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The end of an era By Cam Lucadou-Wells Husband and wife, principal and assistant principal. For nearly four decades, Kevin and Jenny Mackay have acted for the better as leaders at Dandenong North Primary School. One of them is the enduring tradition of Ms Mackay hand-making birthday cards for each of the 200 Year 1 and Year 2 students. The assistant principal started giving out the cards when she noticed some children didn’t know or celebrate their birthdays. Students now start telling her in advance it’s their birthday, and what they want on their card. “It’s a big deal. They really love it,” she says. “Everyone needs to be acknowledged at least one day a year.” Her husband and principal Kevin says it goes to how much the school’s team cares. Next term, the couple will face their own special day – their last day at the school that they have served for such an extraordinary time. Mr and Ms Mackay have been there for 39 years and 36 years, respectively. All up, their teaching careers have spanned 60 years and 45 years. On 4 October, they will mark their retirement with a massive ‘general assembly’ at Dandenong High School hall. Mr Mackay OAM said it would be the first assembly since the Covid pandemic’s start. “It’s been an enormous part, where I get to teach all the kids for half an hour. We’ve missed that, so it will be good to have a last one. “It’s going to be hard to avoid tears.” In their time, the school has built an enviable reputation to bringing out the best in kids from more than 50 diverse backgrounds. Its cutting-edge programs have been documented in award-winning films. What makes the school special is its “warmth”, Ms Mackay says. The school ensures the families get what they need – whether it’s

Kevin and Jenny Mackay have served Dandenong North Primary School as principal and assistant principal for nearly four decades. 292591 Picture: GARY SISSONS food parcels or writing to government agencies on their behalf. “And that kids know that you like them. You have staff here that care about them – they’ll ask the kids to ‘tell me more’. They go that extra mile. “I think all the Dandenong schools do a terrific job at that.” While deputy principal at Clayton Primary School in the 1980’s, Mr Mackay met a firstyear teacher Jenny. They of course later married, and were to

follow each other to Dandenong North Primary School. Alarm bells rang for the newly-appointed principal Mr Mackay when his wife was appointed to join the school. Mr Mackay worried about how to handle the potential conflicts of interest and staff disharmony. “We made it work,” he said. “And thank God she was appointed here. “My job is to get the best teachers I possibly can to work with the children. Jenny is one of

the best teachers I’ve met. “As the school became more complex over many years, Jenny’s experience has helped address the complexities. “From the synergies of effort you get more bang for your buck than just two people. We’re more like two-and-a-half.” Meanwhile, Ms Mackay describes the principal as an “incredibly creative and lateral thinker” who will always look for a better way of doing things. Continued page 10

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Financial abuse on the rise By Jonty Ralphsmith One in three people that presented to a southeastern financial counselling service in the last financial year had been the victim of financial abuse. South East Community Links (SECL), which has offices at Dandenong, Springvale and Noble Park, has seen an increase in the number of victim-survivors presenting after the Victorian Royal Commission into family violence brought the issue into public conversation, with 15 of the recommendations relating to financial abuse. That changed the way financial abuse was addressed by organisations such as SECL and shone a light on the omnipresence of the issue. SECL has developed a seven principle framework for financial institutions to combat financial abuse. The principles are proactive in trying to prevent financial abuse at its source rather than being responsive to victim-survivors after they have suffered. Women were the biggest cohort which suffered and were therefore the focus, with many women trapped in relationships as a result of financial abuse. The principles took six months to develop and involved liaison with several key financial and telecommunications stakeholders and drew on the safety by design fundamental framework. “We ask that financial institutions consider and continually reflect on how the products you’re designing could be used,” Kay Dilger, SECL’s head of wellbeing said.

Kay Dilger and SECL created the guide. 258271 Picture: GARY SISSONS “Financial institutions are starting to do this work well, to support victim survivors when abuse is identified but there are some barriers to supporting them based on how the system is currently built. “The research and principles are very much about progression and continual improvement in financial service providers in working with victim survivors around financial abuse

and preventing it in the long-term.” The principles, announced publicly by the office for women last month, are backed by the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s office Each principle has a continuum off which institutions can measure their performance off and use as a tool for progress. Initially, institutions embark on the process of change, before supporting women’s financial safety, embedding processes for change and then building upon current practices to reduce organisational barriers for change. “We’re working with victim-survivors to minimise future harm,” Ms Dilger added. “Training front line staff is important so they have an awareness of what financial abuse is and what it looks like. With the nature of any workplace that training needs to refreshed and ongoing because you have turnover of staff. Financial institutions need to look at what they can do to support victim-survivors efficiently and with compassion when financial abuse is identified and at the other end of the spectrum, start to think about product design piece and how it could be misused and put things in place to prevent or minimise harm.” Financial abuse can include withholding money, controlling household spending and/ or excluding someone from financial decisionmaking. Anyone experiencing financial abuse can call SECL financial counselling service on 9529 5288. The principles are outlined below. Principles: Build empathy and awareness – by listening to victim-survivors of financial abuse

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Teacher recruits respond to calling By Cam Lucadou-Wells A new crop of student teachers are bringing zest and unique skills to Lyndale Secondary College. The four paid “paraprofessionals” have joined the Lyndale staff ranks while studying Masters-degrees in teaching at Deakin University. Between them, they hold an array of qualifications such as radiation science, psychology and journalism. It’s part of the State Government’s Innovative Initial Teacher Education (IITE) program, which aims to boost teacher numbers in outer-metro schools and priority subjects such as science and maths. It offers student incentives like an accelerated 18-month teaching qualification, a teacher mentor at the school, lower course fees and a “teacher’s wage” while they study. Lyndale Secondary principal Pam Robinson says the trainee teachers “re-energise” the school. It has also been rewarding to see existing staff mentor the recruits. “They’re energetic, they’re enthusiastic, they want to work with kids and they’re committed to make a difference. “The skill-sets they bring and the way they engage with the kids is phenomenal.” Former arts-journalism student Emilia Megroz, of Mulgrave, is teaching English, geography and media classes at Lyndale. The IITE program means she is “hitting the ground running” as a teacher. “We’re respected as teachers and we’re paid a teacher’s wage whilst studying, which is really gratifying.” Ms Megroz opted for teaching as a more secure, long-term career. But she can still bring her journalism skills like interviewing, communication and research to the classroom. Behavioural management is one of the key skills that teachers can only refine on the job, she says. “It’s not something you can learn from a textbook.” Like any trainee teachers, the initial steps feel like being “thrown in the deep end a bit” – despite the mentorship and support of seasoned colleagues. “There is that overwhelming nature of it, but when we’re fully-fledged teachers it’s not going to be a shock. 2 STAR JOURNAL

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Diana Nguyen, Emilia Megroz and Liam Heurtau are graduates drawn to teaching by the IITE Pictures: GARY SISSONS program. 292293

Diana Nguyen, Liam Heurtau, Emilia Megroz with Lyndale Secondary College students Saren, Christainpaul and Nish. 292293 “It’s a challenging industry and each day we face obstacles we can overcome. It can be really exhausting as well.” Liam Heurtau, of Drouin, was looking for a career change from radiation therapy when drawn to the IITE teaching program. He’s teaching five science classes as well as the Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) program at Lyndale Secondary. Of course, there’s a widely-reported shortage of trained STEM teachers. With his science background, Mr Heurtau is keen to activate students with “applied learning”. Which means lots of practical experiments, such as the ‘flame test’, in which burning chlo-

rides and fluorides elicit an array of colours. Psychology and criminology graduate Diana Nguyen, of Doveton, has diverted into teaching science, maths and VCAL leadership. The role makes rich use of her psychological expertise, with her ambition to work with teenagers. While exhausting, the job has great rewards such as helping a disengaged student realise they’re “smart” and can do the work. “I try to connect with them and understand why they’re disengaged. “Even when I was that age, I had other priorities like just caring about boys, hair, how we looked, sport, Netflix and TikTok. “I feel like I can relate to them at their level.”

and providing training and education to employees to build compassion and understanding. Be inclusive and accessible – so that people with different levels of English, financial and technological literacy can understand the service. Prioritise safety – pre-empting how the product could be abused to facilitate harm and combatting any risks, continually reviewing systems and its safety features t ensure they are safe and change abusive behaviour at the source. Act with integrity – using a set of ethical principles to guide employees and strategic practice, always responding to reports of abuse Operate holistically – assuming customers don’t know what financial abuse looks like as they may view it as normal. Partnerships with specialist services should be promoted to illustrate the financial institution is a safe space Take responsibility – operate proactively, assuming systems will be misused and acting accordingly. Champion for change – through lobbying and working with other stakeholders. The full ‘Supporting women’s financial safety’ report, produced in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology, RMIT University and Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women, is available via the following link: pmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/publications/ supporting-womens-financial-safety-accessible.pdf

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Mental health centre facelift A more welcoming, home-like redesign has been unveiled for a youth mental health service in Dandenong. The refurbished Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) centre designs include lounge and living areas, kitchen and outdoor areas with barbecues and a sensory courtyard. Mental Health Minister and Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams said the facilities were designed to create a “welcoming, safe and therapeutic environment”. They will promote communal living in a home-like environment – as well as family visits - while young people 16-25 receive care and treatment. YPARC redesigns in Bendigo and Frankston have also been unveiled. Construction is expected to start in late 2022 and be complete by early 2024. The Government is also creating five YPARC services in Ballarat, Geelong, Shepparton, Heidleberg and Traralgon. The recent Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended YPARC services to provide early intervention care as an alternative to hospital admission. Ms Williams said the Government was rebuilding the mental health system “from the ground up to make sure all Victorians in crisis get the support they need”.

