Star Weekly - Brimbank North West - 21st May 2024

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Parking pains for village

Glengala Village business owners are calling on Brimbank council to rethink proposed streetscape changes, as they voice concerns over a lack of parking spaces.

Glengala fresh owner Wayne Gifford said the the options in council’s ‘Glengala Village streetscape improvements’ will result in a loss of parking spaces.

“It is constantly mentioned everyday by customers about how difficult it already is to park. There’s just not enough spaces,” he said.

“In real terms it will mean there are less spaces. People already tell us that if there’s no space to park, then they won’t bother parking in side streets; they’ll just go somewhere else.

“A lot of the people who shop here are elderly, and they need convenience.”

Mr Gifford said fellow traders have asked him and his wife, Dea, to speak up on behalf of them due to language barriers. He said some traders were completely unaware these changes were even being discussed.

“Many of the business owners are not very confident in English and there’s been a couple of them that have come to us and locals that have said ‘please be our voice’. Quite a few of them had no idea it was happening – even though it is going to impact them,” he said.

“Everyone is trying to hustle, things are so tight at the moment. People are struggling to eat and pay their bills, this is not the right time.

“The plans for the streetscape changes are dated. Council spoke to people in the area aboutthisin2018.Sincethen,sixoftheowners have changed hands. A lot has happened since

then including the pandemic, the world is a different place now. After the pandemic everything is now about convenience.”

Mr Gifford said council needed to reassess thewayitisseekingtocreatemoreopenspace.

“They want to widen the footpaths which seems like to me will result in limited spaces. What good is it if people can fit, but can’t park? They just won’t come,” he said.

Brimbank council infrastructure and city services acting director Tom Razmovski said council is aware of the concerns of some of the traders and recently gathered feedback on the draft designs from people in Glengala Village.

“The design options for improvements to Glengala Village currently under consideration either have the same number of carparks with some relocated close by, or a total reduction of two carparks,” Mr

Razmovski said.

“We know that we need to have a car parking allocation for people who need to and want to drive to the shop, but people also walk and cycle to the shops. The designs reflect community needs for wider footpaths, improved pedestrian safety and reduced traffic speeds. Community have told us they want outdoor dining and our job is to strike a balance between all these needs.”

Council said it plans to begin the upgrade works during 2026-27, with design and timing subject to service authority approval and council budget.

Mr Gifford said a physical petition with roughly 250 signatures in opposition to the Glengala Village streetscape options has been given to council.

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Feds confirm $5b for airport rail

The federal government has confirmed its commitment of $5 billion for the construction of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link despite the state government flagging delays of “at least four years”.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down the 2024-25 federal budget on May 14, which included more than $16 billion in funding for road and rail infrastructure across the country in the next 10 years, including $4.6 billion for 69 new projects.

Leading up to budget day, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese fielded questions in

a Melbourne press conference, stating Melbourne Airport should “get serious about actually getting things done”.

“At the moment there isn’t an agreement with the airport. I’m familiar with airports from time to time, they think they operate in a way that forgets about their social license,” Mr Albanese said.

State Treasurer Tim Pallas handed down the 2024-25 state budget on May 7, revealing the airport rail link had been hit with further delays of at least four years from its initial estimated completion date of 2029.

Mr Pallas said the state government has a “huge amount of funding tied up with the

Melbourne Airport Rail project“.

“We need to be realistic about the project and its timeline,” Mr Pallas said.

“We’ve made the sensible decision to acknowledge the project is now at least four years delayed.”

In response to the flagged delays, Brimbank mayorRankaRasicsaiditwas“disappointing” that the state budget was stalling on a number of commitments, including the Melbourne Airport Rail.

The state government and Melbourne Airport have failed to reach an agreement on the location of the proposed Melbourne Airport train station, with the airport holding

Uniting for warmth and wellness

Locals are being encouraged to take part in a heart-warming initiative this winter, spearheaded by AB Health and Fitness director Aaron Nauta.

The community is invited to join hands for a charitable cause dubbed “Warm Up and Workout,” a series of six weeks of free fitness sessions open to all.

Scheduled every Saturday from May 25 to June 29, these sessions promise not only physical activity but also a chance to foster connections and support one another during the colder months.

Mr Nauta said what sets this initiative apart is its dual purpose – attendees are encouraged to bring along warm clothing or blankets for donation, particularly jackets and blankets, which will be distributed by Uniting Vic.Tas to those in need within the community.

“We’re simply inviting the community to stay active and support each other,” he said.

“This is the first time we’ve partnered with Uniting, who have just opened up a site in Keilor Park.

“I know that there are a lot of people

struggling right now. We have 20 spaces available for each session and I’d love to have 20 people show up for each one. That would mean 20 jackets or blankets coming in each week, which is 120 items and 120 people that will have access to something this winter.”

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firm in its preference for it to be constructed underground while state government’s plans released in 2022 said its preference was to have an above ground station.

In response to Mr Pallas’ comments, a Melbourne Airport spokesperson said the timing of the project has always been a matter for the government.

“Melbourne Airport was part of a consortium that offered up to $7 billion towards an underground airport station and express tracks from Sunshine,” the spokesperson said.

“The state government rejected this.”

New crossing for boulevard

Melton council will soon begin work to install a new signalised crossing on Caroline Springs Boulevard.

A crossing between College and Lake streets was recommended as part of a traffic study aimed at improving safety on the busy road.

The pedestrian crossing will improve accessibility and safety for the local community, connecting the retail precinct, with the library and schools.

Works will include the installation of pedestrian operated signals, raised crossings, widening of footpaths to accommodate outdoor dining, installation of safety bollards, public lighting improvements and updated landscaping.

Melton council said more than 26,000 vehicles use Caroline Springs Boulevard every day.

Construction activities will mainly occur during off-peak hours and at night, with measures in place to maintain access to the area.

Work will start in late May or early June and take three months to complete.

Melton mayor Kathy Majdlik said the new crossing will improve pedestrian safety by providing a secure way to cross Caroline Springs Boulevard.

“These improvements connect key areas of our busy community and reduces the risk of unsafe crossings in a high traffic area,” she said.

“We thank the community for their patience and will keep them updated as this important project progresses.”

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New neighbourhood is on the way for Sunshine North

Development Victoria is creating a new neighbourhood in Melbourne’s west on the site of the former City West Water office in Sunshine North.

Located along St Albans Road, LUMA Sunshine North is located close to existing jobs, schools, roads, and hospitals, and will provide approximately 300 new homes. Melbourne-based SAW Constructions has been appointed to deliver 86 townhouses in stage one of LUMA, with construction of homes now under way.

In early 2024, stage two of LUMA was

launched, which will consist of 85 new homes.

A key feature of stage two is the priority access programwhichoffersthoseonincomeseligible for affordable housing a chance to buy homes before they’re made available to the general public. About 765 jobs are expected to be created across these stages, with more jobs to come in stage three.

Development Victoria Group housing head Penny Forrest said LUMA is creating more housing opportunities to meet growing demand in the west.

“The affordable initiatives on offer, such as

the low upfront deposit means buying a house is more accessible to those whose dream it is to own a home,” she said.

“There’s great value in using locally based companies to deliver the projects, where possible, and appointing SAW Constructions to build the next stage of homes solidifies our commitment to supporting local jobs.”

Once complete, the 300 new homes will be energy efficient with solar panels and battery storage.

The homes will also be surrounded by green spaces, including a new local park covering

3600 square metres and open to the public.

The new park will feature a fully equipped children’s playground, sheltered barbecue facilities, a picnic area and kick-about spaces. Construction of the park is expected to start mid-year and be completed in early 2025. Future plans for the site also include a pedestrian and vehicle bridge over Stony Creek via Metherall Street, providing a link between LUMA and the existing community, and new commercial and retail precincts featuring a mix of retail outlets such as supermarkets and specialty stores.

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Violent crime operation

Brimbank and Melton police have this month teamed up with a range of specialist units to target serious and violent crime in the western suburbs as part of Operation Cavalcade.

The joint operation has diverted Public Order Response Team (PORT) officers –based in Melbourne’s CBD – to Brimbank and Melton throughout May.

Police are honing in on busy community locations including Watergardens and Woodgrove shopping centres, parks, and other shopping strips to deter anti-social behaviour and prevent crime.

On May 3, police arrested a Sunshine man after he was seen allegedly brandishing a knife inside Watergardens Shopping Centre in Taylors Lakes.

It is alleged the man stole a knife from a grocery store before he began waving it around. Police said no one was injured during the incident.

The month before, on April 15, police responded to the incident at the Woodgrove Shopping Centre in Melton West, following reports of a group of males fighting, armed with edged weapons, which resulted in two teenagers being arrested.

Another focus of Operation Cavalcade has beentrainstations–withpoliceandprotective services officers from the Transit Safety Division conducting patrols of Sunshine, Melton and St Albans railway stations.

PORT officers are also assisting the local offender management team in putting known youth gang offenders on notice.

As part of this, officers have been conducting regular bail compliance checks, firearm prohibition order compliance checks, and patrol hot spot areas.

Monash Pizzey Reserve mural

Brimbank council is inviting locals to cast their vote on a new mural design for Monash Pizzey Reserve that will complement the recently upgraded playground.

Artist Stephanie Cartledge has created three designs to choose from which can be found on council’s website. Locals are asked to read the story behind the designs and then vote for your favourite design.

The design with the most votes will be painted.

The mural concepts centre around the endangered native Growling Grass Frog whose populations inhabit Brimbank. The artwork features heavily stylised depictions of the frogs amidst the native aquatic vegetation, Running Marsh Flower.

Cartledge’s bold geometric illustration style depicts the natural world, emphasising its beauty and significance and exhibits how shapes lock together to create aesthetic and balanced designs.

Sheencouragesotherstoconsidertheir own relationship with the environment. And aims to create art that is striking and resonates with the viewer.

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Acting Inspector Nick Di-Mieri said police are ensuring the community is not only safe, but feels safe.

The local proactive policing unit and detectives from Brimbank and Melton crime investigation units are also providing resources to the operation.

“We know how much the community is impacted when violence occurs in public places,” Acting Inspector Di-Mieri said.


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Funds for Horseshoe Bend

Keilor’s Horseshoe Bend Community Group (HBCG) recently secured a $5000 volunteer grant from the state government.

The funding injection will be put towards purchasing new equipment and facilitating educational programs for the dedicated volunteers who have been instrumental in revitalising the local landmark.

HBCG member Margaret O’Neill said the group’s long-term objective is to donate fresh produce from their garden beds to local foodbanks.

“This space is for the community, not private land,andwewillbedonatingwhatwecan,”she said.

“We have more than 100 volunteers on our list and regularly see about 20 to 30 different volunteers at our working bees. There are people from all walks of life.”

However, despite their collective dedication, the group faces challenges, particularly regarding equipment.

Ms O’Neill said currently much of the equipment used is sourced from the personal collections of volunteers.

“One of the things we really need is a lawn mower. At the moment we have one of our young members who brings in his own mover and regularly mows,” she said.

