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Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Daniel Andrews at a previous announcement in Picture: MITCHELL CLARKE Officer. 197490 Smart transport technology and new overhead gantries will be installed between the South Gippsland Highway and the Beaconsfield Interchange, providing “live traffic information and better lane management”. The full project, which is due to be completed in 2022, will see the Monash Freeway expanded from eight to ten lanes between Springvale Road and EastLink, and from four to six lanes between Clyde Road and Cardinia Road. Meanwhile, works to remove the Cardinia Road level crossing removal will also intensify in May. Crews will continue to install concrete retaining walls on the north and south sides of the level crossing, place and compact soil between retaining wall panels and begin constructing the bridge deck. From Friday 15 to Monday 18 May, construction crews will work 24 hours a day to lift 24 concrete beams into place to form the road bridge. The road bridge beams will sit atop the abutment walls and span across the rail corridor. To stay up to date and to monitor road closures, visit

Pakenham’s Anzac Day dawn service was unlike any other on Saturday, with only two RSL members at the cenotaph while the rest of the community stood at the end of their driveways to pay tribute to Australia’s servicemen and women. With the public banned from social gatherings, Pakenham Returned and Services League (RSL) president Terry McDonald and vice president Gary Elliott, said a prayer, laid a wreath, recited the ode and

raised the flag at the Pakenham cenotaph. “Our point of view is that it went as well as it possibly could go,” Mr Elliott said. “It was a beautiful morning. About seven people slowly rocked up at dawn but kept social distance which was very good. “I’ve been going to the Pakenham service since 1970 and our crowds have been up around the 2000 mark for the past two years, so it was a very quiet morning in that sense.”


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The speed limit on the Monash Freeway will be reduced to 80 kilometres on some sections of the road in the lead up to major construction. And work to remove the Cardinia Road level crossing in Pakenham will intensify in May. Over the past few months, Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) have been conducting “essential early work activities” to prepare the freeway for construction. The works have included surveying the area, locating underground services and completing geotechnical investigations. Throughout May and June, temporary safety barriers will continue to be installed on the centre median of the freeway between Eastlink and Warrigal Road. The barriers will allow traffic to keep moving while crews remove material from the centre median and begin constructing new traffic lanes. New line markings will be introduced and the speed limit will be dropped to 80km, where barriers are installed, a MRPV spokesperson said. “We’ve started installing safety barriers along the centre median. “This will allow construction crews to work safely without impacting the number of lanes available to drivers.” Once the barriers are in place, crews will start to set up the work zone by removing vegetation and asphalt to begin centre median widening. “This upgrade will provide a massive boost to motorists in Melbourne’s south east by easing traffic congestion and improving road safety,” the spokesperson added.


Fresh faces for Outlook By Jessica Anstice Outlook Community Centre has welcomed two new faces to its board of management. The Pakenham community centre has appointed Sally Curtain and Chris Buckingham as board members. "Their addition to the board continues to add a significant breadth of expertise and knowledge to the organisation", Outlook Community Centre president Fran Boyd said. Mr Buckingham is an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate, while Ms Curtain is an accomplished public sector senior executive with significant experience in leading transformational change across state and local government. With experience working in senior leadership roles across business, community and government, Mr Buckingham is recognised for his capacity to provide positive leadership, inspire change and having people work together for the greater good. "The pursuit of a just and fair society and change for the greater good are what get me out of bed in the morning, along with a strong cup of freshly brewed coffee," Mr Buckingham said. "The opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a wonderful organisation like Outlook was too good to resist." An extensive list of impressive accomplishments, Mr Buckingham was a finalist in the 2012 Melbourne Awards for Individual Contribution to Melbourne's profile, and has served in a voluntary capacity as Adjunct Professor at Victoria University's College of Business. Not only is he is well-known to the Pakenham community for his role as Casey Cardinia Libraries CEO, he is president of Public Libraries Victoria, and a member of the Australian Library and Information Association. Ms Curtain has successfully led organisational and operational changes within diverse and complex public sector agencies.

Chris Buckingham and Sally Curtain have been appointed members of Outlook's board of management. Her achievements include restructuring the former Department of Justice to better meet the needs of regional communities, creating new agencies such as the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), scaling up services to a burgeoning population in City of Casey, and operating as a regulator to modernise registration and licensing for VicRoads.

The community-minded woman is on the Board of NORTH Link and was previously on the board at Casey Cardinia Library Corporation from 2013-2018. Ms Curtain hopes to leverage the skills and experience she has developed across her career into the not-for-profit sector.

"I wish to contribute to the values and mission of the organisation and I feel a strong values alignment," she said. She also holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Health and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Construction underway of new secondary school By Mitchell Clarke Classrooms might be virtually empty at present, but construction crews continue to work on bringing Pakenham’s newest secondary college to life. Work on the Pakenham Henry Road Secondary School (PHRSS) is underway as indicative site plans are publicly released and concrete slabs are poured. The school, located on the corner of Caversham Drive and Henry Road, is part of the State Government’s school building boom which will see 100 new government schools open by 2026. “While classrooms may look a different right now, work on building and upgrading schools and kinders continues across Victoria,” Education Minister James Merlino said. “A massive thank you to the hundreds of

Early works have begun at the site of Pakenham's newest secondary college. Picture: SUPPLIED

Works at Thoroughbred Primary School in Clyde.

workers who are working with extra safety measures and precautions. This isn’t an easy time and we couldn’t do it without you.”

The school came about after parents drove a campaign for a government secondary school to be built adjacent to the existing John

Henry Primary School. In September last year, the Gazette reported the site had officially been purchased. “It seems like only yesterday we were all cheering the land acquisition moment,” Bass MP Jordan Crugnale said. “Whilst we could not have the celebratory sod turn, we are delivering on our election commitment, work is happening and we are on track to open first term 2021. “This is great news for our growing community and I want to give a big shout out to the workers onsite.” Meanwhile in Clyde, works to build the new Thoroughbred Primary School administration building is also underway. The recruitment period to find a principal for Pakenham’s new secondary school is also underway. Applications are now closed and interviews are set to follow in the coming weeks.

