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Tribute to Kinnears history By Goya Dmytryshchak

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He said the engineers and their families were treated to picnics at Wandin North in the Yarra Ranges, while a Christmas party was hosted by Kinnears’ social club in the factory’s canteen. “It was always a good place to work,” Mr Moore said. “Every Friday night, there was a group of people that would do a progressive dinner, going to each other’s places. The men would play cards and the women would sit around and watch movies and gasbag. “They were a really close-knit community.”

Fittingly, the first $5.6 million heritage restoration completed by R&F was an 1800 square metre brick building that was once a rope dispensary and the dining hall for Kinnears’ workers. R&F vice president Thomas Chiu said many residents of Footscray and surrounds held vivid and dear memories of the factory. “We are committed to keeping the Kinnears history alive through this commitment to conservation,” he said. “As part of this plan, we are also currently recording as many of these

heart-warming local memories as possible to create a legacy for future generations.” The first apartment tower, comprising 208 dwellings and known as Live City at Ropeworks, has been completed at the site. It includes a bar and lounge and a level 12 rooftop garden and Skydeck, with apartments starting at $348,000. The development will ultimately have eight luxury residential and mixed-use buildings, plus cafes, restaurants, a supermarket, gym, and a childcare centre. 12468826-SN45-20

The second stage of the landmark $880 million Kinnears Ropeworks residential development is expected to be launched early next year, with former workers’ stories being collected to preserve some of the Footscray site’s history. Nearly 20 years after closing its doors following more than a century of operation, the rope factory site in Ballarat Road is being redeveloped into a residential, retail and community precinct named Ropeworks Footscray. As part of R&F Property Australia’s redevelopment, three historic buildings are being restored and networks of heritage laneways will be preserved. Braybrook’s Jeff Moore, 63, last week took a trip down memory lane, revisiting the site where he started work at age 17 and where his parents, Bill and Freda, met and fell in love. “My father worked there 40-plus years,” Mr Moore said. “During World War II, he wanted to go off to the war but Kinnears said that he had to stop home because it was an essential service. “He was very disappointed that all his mates were going off to fight and he wasn’t. “He ended up meeting my mother there and they married. “Dad was a storeman for the engineers – he held that position for 30-something years and then had a stroke. They created a position for him in the methods department, which was where they worked out bonuses for workers.” Mr Moore said he was glad the developers would honourhis father’s and other workers’ stories within the development, but described the end of an era as “kind of sad“. “Every time you drive past the place, now, all these memories start flooding back from the great picnics the engineers used to have and the actual Kinnears Ropes itself used to have,” he said. “They were very good Christmas picnics.”

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AH Ford Reserve’s new look

Altona’s AH Ford Reserve has been refreshed with a new irrigation system, a new circuit path, public lighting, football goals, a new play space, new garden beds and advanced tree planting, new picnic facilities including a shelter, barbecue and furniture. For details, visit hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/AHFord

Beautifying Grieve Parade Reserve

Grieve Parade Reserve in Altona will soon be transformed into a shady oasis. As part of Council’s Urban Forest Strategy and Working for Victoria Program, work is under way to plant 800 native trees. The walking tracks will also be formalised into gravel paths.

Sargood Street flood mitigation

Drainage renewal works are continuing in Sargood Street, Altona with pump station works scheduled to be completed prior to the Christmas break and the outfall works will start in the new year.

Altona Beach Precinct

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Altona Beach Precinct vision. Keep an eye out on Participate Hobsons Bay for the ‘What we Heard’ summary and information on what is next at participate. hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/altonabeachprecinct-1

Altona North Traffic Plan

An Altona North Local Area Traffic Management Plan has been created. View it at participate.hobsonsbay. vic. gov.au/altonanorthLATM.

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Paine Reserve revamp

Located in the heart of Newport next to the Newport Community Hub, the upgrade of Paine Reserve is progressing well and is due to finish in early 2021. The space has been designed for people of all ages and abilities and will be used as a gathering space for events and festivals. For more information, visit hobsonsbay. vic.gov.au/PaineReserve

Better Places Spotswood and South Kingsville

Calling all Spotswood and South Kingsville residents and businesses – there’s still time to share your vision and passion for the place you live in. Tell us what you love about Spotswood and South Kingsville, what you would change, and any big ideas you see for your neighbourhood in the future at participate. hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/better-places-spotswoodand-south-kingsville Feedback closes 13 December.

Lan Avenue Bridge opens

The Lan Avenue Bridge upgrade is finished! The impressive upgrade brings this well-utilised bridge over Skeleton Creek fully accessible and brings it out of the one in 10-year flood zone. For more information, visit hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/LanAvenueBridge

Love Laverton Parks

As part of the endorsed Better Places Laverton Place Guide, eight local community parks in Laverton are being upgraded over the next three years. Council is seeking feedback on concept plans for Frank Gibson Reserve, Dick Murdoch Reserve and Whittaker Reserve. This Saturday, between 11am and 1pm, visit Frank Gibson Reserve to view the plans, chat with the project team and enjoy an ice cream on us! In line with COVIDSafe plans, registrations are essential. Register to attend and have your say at participate. hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/lovelavertonparks

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Following community consultation, the original concept plans for the playground and open space upgrades at Donald McLean in Spotswood have been revised and are available for community feedback until 17 December. Check out the new features and have your say at participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/donaldmclean-reserve-improvement-plan

Congratulations to the winners and all those who entered the 2020 Woods Street Youth Art Prize, which was held virtually this year. The Hobsons Bay Emerging Curators Program shortlisted 26 artists who all responded to the theme ‘A New Power - Finding a Voice’. The award ceremony and virtual exhibition is accessible at hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/youthartprize

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Merton Street works

Construction works have commenced on the box lacrosse facility at PJ Lynch Reserve at Paisley Park in Altona North. Works include floodlighting, coaches and scorers’ boxes, barriers and synthetic playing surface.

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To help Hobsons Bay recycle more and look after the environment, Council will be conducting recycling bin inspections across the city. Often non-recyclable items are placed in recycling bins by mistake, and kerbside recycling checks provide important feedback to households and enable better recycling outcomes. For details of the bin check program, visit hobsonsbay.vic. gov.au/recycling.