Thegrouphasalsoencounteredsetbackssuch as vandalism and theft, which have hindered their progress. Ms O’Neill said the group recently had their doors to the shed kicked in, as well as an incident where copper piping was stolen leaving them without electricity.

“We are always looking for funding through local businesses, and we are really well supported through lots of local businesses, however we are always looking for more help from the local community,” she said.

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“That’s why we have teamed up with specialist police to really bolster our presence in priority locations.

“They’ll also assist us in keeping known offenders accountable through regular compliance checks.”

Operation Cavalcade began on May 6, and will run for the entire month.

Cartledge prioritises environmental sustainability by using non-toxic, low-Volatile Organic Compounds, and UV-resistant Resene paint, supporting local businesses, and disposing waste products ethically.

Community consultation will close on May 29, with the winning design announcement scheduled for May 30.

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Call for west safe injecting room

A western suburbs MP has called for a medically supervised injecting room (MSIR) to be opened in Brimbank and Footscray.

Western Metropolitan MP David Ettershank, who represents Legalise Cannabis Victoria, raised the issue in Parliament recently after the state government made the decision to scrap a proposed MSIR in Melbourne’s CBD.

The Braybrook-based MP said facilities were needed in the west in Brimbank and Footscray, as well as in St Kilda, Frankston and Dandenong.

“This need is manifest. We should be pressuring the government to show some moral fortitude,” he said.

“There have been multiple reviews of

MSIRs in general in Victoria and of the North Richmond MSIR in particular. They all conclude that supervised injecting rooms work in saving lives and, more importantly, in helping people move towards recovery. Both in Richmond, and in jurisdictions across the world, it has been proven that these places save lives and the wrap around services they provide deliver a pathway to recovery and rebuilding lives, allowing people to deal with their trauma, their homelessness, their mental health and their broken relationships.”

Last year, the Victorian Coroner released the Victorian overdose deaths report which revealed that Brimbank recorded the state’s second-highest number of overdose deaths in Victoria.

The report showed that 29 people in Brimbank died of overdoses in 2022, the highest figure in the municipality in the past 10 years.

It was up from 16 in 2021 and was only second behind the Melbourne local government area, which recorded 32 deaths.

Brimbank was also second for the number of heroin overdoses in 2022.

Nineteen people died of heroin overdose in 2022 – more than double the number from the year before which stood at eight.

Mr Ettershank said Victoria should be looking at establishing more MSIR facilities where they are needed.

“These are the facts: people suffering from addiction will use drugs whether there is an

Partners helping students to thrive

Students across Melbourne’s west, including those in Brimbank, will be supported to overcome barriers to education and realise their potential through a new sponsorship arrangement.

Greater Western Water (GWW) announced the new Thriving Communities strategic community sponsorship on May 9, which will provide $75,000 to $25,000 per year to Western Chances over the next three years.

GWW’s Thriving Communities program funds projects and partners that support liveability and wellbeing programs to build stronger, deeper connections with our customers and community.

Non-profit organisation Western Chances supports young people who are experiencing social and economic challenges to access education and employment opportunities. Its work seeks to address the high unemployment and below average rates of numeracy, literacy and high school completion in Melbourne’s west.

Since 2004, the organisation has helped more than 3750 young people, investing in their futures through scholarships, internships and learning support.

GWW managing director Maree Lang said shewasproudtosupportWesternChancesand its valuable work.

“We want the best for the west and seek-out partners who share our vision. Western Chances is an obvious partner,” she said.

“This multi-year commitment will support scholarships and the West Connect event series, investing in young people throughout their educational journey and transition into careers.”

Western Chances chief executive Zac Lewis said support from key organisations such as GWW was monumental to grassroots organisations.

“We are thrilled to enter a three-year partnership with Greater Western Water,” he said. “It is phenomenal to have the support of suchatrustedleaderinthewestthatsharesour

commitmenttoempoweringyoungpeopleand community to thrive.

“This long-term partnership will provide much-needed support for young people facing financial hardship across the west by providing essential educational scholarships and opportunities to develop

career readiness skills.

“Together with GWW, this partnership will uplift our young people through education, and support the wellbeing and prosperity of our community.”

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injecting room available or not,” he said.

“… Without a safe place to inject drugs, people will continue to inject in alleyways, in car parks and in the unoccupied spaces behind primary schools. When there is a safe place to inject, a safe injecting facility, they will use that,” he said.

A state government spokesperson said it has no plans to establish additional medically supervised injecting services and it is “fully committed” to continuing the operation of the North Richmond MSIR.

“Victorians struggling with addiction deserve our care wherever they are, and our statewide plan will save lives by boosting support services throughout our suburbs and regions,” the spokesperson said.

Securing Melton’s water supply

Greater Western Water (GWW) has put the finishing touches on Melton’s newest water main.

The Beattys Road water main is 4.7 kilometres long and represents a $12 million investment by the water corporation.

About 450 litres of water will flow through it every second, forming the primary supply for about 16,500 new homes and businesses, and the further developments forecast through to 2029, GWW said.

The main runs along Beattys Road and Taylors Road in Fraser Rise, with connections to Melton Highway.

Additional works have also been completed to build a second connection into the Melbourne Water network, increasing reliability and reducing potential disruptions to further secure the water supply.

GWW growth and infrastructure acting general manager Bri George said the new main would supply areas like Rockbank and Plumpton.

“These are areas that are growing rapidly, so we’re investing in the sustainable water supply our communities need now and in the future,” she said.

“We thank locals for their patience as we’ve built this important asset. Let’s all raise a glass of tap water to its successful completion.”

The new main was constructed by Greater Western Water’s project partner Jaydo.

Hillside residents can recycle cans at new refund point

A new container deposit scheme (CDS) refund point has found a home at the Sugar Gum Hotel in Hillside. Since the scheme commenced on November 1, 2023, residents across Victoria have been collecting and recycling eligible drink bottles, cartons, and cans and returning them through CDS refund points to receive 10 cents per item in return.

Located at the Sugar Gum Hotel, 2 Gourlay Road, Hillside, this is the 16th refund point installed in Brimbank.

TOMRA Cleanaway currently has 170 deposit sites across the CDS Vic West Zone, with 180 refund points planned to be installed by August 2024 when the scheme is fully rolled out.

The reverse vending machine technology scansandverifieseachcontainerdepositedand provides options to the user to either receive the amount through a retail cash voucher, via digital transfer direct to a bank account, or for the amount to be sent as a donation to a nominated charity or community group.

CDS Vic gives charities, community groups, schools, and sporting groups new ways to fundraise by registering as a Donation Partner.

In Brimbank groups and organisations are already fundraising through CDS Vic, including the Albion Football Club Sports Club, the St Albans Football and Netball Club, theSunshineBaseballClub,andtheLionsClub of Taylors Lakes.

TOMRA Cleanaway chief executive James

Dorney said the new Hillside refund point allows locals a location where they can conveniently drop off their eligible drink containers for recycling.

“Our machines are quick, convenient, and automated,andabletobeseamlesslyintegrated into retail and community locations,” Mr Dorney said.

“ ... The community has shown that when provided with a convenient, accessible, and technology-based container deposit scheme network, they will get involved.”

Brimbank residents can also download the CDS Vic West Zone app to check on the live status of their local refund point, verify container eligibility, and manage and track container refunds.

A new container deposit scheme refund point has landed in Brimbank. (Supplied) Western Chances chief executive officer Zac Lewis with Greater Western Water managing director Maree Lang. (Supplied)

Reserve upgrades open

Multi-purposecricketnetsandawalkingpath are among the new facilities recently added to Deer Park’s Bon Thomas Reserve.

Brimbank mayor Ranka Rasic and Kororoit MP Luba Grigorovitch joined Brimbank councillors, community members and members of the Brimbank Bucks Rugby Club to officially open the new facilities on May 6.

The new facilities also include a car park and oval irrigation.

Councillor Rasic said sporting facilities are an investment in the health and wellbeing of the community.

“Sport and active recreation not only brings people together and builds community cohesion – it also makes us happier and healthier,” she said.

“I look forward to seeing more of our community out there enjoying these fantastic sporting facilities.”

The establishment of a new walking path

now allows locals to walk around the whole reserve.

The multi-purpose cricket nets will increase participation for cricket and casual community sport such as soccer and basketball, with plenty of parking in the new car park.

The new pavilion building in the first stage of development was fully funded by council and has given the site the capacity it needed to house community sports clubs.

The upgraded facilities cost about $1.5 million and will ensure the site is accessible to all and improve community use and access to the reserve, council said.

Thestategovernmentcontributed$1million in funding towards this project as part of the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program round two for 2021. Council also contributed about $500,000 to this project.


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Seniors and Carers Expo

Join in the 2024 Brimbank Seniors and Carers Expo at the Keilor Basketball Netball Stadium on June 3. This free Brimbank council event is an opportunity for local seniors and carers to learn more about services available in Brimbank, to help live and age well. Sixty exhibitors will be in attendance, the event will also include a series of free talks, activities and information sessions. Details: yBEV9

Defibs to save lives

Victorians now have access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at every staffed station across Melbourne’s train network. There are now an extra 71 devices across the Metro Trains network, taking the total to 112 AEDs – helping to provide live-saving support to passengers in case of an emergency.



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Pilot admits to ‘terrible choices’

A Caroline Springs pilot has admitted he was involvedintheaccidentaldeathsofRussellHill and Carol Clay after an argument over hunting before making “terrible choices” by hiding their bodies.

Greg Lynn, 57, has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter over the couple’s deaths while camping on March 20, 2020.

However, his defence barrister told the jury of 15 on Tuesday he admitted to police that he was accidentally involved in their deaths.

“I’m innocent of murder, I haven’t behaved well, I’ve made some poor decisions, but murder, as I understand it, I’m innocent of,” Dermot Dann KC said, citing what Lynn told detectives in his interview.

He said Lynn – who had brought two guns with him – went hunting and when he got back to the campsite he became aware of a drone flying above that was operated by Mr Hill.

About dinner time, Lynn went over to Mr Hill’s campsite and asked him about the drone.

Mr Hill voiced his issues with Lynn about deer hunting near the camping grounds and threatened to show police footage of Lynn, Mr Dann alleged.

“Mr Lynn told him he was speaking nonsense,” he said.

He said Lynn went back to his campsite and started playing loud music from his car stereo to annoy Mr Hill.

Lynn claims he heard some noises around his car and then saw Mr Hill walking away. Believing he had his gun he followed Mr Hill and asked him for it back.


“Mr Lynn, you’ll hear and see, explains to police that Mr Hill lost his temper, that loud music had obviously disturbed Mr Hill late at night.”

Mr Dann said Lynn went to get his gun back from Mr Hill, when the 74-year-old fired it into the air.

Lynn said he took cover at the back of Mr Hill’s car and tried again to get his gun back, with a struggle taking place.

The accused double murderer claimed in a “chaoticscene”MrHilldischargedthegunand a bullet went through the car mirror.

“That same shot, tragically, shot Mrs Clay in the head,” Mr Dann said.

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Mr Hill ran over to Mrs Clay, Lynn retrieved his gun and then Mr Hill ran towards Lynn, with a knife, screaming “she’s dead”.