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Residents have their say By Jonty Ralphsmith Community consultation and engagement was highlighted as an area Greater Dandenong City Council should prioritise moving forward. While rating above the state average in every measurement, the council rates lowest in this area and it is the second consecutive year that council’s performance has decreased, putting it at the lowest point it has been in this area since 2014. Fifty-one per cent of people contacted council in the last 12 months – a decrease of nine per cent from 2021 and 12 per cent below the state average. Councillor Tim Dark asked at a council meeting on Monday 25 July whether ward meetings could be re-introduced, attracting agreeance from councillor Lana Formoso who said councillors have become “non-existent”. “People generally do not have an idea of what (the) council is doing at the moment,” Cr Dark said. The survey found that the most common

Locals have had their say in the annual community satisfaction survey. Picture: GENERIC form of communication residents identified was via the monthly newsletter that gets delivered (47 per cent) or emailed (24 per cent). Tying into the issue of consultation, Cr Dark added that there was a breakdown between what the council delivers and what ratepayers

find out about, given the limited communication forms. “We need to sell our message a bit better,” Cr Dark said. “Whilst millennials can be hit through social media means, the older generation and multicultural communities don’t know where to go – simply sharing things on (social media) is not sufficient.” “What I’ve found is we have plans and strategies for every bloody thing under the sun but it is clearly not being conveyed to our residents who in survey are showing there are issues.” Outspoken Keysborough resident Gaye Guest praised the council’s responsiveness but opined that accessibility needs to be improved. “When I write to directors I do get answers most times and almost instantly on some issues,” Ms Guest said. “They’ve got to go out and meet the groups. I’m not going for a coffee and chat at the plaza. “I was (somewhere) where there was an

exercise workshop earlier – that’s where they need to be.” Satisfaction with sealed roads decreased from 69 to 66 in the municipality and the issue is rated as the third most important service area in the municipality, up from equal fifth last year. It was rated by participants as the top area for improvement in 2022 (10 per cent). The gap between individual service area importance area for local roads (83) compared to performance 66) further suggests it needs to be a council priority area. Ms Guest highlighted Chandler and Corrigan Roads as the thoroughfares that need to be improved given their current condition. “Major roads almost need a daily inspection especially after we have rain. It’s like riding a rollercoaster. “Our roads can’t deal with the traffic.” Cr Dark, however, wondered whether many of the issues that led to the outcome was a result of the condition of VicRoads roads such as the Dandenong Bypass, which the council has no control over.

Council disenchantment grows for Noble Park, Keysy locals By Jonty Ralphsmith Greater Dandenong City Council has suffered a decline in satisfaction among Keysborough and Noble Park residents across multiple categories, according to the latest official community survey. Responsible for the Keysborough ward, Cr Dark is addressing the result, having requested the raw data to find out the vicinity and specifics of the issues raised. “I think it is surprising given the capital investment into the area over recent years but it is a clear sign council needs to do better across many different services,” Cr Dark said. “I’m having conversations at the moment about how we need to improve and in which angles we need to improve but if there is a perception that we’re not functioning to the highest standard that needs to be investigated.” In the 2021-22 proposed budget, $10.2 million was committed to the Keysborough South Community Hub with Tatterson Park’s Community Sports Complex being recently completed prior to that budget. Resident Gaye Guest, however, raised the

The condition of roads was one issue raised in Cr Dark’s ward. 210323 Picture: STAR NEWS lack of activity centre and dog parks, and the state of footpaths and nature strips as other areas that could be improved to increase value for money. Noble Park ward councillor Sophie Tan was contacted multiple times for comment but could not be reached. Noble Park and Keysborough residents are

less positive than the municipality’s average in most areas: value for money for infrastructure services (a reduction of six index scores but still well above the state average), overall council direction (a reduction of four index scores to a record low), community consultation and engagement performance (down two index scores to an equal record low), decisions made in the interest of community performance (two index scores down), sealed local roads performance (seven index scores down), waste management performance (three index points down). Customer service ratings among Noble Park and Keysborough residents experienced an 11-point decline – a record high rating to a record low rating while the municipality declined just one index point. Lobbying on behalf of community importance was up four index points, however, among Noble Park and Keysborough residents suggesting issues were dealt with appropriately. Although Noble Park and Keysborough lag behind the rest of the municipality, it is still generally on par with the metro average.

Residents in those suburbs also had significantly less contact with council than in 2021. Generally, overall community satisfaction has remained relatively steady across the board. As per previous years, the municipality scored highly in the state-wide survey which assesses each council’s performance across a range of measures including value for money, consultation, engagement, community decisions and more. For overall performance, council’s score of 68 was well above the state average of 59 and there were no areas where council performed significantly lower than the state average. The municipality is known for its value for money and it ranked 11 points higher in this area than the state average with overall council direction also well above the state average. Waste management was also highlighted as an area the council is taking positive action and is rated the most important individual service area for council to address for the third consecutive year. Parks and gardens (11 per cent), customer service (11 per cent) and diversity (10 per cent) were labelled the best things about the council.

IN BRIEF Teen charged after Doveton pursuit A Springvale South man has been arrested in an allegedly stolen vehicle after a police pursuit in Doveton. The 18-year-old is one of three men charged with almost 50 offences relating to alleged vehicle thefts and break-ins in the East and South East. The spate of crime spanned suburbs such as Keysborough, Springvale and Clarinda between 7-17 July, police say. Monash CIU detectives arrested the teen on Thursday 21 July. He was remanded to face Dandenong Magistrate’s Court on 26 August. The other two alleged offenders include a 24-year-old Ashwood man in Chadstone on 28 July who was arrested after crashing a stolen vehicle into a parked car, police say. A 29-year-old Richmond man was arrested in Oakleigh on the same day. Police say all stolen vehicles have been located. The arrests are part of Operation Leopard, which targets vehicle theft and break-ins in Melbourne’s East. Sergeant Jack Russell from Monash Crime Investigation Unit said stolen vehicles were often involved in further offending. “Police have zero tolerance for offenders who scour the streets looking for any opportunity to steal. “As part of Operation Leopard, local police are sharing intelligence on known persons of interest, intercepting vehicles, and regularly patrolling local streets to detect and deter offending. “We will simply not sit and wait for offending to occur. Police will continue to target thieves in our community and put them before a court.” Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersvic.com.au dandenong.starcommunity.com.au

A man is wanted over an armed robbery at a Carrum Downs supermarket in September 2020. Picture: VICTORIA POLICE

Cop charged with assault A Victorian Police leading senior constable has been charged with an alleged assault while onduty in Noble Park. The 61-year-old male officer from the Southern Metro police region was charged with one count each of unlawful assault and assault with a weapon. The alleged incident occurred on 4 August 2021.He was summonsed to appear before court at a later date.

P-plater allegedly blows 0.230 after crash A 21-year-old P-plater has allegedly blown 0.230 on a breath-test after crashing into two parked vehicles in Doveton. The man’s black BMW X6 wagon crashed while driving east on a residential street about 7.10pm on Sunday 31 July, police say. The probationary driver, who is required to have a zero blood-alcohol concentration while driving, had his license suspended on the spot. His breath test reading was more than four times the 0.05 limit. He is expected to

be charged with careless driving, driving under the influence and driving whilst exceeding 0.00.

Boys charged over BMW thefts Five teens from the South East have been charged after an alleged series of car thefts and aggravated burglaries. A pair of 16-year-old boys from Noble Park and Wheelers Hill were arrested in a BMW, which had been stolen from Mt Evelyn, police say. Southern Metro Crime Team detectives followed the car at Benghazi Avenue, Ashburton about 11.30am on Tuesday 2 August. The boys were arrested after driving to a fast-food outlet in Warrigal Road. Later that day, police conducted surveillance and found a second BMW, which was allegedly stolen from Mt Martha. Three 17-year-olds from Carrum Downs, Ferntree Gully and Dandenong North parked the vehicle in Tobruk Avenue, Ashburton about 2.15pm. They were arrested in an apartment on Lancaster Street A 16-year-old boy from Noble Park has been

charged with aggravated burglary and theft of motor vehicle. A 16-year-old boy from Wheelers Hill has been charged with theft of motor car and commit indictable offence whilst on bail. He has been remanded to appear at a Children’s Court. A 17-year-old from Carrum Downs has been charged with aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated burglary, theft of motor vehicle, commit indictable offence whilst on bail and unlicensed driving. He has been remanded to appear at a Children’s Court. A 17-year-old from Ferntree Gully has been charged with aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated burglary, theft of motor vehicle, theft, commit indictable offence whilst on bail and unlicensed driving. He has been remanded to appear at a Children’s Court. A 17-year-old from Dandenong North has been charged with theft of motor vehicle and was bailed to appear at a Children’s Court.