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Frustration over short cut By Jessica Anstice An Officer woman is fed up with drivers using a service station back gate as a shortcut into a residential street from the Monash Freeway. A gate that connects the Officer South BP city bound service station and Handford Lane is being accessed by the public regardless that an agreement was allegedly signed by the service station stating it would only be used for emergencies. Resident, Andrea Hocking, has lived on acreage in Handford Lane since 1983, prior to the freeway and service station. “We have been inconvenienced by the freeways and service station and part of the conditions of the BP was to have zero access from the BP to Handford Lane,” she said. “Conditions of the BP was having security gates locked at all times and only accessed for emergency services. “For the past year and a half people have been using it to come through from service station to Handford Lane. They cut the chain.” Ms Hocking believes she has seen tradespeople often utilising the said gate, and according to her, the original lock was only accessible to emergency services that have a “special key”. Ms Hocking fears the wrong people are taking advantage of the open gate. “We live at the end of the lane, we have an automatic gate and there is only one other house,” she said. “Recently we have had random cars parking in the bushes along Handford Lane - which is scary when coming home late at night. “It is also causing unnecessary traffic for a road that is not designed for traffic.” The privately owned service station is now regularly monitoring the gate by checking it remains locked at all times.

The service station gate appears to be closed in this photo, however Andrea Hocking says people use it to access Handford Lane.

Buoyant real estate market weathers Covid-19 ‘sneeze’ Despite fears that Covid-19 would decimate the real estate industry, sales activity is stable in the Officer/Pakenham corridor says leading agent Peter Nichols. Mr Nichols, the director of KR Peters, has been in real estate since 1976. He characterised the current crisis as a “sneeze” compared to the dramatic downturn of previous recessions. In April, agents in the KR Peters Officer branch sold close to 20 properties, which is on par with activity during April 2019 according to Mr Nichols. “The market is definitely strong in the Officer-Pakenham corridor. Results in April are quite astounding,” Mr Nichols said. He said sales consultant Liza Hickey had the best month in real estate since she started in the industry selling 8 houses. Fellow agent Aman Singh sold 4. Many sales have been off market.

Number 20 Pioneer Way, Officer, sold off market despite the vendor initially wanting to hold off his listing for six months. The property changed hands when a buyer matching the vendor’s conditions was found in the KR Peters’ database. Number 9 Harlem Way, Officer, attracted 7 inspections and sold in three days. Mr Nichols said the Covid-19 restrictions had forced agents to innovate and mine the company database to match properties with buyers. “On (a recent) Monday Liza Hickey had 8 inspections booked for one property. We’ve never done that many inspections of a property on a Monday in 40 years,” Mr Nichols said, adding that people were now more available for mid-week private inspections rather than most inspection activity confined to the weekend. Mr Nichols said despite unemployment tipped to reach as high as 10 per cent, the other 90 per cent of Australian workers still had their

jobs and a steady income which should help underpin confidence. At the end of March, even as the virus restrictions were strangling the economy, Mr Nichols said there was still pent up demand from buyers approved for the Federal Government’s 5 per cent deposit scheme who had yet to buy. “The scheme created more buyers at that time than otherwise would be expected in the current market,” Mr Nichols explained. In April Mr Nichols said sellers adjusted their expectations to match the changed market. “Suddenly sellers weren’t listing houses at their dream prices. They expected to sell at the market price.” And, he added, buyers responded. “In a market when you have buyers seeing good stock come on the market they grab it. Now is a great time for buyers.” According to Core Logic, the Covid-19 downturn has had a “dramatic impact on


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Comfort food amid Covid By Narelle Coulter When Benny D’Angelo opened his eponymous winery in Officer more than a decade ago he used an old truck parked on the highway as advertising. That truck is back in position letting people know that D’Angelo Estate Vineyard is open for business despite the Covid-19 restrictions. Benny, wife Sabrina, son Domenico and a handful of staff have pulled together to keep the cellar door and restaurant open for takeaway food and wine sales. “Customers can’t stay to eat or enjoy a wine tasting, but the quality of our wine and food is still the same,“ Benny assured customers. He said the business was observing all the health rules, including increased sanitation and social distancing with only two people at a time allowed to collect food or wine. Now is a great time to try the range of D’Angelo boutique wines, which are discounted in recognition of the tough financial situation faced by many households. Customers can save 25 per cent on a mixed or straight case and also receive a $50 gift voucher. Wine can also be ordered online with free local delivery. At the suggestion of a customer, Benny and Sabrina have been busy in the kitchen making huge batches of bolognaise sauce following a traditional Italian family recipe. The slow cooked sauce has proved so popular they are selling up to 100, one kilogram packets per week. “A lot of people are coming back every week for another batch. For $15 it can easily serve four people.“ Next week lasagne will be added to the takeaway menu. However, by far the most popular takeaway item is D’Angelo’s traditional Italian style pizzas, which can be matched with a bottle of

Benny D'Angelo welcomes customers for takeaway food and wine sales. D’Angelo red or white wine. “As it gets colder people are moving to reds, but whites are still popular too, especially our pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc.“ The family recently finished D’Angelo’s 2020 vintage, which they hope will turn out better than the year in which it was bottled. “It has certainly been a year never to forget,“ said Benny. “We just want to thank the local community. They have really stepped up their support

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Puzzling road signs create little laughter


Drivers didn’t know which way to turn on this two-way road in Narre Warren on Tuesday 28 April with the road signs being a little more complicated than necessary. The photo of the road works was sent in by a couple who said: “Interestingly, both signs on opposite sides were the same.” The photo appeared to show road work signs facing the wrong side of the road instructing drivers to slow down to 40km/h and that the ‘merge’ lane was ‘closed’.

Students of Narre Warren North Primary School students, reflect on Anzac Day, by creating their own candles.

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On the 25th of April every year my family and I participate in Anzac Day ceremonies, although this year presented a great challenge, we were determined to do our bit by participating in a dawn service from our driveway. We flicked the television onto the ABC and watched their coverage of the dawn service from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra before heading out to our driveway, where we held candles and participated in a minute silence to remember those who fought bravely and sacrificed themselves for our freedom today. Anzac day to my family has a pretty significant meaning, with many family members participating in wars throughout the last century. But none are more interesting on a personal level to me, as the story of my great great-uncle Private Leslie Joseph Fairbrother who was a member of the 2/21st Australian Infantry Battalion. Unfortunately, Leslie died on the 24th of April 1944 whilst serving in Ambon and his name is located at Panel 46 in the commemorative area at the Australian War Memorial, which my family has been lucky enough to go and visit. I believe that this year’s Anzac Day celebration offered a new way to participate in Anzac Day, as some people are unable to attend dawn services or marches throughout the day, they can continue to pay their respects this way, and it my hope that this will be the beginning of greater participation by all Australians in marking this very significant day. Joshua Butler, Clyde North campus, St Peter’s College

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SOCIALLY SPEAKING On 23 April a story was shared on the Cranbourne Star News Facebook page about a group of teenagers who were arrested after speeding in a stolen car at more than 180km/h on Sunday 19 April after narrowly hitting a woman with a pram. Here are how our readers responded online: Sandra Roach: And what punishment does the judge/judges get for giving them bail in the first place? Ben Kerr: They should get an intense two year course on the effects of endangering life whilst driving, very intense! Ian Earl: Obviously bail isn't working.