Council is seeking community feedback on a number of projects across Hobsons Bay. You can help improve Hobsons Bay’s northern transport network by providing feedback to develop the Local Area Movement Plans (LAMPs). Have your say until 5 January 2021 at participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/northernlamps

Council’s new Make it Happen Grants program is open! Grants from $500 to $25,000 are available to community groups and festival/event organisers to get up and running again as COVID-19 restrictions ease. In total, $500,000 will be distributed to the community. To find out more information or to apply for a grant, visit hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/grants

Hobsons Bay Business has Heart Outdoors Hobsons Bay is following in the footsteps of New York, London and San Francisco and gearing up to enjoy a summer exploring the great outdoor spaces across Hobsons Bay. Council has worked closely with local businesses across the city to transform footpaths, streets and parking spaces into new outdoor trading precincts, with fencing, planter boxes, barriers and signage. For a directory of participating businesses visit hobsonsbaybusiness.com.au/HBBusinesshasHeart

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Do you have a great idea for Hobsons Bay? Now’s your chance to pitch your idea for infrastructure, community programs or projects to be considered for funding in the next financial year. To find out more or to make a submission until 31 December 2020, visit participate. hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/pitchyouridea Are you interested in how Council manages growth across the city? Council is currently reviewing its Planning Scheme to reflect how we manage our growing and evolving city in line with new state government requirements. Visit participate. hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/amendmentC131 for more information and have your say by 23 December.

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Maribyrnong heart health poor By Goya Dmytryshchak The city of Maribyrnong has the highest rate of deaths from coronary heart disease in metropolitan Melbourne and ranks seventh in the state, new figures show. A Heart Foundation study released last week showed Maribyrnong had a heart disease mortality rate of 85.4 per 100,000 people, compared to the national average of 66 per 100,000. The rate of heart-related hospitalisations is

49 per 100,000, significantly higher than the national average of 43 per 100,000. In terms of risk factors, Maribyrnong has a prevalence of high blood pressure (22 per cent) among its population, which is the same as the national average. Sixty eight per cent of Maribyrnong residents are physically inactive, 16 per cent smoke and 28 per cent are obese – with all of these figures similar the national average. Heart Foundation Victorian chief executive Kellie-Ann Jolly, said social economic

disadvantage played a big part. “Victorians who live in the state’s most disadvantaged areas are more likely to have significant risk factors, be hospitalised for heart attack or die from coronary heart disease,” she said. “We know better heart health is linked with secure work, safe affordable housing, good education, access to healthy food and appropriate health services.” Across Melbourne’s west, the heart disease death rate was 66.5 per 100,000, compared with 47.4 per 100,000 in the inner east.

In Hobsons Bay, the mortality rate is 59 per 100,000 and heart-related hospitalisations number 42 per 100,000. Victoria’s regional areas had the highest death rate, with Swan Hill recording 95.5 deaths per 100,000. Ms Jolly urged people to understand their personal risks for heart disease and get tested. “If you’re 45 years and over, or from age 30 if you’re Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, I urge you to talk to your GP about having a Heart Health Check.”

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A large-scale inflatable sculpture of iconic chimpanzee David Greybeard was last week transported by its creators at Williamstown to be installed outside Hamer Hall. The 9x12-metre sculpture was conceived by Australian visual artist Lisa Roet in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute Global to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Goodall’s pioneering research. The giant inflatable was made at Seaworks by world-acclaimed Maribyrnong-based artist Felipe Reynolds. It will be on display at the Arts Centre Melbourne before embarking on a world tour to raise awareness about environmental conservation. Roet said the David Greybeard sculpture was part of an ongoing art project across 30 years. “My art practice is all about apes and primates, and it’s really about the relationship with humans and our closest animal relative,” Roet said. “Over the years, I’ve worked with scientists, particularly in Borneo where I’ve just seen the destruction of habitat, and my work has very much evolved into highlighting issues around no extinction of species and habitat destruction. “[David Greybeard] is actually sitting on top of shard that’s in front of Hamer Hall, so it’s perched overlooking Melbourne. It’s like the King of Melbourne.” The sculpture was originally due to be installed in April this year before the coronavirus pandemic. Arts Centre Melbourne said “since then the world has changed and its message has become even more pertinent”. David Greybeard can be seen in Melbourne until December 21.

Masks are no longer mandatory at Victoria’s restaurants, cafes, pubs or offices as the state loosens more restrictions in its moves towards a ‘Covid normal’ Christmas. On Sunday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that masks would only be required on public transport, in ride-shares or taxis, and some retail settings such as indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets. Masks would also no longer be necessary during hairdressing, beauty or personal care appointments. Mr Andrews said Victorians should still carry masks at all times. The moves come after Victoria recorded 38 days of no new cases. The no standing rule in hospitality venues has been removed and dance floors have reopened with a one person per four square metres in place. “[Nightclubs] will look different and need to be different but able to reopen in a COVID-safe way.” Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay residents can look forward to bigger private gatherings at homes with 30 people now allowed per day, up from 15. Outdoor gatherings in parks and at beaches have increased to 100 people. Larger venues such as libraries will now operate with one person per two square metres, while gyms and indoor sport venues will operate with one person per four square metres as long as patrons are monitored by staff or COVID marshalls. Caps on the number of people able to attend funerals and weddings have also been replaced with a one-person-pertwo-square-metre rule.

