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As excited kids across the west eagerly countdown the days until Santa visits, three-week-old Hudson experienced the lead up to his first Christmas sleeping soundly in his brother Mason’s arms, inattentive to the rush of last-minute preparations as the holiday draws closer. As we near the end of 2022, the team at Star Weekly would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and safe and happy New Year. We will return for 2023 on January 10.

Nod for apartment plan By Elsie Lange A controversial plan for a five-storey apartment building in Sunbury town centre has been given the green light by Hume council, despite residents’ concerns about neighbourhood character, car parking and construction impacts. The proposal at 52 O’Shanassy Street for apartments, a basement car park, a cafe or retail premises and offices was originally put to council as a six-storey development at 23 metres, but has since been downgraded to a 19-metre-high form.

When the plan was exhibited in December 2021, 49 objections were received. An officer report to council, which recommended a permit be granted, said the current and future growth of the town would mean the existing town centre “will be required to change and evolve” to meet community needs. “Historically the town centre has maintained a low scale building form however it is anticipated as the town continues to grow that the scale of future development will need to adapt to a taller form and scale,” the report said.

Sunbury resident and practising town planner Robert Szymanski spoke against the proposal at a council meeting on Monday, December 12, and said even the reduced height of the building “simply doesn’t go far enough”. “A more appropriate approach [in Sunbury’s] transition and change would be going to a two-storey element, with a recess third level – so you’re actually seeing from the front a two-storey built form consistent with the surrounding area,” he said. He said he was concerned about the officer report’s description of existing planning policy and guidelines strategy as “outdated”.

“That policy is not outdated … if officers or council are of the view that it’s no longer relevant, they should go through the formal process and actually amend the Hume planning scheme to that effect,” Mr Szymanski said. John Callaghan, owner of Sunbury City Electrical & Electronics on O’Shanassy Street near the proposed development site, also objected at the meeting, saying it would “destroy” the village streetscape, while another resident, Peter Gavin, said the decision proceed it would “create a dangerous precedent”. ■

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The region’s best and brightest Nerves turned to elation and relief for VCE students across the region on Monday when long-awaited results were released. ‘Super satisfied’: international student dux of Sunbury Downs College

Braemar College student Heather Sutherland received an ATAR of 99.95. (Supplied)

Top marks at Braemar College Braemar College’s 2022 dux Heather Sutherland said she was surprised to find out she’d received a highest possible score when VCE results were released last week. She said she was keen to use her Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.95 to study neuroscience and later, medicine. “[My parents were] shocked as well, because I thought I hadn’t done really well [in my exams], they were surprised and happy,” she said. “My teachers were incredible and I couldn’t have done it without them.” Braemar College principal Russell Deer said the school was thrilled with the results across the board, with 22 per cent of the year 12 cohort receiving an ATAR of 90 or better. “Young people have worked really hard post COVID-19 [lockdowns] and gratefully had a full year of face-to-face learning,” Mr Deer said. “The students had to get used to a rhythm again once they returned face-to-face and we’re really proud of what they’ve achieved. “We’re also really mindful of the fact that this is the first cohort of young people who have been educated on both campuses at our college, at Woodend campus and the Mount Macedon campus.” Braemar’s Dux Proximus was Madeline Coates, who received an ATAR of 97.8. Mr Deer said another theme the school observed during this year’s VCE was the diversity of pathways chosen by students, including those that are not ATAR-based. “They completed their schooling and already had other pathways picked out that weren’t reliant on an ATAR, like doing diploma level courses, or trades … there’s a whole range,” he said. Elsie Lange

An international student has been named dux of Sunbury Downs College for the first time. Alice (Yixuan) Liu scored an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 94.5. She hopes to study biomedical science at Monash University, with the view of one day becoming a doctor. She came to the college from China in 2019 as a year nine student as part of the school’s international program, which started six years ago. She said she was proud of herself for her VCE result, surprised and “super satisfied” to have reached her goal of college dux. Alice acknowledged the support of her teachers, as well as her own resilience to persevere through the difficulties of lockdowns and interrupted learning. “I could not have achieved this score without the support from all my teachers. I would like to say a big thank you to them,” she said. “Also, the school and our captains organised some fun activities for us to participate in throughout the year to help us relieve the stress.” College international student co-ordinator Anina Alexander said Alice was “hard working, ambitious and focused on her goal of a career in medicine”.

Melissa Vang was named dux of Sunbury College. (Damjan Janevski) 312377_02

‘Huge growth’ in top end ATARs at Sunbury College

Sunbury Downs College Dux Alice Liu with principal Warwick Beynon. (Supplied)

“She was meticulous in consistently studying – that’s a skill,” she said. “From the time she started at the college she has wanted to achieve her best with purely hard work and having a go.”

‘Fantastic’ results at Salesian College

Christine Franklin was dux of Salesian College. (Supplied)

This year’s dux of Sunbury’s Salesian College, Christine Franklin, said even though the pandemic years had been hard, the support of her teachers and peers encouraged her to succeed. Christine received an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 92.85 when VCE results were released last week, and said she was “very happy” with the outcome. “It was a nice surprise … I hope for a positive future for my cohort as we journey onward, and for next year’s year 12 students also,” she said. The high-achiever hopes to study engineering at RMIT. Darcy Hetherrington received the VCAL achievement award. Salesian College principal Mark Brockhus said the school was proud to see the hard work and perseverance of its students reflected in some “fantastic” final results. “Congratulations especially to Christine Franklin on the outstanding achievement of being named our 2022 college dux,” he said. “On behalf of our college community, I wish the entire cohort all the very best in their future endeavours, we look forward to hearing of their future success.”

Sunbury College assistant principal Wes Pfitzner said the school was delighted with its students’ VCE results, released last Monday. Thirty-five per cent of the year 12 cohort received Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) scores of 70 or above. “This year is the first year we’ve had a huge growth in ATARs at the top end, we’ve been working really hard with our students over the last few years,” Mr Pfitzner said. “They’ve done really well over COVID-19 to be able to overcome their challenges … which is a real positive for the Sunbury area.“ Melissa Vang was dux of the college with a score of 93.9, and subject dux of chemistry, mathematical methods and physics. She was also awarded the Australian Defence Force innovators award for 2022. “[I’m] sort of relieved, I was surprised as well. I’m just going to see if I can get into medicine, but if not, radiography is also a good option,” she said. “I’m very lucky to have my teachers who are very supportive, including my family.“ She reminded students in the future just to stay positive, “but once it’s over, you’ll feel much better”. In a Facebook post, the college said Ms Vang’s teachers described her as “eager to learn, curious, highly motivated and a student who takes every challenge in her stride”. Mr Pfitzner said the school also had a very successful VCAL program, with 98 per cent of VCAL students either having received apprenticeships or traineeships, or are already working full time. “We’re very proud of their achievements, particularly two of them: Hollee Moore and Neville Mansfield,” he said. “[They] have both been offered a Diploma of Nursing at Victoria University, and both students were successful in receiving awards.” Elsie Lange

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Petition calls for fireworks ban A Macedon Ranges resident’s petition to ban fireworks on private properties in rural areas has garnered nearly 2000 signatures since last week. Springfield Equestrian Park owner Emily Bannister started the petition because she said she sees the “extreme stress” suffered by horses when fireworks are used on private properties nearby. “I would like to see fireworks banned from rural areas, or at the very least only allow the ‘silent’ fireworks, like they use in Europe around livestock,” she said.

