker SAIC, now has a factory-based headquarters in Australia that is promoting the brand with print and television advertising. It also has enough confidence in build quality to introduce a seven-year, unlimitedkilometres warranty and roadside assistance. To satisfy Australian driving preferences, the MG3 now only comes with an automatic transmission. The styling highlights come at the front of the car with a large honeycomb grille with chrome finish and the very recognisable ‘MG’ badge front and centre. The grille then flows into wide, narrow headlamps with daytime running lights above extended lower air vents, also honeycombed. Two variants are offered, MG3 Core and Excite priced at $15,990 and $17,490, which includes on-road costs. The Core comes with 15-inch alloy wheels while Excite gets 16-inch two-toned machined alloys. The MG3’s interior has also been updated. The British style design combines stitched leather sports steering wheel, satin chrome finishes and carbon-look centre console. Seats have a tartan fabric and contrast stitching with the Excite getting synthetic leather trim. Boot capacity is 307 litres expanding to 1081 litres with the 60/40 split rear seats folded.

There’s just one powertrain, a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol with outputs of 82 kW and 150 Nm mated to a fourspeed automatic transmission. There was no drive component to the MG3 automatic transmission launch but we did get behind the same engine during our recent test of the MG ZS compact SUV and found it capable enough. Given the lighter weight of the hatch we’d expect at least the same performance. Fuel consumption is listed a 5.3 litres per 100 km on the combined urban/highway cycle. At this stage the MG3 has not been tested by either Euro NCAP or ANCAP. Safety items include six airbags; ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist; active cornering brake control; stability and traction control; hill launch assist; rear parking sensors; and reversing camera. MG3 gets the same 8-inch colour touchscreen that impressed us in our recent ZS test. It’s clear, sharp and sensibly structured and so requires a minimum amount of distraction. There’s Apple CarPlay but not Android Auto. Satellite navigation is only available through a linked smartphone. Core has a four-speaker audio system, Excite gets a higher quality one six speakers. Until a few weeks back there were 17 MG dealerships in Australia, now another four have been added, including a first one in South Australia. The new MG3 is a major improvement on its predecessor and with its appealing style, affordable driveaway pricing and long warranty it may become the first Chinese car to make an impact on the Australian market. We’ll try and get into the new MG3 for our normal week-long road test as soon as possible to provide drive impressions.




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Warriors victorious but promotion lost By Josip Zilic When the dust settles on the 2018 NPL2 season it will be marked a huge success for the North Geelong Warriors. Many had tipped the region’s only NPL club to struggle after a dismal 2017 and a large overhaul of first-team players. However, the club set about an ambitious plan which was centred on youth development and lifting its coaching ranks, signing the experienced Luciano Trani as head coach had the mark of a terrific building year. The season got off a great start with four wins on the trot including the scalp of eventual Champion Altona Magic. Soon after, though, the results and the performances began to teeter, and on the eve of the half way mark Trani unexpectedly quit. The club is no stranger to a call to arms, and in a sign of resolve the players and interim head coach Nathan Rogers put in a run of wins to signal their season was alive. This was soon followed by the signing of James Coutts as the new head coach. Coutts came in and adjusted the playing style and personnel slightly to continue the run of victories, collecting 30 points on the back half of the season and elevating the Warriors to third spot. In the team’s final round against Ballarat last week, the Warriors knew that that only a win for them and a loss to St Albans would offer any chance of promotion. The Warriors did their part with a 3-1 win on the back of goals to Jamie Noggler, Darius Madison and Stefan Papageorgiou but the desired result from St Albans didn’t eventuate, and so too slipped the chance for a playoff to re-enter NPL1. Despite the disappointment felt by the players by coming so close, the overall feeling was pride, in particular for the vocal and ever present supporters of North Geelong. The signs are there for strong 2019 with almost all of the squad already committing to the take up the challenge again with the Warriors. In under-20s, the youthful Warriors finished their season in fourth with a 3-1 win after goals to Jesse Krasic, Daniel Gudasic and George Ellis.