Bin night made magical By Jessica Anstice As costume-themed bin outings sparked from isolation, a young Pakenham girl joined in on the trend by dressing as popular Disney character Elsa. Five-year-old Jaymee Hall, who has autism spectrum disorder, dressed up as a main character from one of her all-time favourite movies, Frozen, before taking the bin out to the curb side. “It was her dad’s idea. He asked if she wanted to dress up and take the bins out as she had watched some videos on the a Facebook page of other children doing the same thing,” Jaymee’s mum Kelly Ann said. “Frozen is one of her favourite movies so she naturally jumped at the chance to dress up like her.” A video of Jaymee casually rolling the bin out the front in fancy dress was posted to the viral Facebook group ‘Bin Isolation Outing’ and received nothing but positive responses. Admitting isolation is hard, Ms Ann said her and her family lost their only income due to the coronavirus. “We are a family where we lost our only income and have a five-year-old who loves school so much but can’t go,” she said. “The priority for us is keeping her happy hence the bin activity. It’s simple to spread cheer and hello around Australia and now the globe. “For us we didn’t even second guess posting it to Facebook. "People are so welcoming and if our girl can make one persons day brighter by being Elsa, then more power to her.”

Free flu jabs for some By Jessica Anstice Free flu vaccinations are now available to eligible Cardinia Shire residents through the council's free community immunisation service or via a local GP, subject to stock availability. The free flu vaccine is available to eligible community members including people aged 65 years and over, children aged six months to under five years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and over, pregnant women and people aged six months and over with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications. People outside these listed eligible groups can still receive the flu vaccine through a GP or pharmacy at a cost, subject to stock availability. Running year-round, the council's free community immunisation service provides government-funded vaccines to eligible adults and infants under the National Immunisation Program (NIP), including the annual flu vaccinations. Council is following advice and direction from the Chief Medical Officer and working in consultation with the local police to continue

Five-year-old Jaymee dressed as Elsa from Frozen to take the bins out.

to deliver this essential health service to the community. Attendees are asked to be mindful that the council's healthcare workers at the immunisation sessions are doing their best and you must: Follow all instructions given by the council staff and healthcare workers the venues. Wherever possible, limit the number of people from their household that attend to only those that require the immunisation/s, such as a child and their carer only. People who are feeling unwell or who have returned from overseas travel recently must not attend. If you are unsure if the community immunisation service is suitable to your needs, or you do not feel comfortable attending a public session at this time, you should seek advice from your local GP. For more information about the flu vaccinations, including eligibility and session times and locations, visit For more information about Council's community immunisation sessions, visit www.

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COVID-19 update A message from the Mayor “Keeping in touch and staying connected with others is more important than ever as we physically distance ourselves during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “I’m proud of the great work our community is doing in following the physical distancing guidelines that are in place, but this certainly doesn’t mean that we should be disconnected from family, friends or neighbours. “It’s great to hear about all the new and creative ways that people are staying connected. We’ve recently launched our Connecting Cardinia online space where community members can share positive stories, ideas, photos and videos. “We have also created a survey to help us better understand local needs during this time so we can continue to support our residents

and businesses during the pandemic and beyond. The survey is anonymous so please take the time to give us your feedback. Survey results will help guide our response and recovery efforts for both immediate support and recovery. “We have already announced a number of important support measures, including our Community and Business Support Package which includes a range of initiatives to help community and business cope with the effects of COVID-19. Our Coronavirus Online Help Hub offers many useful resources including links, fact sheets, videos as well as a ‘call back’ option. “Rest assured that we are still here to support you as we continue to navigate these uncertain times together. “Stay safe, stay well and stay connected.” Cr Jeff Springfield Mayor, Cardinia Shire Council

Connecting Cardinia How are you staying connected with loved ones, friends and neighbours during these unprecedented times? Share your images and ideas about ways to keep connected, active and entertained, while following physical distancing and gathering guidelines of course.

Community and Business Support Package Our support package includes a range of initiatives to help community and business cope with the unprecedented effects of COVID-19: • Coronavirus Online Help Hub • Dedicated ‘Call Back’ support team • Business concierge service • Rent relief options for commercial tenants in Council properties • More time to pay animal registration renewals • Faster payments for suppliers and contractors • Rebates for some business fees and charges • Extended due dates • Interest-free periods • Payment plans • A rebate for eligible Health Care Card holders. Anyone experiencing inancial hardship or who is worried about their ability to make payments is encouraged to call 1300 787 624.

Community survey A survey has been created to help us better understand local needs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic so we can continue to support our residents and businesses during the pandemic and beyond. To access the survey directly, visit or ind out more at

Coronavirus Online Help Hub Access a range of useful resources including links, fact sheets and videos as well as a ‘call back’ option if you would like Council to contact you to assist in inding or understanding relevant support or information. Local relief service providers that can provide support, food relief and other assistance during the Coronavirus pandemic are listed in our online directory. Questions or need assistance? Contact our dedicated team on 1300 787 624 or request the call back option.

Services and facilities update Bins and waste services • Hard and bundled green waste collections will run zone-by-zone until 22 May. • Household bin collection continues as normal, but bins may be collected earlier in the day than usual. Please put bins out the night before collection day and do not place bins behind parked cars or park in front of bins.

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Nash and Max reading about the importance of Anzac Day is one of the images that has been shared on the Connecting Cardinia online space.

Connections stay strong Cardinia Shire has created an online space where residents can connect with others and share positive photos and stories during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. You can upload your images and videos to council’s community engagement platform, Creating Cardinia, where you can share stories and ideas about ways to keep connected, active or entertained while following physical distancing and gathering guidelines. Whether you’ve decorated your driveway with a chalk masterpiece, have teddy bears hiding in your window or have held a camping extravaganza in your backyard, you’re invited to share your experiences with the local community. The Connecting Cardinia online space offers a positive and light-hearted connection point for the community at a time when they may be feeling disconnected from those around them. Go to connectingcardinia Community survey Cardinia Shire Council is inviting the community to help the council better understand local needs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic so council can continue to support residents and businesses during the pandemic and beyond. A survey has been created to help guide the shire's response and recovery efforts, assisting the council to plan services and programs for both immediate support and recovery. The data will also be used to understand how community needs change in relation to different stages of the pandemic, to help plan

Library home delivery service Casey Cardinia Libraries has launched a FREE home delivery service to distribute library items to residents across the Casey Cardinia Region. The free service ensures library books, DVDs and other items are still available to the local community despite library doors remaining shut. For information and to find out how to use the free home delivery service, visit Casey Cardinia Libraries is also providing an online video content library to continue entertaining both adults and children at home. This ‘Library At Home’ includes Baby Time, Tinies Time, Storytime and Sid Explores. You can find out more about the Library At Home online at library-at-home For more information about Casey Cardinia Libraries, visit For enquiries, phone the Casey Cardinia Libraries Customer Care team on 1800 577 548.

