Star Weekly - Hobsons Bay Maribyrnong - 5th June 2024

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Help desperately needed

Humanitarian organisation Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is feeling the brunt of the cost of living crisis, struggling to keep its food bank stocked,

The ASRC is Australia’s largest human rights organisation, providing support to people seeking asylum.

Each month the ASRC team supports more than 1000 refugees across its Footscray and Dandenong sites.

This is mostly done through providing a realistic shopping experience at its food bank.

Community food services manager Huyen Nguyen-Manh said the unique experience was created to maintain dignity and choice in what its clients would like to eat.

“We don’t provide set food baskets, people come in through the food bank in a shopping style and pick what they like,” she said.

“We have a maximum number of items they can retain based on their family size and how often they shop.”

Ms Nguyen-Manh said May was a challenging time for the ASRC, with the centre experiencing the highest number of visits to the food bank since reopening post Covid in September 2022.

“With our clients facing challenging times and new families presenting to our centre, we have also seen a steady increase in the number of visits to our food bank,” she said.

“In the last seven months we saw an increaseof44percentinthenumberofpeople accessing our food bank, and an increase of 40 per cent in the number of visits.”

These numbers have left the food bank with limited stock.

“The food triage is very low, it is the lowest the team has ever seen which is quite concerning,” she said.

Ms Nguyen-Manh said the ASRC prides itself on providing culturally appropriate foods.

“We often get feedback from what people would like to see, but we have had to restrict that,” she said.

“We are trying to provide culturally appropriatefoodsbutwecan’tatthemoment.”

In addition to cutting down on the variety of foods, Ms Nguyen-Manh said they are also having to make “tough decisions” on what are essential and non essential items.

“Essential items are bread, rice, pasta, yogurt, veggies and fruit,” she said.

“Deodorant is now an extra item, as well as biscuits, which would have both normally been an essential item.”

Other non-essential items now include

Asian sauces and spreads like honey, peanut butter and tahini, which are limited and harder to get.

Ms Nguyen-Manh said community donations have also dwindled.

“We have seen a significant decrease in donations from the general community which highlights that the community is also struggling,” she said.

“Alongside an increase in people needing support, the decrease in donations is putting a strain on our service and budget.

“We heavily rely on the generosity and donations from the community to stock our shelves to support our clients.

“Our cohort has no right to work, no

Medicare, no income, so the lack of support and extra added barriers makes it harder for them to shop.

“More than ever we need the community’s help, food can be dropped off at both centres in Footscray and Dandenong, as well as other donation drop off points across Melbourne.”

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Many sports grounds and pavilions are used by community members to provide fun, fitness and foster community connection in our City.

Creating a sustainable, innovative and an inclusive space was front of mind for the Henry Turner South Reserve Pavilion redevelopment.

Delivering a pavilion to support community sport, participation and growth while addressing the need for modern, accessible and sustainable facilities, is very important to Council. The Pavilion redevelopment was made possible through a partnership between Council and the State Government.

I am also proud to share the news that this project has been recognised with a special commendation from Parks and Leisure Victoria at this year’s Community Facility of the Year Awards.

I was pleased to attend the 2024 Sons of the West Graduation and want to extend my congratulations to the graduates for their hard work and commitment over the course of the 10-week program.

This program, delivered by the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, enables us to provide invaluable tools and resources to support men in our community with their health and wellbeing.

Additionally, registrations are now open for Daughters of the West aimed at women aged 18 and over in our City daughters-of-the-west

The way we interact, learn and share with one another greatly shapes our neighbourhoods as we continue to grow as a diverse and vibrant community. Council held a number of community events last month in recognition of our commitment to our LGBTIQA+ communities and reconciliation efforts. Bringing our community together to mark these occasions is an important step towards healing and unity.

Looking ahead, we have a number of events planned for Refugee Week (17–23 June) across the municipality. More details can be found on our website. We’ve added a number of ‘Meet the Mayor’ Sessions for June/July across our municipality. I look forward to seeing you next at Footscray Library on 15 June at 2pm. For more details and to book, visit

Mayor Cr Cuc Lam

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Maribyrnong City Council

Postal Address: PO Box 58, West Footscray, VIC 3012 P: (03) 9688 0200 F: (03) 9687 7793


City of Maribyrnong Councillors have been busy.

1.Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam and traditional owner Robert Ogden marked the opening of Reconciliation Week in Maribyrnong with a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony and yarning circle at Maidstone Community Centre.

2.Deputy Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke, Cr Bernadette Thomas, Cr Jorge Jorquera and CEO Celia Haddock, raised the flag for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) last month.



recognise Neighbourhood House Week.

4.Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam celebrated Buddha Purnima/ Vesak with the Indian Buddhist Community in Australia at the Quang Minh Temple.

5.Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam, Deputy Mayor Michael Clarke, and Cr Sarah Carter helped celebrate Mr Wal Hopkins’ OAM 100th birthday.

6.Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam attended the 2024 Sons of the West Graduation Ceremony at RecWest Footscray last month.

