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Bid to keep outdoor dining

A small group gathered at the beach during the search was visibly distressed. (Joe Mastroianni)

Body found By Goya Dmytryshchak The body of a missing snorkeller was found off Altona Beach on Monday, renewing calls for water safety. The 20-year-old Ashwood woman had been in the water with family and friends when she went missing on Saturday morning, police said. Family members raised the alarm about 11.15am. Victoria Police and Life Saving Victoria helicopters had scoured the water over Altona and Seaholme, joined by Water Police, specialist divers from the Search and Rescue Squad and others. LSV assisted with its lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, a drone, two jet skis and two rescue boats from Altona Lifesaving Club.

On Monday morning, search and rescue crews broadened their search. The Search and Rescue Squad found a woman’s body in waters off Altona pier about 10.30am. A small group gathered at the beach was visibly distressed. The water surrounding Altona and Seaholme is popular for swimmers, boaters, fishers and divers. The tragedy comes as Victoria marked its worst period for drownings with 42 lives lost since July last year. LSV state agency commander Kane Treloar said the woman had last been seen about 100 metres from shore and 400 metres outside the flagged zone at Altona Beach. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends … during what is no doubt an extremely distressing time,” he said. “After a horror year in Victorian waters, in

which we’ve already seen 42 confirmed fatal drownings since 1 July, we’re urging people to make safety their number one priority around water. “If you’re heading to the coastline or waterways, make sure you’re checking the weather conditions and planning before you go. “This means making sure you’re heading to patrolled locations at patrolled times and swimming between the red and yellow flags.” Mr Treloar said divers and snorkellers should ensure they always headed out, and stayed, with a mate. “Conditions can change in an instant, which is why it’s so important to always stay in control in the water.” Hobsons Bay Inspector Tim O’Connor said police would await information from the coroner’s court in relation to the cause of death.

About 400 people have so far given their view on whether outdoor dining in Hobsons Bay should be kept beyond March, with Altona traders launching a campaign for it to stay. Hobsons Bay council is continuing to seek feedback from community members, visitors and traders about their experiences of outdoor trading and whether it’s something they would like to happen again. It was the Altona Village Traders Association that initially led the call for road closures and outdoor dining to keep restaurants and bars alive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Village Traders’ representative Ilch Mickovski said many businesses feared the end of the initiative, slated for March 31, which had activated strips like Pier Street. “The campaign for us at the moment is to keep this activation alive forever,” he said. “It’s not a short-term decision that we’re looking at – we’re looking at long term because COVID’s not done and dusted, there’s still COVID in the background. “I think what we’ve seen is, people have actually enjoyed this space – it hasn’t been just traders, it’s been the community – and every person we speak to, we get that feedback. “We’re developing a campaign from the trader associations to speak to community members, speak to traders, and make it as difficult as possible to pull outdoor dining or outdoor activation out of Hobsons Bay.” Hobsons Bay mayor Jonathon Marsden said the council wanted feedback. “Over summer, council worked closely with local businesses to reopen safely and extend outdoor trading areas,” he said. “We welcome feedback from all Hobsons Bay traders, visitors and community members on the outdoors program, to help us decide what trading might look like beyond 31 March, 2021.” Give your feedback at www. hobsonsbaybusiness.com.au/ outdoorsfeedback

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It has been a great delight to see our community actively enjoying local facilities such as our parks and playgrounds during the summer months. The City’s hospitality venues are welcoming patrons back and making use of the recently installed outdoor dining options. I would like to thank everyone for their willingness to adapt to what is the new COVID-normal. In line with the lifting of restrictions, from 1 February we reopened Footscray Town Hall for customer service enquiries. A COVIDsafe plan is in place, meaning only six residents can enter at a time; physical distancing must be observed and cashless payments are preferred.

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We are also excited to see our community centres reopen for programs during term one. With caps on the number of people who can attend, we advise you to get in early to secure your place. On 26 January, we also hosted our first faceto-face Citizenship Ceremony since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place last year. 24 new citizens joined us for the ceremony. They came from 16 countries including Indonesia, Italy, Turkey, Tonga and Vietnam.

CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY 26 JANUARY 2021

It is always a pleasure to be a part of such a significant occasion.

1. Mayor Cr Michael Clarke and his partner, Mary Dowling, pictured with conferee Wei Hsu.

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2. Mayor Cr Michael Clarke presenting conferee Patricio Carrasco with his certificate, alongside Mary Dowling.

It’s fantastic to be talking with residents again in person. I look forward to connecting with you.

4. Cr Cuc Lam, Mayor Cr Michael Clarke, Cr Sarah Carter and new citizen Stephanie Lee after the official proceedings.

3. Cr Cuc Lam pictured with family members of one of the 24 new citizens welcomed.

5. The family of conferee Ngoc Duong pictured with The Hon. Bill Shorten MP; Katie Hall MP; Mayor Cr Michael Clarke; and Cr Cuc Lam.

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COUNCIL MEETINGS Feb Tuesday 16, 6.30pm – Ordinary Council Meeting Tuesday 23, 6.30pm – City Development Delegated Committee Council meetings remain closed to the public until further notice. Meetings can be livestreamed via Council’s YouTube channel and community members can submit questions for public question time by emailing governance@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au by 4pm on the day of the meeting.