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Cardinia Cultural Centre lights up Cardinia Cultural Centre was among iconic buildings across Australia to light up to express gratitude and thanks for the hard work that medical staff across the country are doing to keep us safe and healthy. The gesture pays respect to those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and also draws attention to the plight of the entertainment industry during this difficult time.

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Danny Hill, Bill Tippelt and John Willemsen pay their respects at Cardinia Waters.

Villages pay respects Residents at Cardinia Waters and Main Street Village retirement communities in Pakenham observed a very different Anzac Day on Saturday. At 6am residents at both villages who could stood in their driveways holding candles or torches as the a recording of The Last Post sounded to honour the fallen. Main Street Village manager Di McKellar said Anzac Day was an important occasion “where the fallen and the survivors can be remembered and commemorated in the companionship and support of other residents“. In the absence of a public Anzac Day service, Main Street Village residents received a copy of the address that was to have been delivered by Royal Australian Navy veteran Colin Tidball. In addition, the Main Street Village Social Club Committee, in collaboration with management, prepared a pack that was delivered to

each mail box. The pack included a poppy with a suggestion that it be placed on the wreath in the foyer, a copy of Mr Tidball’s address which had been beautifully formatted by a talented resident, and a small sealed pack containing 2 Anzac biscuits and two tea bags. Ms McKellar said the resident feedback had been wonderful with many agreeing that it was a great innovation amid challenging circumstances. At Cardinia Waters the traditional Anzac Day service normally attracts a crowd of 150 followed by a gunfire breakfast. This year a small service was held at 11am attended by a handful of ex-service men. In another first for the village, the service was live streamed on the Cardinia Waters Facebook page which has over a 100 followers. Manager Manny Vella said the initiative was well received with many residents later sharing the link with family and friends.

Brian Welsh, known fondly as 'Radar', in his driveway at Main Street Village.

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Surprise win takes the lot A Narre Warren man is keen to get plenty of stamps in his new passport - once Australia's borders open - after finally claiming his $23 million Powerball division one prize five days after the draw. He held the only division one winning entry across Australia in Powerball draw 1249, drawn Thursday 23 April, scoring the division one prize of $23,686,120.08. The multi-million-dollar winning entry was not registered to a Tatts Card, which meant officials from the Lott had no way of contacting the winner to break the incredible news. When an official from the Lott confirmed the life-changing news with the winner on Tuesday 28 April after he revealed he had just checked his ticket after ducking out to pick up some lunch. "You're joking! That's unbelievable! You've got to be kidding me!" he exclaimed. "This just can't be right. I didn't expect this news. When I scanned the ticket and they told me they couldn't pay it in the store I thought it was because it had been cancelled - not that I had won $23 million. "I guess I can buy more than a couple of bread rolls for lunch! "I buy an entry every week and I only ever check my tickets when I put the next entry on but I've been a bit out of routine at the moment. "It's just unbelievable. I still can't get my head around that this news is real. "I'm sitting in my car shaking. I think I'll have to sit here for a while to calm down before I drive home." When asked how he planned to enjoy his

new multi-millionaire lifestyle, the shocked but happy winner confessed he would be enjoying his imminent retirement by travelling the world when he could. "Well I am still working because I haven't been able to afford to retire up until now but it's safe to say that retirement will be on the cards!" he declared. "I have never been outside of Australia but have always wanted to go. In fact, I finally had a trip booked this year but it got cancelled due to coronavirus. "I was so disappointed. I said to my family 'I'll be stuck here for the rest of my days', but it's looking like that won't happen now. "As soon as the travel bans are lifted we'll be taking a family holiday overseas. "My family have been really affected by the coronavirus so it will be awesome to know we will be ok." The winning entry was purchased at Casey News and Lotto at Casey Central Shopping Centre in Narre Warren South. Casey News and Lotto owner Agnello D'souza said he was thrilled the winner had discovered their life-changing win. "We are so happy the winner has been united with their prize!" he exclaimed. "It's created a real buzz in store and I can't wait to tell all of our customers it has been claimed. "Congratulations to our winner - we wish him all the best with his prize!" The winning numbers were 32, 35, 3, 18, 7, 6 and 14. The all-important Powerball number was 2.




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Riley’s heartfelt plea By Brendan Rees A Narre Warren teen has set up a GoFundMe fundraiser for his beloved Nanna who has degenerative eye disease, requiring laser surgery. Riley's Nanna cannot afford the surgery, and if she doesn't receive it, she will go blind. According to Riley, the family also isn't in a position to pay for it either. "Due to Covid-19, my family does not have the financial stability to provide her with the $2200 she desperately needs for the surgery to save her vision," Riley says on the GoFundMe page, which has raised $990. "With the opportunity to start treatment in a week we have no other option but to turn to others who may be able to help support my Nanna in this time of need."

Riley, 17, who is one of three grandchildren, has a close relationship with his Nanna who he says "has been an active part of my life" and "support's me in everything I do". Special memories include his Nanna babysitting him as a child while his mum worked part-time; attending his kinder and school events; and watching him play basketball and football. Riley said the coronavirus lockdown was hard to visit his Nanna in Noble Park often but contends: "We've checked up once or twice and she's saying she's been doing OK". Once Riley reaches the desired fundraising goal, he has vowed to shave or colour his hair, with the results to be posted on his GoFundMe page.

Riley with his Nanna. For those who have donated, Riley said: "Thank you for your support in this campaign - it's much appreciated."

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Heartbroken cop helps raise $75k for fallen officers By Brendan Rees A grief-stricken Narre Warren police officer, who launched a fundraiser for the families of four cops who died in the line of duty, has helped raise more than $75,000. Senior Constable Steven Pope had launched a GoFundMe page just hours after the tragic deaths of four police officers who died when a semi-trailer collided with several cars including a Porsche on the Eastern Freeway in Kew on Wednesday 21 April. "I cannot thank you all enough for your acts of support and generosity shown towards the

families," Sen Const Pope said on the fundraiser. "Collectively you have raised over $70,000 in a matter of hours - the compassion shown for our frontline is overwhelming." Sen Const Pope had hoped to raise $2 million - $500,000 for each family, however, further donations for the fundraiser named the 'Thin Blue Line - Eastern Freeway Tragedy' have been suspended with Sen Const Pope asking anyone wishing to support the officers' families to donate to Victoria Police Legacy. "I've been working closely with GoFundMe

to ensure that all donations reach the families. The money will be donated to the Victorian Police Legacy Remembrance Fund, who will in turn pass on the donations directly to those impacted." Police say two police officers had pulled over a Porsche about 4.50pm, which they had decided to impound due to its driver testing positive to illicit drugs. Shortly after the two highway patrol officers were called to assist at the scene in the emergency lane of the Eastern Freeway, a large refrigerated truck - driven by a Cranbourne man - veered into the emergency lane and

ploughed into the four officers. On the fundraiser, Sen Const Pope said: "Whilst we mourn their loss, we grieve with their families and colleagues." "Whilst money can never replace a lost loved one, the financial stresses can take their toll. "This is a brutal reminder of the danger Police face in the course of their service, every minute of every shift." Donations can be made via the Victorian Police Legacy website: www.policelegacyvic.