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Allies stand with women By Goya Dmytryshchak

“We see it in terms of people at sports events saying, ‘You kick like a girl’ or the The photo of AFLW star Tayla Harris’s various insults that might be called at male famous airborne kick, at first attracting players, such as ‘pussy’,” he said. “I tell my students that if they want to get a trolls and now immortalised with a bronze statue, is a prime example of how things can sense of how unequal the world is, just look at social media and look at the way people react be turned around. Men across Melbourne’s west are sharing to female athletes as opposed to male athletes. “Tayla Harris is a great example. A classic their stories of what it means to be an “ally” in the fight against gender-based violence kicking action, beautiful kick, wonderful in a YouTube video created by Victoria photo by Michael Wilson, and all these people come and start making crass, sexist University. comments demeaning it.” The video features men talking about the It’s not asking men to meaning of “allyhood” and emphasise that ride in and save the day it doesn’t mean being a “white knight” and - Matthew Klugman standing up for women, but rather “standing up with women”. “It’s not asking men to ride in and save VU sports historian Matthew Klugman, the day, it’s asking them to start doing work features in the video, Tips for Allyhood: in various ways but a key part of that work Working together to end violence against being listening,” Dr Klugman said. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Dawkins, women. He recalls one instance of standing up for a female student at an overseas conference. said the video was part of a recruitment drive “A student was giving a presentation at a to recruit men at VU and across the west. “We know the prevalence and impact of conference and a big name in the field really harangued her at the end of it and no one did gendered violence and we have an evidence base regarding best practice in both anything,” Dr Klugman said. “So, I went and spoke with her and asked if it responding to and preventing this violence,” was OK if I followed it up and she was OK with he said. “All that is left to do is to act.” Watch the that. And then I went and spoke with him. “It didn’t seem something that he would video at: https://youtu.be/A10BNsVzlzk have done to a young man and it had clearly shaken her. It was pretty appalling.” Dr Klugman said there were aspects of masculinity that men needed to work on. Dr Matthew Klugman. (Damjan Janevski) 222477_01

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Loop timetable change welcomed By Goya Dmytryshchak Commuters using the Altona Loop section of the Werribee line have cautiously welcomed the increased frequency of trains to every 20 minutes, shaving two minutes off the current waiting time. The changes only apply to Williamstown and Laverton trains (not trains all the way out to Werribee) during peak hours and from 10pm to midnight. Extra weekday services on the Werribee line, which go to Newport but do not go through the Altona Loop, will be at least every 10 minutes for more than three hours in the morning and afternoon peaks. Williamstown services will extend to Flinders Street on weekends so people no longer have to change trains at Newport. Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll last week announced the timetable changes, effective from January 31. He said the increased services would make it easier for passengers to travel during quieter times and physically distance as Victoria recovered from the coronavirus pandemic. “We know COVID-normal will see people travelling differently than in the past – working from home arrangements, more services and a discount for off-peak travel will make it easier for people to stagger their trips,” Mr Carroll said. Off-peak fares will be discounted for three months from January 31. Anyone using myki money between 9.30am and 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays will receive a 30 per cent discount. Public Transport Users Association spokesman Daniel Bowen said the change from 22 to 20 minutes only applied to Williamstown and Laverton trains in peak hours. “This will be a very welcome change,” he

Jennifer Williams photographed at Altona station during the lengthy campaign for more frequent and reliable train services. (Joe Mastroianni)

said. “The current timetable of trains every 22 minutes is difficult for people to remember, and results in longer waits during peak hour than at other times of day. “Also welcome will be the upgrade of Werribee-line services after evening peak from half-hourly to every 20 minutes until midnight, which will cut waiting times for people heading home at night.

“An ongoing issue for local train users is Altona Loop bypasses, which continue to mean long delays for passengers. “More duplication of the line would help, but in the meantime, Metro must ensure that unplanned bypasses of the Altona Loop are minimised as much as possible.” Altona Loop Group spokeswoman Jennifer Williams said there were still concerns about

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Briefs ‘Make it Happen’ grants Hobsons Bay council is inviting community members to apply for a share of $500,000 under the Make it Happen – Recovery and Reconnection Grants Program. Grants of $500-$25,000 will be awarded. Details: hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/grants

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This year has been one of extreme trials and tribulations, which has come as a result of COVID-19. The city of Maribyrnong was not immune to the effects of the virus, with residents and business owners alike suffering. As many of you are aware, council provided rates support packages in the forms of rate deferrals for residents and rate discounts for local businesses. Despite this, I believe there is still much more work for council to do in supporting our most disadvantaged residents. As such, I have continued to have discussions alongside the mayor and our executive team to see what avenues of support are yet to be explored. In light of these troubled times, council has sought to find new ways to breathe life back into the city of Maribyrnong in a post-COVID environment through extensive deliberation and discussion. Whether it be through finding different ways to continue to assist local restaurants to thrive by installing parklets and temporary outdoor dining areas, or exploring new ways to activate Festival City in a COVID-Safe environment. Whatever it may be, I am extremely excited to see what other innovative strategies and plans council could adopt to provide services that support our local community. I hope that this sentiment of excitement is one that is shared amongst not only my fellow councillors, but also with you, our community members!

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New station design revealed By Goya Dmytryshchak Final designs for the North Williamstown level crossing removal at Ferguson Street have been released by the Level Crossing Removal Project. The project will see the rail line lowered under the road and a new North Williamstown Station built east of the rail line. Project director Tony Hedley said the smaller station building couldn’t be retained. “At 17.5 metres wide, the rail corridor in this area is simply too narrow to allow us to build a rail trench that would meet modern safety standards while still retaining both buildings,” he said. “We would need a width of at least 23 metres, which we just don’t have at North Williamstown station.” “Carefully configured to fit in with Williamstown’s low-rise streetscapes, the station design features red brick and bluestone, along with a new pedestrian crossing,” the project’s website states. “The main western heritage station building will be retained and used for station operations.” Williamstown MP Melissa Horne said she knew Williamstown’s character was important to locals and the design would fit in with the area. “Months and months of careful work and planning has gone into fine-tuning this design and I can’t wait to see it come to fruition,” she said. “This is a great project for Williamstown, and I would like to thank each and every

member of the community who contributed their feedback. “A chaotic level crossing has absolutely no place in an area that sees hundreds of kids transiting from train station to school each day. The time has come for it to go.” New platforms will be accessed from Ferguson Street by stairs, ramps and lifts. Green space west of the station will be opened up. A four metre-wide shared cyclist and pedestrian path will be built through the station precinct. Cyclists will be able to park their bikes in a new secure bike shelter near the Williamstown-bound platform or at bike hoops both sides of the line. The crossing removal will create 600 full-time jobs at peak construction. Early works will start in February. Mid 2021, work will start on excavating a 750-metre trench, removing enough material to fill 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Ferguson Street will be rebuilt over the trench with construction on the new North Williamstown station to follow. More than 110 trains and 22,000 vehicles pass through the crossing each week day, according to government figures. The crossing was the scene of a double fatality in the 1990s and has had five near-miss incidents in the past decade. Final designs for the North Williamstown level crossing removal at Ferguson Street. (Pictures: Supplied)

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The Hobsons Bay Recovery and Reconnection grants program provides funding to support our community to ‘make things happen’ as we learn about, work through and adapt to the impacts experienced in our city as a result of COVID-19. Ageing well Arts, culture and heritage Diversity and inclusion Environment and sustainability

Events and festivals

Projects by and for young people

Health and wellbeing

Sport and recreation

Multicultural Neighbourhood development

• Recovery and Reconnection grants are now open, with monthly assessment times in place until May 2021 or until funds are exhausted. • It supports activities and programs that take place until 30 June 2022. • Applications can be made for funding amounts between $500 and $25,000.