“This would minimise the negative effects that fireworks have on horses and pets.” Only licensed pyrotechnicians or people under their direct supervision have permission to use fireworks on private properties in Victoria, after giving at least seven days’ notice to WorkSafe. Fellow campaigner, Romsey resident Michelle Downes, said it was too simple to get permission to use fireworks and would like to see the rules strengthened. “[The petition has had] an incredible response very quickly,” she said. “It shows that the general public in rural Victoria are

completely against having fireworks that can damage, injure or kill livestock, or have an affect on animals in the homes. “It’s just ridiculous to have fireworks in this day and age when there are alternatives.” Macedon Ranges council planning and environment director Rebecca Stockfeld said council had been made aware of some concerns within the community regarding fireworks, but did not have powers to regulate the use of them on private land. “However, to help animal owners prepare in advance, when we are made aware of a

firework event we endeavour to notify the public – whether through social media or other channels – in advance of the fireworks,” she said. Ms Bannister said the advice to remove horses from properties where fireworks were on display nearby was “a huge undertaking”. “Often owners don’t have their own means of transport to remove the horses,” her petition said. The petition is set to be presented to Parliament in the new year.

Council nod for apartment plan ■ From page 1.

Romsey Neighbourhood House volunteers with the gifts they will donate to those in need. (Supplied)

Special festive gifts from Romsey It’s that time of year where the kind-hearted elves at Romsey Neighbourhood House package up donated goods and hand them out to those in need. Carefully wrapped and lovingly curated, the hampers are made up of things given to the house by the community, collected by local businesses and organisations. House manager Michelle Balthazar was moved when discussing the generosity she’d seen this year, as she’d witnessed a sharp rise in the number of people accessing services provided by the house. “We’ve been running this for quite a few years now and every year our community rallies

together to support those in our community who are in need,” she said. “We’ve seen a huge increase in the demand for our support services such as our community food share service … as well as our community support service, where we’ve provided over 9000 meals to the community for free, that’s cooked freezer meals.” She said the presents would be delivered from December 19, to ensure parents could place the gifts under their trees. “We’ve had people totally overwhelmed in tears, just so grateful because they’re just finding it tougher and tougher to support their families … we’ve been able to support people

who have been fleeing or in situations where they need further support as well,” she said. Ms Balthazar wanted to take the opportunity to invite residents along to the house’s Community Christmas Lunch, on Wednesday, December 21, at the Romsey Mechanics Hall. “We just hope that individuals who are in need in our community realise the support they have in the wider community and that they feel a valued part of it,” she said. Details: romseynh. Elsie Lange

Jacksons Creek ward councillor Trevor Dance said he would not be voting for the officer’s recommendation because it did not represent the desires of residents and would be an “eyesore”. Speaking on behalf of the applicant, town planner Julie Lancashire said her client, the Millett family, was long established in town and “cared greatly” for how 52 O’Shanassy Street would be developed. “They are excited by the opportunity to provide a mixed-use development that allows for some housing opportunities within the town centre, and some extra commercial development that will increase the jobs on offer in town,” she said. She said Sunbury had an ample supply of three-and-four-bedroom dwellings but a poor supply of one-and-two-bedroom dwellings, which the development would address. Fellow Jacksons Creek ward councillor Jarrod Bell supported the development but said he was “not in the slightest surprised that council received 49 objections”. He said the growth of Sunbury was inevitable and exponential, and that he was committed to housing access for all. “While we see developments like Rosenthal, Redstone, Maplestone and Everleigh growing our community outward, it is undeniable and logical that we must, in appropriate places, also grow up,” Cr Bell said. Cr Jack Medcraft said while Sunbury’s history was important, it was essential the town “moved with the times”. “[To] progress and give people the opportunity to live in different types of dwellings, such as the apartments,” he said.



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We prepare for power outages in extreme weather. You can too.

Make a plan and know what to do in a power outage this summer. We’ve all seen the damage extreme weather can cause – whether it’s

extra resources and strike teams on call during the busy Christmas, New

rising flood waters inundating homes to strong winds bringing down

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massive trees and powerlines. Over the past 12 months, Powercor has also upgraded the local network, It’s why electricity distributor Powercor is reminding households, business

conducting extensive patrols along powerlines in the Macedon Ranges

owners and visitors to Kyneton and the Macedon Ranges to know what to

impacted by storms over the past year, and installing new bushfire safety

do if extreme weather affects power supplies this summer.

devices to improve both safety and reliability outcomes for customers.

“While extreme events can happen at any time of the year, it’s more likely

“Our safety devices are operated on more sensitive settings during

in summer when storms, lightning, high winds and heat can lead to power

summer and on Total Fire Ban Days to minimise fire starts and keep

outages,” Powercor’s Head of Customer Experience, Adam Nason, said.

communities safer,” Adam said.

“Power outages affect everyone differently. Cars being trapped in garages

“Outages on these days may take longer to restore, as our crews are

with an electric door is a common one we hear. Phones running out of

required to patrol the lines after each fault.”

charge and frustrations with trying to keep the kids entertained without a mobile device is another. Either way we know it can be incredibly inconvenient.

Simple steps customers can take to prepare for power outages include:

We encourage everyone to make preparing for power outages part of any emergency plan.” Powercor works year-round inspecting and maintaining the electricity network to keep it reliable. This includes inspecting more than 171,000 power poles and using a combination of helicopter and ground-based LiDAR inspections to monitor vegetation. So far this year, the average duration of power outages affecting Powercor customers has been 82 minutes which is lower than the average for 2021

Look after your health – particularly if you rely on life support equipment and need a back-up plan Stay connected – by having mobile phones and laptop computers charged to stay connected with family and friends Have back-up energy ready – like batteries, lamps and barbeques and have your eskies ready

of 90 minutes. “We prepare for major weather events so we can respond quickly and minimise the time customers are without supply. In particular, we have

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Kingsfield residents kick-flipping out with latest park Young and old alike are positively kick-flipping with excitement over Moremac Property Group’s latest addition to the Kingsfield estate in Sunbury. A brand-new park featuring a fully equipped skate park and half-basketball court has been added to the growing estate with a number of climbing apparatuses, slides and playground equipment with accompanying sheltered picnic areas to keep all-ages entertained. The new park, located between Lollipop Crescent and Montego Boulevard within the Kingsfield estate, is a welcome addition prior to the December school holidays. Kingsfield’s latest shared amenity forms part of the 133-hectares of open space, just under half of the total 275-hectare development. Created by national planning and design practice Tract Consultants, the park occupies approximately a hectare in total space, allowing plenty of room for recreation. “The park is a very welcome addition to the residents of Kingsfield who have been eagerly awaiting its December opening,” Moremac sales and marketing director, Lachlan Moore said. “Already we’re seeing members of the community benefit from the opportunity to connect with their neighbours, so we’re pleased to be able to deliver this great new amenity for them to take full advantage of. “This is the first of five future parks planned for the development.” Kingsfield’s new park enhances the development’s focus on sustainability, diversity and shaping an optimistic, greener future. Parks, sports grounds, wetlands and important conservation reserves take up the equivalent of 75 Melbourne Cricket Grounds.

Sunbury residents have a brand new playground just in time for the holidays, right in the heart of Kingsfield Estate.