Each new Council prepares a Council Plan that guides Council’s work for the next four years. You can help make sure the Council Plan reflects the needs of the community in a couple of ways. Register to join the Maribyrnong Matters community panel - a group of residents who will work together to shape this work and support Council decision making – or send us your ideas about what you think should be included in the Council Plan. Stony Creek residents, share your concerns about road safety as part of the Braybrook Local Area Traffic Management Plan consultation, and your ideas about suggested changes to Skinner Reserve in Braybrook. Register at www.yourcityyourvoice.com.au so you don’t miss out on any consultation opportunities. We’d love to hear from you. Cr Bernadette Thomas Stony Creek Ward

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Call to ‘clean up’ west By Tara Murray Two western suburbs advocates are among those calling for government action after a waste management fire in Brooklyn last week. There have been at least eight factory, waste management or tip fires across the west and Hume since October. The Kealba landfill has had underground fires burning continuously for more than a year. Former LeadWest chief executive Craig Rowley and former state MLC member Colleen Hartland say enough is enough. “It doesn’t matter which party has been in power at the time, they haven’t done enough clean-up of the west,” Mr Rowley said. “The urgency to clean it [industry] up has never been greater.” Mr Rowley said during his time with

LeadWest, from 2010 to 2018, one of the biggest things raised by local councils was wanting a cleaner, greener and more liveable western metropolitan area. “We were constantly talking about it with the other tiers of government, about the investment needed in the west to make it cleaner and greener. It just seems that it is taking a long time to get there.” Mr Rowley said an Environment Protection Act, which changes how the Environment Protection Authority regulates pollution, waste and contamination in Victoria, had been delayed for 12 months. “We’ve been waiting for so long, to have confidence to be able to breath fresh air… that our creeks aren’t going to be polluted.” He suggests forming a steering committee which would include the EPA, WorkSafe, MFB

and council representatives. He also proposed government funding to help bring old industrial estates up to the 21st century and the introduction of better air quality monitoring systems. Ms Hartland is a member of the Facebook group Anti-Toxic Waste Alliance, which was set up after the West Footscray warehouse fire which spewed toxic fumes across the western suburbs for days in August 2018. She said the group wants action. “There’s been a spate of these fires,” she said. “There’s been three in the last 10 days. The EPA and the state government don’t seem to be taking it seriously. ” Ms Hartland said the group wanted more regulation on industrial sites, clear information about when the EPA is called in and when and for how long air quality equipment is set up.

Celebrate the year of the ox Children are being invited to help celebrate one of the biggest events in many Asian calendars – the Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year 2021 is on February 12, marking the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar traditional to many cultures. Hobsons Bay Libraries is hosting an online family-friendly event for children to learn about the year of the ox and how to write Chinese words. Activities will include interactive story time about the Lunar New Year zodiac animals and a Chinese calligraphy demonstration. It’s on Saturday, February 6, from 10.30am-noon. Bookings are essential to receive an email with an event link. Details: https://libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov. au/

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Airport expansion concerns The health and residential amenity of Maribyrnong residents would be among the worst affected by Melbourne Airport’s expansion, the council has stated in a submission to a planning committee. The Melbourne Airport Environs Safeguarding Standing Advisory Committee has been appointed by the planning minister to provide advice on improved planning around the airport. Melbourne Airport operator, Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne), wants the government to give it more power to intervene in developments that could impact aircraft operations or lead to noise complaints. In Maribyrnong council’s submission, chief executive Stephen Wall said the airport’s expansion would lead to increased noise and vibration, poor air quality and restrict future growth. “… Given the significant population growth anticipated in Maribyrnong (68 per cent by 2041), council is concerned that the planning policies and processes related to airport expansion do not prove to be an impediment to the local government area’s future growth, health, wellbeing and overall liveability,” he states. Mr Wall cited findings from the March report, Air Pollution in Melbourne’s Inner West, which was commissioned by the government to reduce pollution. “The report noted that the people who live and work in the inner west experience health problems associated with air pollution at a higher rate than the general population,” Mr Wall states. “The planned additional north/ south runway will have the propensity to not only double the air traffic over Maribyrnong, but also increase the ground level pollution.” Housing affordability would also be affected by increased construction costs for items such as double plaster in ceilings and double glazing in windows. Mr Wall said another concern was the impact on future development. The council recommends the committee define long-term noise and vibration exposure forecasts to allow proper future planning or “consider long-term urban growth to plan runways and flight paths respecting this growth rather than planning airport runways and then subsequently quarantining land”. Goya Dmytryshchak

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House prices rise despite COVID By Goya Dmytryshchak Victoria’s housing market has recorded its biggest rise since 2000, with Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay suburbs featuring strongly in Real Estate Institute of Victoria figures. South Kingsville’s median house price jumped 20.1 per cent from $900,000 to $1,081,000 last year, according to the REIV. West Footscray rose 15 per cent from $785,000 to $903,000, Spotswood 13 per cent from $841,000 to $950,000, Seddon 12.8 per cent from $990,000 to $1,117,000, Yarraville

12.7 per cent from $981,000 to $1,105,500, Altona 11.6 per cent from $892,500 to $996,100 and Kingsville 10.6 per cent from $1,017,500 to $1,125,555. REIV president Leah Calnan said the property market had remained “remarkably resilient” despite dire predictions at the onset of COVID-19. “Throughout the July and September quarters, we received constant reports of low listings and activity,” she said. “Once restrictions across the state eased, demand and buyer competition skyrocketed.”

REIV figures showed West Footscray, Maidstone, South Kingsville, Spotswood and Kingsville had the top five median unit price jumps across Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay. The top 10 auction sales were recorded in Williamstown, Yarraville, Newport, Footscray, West Footscray, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Seddon, Altona North and Braybrook. Williamstown, which had 72 auction sales, sold the most expensive house, at 33 Laverton Street, for $3,110,000. Sweeney Estate Agents Yarraville manager Niels Geraerts said there was a lot of market

confidence, which was a result of demand outstripping supply. “Yes, there are a lot of people that have found the going tough the last year, but the feedback I’ve had from buyers … was that, if anything, COVID made them not delay making a move … as life’s too short,” he said. He said some local suburbs were still very affordable compared with areas five minutes away such as Port Melbourne. “Land in these areas is currently at $6000 a square metre whereas Yarraville is half this $3000 and Kingsville a little lower at $2500.”