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Meals help tackle food insecurity By Goya Dmytryshchak Five neighbourhood houses across Maribyrnong and Brimbank have launched the ‘Nourish’ pilot project, distributing free meals to combat food insecurity. Yarraville Community Centre, West Footscray Neighbourhood House, Braybrook and Maidstone Neighbourhood House, Angliss Neighbourhood House and Duke Street Community House have joined forces for the project. Together, they are rescuing surplus food and providing free, nutritious vegetarian meals for people doing it tough.

Meals are prepared by qualified staff in the Yarraville Community Centre kitchen and distributed by the other houses. Yarraville Community Centre executive officer Christine McCall said the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted everyone and people struggling to make ends meet had been hit hardest. “Every Saturday, we’ve got two or three volunteers and two qualified people cooking, and they cook and snap-freeze the meals,” she said. “Then we distribute them … and people have been coming in and picking it up. “West Footscray and Duke Street do food boxes, and so does Braybrook Maidstone, so

any of the food that’s left over comes back in for us to cook. “We’re also getting freshly picked vegetables from one of the farms down in Werribee South. “We’re basically saving food from being thrown out and cooking it.” Pick up points, to be expanded, are Yarraville Community Centre’s two sites: 9 Victoria Street, Footscray, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2pm-3pm; and 78 Summerhill Road, West Footscray, on Thursdays and Fridays from 2pm-3.30pm. Meals are also distributed from Duke Street Community House in Sunshine and Co-Health is picking up meals for some of its clients.

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Puppets to delight One of Melbourne’s first post-lockdown theatre shows is set to delight with giant illuminated puppets based on Galapagos Islands animals and Graeme Base’s classic children’s book, The Waterhole. Puppet theatre company, A Blanck Canvas, will bring the award-winning book to life in its Garden of the Galapagos show at Seaworks in Williamstown this weekend (December 11 and 12). The show’s director is Peter Wilson, who directed the ‘Nature’ segment for the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Executive producer John Barcham said the show was based on Base’s best-selling book about sustainability and the environment. “Our ambition actually is to create the full production based on the full book and this particular section of the show was created for

a performance at Melbourne Zoo a couple of years ago,” he said. “The puppets are internally illuminated and that is all connected back via WiFi to a control board so that the colours in the puppets can change. “In addition to that, we have a whole sound and light system that works with this, that works on Bluetooth so we don’t have any wires all over the place. “It’s sort of low-tech puppetry, high-tech theatre.” The Garden of the Galapagos is a non-seated show. It’s on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12, at 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 8pm. Bookings: https://ablanckcanvas.com/ garden-of-the-galapagos/ Goya Dmytryshchak

A scene from the Garden of the Galapagos puppetry show based on Graeme Base’s classic children’s book, The Waterhole. (Supplied)

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Help surviving Christmas By Goya Dmytryshchak A virtual counselling group workshop on ‘Surviving Christmas 2020’ will be hosted by Joseph’s Corner next week. The free workshop, funded by Hobsons Bay council, is among several local events this month to support those who may have difficulty during the “festive” season. Joseph’s Corner senior counsellor Heather Bunting said the Zoom workshop would allow people to express their concerns, such as having mixed feelings about socialising again, worries about addressing potential conflicts, or experiencing feelings of exclusion and loneliness. “A lot of people experience family issues at this time of the year,” she said. “In families where there’s been a bit of a break in communication or relationship, it can mean that people can’t do their previous family thing. [Then] you’ve got people who don’t have family – that’s really hard. “A lot of loneliness: people who are old and maybe have children who have abandoned them or … they didn’t have children. It’s a time of the year where the whole world’s kind of going, woohoo, happy times, and then you’re at home going, ‘No, this is not a happy time’. The Zoom session is on Wednesday, December 16, from 10am-3pm, including a one-hour lunch break and two tea breaks. RSVP to contact@josephscorner.org.au, 9315 2680 or 0411 475 358. Hobsons Bay mayor Jonathon Marsden said Christmas festivities were going to look a little different this year. “Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’re unable to hold council’s annual older residents client Christmas party,” he said. “Instead, we delivered over 100 hot Christmas lunches.

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“Meals on Wheels and Planned Activity Group participants will also receive a Christmas hamper to celebrate the festivities.” Local events: • The Salvation Army Altona Christmas lunch,  Saturday, December 19. Bookings: 0439 725 013 • Donate  to  the  Hobsons  Bay  Libraries  and  Hobsons Bay Inter-Agency Network Festive

Food and Toy Drive until Friday, December 11. • Large gatherings for carols aren’t taking place  however, some organisers plan to host online get-togethers with details to be confirmed. • Hobsons  Bay  Community  has  Heart  Community Connector program: communityconnector@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or 1300 179 944.