Masked man wanted over supermarket robbery Police have released images of a masked man wanted over an armed robbery at a Carrum Downs supermarket two years ago. Frankston CIU detectives say a man armed with a gun approached a store attendant outside the supermarket on Frankston-Dandenong Road about 12.30pm on Tuesday 15 September 2020. The man allegedly handed a bag to the staff member and demanded that it was filled with cash. He followed the victim to the register and ran from the scene with the bag of cash, police say. No one was injured. The man was described as Caucasian appearance, in his 20’s and wearing a black face mask and orange high-vis top. Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersvic.com.au Tuesday, 9 August, 2022

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Cops seize huge dope crop Up to 400 marijuana plants have been seized by police during a raid in Doveton. Springvale Divisional Response Unit officers entered a former milk bar on the corner of Chestnut Road and Cassia Street about 7am on Wednesday 3 August. They estimated the crop comprised between 300-400 plants. The premises were unoccupied at the time, police say. The investigation is ongoing. Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Police with some of the 400 plants seized.

The plants were hauled from the rear of the former milk bar at Chestnut Road, Doveton. 292658

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Cannabis plants were collected in hessian sacks by police at the rear of the former milk bar. 292658

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DNA delayed until 2023 By Cam Lucadou-Wells

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The Precinct Energy Plant site from Settlers Square. 196079 The council allocated $260,000 towards the detailed design process in its 2022-’23 budget. The cost of construction was “yet to be confirmed”, Mr Davine said. The PEP project would include “large open industrial spaces” supporting a range of “art forms” with connection to the DNA. “Meeting accessibility requirements will also be considered to ensure fair access for all. “Currently the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre is unable to provide the creative industry with the same options the PEP and new DNA will provide, as it is currently limited by size, accessibility and heritage overlays.”

Role-model Elvis chases NFL dream By Cam Lucadou-Wells A First Nations support group has got behind a Dandenong man’s dream of becoming a gridiron star in the US. Elvis Carter, 20, flies out to Missouri Valley College this month to start a four-year program in college football with the hope of being drafted into the NFL. Ahead of his trip, he was presented with a $10,000 cheque from South East Metro Aboriginal Suicide Prevention and Healing Network (SEMASPAHN) at Casey Aboriginal Gathering Place in Doveton on 29 July. SEMASPAHN chair Debbie Clifford said her network began about five years ago to “make a difference”. “We are happy to support our community and believe in doing this we are all healing. “Great role models are crucial so we are happy to support Elvis on his journey.”

Elvis Carter prior to flying out to chase his NFL dream. 291160 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS Mr Carter, a two metre-plus tall offensive lineman and left tackle, has plied his craft at Monash Warriors. He’s been in rigorous training up to six times a week while working full time ahead of his US college football debut. “I will be in the program for four years and then hopefully make my way to a tier-

one college to then find the pathway to the NFL,” he recently told Star Journal. “The dream is to be drafted by a division one college side like Alabama where Jesse Williams went and then, hopefully be drafted by the Los Angeles Rams.” Meanwhile, Ms Clifford said SEMASPAHN looked forward to formally launching as a vital community support in 2023. Some of its work was educating “our community” on pre-suicidal warning signs. “Our Aboriginal community is strong, but even the strongest people need support. “Sometimes we lose our way and guidance is important to find our way through life’s challenges. “Our aim is to provide opportunities for community to access that support and guidance to maintain those important connections.”

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tenants “until DNA is completed”, Mr Davine said. The Walker Street Gallery is also expected to be superseded by a “creative arts production hub” at the former Precinct Energy Plant (PEP) next door to the DNA. “Council is still actively working through the details to determine the future of the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre site and will continue to keep key user groups updated,” Mr Davine said The PEP – also known as the ‘Creative Industry Project’ - is expected to complete its ‘detailed design phase’ by the end of June 2023.

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Covid and a contract dispute appear to have delayed the completion of Greater Dandenong Council’s contemporary art gallery in Mason Street. Originally hoped to open in mid-2021, the regional gallery dubbed Dandenong New Art (DNA) is now being pushed into 2023. The DNA Gallery is being built at a former 1920’s Masonic Hall at 5 Mason Street. It will include state-of-the-art exhibition spaces, workshop spaces, cafe and retail, active outdoor spaces and public art. The council cites “Covid-19 construction delays”, namely the supply of steel works, for the stalling. Further, the council reported in June that works were delayed due to a “contract dispute” In an update to the council in June 2021, the DNA project was described as “on target” for a “late September/October 2021” opening. It claimed the project was “72 per cent” constructed. The building tender had been awarded to Harris HMC for $5.25 million in mid-2020 – well under estimates of $8 million several years before, then councillor Matthew Kirwan observed at the time. As at June 2021, the project budget of $6.44 million had blown out to $7.2 million. The council didn’t respond to Star Journal’s question on the project’s cost. DNA’s first-year program is expected to host the council’s “celebrated HOME exhibition” and a touring First Nations exhibition, acting community services director Jim Davine said. It would be finalised closer to opening. Meanwhile, Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre – which will be replaced by DNA – will remain open for exhibitions, programs and art

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Townhouse project rejected By Cam Lucadou-Wells A five double-storey town-house proposal in Springvale has been shot down by the state’s planning tribunal. Spektor Developments Pty Ltd had appealed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a permit on a 772 square metre block at 19 Wattle Street. There is currently a single-storey dwelling on the lot. City of Greater Dandenong had also earlier refused a permit.

VCAT Senior Member John Bennett stated on 1 August that future development of the area was expected to become more intensive. “However I consider the initial starting point of seeking to construct five double-storey dwellings is too ambitious given the shortcomings that I have identified.” They included a “narrow” and “impracticable” living area in the rear dwelling, whose layout was “constrained, convoluted, unacceptable and unworthy of support”. “It is symptomatic of a development that is trying to fit too many dwellings on the site.”

Other issues were a lack of a rear boundary setback to allow for landscaping and canopy trees. Mr Bennett however also noted the current concept was “in principle, a reasonable proposition” under the General Residential Zone 3 controls and policies. In the neighbourhood, single dwellings were making way for up to four or more dwellings a lot, Mr Bennett noted. One example was a lot of four double-storey homes approved by Greater Dandenong Council.

The General Residential Zone 3 area was an incremental future change area that allows townhouses up to three storeys. It provides an exemption from the minimum garden requirement, site coverage of up to 70 per cent and a smaller front setback of 5 metres. But this was at tension with respecting existing neighbourhood character, of which “makes no sense”, Mr Bennett stated. “Put simple, existing character is incompatible with the future character being encouraged or facilitated by the GRZ3.”

Suspended sentence for historic child-sex offender By Cam Lucadou-Wells A former Keysborough man has received a suspended jail term over historical sexual offences with a 15-year-old girl more than two decades ago. Glenn McArdle, now 47, was found guilty by a County Court of Victoria jury of sexual penetration, attempted sexual penetration and an indecent act with a child under 16. He was found not guilty of rape, attempted rape and causing a child to take part in prostitution. In 2001, McArdle was 26 when he met the girl on a web messaging service ‘Teen Friend Finding Australia’, sentencing judge Kellie Blair said on 29 July. The pair met at the horse paddocks on the corner of Stud and Brady roads, Dandenong North, and were boyfriend-girlfriend for several years. Judge Blair said the jury was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that McArdle knew

the girl was under 16 at the time of offending. Maximum penalties were more lenient at the time of offending, compared to the current day, the judge noted. “It must, however, be recognised that the courts now have a greater understanding of the devastating impact sexual offending has upon child victims.” In 2018, the matter was reported by a recent ex-partner of McArdle’s, leading to his arrest and charges.

The victim had been caused “significant harm”, testifying to “terrible nightmares” and fears for her children’s safety, Judge Blair stated. “I accept the victim’s evidence that the relationship was flawed and at times toxic and this led to her leaving you…” McCardle’s offending was not characterised as “purely predatory and exploitative”. Witnesses described the relationship as a “normal boyfriend girlfriend type relationship except for the difference in age”.

Despite the significant age gap, Judge Blair found there was not a significant power imbalance in the relationship. “Although you were 26 years old you presented as somewhat younger and immature. “On the other hand, the victim presented as more mature for her age.” McCardle, who grew up in Keysborough, and was schooled at St John’s College in Dandenong, had no relevant convictions. He had not reoffended for more than two decades. He was assessed as a low risk of reoffending sexually, and diagnosed as not having a paedophilic disorder. The only sentence that could be imposed for the “serious offending” was imprisonment, Judge Blair found. McArdle was jailed for two years and nine months, which was wholly suspended for three years. He must report as a registered sex offender for 15 years.