In a struggle over the knife, as Lynn tried to defend himself the knife went into Mr Hill’s chest, Mr Dann alleged.

He said Lynn then made “series of terrible choices” because he feared he would be blamed for the deaths.

“He tried to make this disaster somehow go away,” Mr Dann said.

“He embarked on a series of actions which, he recognised in that record of interview, only made his whole situation so much worse.”

He said Lynn packed up the campsite and put the bodies in his trailer before setting fire to the couple’s site.

He then allegedly removed the knife Mr Hill used, took the drone and the couple’s phones before driving into the night with their bodies.

Lynn went to the Union Spur Track, near Dargo, and buried the couple before driving home to Melbourne, Mr Dann said.

He admitted he returned to the site when COVID-19 lockdown ended, in May 2020, and then again November when he burned their remains.

“Hedescribesbeingphysicallysick,scooping up the remains of the fire,” Mr Dann said.

LynntoldpoliceaboutthelocationofMrHill and Mrs Clay’s remains during his interview and helped them find it, he said.

But Mr Dann told the jury Lynn was not guilty of murder or manslaughter as the prosecution would not be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the deaths were not accidental.

“The prosecution will have to disprove his account,” he said.

Earlier, crown prosecutor Daniel Porceddu accused Lynn of intentionally murdering the couple.

“The prosecution alleges Mr Hill was most likely killed first because Mrs Clay is very unlikely to have provoked a violent confrontation involving a firearm other than having witnessed or been aware of Mr Hill’s violent death,” he said.

He said Mr Hill, who was a radio enthusiast, would have been able to readily call for assistance if Mrs Clay had been shot first.

The trial continues.

Pilot accused of hiding bodies of camping duo

Caroline Springs pilot Greg Lynn allegedly went to considerable efforts to contaminate the crime scene, conceal evidence and distance himself after killing two missing campers.

He said Mr Hill, who was a radio enthusiast, would have been able to readily call for assistance if Mrs Clay had been shot first.

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Lynn, who was a Jetstar pilot at the time, has been charged with two counts of murder over the deaths of campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill in March 2020.

He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Crown prosecutor Daniel Porceddu will spend two hours outlining his case against Lynn to a jury of 15 on Tuesday morning.

He alleged Lynn was camping in the Wonnangatta Valley at the same time as Mr Hill and Mrs Clay, who were childhood sweethearts.

“It is alleged that during the evening of Friday, 20 March 2020, at Bucks Camp the accused murdered Mr Hill and Mrs Clay,”

“She is alleged to have been shot in the head by the accused, in the vicinity of the canopy of the passenger side of Mr Hill’s white LandCruiser.

“It is alleged the accused made considerable efforts to contaminate the scene, conceal evidence and try to distance himself from what happened.

“This commenced very soon after Mr Hill and Mrs Clay were killed.”

Mr Porceddu alleged Lynn moved Mr Hill and Mrs Clay’s bodies into his car trailer and set fire to their tent, camping items and an area next to Mr Hill’s LandCruiser to cover what is likely to have been Mrs Clay’s blood.

Lynn removed cash from their wallets, took their phones and Mr Hill’s drone, packed up his campsite and drove off with their bodies, the prosecutor said.

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Mr Porceddu told the jury.

“The precise circumstance of the killings are not known, nor is the motivation.”

He alleged one possible motive was Mr Hill’s drone had captured a dispute between Lynn and Mr Hill, which he claimed was later removed and destroyed.

“There might have been an argument or confrontation between the two men,“ Mr Porceddu said.

He said it was not known how Mr Hill was killed, but evidence allegedly showed Mrs Clay was shot in the head.

“The prosecution alleges Mr Hill was most likely killed first because Mrs Clay is very unlikely to have provoked a violent confrontation involving a firearm other than having witnessed or been aware of Mr Hill’s violent death,” the prosecutor said.

Lynn then drove for “many hours” along four-wheel-drive tracks until he reached the Union Spur Track near Dargo, unloaded their bodies and hid them in bushland, he alleged.

“It was a location where the accused would return,” he said.

The moment COVID-19 lockdown ended, about midnight on May 12, 2020, it’s alleged Lynn returned to the burial site “to ensure that they were still well-hidden”.

Mr Porceddu claimed, in the months after this, Lynn tried to sell his trailer on Gumtree, painted his Nissan Patrol a different colour to ensure it did not match the one he used during the alleged killings, and removed the awning.

“The prosecution says that he did so to avoid detection,” he said.

Emily Woods, AAP A court sketch of Greg Lynn. ( AAP Image/Paul Tyquin)

Appeal for Rebels information

Police have released CCTV and are appealing for information on the one-year anniversary of a shooting at the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) clubhouse in Sunshine West.

A 30-year-old Roxburgh Park man self-presented to a hospital in Footscray with a gunshot wound to his lower body shortly before 8pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police believe the shooting likely occurred at the Rebels OMCG clubhouse on Fairbairn Road in Sunshine West about 7.30pm.

Police have now released CCTV from the night and encourage anyone with any information about the incident or who was

involved to come forward and speak to police. About 6.45pm, a vehicle arrives and appears to canvass the area.

The same vehicle returns just before 7.30pm, and shortly after, a number of offenders can be seen on the CCTV being chased from the clubhouse back towards that vehicle.

A man fires a shot in the direction of the victim while he’s running back towards the car.

In a second clip, three men are captured on another camera running back to the vehicle, before fleeing the scene.

Echo Taskforce Detective Acting Inspector Ash Ryan said any indiscriminate use of a firearm in this manner is concerning for

police and, “we will do absolutely everything inourpowertobringthoseinvolvedbeforethe court”.

“Over the past year, detectives have followed upanumberofavenuesofenquiryinrelationto this shooting and we are hopeful that with the release of the CCTV and images, we will have more people come forward with information,”

Detective Acting Inspector Ryan said.

“Investigators still believe it was a targeted incident, but we are keen to speak to anyone whohasknowledgeofthoseinvolvedandwhat the motivation for the shooting might have been – whether that be a result of a rivalry between clubs, or an inhouse dispute within the Rebels OMCG.

Celebrating 40 years of Urban Camp

Lastweek,year6studentsfromStPaul’sKealba set out on an exciting journey to Urban Camp, a unique school camp facility nestled in Royal Park, Melbourne.

Since its inception in 1984, Urban Camp has welcomed more than 250,000 young visitors, providing many with their first glimpse of city life. Urban Camp takes kids on a discovery of Melbourne to explore attractions such as the Eureka Skydeck, ACMI, The War Memorial, and the MCG.

StPaul’sKealbateacherJohnMcCallsaidthe camp provides children with a chance to visit the city in a supported, immersive way.

“Kealba is an amazing multicultural area and not all families have had the chance to explore Melbourne and Victoria – many are still finding their feet,” Mr McCall said.

“This experience allows our students to become the teachers as sometimes students after their camp will then take their families into Melbourne to show them the city.

“All kids love going to the MCG. It is so iconic to Melbourne. We took the MCG tour this camp and not one student had ever been on the tour before. The MCG is something they see on TV and for them to walk through the stands, down onto the ground and see the insides of the stadium was just amazing.”

Mr McCall said Urban Camp helps teach students leadership skills and aids in their transition to secondary school.

“Students get used to catching public transport which they may need to do as they transition into secondary school,” he said.

“One of the grade 6 boys had his first tram ride. It was great watching the smile on face when it jolted as it leapt forward.”

“We’re also keen to speak to anyone who might be able to identify the vehicle or has information on its current location.”

Police are considering the possibility the shooting is the result of a rivalry between outlawmotorcyclegangsoraninternaldispute within the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.

Detective Acting Inspector Ryan said the victim of the incident is not assisting police with their investigation.

The CCTV can be viewed online at: https:// Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

Download a digital licence

Victorians now have the option to carry their driver’s licence on their phone.

The state government said more than 4.5 million Victorians who are fully licenced drivers, motorcyclists, or heavy vehicle operators are the first eligible to download digital driver’s licences.

Eligible Victorians will be able to access their digital driver’s licences after setting up their profile via the myVicRoads and Service Victoria apps.

The roll-out follows consultation across organisations that rely on photo identification including bars, restaurants, supermarkets, retailers, Victoria Police, and Australia Post.

Digital driver’s licences have undergone rigorous privacy and security testing, boasting features like a dynamic hologram and a timed QR code so businesses and authorities can scan to verify authenticity and prevent fraudulent use.

The licences can also be updated in real-time if there are changes to licence conditions or personal information like home addresses.

Learners and probationary licence holders will be able to access their digital licence by 2025.

Roads and Road Safety Minister

Melissa Horne said, “Our digital driver licences will make it easier for Victorians when they go about their day-to-daylives,whetherthat’sdriving around, renting a car, collecting a parcel, or visiting a licensed venue”.

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Appetite for relief rises

If you are part of any community Facebook page it is likely you have seen posts asking for donations of food and essential items.

With cost-of-living pressures continuing to rise, residents have been turning to these online communities to help fill the gaps left fromsocialservicesandrestricted-hourcharity availability.

Neighbourhood houses and foodbanks across Brimbank offer much-needed relief for locals, including Helping Hands Mission (HHM) which runs two community food pantriesinSunshineandAirportWestandcan be accessed by anyone with a healthcare card.

‘‘ Please just put your hand up and ask for help ... there is no shame ’’

Helping Hands Mission chief executive Melanie Gill said in her 17 years of providing food relief, demand has never been greater.

“On average, we are currently receiving 10 to 15newregistrationsforourcommunitypantry program each day which means demand is at an all-time high for us. We are currently squeezing in more than 70 families at each of our pantries and this figure doesn’t include walk ins, which means we are providing food for approximately 150 families every day.

“There are a lot of new faces – people who have never been part of the food relief process before, and people who don’t have a Centrelink card.

“Everything is going up, from rents and mortgages to the cost of groceries and petrol. There are a lot of families who are living week to week. People are scraping by and all of a sudden there could be an emergency like a car

or fridge breakdown and that means you can’t afford food.”

MsGillencouragedanyonewhoisstruggling to reach out for help.

“Please just put your hand up and ask for help. We work really hard to try to make sure our place is as welcoming and supportive as

possible. We have a one page registration form to make it easy,” she said.

“Our whole organisation is built around providing this service – it’s here – there is no shame.”

Details: 1300 892 010 or https://www.

Junior landcare grants open

The Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open, with $450,000 available for projects that involve young people actively caring for the state’s biodiversity and natural environment.

Schools, kindergartens, childcare centres and youth groups in Brimbank can all apply for grants of up to $5000 for projectsthatencourageyoungVictorians to learn more about the state’s plants, wildlife and nature through hands-on activities or classroom learning.

More than 47,000 young people have been a part of the program involved in 1100 nature-based excursions and conducting 270 biological surveys through biodiversity focused learning activities.

Junior Landcare Biodiversity Grant recipients have also planted 99,000 Indigenous plants across numerous landscapes to help maintain ecosystem health.

