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‘Coaching’ claim By Cam Lucadou-Wells A Casey councillor and a planning lawyer at the centre of IBAC investigations have both denied claims of ‘coaching in real time’ in key Casey Council votes allegedly benefitting developer John Woodman’s property interests. However, at Wednesday’s IBAC hearing consultant, Megan Schutz, a qualified lawyer, admitted that she went too far in lobbying for Mr Woodman’s interests in Casey. Councillor Geoff Ablett has previously been accused of continuing to promote Mr Woodman behind the scenes, despite declaring a conflict of interest and sitting out on those decisions since 2015, IBAC was told. The hearings heard he had texted messages to Cr Sam Aziz while excused from a meeting, in 2018. At Wednesday’s hearing, Ms Schutz said she shouldn’t have coached Cr Sam Aziz with regular text messages during a council debate on the H3 intersection in Hall Road, Cranbourne West on 16 October 2018. As she sat at home watching the live-stream of the meeting, she offered tactics such as “you need to read the SCWRAG letter” and “don’t take Rowe’s bait about Wolfdene”. Ms Schutz told IBAC that she’d helped refine the mentioned letter from the Save Cranbourne West Residents Action Group (SCWRAG), a group she’d helped to set up with interested locals. It was a “commercial interest dressed up in a community argument”, she said. At one point during the vote, Ms Schutz texts that Cr Aziz’s arguments are “muddied”, and to stress that the community’s lives were being put at risk. “On reflection I wouldn’t do this again,” she told the IBAC hearing on 4 December. “I wouldn’t send text messages again. I’d provide my briefing note and that would be the end of it. “I think what I did was advocate too hard for a position but I did not have any influence.” Cr Ablett had first declared the conflict of interest at Casey Council in 2015. From then on, he removed himself on voting planning
Then-Casey mayor Geoff Ablett, centre, fronts the Commit to Casey campaign ahead of the 2018 state election. 177187 matters involving Mr Woodman. But since then, Cr Ablett allegedly strategised with a ‘residents action group’ as well as coached councillor Sam Aziz during a council vote on a Woodman-related planning issue, the inquiry heard. According to notes from a meeting with Save Cranbourne West Residents Action Group in June 2018, Cr Ablett advised on how to put the pressure on Labor state election candidate Pauline Richards. “In his view the best way to tackle this was to put the heavies on Pauline Richards,” group leaders Ray and Valerie Walker stated. At the IBAC hearing, Cr Ablett denied the claim. “I wasn’t going to put the heavies on Pauline Richards or anyone.” At the time, Mr Woodman was seeking the
Amendment C219 rezoning of industrial land to residential in Cranbourne West on behalf of developer Leighton. The residents group - which IBAC alleges received $198,000 from Mr Woodman - and Casey Council backed the rezoning. But it had yet to be approved by Planning Minister Richard Wynne. Cr Ablett denied that he advised the group to request Ms Richards to directly speak to Mr Wynne, and to pledge support for the coming election “if she can get this signed off”. He also denied claims in the group notes that he advised “we will put together a massive campaign against Labour (sic) - and with Cranbourne being a 2% marginal seat, we will see it returned to the Liberals.” “We did have a talk about the area and I did say ‘Why don’t see where it sits with Pauline,’
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but not to lobby ministers and have campaigns for Pauline Richards,” Cr Ablett told IBAC. Supportive of the rezoning, he said that he didn’t realise at the time there was a conflict of interest in “just talking about it”. When asked repeatedly if he was involved in a strategy to get rezoning approval from Mr Wynne despite being conflicted, Cr Ablett said he didn’t speak to the minister. Counsel assisting IBAC, Michael Tovey, several times implored Cr Ablett to “listen to the question”. “Look, Mr Ablett, you are a champion at not answering questions,” Mr Tovey said. Cr Ablett said he didn’t think such a strategy came from Mr Woodman or his planning consultant Megan Schutz. More from the IBAC hearings on pages 4, 5 and 7
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It’s a summer of footy at Casey Fields! Register your child now for the AFLW Kids Clinic at Casey Fields in February 2020. The Melbourne Football Club, in partnership with the City of Casey, can’t wait to present this huge children’s day out on Saturday 12 January 2020 from 11.00 am - 12.00 pm.
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Pack some chairs, a events. picnic and gather your family and friends for a fun night out in beautiful surrounds, while you bliss out to live music by the lake. » 14 December: Swing classics, 60’s classics, rock and roll and present-day hits » 4 January: Some of the biggest and best hits from the 80’s and 90’s » 18 January: Pop and rock hits from across some of your favourite artists » 8 February: A recap of music from the 60’s to now » 22 February: A mix of popular cover songs and original music » 7 March: Acoustic pop and rock hits and a wonderful atmosphere » 28 March: A wonderful presentation of contemporary popular music
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Melbourne Stars Family Fun Day In partnership with Melbourne Stars, the City of Casey is holding a FREE family day event at Casey Fields on Sunday 15 December. Families will have the chance to meet players from the Melbourne Stars male and female squads and participate in workshops and activities. For more information and to purchase your ticket visit the City of Casey’s website.
Unveiling of a new exhibition in the Bunjil Place Gallery Pop in to the gallery and meet the creative minds behind the Gallery’s new major installation, Home/ Land: Project Another Country. Hear behind-the-scene stories from international artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, as we celebrate the latest exhibition representing our Casey urban landscape, made from recycled cardboard boxes with the help of our wonderful local community. The exhibition will run from Saturday 14 December to Sunday 8 March 2020. Visit the Bunjil Place website for more information.
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In the lead up to ﬁre season, there are a few things you can do to minimise your home’s risk: » ensure the grass and weeds on your property are below 30 cm high » clean out your home’s gutters and roof areas of leaf litter » keep any woodpiles away from your home, and » remove any dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark. If you live close to large areas of bushland or grassland, you should plan for high ﬁre danger days and know what to do if there is a ﬁre in your area. For more information visit the CFA website. To report areas of concern, contact Council on 9705 5200.
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Fake cops jailed after violent ‘raid’ By Brendan Rees Two thugs who posed as police officers - with one stomping a woman's head - during a Berwick home invasion was an act of "veracious violence," a court has been told. Carl Bowler, 31, and his accomplice Benjamin Tarasinkski, 35, were sentenced in the County Court in Melbourne on 29 November to lengthy jail terms. They had pleaded not guilty to charges of home invasion, armed robbery, recklessly causing injury and assault. The court was told the bandits broke into a Glendale Crescent home on 5 March, 2017, where a male occupant was awoken by the sound of crashing glass at 9am. They attacked the man after bashing down his bedroom door. The victim tried to ward off the thugs but was struck with what he says was a knife and hammer and hit from behind. Tarasinkski then stormed another bedroom and confronted a woman - who had heard voices yelling "police". "Give me the s**t, give me the s**t," he yelled at her, the court heard. The woman picked up a tub with about nine kilograms of cannabis in an attempt to push Tarasinksi against a wall but the container was snatched from her, the court heard.
Another woman described opening her bedroom door and being "grabbed by the throat" by Tarasinksi who was armed with a mallet. During a struggle, the woman fell backwards with Tarasinksi falling on top of her. As he stood up he "stomped" on her face, the court was told. The pair fled the house but were arrested by police nearby shortly after. They lied to police and later to the jury to avoid getting into trouble, Judge O'Connell said. He said their crimes had left one of the women, aged 53, "stunned, terrified and helpless". She developed a "debilitating anxiety whereby her sleep, her appetite her confidence and sense of security in your own home have been severely disturbed," The other female victim, 47, thought she "was going to die" and has since left a job she loved due to anxiety. The male occupant, who had suffered a close head injury including lacerations, experienced a "frightening ordeal which will stay with him for a very long time to come," Judge O'Connell said. In sentencing, Judge O'Connell said: "The striking feature of the conduct you engaged in on this morning was the explosive violence you used in smashing your way into the house with weapons to assault weapons and instil
WorkSafe has opened a new office based in Narre Warren to further support workers and employers in the south-east growth corridor. The modern ground floor facility replaces the former Dandenong office on a site that has been carefully chosen to further build on WorkSafe's presence in one of the fastest growing regions of the state. Up to 45 staff, including investigators, inspectors, members of the specialist psychosocial team and support staff, will work out of the building. New technology has been built into the site which also offers greater accessibility and is close to local amenities and public transport links. WorkSafe chief executive Colin Radford said the new building was perfectly located to tackle the occupational health and safety challenges of the area. "In the City of Casey and the surrounding Frankston and Greater Dandenong region WorkSafe has accepted almost 2400 claims for workplace injuries this year alone," Mr Radford said.
terror in order to order to get drugs. "This was a home invasion in very sense of the word." Judge O'Connell added: "This offending is simply too serious to be dealt with in any other way other than imprisonment." The court heard Bowler's life changed "very much for the worst" after his mother died when he was aged 12. He became disruptive at school and was expelled after allegedly caught using drugs. However, he started a successful courier business with his father-in-law but later begun using methamphetamine after breaking up with his partner. Tarasinksi, who has an "extensive" criminal history, has had a major depressive disorder since adolescence. He was born to hard working parents of Polish origin who ran a fish and chip in East Gippsland. His older brother also worked as police officer in WA. But Tarasinksi had behavioural problems the court was told and was twice expelled from schools. He left home and lived with an uncle where he smoked cannabis over the next four years, Judge O'Connell said. Tarasinksi was sentenced to six years and nine months in jail while Bowler was sentenced to five years and nine months in jail.
Speedster caught A P-plater has had his car impounded after allegedly caught travelling 42km/hr over the limit in Cranbourne on Sunday 1 December. Casey Highway Patrol detected a Ford ute allegedly travelling 122km/h on the South Gippsland Highway. The driver was breath tested and returned a "high" blood alcohol reading, police say. His licence was suspended immediately and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. Victoria Police will be launching a State Wide Traffic Operation over the Christmas New Year period.
Man arrested over hit-run A 42-year-old Hampton Park man has been charged following a hit-run collision in Lyndhurst in 2018. The collision, which left a man with critical injuries and in hospital for four months, occurred on Glasscocks Road on Saturday 1 December last year. The man was arrested on Tuesday evening, 3 December at a property in Hampton Park about 6.30pm. Dandenong Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged him with recklessly cause serious injury, negligently cause serious injury, dangerous driving cause serious injury, accident fail to assist serious injury, accident fail to stop serious injury. He has been bailed by police to appear at Melbourne Magistrates' Court for a filing hearing on Monday 9 December.