West Welcome Wagon has launched its Christmas Appeal, urging people to help support asylum seeker and refugee families in need. The volunteer-run charity works with local communities, organisations and businesses to source emergency food relief and material assistance. It also provides in-home English support and educational assistance for students. Chief executive Candice McGregor said wait lists for support had never been longer. . “With material donations down this year due to COVID-19, our wait lists for items and support have reached an all-time high. “Any act of kindness, no matter how small, will always make a difference, especially at this time of year.” Financial donations will be used to buy items and provide services most needed by the families. To donate: https://www. givenow.com.au/westwelcomechristmas Goya Dmytryshchak

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To find out what we are looking for go to participate. hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/pitchyouridea Need help with your pitch? Or checking if it meets the guidelines? Come along to one of the information sessions and chat with a Council officer. Virtual Question and Answer session Monday 14 December, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

James Turnbull* Michael Lipshutz David Hanlon Lisa Collier* Andrew Johnston* Valerie Yiannikopoulos Jessica Black Radu Catrina

Drop-in session Newport Community Hub, 13 Mason Street Wednesday 16 December 4pm – 6pm Registrations are essential at participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/ pitchyouridea

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Yarraville artist Dawn Tan is among the judges for next year’s Footscray Art Prize. She speaks with Goya Dmytryshchak. What’s your connection to the city of Maribyrnong? I’ve been in Yarraville since 2014. I was quite fortunate because I’ve been running classes from where I live. I teach a lot of local kids in the Maribyrnong area, Footscray area. So, when they asked me to be a judge for the Footscray Art Prize I was actually quite thrilled because it’s something close to home. Can you tell me about your art? I’ve been painting and working with food drawings for over a decade now. Growing up in Singapore, I come from a family that’s super into food, I guess. Our family activity would be driving around looking for good food. So naturally, when I moved to Australia I got a bit homesick and I missed family quite a bit, so I kept thinking of things that made me happy and food was one thing that made me very happy. It made me think of family, it made me think of a happy childhood. So, I started drawing a lot of food drawings and one thing led onto another. Because I love cooking as well, I found that the inspiration is always endless. I can get inspiration from things like cooking a new recipe or going grocery shopping, going to the market looking at produce – things like that inspire my art.

As a judge in the Footscray Art Prize, are there things you will look for? Things like art elements … if they apply any art principles and art elements within their artwork to make it a much better artwork. Things like contrast, emphasis, patterns – technique as well. Not just a painting for the sake of painting it. I look for … is there a story behind the artwork, the meaning. What are some of your favourite foods?

Chicken rice is one of my favourites. We are quite lucky because we can actually find really good authentic Singaporean style chicken rice in Melbourne. What are some of your favourite places to eat, locally? We love Pizza d’Asporto in Yarraville Village. We love the pho in Footscray. There’s this restaurant called Tan Thanh Loi in Footscray that we super love. And we love Candied

Bakery in Spotswood, but that’s more posh. What do you think could be improved in the Yarraville and broader area? The parking situation could be improved. It just gets very busy so parking is a nightmare sometimes, especially on Fridays and the weekends. Entries for the Footscray Art Prize close at noon on Monday, February 8. Details: www.footscrayartprize.com

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Out and about As summer blooms and Melbourne emerges from lockdown, locals have been making the most of coronavirus restrictions easing

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West Gate Tunnel Project crews are working to expand the West Gate Freeway from eight to 12 lanes. The West Gate Freeway will be closed in both directions between the M80 interchange and Millers Road from 10pm on Saturday 12 December to 7am on Sunday 13 December. Plan ahead, allow extra travel time. Keep in mind there are other disruptions in December. Find a detailed list at bigbuild.vic.gov.au Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne 12472100-SG50-20

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FROM THE ARCHIVES Star Weekly looks back through the pages of our predecessors

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Hobsons Bay Weekly December 8, 2010

Footscray members of the Municipal Employees’ Union held a meeting on Friday night to discuss the position in relation to their request to the local council for an increase in wages and the council decision not to grant an increase.

Hobsons Bay council’s slice of the Federal local road-funding pie will not be enough to cover the state of its roads.

Williamstown North Primary School pincipal Ms Emily Dimitracopoulos will step down after “concerns” were expressed to the Department of Education.

The quest for lasting change on the outside can be a torturous slow-dance for reformed drug addicts: one step forward and two steps back.

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Mix it up with your own routine spine – so think about pushing your bottom back and let your torso fall forwards as you do, rather than just bringing your chest down. Rotation – We rotate a lot in our day! From putting the washing out, to getting in and out of the car to just turning over in bed. Human rotation happens in the torso – so any exercise that requires you to twist is a rotation exercise. As you twist, be sure to get your eyes and belly button to face the direction you are twisting to.

With more freedom to move around outdoors now, you may be keen to get some more exercise into your day. You may even want to come up with a workout routine for yourself. But, where do you start? Writing a simple exercise program for yourself can be easy – as long as you know the key ingredients. So, let’s take a look at what you might like to include. (This advice is general in nature. You should consult your GP before undertaking any new exercise programs. Please consider any injuries or limiting concerns that you may have, and modify your program accordingly).

Locomotion – Very simply, locomotion is another way of saying walking, jogging, running, etc. Basic human locomotion is typically forwards, but we do also move from side to side and backwards through the day, so try to include this in your exercise.

A workout should always start with a warm up. A good warm up has some gentle movement and dynamic stretching – think arm circles, leg swings, torso twists, etc. It can last from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on your needs and the intensity of the following workout.

Workout Basic human movement for an exercise program can be broken down into seven areas – squat, lunge, push, pull, hip hinge, rotation and locomotion. You can create a complete workout by combining these movement patterns, counting repetitions or time. Squat – A squat is the human sitting pattern. A basic squat is as simple as pretending you

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are going to sit on a knee-height stool and then stand back up again.

such a variety of ways – from all the way down on the ground, to having your hands up on a chair, to standing up with your hands on a wall.

Lunge – The lunge is the ‘step forward to pick something up’ pattern. Start with your feet hip width apart, take a step forward on one foot and bend the back knee down towards the ground. Reverse the move to return to standing.

Pull – So, therefore, anytime we move an object towards our centre of gravity, we are pulling. A crunch is a pull movement, because you are pulling yourself up.

Push – Any time we move an object away from our centre of gravity, we are pushing. The most typical bodyweight push exercise is, of course, the push up. Push ups really can be done in

Hip hinge – Different to a squat, a hip hinge happens when you bend forwards at the hips to pick something up, or put it down. A good hip hinge happens when there is no bend in your

Cool down and stretch – A basic cool down is much like the warm up, but instead of raising your heart rate, the aim is to lower it with gentle movement. Once your heart rate has come down a bit, you may like to stretch out the muscle groups used in your workout. A basic stretch routine would include all the major muscle groups – those of the legs, torso and arms. These are the basic movement patterns. We can also specifically train the core and abdominals with exercises such as crunches or sit ups. Another area of movement to train is getting up and down of the floor, independently, if you are able to do so. Just as with any DIY project, writing your own exercise program may not come naturally – so if you are not sure where to start, an exercise professional such as a personal trainer will be able to get you started in the right direction.