Past projects funded by the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants include the creation of a walking trail aimed at promoting opportunities for studentstocareforindigenousplantsand animals on Phillip Island, transforming land with indigenous flora in Bundoora and biodiversity-focused excursions to learn about local wildlife in Yarra Glen. Applications for the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants will close at 3pm on Friday, June 14.

Details: visit https://juniorlandcare.

Author learns lessons from Braybrook’s past

In 1954, at just 16 days old, Trevor Cunningham and his family were some of the first residents of a new suburb; Braybrook.

In his recent book, ‘Social Housing: Braybrook’s Story’, published by Australian Scholarly Publishing, Cunningham delves into the intricate history of social housing in Braybrook, tracing its origins back to the 1950’s when the Housing Commission of Victoria initiated the development.

Cunningham’s family were on the housing commission waitlist for a home when they were allocated the three-bedroom house in Braybrook. Having lived in the suburb for 21 years, Cunningham said misconceptions about the suburb persist till this day.

“The perception and reality of Braybrook are two different things – and probably always have been,” he said.

“I grew up there and thought it was a great place to live. I enjoyed it … I think like every suburbithadissues,butthat’snotuncommon. But I think as of late the suburb has had a poor image and that was one of the factors that motivated me to do the research and write the book – I felt that people were making judgements without understanding what the suburb was really like. And without knowing its history, and how that came about, it’s hard to make a judgement.”

Throughmeticulousresearch,Cunningham sheds light on the challenges faced by early residents,includinginadequateinfrastructure and substandard housing.

“The commission built houses but it didn’t provide the infrastructure,” he said.

“That’s a major issue with town planning and development in Australia generally. We build the homes and then the infrastructure followslater.Itshouldbethereverse,wherethe infrastructure is established as an incentive to go and live in that area, and governments

don’t seem prepared to do that.

“Whatcameoutofmyresearchwastheway the housing commission so poorly managed the estate. I always knew that getting maintenance in our house was difficult, but the attitude of the housing commission came through in my research. It was not a benevolent landlord at all, and the Royal Commission that was held into the operation of the housing commission revealed exactly

that, that the commission’s attitude seemed to be ‘pay your rent, we’ll leave you alone, and don’t bother us.’ And that’s as far as it went.”

One of the key lessons gleaned from Cunningham’s book is the vital role of community in shaping Braybrook’s identity.

“The people who lived in Braybrook in the early days, made the most of their community,” he said.

“They built a community. The commission built houses, but the people built the community and they did a pretty good job of it.Theyprovidedwhatthegovernmentdidn’t.” Cunningham’s book, ‘Social Housing: Braybrook’s Story’ can be found in local bookshops or purchased directly from the publisher, Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Local author, Trevor Cunningham. (Damjan Janevski) 405330_02 The team at Helping Hands Mission are doing their part to keep up with rising demand. Pictured are Joanne Moore and Adam Volpato. (Damjan Janevski) 407723_01

Natural ways to fight off the dreaded common cold

Treating a cold typically involves managing symptoms and supporting the body’s natural immune response. While there is no cure for thecommoncold,severalnaturalremediescan help alleviate symptoms and promote faster recovery. Here are some natural ways to treat a cold:

Stay Hydrated: One of the most important steps in managing a cold is to stay hydrated. Drinkplentyoffluidssuchaswater,herbalteas, clearbroths,andelectrolyte-richdrinkstohelp soothe a sore throat, thin mucus, and prevent dehydration.

Rest and Relaxation: Allow your body to rest and recuperate by getting adequate sleep and reducing physical exertion. Resting helps conserveenergyandallowstheimmunesystem to focus on fighting off the viral infection causing the cold.

Steam Inhalation: Inhaling steam can help relieve congestion and ease nasal discomfort. Fill a bowl with hot water, place a towel over your head to create a tent, and breathe in the steamforseveralminutes.Addingessentialoils such as eucalyptus or peppermint can enhance the decongestant effects.

WarmSaltwaterGargle: Gargling with warm saltwater can soothe a sore throat and reduce inflammation. Mix a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, gargle for 30 seconds, and then spit out. Repeat several times a day as needed.

Honey and Lemon: Honey has natural antibacterial properties and can help soothe a cough and sore throat. Mix a teaspoon of honeywithwarmwaterorherbaltea,andadda squeeze of lemon for additional vitamin C and throat soothing benefits.

Nasal Saline Rinse: Using a saline nasal rinse or spray can help clear nasal passages, reduce congestion, and alleviate sinus pressure. Make a saline solution using distilled water and non-iodized salt, and use a neti pot or nasal spraybottletoirrigatethenasalpassagesgently.

Herbal Remedies

Echinacea: Echinacea is an herb known for its immune-boosting properties. Taking echinacea supplements or drinking echinacea tea may help reduce the severity and duration of cold symptoms.

Ginger: Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help relieve cold symptoms such as sore throat, cough, and congestion.Enjoygingerteaoraddfreshginger to soups and meals.

Elderberry: Elderberry syrup or capsules are

often used to support the immune system and reducecoldsymptoms.Elderberryhasantiviral properties and may help shorten the duration of a cold.

Garlic: Garlic contains compounds with antiviral and antibacterial properties. Adding fresh garlic to meals or taking garlic supplements may help boost immune function and fight off cold viruses.

Warm Compress: Applying a warm compress to the sinuses or chest can provide relief from congestion, sinus pain, and chest discomfort. Use a warm towel or heating pad and apply it gently to the affected area for a few minutes at a time.

Essential Oils: Certain essential oils have antiviral, antibacterial, and decongestant properties that can help alleviate cold

symptoms. Peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, and lavender oils can be used in a diffuser, steam inhalation, or diluted with a carrier oil for chest rubs.

Healthy Diet: Consuming a nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains provides essential nutrients and antioxidants that support immune function. Avoiding excessive sugar, processed foods, and alcohol can also help support immune health during a cold.

Humidifier: Using a humidifier in your bedroom can add moisture to the air, soothe dry nasal passages, and ease breathing. Keep the humidifier clean to prevent mold and bacteria growth.

Probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support gut health and immune function. Consuming probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi may help boost the immune system and reduce the severity of cold symptoms.

Avoiding Irritants: Minimise exposure to irritants such as cigarette smoke, pollutants, and strong chemicals, as they can exacerbate respiratory symptoms and prolong recovery from a cold.

It’s important to note that while these natural remedies can help alleviate cold symptoms and support the body’s immune response, they are not substitutes for medical treatment, especially if symptoms worsen or persist. If you have underlying health conditions or concerns about your cold, consult with a healthcare professional for personalised advice and treatment recommendations.

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Caroline Springs signalised crossing

Melton City Council is installing a new signalised crossing on Caroline Springs Boulevard.

The upgrades between College and Lake Streets will improve accessibility and safety for the local community, as well as nearby schools and shops.

Improvements will include raised crossings, the installation of pedestrian-operated signals, new safety bollards, updated landscaping and public lighting and the widening of footpaths to accommodate outdoor diners.

Work will begin in late May and is expected to last three months, with measures in place to maintain access to the area.

Construction will mainly occur during off-peak hours and at night, with measures in place to maintain access to the area.

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Watts Ward with Cr Lara Carli

It’s fantastic to see people coming together and enjoying the new Diggers Rest Sports and Community Pavilion.

The double-storey pavilion was opened last month and was part of a major redevelopment of the Diggers Rest Reserve.

I am really proud of the way this space in one of our fastest-growing suburbs has been transformed into a major community and sporting hub.

The community section of the new pavilion is for everyone and can be booked for a range of activities including social and corporate functions, cultural gatherings, and community programs. It boasts two large rooms equipped with audio visual equipment and a large commercial grade kitchen.

Other upgrades at the reserve included new cricket nets, a redeveloped oval, electronic scoreboards, public restroom facilities, more car parking

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and a new access road.

Our City is home to a large number of parks that residents can enjoy, and we are always looking for ways to improve them and make them more accessible.

Upgrade plans have been finalised for two of them, Hillside Recreation Reserve in Hillside and Barwon Street Reserve in Taylors Hill. Work on both is expected to start this year. We are also installing a hit-up wall on the tennis court at North Terrace Reserve in Taylors Hill as part of our improvements program.

Visit for more information on these and other projects.

Feel free to contact me about Watts Ward or Council related issues on 0409 951 020 or email at: or visit my Facebook page at:

Special Persons Day

Celebrate the carers, support workers and special people in your life at an all-abilities event at the Arnolds Creek Children’s and Community Centre.

Bring along someone you love, enjoy a high tea, make friendship bracelets, enjoy free food, and make amazing memories.

This event is being held in partnership between Melton City Council, NDIS provider Cocoon and Limitless Adventures.

Festivities kick off from 10am on Thursday, 23 May. Find out more:

Have your say on St George’s Reserve

Give your feedback on a new play space at St George’s Reserve, Caroline Springs. The proposed upgrade includes a half-court basketball area and the planting of more trees.

Further stages in concept plans form part of another potential development. Final designs will be determined in June, following public consultation.

Feedback closes on Sunday, 26 May. View plans and have your say: conversations.melton.vic.

The Victorian Government recently handed down its annual Budget, confirming funding commitments for several critical local projects.

We welcome funding for four new schools, upgrades for two others, and confirmation of commitments to build the Melton Hospital and our new TAFE.

In recent years, more than $2 billion has been committed locally, which is great for our growing community. However, our City has experienced strong expansion, meaning there’s more work to do.

We were disappointed the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports developing communities, was reduced to $5 million from $10 million.

This important program has allowed us to fast-track critical projects like community centres, kindergartens and play spaces.

Council also recently missed out on public transport investment via the State’s Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) funding.

This fund, collected by the State Government from developers, also funds infrastructure development.

We were hopeful that these projects would be funded through the State Budget.

While we’re grateful for recent $67 million investment through GAIC, our City has the highest funding shortfall of any area, with more than $142 million of locally collected funds still unallocated.

As Australia’s fastest growing municipality, we need more investment in our community.

We’ll continue to advocate to the State and Federal Governments for more infrastructure investment in our region and to ensure the City of Melton remains a great place to live, work, visit and invest in.

You’re welcome to contact me regarding Council matters at or on 0412 584 058.

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NDIS provider offers holistic care to clients in the west

Registered NDIS provider, Effective Home & Community Care Services, recently hosted its grand opening in Cairnlea, marking the beginning of its journey to supporting individuals with disabilities in the west.

Support coordinator Julieana Soklevski said the team is committed to delivering a holistic service that not only meets the needs of individuals but also fosters their individual goals, aspirations, and wellbeing.

“At the heart of our approach is the recognitionthateachpersonweserveisunique,

with their own set of challenges, dreams, and desires,” Ms Soklevski said.

“We understand that true care goes beyond simply addressing physical or medical needs; it encompasses the entirety of a person’s life, including their emotional, social, and psychological well being.”

Ms Soklevski said Effective Home & Community Care Services is about empoweringindividualstomakechoicesabout theircare,ensuringthattheyhaveavoiceinthe decisions that affect their lives.

“Whether it’s assisting with daily tasks, providing personal care, or facilitating community engagement, our goal is to support individuals in living the lives they envision for themselves,” she said.