The new park received the official seal of approval from Santa Claus earlier this month with residents taking their photo with the

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Briefs Bin collections Macedon Ranges council said there will be no changes to bin collections this holiday season. Council advised residents to download its waste app on a smart phone or look up collection days at, or pick up a copy from a council office to put on the fridge. In Hume, if bins are scheduled to be collected on Christmas or New Year’s Day, it will be collected the next day. If bins are due to be collected on any other public holiday, they will be collected as normal.

A Sunbury student has a smile on his face now that he’s won a major prize in the Victorian Science Talent Search’s junior division. Sunbury Downs College (SDC) year seven Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment Program student Kingston was celebrated for making a working model demonstrating the rotating of the earth and moon around the sun. He launched the program by using LEGO bricks and motors to represent the concepts he investigated in class about space and movement. School laboratory technician Jenny Wadeson helped Kingston with the application process and said he’d put in a lot of work. “Kingston has worked incredibly hard on his model. We here at SDC are very proud of his achievements,” Ms Wadeson said. The 13-year-old took home a medal and a certificate, as well as a $50 prize. He said he hopes to pursue a career in science, and was “incredibly grateful” for the chance to take part in the competition thanks to his school, where he could express himself both creatively and scientifically.

Sunbury Road update The two Melbourne-bound lanes on Sunbury Road are almost complete between Bulla-Diggers Rest Road and Shepherds Lane. Upgrades to install a signalised intersection at Lancefield Road will take place between January 3 and February 9, meaning Lancefield Road will be closed between Sunbury Road and Gellies Road 24-7 with detours in place. Between Friday, January 20 and Sunday, January 22, from 8pm until 5am, 14 beams to form the new bridge over Jacksons Creek will be installed. This will require the closure of Sunbury Road between Powlett Street and Francis Boulevard. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained and emergency services will have access under traffic management.

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Sunbury crime at a decade low By Elsie Lange The overall crime rate in Sunbury has declined nearly 19 per cent on last year, and is now at its lowest point in almost a decade in the year ending September. In the Macedon Ranges, offences recorded for the year ending September 2022 were down 12.8 per cent compared to the year prior. Crime Statistics Agency data, released last week, shows the rate of recorded offences decreased 4.3 per cent from the same 12-month

period in 2021. Victoria Police said this drop represented the lowest number of criminal offences committed in the year ending September since 2014. Hume Inspector Dean Clinton said Sunbury’s drop in crime was most likely because of its Hume Tasking Team, which worked from the Sunbury Police Station throughout 2022. Regional operations deputy commissioner Rick Nugent said while Victoria Police anticipated the crime rate would grow as the state moved away from the pandemic, they

would be doing what they could to keep it low. “A significant degree of proactive enforcement occurs each and every day to keep the community safe and prevent offending before it occurs,” he said. “Proactive policing will continue to be a pivotal component in Victoria Police’s approach to reducing crime and holding offenders accountable in 2023 and beyond.” In Sunbury, the only increases in offence type were justice procedures offences, from 521 in 2021 to 538 in 2022 representing a three per

cent increase. Inspector Clinton said this increase was small and may be because of a growing population. “But we also have dedicated family violence teams that work in Hume and they conduct work that leads to the detection of breaches,” he said. Gisborne experienced a 31 drop in the crime rate, property and deception offences rose 11 per cent, while Macedon’s crime rate rose 37 per cent, from 109 offences recorded in 2021 to 150 in 2022.

Bravo to Mount Players Fifty years after its inception, the Mount Players Theatre Company has released a book celebrating all the group has achieved in half a century. It has been entertaining the Macedon Ranges since 1972, from humble beginnings as a small play-reading group to performing all sorts of productions from musicals, to one-act plays, to dramas and comedies. These days, actors come from near and far to be a part of the shows, and it’s been a journey worth celebrating to becoming a recognisable theatre company. Mount Players committee member and social media co-ordinator Karlana Kasarik was one of the co-creators of the history book, which took three years to research, write and publish. “I think everyone’s very proud and it was more of a challenge than we anticipated,” Ms Kasarik said. “But we were surprised by the amount of information we could still source 50 years later.”

The group recently received a $1500 Macedon Ranges council grant to go towards the book’s publication. Meeting minutes dating back to 1972, newspaper clippings and old newsletters were fascinating to researchers piecing together the company’s story. “I think we’re really glad that we’ve got it down, for history, for future people to read and understand the love and passion that’s behind the theatre, that’s kept it going for 50 years,” Ms Kasarik said. “It’s about the people, it’s definitely people-powered.” From classic Noel Coward plays to feminist reimaginings of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservioir Dogs – the group has scope and the history book highlights this range. “I think [we feel] enormous pride that we’ve had such good feedback about the book. People are surprised by what we were able to put together,” Ms Kasarik said. Elsie Lange

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History book co-creators Margaret Muehlheim, Allan Cameron, Margaret Cameron, Chris Finch and Karlana Kasarik with ’From Box Office to Back Stage’. (Supplied)

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Concept design for the new-look Gap Road level crossing. (Supplied)

The first concept design for the new-look Gap Road level crossing in Sunbury has been released. Gap Road will be lowered under the rail line to preserve the character of the heritage-listed Sunbury station. Construction on the project was brought forward to begin this year, with the level crossing expected to be removed by late 2022, and the remaining works completed in 2023 – two years ahead of the initial 2025 completion date. About 19,000 vehicles pass through the Gap

Road level crossing each day, with the number expected to reach 27,000 in 2026, according to state government data. A three-week community consultation period was held in November last year for the public to provide feedback on the design, landscaping and public artworks for the new level crossing. Sunbury MP Josh Bull said more than 170 residents contributed to the preliminary design. “The level crossing will be gone for good by the end of 2022, with a road under rail design as promised,” he said. “This year we will see site investigations continuing as well as some early works, with

the majority of major construction towards the end of 2022.” The level crossing removal is being delivered in conjunction with the $2.1 billion Sunbury line upgrade, which includes platform extensions, train stabling modifications and rail track power upgrades at Sunbury station to enable bigger and more modern trains to run on the line. The line is expected to transport up to 113,000 passengers in peak hours every week when the Metro Tunnel is open. “We promised to remove this crossing by 2025, but this vital project has been fast tracked to synchronise works between the level

crossing removal and the $2.1 billion Sunbury line upgrade,” Mr Bull said. “It means we will only need to close the line for an extended period of time once, rather than twice, resulting in less disruption and a level crossing-free Sunbury three years ahead of schedule. “This is a critical project that will improve safety and ease congestion in the heart of our community and it is time to get it done.” The Gap Road level crossing will be the fourth crossing removed on the Sunbury line and is one of 75 “dangerous and congested” level crossings in Melbourne to be gone by 2025. 12476330-CG03-21


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‘Spaghetti’ bus network concern By Elsie Lange Hume council and the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) have welcomed a new report finding Melbourne’s bus services could be improved, especially in growth areas. The Infrastructure Victoria discussion paper released last week said buses were rarely a competitive alternative to other transport due to limited operating hours, and inefficient routes which made buses less appealing to use. A challenge highlighted in the report was that existing networks contributed to a “major equity problem, especially for outer and new growth areas of Melbourne”.