Myth-busting seminar An online seminar for people living with Parkinson’s aims to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease. Brooklyn’s Pam West, who founded the ParKanDo peer support group for people living with Parkinson’s in Melbourne’s west, said the disease didn’t define people. “The focus for us is about busting perceptions and myths around capacity of people with Parkinson’s to engage and contribute within the community,” she said. “People seem to view someone with shakes or someone whose speech is impacted by the condition as not having the capacity to do things. “We’ve had members refused service in hotels because they had the shakes. We’ve had people who are with a carer [and] the conversation is directed at the carer instead of the individual.” The seminar will include a speaker from

Parkinson’s Victoria and people with lived experience of the disease sharing their personal perspectives. Ms West’s professional life included the roles of business development and project management before she used her skills to establish the support group. In the year since it was launched, ParKanDo’s membership has doubled to more than 60 people from all walks of life. The youngest member is 40 and the oldest is 87. Ms West said last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns had pushed many of the group’s events online, which had led to a growth in membership from across Australia. The free e-seminar will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, February 9, from 5-6pm. Register for the event via https://bit. ly/2K6TOr0. Details events@parkinsons-vic.org.au or call 1800 644 189.

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Time to act on climate change Maribyrnong Cr Simon Crawford COVID-19 down, climate change to go! Together we have gotten on top of COVID-19. Now we need to do the same with climate change, but we must act now! Climate change is already upon us, but there are many ways we can tackle it (we don’t even need to go into lockdown). The first thing is to have a united voice to both federal and state governments to demand they do everything within their powers to lead us towards a zero-carbon future. They need to provide for 100 per cent renewable power, remove the new tax on electric cars, build bike paths on major roads, use electric buses and mandate low emission trucks. Council has taken leadership and developed its climate emergency plan, but this will be little help unless everyone joins in. Council provides support for each home and business in Maribyrnong, for example, the Solar Savers program which provides you with low interest loans to buy solar panels, which are paid through your rates (so you end up better off financially and environmentally). We’re also building electric vehicle charging points around Maribyrnong, more separated bike paths on local streets and starting to compost your food waste (via the green waste bins). So get on board! Lobby your local MP; have a sustainable home, business and vehicles; avoid waste (eat less meat;) and recycle right. Together we can get on top of climate change. It won’t cost us the earth to change our actions, but it will if we don’t.

Briefs Have your say Braybrook locals are being invited by Maribyrnong council to have their say on road issues and concerns in their area. A drop-in session will be held at Braybrook Park on Saturday, February 6 and at Central West Shopping Centre from on Saturday, February 13, both from 10am-noon. Feedback may also be provided online via Your City Your Voice: https://bit.ly/3jcSZcc

School opens The new Pilgrim Street campus of Footscray High School was officially opened on Friday, nearly 16 years after the original idea for a secondary school in the Seddon, Kingsville, Yarraville (SKY) district was floated.

Reserve feedback sought Williamstown families are being invited by Hobsons Bay council to give their feedback on proposed designs for the Maclean Reserve upgrade. Feedback closes on February 14. Feedback may also be provided online via participate. hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/macleanreserve

Parcel theft warning Police have reminded online shoppers to take precautions against having their parcels stolen from outside their homes. Police recommended using a 24/7 parcel collection point rather than having parcels left outside a front door.

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UPDATE ON THE WEST GATE TUNNEL PROJECT The West Gate Tunnel Project is using the summer months to carry out significant works while traffic volumes are reduced. In January, we demolished the eastern half of the Grieve Parade bridge originally built in the 1970s, in order to rebuild a stronger structure, which will span the width of the newly widened West Gate Freeway. As we finish rebuilding the bridge, there are reduced lanes on Grieve Parade over the freeway until 22 March. Currently, we are working around-the-clock at several M80 interchange ramps to increase the bridge clearances, replace ageing barriers and bearings on the bridges, and repave the surrounding ramps. During this work, ramps are closed for drivers including: New noise walls along the West Gate Freeway

• Princes Freeway to Geelong Road ramps in both directions – until 22 February • M80 Ring Road exit ramp to the West Gate Freeway inbound – until 22 February

These works are part of significant upgrades to the West Gate Freeway, including adding four additional lanes between Williamstown Road and the M80 Ring Road, that will bring new connections from the west to the port, CityLink and the city. We acknowledge this work can be disruptive and we thank drivers and people who live on the detour routes in use, for their ongoing patience. Noise Walls

Over 9km of new noise walls will be installed by the project, including sections recently installed at Spotswood and Yarraville. The noise walls design uses textured concrete and acrylic panels of pale blues and greens, which allow light to pass through. Where space permits, planting will also be used to screen the noise walls. These new noise walls will provide a significant reduction of noise for inner west communities.

The West Gate Tunnel Project is building some of the best quality noise walls ever seen in Victoria to achieve a new standard of noise reduction for residents along the freeway corridor.

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Footscray cameras top earners By Goya Dmytryshchak Footscray has one of the state’s highest-earning road safety camera locations, detecting 2930 speeding and unregistered vehicles in the past financial year. The camera in Ballarat Road, between Geelong Road and Jamieson Avenue, was fifth in Victoria’s top five mobile locations for revenue.

Driving an unregistered vehicle incurs a penalty of $826. Speeding fines for full licence holders range from $207 and one demerit point for being less than 10 kilometres over the limit to an $826 fine and 12-month automatic loss of licence for being 45 kilometres over the limit. Penalties are more severe for heavy vehicles. Running a red light will incur a $413 fine and three demerit points. Wyndham Vale had the state’s

highest-earning location, with a camera in Black Forest Road, between Brimpton Grove and McGrath Road, detecting 3740 drivers. Road trauma costs Victoria between $4 billion and $6 billion per year from serious injuries and fatalities, according to the Department of Justice and Community Safety, which oversees the cameras. “Speed and red-light cameras improve road safety by reducing speeding and thus lowering

the number of crashes and associated road trauma.” Approved mobile camera locations are updated monthly by the department and published online. The state government is spending $35 million on new generation, AI-enabled camera systems to detect illegal mobile phone use, absence of a seat belt and other offences. They are expected to be in use by next year.