Sweet treats to spoil mum If there is one thing that is going to get you through the Covid-19 lock down it's chocolate. In Pakenham the place to go for sweet treats is The Pakenham Chocolate Shop in Main Street and, best of all, you don't even have to leave home! If you think mum would love a special hamper or edible gift this Mother's Day (10 May) or you just want to spoil yourself or a loved one in these tough times, then spend a moment drooling over the The Pakenham Chocolate Shop's online Facebook store. Owner Leonie Thorne has extended her business's online presence making it easy to view pre-made gifts and hampers from the comfort of home. Once you have placed your order, Leonie

and her staff offer a pre-pay service for quick pick-up in-store or free next day delivery to local and surrounding areas. The Pakenham Chocolate Shop is adhering to social distancing regulations with only three customers allowed in-store at any one time and extra attention being paid to hygiene. Delicious Mother's Day goodies are now being made up and added to the Facebook page and in-store daily. Find the store at www. Orders for bespoke hampers and gifts can also be phoned through on 5941 7165 or emailed to The Pakenham Chocolate Shop is at 112 Main Street, Pakenham.


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Write with love Mother's Day will look very different this year with many mums isolated and cut off from their children because of social distancing and stay at home rules. However, you can still tell mum you love her with a handwritten card or letter. A survey by Pilot Pen Australia showed that in spite of the rise of technology, mums still prefer a handwritten card. “We surveyed more than 1600 Australian mums and 68 per cent said a handwritten card was better than an email or text because it was much more personal, with 88 per cent saying it showed someone had taken the time to pick up a pen and write to them,” said John Johnston, Pilot Pen Australia. “Time is a precious commodity and so there is something inherently personal and touching about someone spending their time to write by hand as opposed to tapping away on a computer. It adds value and meaning in a way that a digital message does not." The team at Hallmark also have some tips

for writing a special message to your mum on Mother's Day. If your relationship with your mother is complicated, don’t feel obligated to make your message more complimentary or effusive than you feel. Instead, be warm and sincere in your card message. Focus on what’s positive and true between you. Tell her you’re thinking of her. Or simply wish her a beautiful day. If the card you choose for your grandmother says “Grandma,” but you call her Nonna Becky or K-K, use your written message to personalise it, addressing her by the familiar title or name you always use for her. Mother’s Day is truly for all women who love with a mother’s heart. Giving birth is not required. Don’t hesitate to send a card and write a warm message to any woman who has been a strong and caring influence in your life. Whether she’s a rookie or an old pro, a mum can always use a little encouragement. Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion for a reminder that she is doing a great job with her kids.


Mother’s Day Recipes With Mother’s Day (10 May) fast approaching, we're sharing a selection of recipes from Australian Eggs, perfect for a Sunday brunch at home, to help show appreciation to that special Mum. The recipes are delicious and easy for kids to recreate at home. RASPBERRY AND PEAR PANCAKES Cook & prep: 25 mins Serves: 5 (makes 10 pancakes) Ingredients 1 1/2 cups (225 grams) wholemeal (whole wheat) plain flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground 1/3 cup (60 grams) brown sugar pinch of salt 4 eggs, separated 3/4 cup (180 ml) milk 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract) 1 cup (150 grams) fresh or frozen raspberries 1 pear, grated Butter (for frying)

BAKED VANILLA CHEESECAKE WITH BERRY COMPOTE Prep: 30 mins (plus 30 minutes and overnight chilling) Cook: 1 hour Serves: 10-12 3. Ingredients 250g digestive biscuits 125g butter, melted 750g cream cheese, at room temperature 3 tsp vanilla essence 3 eggs ¾ cup caster sugar 300g sour cream 2 tbsp cornflour, sifted Edible flowers such as strawberry flowers, optional, to serve Berry Compote 1/3 cup caster sugar 250g strawberries, hulled and halved 125g raspberries 2 tbsp water Method 1. Release the base from a 23cm (base measurement) springform pan and invert. Secure the base back into the pan and line it with baking paper. 2. Place the biscuits in a food processor and process until finely crushed. Add the butter and process until combined. Transfer to the




prepared pan and using the back of a spoon or a straight-sided glass, spread and press the biscuit mixture firmly over the base. Refrigerate it for 30 minutes to set. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan-forced. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until the mixture is smooth. Beat in the sour cream and flour. Once combined, start to add the eggs one at a time. Continue to beat the mixture until all is combined. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the prepared pan. Bake the cheesecake in the oven for 1 hour or until almost set in the centre and turn the oven off. Leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door slightly ajar until it has cooled as this will prevent the cake from cracking. Refrigerate it overnight. To make the Berry Compote, place the caster sugar and 2 tablespoons of water in a frying pan and bring it to the boil while swirling the mixture occasionally. Continue this for 2-3 minutes or until the syrup thickens and reduces. Add the strawberries and gently stir to coat them in the syrup. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the syrup turns pale pink and the strawberries are slightly warmed through (do not overcook). Remove the Berry Compote from the heat and stir in the raspberries. Set the mixture aside to cool. To serve, remove the cheesecake from the pan and decorate the top with the berry compote and edible flowers.

To serve Fresh raspberries Yoghurt Honey Method 1. Place the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, egg yolks, milk and vanilla into a large bowl and whisk to combine. 2. Place the egg whites into a clean bowl of an electric mixer and beat until stiff peaks form. 3. In two batches, add the egg whites to the batter and gently fold to combine. 4. Gently fold through the raspberries and pear. 5. Heat a non-stick fry pan over low-medium heat and grease with a little butter. Ladle 1/4 cup measurements of the batter onto the fry pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until bubbles begin to appear on the surface of the pancake. Carefully flip the pancakes and cook for another minute or two, or until the pancakes are golden and bounce back when touched.

6. Place the cooked pancakes onto a plate lined with kitchen paper and continue frying until no batter remains. 7. Serve pancakes with fresh raspberries, dollop of yoghurt and drizzle of honey. Tip: Pancakes are freezer friendly once cooled.