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Councils under cyber threat By Eleanor Wilson and Cam Lucadou-Wells A leading cyber-security firm says local councils need greater data security training to keep user information safe, after the City of Casey’s Bunjil Place e-newsletter service fell victim to a cyber attack last month. International cyber-security firm Varonis said attacks on public service organisations show how important it is for companies to have tight control over their data. It comes after the service provider of City of Casey’s Bunjil Place e-newsletter, WordFly, endured a security incident on 16 July, potentially compromising the names and email addresses of thousands of users. In a statement to email subscribers, the City of Casey clarified that the incident did not affect any other council e-newsletters, which are sent via different email providers. “On Saturday 16 July, WordFly confirmed that names and email addresses of those subscribed to the Bunjil Place e-newsletter may have been impacted,” the council stated. “There is currently no evidence that any of this data has been misused.” The council added that users’ Bunjil Place accounts, which contain more sensitive information, are not stored in WordFly and were not affected by the incident. “While we are awaiting further information from WordFly, please be extra vigilant of potential phishing or spam emails you might receive.” City of Greater Dandenong IT executive manager Michelle Hansen said the council had an “ongoing education program” to improve staff awareness of cyber security issues and threats to reduce the risk. “Council invests in network security monitoring tools and undertakes regular security audits to ensure the protection of its data which is also governed by security protocols.” Scott Leach, vice president of Asia Pacific-

Bunjil Place was tangled up in a cyber security incident last month, potentially exposing the names and email addresses of subscribers to its e-newsletter service. 238145 Japan at Varonis said hackers, particularly those developed by foreign nation-states, are becoming more sophisticated. “It is becoming more difficult for organisations to even detect breaches when they do happen,” he said.

“Many of the attacks that we are observing at Varonis contain “intelligent” malware that is capable of side-stepping even some of the most advanced defence tools in the market.” Varonis research shows 53 per cent of companies have at least 1000 sensitive files open

to all employees, meaning it takes just one employee’s account to be compromised for hoardes of sensitive information to be reached. But there is a solution, according to Mr Leach. “Councils and other public sector organisations, especially those with high numbers of contractors, should restrict access to their most sensitive files, ensuring only those who really need them have access,” he said. “This process ensures that if a data breach ever does occur, the risk of attackers stealing these sensitive files and moving laterally throughout the network is significantly reduced. “With little or no access to sensitive files, ransomware is significantly less effective, saving organisations thousands of dollars, if not millions in some cases, and also severe reputational damage.” Jon Lang, chief executive officer of DDLS, Australia’s largest cybersecurity training provider, said 92 per cent of Australian organisations experienced a phishing attack in 2021. Phishing describes a type of scam, in which the scammer disguises themselves as a trusted sender in order to obtain private information, such as login credentials or credit card information. “While organisations might have security tools and technologies to detect and block ransomware, this is an increasingly-penetrable line of defence against highly-sophisticated hackers,” Mr Lang said. “The first line of defence must be ensuring staff don’t fall for the deception - and the way to do this is by raising the level of cyber-security understanding throughout the general workforce. “We desperately need to boost the level of cyber education in our local councils, and the wider public sector.”

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100 years ago 3 August 1922 Dandenong High School On Friday last a team from Warragul High School visited Dandenong to play matches in connection with the Gippsland Secondary School. Three well fought contests were witnessed, Dandenong proving victors with two wins and a draw. Hockey – Warragul nil, Dandenong nil Basketball – Dandenong 11 goals, Warragul 10 goals Football – Dandenong 8.13, Warragul 5.6 As a result of the matches Dandenong has won the premiership of the Western Sub association in football and basketball and for the premiership of the whole association and have to play St Patricks Collage Sale (football) and Bairnsdale High School (basketball). Leongatha High School having won the hockey minor premiership play the final against Bairnsdale.

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Suki with daughter Kavia in a ‘snow globe’. 171059

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A dragon winds its way through the festival crowd. 171059

1 August 1972 Petrol Stations Shut Several petrol stations in the Dandenong, Springvale, Clayton, and Oakleigh areas were forced to close at the weekend because they ran out of petrol. Several other stations scraped through the weekend, but don’t know where their next supply of petrol is coming from. A spokesman for the BP depot in Greens Rd, Dandenong said local petrol stations had been receiving somewhat rationed supplies of petrol. The Shell service station in Corrigan and Noble St Noble Park closed at the weekend. The Manger of the Ampol station in Springvale Rd Springvale, said he would be right for another week. Bob Borland, manager of a Shell service station in Dandenong Rd Oakleigh said the situation was “grim.” He had to reduce his 24-hour service by nine hours and put off nine casual staff.

20years ago 5 August 2002 Bus Service the smart way Springvale’s long awaited Smart Bus system starts today (Monday) with the promise of more reliable, efficient, and accessible service. Transport Minister, Peter Batchelor said the system featured ‘real time’ tracking technology that would give delayed buses priority at traffic lights to allow them to run on schedule. Smart Bus was a “pilot, cross town service” with connections between railway stations, shopping centres and other community centres. “Buses are a key part of public transport, providing excellent links between the spokes of our train network that can easily be adapted to meet changing passenger needs.” The Smart Bus system will be on routes 888 and 889, operated by Dandenong-based

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5 years ago 7 August 2017 Gotta show for snow Snow Fest brought a winter wonderland into Springvale, delighting tens of thousands of people as they stepped onto a piece of Mr Buller in the middle of Springvale. Early estimates are that more than 40,000 people enjoyed playing in 80 tons of snow fresh from the mountain at the Springvale Snow Fest on Sunday 31 July. The event in Buckingham and Balmoral avenues gave visitors a chance to slide and snowboard on real and created snow. They also enjoyed rides, entertainment, fireworks and more.

Jason having a sled ride on Mt Buller snow in Springvale Snow Fest in 2017. 171059

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Traffic lights saving time A traffic lights review has helped drivers save time on Cheltenham Road, Dandenong, the State Government claims. More than 400 intersections have been “optimized” in Melbourne’s suburbs as part of the Smarter Roads Program. On Cheltenham Road, city-bound delays have reduced by 6 per cent in morning peak and outbound delays reduced by 7 per cent in afternoon peak. This is despite a 10 per cent rise in traffic. The Government has announced the next stage of the program at nearly 3000 remaining intersections across Melbourne by 2026. Roads Minister Ben Carroll said the project means “less time waiting at intersections, smoother traffic flows and improved safety for every road user”. “The program is already delivering results with motorists across the city’s west, east and south-east already reaping the benefits of reduced delays – getting to where they need to go more quickly and safely.” Under the review, public transport is prioritized by traffic lights, with the help of real-time GPS tracking to cross-check timetables. Work is underway to install 600 traffic monitoring cameras and 43 travel-time sensors across intersections. An extra 49 dynamic pedestrian crossings will automatically extend crossing times during high pedestrian demand and shorten red lights when only small groups need to cross. The traffic lights review is touted as the most extensive in Melbourne since the lights were introduced nearly 100 years ago.

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Hazaras reclaim identity By Barat Ali Batoor The Australian Bureau of Statistics released its report on the 2021 Census in early July. For the Australian Hazara community, who are originally from Afghanistan, the report is of great importance. That’s because in this census the number of people identified as Hazara is four times greater than the census in 2016. In the 2016 Census the number of people identified as Hazara was 11,146 and in the census in 2021, 41,766 people identified as Hazara. It was a significant jump but it is estimated that the actual population of Hazaras is at least 65,000 if not more. Just a couple of weeks prior to the census, a few groups of Hazara youth in different states started a campaign to motivate the Hazara community to write in the ancestry section of the census questionnaire ‘Hazara’ and the language ‘Hazaragi’. The Hazaras in Australia make up the fourth largest population of the Hazaras in the world and the largest in the western world but the previous and current census don’t reflect the actual population. “In the short term this campaign might create some issues but in the long run it will solve a lot of the problems,” says Mehdi Sina, one of the organisers of the campaign. “The issue we are trying to solve is not just the way Census data is reported, it is about our identity as Hazaras. The Afghan identity has been imposed on us for so long.” The Hazaras first settled in Australia in the late 1990’s during the first rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan when they were subjected to mass atrocities in Mazar-e-Sharif, Kabul and Bamyan. The Hazaras are a long persecuted ethnic group. In the 1880’s more than 65 per cent of our

Mehdi Sina led a campaign for Hazara Australians to reclaim their cultural identity in the 2021 Census. population were brutally massacred by King Abdul Rahman. Since then they have been considered as second-class citizens. Hazaras are considered to be the most vulnerable ethnic group since the fall of Kabul last August. They have been targeted at educational institutions, mosques, on public transport and, most recently, the Taliban attacked the Balkhab district of the Sari Pul province which resulted in the displacement of thousands of Hazara

families who took refuge in the mountains. There are reports that many civilians including women and children were killed in the attack. Our community believes that they are often overshadowed by the term ‘Afghan’ and on many occasions they are not correctly represented. For example, according to this census the number of people who speak Hazaragi at home is 41,678, those who speak Pashto is 12,654 and

those who speak Dari is 29,828. Both Dari and Pashto have radio programs on the SBS radio service - but the Hazaragi doesn’t. The generalisation of the communities from Afghanistan as ‘Afghan’ has been another issue which many people have been vocal about lately. A vast number of the people from nonPashtun backgrounds don’t identify with ‘Afghan’ as it is considered to be the second name of the Pashtun people and that this has been imposed on them. “Most of the Australian officials, 95 per cent of the time, don’t understand the ethnic differences in Afghanistan,” Mr Sina said. “Let me tell you a story. It was in 2019, after the big bushfires we sent a number of people to volunteer to fix fences and other stuff. “On January 26 which was Australia Day, some of those government officials and MPs in that area wanted to thank us and said ‘we thank the Afghan community’ and all of a sudden half of the people split away and said ‘we are not Afghans and that is not inclusive’.” Communities such as the Hazaras have traumatic experiences associated with the word ‘Afghan’ as they have been subjected to a long history of oppression by the same people. “I did an interview with the SBS a few days ago and I asked the journalist to introduce me as a Hazara but when the story was published I was identified as Afghan,” Mr Sina said. “It made me upset that they didn’t pay attention to the most important part, which was my identity, and I feel disrespected that despite educating them, my identity was not correctly quoted and it hurts me.” The census results clearly show that the Australian Hazaras have said ‘no’ to an imposed identity and have embraced the identity for which they have been shamed and bullied in the past.