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Get your Christmas binge on The holiday season is upon us and ‘tis the time for many traditions, including binge-watching the same old Christmas films we know and love. But which classic makes us feel the most Christmassy? Interested in finding the films that fill us with the most festive spirit, the experts at OnBuy. com created a Christmas film Index. They set a points-based system where each festive element in the movies, such as the number of Christmas trees and how many times Santa appears, would earn a point (from 1 to 3) based on how Christmassy they are. Using this points-based system, at the end of the study, OnBuy.com was able to crown the most Christmassy film of all time.

Tis the season for Christmas movies. (iStock)

The results Starring Jim Carrey, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is crowned the most Christmassy film of all time with 586 points. The film scored the most points (50) for Christmas outfit appearance and presents appearance (66 points) out of all the considered films. Although the word Santa is said 11 times, adding 22 points to the scoreline, and the classic down the chimney scene occured four times (adding 8 points), the only Christmas element that the film didn’t score points on was Santa Claus appearance – if we don’t count Grinch dressing up in Mrs. Claus’ clothes. The second place revealed that there’s no Christmas story more Christmassy than Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018), scoring 484 points. With an animated version of Mr Grinch dubbed by Benedict Cumberbatch, the film got the highest points for Christmas food appearance

(15 points), carol singers appearance (4 points), sleigh and/or reindeer appearance (14 points) and down the chimney (18 points). Considered a modern-day Christmas staple, Love Actually makes the top three with 406 points. This festive flick scored the highest

points (135) for Christmas trees appearance but zero points for kisses under mistletoe. Scoring only 97 points, the least Christmassy film of all time is the musical White Christmas. Its highest score is 19 points for the number of times the word Christmas is said. The five

Christmas songs (15 points) also disappoint and aren’t quite what we would expect from a Christmas musical. Source: OnBuy.com

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Proof of the pudding is in the eating

By the mid-1600s, plum pudding was sufficiently associated with Christmas that when puritan Oliver Cromwell came to power in 1647 he had it banned, along with yule logs, carol-singing and nativity scenes, as pagan. Thankfully, that thinking has long been well and truly been dismissed, with a Christmas pud (served with cream or brandy custard) the embodiment of Christmas dessert – no matter how hot the day. Baby boomers will remember well the tradition of adding threepences, sixpences and florins into the pudding, with kids vying for the biggest haul. Once decimal currency arrived, that tradition was sadly lost due to

the different metals used, but the making of the pud each year is still a tradition in many households. Sisters Robyn Flatman, 74, and Sharyn Epps, 72, life-long Braybrook/Sunshine residents, make Christmas puddings every single year – some to give away, some to treat the extended family. The delicious puddings are made the old-time way, boiled in a cloth then hung for weeks in a cool place to mature. Although artisan Christmas puddings are now readily available, the homemade variety prepared with love and care always seems to taste best. Robyn and Sharyn have kindly shared their recipe with Star Weekly readers.

Christmas puddings, handmade with love and care. (Pictures: Supplied)

BOILED CHRISTMAS PUDDING Ingredients: 1¾ cup (250g) coarsely chopped seeded dates 1½ cup (240g) dried currants ¾ cup (120g) sultanas ¾ cup (120g) chopped raisins 1 ⁄3 cup Cointreau ½ tsp baking soda and 1 tbsp boiling water 250g softened butter 2¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 4 eggs 1 cup plain flour 1 tsp ground ginger 4 cups stale breadcrumbs Method: 1. Combine fruit and Cointreau in large bowl, add soda and water, mix well. Cover overnight at room temperature. 2. Beat butter and sugar in medium bowl until just combined, add eggs one at a time, beating only until combined. 3. Stir butter mixture into fruit mixture, then sifted flour and ginger plus breadcrumbs. 4. Boil a 60cm unbleached calico square for one minute, squeeze out water, then rub flour in a 40cm diameter area (thicker in the centre). 5. Wrap mixture (patted into ball shape) in the calico square. Tie tightly, close as possible to mixture, with kitchen string. 6. Lower pudding onto a plate in rapidly boiling water in tightly covered pot. Boil for 6 hours, replenishing boiling water as required. 7. Boil for another 2 hours prior to serving.

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To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every number from 1 to 9 must appear in: each of the nine vertical columns, each of the nine horizontal rows and each of the nine 3 x 3 boxes. Remember, no number can occur more than once in any row, column or box.

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Strong property market forecast Homes in Victoria are being snapped up according to the latest figures and, after the recent announcement on stamp duty reductions, the property market is not expected to slow down, reports Ruth Lewis. “Since the easing of real estate restrictions in metro Melbourne, we have seen a massive spike in properties being listed on our site: properties across all price points and with a large geographic spread,� said Toby Balazs, chief executive of realestateview.com.au. “There has been a corresponding surge in buyer demand in the Victorian market as well, which has led to strong competition for property, and therefore strong prices being achieved. “The feedback we are consistently receiving from our agency partners is that they need more quality stock to satisfy buyer demand. “The Victorian government’s budget announcement on November 24 that stamp duty costs will be reduced by 50 per cent on newly constructed and off-the-plan homes up to $1 million, and a 25 per cent discount on existing homes up to the same value, will provide important further support to the property market into 2021. We trust there will be strong market activity right up to the end of the year, and 2021 will also start positively.� Strong market activity was also reflected in October’s Days on Market data report from the Real Estate Institute of Victoria. Figures revealed that the average Victorian home is spending just 33 days on the market before being sold, the lowest recorded since 2009. REIV president Leah Calnan says that the Victorian real estate market is starting to shine post-COVID-19 restrictions, with

homes across the state taking less time to sell. Calculated as a rolling monthly average for properties sold by private treaty, days on market data is a metric that reflects the level of buyer interest in the market. The October results show a market picking up strongly after recording a sluggish 71 days on the market in September, coming back stronger even

when compared to the 40 days it took to sell in October 2019. Ms Calnan said Victorian real estate agents are enthusiastically servicing buyers returning to the market. “With homes in Victoria taking less time to sell, optimism is returning to the Victorian real estate market,� she said. “Days on the market is a strong indicator