“But effective care doesn’t stop there. We understand that true wellbeing is deeply interconnected with the communities in which we live. That’s why we are committed to building strong, supportive networks that extend beyond the walls of our facilities and into the heart of the community.”

Effective Home & Community Care Services provides a range of support services including assistance with household tasks, personal activities, group centre-based activities, travel and transport, support integrated living (SIL), respite, and more.

To speak with the team at Effective Home & Community Care Services contact 1300 672 189, or visit the website at

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Effective Home & Community Care Services team members Daud Sudi, Abby Mohamed, Ayan Hasan, Julieana Soklevski, Freeya Abay and director Mohamed Mustafa. Right: Brimbank councillor Victoria Borg attended the grand opening on May 15 (top); Tan Cao, Minh Nguyen, Ayoub Sudi and Gordon Gumwell at the grand opening celebrations. (Pictures: Damjan Janevski) 405311

A tale of loyalty and courage

Dr Dzavid Haveric is Adjunct Research Fellow at Charles Sturt University, Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation and a leading expert on the history of Islam and Muslims in Australia. He is the author of 13 books and a research associate at Museum Victoria. He speaks with Justin Flynn about his upcoming book that extensively documents the history of Muslim Australians and their descendants in war.

As I sit down in Dr Dzavid Haveric’s home it is immediately obvious he is looking forward to our conversation. His eyes gleam with anticipation as we settle in to discuss his new book that focuses on Muslim Australians at war. Even his dog Hugo seems to look forward to it as he curls up at my feet in the loungeroom.

Announced as Australian Muslim Professional of the Year in February, the research Dr Haveric put into this labour of love was, according to the man himself, “thousands of hours… endless”.

The book, ‘History of Muslims in the Australian Military from 1885 to 1945’, took Dr Haveric to almost every corner of the country. He spoke to descendants of Muslim soldiers, talked to their friends, visited libraries, museums and RSL clubs, walked through cemeteries, spoke with scholars, and collected diaries, photographs and letters.

The project received the backing of the Department of Defence and Charles Sturt University.

Dr Haveric began researching the book in 2018. A visit to a lonely headstone of a Muslim soldier inspired the project.

‘‘ When they did join, they found a sense of equality and they willingly accepted the call ’’ - Dzavid Haveric

“This is a very original topic,” he proudly says.

“Nothing is written about it and if someone is trying to do the same they can only follow my references. This is why I’m emphasising the originality of my project and if someone wantstodoresearchonthatsubject,thenthey can only follow my footpath.

“Buton topof everything,my book willbe a great reference for all scholars, to universities, to museums, to RSL clubs, to war memorials and on an international level as well.”

Dr Haveric immigrated from war-torn Bosnia in the mid-1990s. His love for Australia and its people from all walks of life and religions is evident.

“My love for the country inspired me and the reason why I decided to do this project is simply because I was very challenged to produce an original piece of work and to enrich Australian social military history,” he says.

“This is a wonderful nation and I wanted to contribute as a professional historian. I wanted to contribute with this project and to show all Australians, not just Muslims, to all fellow citizens and to the world that we are great.”

Dr Haveric shares his name with his uncle, who is a national hero in Bosnia.

“My uncle is the very first Muslim who fought against the Nazis in the Second World War,” he says.

“He is a national hero and I got his name in his honour.”

Not much has been documented of Muslim Australians in the defence force.


“They were highly regarded by their Australian mates. They got great recognition for their contribution. Some of them lost their life because they wanted to fight for Australia.

“Their willingness to respond to the call and their patriotism and their loyalty and their contribution and their sacrifice was for a noble cause.

“They fought together with other followers of other nationalities or other religions or other cultures, not necessarily religious

beliefs, but cultures, because there are some atheists as well.

“According to Islamic doctrine it is the duty of Muslims to defend the country, even against a Muslim country.”

Dr Haveric says many Muslim Aussies were denied the chance to defend their country due to the White Australia policy.

“The reason why there is not a larger number of Muslims in the Australian army is because White Australia policy didn’t allow them,” he says.

“(But) when they did join, they found a sense of equality and they willingly accepted the call and they contributed in their way as a minority group. They were very proud and very keen to do their bit.”

Muslim Australians and their descendants weren’t just restricted to combat either.

“A lot of women were also involved in sewing uniforms and some were herbalists who offered their help to heal wounded soldiers,” Dr Haveric says.

“Women also contributed in hospitals. There are also those who gave their last penny.”

Dr Haveric baulks when asked how many Muslims served, insisting it will be revealed at the book launch soon.

Instead he says that he had to approach some topics with extra sensitivity.

“(There are) many stories of Muslims of many different backgrounds, different sects, you have to approach people of different sects (and) it’s not always easy,” he says.

“You have to have cultural sensitivity. You have to have knowledge of other sects because Islam is heterogenic. It’s not monolithic, you know.

“In Islam it’s a complex topic. So I have brought many stories. Some stories are touching stories, sad stories, some are happy stories.”

I go off on a tangent as I am served some delicious cake with strawberries and fresh cream and say that my Italian grandfather,

who served in WWII for Australia, went from Giovanni to John after he immigrated from northern Italy.

Dr Haveric says many Muslims also took anglicised names to fit in and just because they were easier to pronounce and remember.

“Like myself, people calling me David, but I’m Dzavid (pronounced Javid),” he says.

“If someone doesn’t remember my name I just say ‘call me David’, but I love it if someone really calls me Dzavid.

“So many of them were with unrecognised names. Like Hussein was called Bob or they were Jack, Jimmy, John, Mark.”

The book is in its final stages of typesetting and awaiting its launch. Its subtitle is ‘loyalty, patriotism and contribution’.

I wonder whether that goes some way into summing up Dr Haveric himself.

The last thing I ask Dr Haveric is whether this will be his legacy.

“There will never be another book like this ever,” he says.

Left: Dr Dzavid Haveric ahead of the launch of his book ‘History of Muslims in the Australian Military from 1885 to 1945’. Above: Dr Dzavid Haveric in 2018 as he was about to begin researching his book. (Pictures: Justin Flynn)

Growing community spirit

Brimbanklocalsembracedtheirgreenthumbs at the Westvale Community Centre on May 16,aspartoftheNeighbourhoodHouseWeek celebrations.

The autumn sun warmed community members as they participated in the Rake and Create cultural gardening program where locals met multicultural groups, shared gardening tips, and enjoyed gardening together.

In Brimbank there are 12 neighbourhood houses, that each hosted activities for this year’s Neighbourhood House Week from May 13-19.

This year’s theme was ‘Stronger Together’ celebrating the community, making stronger bonds that make local neighbourhoods a fabulous place to be.

Star Weekly photographer Damjan Janevski took a trip to the rake and create gardening event to capture the community spirit.

Celebrating National Careers Week

Last week, Brimbank council invited the community to join in a range of events from May 13-19, as part of National Careers Week. Thehighlightoftheweek-longeventswasthe Brimbank Local Jobs Showcase where locals were encouraged to discover local employment opportunities. NationalCareersWeekwascelebratedacross Australia in schools, workplaces, and higher education institutions with the aim to promote

career development and the economic, social, and personal benefits of qualified career development support.

Brimbank locals connected with employers from a range of industries including, aged and disability, early childhood, food manufacturing, retail and leisure, and more.

Star Weekly photographer Damjan Janveski paid a visit to the Visy Cares Hub on May 15 to capture the showcase.

Sherry Esfandiari from CIVIK people. Emma Dew and Dara Khalil from Melba Support Services (above centre), and Ray Tuckett from Brimbank Joblink (above). Gianfranco Lucchetti from Jesuit Social Services. (Pictures: Damjan Janevski) 405508 Left: Adriana Cruz from RPR Trades. Above: Rebecca Pham and Chelsea Nguyen from AimBig Employment, and Angus Puno from JBS Australia. Tina Lan, Helen Longhurst, Virginia Mekhiei and June Jayawardana build a scarecrow. Zuni Pacheo and Anita Cvitkovic embracing their green thumb. (Pictures: Damjan Janevski) 405510 Zalimoon Dharmakularijah enjoying the sun. Caroline Flomo proudly showing off her new addition.


40 years ago May 16, 1984

Before Dominic Azzopardi died of a heart attack after being shuttled from Footscray to Geelong hospitals, the Western General Hospital let it be known that it was in trouble.

30 years ago May 18, 1994

Highpoint shopping centre will join Miranda Shopping Centre as the largest in Australia when a $50 million expansion is completed late next year.

20 years ago May 18, 2004

The war of words between Brimbank’s youngest councillor Jessica Minutoli, and mayor Sam David continued at last week’s council meeting.

10 years ago May 20, 2014

The former Mowbray College site will reopen as a high school next year, the owner has revealed.



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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

MUA – Pasefika Theatre Festival

MUA is a Pasefika Theatre Festival that is showcasing the theatre works created, produced and directed by Pasefika artists. Locals are invited to take part in the festival on May 23, from 9am-10pm, at the Bowery Theatre and St Albans Community Centre, 33 Princess Street, St Albans.

Healthy Ageing Expo

The Healthy Ageing Expo is a biannual event that connects community members to services available in Brimbank. Locals are invited to join for a day of hands-on workshops, light sport activities and information sessions. The expo will take place on May 27, from 10am-4pm, at the St Albans Community Centre, 33 Princess Street, St Albans.

All abilities workshops

Join the Duke Street Community House for free workshops filled with fun and engaging activities and informative sessions alongside a supportive and inclusive community. Workshops range from nutrition, art therapy, wellness and fitness, financial support, mental health and sustainable planting. Workshops are held weekly on Thursdays, from 10am-12.15pm, until June 20.

Women’s only conversation English Duke Street Community House is inviting locals to make friends, learn new skills and practice English in this fun and free women’s social group. Tuesdays during school terms 9.30am-noon, at Duke Street Community House, 27 Duke Street, Sunshine.

■ 9311 9973 or


Duke Street Community House is inviting locals to a free adult social opportunity to get together and be creative. Learn a new craft or bring along your own craft projects. Tuesdays during school terms, 12.30-2.30pm, at the Duke Street Community House, 27 Duke Street, Sunshine.

■ 9311 9973 or

Learn to relax

IPC Health is inviting locals to attend a free six-week program offering an introduction into different aspects of relaxation. Learn to relax provides free support for people aged 18 and over who are interested in learning how to relax and ways to effectively manage their stress. Located at IPC Health Deer Park, 106 Station Road, Deer Park, this group will run, from 10.30-11.30am, every Thursday until June 6. Registration is essential.

■ or 1300 472 432

Sunshine Heights Junior Soccer Club

The club is on the lookout for more girls to join its junior soccer teams from ages under-8s through to under-14. If you are keen to join, training is held every Tuesday and Thursday at Castley Reserve from 5.30pm – except for under 14 girls who train from 6.30pm.


Girl Guides

Brimbank District Girl Guides is inviting locals to come and try guides before committing to join. Girls aged 5-18 and adults are invited to enjoy the fun and friendship of guiding.