“Bus services in these areas can be infrequent and have limited operating hours. If the bus service is not convenient, families can be forced into car ownership … This lack of choice adds to the cost of living and contributes to locational transport disadvantage,” the report said. Hume mayor Joseph Haweil welcomed the report and introducing expanded bus routes was pivotal, as the region “urgently needed“ public transport investment. “It is vital that our community can get to work, see their doctor and visit family and friends using a bus network that is fast, reliable and built for the future,“ he said. PTUA spokesperson Daniel Bowen said

Infrastructure Victoria was “spot on” in their findings, and growth areas were expanding while bus networks were not keeping up. “For basic journeys, like getting to the shops or railway station, many of the bus routes are just completely inadequate,” Mr Bowen said. “If you glance at the bus maps for a lot of these areas, the routes are very confusing. It’s like looking at spaghetti.” IV chief executive Dr Jonathan Spear said with better route designs, cheaper fares and more frequent services, “buses can deliver safe, affordable public transport where it is needed most”. It is understood the state government is

completing a major review of the bus network in Melbourne’s north and north-eastern suburbs as part of a plan to develop a better network. This included an online consultation with communities in Hume to understand how people use buses. Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll said the government was “deeply invested” in supporting and upgrading the state’s bus network, through its bus plan, new school bus services, its Zero Emissions Bus Trial or the introduction of FlexiRide services. Infrastructure Victoria will publish a final report including recommendations in late 2023.

Net zero plan revealed CO2-e at June 30, 2022 – a figure already reduced over the past year largely due to a renewable energy contract secured through the Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO). “VECO, an agreement involving close to 50 councils across Victoria procuring electricity from renewable energy generators, has resulted in a collective saving of around 172,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in its first year – equivalent to taking 66,000 cars off the road each year,” council said. The Counting Down to Zero plan will be reviewed every two years until 2030 to make sure its up to date, and progress on the targets will be reported every year. The plan follows council’s Declaration of Climate Emergency in March 2021. Details: Elsie Lange

Macedon Ranges mayor Annette Death at the electric vehicle charging station in Kyneton.



Macedon Ranges council has a new plan to reduce its carbon footprint and reach net zero emissions by June 2030. At a meeting on Wednesday, December 14, council adopted its Counting Down to Zero policy, which outlines more than 30 recommended actions for council to reduce, avoid or offset its existing emissions, and to influence others to do the same. Macedon Ranges mayor Annette Death said climate change was not something council could react to, and it needed to take steps to cut emissions now. “This is a clear plan for the next decade that steps out a number of realistic, meaningful actions council can take, to build on the progress we’ve already made in this area,” she said. Council said the target would be measured against the indicative baseline of 3260.6 tonnes

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Melburnian of the Year makes her mark Melburnian of the Year Antoinette Braybrook talks to Liam McNally about growing up in Melton, her work with Djirra and what the award means to her.

Antionette Braybrook was awarded Melburnian of the Year on November 14, 2022. (Pictu res: Suppl


hen Djirra chief executive Antoinette Braybrook was named the Melburnian of the Year in November, she said she was “deeply honoured” but it was “hard to believe ’’ she was the first Aboriginal person to receive the accolade in its 20-year existence. “I dedicate this honour to Aboriginal women, recognising the strength and courage of every Aboriginal woman who has put her trust in me and our organisation Djirra for over two decades,” she said. Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence, predominantly women and their children. Ms Braybrook has been leading Djirra since its inception in 2002.


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- Antionette Braybrook Ms Braybrook’s family line is through the Kuku Yalanji, North Queensland, but she was born in Melton, on Wurundjeri country. She said she has a “really strong” connection to Melton. Fifty years ago, hers was the only Aboriginal family she knew of in the area. Her family made inroads to connecting with the community through sport – her mother being “instrumental” in setting up what is now the Melton Netball Association and her father and brothers playing for Melton South Football Club. Despite the “many strong friendships” she maintains, she wouldn’t “say it was easy” growing up in Melton. “We experienced racism,” she said. She said this racism was the catalyst for her leaving school at just 15. “I left school with really low self-confidence. I had no self worth, I just felt like I was not valued in any way, and that was difficult to reconcile – at home, my mum and dad always made us feel proud of our culture and identity, but outside of the family home we were made to feel the lesser,” she said. Ms Braybrook “pushed through” these

Antionette Braybrook has been the chief executive of Djirra since its inception in 2002. (Tiffany Garvie)

feelings throughout her early working life, with the help of “strong family and support networks,” and at age 30 enrolled in a law degree. “It was overwhelming, and scary. I felt like an imposter, but I did it, and here we are,” she said. She said the proudest aspect of her career is Djirra’s work and growth, whose staff are 40 per cent Aboriginal women in 101 funded positions spread across nine offices in Victoria. The organisation is working towards opening an office in her home town of Melton next year, which has the third highest rates of family violence in greater Melbourne, and the fastest growing Aboriginal population. Another career highlight was making four interventions at the United Nations 41st session in 2019 around the high removal rates of Aboriginal children, Aboriginal women

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being the fastest growing prison population in Australia, punitive income management programs and solutions to addressing the high rates of violence against Aboriginal women. Ms Braybrook said the interventions were about “keeping Aboriginal women visible,” which she also intends to do with the Melburnian of the Year award, including by hopefully building the first Aboriginal Women’s Centre in Melbourne. She said violence against Aboriginal women is “continuing to rise”. “In Victoria, Aboriginal women are 45 times more likely to experience family violence and 25 times more likely to die from a violent assault than other women,” she said. “I also want to point out that we know that around 90 per cent of the violence against our women, our people, goes unreported. So these numbers really do not speak the truth.”

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One of Djirra’s biggest calls nationally is to have a dedicated national plan to end violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children, “because we don’t want to be lost and invisible in mainstream plans.” Ms Braybrook said her work is a “lifelong commitment”, both in the family violence sector and wider aspects of racism. “Racism isn’t just isolated to one area, I think that it’s still very much alive and thriving across the country,” she said. “It impacted significantly on my life, but now I tackle it head on. I try not to let it diminish me.” In the current political climate there’s national attention on Aboriginal issues, with the Closing the Gap report, Voice to Parliament, federal laws protecting indigenous sites, and the inquiry into Missing and Murdered First Nations Women and Children. Despite the “extremely disappointing” results in the latest Closing the Gap report, Ms Braybrook is hopeful about “big steps being taken”. “I think that they’re important steps, and I think that to have a new government has been a breath of fresh air, especially to have Linda Burney, an Aboriginal woman be appointed as the minister for Indigenous Australians,” she said. “I feel that we’re starting to see a new way, a different way, because we can’t keep doing things the same old way and expecting a different result.” Ms Braybrook said that even on a social level, for everyday people there’s “so much work to do”. “A good start is for people is to inform themselves of the real history of this country and understand that the past injustices are not just of the past, they are very much present today,” she said. “Colonisation didn’t just happen at a point in time, it’s been an ongoing process, and so it would be really good for people to understand that everyone’s got an individual responsibility in dismantling the oppressive structures which continue to disadvantage our people.” Details:



Bernie Finn leaves parliament By Elsie Lange Democratic Labour Party leader Bernie Finn’s calls for a recount of the western metropolitan region’s election results have been declined, spelling the end of the politician’s time in parliament. The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) finalised voting for the upper house on Wednesday, December 14, with Mr Finn finishing behind Liberal candidate Trung Luu by 210 votes to miss out on one of five seats.