A new place to play There’s a new place to play in West Footscray with works recently completed on a trial pop-up park in Clarke Street in Barkly Village. The park was developed after a community call for increased green space in the area, and will be in place for at least 18 months. After this, Maribyrnong council will review whether the park will stay. The park was first proposed by the community as part of the West Footscray Neighbourhood Plan in 2018. Feedback at that time also called for improved connections to Cross Street, improved bicycle connections to Carmichael Street and Cross Street, and more trees. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the council canvassed the broader community’s views and more than 91 per cent of respondents supported the park. It features artificial grass and colourful blocks for seating and climbing. Mayor Michael Clarke said that with strong community support for safer and improved connections to Barkly Street, the council was

exploring further improvements. “There’s a lot to love in West Footscray, especially Barkly Street with it’s great cafes and restaurants and now we’ve added an extra element of fun at the request of our residents,” he said. “Come and have a play.” The northern end of Clarke Street has been closed during the trial. Goya Dmytryshchak

Maribyrnong mayor Michael Clarke in a new Clarke Street pop-up park that opened in West Footscray. (Joe Mastroianni). 226641_01

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IN 2021 The Victorian Government is providing Free Kinder in 2021. This means your kids will get the best start in life, and you’ll save around $2,000 per child – helping you return to work as we recover from the pandemic. Speak to your local participating kindergarten or long day care service for more information or visit education.vic.gov.au/freekinder

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Poor report card for Altona Beach By Goya Dmytryshchak Altona beach had the third worst water quality ranking out of Port Phillip Bay’s 36 beaches for the first month of summer. The Environment Protection Authority has released data showing the beaches’ rankings based on twice-daily water forecasts undertaken in December. It comes amid a warning not to swim for 48 hours after heavy rain. Eastern Beach, St Leonards and Santa Casa

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- Leon Metzeling on the Bellarine Peninsula shared equal top spot with 28 good forecasts in December, according to the EPA’s Beach Report service. The report issues forecasts of good, fair or poor. Altona had 13 good forecasts in December

placing it at No. 34, while Williamstown had 23 good forecasts placing it at No. 11. EPA water scientist Leon Metzeling urged swimmers to check water quality following heavy rains. “EPA advises against swimming at all waterways and beaches for up to 48 hours after heavy rain as there could be a higher risk of illness to swimmers from increased bacterial levels,” he said. “EPA also advises people to prevent their pets from contacting water as well.”

The worst-ranked beaches were Portalington at No. 35 with four good forecasts, while Werribee South was at the bottom with only two good forecasts. A “fair” forecast means beaches may not be suitable for swimming and people should check for signs of pollution, while a “poor” forecast means the beach is unsuitable for swimming. People can check the Beach Report online and via Twitter @EPA_Victoria, or sign up for SMS alerts at epa.vic.gov.au/BeachReport. Beach Report forecasts run until March.

Valentine’s beach patrol Altona Beach Patrol will hold its first clean-up event of the year on Valentine’s Day. One of the group’s original members, Melinda Corry, said people were invited to join the patrol. “What better way to show Mother Nature that you care than spending an hour doing something for her on Valentine’s Day,” she said. Altona Beach Patrol will meet at Altona Pier on Sunday, February 14 from 11am. Goya Dmytryshchak

Altona Beach Patrol co-cordinators Melinda Corry and David Wood with litter gathered at Altona Beach. (Joe Mastroianni). 226746_01

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Scholarships to bank on By Goya Dmytryshchak Two Laverton students have started the school year with scholarships to bank on. Laverton P-12 College students Jammie Garcia and William Aitken have been awarded Bendigo Bank scholarships which will fund their year 12 studies. Jammie said she would use her scholarship to pursue her goal of becoming a nurse. “I applied for this scholarship because I have always prioritised my education, wanting nothing less than getting good grades and being on task,” she said.

“This scholarship will enable me to purchase textbooks, stationery and equipment to support my studies, helping me stay motivated while studying during my last school year as a year 12 student.” William said his scholarship was a big help for his family and supported his trade studies. “Receiving this scholarship will help me with my studies during this year, completing my final year of schooling,” he said. “The scholarship will help to pay my VET fees for building and construction and to pay for my textbooks and necessary school supplies. “A big thank you to Bendigo Bank for

giving me this opportunity – it is a huge help financially for me and my family.” Bendigo Bank’s Melissa Longo said the Laverton community bank had always valued its relationship with the college. “We understand that our community benefits from collaboration and alongside our work with the Laverton Youth Foundation, our scholarship program is an opportunity to foster our younger community members,” she said. “We are thrilled to provide a little assistance and encouragement to these promising young students, and look forward to continuing our scholarship program for many years to come”

Life in a local motorcycle club will be celebrated at the launch of a book documenting the western suburbs’ own Angels. Angels is an autobiographical account of life in the motorcycle club in the 1960s and ‘70s, co-written by Altona couple, former member David King and historian Maureen Lane. Ms Lane said she felt it was important to preserve the history of the Angels, which at its peak boasted 305 members. “I wanted to record their history so these Angels could take their rightful place in a history book for the ageing members of Angels to read, remember the good old days and share with their families,” she said. “When we thought that we had finished the book, we printed some copies to be distributed to the members of the club but then more stories came to light from the readers. “Memories were triggered and many people were keen to talk to us about their experiences of the old days.” The Angels book launch is at the Pirates Tavern, Williamstown on Sunday, February 14, at 1pm. Live music from 3pm. Details: info@melbournebooks.com.au Goya Dmytryshchak

MY PLACE Altona’s Laurens Goud speaks with Goya Dmytryshchak. What’s your connection to the cities of Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay? I’ve been a Westy for most of my life. My family moved into Williamstown when I was 11 and I’ve been proud to call Altona home for the last six years. I have run my business Trade Creative for 11 years now from a variety of locations across the city of Maribyrnong, starting in the Cotton Mills and now in the swish digs of Wootown Studios.