SWEET POTATO WAFFLES WITH EGGS AND AVOCADO Cook & prep: 35 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 ½ cups firmly packed grated sweet potato 1 cup milk 1 ½ cups wholemeal self-raising flour 2 eggs, separated 50g fetta, crumbled 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 4 extra eggs 1 cup baby spinach leaves 1 avocado ¼ cup toasted pepitas Harissa yoghurt ½ cup Greek yoghurt 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 teaspoons harissa paste Method 1. Place sweet potato and ½ cup of milk in a large microwave safe bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and microwave on High for 6 minutes, or until soft. Roughly mash with a fork. Whisk in remaining milk and egg yolks. 2. Place flour into a large bowl. Stir in sweet potato mixture to a make a thick batter. Add the fetta and season to taste. 3. Whisk egg whites in a large clean bowl to soft

MUSHROOM SOUFFLÉ OMELETTE Cook & prep: 30 mins Serves: 2 2. peaks. Fold into batter. 4. Working in batches, pour about 2/3 cups of batter (depending on size of waffle maker) onto a pre-heated non-stick round waffle maker. Cook until golden brown until waffle iron stops steaming, about 5 minutes. 5. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium high. Crack eggs one at a time into hot pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until whites set and are crispy around the edges, but yolk is still runny. 6. To make harissa yoghurt, stir yoghurt and lemon juice together and season to taste. Swirl in the harissa. 7. Top waffles with spinach leaves, sliced avocado and fried eggs. Dollop over the harissa yoghurt and sprinkle with pepitas.

Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 400g Swiss brown mushrooms, sliced Salt and pepper 4 eggs 2 tablespoons milk ¼ teaspoon table salt 20g melted butter ¼ cup finely grated parmesan ¼ cup crème fraiche Finely grated parmesan, extra, to serve 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives



5. Method 1. Heat oil in a large 25cm non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook for 6-7

minutes or until golden. Remove, cover and keep warn. Wipe out the pan. Separate eggs, placing egg yolks into a small bowl and egg whites into a large bowl. Add milk to egg yolks and whisk with a fork. Using a hand beater, whisk egg whites and the ¼ teaspoon salt until stiff peaks form. Heat the frying pan over medium heat. Brush with butter to grease. Using a large metal spoon, gently fold the egg yolks into the egg whites. Pour half the mixture into the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until golden and the eggs are just set. Spoon over half the crème fraiche, parmesan and mushrooms and carefully fold the omelette in half. Cook for 1 minute or until almost set. Transfer to a serving plate (omelette will continue cooking once removed from heat). Repeat using remaining eggs, crème fraiche, cheese and mushrooms. Sprinkle with chives, extra parmesan and pepper to serve.

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Artist in spotlight By Brendan Rees A Melbourne artist has expressed her excitement after her work was featured in a Cranbourne renovation during an episode of House Rules recently. "When Nancy from Art Lovers Australia called me late one evening with the exciting news my work had been chosen, we both giggled excitedly as the contestants had asked to split my painting into a diptych, and I had titled it 'Can't be broken'," Fern Siebler , a selftaught artist, said. Her artwork aired on Sunday 20 March as part of the renovation by contestants Lenore and Bradley for local Cranbourne couple Kayne and Aimee's home - which was the opportunity of a lifetime for Fern to launch her work in the national spotlight. The Channel 7 series, this year called House Rules: High Stakes, is the first to feature a partnership with Art Lovers Australia - bringing home grown Australian artists into the picture with a focus on original work that is selected as the centrepiece of each renovation. The artwork is an expressive abstract with a composition of soft earthy pinks and greens amongst bold black and grey, balanced with Fern's signature sparkling gold detailing. Fern, who grew up in the regional Victorian town of Taggerty and now lives in Eltham, says the painting has a very special and deep meaning which "were inspired by strength." "Even when we might have things happen to us that are bad, we can't be broken," she says. "I'm a true believer that if we fall, we rise stronger than before. We are filled with more knowledge, self-love and strength than before whatever it was that happened, and for that we will be forever more filled with love and gratitude. This is powerful." Fern, a trained graphic designer, says now more than ever it is important for people to immerse themselves in art, and help support our local Australian arts community through this difficult time. "Art has pulled me out of many really hard times in my life, I find the process of creating healing and therapeutic."


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Without doubt, the single most common challenge that SME business owners and leaders expressed to me prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic was a lack of time. Whenever I run my Time Management training course, I ask at the outset how many people have enough time to do everything they want to and without exception no hands go up. With so much apparently needing to get done, how is it that people like Sir Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Bill Gates etc seem to be able to pack so much in when we all have the same 24 hours in a day and seven days in a week? I believe there are three fundamental reasons why some succeed whilst others do not: 1. Focus – crystal clear clarity on what needs to be achieved; 2. Ability to prioritise – what actions or activities are the most important and 3. The documentation of well-defined business goals. I may return to the first two later, but for now I would like to focus on the last item. By “welldefined” business goals, I mean creation of a set of goals that each adhere to the SMART principle, namely: Specific – a very well specified (documented) outcome that you specifically require Measurable – a quantifiable result which can be used to monitor and track progress along the way Achievable – a realistic outcome given the resources available and possible constraints Relevant – the objective has to align the overall business intent with the assigned owner Time-specific – a very specific date and time by when the goal should be achieved Doing the above will greatly improve your chances of achieving success and whilst many businesses already know about SMART, a key reason cited for often not applying this in the past has been a ‘lack of time’. With the “pause” imposed upon us now by Covid-19, we really do have an opportunity to take a step back and examine what is important for our business to achieve over the coming months. Whilst SMART goals dramatically improve results, a study by Brigham Young University in 1993 found that this would on average still only lead to a 40% success rate. Three other key actions are required to get to a 95% chance of achieving the defined goal and are as follows: 1. Define a Plan – assign an owner for each goal and put in place the specific measurable milestones and targets that will be reviewed at regular intervals to track and report progress. Identify key dependencies and constraints and pull this together in a visual representation of all the tasks and timelines that make up the goal itself. 2. Commit your goal and plan to another party – find someone else that will hold you accountable. This person does not need to have a vested interest in the outcome but should be someone whom you respect and will not let you off the hook. 3. Share your progress against your plan regularly with the person identified in 2. above. The reason New Year’s Resolutions don’t work is that they are typically not framed as SMART goals and nor are they supported by the three principles stated above. Covid-19 has undoubtedly had a major impact on business operation, but we can use this impost positively to our advantage by using the additional time available to focus on what we specifically want to achieve and defining this in such a way that enables success, especially when things pick up as they surely will.

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Fern Siebler with her artwork that was launched in an episode of House Rules airing on Channel 7 recently.