Following the VEC’s decision, Mr Finn took to social media to say he “may have to take [the decision not to recount] to a higher authority”. A VEC spokesperson said while the final margin between Mr Luu and Mr Finn was close, it needed to read in the context of the earlier distributions, which were “not close”, so changes in the result that could occur during a recount would “not overcome the impact of the last distribution of preferences”. “A recount won’t be required simply because a candidate requests it,” the spokesperson said.

The long-serving politician was expelled from the parliamentary Liberal Party earlier this year for disobedience around controversial social media posts on abortion. Before his expulsion Mr Finn was the number one candidate on the Liberal ticket in the western metropolitan region since 2006 and was re-elected in 2010, 2014 and 2018. His Liberal Party replacement, Moira Deeming, has secured her seat. Meanwhile, in the northern Victoria seat, Animal Justice Party candidate and Kyneton

resident Georgie Purcell has been elected to the Legislative Council. Posting on social media, Ms Purcell said it was an honour to be one of the youngest women ever elected to the upper house of Victorian Parliament. “For so long, I was led to believe parliament wasn’t a place for women like me,” she said. “But now I’ve realised that more than ever, we need politicians with colourful backgrounds and diverse experiences to share in our halls of power.”

Busy year for the SES Sunbury State Emergency Service (SES) has had a busy year keeping communities safe in storms, floods and crashes. Responding to more than 300 calls for help, dedicated volunteers have put in thousands of hours of community service. They also broke records, responding to over 100 flood rescues in 2022, a service they couldn’t provide up until three years ago. Deployed far and wide to Dunolly, Bet Bet, Rochester, Elmore, Echuca, Kyneton, Bendigo, East Gippsland, Mildura, Whittlesea, Sunbury SES proved itself a valuable and committed part of the state’s emergency services, even heading up to New South Wales to lend a hand where they could. Unit controller Anthony White reminded the community that at this time of year, it was vital people were prepared for emergencies. “The summer break usually sees Sunbury impacted by significant summer storms, the threat of bush and grass fires which we support CFA in responding to and of course

with the summer holidays in full swing many more people driving on the roads,” Mr White said. He reminded everyone to stay safe on the roads, and especially in flood impacted areas where he said never to drive through flood waters. Deputy operations controller Daniel Edwards said if needs should arise, they would be ready to respond. “While our volunteers are trained and ready to respond to any call we receive, including over the Christmas break, we would rather be unwrapping presents with our families Christmas morning instead of you from a car,” he said. “Fatigue is a major killer on our roads, so remember to take a break every two hours, stop at an SES driver reviver and arrive alive.”

The crew at Sunbury SES. (Supplied)



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Dream day at the crease Above: Max and Nathaniel having fun playing cricket. Below: Edie at the wicket.

It was a delightful day at Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School on Tuesday last week, when DreamCricket Australia and Sunbury Rotary Club came together to donate two kits to the pupils. DreamCricket works with Rotary Clubs to provide students with special needs an opportunity to play the beloved game. Sunbury Rotary Club secretary Kerry Kirk said the donation day went “amazingly”. “We walked in there and there were kids lined up doing it,” she said. “There were smiles all over their faces. There were helpers blown away with kids who don’t normally engage, engaging. “Kids bring kids, it was just beautiful to watch.” DreamCricket president Peter Dell kicked off the day with an indoor clinic, with kids learning to bat, field and bowl, with the new gear. Ms Kirk said Rotarians, teachers and staff all got involved and had a great time. “Then it was outside and two teams competed in their first game of cricket. The scores were close with both teams batting and fielding but in the end, the final score was a draw with 468 runs scored by both teams in the close-fought match,” she said.

Members of Sunbury Rotary, DreamCricket and school staff with some of the donated gear.

Daniel (top), Hudson (above), and Max (right) at the practice clinic.

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Thank-ewe to Edgar’s Mission It’s been another udderly “life-changing” year down at Edgar’s Mission Sanctuary in Lancefield, one that saw some of their most challenging rescues and incredible transformations yet. This holiday season, the sanctuary has released a free kind Christmas guide, packed with delicious plant-based recipes for the whole family. Sanctuary founder Pam Ahern said over the course of 2022, Edgar’s Mission had rescued 150 new animals in need and found forever homes for many more. “We also supported the community with over 500 animal assistance enquiries and provided guidance, support and advice for sanctuaries within Australia and beyond in 2022,” Ms Ahern said. “One of our most memorable rescues was that of Victoria, a sheep who had been lost for years in the bush and was carrying a burdensome 26 kgs of wool. “Eighteen staff and volunteers spent five hours in the freezing rain and fog on mountainous terrain in order to save her life. Brave Victoria has now found her safe haven.” The mission was “over the moon” to raise more than its fundraising target of $100,000 on this year’s Giving Tuesday, November 29, covering half of their annual food and bedding costs. The mission reminded residents of plant-based options this Christmas. “We can all make an enormous difference in the life of pigs, turkeys, lambs and others by what – and not who – we choose to eat and buy this festive season,” Ms Ahern said. The sanctuary has also released a kind gift guide, cute animal gift tags and an advent calendar featuring a daily kindness tip. Details:

Santa paid a visit to the animals at Edgar’s Mission Sanctuary. Top right: Beautiful Ruby the dog is disguised as one of Santa’s reindeer.


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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 by 9am Wednesday the week prior to publication

Family trivia night Bring your smarts and knowledge along to Sunbury Library’s family trivia Night on Thursday, January 12. Teams can include adult, children and any other family members who want to join in. Booking are required and tables are capped at 10. If you dress up as your favourite character, you go in the running to win door prizes too! 6pm to 7.30pm at Sunbury Library, 44 Macedon Street, Sunbury. ■

Sustainable summer grazing Join Macedon Ranges council’s private land conservation officer Jason McAinch discuss how best to summer graze your horse in a sustainable way. The location of the field day on Sunday, January 29, from 10am to 11.30am, is on a property in Kyneton and the address will be sent following registration. It is an outside event, so wear appropriate clothing and footware. ■

Mural painting Just Another Agency is joining the Hume Youth Services Team to bring young residents, aged 12 to 18, an exciting art program this summer. Learn how to create a mural alongside an established artist on January 18, noon until 3pm at the Sunbury Youth Centre. Free and bookings required. ■

Sunbury Police Community Register Volunteer for the Sunbury Police Community Register. Formed in 2010 as a result of the 2009 Black Friday bushfires in Victoria, the group’s mission is to make regular contact, and provide reassurance and wellbeing checks to elderly or vulnerable residents living in the Sunbury area, including those without friends or relatives. Volunteers head to the Sunbury Police Station to chat with clients. ■ 9744 8111

Breast cancer support group On the first and third Tuesday of the month breast cancer survivors are invited to head along to the Gisborne Golf Club at 10.30am to take part in a breast cancer support group. There they discuss experiences, find connections and improve mental health. ■ Lesley, 0484 691 226

Village connect A new service for older people and carers provided by Macedon Ranges council for residents over 55 years old to stay socially connected, chat with others in the community and enjoy some free coffee and cake. Happening on Tuesdays and Thursday at cafes across the municipality, there’s sure to be one near you. ■, or 5422 0262

Arts and games night Get creative at the Sunbury Youth Centre as part of an art and games night each Wednesday at the Sunbury Youth Centre, 3.30- 5.30pm. There’s a range of arts and crafts to try, and if art isn’t your thing, there’s a wide variety of games. The program is for people aged 12 to 18 years old and is free. It’s at 51-53 Evans Street, Sunbury.