I must admit to being a coffee snob, so ever since Birdcage Altona Cafe in Harrington Square opened up, I rarely miss a morning coffee. As for restaurants, I cannot go past Oye Bombay. No fuss, delicious Indian where you get to meet the owners and you know their heart and soul goes into the food. Just don’t over estimate your tolerance to chilli! Could you please tell me about your work as a video producer?

What do you like about Altona?

What would you change or what could be improved? It’s hard to answer this because the things that might make life easier or more exciting also bring unwanted changes. I think whatever change takes place, we want to preserve the family-friendly atmosphere. What’s your favourite local cafe or restaurant and why?

Being a video producer I get to meet so many wonderful characters, organisations and stories. It really is the dream come true for me. I work with a wide range of clients from international corporations to local community groups, and what keeps me engaged and excited is learning about new stories and thinking about how we can create video content that is really going to engage an audience and inspire them to make change. But I couldn’t do my job without the ace creative team that work so heard to bring these stories to life. What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? As a 19 year old, I broke the heart of my girlfriend by leaving to backpack and grow dreadlocks. Only to run into each other three years later and we are now married (sans dreadies) with a couple of kids.

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Living in Altona is like going back to a simpler time. You know your neighbours (even more so thanks to COVID), you feel safe and there is space to breathe, think and distract the kids. Before moving to Altona, I had no idea about how good it was going to be, but now I’ve been here for six years and I can barely remember life anywhere else.

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Challenges of COVID remain Maribyrnong MP Bill Shorten 2020 will most certainly go down in history. From January’s horrific bushfires to COVID-19 rewriting the way we live our lives here in Australia and across the world, we have all redefined “normal” – in our families, jobs and social circles. I am sure I’m not alone in being glad to turn the page to 2021, but there are still challenges to be overcome. Across our communities of Footscray, Maidstone, Maribyrnong and beyond, we have seen remarkable resilience – from businesses reinventing their services to community groups going digital, and of course our kids and brilliant educators making it through the toughest educational experience of our lifetimes. COVID has made it clear that one of our saving graces during this tumultuous year has been the great Australian safety net – alongside working Australians, this has been the true hero of our pandemic response. Our pandemic response was built on the sacrifices and character of the Australian people. They have closed businesses, drawn down long service leave, and withdrawn over $40 billion of their super. They should be thanked by their government – not have their safety net of superannuation, work conditions, and social security attacked. Labor remains committed to defending the safety net as a distinctly Australian icon and we will fight hard to be able to do so from the government benches. There are significant challenges that remain, like supporting our industries hardest hit by COVID. Tourism operators, travel agents, the live entertainment and higher education sectors

Maribyrnong MP Bill Shorten with some of the City of Maribyrnong’s newest Australian citizens. (Supplied)

are still suffering. I have spoken to countless Maribyrnong residents facing these challenges and will continue to do everything I can to support them. The Morrison government should reconsider their decision to wind back JobKeeper which has helped keep people in work, and JobSeeker

for the millions of people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, especially in these industries which have been so hard hit. Let’s wait till we get through COVID. Let’s wait till we get through the shutdowns, closures and lockdowns before the government starts cutting people’s benefits. People are doing it

hard, not because of themselves, but because of a virus which came from overseas. We still have challenges to conquer, but as long as we stay focused on the real world needs of working people, we’re in with a fighting chance. Happy 2021 to all, stay safe.

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The Mail February 4, 1950

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Mayor (Cr Thomson) met 20 residents at the town hall on Wednesday last to discuss a proposal that a Back-to-Footscray movement should be inaugurated.

Australia Day on Monday was favored by weather that was typically Australian and a reasonably good crowd used the green lawns and shade of the trees at the hill park at the district celebration.

Altona housewife Mrs Vera Wells, 55, who has waged almost a lone war against pollution over the past two years, has strongly criticised the Altona Petrochemical Company following a front page story in The Star last week.

Once they were on almost every corner, places where men knocked back a few after a hard day’s work, or dropped in for a couple of pots before and after the footy.

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Behind the iron fence One of the west’s historic gems, home to rare flora and fauna behind a corrugated iron fence, will this weekend open to the public for the first time in a year. Goya Dmytryshchak reports.