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SPORT Registration fee invoices anger soccer clubs More than 80 community soccer clubs are calling on Football Victoria to withdraw invoices issued for registration fees for the 2020 season. Football Victoria (FV) sent clubs invoices asking them to pay registration fees despite most players not getting on the pitch due to COVID-19. In a letter to Football Victoria, the clubs state the request to pay registration fees isn’t justified as some of the clubs had withdrawn from the season, while for others the season didn’t go ahead. The letter states clubs had endured a lack of payments and income this year, had issued refunds to members and incurred other costs. Clubs from Whittlesea, Hume, Macedon Ranges, Moorabool, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Wyndham are among the group of 80. Bundoora United president and group

spokesman Andrew Kyriazis said there had been a lack of correspondence from Football Victoria about their concerns. He said clubs were being asked to pay about $60 per player, with invoices of between $3000 and $30,000. “We’re being held to ransom,” he said. “It started with a group of 10 presidents and now there’s 80 clubs. We sent an email on November 23 and called for a face-to-face meeting to come up with an amicable solution. “We sent a follow-up email, but there was a lack of any acknowledgement. “So many clubs are suffering … We’ve incurred expenses and had no income. “We do not have money for everything else until we get rego fees from next year.” Kyriazis said that under the Football Victoria registration system, players can either pay the registration fee straight to FV or via a club,

which then passes it on. Players are entered into a system and clubs have to accept them, but Kyriazis said no players had been accepted because teams were withdrawn. FV has accepted all players on the clubs’ behalf, leaving them liable for the registration fee. If fees aren’t paid, players are unlikely to be allowed to play next season. United gave its members the option of having fees refunded or rolled over to 2021. Other clubs only gave members the option to roll their fees over, because they didn’t have the money to offer a refund. “We are one of the largest clubs in the north-west with 500 juniors,” Kyriazis said. “We made the decision with the board it was too risky to play and pulled out of the competition before it had even started. Most of our members took the option to get a refund. We had families who couldn’t afford groceries,

Titans return to the field By Tara Murray After the longest ever off season, the North Western Titans were thrilled to return to the field at the weekend in Baseball Victoria Summer League. With COVID-19 putting an end the Titans’ winter season even before it started, the Titans were finally able to return to the diamond for training about a month ago. There was a sigh of relief at the weekend, as their men’s, women’s and juniors teams all played opening round matches. President and coach Danny Haymes said everyone was excited to be back. “After not being able to play the winter season, everyone has a spring in their step,” he said. “We’ve been training since we’ve been allowed, with everyone wanting to get back out there and socialise.

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“It’s been a hard seven months for a lot of people.” Haymes said they entered the new season pretty buoyant about the hopes of all their sides. The men’s side will again play in division 3. “We have recruited well,” he said. “We’ve added three guys from different clubs and we’ve had a couple of people that have rolled up which is nice. “We’re picked up blokes that live on this side of the city.” Most pleasing for Haymes is some of their junior players starting to step up and progress through the ranks. It’s something they’ve worked on the past few years and it’s starting to come to fruition. “Three juniors played on the weekend after coming through the ranks. “It means I can play in the second grade and a few other older guys are also going back into the second grade as well. “That is the plan that we wanted to do.” The club’s women’s side is hoping to build on a finals appearance in division 3 west. It was a brilliant season for the Titans, who won their first game ever early in the season and continued to build on that. Haymes said the women’s side would be slightly different to past seasons. “We’ve lost a little bit of experience due to work commitments and COVID-19. “We’ve had some new players as well, so we’re still expecting to be competitive as we have the core group back.

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“We had a couple of trial matches against sides from higher grades and the girls have learned a lot. “They’re champing at the bit.”

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The club will field a new-look juniors side, while they are hoping to have a T-ball program for the younger players up and running early next year.

we had to care about our members first.” Kyriazis said while his club was financially stable, many other clubs were struggling and this was putting more pressure on them. Football Victoria was approached for comment but did not respond by deadline. But speaking on 3AW last week, Football Victoria president Kimon Taliadorosn said they had no choice but to charge registration fees for 2020. “The reality for us as a sporting organisation, we do have hard costs, we do have staff and overheads,” he said. “I empathise with what I’m hearing this morning and it’s consistent with some of the feedback we’re had and contrasts with other clubs that do understand and engaged with us and tried to work it out on an individual basis, which is most welcome.” Tara Murray

Storm stuns Saints Sydenham-Hillside upset St Albans in the opening round of the Victorian Turf Cricket Association T20 competition. The Storm, division 3 premiers last season, were able to hold off last season’s senior premiers on Tuesday night in the Border group. This year there are three teams in each pool group based on location, instead of four like last season, meaning one team has a bye each round. The Storm batted first and made 6-125. Gayashan Weerasekara finished 58 not out, with Ben Green making 23. The Saints fell just short, finishing 7-110. Greenvale Kangaroos beat Westmeadows in the Ponsford group. The Kangaroos made 6-120 before restricting Westmeadows to 9-108. Last season’s runners-up, Sunbury is also in that pool group. Spotswood started with a win against Altona Roosters in the Simpson group. The Roosters made 9-128 with a number of starts from the top and middle order batsmen. Captain-coach Ash Peters top scored with 28. Spotswood’s top three got the job done as they finished 1-129 off 15.3 overs. Declan O’Brien top scored with 55 not out. In the Morris group, Keilor Park came out on top against the more highly fancied Strathmore by 10 runs. The Devils made 7-144 with a half century to Ethan McShanag. Strathmore fell just short, making 5-134. Chris Williams made 50 for Strathmore. Grand United had a good win against Aberfeldie Park in the Paine group. Grand United made 9-126 with Ross Romeo taking two wickets. Grand United was able to restrict Aberfeldie Park to 9-81. Airport West St Christophers defeated Aberfeldie, while West Coburg and Haig Fawkner’s match was called off due to a soft pitch. Many round one matches were played over the previous few weeks. Royal Park Brunswick defeated Jacana, St Francis de Sales beat Pascoe Vale Central, Sunshine United beat Sunshine YCW, Seddon got over the line in a thriller against Yarraville Club and Sanctuary Lakes easily accounted for Footscray Angliss. Point Cook snuck home against Bellbridge, Footscray United beat Sunshine Heights and Tarneit Central beat Werribee Centrals. Tara Murray