WINNING FEELING: Warriors players celebrate a goal on their way to victory against Ballarat last weekend. (Ivan Dugandzic)

Jan Juc pair win state titles at Bells Beach Former Rip Curl Pro trials winner Tim Stevenson and reigning women’s champion Bella Wilson, both from Jan Juc, claimed Victorian Open crowns at Bells Beach. Going into the remaining event of the year on the men’s side of the draw, local Surf Coast friends Todd Rosewall, Tim Stevenson and Cahill Bell-Warren were all in the running for the state title with each surfer holding either a win or a second place in their ranking. With all the men making the final, along with young gun Tully Wylie, it was set up to be a mouth-watering clash with the winner of the final taking home the coveted Open Men’s state title. Stevenson started with a strong eight-point ride in the final. He then backed it up with a 4.67 to make up a 12.67 heat total out of a possible 20. Coming in second was Cahill BellWarren (9.90 total), third was state title runner up Todd Rosewall (9.27 total) and rounding it out was Tully Wylie with an 8.34 total. “I’m stoked to get a win here at Bells Beach and clench the state title,” Stevenson said. “It’s great to have so much support down here from Jan Juc Boardriders and the local community.” Bella Wilson was far too good for her fellow competitors smashing out a strong heat total of 15.83 which included an excellent nine-point ride. Wilson seemed to thrive in the small Rincon conditions as she slashed her way to back to back Open Women’s state titles. Coming in second was former Rip Curl Pro wildcard Zoe Clarke (10.50 total), with Jazz Wylie (8.93 total) and Ellie Harrison (8.17 total)

Women's Victorian Open winner Bella Wilson. (Liam Robertson)

Tim Stevenson won the men's Victorian Open at Bells. (Liam Robertson)

coming in third and fourth respectively. MEANWHILE Torquay Boardriders Club cemented its position as the most successful boardriders club in Victorian history over the past decade by winning its eighth straight Victorian Teams Titles at Bells Beach. Torquay dominated from the beginning winning the semi-final heats in both open and junior. “I am so proud of Torquay Boardriders Club today” said club president Cahill Bell-Warren. “The best thing about this win is that everyone played their role and we had a massive

showing on the beach. “It was epic to see so many clubs at the event, this was easily the biggest club event we have had for years.” Finishing in second place in the teams event was Jan Juc Boardriders with 36.60 points. Phillip Island finished third on 23.91 points with 13th Beach fourth on 17.97 points. The Junior Teams event saw Torquay finish on 34.64 points and showcasing its incredible depth of talent. 13th Beach finished in second on 26.11 points, with Point Lonsdale third on 18.80.

Flatties out on the bay ON THE BITE Chris Pitman The past week produced some good fishing throughout Corio Bay. In particular, flathead were caught in numbers - and with some good sized models among them, too. Paul Mayer fished the weekend’s calm conditions, managing a dozen or so flatties while casting so plastics around the bay’s inner-harbour. I fished the same area, catching a sizeable rock flathead among a mixed bag of fish. The flatty took a soft plastic cast into shallow water. Bream, trevally and pinkies can also be expected around the innerharbour at this time of year, along with the odd snapper. Whiting finally made a much-anticipated return to the St Leonards area, with some anglers able to bag out. Excellent squid fishing continued from Clifton Springs to Queenscliff, with the deeper water off the latter and Point Lonsdale producing big specimens on jigs baited with silver whiting. Size 3.5 artificial jigs rigged with an assist weight to get them down a bit quicker in the tide also worked well. Fez Sepic fished offshore Barwon Heads for gummy shark over the weekend, dropping a fresh salmon fillet down to the bottom. His line soon took off at an unexpectedly fast pace before a mako shark estimated at 100kg-plus jumped and bit through Fez’s line mid-air. Great salmon fishing continued along the Surf Coast, with beaches like Hut Gully and Moggs Creek right down to Apollo Bay producing the goods. Low swells also made fishing the rocks around Lorne easier to fish for salmon. Freshwater angling was fantastic around western Victoria, with the Hopkins River fishing very well for big brown trout. Casting Rapala f7 and f9 lures under the falls and into any small pools around the area produced browns pushing 6lb. The Glenelg River at Nelson made the report again this week after anglers caught mulloway and bream on fishing baits like pilchard and squid. Upstream waters around Donovan’s and Dry Creek sound like worth visiting, with the bream responding well to pilchard chunks and worms.

FLAT OUT: Paul Mayer with a flathead caught in Corio Bay's inner-harbour.

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Geelong Indy - 14th September 2018  
Geelong Indy - 14th September 2018