■ Carolyn, 0418 536 084

Sunshine Repair Cafe

Do you enjoy fixing things or have skills in mending clothing and textiles? Kororoit Neighbourhood House is looking for

volunteer repairers for the newly launched Repair Café in Brimbank. Events happen once a month and are an opportunity to meet others in the community and share your skills while helping fix broken household items.

■, or 0413 434 082

Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups is offering help and hope to anyone living in an unhappy home because a loved one drinks too much. There are no contracts to sign, just a voluntary donation to cover room rental. Confidentiality is protected. Confidential meetings held at the Sydenham Neighbourhood Centre (rear of library) every Wednesday, from 1-2.30pm. New members welcome. No appointment necessary.

Card games

Love playing the card game 500? Card games are played every Monday, from 7-10pm, at the Sunshine RSL offices, 99 Dickson Street, Sunshine.

■ Leisa, 0425 768 808

Keilor Day View Club

The Keilor Day View Club meets at 11am on the first Thursday of each month at Green

Gully Soccer Club, Green Gully Reserve, Club House Place, Keilor Downs. The club is inviting locals to come along and enjoy a meal and fun with a friendly group of ladies.

■ Robyn, 0425 387 880

Palliative volunteers needed Mercy Palliative Care is looking for volunteers to visit palliative care patients in their homes to offer social support.

■ 9313 5700 or

Deer Park Lions Club

Deer Park Lions Club is looking for new members. It holds dinner meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at the Deer Park Senior Citizens Club, 119 Station Road, Deer Park.

■ Michael, 0417 307 572

Seniors lunch

Deer Park Branch of National Seniors Australia hosts a lunch on the third Friday of each month at different venues. The group also arranges activities each month, sometimes to the theatre, morning melodies, train or bus trip. The group also holds a general meeting at The Club in Caroline Springs on the first Wednesday

This week’s photographer’s choice picture is of Cole Trikojus at Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges. (Tom Trikojus)

of every month at 1.30pm. Locals are invited to join in for lunch or just attend the meeting and make new friends.

■ Pamela,

Sunshine Community Brass

Sunshine Community Brass is looking for trumpet and percussion players to join its vibrant band of musicians. With more than 90 years of history, the band rehearses at 45 Furlong Road, North Sunshine, on Tuesdays, from 7.30pm.

■ Andrew, 0419 444 620

St Albans senior citizens

St Albans Senior Citizens group meet at the centre at the corner of Alfrieda and William streets, St Albans, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9am-2pm. Annual membership: $10. Cost: $1 entry on attendance day.

■ Roma, 0435 991 064

Caroline Springs Rotary

The Rotary Club of Caroline Springs is inviting new guests to join its meetings in person or via Zoom. Meetings are held every Wednesday at the Western Emergency Relief Network in Ravenhall, from 7pm.


16 BRIMBANK & NORTHWEST STAR WEEKLY Tuesday, 21 May, 2024 SECTION STARWEEKLY.COM.AU $29 .00 •All advertisements must be pre-paid. For $29.00 you get a 4 line, ONE ITEM ONLY advertisement, restricted to “For Sale” or “Motoring” items only for private advertisers, run initially for 13 weeks or until sold. Additional lines will be charged at $3 per line per publication. •After your advertisement has run for 13 weeks you must call us each fortnight to renew it for a further 2 week period AND reduce the price of your item by a minimum 5% for items in the “For Sale” section or 3% for items in the “Motoring” section. This process may continue until you have sold your item. If we do not hear from you we will assume you have sold your item and your advertisement will not appear. • The sale price must be included in the advertisement and the only alterations you may make are to the PRICE of your item. • Business advertisements, rental hire, pets & livestock and real estate are not included in the offer. • The publisher reserves the right to decline any booking for the purpose of ongoing gain. ADD A PHOTO FOR AN ADDITIONAL $8.00. Run my advert in: 2 papers - $7 extra 3 papers - $14 extra 4 papers - $21 extra 5 papers -$28 extra 6 papers -$35 extra Brimbank & North West Star Weekly Melton & Moorabool Star Weekly Wyndham Star Weekly Northern Star Weekly Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Star Weekly Maribyrnong & Hobsons Bay Star Weekly ADVERTISE UNTIL SOLD* 12593578-AV11-23 Employment section of Network Classifieds. 12418345-SN21-19 AK BRICKLAYING All Types of Bricklaying Restoration Work ฀ Brick Fences ฀ Repair Work Contact Adam 0422 250 675 section of Network Classifieds. General Notices V Bricklayers CARPENTER/ HANDYMAN • All types of timber work • Renovations • All general house repairs • Paint and Plaster repairs Over 35 years of experience Call Charles: 0419 316 198 SMALL CONCRETING JOBS SMALL CONCRETING JOBS SMALL CONCRETING JOBS "We do all the small jobs that the bigger companies don't have time for" Up to 60 square metres Shed floors, paths, driveways etc. Coloured, plain, slate and stencil. 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• Installation of three (3) new Optus and two (2) new Vodafone 5G panel antennas (each no longer than 1.0m);

• Replacement of existing twelve (12) remote radio units (RRUs) with thirty-one (31) new RRUs;

• Installation, relocation and removal of ancillary equipment including antenna mounts, GPS antennas, feeders, cabling, combiners, and other associated equipment; and •Works within the existing equipment cabinets. Optus & Vodafone regard the proposed installation as a Low-impact Facility under the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018 based on the description above. The proposed infrastructure will comply with ACMA EME regulatory arrangements.

In accordance with Section 7 of C564:2020 Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Code 2020, we invite

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Council is undertaking an Expression of Interest process to identify the most suitable future tenant for Green Gully Traffic School located at 7 Clubhouse Place, Green Gully Reserve in Keilor Downs.

The facilities at Green Gully Traffic School consist of:

A gated two-acre reserve with ample car-parking opposite, currently set up with riding paths and traffic signals, used for ‘all ages’ traffic/riding education and children’s parties

Grounds that are well-established, with garden beds, paths, tall trees, a children’s playground and an outdoor table setting

A 270m2 building of component spaces including an office, an enclosed workshop, an enclosed storage shed, an undercover 100m2 social pavilion, and The Hall

The Hall (21m2) has a fully equipped kitchen, eating/meeting area, a male toilet and a female/accessible toilet

A detached enclosed 112m2 storage shed

This Facility has been used for the purposes of leisure activity, riding and traffic education. Council welcomes expression of interest from applicants who can show alignment to the Councils broad aims for the facility as follows:

• To provide a facility to address the demand for a secure/ gated facility highly suited to programming activities for bicycle or other education/ services for the community.

• To provide a facility for the development of participation opportunities especially for females, juniors, those with a disability, newly arrived and culturally diverse communities

• To provide a facility that engages with the surrounding community through the activities of the tenant

• To maximise use of the site / multipurpose use

The Expression of Interest is only open to incorporated and volunteer-based Community Groups who are interested in occupying the facility as a tenant on a fixed Lease (exclusive use) or Licence Agreement (shared use with allocated times of use).

Interested applicants should obtain a Green Gully Traffic School Expression of Interest Information package which contains detailed process and facility information and the application form by contacting Leisure & Community Facilities on or via phone 9249 4537. Applications must be made on the official ‘Green Gully Traffic School Expression of Interest Application Form’ and submitted no later than 11:59pm Tuesday June 11, 2024. Any questions relating to this Expression of Interest process should be directed to Council in writing and prior to the closing date to

Tuesday, 21 May, 2024 BRIMBANK & NORTHWEST STAR WEEKLY 17 Buy, rent and sell in our Real Estate section of Network Classifieds. Buy & Sell in our Motoring section of Network Classifieds. Find your Local Professionals in our Trades & Services section of Network Classifieds. FREE CAR REMOVAL Pay up to $500 for most cars Dead or Alive LMCT 10268W 7 days a week service Call Gus for a free quotation on 0435 904 818 12321532-HM36-16 ADVERTISE with us and get better results CALL 1300 666 808 INTERNAL DOORS for sale. 5 total, 3 with door closure. Top condition. PhoneRon:0468420336 V Wrecking V For Sale Motoring ‘It’s All In The Name’ 12 - Year Warranty Open 24/7Free Inspections 9702 4952 12681352-MS15-24 •Roof Repairs & Replacement •Gutter Repairs & Replacement •Fascia & Eave Repair & Replacement •Tile Roof Restoration • All Metal Roofing •Architectural Cladding • Senior Discounts • Family Business ADVERTISERS PLEASE NOTE Anyone advertising a puppy, dog, kitten or cat in Victoria for sale or re-homing will need a source number from the Pet Exchange Register and a microchip identification number. It is now an offence to advertise unless the source number and microchip identification number is included in the advertisement or notice. For further information, call 136 186 or visit 12423634-SN31-19 V Pets & Services ADVERTISERS, in this section are qualified practitioners and offer nonsexualservices. For all roof restoration needs. Cleaning, repointing, painting, leak repairs, etc… ฀ ฀ ฀ ฀ Call Mark 0401 478 799 TILE COAT 12386073-RC18-18 Rainbow Club 48 Davies Avenue, Sunshine North 0468 693 833 SWA6566B $110/ 30mins Open 7 days 12652832-AI48-23 NEED NEW STAFF? Fill your position online 12565959-HC35-22 V Massage Therapists V Adult Services V Positions Vacant General Classifieds PROPOSAL TO UPGRADE MOBILE PHONE BASE STATION AT 127 GOURLAY ROAD TAYLORS HILL VIC 3037 INCLUDING 5G The proposed 5G upgrade
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To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every number from 1 to 9 must appear in: each of the nine vertical columns, each of the nine horizontal rows and each of the nine 3 x 3 boxes. Remember, no number can occur more than once in any row, column or box.


1 Possibility (6)

4 Oblation (8)

9 Fierce animals (5)

10 Originating city of The Beatles (9)

11 Australian rugby league player and former Senator, – Lazarus (5)

12 Grant (9)

13 Diplomatic representative sent on a mission (8)

15 Smear (6)

16 Nakedness (6)

18 Positions in a hierarchy or scale (8)

23 One half of Oxbridge (9)

24 ‘Not on your – !’ (5)

26 Point above focus of an earthquake (9)

27 Dwelling (5)

28 Number in fluid mechanics, symbol Re (8)

29 Hurries (6)


1 Toiletry (7)

2 Sun-dried brick (5)

3 Gambling buildings (7)

5 Act of kindness (6)

6 Made of fired clay (7)

7 Quarantine (9)

8 Theatrical partners – and Sullivan (7)

10 Vital organ (5)

14 Insurance; immunity (9)

16 Atomic (7)

17 Sink (7)

19 Skyfall theme singer (5)

20 Relatedness (7)

21 Reserve (7)

22 Revised and corrected (6)

25 Cad (coll) (5)

Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included and each letter may only be used once. No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural nouns ending in “s”.


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2 In which country is the beer Stella Artois brewed?

3 Where in Australia would you find the Nan Tien Temple?

Hayley Williams (pictured) is the lead vocalist of which American alt-rock group?