Carer connect chat Are you caring for someone close to you? Go and connect with other carers in your local area, share a light lunch, have a chat at noon on the first Wednesday of the month. Head to Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health, 1 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Kyneton. ■ 9744 9267, or

Photographer Joe Mastroianni caught up with Desley Adams to check out the community-designed Christmas trees on display as part of Christmas in Riddells Creek. (311237_04)

HarmoniX Vocal Company Get involved with an all-male, auditioned singing group happening on Thursday, 79.30pm in Sunbury. The group is inviting new members to join. The group also has a mixed choir, DynamiX Vocal Company, rehearsing Tuesday. 7-9.30pm. Both groups rehearse at Dulap Wilim Hub, 11 Leichardt Street, Sunbury. No auditions required, just bring your love of music. ■

Jacksons Creek Combined Probus Visit or become a new member of the Jackson’s Creek Combined Probus Club, gathering on the second Monday of each month at the Sunbury Football Club at 10am. Enjoy outings and meetings each month with a friendly group of men and women, and twice yearly trips away staying in cabins and caravans. ■ Doug, 5428 3317, or Teresa, 9746 3402

Craft and conversation If you’re a passionate crafter and want some company, why not head down to the Sunbury Library on Mondays at noon for the craft and conversation group. The program is free and open to people aged 15 years and older. ■

of ladies badminton since 1999. Social games are on Mondays, 9.30am-noon, and team competitions are on Thursdays, 9.30am-12.30pm at Eric Boardman Stadium, Wilsons Lane. ■

Come have a chat Delve into deeper topics and enjoy intriguing conversations by joining the Table 8 Discussion Group. The key theme for the coming months will be kindness. The chats take place every Tuesday from 10.30-11.30am at Macedon Lounge, 40 Victoria Street, Macedon. ■ Carol, 0431 186 575

Sunbury Combined Probus Club The Sunbury Combined Probus Club meets every fourth Thursday of the month at the Sunbury Football Social Club at 10am. ■ Carmel, 0416 477 271

Toastmasters Family History and Heritage Society If you’ve got a hankering to learn more about Sunbury and even your own family history, why not check out the Sunbury Family History and Heritage Society, meeting at 1.30pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Sunbury Senior Citizens Centre, 8 O’Shanassy Street, Sunbury. ■

Rotary club The Sunbury Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at the Sunbury Bowling Club from 7pm. ■

Chill Out Sunbury Are you between 12 and 18 years old and want to engage with other young people, participate in activities such as trivia, games, art, music, competitions, personal development and more? Chill Out Sunbury is for you. It’s free and happens every Wednesday, 3.30-5.30pm at the Sunbury Youth Centre, 51-53 Evans Street. ■

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each month at the Sunbury Football Social Club rooms. The friendly group of women enjoy outings, film mornings, speakers and presenters, as well as special events like holidays and bus trips. New members are warmly welcomed. ■ Pat, 0433 789 754, or Sylvia, 0417 170 142

The Woodlands Ladies Probus Club of Sunbury meets on the fourth Monday of each month at the Sunbury Bowling Club at 9.45 am. The club is based on fun, friendship and fellowship and enjoys monthly outings, an annual trip away and a lot of fun meetings. ■ Leonie, 0401 764 182

Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Toastmasters helps its members develop their public speaking, communication and leadership skills. The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 7.20-9.30pm, at the Sunbury Senior Citizens Hall. ■

Sunbury Seniors Sunbury Seniors meet on Mondays and Fridays at 8 O’Shanassy Street, Sunbury, from 10am-3pm. A variety of activities are offered – indoor bowls, cards, snooker, guest speakers, day excursions, subsidised lunches or just a cup of coffee and a chat. If you’re 55 or older and would like to make some new friends. ■ 0434 400 754

Probus Club Of Sunbury Join the Probus Club of Sunbury on the first Wednesday of the month at the Sunbury Football club at 9.30am. It’s a friendly men’s group open to all retired and semi-retired men. Enjoy morning tea and a guest speaker. Visitors and new members are welcome with a number of great events held each month. ■ Greg, 0417 593 035




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The pupils at Sunbury ’s Holy Trinity Catholic Primary are learning all about making meaningful changes to their food and drink choices , healthy habits for life. to help build Stephanie Alexander Foundation’s Healthy Kitchen Garden Kids Advisors have teamed up with state Vic Kids Eat Well moveme government’s nt to teach the philosophies of pleasurable food education. The Vic Kids Eat Well movement is a fresh opportunity for to the guidance of a schools to look health promoter like Hume’s Christie McIntosh to inspire children to make healthy create healthier environmchoices and be on board until 2024. ents – she will After the school signed up to Vic Kids Eat Well, Ms McIntos h participate in a health was invited to and physical education day expo, where children to make healthy she taught afternoon snacks like rice paper rolls. “Empowering children to choose their own vegetables and be hands on with preparing their food shows them what they are capable of,” she said.

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The federal governm ent Melbourne Airport Master has approved the Plan, but was firm in saying it has yet to give approval to the development plan of a proposed third runway, citing residential noise concerns. Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King approved the master plan on Monday, November 14. “Today’s approval does not indicate an approval of the future Plan for the proposed Major Development third a separate process subject runway, which is to assessment on its own merits against the requirements of the [Airports Act 1996],” Ms King said.

“As expected, many communities surround members of the Melbourne Airport to continue to provide ing the airport have made representations and third runway to explore noise and health regarding their views the governm measures to minimis on impacts. Melbourne Airport’ e Airport chief executiv ent. s proposed north-so e Lorie Argus said uth third runway project Cr Haweil said the and the impacts it will proposed north-south the updated master plan outlined a long have on their homes runway would impact term and lives. less residents than the vision for Melbourne Airport. “In providing today’s previously proposed “Key to this is construc east-wes approva t runway. l, I have indicated my concerns “Council has not seen which will improve the tion of a third runway, regarding some plan the approved master efficiency of the airfield aspects of the proposa by at this stage,” he said. introducing parallel l operations, while also to the existing runways – including changes “Council will continue allowing the airport and noise sharing and to cater for increase to advocate for mitigation arrangem Melbourne Airport and d ents.” the federal government demand,” Ms Argus said. Ms King said managem to meaningfully listen “Alongside the 2022 and respond to both ent of residents’ concerns would be an developing a sustaina Master Plan we are important consideration ours and our community’s submissions bility strategy, with in during the assessment a of the development plan, future assessment of the Major Develop the commitment to net zero (Scope 1 and 2) by expected to be submitte ment 2025, work Plan for the third runway.” under way on Scope d in early 2023. 3 emission Hume mayor Joseph A statemen reductio s n and a commitm t from Melbourne Airport ent to circular said it supported the proposed Haweil said council welcomed the approva l of the master plan, and economy principles including on runway, but asked it now plans to submit major infrastructure.” its proposal to build the ADVERTISEMENT

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A Jeep for ‘pragmatic dreamers’ By Chris Riley, Marque Motoring Compass is the smallest and cheapest of Jeep’s off-roaders and looks very much like a smaller version of Grand Cherokee. Introduced in 2007, Compass and its rebadged sibling Patriot were the first of Jeep’s softer offerings, pitched at an entirely new customer. Compass was rounder, cuddlier and generally more city-focused, while the Patriot which was dropped in 2016 was squarer, chunkier and more macho. The current model, launched in 2020, has changed significantly, with enhanced tech, redesigned dashboard, a refined cabin and an extensive list of driver-assist systems. Jeep describes the car as built for pragmatic dreamers who spend their weekdays in comfort and style, and weekends escaping from the daily routine. Compass comes with a 5-year/100,000km warranty and lifetime roadside assistance for vehicles serviced by Jeep. Capped-price servicing means you’ll pay $349 per visit for the first five services, with intervals set at 12 months or 12,000km.