A thriving captive-breeding program at Pearcedale's Moonlit Sanctuary has led to one of Australia's most threatened bird species being released into the wild - as part of a State Government trial. Critically endangered Orange-bellied parrots have been released into the wild, as part of a $200,000 trial funded by the Victorian Government to save the species from extinction. With less than 50 adult Orange-bellied parrots remaining in the wild, the four-year Mainland Release Trial aims to increase the size of the birds' population in conjunction with increasing their survival in the wild. This year's trial has seen 27 Orange-bellied parrots released after being captive-bred and prepared for the wild by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Zoos Victoria and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. The release locations were the Spit Nature Conservation Reserve near Werribee's Western Treatment Plant and a private property in Pearcedale near North Western Port Coastal Reserve. Moonlit Sanctuary has also undertaken pre-release training for the birds being released near North Western Port, with the hope of developing new techniques to support successful releases for this species. For the first time, some of the released birds have been satellite tagged to help provide more information about where and when the parrots travel. The Orange-bellied parrot is a migratory species, and each year makes a round trip

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The endangered Orange-bellied parrot has been released into the wild. across the rough oceans of the Bass Strait between south-west Tasmania and mainland Australia. All staff involved have adhered to appropriate physical distancing and hygiene requirements to ensure safety. The trial aims to establish flocks of released parrots in suitable habitats in Victoria - to attract migrating birds to these sites and provide those migrants a better chance of surviving the autumn and winter period.

This year's release also coincides with the largest number of parrots migrating north from Tasmania for over a decade. A successful breeding season, teamed with the largest ever release of juveniles at the breeding site, has resulted in over 100 Orangebellied parrots believed to be flying north. Moonlit Sanctuary has temporarily closed its gates to the public as a precaution against the Covid-19 outbreak, however, staff will continue their wildlife conservation work.

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Bunyip into the big time By sports editor Russell Bennett Dane Roy was once discouraged from kicking at all during his time in the elite junior and VFL footy ranks because, as he was told, "ruckmen can't kick". Well, this 200-centimetre former ruckman now stands a very real chance of being picked up by an NFL team and realising the dream he's had since joining the University of Houston as a 27-year-old punter in 2016. The Bunyip product - a former ice cream salesman - knows a thing or two about proving people wrong, and fighting tooth and nail every step of the way to achieve his goals. Since winning the Carlton Draught Barrel Time competition with a 73-metre bomb at the MCG on grand final day in 2015, Roy has pursued the kind of sporting pathway most could only imagine. At it could lead to him signing on with an NFL franchise, like fellow local product Arryn Siposs has with the Detroit Lions. Roy said the following to the Star News just under four years ago, as he was readying to leave his parents' Berwick home to jet off to Houston on the journey of a lifetime. "When you see an opportunity this big, you'd be dumb - you'd hate yourself and you'd have so many regrets - if you didn't take it." The former Berwick Cougars baseballer who also had stints playing footy at ROC (Officer) and Pakenham - had no idea just how prophetic those words would prove to be. And now another massive opportunity awaits him, and it's one he's worked tirelessly for. "It's been an unreal past few years over at Houston," said Roy, back living in Prahran for now. "I've had so many experiences that I never could have imagined would happen to me in my life. "From the first game in 2016, which was in front of 72,000 people against (now Cleveland Browns quarterback) Baker Mayfield's Oklahoma, to my 50th and final game where I didn't even get to punt - it's been a whirlwind four seasons, and it has definitely changed me as a person." Roy has had plenty of time so sit down and reflect in recent weeks, particularly at home with his wife as they've been practicing social distancing along with the rest of the country. The pair even got married before restrictions were escalated. "It has been a strange past few months, and I have really enjoyed spending more time with the lovely Chiara - we've gone from doing long-distance for the past four years, to lockdown for the past month and a bit, a total change-up," he said. "It's hard to plan what we are doing next, but I guess nothing has gone to plan yet and we have managed alright." He's never been one to follow the script, and Roy's past year has been different to many even in the college football system. "I originally intended to come back home and get a job after I graduated in December 2019, but I had too good of a season to just stop," he explained. "Halfway through the season, a few UH (University of Houston) football staff were telling me that I was generating some NFL interest and I should consider giving it a shot. "After speaking with Chiara about it all, she said 'well you've come this far, you may as well see how far you can go'." Roy was among the most in-form college punters in America, and he ultimately earned a trip to Atlanta as a finalist in the prestigious 'Ray Guy Award', which is presented annually to college football's most outstanding punter. He was among the top three out of punters from 130 teams across America, and following his final game started talking with player agents - ultimately opting for Ron Slavin from Sportstars. Throughout his final college season, Roy took every possible chance to take stock and think about just how far he's come. "I made a habit of sitting down on the bench before every game - to just take it all in, and look around the massive stadium that I 22 STAR NEWS


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Dane Roy's sporting dream has taken him halfway around the world, and he might just be about to realise it in the NFL. was sitting in, as I knew I might not ever see it again," he explained. "I always laughed and said to myself: 'How did a boy from Bunyip end up on the other side of the world punting in front of thousands of people? Where did my life change to get me here?' "In those first few years I would get workedup as I ran on to the field and thought about it too much really, and sometimes that would affect my punt. "This past year I was very relaxed and that really helped my style - just a nice fluid movement, and trusting all the training I have done." Throughout his college journey, Roy formed an incredibly tight bond with his team-mates particularly the "specialists", as he calls them, from the special teams. "We did a lot of things together, from dinners - even Thanksgiving dinner - to road trips, to hitting Bourbon Street (in New Orleans) together," he said. "It really was great camaraderie." As for the coaching situation he experienced in his college career, Roy said it reminded him - in some way - of what he'd been through back home in his footy career. "The coaching situation was pretty similar to what I had here in Australia," he said. "Seasons 2017 and 2018 were the first time I had a coach for more than one season in a row. "Before then, you have to go back to Bunyip in the mid-2000s and I'm pretty sure it was my dad then. "The coaching merry-go-round in college football is ridiculous, and the wages are even more ridiculous - especially when the players don't really get paid - but I do have to give a shout-out to Coach Robinson, who was pretty much our special teams coach from 2016 to 2018. He was really good for me, and I want to give another shout-out to Coach Holgorsen and Coach Gideon for letting me punt however I wanted in my final year. Their trust in me made my job very easy." But Roy's biggest debt of gratitude is owed to his wife, and his family. "My beautiful bride Chiara has been amaz-

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Like most of the best punters in America, Roy was overlooked in the draft on the weekend. Typically, punters tend to be signed as free agents after the draft - like Siposs in Detroit. Whatever happens next for Roy, he'll be ready. "I will be in close contact with my agent, and seeing where he wants to send me after the draft for a tryout," he said. "My plan is to jump on a plane whenever I need to and hope everything works out again." Roy hasn't lacked influences or role models in his punting journey so far - whether they be Prokick's graduates now in the NFL, or even the great Ray Guy, himself. Roy hopes he's just the first Australian punter of what he hopes is a pipeline of players to come at the University of Houston. "It was really a sporting fairytale for me and I am so happy to have been able to share my experiences with Chiara and my family," he added.