5 What does IMF stand for? 6 How many moons does Mercury have?

7 Which singer’s real name is James Newell Osterberg Jr?

8 What was the name of

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Looks: 8/10

Performance: 9/10

Safety: 7/10

Thirst: 7/10

Practicality: 8/10

Comfort: 8/10

Tech: 8/10

Value: 6/10

In a word, impressive

Could it be that auto giant Audi has grasped the Holy Grail of the industry with its most popular vehicle, the Q5?

The most desirable, yet elusive, automotive properties claimed by the Q5 plug-in petrol/ electric hybrid – outstanding performance coupled with miserly fuel consumption – stand as the chalice of Arthurian legend.

The new Q5 55 TFSI e quattro S line showcases the manufacturer’s expertise in electrification and highly efficient internal combustion engine technology with a claimed sprint from zero to 100km/h in a sizzling 5.3 seconds, while, on average, sipping a mere 2 litres of fuel per 100km.

The upgraded vehicle comes to market in a choice of SUV or Sportback styling, starting from $102,900 and $110,200, respectively, without on-road costs. Metallic paint adds $1990 to the price; 20-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels are a no-cost option. On test was the latter at $112,190.

Like all new Audis in Australia the Q5 55 TFSI e is covered by the maker’s five-year unlimited kilometre and 12-year body corrosionwarranties.Thebatteryisguaranteed for eight years.


The Q5 PHEV takes on the robust character of the standard Q5, which is enhanced by the inclusion of the S line features including S front and rear bumpers and grille, plus tailgate spoiler.

The Sportback is upgraded from the SUV by headlamps with LED Matrix lights, with washers,anddynamicfrontandrearindicators. Twenty-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels have a part polished finish which goes to showing off red painted brake callipers.

Optional roof rails on Sportback feature electronic stability control detection, which adjusts ESC when heavy loads are carried on the roof altering the vehicle’s centre of gravity.


Welcominguptofiveoccupants,Nappaleather wrapped seating, with diamond stitching, up front is power adjustable, heated and with four-way lumbar support. The driver’s side boasts memory function.

Sliding rear seats have 40:20:40 separation and the three-zone climate control air-con has its own display back there. The mood can be subtly altered with one of 30 shades of ambient lighting.

With seat backs in place there is 460 litres of boot space, extending to 1400 litres with the backs folded. The 14.4kWh battery is stored under the luggage compartment.


Accessed by a 10.1-inch dash-mounted touchscreen, the Audi MMI interface puts a mass of information, including navigation, at the driver’s fingertips. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

Digital radio DAB+ is played through a 180W sound system with 10 speakers and sub-woofer. Wireless mobile phone charging also is standard in addition to two USB outlets front and back.


A 2.0 litre TFSI turbo engine works with an electric motor to put out a combined 270 kW and 500 Nm, which is fed to the road through a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and Audi quattro all-wheel drive.

A 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, located under the rear cargo area, can be fuelled up to 7.2 kW AC for a full charge in around two-and-a-half hours.

The vehicle is supplied with all charging gear, including 240V three-pin standard plug, 230V 32 Amp industrial plug and wall bracket mount, plus a Type 2 cable for use at public charging stations.

The new Q5 55 TFSI e quattro S line showcases the manufacturer’s expertise in electrification and highly efficient internal combustion engine technology. (Pictures: Supplied)

ANCAP rating, which ran out in January –not that safety is now second class. Passive features include eight airbags – dual front, dual front-side, dual curtain and dual rear-side.

Active safety includes autonomous emergency braking (up to 85 km/h) with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring (side assist), collision avoidance assist, exit warning, automatic high-beam, hill descent control,lane-keepassist,rearcross-trafficalert, tyre pressure monitoring, turn and swerve assist, predictive efficiency assistant, driver attention monitoring, plus rear-view camera and active bonnet.

Parking is given a wider perspective thanks to 360-degree cameras, plus park assist, hold assist and hill descent control.


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Hybrid mode operates automatically through the route guidance in the navigation system and can be also selected manually. Here the battery charge is optimally distributed across the route to maintain minimum fuel consumption.

In stop-start traffic the Q5 Sportback e quattrorunsmainlyonbatterypowerbasedon a large amount of data from on-board sensors. On the open road, when the driver releases the accelerator engine management decides whether to coast with the engine off or use power regen to convert into electrical energy. All these functions are switched on and off with the minimum effect on the driving performance – the rare engine note in no way being a negative intrusion to cabin occupants.

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In Hold mode, battery capacity is held at the current level. In Charge mode, the drive management system increases the energy in the battery using the internal combustion engine. As it does during regeneration, the electric motor charges the drive battery.


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Cats enjoying their undefeated start

Albion is content with how the first part of the Western Football League division 2 season has played out.

The Cats, who had a bye on the weekend, having played their round six match before the season proper kicked off, are undefeated.

Richards said they had set some key focus areas heading into the season they wanted to make improvements on.

“There are things that we wanted to improve on from last year like ball moments and entries into our forward 50s,” he said.

“Overall it has improved a lot.”

With the division 2 and 3 competitions combiningthisseason,therewerealwaysgoing to be some different challenges.

Only having just fallen short in the division 2 grand final last year, the Cats entered the season as one of the favourites.

Richards said themselves and Sunshine had recruited well and would be expected to be up there.

He said Newport, who he thought would take time to settle with a new coach, and Wyndhamvale were two other big contenders this season.

Whilethecombiningofthetwocompetitions hasledtosomeone-sidedresults,Richardssaid every week brings different challenges.

The Cats average winning margin so far has been 169 points, including a nine point win against Sunshine.

“We leave it as normal for the first two or three quarters,” he said. “We might try a few different players in different positions later on.

“We can afford to rest guys who are not 100 per cent.

“Westilltakeitweekbyweekandsticktothe process and try and get something out of these games.

“We have not played a lot of these teams before.”

The Cats have used the early rounds to give some of their younger players coming through

the junior system an opportunity.

Richards said it’s the first time in a few years they’ve had a full under-16 side and the ability to do that.

“To have some of our under-16s that play juniors being able to be the 23rd man or maybe a little more is a positive with hopefully going up to A-grade [division 1] in the next few years.

“We want to start bringing through some juniors into the senior program.”

Richards said the bye had come at a good time and had allowed them to freshen up some players and rest their bodies.

The Cats this week face Tarneit on Saturday in Tarneit.

It will be another different challenge for the Cats.

“‘I don’t think we’ve ever played Tarneit,” he said. “We then play Newport and we are sort of preparing for that as well.”

Stallions slowly building

Things are slowly coming together for Brimbank Stallions in the FV state league 1 north-west season.

With Ozan Kara taking over the coaching reins,theStallionsknewthatitwouldtaketime for things to click.

The past five years, Kara has achieved remarkable success at Upfield, leading it to consecutive championships and guiding its promotion from state league 3 to state league 1.

Kara, who previously played at the club previously, said he was happy with how things were coming together,

“It’s my first year at the club in my second stint,” he said. “It’s been good overall.

“I knew coming in with the team and the group that I was inheriting that it was a very stable group and a great bunch to work with and a really good culture.

“My challenging come in was very obvious with the previous coach having been there for seven years.

“They’ve played a particular playing style and that is ingrained in them. My philosophy is the polar opposite.

“It was always going to be my number one challenge.”

Kara said he knew some of the playing group would adapt quite easily, while for others it would take some time,

With some new players in the mix as well, there have been some challenges. After seven rounds, the Stallions had three wins and draw among their results.

“We got off to a clunky start for those reasons,”hesaid.“We’renowratchetingupand adapting to the expectations and the new way.

“We’re finding our rhythm, but we know we’re not there yet. I’d say we’re 60 per cent there, there’s very positive signs.”

Having been one of the contenders the past few years, Kara said this season was more of a

Impressive start for Lions

starttotheEssendonDistrictFootball League women’s division 2 season.

The Lions are fielding a standalone women’s side for the first time this season and have three wins from their opening four matches.

Antonetti said they had always been confident about the group that they had put together.

“I’m really happy,” he said.

“It’s a great bunch of women and they’re starting to put things into place.

“It’s good to see the results as well.

“We knew that we had the pieces of the puzzle, it was about the best fit for the team. There haven’t really been any surprises.”

Antonetti said the camaraderie of the group had been a key to the way they’ve been playing. He said there was a really good culture and it was transitioning onto the field.

On field, Antonetti said defender Rebecca Foggie had probably been their standout player so far.

“Idaresayshehasbeenprettymuch our best in every game,” he said.

transition year.

He said like every coach he wants to win it and is super ambitious is he’s realistic where things are at.

“We would be good if we could give it a shake,” he said. “The grit, the determination and endeavour is there which is very positive.

“Youcan’tcoachthatstuff.It’steachingthem the technical side and understanding the way that I want to play.”

Kara said he was enjoying being back at the Stallions. He said there were still some familiar faces around,

“It’sbeenreallygreat,”hesaid.“Iwasaplayer and assistant coach here seven years ago.

“To come back, it’s full circle. I know a lot of committee men, while most of the playing group has changed.

“There’safewguysthatIplayedwithatother clubs and there’s a few that I played with their brothers and fathers.

“It’s a great stable club.”

Kara said the focus of the group the next period of matches was to continue to build momentum.

The Stallions were Corio on Saturday, after deadline.

‘It is still anyone’s league,” he said. “There is notanyoneteamthatIdon’tfeelisunbeatable.”

“She’s been strong out in defence and she has been our break wall down there.”

Antonetti said they’ll continue to focus on taking it week by week and see where the season takes them.

“I don’t want to let up,” he said. “Finals are definitely the aim and we’ll see how it goes for us.

“We are improving no matter whether we are winning or losing.

“We are never complacent.”

The Lions had their biggest test of the season on Saturday, facing an undefeated Sunbury Lions, after deadline.

Antonetti said before the match they were ready for that challenge.

“We’ve played a different group of teams,” he said.

“We’ve got to test ourselves against the best.

“We are excited to see where we are against the best. We think it’ll be a pure game of football.”

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Warriors back on winners list after a week off


of good as they returned to the winners list in the Victorian Netball League championship on Wednesday night.

After a tough last hit out, the Warriors put out a strong four quarter performance against the Casey Demons, winning 71-56.

Warriors coach Kim Bailey was pretty happy with the performance.

“It was an improved win from the last time we played them,” she said. “I think the margin was 10, we’ve pushed it out to 15.

“I think we most probably look like we’re going to control that game for the get go. It was a bit of a slow first quarter.

“But I think we had Simona [Di Filippo] who had an outstanding game. When Simmy plays well we seem to play well and we get that really fast forward movement and we had that back up from Ruby [Shannon] and Vanessa [Augustini] who we just kept rotating to and had fresh legs the whole time.”

Bailey said they had winners all over the court in the win.

ShethoughtGeorgiaBerryhadagreatgame on Emma Ryde, doing everything they asked her to do.

At the other end of the court, Bailey said she thought it was the best game that Kim Borger and Julia Woolley had played together. Borger shot 57 goals.

“So we had sort of strength over the court and Liv Ellis, that girl just keeps delivering week after week after week,“ Bailey said.

“It’s nice to be back on the winner’s list.”