Engines / transmissions With a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, Compass produces 129kW of power at 6400 revs and 229Nm of torque from 3900 revs.

It’s multipoint rather than direct injection with drive is to all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission and torque on demand. That means it operates in front wheel drive most of the time, with the rear wheels engaging when traction is required.

Driving Weighing in at 1503kg, fuel consumption is a claimed 9.7L/100km and it produces 230gm of CO2 per kilometre. In the US the latest model comes with a more sophisticated 2.0-litre direct injection engine that produces 149kW and 300Nm. A hybrid version, called 4xe, is also offered overseas, but is not available from the Indian factory where our cars are built. Although Compass looks terrific and draws plenty of admiring glances, its performance doesn’t quite live up to those looks. The dash from 0-100km/h takes a leisurely 10.1 seconds and factor in some passengers, and it will take considerably longer. Compass can seat four adults in reasonable comfort, but keep in mind it sits on the smaller side of the spectrum, so rear legroom is limited and it has a smallish boot. Inside the decor is a big step up from previous offerings, with better fit and trim, and plenty of eye candy. The driver gets a wheel that can be adjusted for height and reach, power-adjustment for the

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driver’s seat and a token footrest -- the size and placement of which are not ideal. And, by the way, the foot-operated boot opener refused to cooperate. Throttle response off the line is good and the engine likes to rev. But at other times it takes a full two seconds to respond and the transmission tends to hunt on anything but flat terrain. Ride and handling are pretty good, with the car refusing to break traction even when pushed hard through corners. But the lane keeping assistance system is downright annoying and like me, you’ll probably end up switching it off. Turning circle is relatively large at 11.07 metres which means you’ll find yourself doing plenty of three-point turns. When it comes to going off road, this model

boasts the same Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 system as the Trailhawk. The big difference is that it doesn’t have off-road suspension, or any underbody protection. At 212mm it has 13mm less ground clearance than Trailhawk too. Although there’s a 4WD LOW option, neither model have a two-speed transfer case and therefore no low range gearing. All this button does is keep the transmission in first gear, which is possible with most automatics. Another button is labelled as 4WD LOCK. What this does is transmit torque equally to both the front and rear wheels. None of the above suggests the S-Limited is up to more than ’roughish’ dirt roads. In terms of fuel consumption, it has a 60-litre tank and takes standard unleaded. We were getting 9.4L/100km after more than 400km -- less than the 9.7L claimed -- but still too much for what it is.

Summing up While the Jeep Compass is a head turner, its performance unfortunately doesn’t match these looks, nor does it have any real off-road capability. Given the unavailability of the hybrid, we’d be waiting at the very least for the new 2.0-litre direct injection engine to make an appearance in Australia.

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EDFL releases fixture for three men’s divisions A top five finals series and two years of two teams relegated from division 1 are among the details revealed by the Essendon District Football League as part of it’s fixture for next year. The league revealed the fixtures for the three men’s divisions on Tuesday, with two new clubs, Deer Park and St Albans in the mix for the first time. As previously reported by Star Weekly, both clubs which are crossing from the Western Region Football League, will be in division 1. With a 12-team division 1 competition next year, the division 1 competition will have a top five final series which will be played across four weeks. Premier division and division 2 will have the normal top four final series played across three weeks. There will be a bye in the premier division between round 18 and the semi final weekend to ensure the grand finals are held on three

consecutive Saturdays, September 9, 16 and 23. In a league statement it revealed that at the end of the division 1 season, the bottom two teams on the ladder will be relegated to division 2. This will occur in both 2023 and 2024, eventually resulting in a 10-team competition for both premier division and division one by 2025. The premier division season will kick off with the traditional Good Friday clash between Keilor and Strathmore. In division 1, Hillside and the newly promoted Keilor Park, which have played on Good Friday in recent years against different opponents, will face each other. Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park will play each other on Good Friday for the first time. The three Good Friday matches are classified as round three matches, with round one to kick off the following week. New clubs Deer Park and St Albans start

their EDFL lives with matches against Westmeadows and Glenroy respectively in division 1. The two new clubs will face each other in round two. East Sunbury, which didn’t field teams this year, returns to action against Taylors Lakes on April 15 in division 2. Also in division 2, Burnside Heights and Coburg Districts will face each other in an Anzac Day eve clash. The following day Glenroy will host West Coburg and Westmeadows plays Tullamarine in division 1 and Aberfeldie plays Avondale Heights in premier division. The Sunbury derby between the Sunbury Kangaroos and the Thunder is on April 29. The first premier division grand final rematch will be on the King’s Birthday Monday. Tara Murray

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Top honour for Fletcher By Tara Murray Kyneton Tigers’ Michelle Fletcher may have won many awards on the basketball court, but winning the Basketball Victoria Country Basketball League north-west most valuable player award is one of the biggest surprises. Fletcher, who has been part of the Tigers CBL team since the start, was named the MVP and in the all-star five at the recent grand finals. For the stalwart, it came as a bit of a shock. To even be one of the 10 finalists for the award and the all-star five was a surprise for Fletcher. “I’ve been around basketball for a long time,” she said. “I’m 44. “I’m happy with the way that I played this season, but I didn’t expect it. “I didn’t think that I deserved it, but I’m happy with it.” Fletcher said while she was honoured to win the award, she also thought it was funny and unsure how it occurred.

She said her teammates were excited to see her recognised as well. “The girls were really excited along with [coach] Kim [Strawhorn],” she said. “They pick on me for playing at such an old age. It’s all good fun.” The award is bittersweet for Fletcher, with the Tigers being knocked out in the semi finals after losing just one game during the regular season. Having gone so close again, Fletcher said the group was left disappointed in how the season ended. “We wish we would have won it, at least made the grand final,” she said. “We’re annoyed as we have a great team.” She said it’s her teammates like the Mangan sisters and Alex Strawhorn, that keep her coming back each year The highlight for Fletcher this season was getting to play in the CBL with her daughter Jazmine Young, who made her debut at 13. Young is now part of the state program,

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with Fletcher saying she is better than she was when she was her age. “It is great and hopefully we can get a big more of a run on court together next year,” she said. “My daughter was rapt with me winning the award. “I’ve done a lot of training with Jaz’s team and learned a lot from them.” For Fletcher, who played more than 300 games in the South East Australia Basketball League and had her jersey retired by the Bendigo Braves, she said watching the next generation including her two kids coming through at Kyneton was really good and the program had come a long way. Players used to have to travel to Bendigo and Sunbury to get those opportunities. Fletcher, who is also part of Kyneton’s netball program in the Bendigo Netball League with the Mangan sisters, has no plans on retiring just yet. “I love it, I want to keep going,”