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The beloved principal who ‘hated school’ By Cam Lucadou-Wells Ironically, the enduring Dandenong North Primary School principal Kevin Mackay OAM hated school as a kid, and “wasn’t much of a student”. “I used to think school shouldn’t have been like this. “It’s lovely now to be able to influence how our school operates. “I often think I would have loved to have been a kid at this school (Dandenong North Primary School).” He readily admits he was a “trouble-maker”. And when asked by his technical school principal Marcus Beresford what he wanted to do with his life, Mr Mackay said he wanted to be a teacher. “I was being a smart arse. I thought it was an impossibility.” Mr Beresford told him that “if you pull your head in, I’ll make sure you get into teacher’s college”. He was true to his word. It showed Mr Mackay the profound impact that a teacher can have. In term 4, Mr Mackay’s remarkable 60-year teaching career across 10 schools comes to an end. By some quirk, two of his former schools in Jeparit and Ballarat had taught former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. His first far-flung posting was Jeparit Primary School. Mr Mackay would travel nearly 800 kilometres between the remote town to Melbourne each weekend. He then taught at a 70-student school at Patchewollock in the Mallee, where some families lived on dirt floors. At Musk Vale, Mr Mackay was the sole teacher of 17 pupils. He also presided over a school for inmates at Langi Kal Kal youth training centre. Meanwhile his soon-to-retire assistant principal and wife Jenny Mackay says teaching has been in her blood. It’s a vocation that’s drawn her since organising games in the street as a child. Her father, a farmer who grew up in poverty in the Mallee, pushed for her to get an education. “He’d say you’ve got to get a decent education to go forward. “I can’t think of a better vocation. When you work with children, it’s a joy. “When kids come up and give you a hug or tell you a silly joke, you can’t stay glum.” The school has built an enviable reputation to bringing out the best in kids from more than

Kevin Mackay OAM reflects on a teaching career spanning 10 schools.

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Picture: GARY SISSONS 50 diverse backgrounds. According to a recent official review, the school excelled across all five measured categories - teaching and learning, leadership, assessment, support and resources, and student engagement. Its cutting-edge programs have been documented in award-winning films. Mr Mackay says the key is to get teachers who “want to teach”. They must be committed to it as a vocation,

not a job. They must have high aspirations and be able to work out the “next step” for each child. Great teachers at work are like watching an orchestra’s conductor, Mr Mackay says. “It’s a joy to watch. We’ve got stacks in this school.” One of the questions he asks aspiring recruits is if they actually like kids. “You’d be surprised how many teachers don’t,” he says.

End of an era From page 1 “I’ve never seen him get angry. “He’s a very kind person. He’s always somebody who puts himself in someone else’s shoes. “He takes being a public servant very seriously. It’s strongly instilled in him that we’re here to serve, to make people’s lives easier.” The best way of resolving any ‘conflict of interest’ was being focused on what was best for the students. “You overhear staff saying the same thing – what’s the best for the kids rather than what’s in it for you. That’s been a huge change in the last 20 years at the school,” Ms Mackay says. “If everyone has that mindset then there’s no conflict.” The couple make a rule not to bring work home. On their drive to school from their Cranbourne home, they don’t talk shop until they reach a certain gum tree. On the return home, that same gum tree marks the end of school talk. “If you can’t work with your partner, what’s going on in the relationship?” Ms Mackay says. Their departure will largely coincide with the near-realisation of Mr Mackay’s long ambition to rebuild the school. After several delays, the “final piece of the puzzle” of gymnasium, music room and canteen is now under construction. “We were hoping to hold off our retirements until the hall was completed,” Mr Mackay says. “But we’ll be going in the knowledge that we’ve left the school in a really good position as a modernised and fit-forpurpose establishment. “I’m not getting any younger and the work is getting more demanding. The workload is huge and getting greater. “I’ve found myself looking at screens all day long rather than talking to students and teachers. “I got into school teaching to work with people not to stare at panes of glass.” Meanwhile, for assistant principal Ms Mackay, the job had become a doubleedged sword. “I love the job, the work and the community – but it’s so hard, I’m so tired.” Post-retirement, Mr Mackay says the couple will finally travel in their underused campervan. He still hopes to work as relief teacher. “We don’t stop because of a number on a calendar.” Ms Mackay says there’ll be more time for friends and family. She will still be making the birthday cards behind the scenes, allowing others to hand them out and continue the tradition. “We’re leaving the school but we’re not leaving the community.”

From Dandenong to the world: School celebrated in film By Cam Lucadou-Wells Dandenong North Primary School’s vast, unique achievements have been celebrated in award-winning films. Principal Kevin Mackay, who is set to retire at the end of 2022, met with film-maker Amel Tresnjic at the 2017 premiere of a doco Singfest, which featured the school and eight others in the region. The film earned 18 international film awards. Since then, they have collaborated on heart-affirming films set at the school such as The Reading Factory, Talk for Life and the upcoming Giving Back. “Amel has been lucky to have us, to access the subject matter that goes to people’s hearts,” Mr Mackay says. “And we’ve been lucky to have him – Amel is a genius, he’s a fantastic film-maker.” Mr Mackay had approached the film-maker to make a blueprint of the school’s “bespoke” programs that targeted its disadvantaged communities. Such as its “reading factory” literacy intervention program, which inspired variations at 10 STAR JOURNAL

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Dandenong North Primary School students Aleira, Mahdiya, Athia, Beryl and Farzana with Kevin and Jenny Mackay. 292591 Picture: GARY SISSONS other schools in Australia and the world. The program churned through 180 kids a day in 20 minute bursts, leading Mr Mackay to label it as a “reading factory” – the name of one of the films. “It was like shift work.” Talk for Life documented the school’s English As An Additional Language program – the only three-phase program of its type in Australia.

It was conceived by assistant principal Jenny Mackay, who is married to Kevin and also retiring this year. The EAL program has also led to an Afghanistan mothers group, which is extending to Dandenong High School families. It provides sessions on hand-writing, creating picture books, mathematics and advice on how to navigate life and processes in Australia. The school includes families from 50 diverse backgrounds. Of the 790 students, 250 have Afghanistan-based backgrounds. Many had fled Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan last year. “It’s a great thing that your school can make a great difference to people who had had a shocking start to life,” Ms Mackay says. “They get their childhood back.” For newly arrived families – whose kin are mainly thousands of miles away – the school is like a “second family”, Ms Mackay says. The school employs liaison officers for Afghanistan and African communities. “Parents view the school as a hub for them,” Ms Mackay says. “It’s not just education but a connection to a community.”

Mr Tresnjic’s upcoming film Getting Back features some of the 13 former students that have been inspired to return to Dandenong North Primary as teachers. Several credit Mr Mackay as the reason that they became teachers. “It’s all us, not just me,” Mr Mackay says. “We’re just a fabulous team.” Mr Tresnjic recently told Star News that the returned teachers recognised the “strong impact their own teachers had in becoming who they are”. His films on the school “remind us that helping others generates a strong sense of inner happiness. “We have had a few viewers express how the films inspired them to pursue teaching, which is amazing.” Mr Mackay is a “hero”, a “visionary who truly understand the needs, not only of students, but also their staff and overall community”, Mr Tresnjic says. He dedicated his life to “helping the disadvantaged build successful careers, and most importantly set a high standard for virtues in the community.” dandenong.starcommunity.com.au


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Life without them In 2021, more than 53,000 missing persons reports were made to Australian police. Thankfully, about 98 per cent of missing people are found - mostly safe and well. But around 2600 Australians are classed as long-term missing persons, meaning they have been missing for more than three months. This National Missing Persons Week (NMPW), the AFP’s National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) is urging Australians to think of the people they love and ask what their life would be like without them. AFP Acting Assistant Commissioner Specialist Protective Command Jason Kennedy said NMPW (31 July - 6 August) is an annual week of action to raise awareness of the significant issues surrounding missing persons.