Splash of colour lands in Berwick
Wilson Botanic Park transformed into a sea of colour in celebration of the Casey In Colour Run For YOUth event held on Saturday 30 November. Youths in their numbers took on the challenge of running, jogging or walking a 3km or 5km course while being showered in multi-coloured powder and cheered on. Organised by young people for young people within the City of Casey, the event raised funds for the CFA Narre Warren, Cranbourne Information and Support Service (CISS) and Cranbourne-Narre Relay for Life. Running since 2016, the unique charity event celebrates health, wellbeing, happiness and individuality, while raising awareness about social justice issues. Joining the fun were police officers from Victoria Police and CFA firefighters from Narre Warren and Berwick brigades. Star News photographer Rob Carew captured the action on the day. Pictured above is Matilda, Isabella, Jheel at the finishing line full of smiles and colour. Hosted by Casey Council in partnership with Grill’d Casey Central, the event also featured entertainment and activities including a DJ and the Children's Bus. 200298
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Law review shelved By Cam Lucadou-Wells Changes to councillor donation laws have been shelved ahead of the 2020 council elections - despite IBAC’s explosive revelations at Casey Council. Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek told Parliament question time on 27 November that donation and disclosure reforms, such as capping councillor donations to $1000, would be deferred from its Local Government Bill. It will be revisted when IBAC reports its findings, he said. Under Operation Sandon, the state’s IBAC anti-corruption body is investigating alleged corruption between councillors and property developers. “It would be a folly not to listen and not to give due consideration to an integrity body like IBAC when it is doing its business,” Mr Somyurek said. He was asked by Sustainable Australia MP
Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek says donation law reform will wait until IBAC's findings. 201398 Picture: CAM LUCADOU-WELLS Clifford Hayes if councillors and council offers could “at least” be required to disclose property developer payments in “real time”. Mr Somyurek expressed reluctance to “outright ban” property developer donations to councillors. “What you will find is that the constitution does not like outright bans,” he said. “That is an issue because of freedom of expression, which is implied in our constitution.
“Outright bans may fall foul of the constitution if they are tested in the courts.” New South Wales has enacted a ban on political donations from property developers. It was challenged in the High Court of Australia, which upheld the ban in 2015. Meanwhile, The Greens have called for a Royal Commission on the role of MPs, developers, councillors and donations in rezoning decisions over the past two decades. “What we have heard from IBAC regarding the Casey investigation should send shockwaves to everyone who cares about integrity in this state,” Greens leader Samantha Ratnam told Parliament on 26 November. “We should be reforming donations laws to local councillors and candidates urgently. “Instead what we have this week is the Government walking away from real reforms, backtracking on donor limits to council elections that could have been in the Local Government Bill.”
Property developer dined with Premier By Cam Ludadou-Wells Premier Daniel Andrews has defended a donation and a lunch with controversial property developer John Woodman. Mr Andrews said the $2500 donation to his 2002 state election campaign was “declared as it should have been at the time - 17 years ago.“ He said the lunch at the high-end restaurant Flower Drum with Mr Woodman in 2017 was “principally“ about sponsoring a charity golf day. “He’s never raised active planning matters
with me otherwise I would have stood up and left.“ Opposition leader Michael O’Brien said it was “hard to believe the subject didn’t come up“. The Sandhurst Club “Golf for Cribs” Premier’s Monash Children’s Hospital Golf Day on 17 November, 2017 was sponsored by Mr Woodman’s company Watsons. It raised “in the order of $400,000“ for Monash Children’s, Mr Andrews said. Mr Andrews, who had roundly attacked former opposition leader Matthew Guy over the
’lobster with a mobster’ affair, said he wasn’t aware of Mr Woodman’s link to an alleged Mafia figure at the time of the lunch. He denied Mr Woodman’s involvement and donations to Labor had a part in a 2018 election promise to duplicate Hall Road, Cranbourne West. Mr Woodman had been pressing for the acceleration of the H3 intersection and Hall Road upgrade. Mr Andrews said the decision was based on traffic volumes, accident data and population growth.
Back room ‘coaching’ From page 1 "I wasn't sent there by Mr Woodman to do that. I had heard about SCWRAG and I had no idea that Megan Schutz was tied up with SCWRAG. "Absolutely not, sir, until I read it in the paper and I didn't realise that Mr Walker was being paid (by Mr Woodman's company Watsons)." Cr Ablett was also accused of colluding with councillor Sam Aziz, Mr Woodman and his associates ahead of a council vote on the H3 intersection in Hall Road, Cranbourne in October 2018. The IBAC hearing was shown text messages sent from Cr Ablett's phone to Cr Aziz during the vote. Mr Tovey described the messages as "coaching in real time". Cr Ablett, who had removed himself from the vote, said that he'd thought that Ms Schutz had sent the messages. "But it could have been me." IBAC Commissioner Robert Redlich asserted that it was the "most flagrant abuse of the conflict situation". "Yes, sir," Cr Ablett said. "I shouldn't have done it." Cr Ablett said that he'd acted to support Cr Aziz for the sake of traffic safety on Hall Road. Cr Ablett first declared a conflict-of-interest on Woodman-related planning decisions in 2015 after a State Ombudsman inquiry into Mr Woodman's donations to him in 2014. Mr Woodman had helped fund his 2010 and 2014 State election campaigns and bought part-shares in horses with him for several years.
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‘I’m sick of rigging’ By Cam Lucadou-Wells An explosive phone tap recorded Casey councillor Geoff Ablett saying he was “sick of rigging stuff” with Cr Sam Aziz’s “bloc”, an IBAC inquiry has heard. Before playing the recording, Counsel assisting IBAC, Michael Tovey QC, asked Cr Ablett what “rigged” meant. “Well, set something up that you vote a certain way about something like that,” Cr Aziz replied. Cr Ablett said he’d “never rigged anything with Sam Aziz”.
“I’m not that close to him. “Not ever. I never rigged anything with any councillor, sir, or officer or anyone.” Later Cr Ablett was confronted with the tapped call with then-Liberal MP Neale Burgess on 2 November 2018. Cr Ablett tells Mr Burgess that he’d called Cr Sam Aziz. “And I said ‘Look I can understand all that Liberal Party and all that but ... I’m not in your bloc anymore mate because I’m sick of rigging stuff.’”. Cr Ablett told IBAC that he wasn’t talking about “rigging stuff” but Cr Aziz “advocating
for what he wanted”. He said that Cr Aziz put pressure on a “bloc of Liberals and one other” to vote his way on “whatever recommendation that he wanted”. The bloc included Crs Amanda Stapledon, Wayne Smith, Damien Rosario and an unidentified “very, very ill” councillor, Cr Ablett said. “I was easing my way out of the Liberal Party, which didn’t please them ... “And in the end I said, ‘I don’t want to be in this bloc’. “I want to be able to vote freely and have pressure put on me to vote a certain way.”
Former Casey mayor Geoff Ablett denied that he had been "rigging stuff" with colleague Sam Aziz. 177187 Picture: GARY SISSONS
Aziz ‘offers help’ to sue Casey By Cam Lucadou-Wells Casey councillor Sam Aziz pledged to support property developer John Woodman’s intention to sue Casey Council, according to a secret recording revealed in an IBAC hearing. “Whatever I can do to help him,” Cr Aziz told Mr Woodman’s lobbyist Lorraine Wreford in a central Melbourne cafe on 1 February. At the time, Mr Woodman was considering a defamation suit against the council over media allegations that he’d bullied council staff. Cr Aziz appeared to offer to get hold of council documents if Mr Woodman was unable to subpoena them. At the IBAC Operation Sandon hearing on 27 November, Ms Wreford agreed with Counsel assisting IBAC, Michael Tovey, that it was “pretty shocking in terms of ... appropriate allegiance”. “I think Mr Aziz wanted his payments from
Mr Woodman,” Ms Wreford said. “So I think he was prepared to do anything.” In the same cafe sitting, Cr Aziz was recorded saying that “we have taken over Casey” and had plans to do the same at Yarra Ranges Council. Fellow councillor Amanda Stapledon intended to meet with property John Woodman to discuss the plan, he told Ms Wreford. “Basically, Yarra Ranges we want to take it over it over the same way we’ve taken over Casey. “And there’s another businessman we are working with closely to make that happen.” With six out of nine councillors set to retire before the next election, “we only really need to get two elected to get a majority,” Cr Aziz said. Ms Wreford told the IBAC hearing that she thought Cr Aziz at the time was just “big-noting himself”.
Sam Aziz and Lorraine Wreford at the Little Billy cafe in William Street on 1 February of 2019. “He might have thought he had taken over the City of Casey but I don’t think other people thought that was the case.” She said that at times she thought Cr Aziz, who was going through a divorce, had been drinking during his text messages to her. He was “mentally unstable” - at times his “normal intelligent self”, at other times threat-
ening to suicide. During the meeting, Cr Aziz was being delivered cash by Ms Wreford, purportedly part of a monthly $25,000 fee as a Smart Cities consultant with Mr Woodman. Ms Wreford conceded the monthly $2000-cash-delivered component couriered to him looked “corrupt”.
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Traffic lights are a huge win The lights operated pedestrian crossing across the busy Pound Road - outside the Hampton Park Seniors Club - is now 12 months old. Full marks to members of the club and former member Marion Squires, former secretary Angela Gardner and former Narre Warren MP Judith Graley for their years of hard work getting the job done but no thanks to Casey Council who weren't interested. D. Gardner, Hampton Park.
SOCIALLY SPEAKING On 2 December a story was shared to the Cranbourne Star News Facebook page about Casey councillor Geoff Ablett defending his refusal to give evidence to previous corruption inquiries into Casey Council, an IBAC inquiry has heard. Here is how readers reacted online: Marianne Mez: Sack the lot without any further pay. And we're elect next year. Paul Williams: Time to go this gravy train needs derailing. Ian Earl: Can't trust the Casey Council. Bring in administrators.
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‘No gain’ in ousting By Cam Lucadou-Wells Casey Council chief executive Mike Tyler’s forced resignation had nothing to do with property developer John Woodman’s opinion, councillor Geoff Ablett has told an IBAC hearing. He also denied that Mr Tyler’s opposition to Mr Woodman’s desire to rezone tracts of industrial land to residential in Cranbourne West - known as Amendment C219 - played a part. Cr Ablett had bragged that he “nailed” Mr Tyler in a tapped phone call played to IBAC last week. On 3 December, Cr Ablett said that he “played a role representing the group” of councillors trying to “patch up differences” with Mr Tyler. “When Mr Tyler left, he left on his own terms. “All 11 councillors had some concerns with Mr Tyler.” Cr Ablett admitted having discussions with Mr Woodman about the issue. “He did ask me about Mr Tyler and I did say, ‘We’re having talks to see if we can iron out some differences with Mr Tyler.’” Cr Ablett denied that Mr Woodman had pressed for Mr Tyler’s sacking though “when he went he was happy about that”. “Mr Woodman expressed ever since I first knew him that he didn’t get along with Mr Tyler. That’s going way back. “But (he) didn’t instigate what happened.” Mr Woodman had earlier told IBAC that he’d asked Cr Ablett to consider whether Mr Tyler’s “time was up”. In a phone tap call with Mr Woodman after the event, Cr Ablett told of how he “nailed” Mr Tyler. “Every time he moved left or right or for-
Former Casey CEO Mike Tyler was told to resign or be dismissed in a letter from then-mayor Geoff Ablett. 20847 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS ward or back I had him covered and then eventually I started gathering the information. “After six weeks we had him in the corner and then I f***ing nailed him.” In a phone tap played at the IBAC hearing, Mr Woodman told Cr Ablett that both of them stood to lose a “s***load of money” if Amendment C219 didn’t go through. Mr Woodman told IBAC last month that in that case, he was more than likely to pull out of a contract to buy part of Cr Ablett’s rural property in Gippsland West for $350,000. He had paid a $150,000 deposit on the property.