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Familiar face returns to Williamstown There’s a sense of familiarity for new Williamstown coach Justin Plapp. Appointed in late November, Plapp returns to the club where he was an assistant coach in 2011. With many of the same faces still around, Plapp is excited to return. “I said to the guys it seems familiar for me,” he said. “There’s still a lot of the people at the club from when I coached in 2011. The fabric that makes the club tick. “I know Stephen Soulsby and Jason Reddick from an admin side. We crossed paths when I was with Casey. “I’ve dealt with some of the players and have some relationships. “Some of the volunteers have been around the club for a long time. “I’m nervous about the role, but in a good way. I’m going into this role with a lot of clarity and a real confidence.” Plapp has been busy coaching since he left the Seagulls at the end of 2011, including stints as

head coach at NAB League club Sandringham Dragons and senior coach with VFL side Casey Demons. The past three seasons he has been an assistant coach with Melbourne. Having spent four and half months in Queensland with Melbourne for the AFL season, Plapp used the time to reconsider his football future. “I was in a position to make a decision on what I wanted to do,” he said. “I have a young family and spent four and half months away from them. I had time to reflect on what is important to me. “It’s family and to balance those two things is really important to me. AFL can take you away from a lot of that.” One of the things that attracted Plapp to the Williamstown role was being able to coach a stand-alone side. The Casey Demons are aligned with Melbourne. “I’ve been involved with an alignment and enjoyed it and it was good for my development,”

Plapp said. “This is the challenge of developing my own side. I’m 42 now and I want to embrace the program and what I believe in, which is exciting. “My time at the VFL level, I’ve seen Williamstown is really respected and has a proud history. “I hear nothing but good things. “Collo [Andy Collins] has done a fabulous job and I’ll embrace it, evolve and improve it.” Plapp comes on board as the VFL enters a new phase, with the club to play in an expanded eastern seaboard competition. For now he is working on a coaching panel and putting the list together. “We’ve retained a lot of players from last year and they will play an important role,” he said. “We’ve got a few spots to fill. We’ll let what happens in the draft play out. “We’re happy with where the list is at.” Tara Murray

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By Tara Murray There’s a massive sense of relief for Paul Tsapatolis after signing with Geelong as a B-category rookie. For most of his life Tsapatolis has been focused on his basketball career, with college or playing overseas beckoning. But in recent years he realised that wasn’t the dream and for the past eight months has been talking to AFL clubs about making the transition to football. He spent time in both Adelaide and Sydney this year training with clubs, but it was Geelong – just a 30-35 minute drive from home at Point Cook – that won his signature. “It was just pretty much everything,” he said of picking Geelong. “The connection I had with the club, and how they displayed their trust in one another. Not even to do with me. Stephen Wells, their recruiting manager, trusted Troy Selwood [talent ID manager] to deal with me for eight-odd months.

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“They were smooth with the process and didn’t force me to do anything. It just felt right in the heart and it’s the best feeling ever.” Tsapatolis admits there were a few tears when he received his heads of agreement, with the contract for two years. After receiving his deal, Tsapatolis has been busy working at the club ahead of the pre-season starting this week. Having not played football since under-13s at Yarraville-Seddon, Tsapatolis knows that he has a lot of work ahead of him. “I’ve been training for two-odd weeks now, doing my own thing and getting a feel of it,” he said. “I’ve been training with [assistant coach] Shaun Grigg a bit and Cam Taheny, it has been good to get some sessions. “It’s about just getting better every day and there’s amazing resources at the club, so there’s no excuse not to get better.” He said while some players were still interstate after the AFL season, he had spoken to most of the playing group. Skipper Joel Selwood is among those who have given him some advice. “He has been good and gave me a call the day it happened,” he said. “He still comes up to me at the gym and asks if i’m enjoying it. “A few of the rookies have sent me messages as they know what it is like being a first year player. “Tom Hawkins came up to me today and said you will love it. He said just do all the little

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things, same as Joel Selwood. They said do all the little things, work hard and have fun and the results will take care of itself.” Tsapatolis said in his early days he thinks he will be played in a combination of ruck and forward and has his eyes on a full-time ruck

New Williamstown coach Justin Plapp. (Supplied)

spot in the next few years. For now, his focus is on improving. “Obviously I want to play senior games, but that’s out of my control and more up to the coaches. I’ll do everything I can to get into a position for a senior spot.”

A year without netball left new Riddell coach Adam Boldiston keen to get back into coaching. A premiership-winning coach with the Sunbury Lions in the Ballarat Netball League, Boldiston was set to coach Romsey in this year’s Riddell District Netball League season but was forced to pull out before the season started because of other commitments. In a twist of fate, the season didn’t go ahead because of COVID-19. Now Boldiston is “putting my hat back in the ring”. “Over the break I found myself really missing netball. I thought I would contact Loz [Lauren Close] as Riddell was a bit closer,” he said. “They had someone signed for this season but couldn’t commit to the role next year. “Last year Loz said if she had known I was looking for a new role, she would have been keen for a chat. “It’s now worked out that way.” Boldiston and Close have played together previously at state and national level. He said he was thrilled to have an opportunity to reunite. Close is one of a number of signings that the Bombers have already announced. Star shooter Bec Cowell returns, while Ellen Close and Tara O’Grady will also be in the shooting end. Chelsea Tobin has also re-signed. Boldiston said he had tried to get Colwell to his previous teams in the past and was looking forward to finally getting to coach her. While he hadn’t coached Ellen Close before, he had seen her play in the Victorian Netball League. “I know there are some young ones and I believe some that could be given some opportunity in A-grade. “It’s similar to what I did at Sunbury, in blooding and giving them some opportunities. I’d love to nurture some of them and help them grow. Hopefully we get some good numbers at trials.” Boldiston will also coach the under-19 team. He said they were still looking for a few more under-19s. Boldiston, who is also the Victorian under-20 men’s coach, said the Bombers trials are on Wednesday, December 9 and 16. Interested players need to be available for both dates. To register interest, go to netballbomber@gmail.com. Tara Murray

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