“Young, old, family members, and loved ones all from a range of cultures have one thing in common – the daily fears, hopes and endless questions they leave behind,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Kennedy said. “NMPW is supported throughout the missing persons sector and within the broader community to bring much-needed awareness and hopefully answers for those left behind. “I encourage all Australians to take a look at the profiles of our long-term missing, share the posts and keep the families of those missing in your thoughts,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Kennedy said. Cardinia CIU Detective Sergeant Amanda Dean said she hoped National Missing Persons Week would help prompt a significant memo-

ry for members of the public. “It might prompt someone to recall something; they might have some information that might be valuable to assist in locating missing persons,” she said. She added the week was also about providing closure for families of missing people. “That’s what this week’s really all about, is the families who have loved ones who are still missing - they never get that closure,” Detective Sergeant Dean said. “It’s always good if we can solve one to get some answers for the family.” If you have information that may assist police to locate a missing person, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Missing but not forgotten: Region’s missing people Li Bing Di Last seen: Dandenong Missing since: Sunday, 4 February, 2001 Age now: 44 Gender: Male Height: 168cm Build: Slim Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Li Bing Di was 22 when he was last seen leaving his father’s house in Dandenong South, on or around 4 February 2001. Li’s father Suo Fan Di was the last person to see Li. It is not known why Li was leaving the house on that day. Enquiries made by police established Li had been staying on occasion at an address on Jesson Crescent, Dandenong in the year leading up to his disappearance which is where his ex-partner was living. Li didn’t have a car, he had very little money and did not take any of his personal belongings with him. Mahalingam Sinnathamby Last Seen: Noble Park Missing since: Thursday, 25 August, 2005 Age now: 84 Gender: Male Height: 175cm Build: Slim Hair: Grey Noble Park man Mahalingham Sinnathamby was 68 years old when he went missing in 2005. He had lived alone in Noble Park for 10 years and had irregular contact with his family. In 2013, investigators identified a person of interest in the case and released an composite image of a man they wished to speak to in relation to Sinnathamby’s disappearance. They also revealed that Sinnathamby’s bank account had not been accessed

since July 2005. Apparently he was known to withdraw his pension every fortnight to purchase groceries. His disappearance is considered suspicious. Greater Dandenong Crime Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Kane Taylor said in 2013 police had received anonymous information through Crime Stoppers and urged the caller to make contact again. In February 2014, Detective Senior Constable Kane Taylor – then in the Greater Dandenong CIU told a Coroner’s Court direction hearing that police believed Sinnathamby to be deceased. Richard Hadwick Last seen: Belgrave South Missing since: Saturday, 19 May, 1990 Age now: 53 Gender: Male Height: 182cm Build: Thin Hair: Blonde Eyes: Blue Richard Hadwick was last seen leaving his Belgrave South home, heading out to celebrate his 21st birthday on Saturday 19 May, 1990. Last seen by his parents at 12.30am, he had returned home to change his clothes, and said a taxi was waiting in the driveway to take him to Foster’s Disco in Dandenong. He had little money on him and did not take any spare clothes or belongings. He worked at Bayswater Joinery, but has not turned up to work since his disappearance. Bailed to Dandenong Magistrates Court on burglary charges on 24 May 1990, reports indicate he may have been afraid he would be sent to prison. Sadly, Richard has not been seen since.

Li Bing Di.

Mahalingam Sinnathamby.

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Changing the young people narrative By Jonty Ralphsmith Mary Tresize-Brown gets an insight into the true characters of young parents and pregnant people. Through her work with South East Local Learning and Employment Network running young parents education programs, she is opening doors for 15-21 year-olds – and trying to change society’s negative stigmatisation. There are about 1100 parents aged between 15-21 years old in the southeast region. Their prospects of providing a prosperous life for themselves and their children are greatly increased with the opportunity to dandenong.starcommunity.com.au

complete their education. “The young parents education programs really gives young parents that don’t have great family support or good role modelling, this gives them a safe, secure trustworthy place where they can not only study but be assisted in learning about becoming a parent and all the parts of being a parent.” A parent and grandparent, Ms TresizeBrown has a long history working in the field including being on a ministerial advisory group for the federal government and representing young parents in other groups fighting for more acknowledgment. She feels passionately about increasing equality between them and other young people.

This program gives young parents that might not have a great support network a safe, secure trustworthy place where they can not only study but be assisted in learning about becoming a parent and all the parts of being a paren,” Ms Tresize-Brown said. “I understand all the complexities for young people and then you add into the mix becoming a parent whilst they’re still in developmental stages themselves - they will need lots of support. “They’re highly aspirational and what we’re trying to do is change the perception in the community about young parents. “We shouldn’t be judging them, we should be supporting them to achieve the best they possibly can.”

Missing Owen for 30 years By Marcus Uhe Pakenham’s Dylan Redman describes the bond between him and his older brother Owen as “typical” of male siblings. Five years his junior, Dylan, the “annoying little brother”, wanted to go wherever Owen did, and followed him into the world of music, where he has made a living as a drummer and drum teacher, influenced by a love of bands like Led Zeppelin and The Police. He’d love to see a live band with his brother at one of Melbourne’s iconic live music venues one day, such as Richmond’s Corner Hotel or the Hotel Esplanade in St Kilda. But Dylan hasn’t seen Owen for 31 years, since he and his father reported him as missing on Thursday 21 February, 1991. Although not entirely out-of-character for Owen to make the occasional solo trip for a hike or music festival without much communication to his family or loved ones, it was Owen’s wife who raised the alarm, after he was off the grid for a month, which was considered longer than usual. From there, Dylan and his family swung into action. “I was a fair bit younger and didn’t have the resources like Facebook back then,” he said. “It’s literally boots on the ground. “We went to his house, places he frequented, cafes, venues, and tried to connect with his housemates.” Various tips from members of the public have proven unsuccessful over the years and as time goes by, Dylan has learnt to deal with the emotions and the reality of situation. But landmarks, such as Owen’s birthday, old streets he used to live, or seeing old friends are difficult reminders. He has learnt to deal with a concept described to him as “ambiguous loss”, and struggles with the concept of achieving closure. “The person who’s missing hasn’t passed away as far as you’re aware, but in a sense they have. It’s like a social passing away, because you can’t contact them. It’s frustrating. “Closure is a misnomer; even if he did come back, there’d still be a sense of, why did he take so long, and what did we do that was so wrong that made us disconnect.” On the 30th anniversary of Owen’s disappearance last year, Dylan, his wife and Owen’s ex-wife spent a couple of hours together at Owen’s old Brunswick West house, promoting the event on social media in the hopes that Owen would see it, and present an opportunity to reconnect. “It was for our own benefit, just to put it out there. “Even he didn’t see it, we wanted him to know that we love him, we care for him and he will not be forgotten.” This National Missing Persons Week, Dylan is taking the opportunity to tell the story of his brother, and raise awareness of the plight of other missing people, for the sake of their families. “It’s a complex thing because it’s not cool, and there’s no cuteness about it,” Dylan said. “It’s just hard and it’s a harsh reality that people do disappear.” When asked what he would say to his brother if they had the chance to reunite, Dylan kept it simple, and heartfelt. “I’d just want him to know that it’s OK to reconnect. There’d be no hard feelings, no judgement, I’d happily accept him back into our lives. “I’d love to shout him a coffee or a beer at a pub with no expectations or complications. “I hope that one day I can get a chance to chat to him again.” Owen Redman is listed at 176 centimetres tall, with light brown hair, a slim build, a fair complexion and blue eyes. He was last seen in Brunswick, where he lived at the time. He failed to show to work at Green Peace and took none of his personal belongings or money at the time of his disappearance. Police believe that Owen may have changed his surname to Moore. If you have information that may assist police to locate Owen, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au Tuesday, 9 August, 2022

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Family affair for tribute act It will be a family affair at Bunjil Place on Saturday 20 August, as a real life married couple hit the stage as iconic country duo Johnny Cash and June Carter. Mark and Joanne Caligiuri, who married in 2016, star in Get Rhythm - A Tribute to Johnny Cash & June Carter - performing crowd favourites like I Walk the Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Jackson and A Boy Named Sue. Coinciding with the close-knit spirit of many other classic country acts, they are accompanied by Mark’s sons Chris (double bass) and Lucas (drums) and his cousin, Adam Prozzo (lead guitar). The Caligiuris have toured Cash shows across Australia for fifteen years. “I was actually a fan of the Carter family when I was in high school!” Joanne explained. “I used to like old country music and I was also very familiar with Johnny Cash and I even remember the exact moment of learning of his death on TV when I was in high school. “When the movie [Walk the Line] came out in Australia 2006 I was so excited and told Mark we had to go as I was a fan of Cash.

and a year later we started it 2007.” Years of touring helped shape what they wanted to express through their shows. “We want people to get excited,” Mark said. “[We perform] an energetic show and to . . . feel the connection with each other too as that was an important part to John and June. “Getting everybody together and having a good time to some of the greatest country songs ever written and to take them on a Journey throughout the night.” Outside of live performances, they are also building a sizeable online presence. Their cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter’s “‘Cause I Love You” has racked up over 52,000 views on YouTube. The show, which sold out when it played at Frankston Arts Centre on 30 April, will be taking place at Bunjil Place on Saturday 20 August at 8 pm. Audiences can expect a fun-filled, high-energy show—with some audience participation. Tickets are available at the venue, by phone (9709 9700) or can be purchased online at tickets.bunjilplace.com.au/7253

The tribute show features family members Adam Prozzo (lead guitar), Joanne Caligiuri (lead vocals), Mark Caligiuri (lead vocals, lead guitar), Lucas Caligiuri (drums) and Chris Caligiuri (double bass). Picture: ROCK IMAGES/ROCK ZAMPAGLIONE Joanne said it was after watching the movie together that Mark also became a fan of the music, after which they began to create their own Johnny Cash show.