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he Truganina Explosives Reserve at Altona reopens on Saturday for World Wetlands Day and on Sunday for guided tours. Once used to store explosives for civilian use such as mining and quarrying, the reserve operated from 1901-62 and is home to flourishing wildlife untouched for decades. The reserve includes the keeper’s residence built in 1897, underkeeper’s quarters from 1915, 16.5 hectares of salt marsh and sand dunes, remnants from the magazine, an explosive testing shelter and tramway lines used to transport explosives. Truganina Explosives Reserve Preservation Society treasurer, Ralph Coghill, said the group began restoring the keeper’s quarters more than five years ago. “We’ve now commenced restoring the underkeeper’s, and during all of that time we’ve also been maintaining and improving the heritage ornamental gardens,” he said. “We’ve also established a demonstration vegetable garden.” The site has a new boardwalk winding around a water-storage tank, built in case of fires, and former laboratory buildings. “This place was used for the storage and distribution of explosives for civilian use, so things like dynamite and gelignite,” Mr Coghill said. “Explosives were taken out of here on the trams and there was a pier that went straight out into the bay – it was 100 metres longer than the existing Altona pier. “The fence is a very important part of the heritage of this place. “During the First World War and the Second World War, the military did commandeer the place and the fence along Queen Street was painted in camouflage paint.” Hobsons Bay council’s conservation team leader Frank Fardell said his vision was to return the site to a sheoak forest, providing a habitat for diverse species of animals. “I think what people would find surprising is, there’s five species of micro-bats that have been recorded within the reserve,” he said. “These are small bats that would fit in the size of your palm and they feed on mosquitoes and moths and beetles. “They don’t necessarily all live in caves … a lot of them live in fissures of bark.” The site also attracts the rare Altona skipper butterfly and leads to the Cheetham Wetlands, which is internationally recognised under the Ramsar environmental treaty and is home to more than 200 bird species. Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre is hosting events for World Wetlands Day, on Saturday, February 6, from 11am-3pm. For details, visit the Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre page on Facebook. The reserve, at 274 Queen Street, Altona, will be open on the first Sunday of each month for guided tours from 1-4pm, starting Sunday, February 7.

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Above: Truganina Explosives Reserve Preservation Society treasurer Ralph Coghill. Left: Hobsons Bay council’s conservation team leader Frank Fardell. Below: There were formerly 55 earth mounds such as this one, containing buildings storing explosives. (Pictures: Damjan Janevski) 225821


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR WANT YOUR EVENT LISTED? Community Calendar is made available free of charge to not-for-profit organisations to keep the public informed of special events and activities. Send item details to Star Weekly Community Calendar, Corner Thomsons Road and Keilor Park Drive, Keilor Park, 3042, or email to westeditorial@starweekly.com.au. Deadline for copy and announcements is 9am Wednesday the week prior to publication.

In2TennisBrimbank Enjoy a social hit of tennis at Sunshine Park Tennis Club, from 7pm on February 10 and 17. The competition is a round-robin format giving every player the chance to play multiple matches. Free. ■ Email: sport@brimbank.vic.gov.au

Book chat Discuss your favourite reads in the new Brimbank Libraries After Hours Book Chat. Zoom in to chat about your favourite book, one you are currently reading, or maybe something new! Register to be part of the conversation. All you will need is an internet-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone. The Brimbank Libraries After Hours Book Chat will be held 6.30pm-7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month. First chat, February 3. ■ 9249 4640

Connecting community

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Williamstown Community and Education Centre is hosting a ‘Neighbourhood Connect’ initiative to build community connectedness. Free workshops and mentoring provided. Attend the first workshops on Wednesday, February 17 at 6.30pm or Friday, February 19, at 12.30pm, at Joan Kirner House, 14 Thompson Street, Williamstown. ■ Irene, 0413 706 233

StarWeekly photographer Damjan Janevski had a bit of fun at a recent photo shoot for St Albans Tennis Club. Tennis balls with a black dot on them were perfect for kids hamming it up for the camera.

Probus Club The Probus Club of Werribee meets on the fourth Monday of each month at Werribee Bowls Club, with the first meeting for 2021 to be held in February. Visitors welcome. ■ Gary, 0420 491 182

Coffee time

Play footy St Albans Football Club’s junior registration day is on Sunday, February 7, 11am-2pm at St Albans Sports Club. The footy club will also host a Football for Players with Disability (FIDA) come and try day on Sunday, February 14, from 10-11.30am at Kings Park Reserve.

Registration day Taylors Lakes Junior Football Club’s registration and mouthguard fitting day is on Wednesday, February 10, 3.30-6.30pm at Lionheart Reserve. New players welcome for under-8, under-10, under-12, under-14 and under-16 boys and girls teams. Under-18.5 males and females also welcome.

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Immunisation sessions Attend free immunisation sessions at Manna Gum Family and Children’s Centre, 71 Robertson Street, Gisborne on Thursday, February 4, 9.15-10.15am. All children and adults required to remain at the venue for at least 15 minutes after receiving any vaccination. Anyone who is feeling unwell or has travelled overseas in the past 14 days cannot attend a session.

Hanging Rock night walks Discover gliders, wallabies, native birds

and more at night walks at Hanging Rock. Guided walks start at 7pm on February 5 and March 12, and take about three hours. Bookings required. Cost: $62 per family or $25 per adult and $12 per child. ■ 5422 0387

Old Boys meet The Kyneton Marist Brothers Old Boys will meet on Wednesday, February 10 at St Mary’s Hall, 24 Hutton Street, Kyneton at 7.45pm. A memorial requiem will be held at Church of the Holy Rosary at 7pm.

Wanting to learn how to make coffee? Ready Set Work Barista is running a course at Keilor Downs on February 23 (online) and 24 (face-to-face work). In the course you will learn about the origins of coffee, how to operate commercial espresso machines and how to make a range of coffees. The course is being held at the Brimbank Bicycle Education Centre. ■ Jesuit Community College, 9415 8700.

Alcoholics Anonymous Regular face-to-face meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous have resumed. Meetings are held at St Thomas Anglican Church, 117 Synnot Street, Werribee, on Mondays from 7.30pm and St Andrew’s Church Hall, Williamstown, on Wednesdays from 7pm. ■ Werribee: 0412 432 760. For other face-to-face and Zoom meetings call 1300 22 22 22 or visit wwww.aatimes.org.au

Star Weekly readers share some of their favourite moments with family and friends.

(Pictures: Carl Sarelius)

Liz Ellis snapped these photos of the Werribee River at Riverbend Historical Park.