The Riddell District Football Netball League will kick off its season with a standalone match between the Western Rams and Melton Centrals. The league announced its senior men’s football and netball fixtures on Tuesday, with the season set to start on April 1. Pending ground availability the Rams will host the Centrals on April 1 to start the season with the rest of round one on April 15, with a week off for Easter in between the two. Woodend-Hesket will again face Riddell on Good Friday in another early marquee game. The two teams will have a bye in round three, with the Good Friday match been classified as their match for that round. Grand final day is set down for September 17. Highlights of the fixture include Riddell hosting Puka Up Cup against Macedon in round one, the A-grade netball grand final rematch between Diggers Rest and Woodend-Hesket on April 15 and the senior football grand final rematch between Riddell and Diggers Rest on May 13. There is also several night matches scheduled. Football operations manager Aaron McLean was pleased with how the fixture had come together. “The RDFNL are pleased to have met requests where possible with several highlights throughout the season including Western Rams in a stand-alone game against Melton Centrals on April 1, Woodend-Hesket hosting Riddell on Good Friday and Macedon hosting Diggers Rest on Anzac Day. “Lancefield will celebrate their 150th year when they host rivals Romsey on May 27.“ The under-19.5 football fixture and the under-19 netball fixture have yet to be finalised, while a fixture for the new women’s competition is still to come.

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Roar starting to make its move on the top four Sunbury has put itself in the perfect position to push for a top four spot in the second half of the Victorian Turf Cricket Association division 3 season. After not having a win on the board after three rounds, the Roar have won four of their next five matches to sit in fifth spot heading into the Christmas break. Playing coach Jace Carton said after the slow start, they would take being in this position at the break. “We won three in a row, but we fell short last week,” he said. “To get the win [on Saturday] before Christmas is really important for us. “It keeps us in touch with the top four. “We’re three points from fourth spot. Going into Christmas with four and half wins, we’re pretty happy with that.” Carton said the group realised how important Saturday’s match with Werribee

Centrals was in the context of the season. The Roar made 9-162 from their overs, with Sajith Kalumpriya top scoring with 38. Carton said the pitch was hard to bat on. “We thought anything over 220 was a good score,” he said. “It was hard to bat on, so to get 160 with our bowling side we were pretty confident that we could get the job done. “It ended up being a pretty good total on that wicket.” Carton’s faith in the bowlers was justified as they had Centrals in trouble at 7-50. While one Centrals batter got going, it wasn’t enough as they were bowled out for 136. It was Jason McGann, who got whacked in the previous round, that led the way. “He got two wickets in his first over and was on a hat-trick,” Carton said. “He set us up and had them on the back foot.” McGann finished with two wickets, as did

Jason McGowan and Isaac Carton, while Brad Hunter got three wickets. The Roar now has one more one-dayer after the Christmas break before the side returns to two-day cricket. Carton said they had a few areas to improve on, but expected to be a better side in the second half of the season. “We’ll change a few things,” he said. “Not the side, but just our approach. “No one has played two-day cricket for two to three years, it will be whoever adjusts the quickest that will win games. “Our wicket is starting to get better as well and getting some more grass on it. Playing at home has been really good.” Tara Murray Sajith Kalumpriya

Romsey’s batsmen fire

Briefs Big V The Sunbury Jets have announced their first re-signings for next year’s Big V state championship season. On the women’s side, Emily Ellis, who returned to her junior club last season, will return next year along with Nicole Cameron who crossed to the Jets this year. Import Ida Andersson is also returning after a successful first season with the clu. On the men’s side Nathan Marshall, Trevor Clayton and Max Barkeley have recommitted as the side hopes to go one better and claim the title next year.

By Tara Murray Romsey’s batters have enjoyed getting time in the middle in the Gisborne and District Cricket Association McIntyre Cup. Outside of a poor performance against Wallan, the Redbacks have been in control of their games and sit third heading into the Christmas break. Redbacks captain-coach Ben Way said it had been a good start to the season for the side. “Firstly we were happy to just get out and play after the first few weeks meant we were washed out,” he said. “We had one hiccup against Wallan, otherwise we are pretty happy with where we are sitting.” On Saturday, the Redbacks openers put on a show against the Sunbury Kangaroos. Taylor Stevenson and Tim Dale put on a massive 250 for the opening partnership. Dale made 167 in an innings which included 24 fours and four sixes. The Redbacks eventually made 9-320 from their 45 overs. For Way, who is one of the leading bats this season, it was nice to sit back and watch the show. “It was a big day with the bat,” he said. “There was a massive opening partnership. “What Tim did, in a one-day game, doesn’t happen too often.” Way said the batters were starting to get some confidence the last few weeks and as a result were putting on some good scores. He said the spread of runs across the top six was a key to helping them get wins, with several players hitting 50s or 100s. Michael Fox was the star with the ball for the Kangaroos with six wickets, including a double hat-trick. The Kangaroos were quickly in trouble at 4-23. While the middle order showed some resistance, they were restricted to 116. Fox top scored with 41 as just two players hit double figures. Chris Marienfeld took four wickets for the Redbacks. Way said the break would give them a good opportunity to regroup and get ready to come back for a strong second half of the season. The Redbacks sit in third spot, less than a point behind the second placed Sunbury United. Way said they were focused on a a top two finish, “Top two, that is the aim for the home and away season,” he said. “We’ve made finals and made a grand final last year, but we haven’t finished in the top two.


Ballarat NL The Sunbury Lions have added Georgia Hellyer to its Ballarat Netball League squad for next season. Hellyer, who plays in the midcourt, has previously played for Rupertswood in the Riddell District Netball League and fellow BNL side Darley. She’s also part of the Victorian Netball League side the Ariels. Her sister Ava is also joining the Lions.

VTCA Sunbury is through to the next round of the Victorian Turf Cricket Association T20 competition with bowling a ball on Tuesday night. The Roar was set to play the Melton South Royals for a spot in the next round, but the Royals forfeited handing the Roar a win and a spot in the next round.


Romsey’s Taylor Stevenson.

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“It’s something we want to do and get home finals the first couple of weeks of finals.” In other results on Saturday, Bacchus Marsh continued its good run of late, upsetting Sunbury United. United made 9-197 from its overs, with the Bulls finishing 3-198 in reply. Nick Strangio top scored with 86. Rupertswood got its second win of the season, beating Wallan.

The Magpies were bowled out for just 138 with Kyle Corcoran taking three wickets. Rupo finished 4-139 in reply with Daniel Kavanagh top scoring with 44 not out. Gisborne remains unbeaten after beating East Sunbury with Mick Allen and Riley Vernon contributing with both the bat and ball. Diggers Rest Bulla beat Woodend in the other match convincingly.

Club Sunbury suffered a second straight loss in the Bowls Victoria weekend pennant, division 1, section 1. Club Sunbury had a disappointing day against Craigieburn, losing 82 (18)-59 (0). Club Sunbury remains in second spot, but Craigieburn is now just nine points behind them. Meanwhile, Club Sunbury Extreme competed in the Ultimate Bowls Championship last week. The championship was broken into three events, with Extreme making the finals of the third event. Marc Bullows, Carla Krizanic, Kevin Kerkow and Nick Cahill represented Club Sunbury across the week. FOR BREAKING NEWS, VISIT Web: Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Star Weekly @starweeklynews @star_weekly

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