“I actually already had some Cash CDs that I shared with Mark and he was hooked,” she said. “That’s when we started to form the show

Music opportunity beckons youngsters By Jonty Ralphsmith Local students with a passion for music are being encouraged to join ON TRACK – a hands-on school holiday music program. Developed by Mushroom Group, the free program funded by the department of education fosters a dynamic music experience that celebrates music, collaboration and creativity. No musical experience is required to take

part in the experience from Monday September 19 until Thursday September 22 at St Johns Regional College, Dandenong. Music industry specialists and artists will mentor and train the students, instilling confidence in an inclusive, warm, fun environment. Students will experience specialised song writing workshops, learning to story tell through lyrics, beat-make, rap, produce film clips and perform their own music.

Aimed at upper primary and secondary school aged students, the program starts off with participants writing a collaborative chorus and individual verses as students come up with the basis for the song they will perform on the final day. Demo recording, tips about performance technique from coaches and the creation of a music video will also form part of the program before there is an opportunity to perform in front of peers.

On Track offers an excellent opportunity for students to learn about music in a fun environment. Picture: SUPPLIED

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support, outreach and skills development for members of the African and CALD communities. It works closely with youth offenders, providing them with a pathway out of these behaviours and into a more positive contribution to society. During the pandemic for example, ex-offenders helped create food hampers and deliver these to the most vulnerable in society. Afri-Aus Care also works with “the mamas“,

African women who are new to Australia and need assistance to find employment and learn English. Many of these women are survivors of domestic abuse, and Afri-Aus Care provides mental health support too as they build a new life. Speaking at the Australia Day ceremony, Ms Luka said she was honoured to have received such a prestigious award. “May we continue to be united. Dandenong is a great city to be,“ she said.

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WHAT’S ON Noble Park Art Show We invite artists of all ages and experience to enter our October 2022 show! This years Open 1st Prize is $500 and our Junior 1st Prize is $200. It’s only $5 per artwork for open artists to enter and for junior artists the entry is FREE. Noble Park Community Centre Art Show will take place from 14-16 October. Entries close Friday 30 September 2022, 4pm! To enter click the link: npccartshow. org/2022-show/enter

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Men’s Shed Keysborough Men’s Shed is a group based on old-fashioned mateship. It provides a place where men can feel included and safe, and is a tonic for their health and wellbeing. Activities include woodwork projects, cooking for lunches, welding, maintenance around the place and assistance to the community. It’s in the reserve outside the rear of Resurrection Primary School, 402 Corrigan Road, Keysborough (enter driveway opposite 16 Loxwood Avenue). Fridays 9am to 2pm. Details: Michael Howlett, 0408 545 196.

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Fun for retirees Waverley Gardens Combined Probus Club is seeking new members from Dandenong North, Noble Park and Springvale North. In addition to other activities, members meet for coffee and listen to a guest speaker. From 9.45am to noon on the last Tuesday of the month at Southern Community Centre, 27 Rupert Dr, Mulgrave. Details: Don, 9560 6046.

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Photography competition Every year Greater Dandenong City Council produces a Community Calendar for residents which features photos taken in our municipality. Residents can submit photos taken in their local community to win cash prizes and feature in the 2023 calendar. All photos chosen to appear in the calendar will also feature in an exhibition at the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre later this year. Photos can be of architecture, outdoor space or something different that captures your imagination. Prizes are $1000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.

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ABC will be running a free return bus service for Q+A audience members from Dandenong to ABC Southbank Studios on Thursday 11 August, live from 8.30pm. A panel of decision makers and commentators will be discussing and debating national issues. Bus departs about 6.30pm and returns, departing Melbourne CBD about 9.40pm. To hop on the bus and be part of the audience register your interest via the following link and in response to Q.15 write: City of Greater Dandenong. ABC will be in touch with details if you are successful. Details: www.abc.net.au/qanda/studio-audience/

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Join the Conversation Circle at Dandenong Library and make new friends whilst practising English in a friendly, relaxed and safe environment. This program is suitable for adults. Low to intermediate levels of English language skills are required. When: Every Thursday during school terms 6-7.30pm.

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This winter take a deep exhale, make a cup of tea and lose yourself in an abstract art piece using chalk pastels facilitated by Artist and Educator Yaz Gate. This relaxing abstract technique (neurographic art) was coined by Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev in 2014. Workshop suitable for all artistic abilities. Tuesday 9 August 2022, 7:00pm -8:30pm, online via zoom.

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how to create unique miniature crystal sculptures using recycled materials from Greater Dandenong’s industrial area. Orbach will teach you how to hand-build small-scale sculptures using recycled metal, wire, wood, and plastic. Take home your own science crystal kit with special instructions on how to grow crystal geodes for your newly built sculptural creation. Thursday 25 August 2022, 10:00am -12:00pm, Walker Street Gallery.

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Creative Writing Group at The Open Door: You are invited to an organic creative writing group where we awaken our inner writer and spark our imagination in this encouraging workshop. We will share creative writing prompts, stories and ideas, and do a couple of fun writing activities together. New writers welcome. When: Thursday 11 August 10am-12pm. Where: The Open Door, 110 Ann Street, Dandenong. A gold coin donation is welcome. Please contact Jo or Tayla on 9791 8664 or theopendoor@ssjg.org.au to book in or for more info.

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Dandenong Wetlands Planting Day Bring the family and join us at Dandenong Wetlands to plant some seedlings. One of the best ways we can assist in protecting the natural biodiversity of Bunurong Country is by replacing non-native vegetation with local native species. You can assist by participating in our community planting days. Come along and discover local open spaces and enjoy a free lunch. Saturday 13 August 10am-1pm at Dandenong Wetlands, 270 Stud Road, Dandenong North

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Non-verbal students receive a digital helping hand By Eleanor Wilson

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Communication can be a daily struggle for non-verbal students, which is why notfor-profit State Schools’ Relief is hoping an investment in technology will make all the difference. The Dandenong South based charity has partnered with Bank First and ASCA to secure $90,000 funding to invest in 423 iPads for non-verbal students at more than 90 specialist schools throughout Victoria. Narre Warren’s Dandenong Valley Special Developmental School (SDS) is one school to benefit from the initiative, with 10 of its students receiving iPads to help them communicate both at school and at home. Sue Karzis, CEO of State Schools’ Relief, explained that providing non-verbal children with an iPad enables them to have their own voice at all times. “The iPads for non-verbal students is one of the most impactful programs that we run at State Schools’ Relief; to be able to provide a young person with the means to communicate their wants and needs is transformational,” she said. “iPads give these students a voice, something that many of us take for granted.” Dandenong Valley SDS speech pathologist Geraldine, who works closely with students at the school, agreed the iPads would have a profound impact on the students. “If [the students] don’t have a communication system, it results in frustration and students can become withdrawn from learning,” she said. “Every child has something to say or a contribution to make and without the iPads to allow them to express themselves, we can’t be sure what they need.

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Doveton on the rise By Jonty Ralphsmith It’s been a quick ascent for Doveton Cricket Club. In 2018/19, the famous club was in Turf 5 and now the once mighty Turf 1 competitor is back in Turf 2, among the best 16 clubs in the Dandenong District Cricket Association (DDCA), having won two premierships in three years. President and all-rounder Kaine Bundy says there is great excitement which Doveton will look to embrace. “There is plenty of buzz around the joint, I’m always talking to someone about the future, which hasn’t been going on around the club for a while,” Bundy said. “It used to be...we rock up to play, and then go home, but people want to talk behind the scenes when the club is improving. “We definitely aren’t there to just make up the numbers, I hope we play finals in our first year in turf two and give it a crack. “It’s a good place to be again.” New coach Mitch Daley takes over from Troy Hancock and is the perfect person to complement the anticipation according to Bundy. Daley scored 351 runs from 14 hits as an opener last season, including a century in the final when he formed a big partnership with Simon Mackie, and has an excellent grounding in leadership. “He’s a likeable lad,” Bundy said. “You always want a firmness with the coach but when people are excited and want to be there, you don’t have much else go wrong. “He’s a wealth of knowledge having captained Emerald for five years so I think he’s going to be really good for a few of the younger boys to help them take the next step. “Everyone expects them to be to be really good quality turf one cricketers by the time they’re done.” Doveton had five batters in the top 20 turf three run-scorers last season – Ryan Hendy (385) Simon Mackie (379 runs), Mitch Daley, Troy Hancock (305), Adam Read (268) – and have retained the quintet.