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Extra time The corruption inquiry into alleged deals between Casey councillors and property developers will be extended. With the IBAC hearings running for three weeks, commissioner Richard Redlich indicated that the public inquiry will be continued in late February and early March. "At that time some of the witnesses that we were hoping we would be able to call now will be deferred until then." Mr Redlich said experts will be called to give evidence in relation to political donation reform at state and local government levels.
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Counsel assisting IBAC, Michael Tovey, asked Cr Ablett: “Did you tell Mr Tyler that you were conflicted in respect of matters relating to getting rid of him in view of the fact that he was against C219 and you were going to make a financial windfall if it went through?” Cr Ablett denied he stood to make a “financial windfall”, only that Mr Woodman would “buy some horses” for his business if the rezoning went through. IBAC tendered a draft letter to Mr Tyler from then-mayor Ablett requesting the CEO’s resignation in February 2018. In the draft, Cr Ablett stated that the majority of councillors had “lost confidence in you as Chief Executive Officer”. The council had engaged employment law firm Justitia to review “serious issues and concerns” with Mr Tyler’s performance, Mr Ablett stated. “I do not believe that you have appropriately considered or responded to these concerns.” The concerns were failing to provide safe egress for councillors from Bunjil Place, failing to listen to councillors and not providing advice in a “supportive and responsible manner”. Mr Tyler was offered three months pay to resign, tied to a confidentiality and non-disparagement clause. If he didn’t resign, councillors would move in closed council to dismiss him, Cr Ablett wrote. At the hearing, Cr Ablett denied that he worked with Cr Sam Aziz in dismissing Mr Tyler, despite the draft letter being emailed to both councilors from Cr Ablett’s secretary. Crs Ablett and Aziz are being accused by IBAC of taking collectively $1.2 million from Mr Woodman in exchange for their support on planning decisions.
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The State Government has appointed a monitor to examine governance at the City of Casey. Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek on Wednesday 27 November announced the appointment of Ms Laurinda Gardner until 31 January 2020, effective immediately. The monitor will advise the Minister: If councillors, individually or as a group, are behaving in a manner that does not accord with the role of Councillor. Of any impact on the integrity and/or functioning of council decision-making and the orderly governance of the City of Casey arising from Operation Sandon. Ms Gardner is an experienced board director with over 20 years of experience as both a member and chair of a variety of government and not for profit boards. She has a background in town planning, and currently sits on the Victorian Planning Authority and Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission boards. She was also appointed as an administrator on the panel of administrators for Greater Geelong City Council in 2016/17 and has held senior roles at Melbourne City Council.
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THREE … ways to reduce your environmental footprint
with Marie Ormandy, volunteer with the Christ Church Tooradin Friendship Group
How long have you been a part of the Christ Church of Tooradin Friendship Group? I have been part of the Christ Church Tooradin Friendship Group for almost twenty years. What activities does the group get involved with in the community? The Friendship Group welcomes people into a warm caring group that helps people to find companionship and worthwhile and meaningful interests. As part of a small community we are there to help when problems and; difficulties arise. We also donate to various charities that reach out to assist others both locally and overseas. The annual Tooradin Craft Bazarre held on 16 November was again hailed a success. How much dedication goes behind the scenes of making this market the wonderful community event it is? The Bazaar is a year-long project. Planning for the next one begins as soon as the debriefing after the last one is complete. Group discussion of new ideas and products are all part of the fun of planning, as we try to make each one better than the last. How will you celebrate Christmas this year? Christmas is family time, early church on such an important day, and then my husband and then I will be celebrating with my children and grandchildren. On Boxing Day, the extended family congregates at our home for a barbeque lunch, it's a wonderful time. What's your favourite holiday spot in Australia? Victoria offers so many marvellous natural beauty spots it's too hard to pick a favourite. What is your favourite book? My "favourite book", impossible to say, as I love reading, however works by Australian author Tim Winton are a "must-read", he captures some of the distinctive flavour of our part of the world with insight and sensitivity.
At school I ... At school I particularly loved music and drama, I was part of the choir and the a capella group and even managed to conduct the House choir two years in succession. What's something people don't know about you? One thing people don't know about me is that I have a twin brother, it doesn't show. If you were PM for a day, what would you do? I would make sure that Australia had the best
technical colleges and universities in the world, to ensure that our community made the best use of the full range talents that we have. Best live show/performance you have attended? I love vocal music, so there are two productions that I have thoroughly enjoyed this year, the first was the performance of the St. Matthew Passion by the Melbourne Bach Choir, and in contrast "Ragtime", the musical presented by the Production Company. Both were stand out performances.
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Reduce, reuse, recycle While not always possible, aim for zero-waste. Bring a reusable bag to the shops and refuse purchasing products in excessive packaging. Opting against plastic straws and coffee cups by investing in metal straws and keep cups is a great start. You can recycle soft plastics at your local shopping centre during the weekly shop, and some butchers now let you bring your own container for meat purchases.
Try Meatless Monday It's no secret that meat production requires a large amount of land and water and also produces fossil fuels, animal methane and waste. Experts say that cutting down your meat intake, even for just one meal or one day a week, could drastically reduce your environmental footprint.
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Bandits caught on CCTV By Brendan Rees A Lynbrook couple have been left devastated after heartless thieves broke into their garage and stole their two pride-and-joy dirt bikes while they slept. CCTV showed the bandits searching their garage on Paterson Drive between 2am and 3am on Tuesday 26 November. Rachelle Staggard said the intruders broke into their Jeep, which was parked in the driveway, before stealing the garage fob from the centre console to open the garage roller door. The hooded bandits, who are appeared to be one male and female, stole two KTM dirt bikes worth about $12,000 before driving off in a car, believed to be a Kia. According to Ms Staggard, their surveillance camera captured the intruders returning to their home on two further occasions to collect the bikes as they didn't appear to have a trailer. "They took them off the stands and I'm assuming that they wheeled them down the road," she said. At one stage, she says, they could be been seen "doing laps of our house". Ms Staggard said a pocket bike worth about $1,000, bike stands, a helmet, and tools were also among items taken from the garage. Still very much in shock, Ms Staggard said: "I didn't sleep last night because I was just petrified ... I don't know if they would strike again." The couple have posted on social media in the hope anyone with information will contact police. "We don't care about anything else, mainly the bikes we want back. We can count our losses on everything else," Ms Staggard said. The couple had the dirt bikes at the front of the garage ready to load onto their trailer to go away the next day.
CCTV has captured two people breaking into a Lynbrook garage. "My partner was in the garage working on the bikes on Saturday so I don't know whether they've driven past," she said. Staggard said she and her partner as well as their eight-month-old daughter and pet dog were asleep and didn't hear anything when the incident unfolded. The bikes are described as orange and white in colour. One bike, which has a fourstroke engine, is a 2014 model with registration 5927G, and has a Red Bull sticker kit. The other, a 2004 model, is a two-stroke engine bike with registration 4720G, and has a DC shoes sticker kit. Narre Warren Crime Investigation Unit is investigating. Anyone with any information regarding this incident, they are urged to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
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One of the intruders in the garage helped themselves to two dirt bikes and various items.
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Moonlit gold Moonlit Sanctuary has once again shone at the RACV Victorian Tourism awards, winning gold in the ecotourism category. At the recent RACV Victorian Tourism Awards, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park in Pearcedale was announced as the gold winner for the second consecutive year. "As a privately-owned Sanctuary, our aim is to grow awareness of the work we do towards conservation and endangered species recovery. We were particularly pleased to receive the highest level of recognition for ecotourism as this category reflects our values," said Michael Johnson, founder and director of the sanctuary. "2019 was a particularly rewarding year for our conservation work as we had a bumper season of breeding the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot with over 60 young birds leaving the nest - a record for Moonlit
Sanctuary," he added. "Our commitment to conservation is pivotal to our strategy and we do our best to position our standards to the highest level possible. Our priority is to always give our visitors an excellent and meaningful experience and it is an immense honour to have our efforts recognised". For over 30 years the Victorian Tourism Awards have showcased and recognised the state's leaders in tourism excellence. The awards encourage businesses to meet and strive to exceed industry standards and play an integral role in rewarding business excellence, innovation, industry professionalism and collaboration. Moonlit Sanctuary are now finalists in the Qantas National Tourism Awards for Eco Tourism, with the ceremony to be held in Canberra.
The team at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria celebrate their tourism award.
Winning natural attraction By Brendan Rees
Michael Johnson, founder and director of Moonlit Sanctuary, with some of its resident wallabies.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is pleased to have won the 'Major Tourist Attractions' category at the Victorian Tourism Awards on Thursday 28 December. Held at the Victorian Tourism Industry Council, the judges selected Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria from many outstanding competitors based on its achievements in areas of tourism, business planning, marketing, customer service and sustainability. "This award is recognition that our Cranbourne and Melbourne Gardens are not only places for contemplation, learning and science, but one of the world's great tourist destinations" Tim Entwisle, director and chief executive of Royal Botanic Gardens said. "As someone said to us at the awards
night 'Of course you should win, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is the future of tourism in Victoria'. I agree!' "And there is more to come. We have big events planned for both Gardens, including a first for Australia, Lightscape." This illuminated light trail builds on the success of Fire Gardens and offers yet another incentive for Victorians and tourists from around the world to visit Melbourne and to experience our beautiful Melbourne Gardens. With Gardens in both Melbourne and Cranbourne, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Both Gardens, which attract more 2.3 million people, and offer guided walks, nature education, Indigenous led walks, minibus tours, picnic packages, retail, food and beverage and arts and cultural experiences. 12433396-CG48-19
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Sam spreads the love By Brendan Rees Excited fans came cheering as Gold Logie winner actor Samuel Johnson rolled into Cranbourne North on Friday 29 November. "Hi, I'm Sam, I'm Connie's brother and I hate cancer," he said, as he greeted a crowd of about 100 supporters outside IGA supermarket where pink balloons were spread around the street. His visit was part of his campaign in promoting awareness of cancer and raising money to fight the disease. Johnson, best known for his roles in the television series The Secret Life of Us and his Gold Logie-winning portrayal of Molly Meldrum, is in the midst of a two year national tour around Australia seeking support for a push for personalised treatment for all cancer patients. The Dancing with the Stars champion gave an emotional presentation including a video of his fundraising efforts to the crowd. He said his sister, Connie, fought cancer three times in her life but conceded cancer would never take her joy. When she was 33, the brother-sister duo, who were born a year a part, co-founded 'Love Your Sister' with a goal of raising $10 million for cancer research. Johnson, 41, who retired from acting last year, has never given up in his campaign following his sister's death in 2017, visiting more than 1,100 towns to spread the word of his vision for a cancer-free future. After raising an astounding $10 million in August Johnson said he considered "tieing a neat little bow in it and walk back to my life" but knew Connie "would want me to continue". "This has been an amazing experience for me," he told the crowd. Eager fans were keen to get a selfie with the TV star during his visit as he set up a table
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Sam Johnson greets the crowd outside IGA Cranbourne North. 201210 Pictures: STEWART CHAMBERS signing books, selling merchandise from his custom-built trailer, and signing certificates for people willing to sign up to his campaign. Cranbourne North IGA store manager George Melhem said his store was privileged
to support Johnson's 'Love Your Sister' campaign. Johnson also dropped into Bunnings Fountain Gate later in the day where he garnered more support for his campaign.