St Thomas Anglican Church Werribee held its first flag raising ceremony on its newly refurbished flagpole on Australia Day. The commemoration started with the acknowledgement of the traditional custodians and then all present sung the first verse of the national anthem, as a squad from the Werribee Half Battery raised the flag. MC Ron Bubeck reflected on Australia’s multicultural community. This was followed by a cooked breakfast and an Australia Day quiz in the church hall. Sherene Magana-Cruz, a COVID-19 survivor, reflected upon how lucky we are to live in this great country and its first class medical system with its dedicated health workers. It was the first opportunity church members have had to gather as a group to join in a meal and socialise since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Chelsea is excited to start her first year of kindergarten at Sunbury’s Dulap Wilim Hub. 13 MARIBYRNONG & HOBSONS BAY STAR WEEKLY Wednesday, 3 February, 2021


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which takes up a huge amount of space. If ever a car needed a space saver wheel it’s the BRZ. A BRZ S pack by Subaru Tecnica International (STI) was offered from mid 2013. It features lowered suspension; a body kit consisting of a front spoiler, rear diffuser and spoiler, and side skirts. It rides on 17-inch black alloy wheels. Inside there’s a Duracon gear knob on manual boxes. The engine gains a push-button start with the large button done in brilliant red. Subaru BRZ S pack was only available to new-car buyers, it could not be retrofitted. So it may become a sought-after model in years to come and even go up in price. No promises, though. Late in 2016 BRZ received minor design tweaks, another six horsepower and revised suspension tuning. Exterior changes included LED headlights and taillights, a wider and lower bumper design and new-design 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside there’s optional red stitching and

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Subaru BRZ is a full-on sportscar that’s delightful to drive. It has real RWD handling, excellent throttle control and steering that talks to you. It’s just perfect for early morning Sunday drives on your favourite bits of road. The Subaru is offered with a six-speed manual or an auto with the same number of forward ratios. The auto is a good one – but simply not in the class of a ‘real’ gearbox. The engine features Subaru’s trademark four-cylinder boxer layout and has a capacity of 2.0 litres. It puts out a neat 200 horsepower (147 kW) in its original format. Engine power is nothing to get excited about and even when revved to the heavens you don’t get a huge amount of hard acceleration. This is fine with us, we enjoy the skill of getting the best from a car by having it in the right gear from moment to moment. The BRZ first went on sale Down Under in July 2012. Anticipating a huge demand Subaru Australia made the interesting move of selling it only on the internet. It took just over three hours for a complete sellout of the initial shipment. After that initial burst of sales the BRZ eventually went on sale in dealerships. New car prices were lowered over the years as the ‘newkid-on-the-block’ excitement faded and sales dropped to more normal levels. The front seats are low and may prove awkward for some to get down into. But once you’re in there they’re firm, but comfortable, with good leg and headroom. Though the BRZ has four seats rear legroom is very cramped, indeed it’s non-existent when the front seats are all the way back. Boot space is reasonable although Subaru Australia opted for a full-size spare wheel,

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Have an active Valentines Day Valentines Day can conjure up romantic images of chocolates, Champagne and candlelit dinners. If this is your usual MO for the day to celebrate love, then why not try something different this year and have an active Valentines Day? There are many ways you can enjoy an active day with those you love, and organising a walk with a picnic could be one of the most simple! There are so many amazing short walks around Melbourne (see https://www. victoriawalks.org.au/Best_Melbourne_Walks/ for some inspiration). Pack your own picnic lunch, or use a pre-made picnic hamper service to keep it even easier and fuss free. Be sure to check the weather conditions before you head out, and if you do choose to venture into the bush, then check out https://www.parks.vic. gov.au/ for any changes in conditions. If walking is not really your thing, then why not relive your youth and go roller skating? There are still rinks around Melbourne – just be sure to check if you have to book ahead and bring your own skates or blades due to current COVID-19 restrictions. Even just half an hour of blading or skating will have you feeling invigorated, and give you that burn in your legs! Another great indoor activity for an active Valentine’s Day is rock climbing. Rock climbing will have you challenging yourself physically and relying on clear communication with your

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partner as you ascend and descend the walls. If heights are not your thing, then why not try a game for partners, such as tennis or squash? Most tennis and squash clubs will allow public hire of courts. Another game to play with your partner could be lawn bowls, or bare foot bowling. Again, most clubs will allow for public hire of greens and you may or may not have to supply your own bowls. This is a lower impact game than tennis – and you could check out whether or not the bar really does have 1975 prices.

Or maybe water activities are more your scene – imagine going for a paddle boat ride on a light-dappled lake, or rowing a boat along a glass smooth river? Or how about a surfing lesson or even just a body board at your local beach (again, be sure to check conditions). If you’d prefer to keep your feet dry, but moving, a dance class might be more in your lane. Learning a few new dance moves and steps is great exercise for the body and mind, and will give you much-needed time with your partner.

And you’ll have a new skill to share together! The truth of it is, there are many active ways to enjoy time with those you love. We have so many amazing outdoor spaces around us, and some pretty great indoor activities too. Being active together can help deepen your connections with others, from the shared experience to the exhilaration of physical activity. You’ll make many new memories, and may even have something to look back on to laugh at over the years!

SPORTS QUIZ 1. Which sporting team in Australia has the most members? 2. Which Swedish tennis player won the 2002 Australian Open? 3. Which two countries competed in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final? 4. How many F1 world championships did Sir Jack Brabham win? 5. Which cricket team won the first BBL in 2011/2012?

6. Aussie Sally Pearson won a gold medal at which event at the 2012 London Olympic Games? 7. Which actor featured in two baseball-related films in the late 1980s? 8. How many Rugby Union World Cups has Australia won? 9. Which driver holds the record for the most podiums at the Bathurst 1000? 10. Which team won the first two Suncorp Super Netball titles in 2017 and 2018? 11. Which US-born Australian golf professional had a career-high world ranking of 16 in April 2008? 12. Australia’s women’s national rugby union team is known by what nickname? 13. Which retired Queensland-born motorcycle racer was MotoGP World Champion in 2007 and 2011?