Bailey said the performance had a bit more of that consistency they had been seeking across four quarters and all players.

“It’s something that we’ve really worked at, worked at our intensity,“ she said.

“We’ve worked at that drop of intensity in the third quarter. By creating that sort of environment in training and then translating that out on the court works really well for us.

“We have gone back to what our values are and we have to keep referring back to them. It’s alright to say we have values but you have to live them and we’re starting to live them.”

The Warriors now sit eighth on the ladder with three wins.

It was disappointment for the Warriors under-23s who lost to the Demons, 42-41.

Baileysaidtheyhadthatgamebeforehaving vital errors at vital times.

“We have to learn how to win,” she said.

Akira McCormack, who dropped down from championship to get some significant minutes on court, was their best with 28 goals.

The Warriors didn’t have a long break between games, with the side back in action on Sunday, after deadline.

The Warriors made the trek up to Bendigo to face Melbourne University Lightning as part of the Super Sunday round.

The City West Falcons, who had a bye on Wednesday night, were at home in Altona on Sunday against the North East Blaze, also after deadline.

Calder takes long view

It’s a bit of short term pain for long term gain for Calder United in the National Premier League Women’s competition.

One of the powerhouses in the competition for a number of years, Calder’s results this year haven’t been what they’ve been the last few years.

Having lost a core group of players to WesternUnitedsinceit’scomeintheA-League Women’s, Calder has one eye on the future.

Calder coach Kogulan Sabaratnam the club isfocusedonlongtermsustainablesuccessand that it was a whole club approach.

“It has been a different start,” he said. “I thinkwehavegotareallygoodgroupofpeople.

“We are sticking with our principles that we think will hold us in good stead in the future.”

Sabaratnam said there’s two sides to every ladder positron.

He said while they weren’t getting the wins ontheboard,theyweregivingopportunitiesto the next generation of players coming through.

“I oversee the whole program and we have a reallygoodgroupofjuniorsides,”hesaid.“Out of the NPLW sides we have the most players 20 and under. We’ve had seven or eight start.

“Some have been at the club since they were 11 and come through the pathways.

Sabaratnam said they could have paid some big money to bring in some more experienced players, but they wanted to back their own players in.

He said the club was focused on long term sustainable success, which includes rewarding younger players.

The club recently announced the signing of three A-League Women’s players for the rest of the season.

Western United’s Lucy Richards and Nat Picak have joined the squad, along with Melbourne Victoria’s Ava Briedis.

Sabaratnam said they had allowed room in their squad at the start of the season to add some A-League players and looked to add players who fitted their age demographic and some extra experience to the group.

Franjic named Knights coach

Ivan Franjic will coach the Melbourne Knights for the rest of the National Premier League season.

Franjic has been acting coach since theKnightspartedwaywithBenSurey in April and one of three candidates shortlisted by the club to take on the role permanently.

In his short spell as caretaker coach, Franjic was able to secure points for the club after going the three rounds before his caretaker appointment with zero points.

The club’s 3-0 win against Dandenong Thunder demonstrated Franjic’s ability to implement a style of play reminiscent of the Knights in 2023, and the club’s draw with Green Gully the following week continued the trend.

At the conclusion of round 13, the club felt Franjic was best placed to lead the side for the second half of the season.

President Simon Pincic said that he has full faith in Franjic’s ability and hopes Knights fans get behind Franjic and give him the support he needs for the rest of the season.

An accomplished footballer, Franjic bringswithhimawealthofexperience, playing at the highest level of football for club and country in Australia.

Calder was sitting in 10th spot after eight rounds with two wins, a draw and five losses.

Sabaratnam said they would get better as the season progresses and were hoping the results would turn their way.

While keen to get some more wins, he said theydon’twanttojeopardisewhatthey’vebeen doing.

“It’spartoftheprocess,”hesaid.“Wecannot just look at results as that can paper over the cracks.

“It’s really important way the way we are playing and we want to be winning the right way. We’re not too far away and there’s a lot of work along the way.”

Despite the results, Sabaratnam said the environment in the side remained really well and if you were in the changeroom you wouldn’t be able to tell it’s a side with just one win.

Calder was set to face Alamein on Saturday, after deadline.

Sabaratnam said Alamein was a similar side to them.

AMelbourneKnightsjunior,Franjic spent two seasons with the Knights in 2007 and 2008 before making the move to A-League Brisbane Roar in 2009.

From there, Franjic secured a spot with Russian side Torpedo Moscow in 2014, and Korean side Daegu FC in 2017, before returning home and having stints with various A-League clubs coming back to the Knights in 2023 under Ben Cahn.

Franjic has made 20 appearances for Australia and played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Franjic also holds a coaching A-Licence. Aside from his new role as head coach, Franjic will still continue in his role as junior technical director. Franjic said that he was extremely excited to take on the role for the rest of the season and was honoured to be giventheopportunitytoleadtheclub.”

The Knights were in action on Friday night against South Melbourne, after deadline.

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Blues smash Pascoe Vale in stunning fashion

Keilor produced one of the more stunning performances in recent Essendon District Football League history in the top of the table premier division match.

The Blues faced Pascoe Vale, with both sides undefeated entering the match on Saturday at Raeburn Reserve.

The Panthers had the better of it in the first quarter but weren’t able to convert, with the Blues leading by three points at quarter time. No one had any idea what would come after that.

The Blues got going into the second quarter with eight goals to none to blow the game open.

It would be all the Blues in the second half.

The Panthers would have just three shots on goal after quarter time. Their only shot in the second half came just before the final siren and it was touched on the line.

The Blues came away with a 22.14 (146)-1.7

(13) win.

Blues coach Mick McGuane said it was an empathic display. “To win by 133 points is as emphatic as it

gets,” he said on the Blues social media after the game.

“Super courageous all day and played with great bravery, they brought great heat to the contest from the first bounce.

“It was an arm wrestle in the first 30 minutes. I thought if we got some good width and length we were going to open the game up, which we did

“To have an eight goal quarter in that second quarter was as dominant as you get.”

McGuane said to keep the Panthers to just one point in the second half on their home ground, was a testament to how invested the players were.

Cody Brand kicked three goals for the Blues, with seven other players kicking two each.

Josh Honey and Corey Ellis dominated the midfield for the Blues, while Nathan Colenso and Brad Xavier also had strong games.

The win was soured by an injury to Nick

Thunder is digging deep

Keilor Thunder’s character is starting to shine through in the National Basketball League 1 South women’s competition.

After coming from 24 points down the previous week against the Dandenong Rangers, the Thunder had hard two fought wins on the weekend against the Hobart Chargers and Nunawading Spectres.

In the first of those matches, the Thunder beat the Chargers 83-75 with Isabelle Bourne putting up a massive 39 points.

The Thunder then backed it up with a 79-67 win against the Spectres with Maddy Rocci scoring 29 points.

Thunder coach Kristi Harrower said it was a really tough weekend.

“I don’t think their records show how good those teams are,” she said. “Both teams really pushed us and it showed character to tough it out.

“It’stoughtogoback-to-backandweshowed character when we had those moments in the games when we were really struggling.

“We had to dig deep and try to get back to doing it our way. It definitely wasn’t easy and credit to both those sides.”

Harrower said the character that the group was showing was a credit to them and they just want to keep getting better.

She said the group was really enjoying playing together and are bonding with one another, which shows through in games as they find a way.

The return of Rocci was a welcome for the Thunder having missed some games with an ankle injury.

Harrower said her star guard adds so many different things to the side.

“To have someone as experienced as her and another scoring option is a big help for us,” she said.

“She was on limited minutes and I don’t think that happened in the end. She said she was fine.”

In another bonus Tera Reed looks set to return this weekend from her ankle injury, with Harrower saying she’s likely to be on limited minutes having never had an ankle injury before.

The Thunder sit atop the table with 11 wins from its 12 games.

The Thunder this week the Kilsyth Cobras on Saturday night.

They are then thrown some more challenges with Harrower and Rocci missing the following weekend with Australian Opals commitments.

“We thought we would only miss one game

as we were flying out Sunday, but we’re now flying out on Saturday night,” Harrower said.

“It’s a 9.30pm flight so she could play and I could coach, but I don’t want to risk her knowing she has bigger things ahead of her.

“The group has had some moments without her as she’s been out with the ankle and hopefully other people will step up.

“We are deep and we’ll rotate a little bit to get some more players into it.”

Harrower said it was nice to be back in the Opals environment, but said she would miss her Keilor girls.

Assistant coaches Jonathan Goodman and

Anthea Stathakis will step up in her absence, alongside a pretty experienced fill in coach, in Bernie Harrower.

Kristi said her dad, who coached the Bendigo Spirit to two Women’s National Basketball League titles and has more than 40 years of experience, is enjoying getting involved.

“He had to help out one weekend when Jonathan was away and got the bug back,” she said. “He comes down from Bendigo every Thursday to help with training.

“It’s good to have him around the girls, he’s another voice who understands the game.”

O’Kearney. After a dominant second quarter, O’Kearney was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured wrist or arm and had scans on Saturday.

The win now has the Blues a game on top after six rounds.

The Blues face East Keilor this Saturday. In other results, it was a tough day for Deer Park against Aberfeldie.

Aberfeldie was dominant throughout the 25.14 (164)-6.6 (42) win.

Nick Aleksovski kicked two goals for the Lions and was their only multiple goal kicker.

Jack Dorgan and Jake McKenzie were named the Lions best.

In division 1, Keilor Park had a big loss against Craigieburn and Hillside snuck home against Oak Park, while in division 2 Burnside Heights and Taylors Lakes both had wins.

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Nike F.C Cup

Keilor Park has a good chance to make it through to the final four of the Nike F.C Cup having drawn another Victorian Premier League Women’s side in the quarter finals. The Eagles, who knocked out six time reigning champions Calder United, have drawn Bundoora United in the quarter finals. Spring Hills has been drawn to face Preston Lions. The winners of those two matches will play each other in the semi finals.


Melbourne Knights started their time under Ivan Franjic with a loss in the National Premier League. Appointed full time coach during the week, Franjic saw his side suffer a 1-0 loss to South Melbourne on Friday night. Also on Friday night, Green Gully lost to Moreland City 2-1. On Saturday, the St Albans Saints lost to the Port Melbourne Sharks, 5-3. After 14 rounds, the Knights are in ninth, the Cavaliers in 10th and the Saints are 13th.


Caroline Springs George Cross had a tough hit out against Melbourne City in the Victorian Premier League 1 competition. City was able to claim a 3-0 win to jump above the Georgies on the ladder. After 14 rounds, the Georgies sit in 11th. In VPL2, North Sunshine Eagles beat Melbourne Srbija, 2-1. The Eagles sit top after 10 rounds.


North Sunshine is the only team without a win in the Western Football League women’s competition. The Roadrunners faced Laverton on Saturday, with neither team having had a win for the season. The Magpies dominated the match and come away with a 7.10 (52)-0.5 (5) win. Caroline Springs had a bye. The Roadrunners face Yarraville Seddon Eagles this Saturday, while Caroline Springs play Laverton.

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