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Santa comes to Lynbrook By Brendan Rees Hundreds have flocked to the annual Lynbrook Village Christmas Evening Market on Thursday 28 November. More than 4,000 market-goers had the opportunity to browse through market stalls to find amazing handmade and unique products
which were all sourced locally. All funds raised stall holder fees plus donations from kids activities - totalling about $2,000 - will go towards Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation, which raises awareness of child road safety. The market at Lynbrook Boulevard featured face painting, giveaways, jumping castle, craft
fun, kids' activities, live entertainment, and a visit from Santa. Shoppers also grabbed a bite to eat at one of the market's fantastic retailers or food vendors. Lynbrook Village marketing manager Melanie Brown said the event is all about supporting the community.
"Everyone had a lovely time with live music, casual dining, over 28 market stalls and of course Santa arriving on the Hampton Park CFA truck," she said. "We love sharing our space with the local community ... this is a good fit with our tagline: Live, love, shop, support local."
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FOCUS ON … CHRISTMAS IN HAMPTON PARK
Spectacular end to carols There is plenty of festive joy in Hampton Park this Christmas. The suburb’s annual Carols by Candlelight is expected to draw another large crowd to Cairns Road Reserve on Friday 13 December. The event is organised by Aspire Church. “Each year we have seen a significant increase in attendance. Last year we estimate ten thousand people attended over the course of the night,“ said Pastor Graham Shand. The night includes the involvement of local talent, the Aspire Church band, contemporary and traditional carols, music and a children’s
segment. The 2019 guest artist is Ben Clark, a contestant on The Voice in 2018. The grand finale will be a spectacular fireworks display. The event is made possible through the contribution and support of many volunteers, businesses and the City of Casey. “It is a wonderful Christmas gift to the many families in our community,“ said Julie Shand. Join the fun between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at the Hampton Park High School Oval. Further details are available at www.aspire.church and on Facebook: Aspire Church. Aspire Church has three services each Sun-
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day - 10am and 5pm (Sri Lankan) in Hampton Park, and an 11am Clyde North service. Hampton Park Shopping Centre Hampton Park Shopping Centre has also embraced the festive season. Children are invited to meet Santa ( see advertisement for dates) and enjoy free colouring activities and lolly bags. The centre boasts a wide array of stores including Australia Post, Tattslotto, Sugar Buns Bakery Café, Donut King, Lucy’s coffee shop, Lee Lee bakery, Top Quality Butcher, Woolworths and BWS.
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Care packs from Santa By Danielle Kutchel Christmas is a time for family - but for kids in out of home care, it can be a particularly difficult time of year. Cranbourne-based charity Backpacks for Vic Kids, which provides care packs to children in out of home care, is trying to alleviate the loneliness and discomfort of the situation by providing kids in need with Santa sack care packs for Christmas. Already, volunteers for the organisation are hard at work, stuffing the sacks with muchneeded presents and essentials to provide comfort to kids in need. The packs include a book, a soft toy and a 'something else', which could be a craft kit, a construction kit or body care product. All items are new and appropriate for the age of the child receiving them. Sally Beard, founder and secretary of Backpacks for Vic Kids, said 1993 children had registered to receive the sacks - a 500 pack increase on last year. But it's still a fraction of the number of kids in Victoria who will spend Christmas in out of home care. But Ms Beard said that's just a tiny fraction of the 12,000 children who are expected to be in out of home care placements around Victoria on Christmas Eve. Once filled, the packs will be sent all across Victoria, from Warrnambool to Mildura and everywhere in between, to children in various forms of out of home care, including foster or kinship care arrangements. In fact, deliveries have already started. Ms Beard explained that the organisation wants to get the gifts to case workers and counsellors well before Christmas so they can be given to children on their last visit before the occasion,
"Elves" help pack Santa sacks for kids in care. or at Christmas parties. But to complete the orders, Ms Beard said Backpacks for Vic Kids needs a bit of help from the community. "We're very short on books for teenage boys, and soft toy for teenagers. We will need volunteers too," she said. The organisation has set up a Facebook page called Christmas for Kids in Care, where they post details of packing sessions. "If people can help with the age ranges we need more of, that would be amazing," Ms Beard said. "We will do our best to give these kids something to smile about this Christmas."
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Pop in for a donut fix Celebrate with the locals this Christmas at Thompson Parkway Shopping Centre. Families can enjoy the free entertainment at the Kids Club Christmas Party on Saturday 7 December from 12pm. There will be a face painter in the centre ready to create amazing reindeers, elves or snowmen with hypo-allergenic paint to ensure that young sensitive skin is safe from harm. A balloon twisting artist will astound youngsters with balloon creations in all shapes too! Be sure to keep an eye out for Santa and his helpers as they wander around the centre handing out little treats to all the kids. Santa will be handing out his special report card for parents who can use this card to keep track of naughty and nice behaviour in the lead up to Christmas. Kids will love decorating their very own wooden Christmas house money box to take home. It’s a great way to encourage kids to save their pocket money for the holidays too. The Donut Depot is opening on Monday 9 December with a free original glazed donut for anyone who visits the store on the day! The store will offer a huge range of deliciously fresh donuts made in the store every day. Sample the entire range including New Zealand style Jam and Fresh Cream, Lemon Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Mars Donut, Hot Jam Donut, Original Glaze and a variety of Nutella Donuts and many more! The store also offers homemade Italian cannoli in assorted flavours, a variety of New
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Casey Cardinia Libraries (CCL) has again partnered with several local charities to help reach those members of our community who may otherwise be left out this festive season. From Monday 18 November to Tuesday 24 December, each library branch will be welcoming monetary, gift and food donations to help vulnerable and less fortunate members of our community enjoy this time of year. Members of the community who return lost or damaged library books when they deliver their donations will have their fines waived. CCL permanently removed fines for overdue books at the beginning of 2019. A special feature of the libraries’ Christmas charity campaign this year is that gift wrapped, “pre-loved” books will be available in exchange for donations.
“There are people doing it pretty tough in our community and Christmas is often a time when things get even harder. Casey Cardinia Libraries is always keen to pay it forward and support our charity partners to make things better for the vulnerable”, said CCL CEO Chris Buckingham. “This year, we think that our surplus books will make great, recycled gifts for friends or family,” said Mr Buckingham. “The recycled books, as well as the removal of fines for lost and damaged books, is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our community who support those in need so generously.” All CCL branches will accept non-perishable food with intact packaging and best before dates in 2020. Christmas gifts should be new and unwrapped.
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Extended post office hours “Extended opening times provide our customers greater flexibility to send, and receive, their Christmas gifts and cards, and with our exciting new range of products available instore there is more opportunity to spread the merry this Christmas.” Mr McNamara said Australians continue to shop up a storm, with online purchases growing over 20 per cent last year. “The online shopping boom continues, in fact last year Australians spent $27.5 billion online. Last Christmas we delivered 40 million parcels in December alone and we’re expecting to exceed that number this year.” For more information visit www.auspost. com.au/Christmas
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Safety skills a priority At Paul Sadler Swimland, learn to swim classes are offered to children as young as 4 months old and right through to adult classes. The programs are based on teaching survival skills at every level and equipping swimmers with the skills they need to be safer in the water. With drowning still the leading cause of accidental death of children aged under 5 years*, teaching children skills to swim safer is incredibly important. Particularly when, according to the American Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, participation in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning. Heading into summer and with Australia being a nation surrounded by open water, being in and around the water is a significant part of our favourite past-times. It’s therefore important for children to be prepared with skills to help them swim safer. At Paul Sadler Swimland, the babies program runs from 4 months to approximately 3 years and offers classes for FREE to 4 and 5 month old babies. These classes are a great,
fun way to introduce babies to the water. They are full of fun activities that focus on water awareness, mobility, safety and survival. From around three years the program provides great opportunities for children to develop life-saving water safety and survival skills and become competent swimmers in a tension free, fun and exciting environment. All of the levels within the entire program are designed to build safer swimmers both in swimming pools and the open water. The transition from swimming pools to open water is considerable - with 1km in the pool being the equivalent to around 100m in the open water. Hence, the reasons our programs encourage and teach all our swimmers to reach their Swordy 1km medal. Paul Sadler Swimland in Narre Warren has classes available at all levels and now is the perfect time to get your kids into swimming lessons and have a Safer Summer. Call Narre Warren on 8790 5540 to book in your FREE trial class.
With less than a month until Christmas, Australia Post is keeping Post Office doors open longer at over 190 locations as it moves into its busiest festive period in history. Residents in Cranbourne can visit their local Post Office six days a week during the extended retail hours of 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am - 1pm Saturday until December 22. Australia Post General Manager Post Office Network David McNamara said extended trading hours gives customers more choice and convenience in time for the big day. “We know Christmas is a busy time of the year, so the Cranbourne Park Post Office will remain open for longer this festive season,” Mr McNamara said.
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This year, the Sensitive Santa initiative at CCL is being run in partnership with local community organisation, Windermere. Chief Executive Officer Chris Buckingham said that the Sensitive Santa initiative demonstrates CCL’s commitment to equal access, social inclusion and innovation. “It’s important that our libraries are responsive to community needs,” Mr Buckingham said. “The Sensitive Santa Project came about because our staff identified a gap that meant many children were missing out or feeling stressed by a traditional festive activity. “I love how our staff will not only identify the pressing needs, but also follow through with making the project a reality. It’s just another example of the way libraries really do change lives.” The four libraries will be hosting Sensitive Santa from December 9 to 16.