14. Which rugby league team has won the premiership in all three seasons of the NRL Women's Premiership competition so far?

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22. Which tennis player is second on the WTA Tour rankings behind Ash Barty?

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23. Which team finished on the bottom of the 202021 Big Bash League table?

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24. Who defeated Conor McGregor in their Lightweight bout at UFC 257? 25. Who will captain Australia during their Twenty20 tour of New Zealand? 26. Which US state made an offer to host the 2021 Olympics if Japan decided not to host the event?

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By Tara Murray There’s plenty of excitement at the Altona Basketball Association as the Gators field a Big V women’s side for the first time since 2017. Having focused on the youth league women’s side in more recent times, the club now has the players to reform a women’s side. New coach Cameron Wilkosz said after some hard work behind the scenes, they were set to go. Wilkosz’s basketball journey is a well travelled one, with a role as lead assistant coach for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Alberta Canada, WNBL Bendigo Spirit Academy head coach and head coach of the Bendigo Braves Victorian Youth Championship Women. “They had a few rough seasons and decided to focus on the kids,” he said of Altona. “There’s a lot of talent coming through the club. “It’s a credit to the club and who they are.

Now there’s kids travelling the world and playing at college.” Wilkosz said his experiences coaching against the club’s youth league side made it a no-brainer to apply for the women’s role when it came up. He’s of the view that the players who are stepping up into the women’s side are more than ready. “Randy Shanklin [coaching director and youth league women’s coach is an amazing coach and the opposing coach I was most close with,” he said. “Altona is a really good club. Altona just doesn’t put on the best spread after the game, they are a friendly club. “The kids are looking for feedback from opposition coaches. You didn’t get that at Bendigo. “I wanted to be a part of that.” Wilkosz said he had a certain way of coaching and the playing group was starting to adjust to his ways. He had been impressed by the team.

City signs key players Hume City has announced two key signings and a re-signing as it aims to remain at the top of the National Premier League ladder. Undefeated in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19, City has again put together a strong squad. Last week it announced the signings of Jordan Maricic and Aden Gardner. Maricic, a former Adelaide United youth product who joins from Adelaide City, will partner Hayden Tennant in Hume’s defensive line-up. Gardner joins Hume from fellow NPL side Bentleigh Greens. He spent part of 2020 playing with the Brisbane Strikers while there was no soccer being played in Melbourne for much of last year. The midfielder brings a wealth of experience and has a keen eye for goal. The club also announced the re-signing of Theo Markelis. A fan favourite, Markelis has found the back of the net on plenty of occasions for Hume. The signings will help fill the gap of five players departing in the off season. Captain Harry Monaghan is the biggest name to depart, along with Paul Wilson, Gideon Sweet, Will Hendon and James Kapuranovski. Coach Nick Hegarty stated on the club’s Facebook page that everybody was trying to get back to where they were this season. He said this year was a new season, the league had changed and they had to look forward. The club is in the middle of its pre-season, having played a number of games including one against Melbourne Victory.

“After watching training, they’re not a team that will just float around.” Wilkosz said they would have a ‘one club’ mentality, with players from the youth league squad to be part of the senior side every week. “The idea is to use it as a stepping stone.“ Wilkosz said that not only were they excited by the two Big V teams but there was more talent coming through. He was expecting big things of the players coming through and they could see more players joining the college system. Wilkosz said the first aim this year for the women’s side was to get the side back up and develop a solid foundation. “We want to be more than competitive. Win, lose or draw it’s about being the toughest team on the court.” The Gators play their first practice match this weekend and are keen to get crowds back after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of Big V last year. The club is also looking for sponsors, for the team and players.

Kangaroos add experience The Sunbury Kangaroos has added some experience to its squad ahead of the Essendon District Football League division 1 season. Kangaroos coach Leigh Sporle said the club lost a number of its 2019 division 2 premiership players. “We have a pretty young list,” he said. “These guys we have gotten in for this season are proven players. “We have a good mix, but we still want to focus on the youth.” The Kangaroos have announced six new signings in the past couple of weeks. Ferras Merhi, Saad Saad and Sammy Saad are no strangers to the EDFL. Merhi has been a dominant ruckman for a number of teams, having won a premiership at Roxburgh Park and Hadfield. He will take the pressure off premiership ruckman Brenton Sutherland. Saad Saad is a well-known goalkicker, having kicked more than 900 goals in 10 seasons playing with Seymour. He has previously played in the EDFL. Sporle said in hisplast season, Saad kicked plenty of goals despite playing more in the midfield. Sammy Saad is also a premiership player at Hadfield and Roxburgh Park and will add something up forward. All three have previously played together. This week, the Kangaroos announced the signings of Nathan Davidson and Blake Henderson. Henderson has played with both Romsey and Melton Centrals in the Riddell District Football League. He can play back, forward or in the ruck, adding some flexibility to the side. Davidson will add another key target up forward. He has been playing in BlackRoad in recent seasons but is known to many Sunbury locals having played for Romsey previously. Another former RDFL player, Mark Freeth, who was set to join the Kangaroos for the 2020 season, has committed for 2021. Freeth was a key player for Diggers Rest for a number of years. Sporle said the club was still in talks with a couple of other players but had nearly completed its recruiting. This will be the Kangaroos’ first season in division 1 after last season was cancelled due to COVID-19. The group started training last week. Meanwhile, the Kangaroos are after women’s and under-18.5s players for this season. Contact Allan Walters: 0400 408 019. Tara Murray

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Theo Markelis is back for Hume City. (Shawn Smits) 19 MARIBYRNONG & HOBSONS BAY STAR WEEKLY Wednesday, 3 February, 2021


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