This Saint is now a Lion By Russell Bennett

Hallam and Beaconsfield product, and former Dandenong Stingrays and St Kilda footballer, Arryn Siposs signed with Detroit in the NFL. Picture: COURTESY OF TODD VAN EMST/AU ATHLETICS

Arryn Siposs was still in his early 20s when he was delisted by St Kilda, and now he's about to start a whole new chapter of his professional sporting career - with the Detroit Lions in the NFL. In 2015, the Hallam and Beaconsfield product had played 28 games since making his AFL debut in 2011, and the last thing he wanted to do was give up on his dream of forging a lasting professional football career. Little did the former Dandenong Stingray know the opportunities that would await him in a different football code entirely. Long known for his booming kick, Siposs now has the chance of a lifetime in the NFL after an eye-catching punting stint at US collegiate powerhouse, the Auburn Tigers. He made international headlines last November after a stunning play in the 'Iron Bowl' against Alabama, which netted the Tigers a stunning 48-45 win - one of the most famous triumphs in the history of their illustrious program. Siposs, who was still in Auburn as the NFL draft was held, explained the incredible turn of events that led to him and Tigers quarterback Bo Nix embracing in the middle of the stadium following the heart-stopping win. "It was something we practiced going into the game," he said. "Alabama had a really good punt and kickoff returner so we had to come up with a plan to keep him off the field. "Our plan originally was for me to line up in the wide receiver position and then swap with the quarterback (Nix) and then get the ball snapped to me and I would punt it. "We hoped that Alabama's defence would be on the field and their returner wouldn't be.

In the end, we confused them and they had 12 players on the field, which resulted in us keeping the football and winning the game." It also led to a famous post-match outburst from Nick Saban - one of the biggest name coaches in US football history - and caused headlines right across the world. It's a far cry from Siposs' VFL stint with Williamstown when he was searching for a way back into the AFL. "After my time was finished at St Kilda, I still thought I could play in the AFL," the former Cardinia cricketer said. "I was 22 at the time and wanted to get back into the AFL, so I signed with Williamstown. I thought this would give me the best opportunity to get back in. "I was in my second year there but I saw how well other guys were going (punting) in the college system in America and thought I could do the same thing, so I contacted (Australian former NFL punter) Nathan Chapman at Prokick and went down for a training session. He told me I could do it, and maybe even get to the NFL." Siposs ultimately declared for this year's draft still with a season of eligibility left at Auburn. While he ultimately went undrafted, his decision reaped serious rewards as he signed with the Lions soon after - with a chance to compete for their starting punting spot. For him, the time to make his new dream a reality is now. "I didn't expect this to happen in my wildest dreams," Siposs admitted. "It has been an amazing journey so far and it really is just the beginning of it...I just wanted to play AFL for 10 to 12 years and have a great career doing that, but that didn't work out, so having the opportunity to do this is amazing and hopefully I can have decent career in the NFL."

Farewell to a trotting legend By Kyle Galley


Warragul-born trotting driver Gavin Lang, the winner of more than 6000 races, passed away last Friday after a battle with lymphoma. He was 61. Lang's career in the sulky saw him compete against some of the greatest horsemen and women in Australasia from the late 1970s up until his illness was discovered last September. Yet he never forgot his connection to Gippsland. He was born at the West Gippsland hospital in 1958. His parents Graeme and Dot were farmers at Tynong, while also dabbling in the training of trotters. Gavin and his brother, Chris, followed in the footsteps of their father and became accomplished horsemen in their own right. A family tragedy, when one of the other

1. WHAT is Aussie athletics legend Sally Pearson’s maiden name? 2. WHICH US Olympic champion died at the age of just 38 in 1998? 3. WHICH well known televised snooker tournament was discontinued in 1986? 4. WHICH famous international yacht race is traditionally held in British waters? 5. WHICH famous jockey won the Sydney jockeys’ premiership every year from 1957 to 1964? 6. WHAT sport is played in the hit movie ‘Major League’? 7. WHICH New Zealander won the Australian Masters golf title in 1979? 8. WHICH early Australian swimmer appeared in two Hollywood movies? 9. WHAT sport was played by France’s famous ‘Four Musketeers’ in the 1920s and ‘30s? 10. WHICH Australian swum the English Channel 19 times? 11. WHAT is ‘Football in the water’ now known as? 12. WHAT cost Australia victory in the women’s 4 x 100 metres running relay at the 1952 Olympics?

Lang children was killed in an accident on their property, saw the family relocate to Romsey in the mid-1960s. However the Langs have been regular competitors at Warragul trots meetings ever since. Gavin managed to record the 5000th winning drive of his career at Warragul in August 2012, and fondly recalled his upbringing in Gippsland and his pride at achieving such a feat on his "home track". He was a three-time winning driver in the prestigious Warragul Pacing Cup - in 1982 with Copper Leopard, 1989 with Our Navy Lady (which he also trained), and in 2016 with Nike Franco. He drove five winners at a Warragul meeting at one of his last appearances at the track in December, 2018. Lang is survived by his wife Meagan and daughters Danielle and Courtney.

13. WHICH brother and sister won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 1977? 14. AN Australian won the first ever Olympic swimming gold medal.Who was she? 15. WHICH country won the chess world championship every year from 1952 to 1974? 16. WHAT is the maximum possible ten-pin bowling score?

18. WHICH Australian cyclist won two gold medals at the 1986 Commonwealth Games? 19. IN golf, how many shots above par is a bogey? 20. WHICH Muslim youngster broke into the top flight of Australian cricket in 2010?


17. WHICH boxer won both the Australian middleweight and heavyweight titles in the 1970s?

ANSWERS: 1. McLennan 2. Florence Griffith Joyner 3. Pot Black. 4. The Admiral’s Cup 5. George Moore 6. Baseball 7. Barry Vivian 8. Annette Kellerman 9. Tennis 10. Des Renford 11. Water polo 12. A dropped baton 13. John and Tracy Austin 14. Fanny Durack 15. The USSR 16. 300 17. Tony Mundine 18. Dean Woods 19. One 20. Usman Khawaja

Gavin Lang was a three-time winner of the prestigious Warragul Pacing Cup.

Thursday, 30 April, 2020

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Thursday, 30 April, 2020