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Cranbourne library will play host to ‘Sensitive Santa’ in the lead up to Christmas. Originally developed in the USA, the Sensitive Santa initiative is designed to make the annual Santa photo a more positive and peaceful experience for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other special sensory needs. Children with ASD often feel stressed in the typical environment where traditional photos with Santa take place. As a result, families with children with ASD often avoid the many triggers associated with shopping centres and other public places during the festive season. Following a successful pilot run at Emerald Library last year, the program is also being run at the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Hampton Park branches of Casey Cardinia Libraries (CCL) this year. A number of staff members have undertaken extra specialist training to deliver the Sensitive Santa project.
Festive food charity drive With food insecurity on the rise across Victoria, customers of Woolworths throughout Casey are being encouraged to support this year’s Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal. In response to the growing demand for support, customers are urged to purchase a 50 cent meal token help to provide a meal for the one in five people in Victoria who have experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months. Recent Foodbank Hunger Report research shows the need for food relief services has increased by 20% over the past year. At least once a week, 30% of food insecure Australians go a whole day without eating and the appeal aims to reduce this number over the Christmas period in Victoria. Through the appeal, and supplemented by regular donations of fresh produce from Woolworths stores nationally, Woolworths Fresh Food Rescue Partner, OzHarvest, aims to deliver meals to more than 155 charitable agencies across Victoria and help ease the ever increascranbournenews.starcommunity.com.au
ing need from around the country. OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said "Going hungry at Christmas is a harsh reality for an increasing number of Victoria esidents.” “We are asking generous Woolworths customers to support the OzHarvest Christmas Appeal, so that we can continue to deliver much needed food to local charities that support Australians requiring hunger relief.” By purchasing a 50 cent dinner plate token at the register of any Woolworths store or online from now until 24 December, customers will be able to help OzHarvest provide a meal for an Aussie in need. Over the past two years, the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal has raised more than $2 million for OzHarvest, providing four million meals for Australians in need. This year, the aim is to raise yet another $1 million to support Australian families at a time that sees increased pressure on household budgets.
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Meeting commitments TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS IAN ASH Some years back I ran training courses on behalf of Cardinia Shire council entitled “Creating Delighted Customers”. In order to prepare for this, one of the things I did was research customer service statistics with some interesting results. Data on this has evolved even further since then revealing that: 67% of consumers and 74% of business buyers say they’ll pay more for a great experience. (Salesforce) 89% of businesses are expected to compete mainly on customer experience” (Gartner) When asking consumers what impacts their level of trust with a company, offering excellent customer service is ranked number one” (Zendesk) Clearly a great customer experience is pivotal for business success, but what exactly does this look like? Well there are likely to be many different views on this and it may indeed vary from one sector to another, but for me one clear invariant is: YOU MEET YOUR COMMITMENTS. At the risk of sounding old-fashioned here, I have to say that I seem to be seeing an increasing propensity for commitments not to be met at both a professional and personal level. For example, how many times have you arranged a meeting, event or trip recently which was initially “committed to” by other parties only to have a number drop out prior to the event itself? Whilst undoubtedly unexpected emergencies can occur in which people are genuinely unable to attend, I do seem to be seeing a rising number of occasions where individuals feel it is okay to just change their mind and back out and worse still, perhaps not even advise the organiser. Perhaps it comes down to our definition of a “commitment” which the Oxford dictionary defines as a ”pledge or undertaking” and the Cambridge dictionary defines as a “promise or firm decision to do something”. Either way, commitments cannot be imposed but do, in effect, form a verbal agreement of something to be done. Making a commitment can therefore be seen as giving your word and if we keep in mind that “your word is your bond”, we might be less inclined to break it and hence be more inclined to think hard before we commit. I am quite convinced that this plays a large part in business relationships since as we know, people do business with people they know, like and trust. How is trust built? I would suggest that this fundamentally comes down to doing what you said you would do, i.e. reliably meeting your commitments. Naturally this necessarily also includes customer service since who would really not want to meet a commitment to a customer? Part of the failure here may be our reluctance to say “no”, but it is actually far more preferable for people to know where they stand rather than make false assumptions about what will actually be done or happen. So, think hard next time before you make that commitment and become known as someone who can be relied upon to keep their word. Ian Ash is the Managing Director OrgMent Business Solutions - www.ombs.com.au
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Desire to serve By Danielle Kutchel A former paramedic has turned a career-ending mental illness into a new, positive pathway - one that still allows her to help people, whilst acknowledging and learning from her "truth". It didn't happen overnight - as Lisa Westgate says, she was "the last one to my own party". Oscillating between fury and exhaustion, she found herself taking it out on family and friends as well without realising what she was experiencing. "With mental health issues, when you're in it, it's a bit like being Dorothy in the middle of the tornado. The world whirs around you and I didn't have the insight to recognise that that's what was happening to me," she explains. It got to the point where she was unwilling to put on the sirens in her ambulance, as the shrill sound would push her over the edge. Eventually, the career she had thought she would be in until retirement ended when she was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression. An isolated Ms Westgate was put on the disability pension at the age of 34. The loss of her career affected her sense of identity. "I sat on the couch and watched movies
and reminisced about how great I once was, how many lives I'd once saved and how many babies I'd delivered. "I was very focused on the past and strongly felt a real sense of loss, like I'd lost my identity, my tribe." But it wasn't long before her "inherent stubbornness" led her to question the Western medical model that told her she would be permanently disabled. She began to explore alternatives, explaining: "I remember a time for most of my life when I didn't have this, so how do I not have this again?" She discovered neuro-linguistics programming, or NLP, and threw herself into learning as much about it as she could. During her study, she was forced to ask herself what she wanted her life to be - and rediscovered her passion for helping others. Now a qualified NLP trainer, Ms Westgate facilitates training and workshops for both individuals and organisations - especially those in uniform - drawing from her own experience in mental health, providing strategies and training to overcome mental health challenges. She runs regular workshops with new recruits at Victoria Police, and encourages them
to separate their work identity from who they are as a person - so that if the worst happens, as it did to her, they don't lose their sense of identity. She has plans to publish a book next year which will be an unofficial handbook on earlycareer mental health strategies for people in emergency services or uniformed roles. The book will include insights from others like her who have experienced mental health issues in their career. "You're still going to get bad days, bad weeks, maybe bad months, but with some of the information that us 'fogeys' have, maybe you won't fall in the hole as deep or stay there as long," she says of the book. Ms Westgate hopes by sharing her journey, others will feel empowered to challenge the mental health stigma and begin their own path to recovery. "I'm a big advocate of people telling their story and I'm not going to hide what happened, because maybe if people see me standing on stage talking about it then maybe they can tell their boss or supervisor or family member," she says. Find out more about Lisa Westgate at www. freedommindset.com.au
VentraIP CEO takes on directorship Angelo Giuffrida, the CEO of Narre Warren based VentraIP Australia, Australia’s largest privately owned web host and domain registrar, has been elected to the auDA Board of Directors. au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) is the administrator and self-regulatory policy body for the .au ccTLD, overseeing the domain registrars within Australia in conjunction with the Department of Communications and the Arts. Mr Giuffrida said that he nominated for the position based on his extensive experience in the domain name industry and his genuine passion for the future of the industry. “My vision for a reconstituted auDA board includes a diverse range of people that represent every facet of the industry; people who will bring fresh ideas, industry and security experience, outstanding corporate governance, and a desire to implement all recommenda-
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tions made by the Department of Communications and the Arts,” he said. Mr Giuffrida acknowledged that his involvement with the auDA board is a logical progression given the success of VentraIP Australia in the web host and domain registrar space. “The company has been a true bedroomto-boardroom success story, starting with just 3 people working in a small home office to now employing 56 local staff in a 1,600sqm office space located in the South-East suburbs of Melbourne,” he said. “We are proudly 100% Australian owned and operated, and have gone against the industry trend of offshoring to ensure a consistently high level of service to our customers and to support local jobs and the local economy.” The four new directors joined six directlyappointed directors on auDA’s board following the AGM on 14 November.
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Students skip ‘schoolies’ By Brendan Rees A group of teenagers from St Peter's College Cranbourne campus are scrapping any end of year schoolies celebrations to volunteer overseas. Year 12 students Ryan, Stevan, Shantelle and Kayla, along with teachers, Ian Elwood, Cathy Michael and Stephanie Lomas are preparing for a trip to help a school community in the Solomon Islands. As part of their commitment to the school's annual Immersion Program, St Peter's has raised much needed funds for the Bishop Epalle Catholic School in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Their aim over the next few years is to outfit the St. Peter's Building that the previous program students have been fundraising to build the Library, IT Centre and Staff Rooms, opened late in 2017. Principal of St. Peter's College Chris Black said the school was extremely proud of these students. "It would be easy to go with the crowd, to celebrate the end of their secondary education with schoolies week's trips, but they have chosen a better option in our view," he said. The students departed Melbourne the day after their final Year 12 Exams and have paid for their own trip expenses. Students undertake what work they can to assist with in the school, helping out in primary classes and undertaking maintenance work in and around the school buildings, while in Honiara. The teachers will undertake various sessions with the teachers of Bishop Epalle Catholic School around best teaching practices particularly in the area of literacy and mathematics.
Teachers and Year 12 studens of St Peter's College Cranbourne campus depart Melbourne Airport for the Solomon Islands. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED "Our students and staff can put into practice all they have learnt and been exposed to in their time at St. Peter's College about the importance of social justice, and how individuals can make a real impact when they come together with a common cause," Mr Black said.
The group will stay with a local family and spend their days at the school helping with numerous tasks and immersing themselves in the school and local community. Ms Black said their time abroad will further "cement the many lessons they have learnt in
their time at St. Peter's College in regards to their responsibility in relation to not only their education, faith and service but how they individually or as a small group can have a very real and positive impact in the greater community".
WHAT’S ON also enjoy a coffee with Barry who set ups his coffee van from 6am-1pm every day. There is an afternoon group which usually walks about 4pm until 6pm. 'Off the lead' walking in the park is offered as well.
Christmas on the foreshore The Tooradin Foreshore Committee of management invites the community to celebrate Christmas at their annual 'Christmas on the foreshore'. Groups and bands performing include dual gold guitar winner Andrew Swift. Huge fireworks display, food and drink stalls on site or bring your own picnic (onsite barbecues on site). Friday 6 December from 6pm- 10pm at Tooradin foreshore. Foreshore Rd. Gold coin donation. Strictly alcohol free event.
Casey Grange Retirement Village craft market Head down to check out the Handmade Craft Market where more than 37 stalls will be on offer with an array of handmade items for sale. From paintings, ceramics, knitting, wall-hangings and even things for the dogs, there s bound to be something for everyone. Free is entry. A barbecue, coffee, cakes, sandwiches, cappuccino, soft drinks, and Dutch pancakes will be available. Families may have their photo with Santa from 11am- 2pm for just $2. Photos will be emailed on the day. Saturday 7 December, 75 Evans Road, Cranbourne West from 10am-4pm. Limited parking.