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Kaine Bundy is confident that the Doves can carry their momentum into the higher competition. 277862 Picture: ROB CAREW Hendy has long monopolised the top-order runs for Doveton, but Bundy is keen to see how some others perform at turf two level. “Talent is definitely there it is just about applying ourselves for longer periods than the opposition,” Bundy said. “We need to be a lot better at adapting week to week from two-day cricket to one-day cricket as we will play the two mixed this season. “I think that has been our one downfall in the past. At times, we didn’t adapt well to the circumstances of the game at times – we would lose a couple of wickets and try to hit our way out rather than using our 40 overs.” Former Emerald opening bowler and late-

order hitter Trent Rolfs has jumped on board for the season to add potency to the bowling line-up. Rolfs captured five wickets from four games last season and has averaged 22 with the ball in his past three seasons. Nathan Wilson – who will captain the side in 2022-23 - and Hendy, offer handy spin, Adam Read is a rapid bowler that can bowl scary spells and Kenny Smart is a workhorse medium pacer that adds variation to the attack, alongside Rolfs. Bundy also indicated there may be some other recruits the club is circling which will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Rangers go searching for the answers The Dandenong Rangers men’s team will still have plenty to play for this weekend despite sitting at the bottom of the NBL-1 South ladder. The Rangers close out their season with a massive double header against Waverley (12th) and Eltham (17th) …with the pride and motivation that has driven the Rangers to their most successful seasons over the years sure to be on full display. The penultimate weekend of the homeand-away season saw the Rangers head to Casey Stadium on Saturday night to take on NBL newcomers the Cavaliers. The Cavs made a statement from the start, leading by nine points at quarter time before extending their lead to 54-38 half way through the contest. The Rangers had no answer to the scoring power of the Cavs, with Jordan Bell, William Hickey, Matt Donlan and Mitchell Riggs doing as they pleased at the offensive end of the court. The Cavs continued their form in the third period, scoring 25-20 to lead 79-58 at the final break. Scoring was proving difficult for the Rangers, who did show character to bounce strongly in the final period of play. The Rangers outscored the Cavs 22-14 to reduce the margin to 93-80 at the final buzzer. Bell (28 points, 13 rebounds) was unstoppable for the Cavs, with great support coming from Hickey (24 points), Donlan (18) and Riggs (14). The Rangers showed great resilience in the final term and will need to draw on that quality when they look to extricate themselves from the bottom of the table this weekend. Jacob Davison (21 points) led the scoring for the Rangers, with Nicolas Tata (14), Calvin Enge (13) and Deng Puoch (10) providing the back up. The Rangers host Waverley at 8pm this Saturday, before finishing off a frustrating season with a road-trip to Eltham for a 2.30pm tip-off on Sunday. Dandenong was also outclassed in the women’s contest on Saturday night with the home-court Cavaliers running out comprehensive 85-60 winners. In an exciting first quarter, both teams came out firing with the Cavs leading 30-25 after a helter-skelter stanza of high-quality basketball. But the Cavs really lifted their defensive focus after quarter time, scoring 55 points for the remainder of the match but keeping the Rangers to a modest 35. The second quarter was particularly dominant for the Cavs, who rattled in 24 points while keeping the Rangers to just 10. That second term set the scene for the remainder of the match. Despite being defeated the Rangers fought the game out strongly with Gemma Potter (15 points, 8 rebounds) and Luisa Fakalata (13 points, 4 rebounds) proving the standouts. Dandenong, currently 15th on the table, host seventh-place Waverley at 6.30pm on Saturday before heading to Eltham on Sunday to take on the 14th-placed Wildcats. The Sunday game begins at 12.30pm.

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Dingley’s very best By Jonty Ralphsmith Dingley’s Team of the Decade is chock-full of premiership talent. The 26 was named at a function at Marine Hotel, Brighton, in late July, with Shane Morwood - having coached for nine of the 10 years - selecting the side. Now assistant coach Tony Lavars was named in the back pocket and Morwood named him as the skipper. Lavars had some stints as skipper, and Morwood praised both him and vice-captain Lee Wonnacott as strong communicators who were important for the culture of the club during the premiership years. Jack Ades was also named in the back pocket with Morwood admiring his journey through the club “I’m super proud of how he’s developed over the years, some may have seen him as a bit of a battler,” Morwood said. “He was a defensive on-baller, and then when Tony Lavars retired we put Jack into a back pocket and he became a great back pocket player. “But if we were in trouble in the midfield and getting beaten in clearances, we could put Jack in there to get control back.” The defence was harmonious and parsimonious during the premiership years with its strength allowing them to be successful with fast ball movement and set up confidently offensively. Kristen Feehan, Trav La Rocca, Matt Morwood, Andrew Frost, Wonnacott and Jack

Zippy Tesla shines in sprint heats By Luke Corda

Dingley has named its Team of the Decade. Clausen all formed part of that backline. Danny Ades, the inspirational hard-at-it midfielder who took over from Morwood as coach, was named in the midfield alongside Chris Horton-Milne, Chris Milne and Josh Boyle. Former Casey Scorpion and Frankston Dolphin, running machine Lucas Walmsley, and Josh Ferguson were named on the wings. Calhan McQueen and Dan Farmer, barom-

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Picture: JONTY RALPHSMITH eters up forward with Farmer winning the league goalkicking in 2019, were named as the pillars in attack, with Marcus Freeman, Robert Rusan, Jackson Beet and James Ball. Brett Lavers, Luke Bartholomew, Kane Davidson and Daniel Turcareli were named on the bench. Clausen, Frost and Darren Andrews and were all inducted into the Hall of Fame on the night.

Powerhouse sprinter Zippy Tesla showcased his incredible strength and desire to win as the Dailly family cleaned up the Victorian National Sprint Heats on Thursday night at Sandown. Away fairly from Box 4, Zippy Tesla managed to squeeze his way to the fence and muscle-out Big Opal Rocks and Riccarton Rick to settle in fourth. Trapped in a pocket behind Usman Bale and Compliance coming into the home straight, Zippy Tesla used his large 37.7kg frame to force an opening between the leading pair before kicking away to win by 1.5 lengths in 29.42s The run was one of the most powerful seen in recent times and trainer Tom Dailly was highly impressed. “It was a top run,” he said. “He had to work hard for it and wasn’t afraid to push them around – his will to win is enormous.” Zippy Tesla’s triumph made it victories in three out of the four Heats for the Dailly family. Dusty Bourbski continued his outstanding form in the opening Heat with a gutsy 29.38s win over Kinrock Star. He makes it two wins in a row after his gallant second-place finish behind Wow She’s Fast in the Group 1 Maturity Classic. Zara’s Ivan led all the way to win the second Heat from the inside draw, narrowly holding out a fast-finishing Photo Man. Much to the delight of Tom Dailly, Zippy Tesla and Dusty Bourbski have drawn Boxes 1 and 2, respectively, for next week’s Final with Zara’s Ivan in Box 5. “All three of them are going really well at the moment. I think Zippy Tesla is the best drawn of them, being on the inside is a good thing for him.” Vayda Bale was a brilliant winner in the third Heat, recording back-to-back Sandown wins for the first time in her career with a signature 5.04s first split before holding on to win over Who Told Shorty at long odds. Later in the evening, Hector Fawley stunned fans on course with a superb track debut in Race 9. His 29.33s effort at just his fourth career start was the fastest time recorded on a night filled with plenty of starpower.

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Battle lines drawn as Josh inks new deal By Tyler Lewis Josh Battle has put pen to paper, keeping him in the red, white and black for another two seasons. The former Dandenong Stingrays product will remain at St Kilda Football Club until at least the end of 2024. The versatile defender has chalked up 19 games this season, the equal most of any of his six seasons to date. Battle, 23, has earned the praise of St Kilda Head of List Management James Gallagher in the midst of a career-best season. dandenong.starcommunity.com.au

“We’re proud to have Josh sign with us for the next two seasons,” Gallagher said in a St Kilda media release. “Josh is a hard-working, dedicated young man who plays his role for the team week-in week-out. “He’s a fierce competitor on-field who is willing to put his body on the line, which has earned him a great deal of respect from his teammates. “Since joining the club at 17-years-old, Josh’s commitment to improve as a footballer and a person has been unwavering. “His performances are a reflection of that

commitment, plus a growing maturity that we have seen in Josh and a number of his teammates. “We look forward to seeing more of Josh in the years ahead and hope to see his development continue to have an influence on those around him.” After making his debut – while still a student at Haileybury College – in 2017, Battle has played 76 senior matches. Battle is one of seven St Kilda players to have been selected in the starting 22 in all appearances this season. Tuesday, 9 August, 2022

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