Christmas Family Fun Day Turningpoint Food Support is holding their Annual Christmas Family Fun Day. Clients and members of the community are welcome to come at the event. There will be a jumping castle, egg and spoon race, three-legged races, and sack races. Also available will be a range of table games and a basketball hoop. There will be face painting and balloon sculpting and a funny clown. All this fun will be followed with a few carols and handing out of Christmas gifts and hampers full of Christmas goodies. Saturday 7 December from 10am - 2pm at 1785 South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne
Prayers for Healing Service Prayers for Healing Service will be held at Narre Warren North Uniting Church, I Main St, Narre Warren North, on Sunday, 24 November starting at 9am. Everyone is welcome, even if you want to pray for healing for others, and then stay for a cuppa and a chat. For further information, contact Rev. Bruce Crowle on 0425 738 481 or bruce.crowle@ yahoo.com.
Dance classes continue at Balla Balla Community Centre in Cranbourne East, but there is now another class at the Brentwood Neighbourhood House in Berwick at 7.45pm on Thursday nights. For all enquiries please contact Di on 0408343202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Free Christmas lunch day Do you have nothing planned on Christmas Day? Are you perhaps alone this Christmas? Doors open at 11.30am on Wednesday 25 December at Hampton Park Uniting Church, 1 Coral Drive Hampton Park for Christmas lunch. Must book, as places are limited. Ph: 9799 7994 or email narrehamptonparkuc@ bigpond.com. Proudly Supported by the City of Casey
Open up free community lunch Hampton Park Uniting Church, 1 Coral Drive Hampton Park Ph: 9799 7994 Every Thursday (during school term) at 12.00pm
Are you feeling lonely and want to get out a bit more? Come and join our 'Coffee 'n' Conversation' Group at Narre Warren North Uniting Church, 1 Main St. Narre Warren North on Wednesday mornings at 10am. Everybody is welcome. For further information contact Rev. Bruce Crowle on 0425 738 481 or bruce.crowle@ yahoo.com.
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Narre Warren and District Family History Group Christmas general meeting is on Wednesday 11 December, at 7.30pm at the Casey Complex meeting room, at 1/65 Berwick Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne. Please use Casey Radio entrance. All members and visitors are welcome to attend. Come along and enjoy an evening of fun and games. The Research room will close on Tuesday the 10th of December at 3pm and will reopen on Tuesday the 4th of February 2020 at 11am.
Carols in the Carpark There will be several activities during the threehour event including jumping castles and a free sausage sizzle. Presented by Christian Reformed, Oromo, Samoan and Sudanese Churches, Jubilate Choir and others. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Alcohol-free event.
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Al-Anon Family Groups This group offers help and support to family and friends of problem drinkers at weekly meetings.Seminar room 4 at Dandenong Hospital, David Street, Wednesdays 8.15pm.St Gerard's Community Centre, 71 Gladstone Road, Dandenong North, Saturdays 2pm. Springvale Church of Christ, corner Buckingham and Windsor avenues. Fridays 10.30am. Details: 1300 252 666 or visit www.al-anon.org.au
Al-Anon Family Groups, Endeavour Hills This group offers help and support to family and friends of problem drinkers.Meetings on Mondays from 10.00am at the Andrews Centre, corner Hanna Drive and Heatherton Road. Endeavour Hills. Details: 1300 252 666. Website : www.al-anon.org.au
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Residents are invited to join a morning dog walking group anytime time between 9am and 10am daily at Akoonah Park, Berwick. The group is a great way to make friends, stay healthy and be part of your local community. People with or without dog are welcome and
Casey ADRA will be holding a free barbecue and grill out fundraiser. Lamb kebabs, beef burgers, chicken burgers, vegan steaks, and homemade lemonade. There will also be a car wash, face painting, live music. Dinners also held every Sunday from 4pm-6.30pm at 4 Malcom Ct, Narre Warren. ADRA Australia is the humanitarian agency of the Adventist Church, which works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action. Sunday 29 December, 4 Malcom Ct, Narre Warren from 1pm- 6:30pm. Contact Number: 0425 747 866.
Lions Senior Citizens Luncheon The Lions Club of Cranbourne presents its annual Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon. The Cranbourne Lions Concert Band and Cranbourne Chorale sing-a-long to all your favourite carols, there are prizes to be won and enjoy a social lunch, and of course dessert prepared by your local CWA. Numbers are limited, reserve your seat now! Sunday 8 December from 12pm-3pm. Cranbourne Senior Citizen's Hall, 1 Codrington Street, Cranbourne. Contact Alisha on 0409 886 262.
Mosaic Class Cranbourne Community House will be running our mosaic course in 2020. Please contact us to put your name down for our class enrolments for next year. Get in quick as spaces are filling fast. 5996 2941.
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Sathyajith stars on debut By Nick Creely If Saturday was a future indicator, Nivin Sathyajith has an extremely bright future in Victorian cricket. The Cranbourne Cricket Club youngster has a mature head on his shoulders, a work ethic that endears him to coaches, and an insatiable appetite to succeed in the face of whatever adversity comes his way. Sathyajith made his Victorian Premier Cricket debut for Kingston Hawthorn against the powerful Dandenong on Saturday, and the all-rounder made one hell of an impression. With plenty of drive to work even harder after missing out on Vic Country selection in the current Under 19 National Championships in Western Australia, Sathyajith said that instead of being swallowed up by disappointment, he's put his head down and strived to improve his game at club level. "I've put in the hard yards over the last few years - sometimes the reward hasn't been shown as much as I would have liked it to, but I feel like I've grinded it out," he said. "I missed out on under 19 selection this year which was a massive motivating factor for me to work even harder, and it's a privilege to make my debut against a really good club. Thankfully I did well which is a bonus. "I won't lie, it's (missing out on selection) been at the forefront of my head - some of the coaching staff were from Dandenong so I was very happy to make my debut against them, so it was a huge motivating factor for me. "Missing out on selection, there's always a bit of doubt whether I'm good enough, or whether they were right in not selecting me, but it just shows with hard work you can't let external factors dictate your career. "If you're willing to put in the hard work, and you believe in yourself, anyone is capable of anything." On two occasions, in two different innings, Sathyajith made a statement with his side in trouble at Shepley Oval on the weekend. Ultimately, the talented all-rounder kept his side in the contest with one day to go. With the bat, Sathyajith showcased his aggressive, daring nature with an entertaining 50 batting at number seven, coming in with the Hawks 5/37. In the youngster's debut half-century which was brought up with cut-shot for two he showed great composure, pushing the ball into gaps, handling the spin brilliantly and
Nivin Sathyajith in action on debut for the Hawks. 201522 capitalising on anything that strayed with a couple of crunching sixes. But Sathyajith also took a star turn with the ball, in a late-day spell that left the game on the ropes. With champion opening batsmen Brett Forsyth and Tom Donnell making a late charge towards a first-innings victory, Sathyajith snared three late wickets, first the two openers before trapping Lincoln Edwards in front on the stroke of stumps. Sathyajith said he was honoured to represent the club as its latest debutant, and praised the club for backing him in as he continues to
improve his game. "It's a real privilege for sure, it's really exciting," he said. "I personally don't think at the start of the year I took my opportunities, getting run out and whatnot, so I didn't get to showcase myself, but Kingston have really backed me." Sathyajith said that he wanted to ensure nothing in his game changed after coming in with a vocal Dandenong fielding side threatening to rummage through the lower order, and just to trust his process and not stray from the areas that make him a dangerous cricketer. "I'm an aggressive bat, so I wanted to play
Picture: ROB CAREW my game - the vocalness is something that gets me going, so I enjoyed the battle, and it probably made me concentrate even more and push me even further," he said. "I wanted to get the team into a good position for when we bowled. "And I certainly wasn't expecting to do what I did with the ball, bowling is probably the second string for me in my repertoire - I do work on it relentlessly, I try and bowl a certain amount each week. "I just wanted to put the ball in the right areas, get a bit of movement off the deck, and thankfully I got those wickets."
Sergei has his eyes firmly fixed on the Olympic prize By Nick Creely Ambitious Berwick sport shooter Sergei Evglevski has his eyes fixed firmly on the prize. And that prize is qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. The local 22-year-old is well and truly in line to win for selection to represent Australia in the Olympics after recently winning the 25m Air Pistol at the Oceania Championships in Sydney. Evglevski - who won silver in the same event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games - was largely untroubled to win with 30 points, with the next best, Thomas Ashmore, far behind on 22 points. Evglevski said it was important to clinch an important result in his bid for the Olympic games, after admitting he wasn't at the top of his game through the season. "Leading up to it, because World Cup season for me wasn't as good as I wanted it to be, I was really determined for this competition," he said. "And this basically determined whether someone from Australia can go for my event. "I think I performed pretty well, and the final I shot really well and came out on top. And with the strong recent result, Evglevski is now narrowing his focus on the end of February next year, when the gruelling Olympic selection trials begin. "I'm on track with everything I need to do; I'm just following the plan, the process and 28 STAR NEWS
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Berwick sport shooter Sergei Evglevski is eyeing off a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Picture: SUPPLIED just waiting on next year," he said. "Right now, I'm in a process of getting ready for selections, discussing it with the coaches, support staff and team, and deciding what we need to do work on.
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Pistol and is one of Australia's most recognised sporting shooters. He believes having his mother as the influence and inspiration for his career has greatly benefited his mindset, training standards and passion for the sport. "It is really humbling and really exciting my Mum represented the country a lot more than me," he said. "She's been an amazing influence - she's always led me in the right path, and always been disciplined with my shooting. "She knew from a young age that I'd have a big interest in it, and she knew that everything leading up would put me in the right direction. "I guess its one little advantage I have over other competitors." With preparations underway for the trials, Evglevski said that mastering the sport takes a lot of time and dedication, and firmly believes that the key to success is all about balance. "It takes a lot of work, but it's not just with the gun, it's outside of that too," he said. "I try and do a lot of gym work, and having your life balance on track really helps, like work, social life, training, and having everything in place. "I spend a lot of time at the range, it's probably three hours a training session, with five to six training hours a week, so it's a lot of work." The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games opens on 24 July next year, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 22 July. cranbournenews.starcommunity.com.au
Berwick on the big stage By Russell Bennett Berwick Bowling Club is celebrating a number of outstanding achievements as the 2019 calendar year draws to a close. The team of Mitchell and Blake Keel from Berwick, along with Lilydale's Carli Morrison, won the inaugural Bowls Victoria Junior League title - a fantastic effort, particularly given they lost just the one match on the way to the finals. The standout team defeated Fitzroy in the semi-final, and then followed that up by defeating Elwood in the grand final, which was played on Sunday at Fitzroy. For their efforts, the young guns received a medal, and a pennant which the club can proudly fly. The Berwick Bowling Club acknowledged not only the performance of the team, but also the contributions made by the Keel family - including Leon and Heidi, as well as grandfather Mike, for their constant, unwavering support of the boys. Younger brother Brock was also part of the support crew, and he and Leon are both set to make their Pennant bowls debut this weekend, on 7 December. Meanwhile, the club also celebrated more than 40 years of the Lila Cotter women's-only event. Berwick was privileged to have the company of the Cotter family - including son John and Robin Cotter; daughter Jan Pass, who travelled from South Australia; and daughter Kathy Cotter who travelled from Western Australia to attend.
The event, held in honour of their mother, was conducted with 28 teams, from 26 clubs represented. Once again, the event could not have been held without the tireless work of Jean Fothergill and her dedicated team. The Berwick Bowling Club acknowledged the contributions of the following people for the event: John Arboit, Sheila Archer, Kath Beevors, Sue Campbell, Doris Christofferson, umpire and chief photographer David Conrad, Judy Fisher, Vyvian Fisher, Cliff Fothergill, Eileen Kershaw, Bev Le Guier, John Majkut, Shirley Moon, Jeff Parker, Dave Reddy, Jean Reddy, Jan Richards, Bev Robinson, Bruce Shearer, Mark Walker, Gary Wastell, and Ron Wheeldon. The club also thanked those members who donated to the raffle prizes and craft stalls. In third place there was the team of John Marshall (lead), Shirley Moon and Jan Pearson (second), Pat Doggett (third), and skip Vyvian Fisher. In second place was a composite team of bowlers from Glen Waverley and Edithvale, while winning the competition was the team of Pam Wintrup (lead), Caroline Donohue (second), Jaye Allen Dayle (third), and skip Mary McBain.
Right: Mitch and Blake Keel, and Carli Morrison (centre), won the inaugural Bowls Victoria Junior League title.
A mixed week for Narre
QUIZ NUMBER 1689 1. WHO won English soccer’s premier league title against all the odds in 2015-16? Carl Lapham rolls one down the green.
2. ACTOR Peter Lawford played a part in the development of which sport in Australia? 3. FROM which country does the famous Juventus soccer club hail? 4. WHAT was the name of the annoying horns that became a characteristic of soccer’s 2010 World Cup in South Africa? 5. WHAT nationality is 2014 US Open golf champ Martin Kaymer? 6. IN what sport did Bob Hawke excel in his youth? 7. WHICH Australian boxing champion attempted to become a pop star? 8. WHICH two Australians were knighted for services to yachting? 9. WHICH two teenagers were key figures in Australia ‘s 1953 Davis Cup tennis
Narre Warren (2) 16-94 defeated Mulgrave CC 2-60. Division 5 was also at Fountain Gate against Berwick. Helen McCarthy, Janice Moran, Peter Castricum and Glen Cadman had a good day, winning 24-9, while Gary Wilson, Dermot McConville, Paul McNamara and Susan Ellery (24-16) and Arthur Fitt, Toa Retzlaff, Luca Klarica and John Uren (20-17) also won. Darren Moore, Stan Bulmer, Crain Moore and John Zanon missed out, going down 17-24. Narre Warren (3) 16-85 defeated Berwick (7) 2-66. Division 7 travelled to Noble Park and had a bad day. Dawn Baker, Jim Stewart, Rudi Pompe and Laurie Baker were the only winners (2725). Leo McGeary, Rose Rasmussen, Graham Peterson and Wayne Grimsey (18-21), Len O'Brien, Bill Sheehan, John Green and Brian Fraser (16-21) and Jacqueline Moody, Diane Peterson, Truus Henneman and Andy Tobler (4-44) all lost. Narre Warren (4) 2-65 lost to Noble Park (4) 16-111.
triumph? 10. WHAT is the fastest swimming stroke? 11. WHAT is the maximum ten-pin bowling game score? 12. WHAT sport uses the term ‘eskimo roll’? 13. WHAT is baseball’s equivalent of cricket’s wicket-keeper? 14. WHO did Australia beat in a penalty shootout to qualify for the 2006 World Cup soccer finals? 15. WHICH batsman, born overseas, led the Australian cricket averages in 1984-5? 16. WHICH Romanian gymnast starred at the 1976 Olympics? 17. WHICH Australian yacht was involved in one of the America’s Cup’s most controversial races in 1970? 18. WHO won the Australian men’s singles tennis title for five consecutive years? 19. WHICH sport launched a nation-wide competition in Australia in 1977? 20. WHICH European city hosted the 1952 Olympic Games?
Peter Groom showcased some terrific style for Narre Warren.
ANSWERS: 1. Leicester City 2. Surfing 3. Italy 4. Vuvuzela 5. German 6. Cricket 7. Lionel Rose 8. Sir James Hardy and Sir Bill Northam 9. Ken Rosewall and Lew Hoad 10. Freestyle 11. 300 12. Canoeing 13. The catcher 14. Uruguay 15. Kepler Wessels 16. Nadia Comaneci 17. Gretel II 18. Roy Emerson 19. Soccer 20. Helsinki
It was a disappointing start to the week for Narre Warren's Pennant bowls teams. With only two teams playing, both suffered defeats. Division 2 failed to handle the strong winds, and suffered another minimal defeat, this time by two shots against Pakenham. Michael Graham, Wilma Haringsma, Joe Selfridge and Colin Groom won 21-15, but Gary Wilson, Reg Young, Peter Groom and Wilma Stevenson, although they made a strong comeback, went down 14-18. In a tight game all day, Eric Sydenham, Wally Finlayson, Geoff Ampt and Jim Millar went down 17-21. Narre Warren (1) 2-52 lost to Pakenham (2) 14-54. Under the cover at Willow Lodge, Division 4 had a bad day. Truus Henneman, Janice Moran, Brian Nicholls and Geoff Miller won 2417, but Stan Bulmer, Keith Mark, Nancy Pugh and Glen Cadman (16-23) and Pauline Kempf, Les Clement, Susan Ellery and Joe McGuire (827) lost. Narre Warren (2) 2-48 lost to Willow Lodge (1) 14-67. The undefeated Division 6 had a bye. But good vibes were restored at Narre Warren on Saturday with three of the four pennant teams winning. At Cranbourne RSL, Division 3 had a hard fought 10-shot win. Peter Groom, Joe Selfridge, Jim Kempf and Percy Herath scored best (2716) while Michael Graham, Reg Young, Mark Groom and Cam Lee won 22-18. Geoff Ampt, Philip Howard, Wilma Stevenson and Zak Storm also won (22-20), but Eric Sydenham, Wally Finlayson, Colin Groom and Jim Millar missed out, going down 16-23. Narre Warren (1) 16-87 defeated Cranbourne RSL (1) 2-77. At Fountain Gate, Division 4 had a comfortable win over Mulgrave CC. Les Clement, Joe McGuire, Michael Toole and Norm Hosmer won well (34-13), while Keith Mark, Brian Nicholls, Carl Lapham and Stan Robinson won 21-12. Ernesto Vergara, Zade Bulmer, Peter Lister and Geoff Miller added to the score with a 19-11 win, while Pauline Kempf, Wilma Haringsma, David Wilkinson and Ralph Devonshire went close (20-14).
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A challenge awaits them By Nick Creely Casey-South Melbourne had an up and down day at Casey Fields against the Camberwell Magpies in Victorian Premier Cricket on Saturday, and will need to bat well to clinch the points on day two. After the Magpies won the toss and elected to bat, the Swans' seamers got off the brightest start possible, with right-arm medium pacer Jordan Hammond (2/38) skittling the stumps of dangerous opener Isaac Conway in the opening stages, before another strike by Hammond and a Jackson Fry (2/46) wicket after a sustained period of pressure saw the visitors slump to 3/29. Fry once again broke through for his second scalp not long after, with Oliver Gunning feathering one behind to keeper Devin Pollock, leaving the visitors 4/40 and in desperate need of a partnership. But that's where the Swans' dominance ended, with the Magpies' most experienced pair, Tom Russ and Simon Hill, getting the visitors back on track. The pair changed the momentum of the contest with a decisive 120-run stand, before Shubham Bhargave notched up a fluent 53 to put on a further 102 runs with Russ - who was beginning to really motor on his way to a century. Despite the lean start, the Magpies champ ticked over for his fourth Premier Cricket ton as the Magpies surged towards 300. After really picking up his aggression and motoring to 135 with number 11 Chris Bridie on the other end, Nathan Lambden (3/75) managed to finally end his dominance, with the visitors reaching 315 off just over 94 overs. Lambden managed to snare the final three wickets of the innings and charged in all day,
The many faces of a fielding side: Joel Mitchell, Jordan Wyatt and Dev Pollock could barely believe it when this shout was turned down. 201527 Picture: ROB CAREW Hammond showed great control to go at under two an over, while Jackson Fry found a bit of touch after a lean start to the year.
But the challenge now awaits Luke Wells and his batting group, who will need to bat well without the in-form Nathan Freitag in its
ranks for this match. A win could see the Swans sitting just outside the top-eight at the end of the round.
Panthers are in a strong position heading into day two By Tyler Lewis VICTORIAN PREMIER CRICKET ROUND 8 (DAY ONE) A positive day at Shepley Oval has Dandenong in a strong position at the end of day one against Kingston Hawthorn. The day couldn't have started much better for the Panthers with James Nanopoulos castling Hawks opener Matt Accocks second ball of the day. Nanopoulos was in the action again as he got the Panthers second scalp of the day after an edge went low through to Comrey Edgeworth in the cordon. At the other end debutant Locky Scott was pounding through the crease and bowling extremely tight lines, unlucky not to get an early scalp, and Scott went for two runs in his first over and proceeded to bowl four successive maidens afterwards. Peter Cassidy came into the attack and bowled his trademark areas that allowed Jacques Augustin to take a superb diving catch to his right. On the stroke of lunch, Suraj Randiv and Cassidy were bowling extremely tight, and
with Sam Newell being bogged down at Randiv's end he started to use his feet, a moment for Augustin to get back in the game again with some neat glove work when one flew past the edge. Randiv and Augustin combined once again before the umpires called lunch, putting the Hawks in all sorts at 5/43 at the break. After lunch, the Hawks mounted a fightback, through youngster Nivin Sathyajith and Ramneet Dhindsa who put on 85 - albeit with some chances. Sathyajith brought up his milestone on debut with a neat cut shot backwards of point before Randiv trapped him in front to open the door for the Panthers. Scott and Gehan Seneviratne opened the floodgates and wrapped up the innings, leaving 167 on the board for Dandenong to claim its second win of the season. With 21 overs to bat, 167 was a difficult figure to chase in such a short period of time without risk, but when Brett Forsyth and Tom Donnell got off to a flying start, the total looked in early trouble. Forsyth was sending the ball to the fence for
fun in the first four overs, sitting on 27 from 21 balls as the brand new Kookaburra found an early home in the middle of his bat. Donnell soon after joined the party, also racing to a run a ball to get the total to 0/48 after eight overs. Shifting to 0/64 the Panthers were right on top, before Sathyajith claimed quick wickets to add to his already memorable debut. Forsyth, Donnell and Lincoln Edwards all fell in a short period of time to halt the momentous Panthers batting line-up in making large in roads at the close of play on day one. Dandenong is 3/78 overnight with Edgeworth (12) and Ed Newman (1) both unbeaten overnight with a further 89 runs to chase for first innings victory before what looms as an entertaining remainder of the day. MPCA - PENINSULA DIVISION ROUND 7 Pearcedale's extremely disappointing season continued on the weekend, with the Panthers staring down the barrel of an outright defeat to Pines. The Panthers batted first, and could just reach 85 in 52 overs after the top order were
blown away. Recruit Patrick Beckham topscored with 22, but there was very little resistance around him. The visitors wasted little time, passing the Panthers in just 21 overs and with the loss of no wickets, before declaring with seven overs left to play. Almost immediately, the Panthers lost a wicket to be in a dire situation at 1/6 at stumps as the likelihood of a double-relegation becomes almost a certainty. VICTORIAN SUB-DISTRICT - EAST/WEST ROUND 3 Endeavour Hills were no match for Taylors Lakes at Lionheart Reserve on Saturday, with the Eagles going down by 50 runs. The Eagles fielded first, where the home side racked up 3/201 off its 45 overs off the back of Lachlan Marr's destructive and unbeaten 60. While the Eagles showed some fight to reach 151 in reply, the home side had too much class and firepower. Mohsin Rasheed (41) and Ben Law (33 not out) led the way for the Eagles with the bat.
Itâ€™s all happening on the diamonds in Casey The Casey Softball Association enjoyed another standout weekend for its Round 8 action, with its junior teams - in particular - continuing to improve and play some strong softball. In the mixed under-15 competition, Cobras Grey took to the diamond against Berwick. Solid pitching from Cobras pitchers Rachel and Dan was a feature, as well as great batting contributions from the entire team. The young and inexperienced Berwick continues to improve each week, and remains competitive in the batting box with some really good hits. There were some interesting fielding plays by both teams and a lot of laughter by players, coaches and spectators alike. The Cobras came away comfortable winners 23-0. On Diamond 8, Cobras Maroon faced a strong Doveton and tried hard as a team. Abbie played a strong defensive game, and Brooklyn hit a huge home run. Doveton batted 30 STAR NEWS
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and fielded well, winning 18-7. In the mixed under-13s, the Cobras also came up against Berwick. The Cobras showed terrific teamwork, featuring great defence from both starting catcher Georgia, and Sofia in her catching debut. Berwick welcomed two new players, which strengthened an already solid team of kids. Berwick played three long innings with some hard-fought battles but didn't quite come up in front on the scoreboard, going down to Cobras 21-0. The new team to the under-13 competition, Royal Falcons, is coming along in leaps and bounds. This week they came up against Doveton, and after some great skills were displayed by both teams, Doveton emerged victorious 12-4. The social women were next with Berwick Geronimo up against the Cobras.
Geronimo flew out of the box with 12 runs in the first innings, thanks to strong batting from Ali Smith, Ang Terpsinis and Jo Haines. The Cobras fielded well with two double plays, both involving Margie Steendam, but Geronimo's strong start set them up for a comfortable win - 17-3. MVP came up against the Cranbourne Comets. MVP's strong batting line-up didn't let them down, winning 14-7. Chiefs United played the undefeated Narre Warren Penguins. A 10-run second innings set Penguins up for a good 14-4 win. Berwick Cheyenne's clash with Doveton in the open women's 2 category was a great, tight contest to watch. Cheyenne started well with five runs in the first innings. A huge home run to Mel Hawker, and another to Elysha West, were the highlights. Doveton stayed strong, and also
had home runs from Molly Joynson and Eva Hoad. Six runs in the fourth innings nearly saw Doveton go ahead, but Cheyenne held them off for an entertaining 11-9 win. The second women's 2 game saw another very close contest with Casey Combined holding on for a nailbiting 8-7 win. It was the day for close games in the women's competition with the women's 1 game between Doveton and Chiefs United going down to the wire with Doveton the eventual winners 6-4. Two games in the open men's competition saw Cobras up against the Cranbourne Asteroids in an entertaining game that saw Asteroids winning 9-3. Another close contest saw the Casey Warriors up against Chiefs United. Chiefs had a late surge with the bats, but the early runs scored by Casey saw them emerge 8-4 winners. cranbournenews.starcommunity.com.au
Bloods prevail in rematch By Nick Creely DANDENONG DISTRICT TURF 1 AND 2 REVIEW - ROUND 5 It started off in odd fashion, but ended with a vital win for the Bloods. With a nice crowd building for the highly anticipated Turf 1 grand final rematch between Springvale South and Buckley Ridges on Saturday, Bloods openers Nathan King and skipper Ateeq Javid strode out to the middle to face the music from fast bowler Jerome Jones. But after just one ball, a leave outside the off-stump from King, the players and umpires converged in the middle for five minutes before slowly trudging off the ground. The weather was perfect, the ground looking superb, but the problem: the 30-metre markings for the inner circle were too short for the one-day clash, forcing the groundsman to re-mark the circle and measure it out again. But after the 15-minute delay, the players made their way back onto Alex Nelson Reserve, where - as expected - runs began to tick over. From the first two balls after the delay, aggressive opener Nathan King sent boundaries to the rope, and after a typically flamboyant start, the wily Greg Todd (2/44) managed to snare the breakthrough, with King holing out to skipper David White at mid-on. From the outset of Ryan Quirk (39) making his way out to the middle, the Bloods were just busy, dropping and running if possible and dispatching anything that strayed straight to the boundary, with Javid also building into his best work with a series of cracking drives. But just as the Bloods were threatening to burst away for good, Haider Rahimi (2/35) struck in consecutive balls, getting one through the gate of Quirk before trapping recruit Akshay Ballal in front first ball. While the Bucks managed to stem the bleeding somewhat, the class of Javid continued to keep the scoreboard ticking along nicely, with the skipper combining with Josh Allen (25) for an entertaining 47-run stand that saw Allen send two flying over the ropes. But the reigning premiers - who were without champion all-rounder Daniel Watson due to a hamstring injury and weren't as threatening as usual - once again managed to find a few breakthroughs, with Javid's wonderful knock ending on 87, and as a result crossed over the 250-run mark already this season in just four digs. With the Bloods looking to find the boundaries at any rate, Jerome Jones (2/45) found a couple of late wickets, but a few lusty blows from Brayden Sharp saw the home side reach an imposing 6/251 from 40 overs. Susa Pradeep and David White were the two to open up the innings due to the absence of Watson, and the pair got off to the perfect start, racking up 43 quick runs before Pradeep was caught for a well-made 19. While star South African White was looking in ominous touch, the pressure continued to mount with a lack of support around him, and when the Bloods managed to prize out the skipper for a 59-ball 54 - his third half-century of the season already - the Bucks soon found themselves 3/100 with a Bloods bowling attack relying heavily on its disciplined slow-bowling attack. With left-arm tweaker Jarryd Straker (4/33) continuing his fine Turf 1 form with yet another decisive spell of bowling, and Akshay Ballal (2/32) providing valuable support, the Bucks were dismissed for 204 after a middle-order collapse. Turf 1 newcomers, meanwhile, have surged to the top of the Turf 1 ladder after another comfortable victory, this time against St Mary's at Strathaird Recreation Reserve. Batting first, the Lions reached 7/197 off the back of champion skipper Scott Phillips, who got his first real score of the season with a brutal 80 off 73 balls. Morteza Ali (38) also continued his rampaging form with the blade while Kyle Hardy found a bit of touch with a well-made 39. But it was with the ball that the Lions were at their dangerous best. Seamer Tim Phillips (3/19) continued his fine form with the new-ball to have the Saints in early trouble, before Ali (5/11) showcased he's not just a gun bat, completely bamboozling the visitors after striking 125 with the bat the week prior. cranbournenews.starcommunity.com.au
Springvale South star Ateeq Javid was once again prominent for his side. 201523 The Saints were eventually rolled for 115, with Wendyl Pires top-scoring with 31. Berwick were another side to make a mighty statement as the Bears thumped Hallam Kalora Park at home. Back into the side, destructive opener Jordan Cleland stole the show after the home side elected to bat. With skipper Matthew Chasemore (25) just needing to sit back and watch on the other end, Cleland belted 93 off 109 balls, sending three sixes over the rope as the Bears geared up for a potentially monster score. Rising batsman Matthew Robertson was also incredible with his strike power, sending seven balls over the rope on his way to 74 from just 51 balls as the Bears set the Hawks 233 runs to win. And in a disappointing batting performance from the Hawks - who were unable to cope with the variations of leggie Ruwantha Kellapotha (4/8), and the pace of James Wilcock (1/9) and Brendan Rose (2/15) - the Bears rolled the visitors for a meek 58 in 28.3 overs. In the remaining match, Heinz Southern Districts (4/192) easily accounted for North Dandenong (127) at Reedy Reserve. In Turf 2, Dandenong West skipper Hari Krishan produced one of the great performances on the weekend, blasting 193 off 124 balls in a 40-over one day clash against Lyndale, ultimately guiding the Westers to a win. In a performance that is almost inconceivable, Krishan took the Dales to the cleaners in an extraordinary showcase of skill and dare, blasting a century for the ages. The Westers burst into the top-four after its dominant effort, winning the toss and finishing with 6/294, where Krishan was the star of the show from the moment the first ball left the opening bowler's arm. The classy opener blasted 17 fours and 12 sixes in a brutal innings at Greaves Reserve, with the Dales unable to cope with his almost seamless ability to lift the ball well over the rope. In total, Krishan whacked 140 runs in boundaries. The Dales tried valiantly to keep up with the run-rate but were eventually rolled for 193 with four balls left to spare, with Noman Khan (3/53) and Peter Atkinson (2/31) doing the bulk of the damage with the new ball. Down at Perc Allison Oval, a completely dominant Cranbourne inflicted Beaconsfield
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Connor Bowden steams in for Buckley Ridges. 201523 with a hefty loss. The Tigers came into the clash without a loss so far this season, but were cleaned up for just 54 in 27.3 overs after being sent in to face the music. Jordan Margenberg (4/12) starred with the ball with a flattening middle-overs spell, while the ever-consistent Cam Kelly snared 2/8 from his five overs. It didn't take long for the Eagles to register
a dominant win, with skipper Sandun Dias (29 not out) ensuring there would be no hiccups as the visitors got the runs with eight wickets still left in the shed. In the remaining matches, Parkmore Pirates (9/191) are beginning to shape as one of the teams to beat, this time knocking off Narre Warren (87) at home and showcasing ruthlessness to their cricket, while Dingley (6/173) continued its strong start to the season by defeating Narre North (134). Thursday, 5 December, 2019
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