Tue18: 6.30pm Council Meeting Tue25: 6.30pm City Development Delegated Committee

These meetings will be held at the Braybrook Community Hub and livestreamed via Council’s YouTube channel. Community members can submit questions for public question time online on the day of the meeting. Visit or phone 9688 0200 for more information.

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3.Mayor, Cuc Lam, and Cr Jorge Jorquera, joined Braybrook and Maidstone Neighbourhood House manager Viv and volunteer Kenny for morning tea to

Seeking scholarship funding

Hoping to continue its partnership with Maribyrnong council, Western Chances has made a budget submission for a further three yearsoffundingtorenewitsWesternChances Scholarship Program.

Chief executive Zac Lewis said the organisation is asking council for $40,000 per year for three years, which would support more than 100 young people who experience financial barriers to their education.

“We empower young people to achieve their potential, so we’ve asked Maribyrnong council to assist us with that,” he said.

“We help support the young people who

reside in Maribyrnong, through scholarships to help them achieve their potential and complete their education.”

Expecting to see a 20 per cent increase in applications for the program this year, Mr Lewis said the cost of living crisis has continued to impact young people.

“We have seen a massive surge in applications for our programs,” he said.

“Last year, our school scholarship program jumped nearly 20 per cent and it’s looking as though it will jump up to 25 per cent this year.

“We are getting a flood of applications.”

Mr Lewis said the figures show a great need

in support.

“We love supporting young people and we would like to support more young people,” Mr Lewis said.

“On the flip side, it shows you that there’s such a great need in the community for educational essentials, which continue to go up in costs.”

In 2023, Western Chances supported 995 youth’s across six local government areas in the western suburbs.

With the funding from Maribyrnong council, Mr Lewis said the organisation was able to purchase essential items including

Voices sing out for reconciliation

To celebrate National Reconciliation Week, Hobsons Bay council hosted a dedicated story time event with the help of the Willin Wimmin Choir.

‘Voices For Reconciliation’ was held at the Newport Community Hub on Monday, May 27, kicking off the week which ran from May 27- June 3.

Choir director Steph Payne said the choir was pleased to perform this year’s themed song Blackfella/Whitefella by Warumpi Band, with the help of neighbouring choir, One Voice Hobsons Bay.

As part of this year’s Voices for Reconciliation program, Reconciliation Australiacalledonsingersacrossthecountry to come together in song to contribute to

National Reconciliation Week 2024.

“The special thing about that song is that it was part of the Voices for Reconciliation project, which saw over 400 choirs participate,” she said.

“We sang the arrangement which we learnt for that video.”

Ms Payne said it was a delight to perform in front of a younger audience than they are used to.

“We performed in a packed room of toddlers and families which was quite a different experience,” she said.

“It was a delight to perform in front of the cutest audience ever and quite a lovely gig for us to have such a gorgeous audience.”

Before the main performance, Ms Payne

said the event kicked off with a digital welcome to country, followed by the entrance and performance of the 20 choir members.

“We came out and sang two songs, one was ‘We Honour The Land by Laura Brearley’, and of course Blackfella/Whitefella,” she said.

“Thefirstsonghasactionstoit,soeveryone joined along performing the actions to the songs.”

To conclude the even,t Ms Payne said the kids enjoyed singing and dancing as well as participating in arts and crafts.

“It was a fantastic experience, everyone had a lovely time.”

laptops, textbooks, home internet, and myki passes to get to and from school.

“We have a great relationship with Maribyrnong council, they’ve always been so supportive of our work,” he said.

“The great part about council is they’re so supportive of young people who live in the area.

“They want to see them do their best to become active parts of the community and contribute both socially and economically.”

Maribyrnong council said it could not comment on the proposal until the budget is presented at its June meeting.

Maribyrnong council’s Henry Turner South Reserve Pavilion Redevelopment received a special commendation from Parks and Leisure Victoria at the CommunityFacilityoftheYearAwards.

Council said the recognition highlights its commitment to community engagement, sustainability, and innovation in creating accessible and inclusive spaces for all.

The redevelopment project was completed by replacing the original pavilion at Henry Turner South Reserve in Footscray, which council said addressed the need for modern, flood-resistant facilities, while meeting the diverse needs of the community.

MaribyrnongmayorCucLamsaidthe new multipurpose pavilion embodies council’s dedication to fostering a vibrant and inclusive community.

“We are honoured to be recognised with this commendation, which acknowledges the collaborative effort and dedication by all stakeholders involved in this project”, she said.

The project, with a total cost of $8.3 million, was co-funded by the state government and includes modern, universally designed facilities catering to all ages and genders, four large change rooms with gender-neutral amenities, a commercial kitchen and large multipurpose community social space, enhanced spectator seating and accessible public toilets, improved connectivity to existing amenities such as tennis courts and Victoria University Footscray Park Campus.

Environmentally sustainable design elements, include solar panels and stormwater harvesting as well as flood-resistant design, in partnership with the local water authority to mitigate flood threats.

‘No guarantee’ of airport deal says transport minister

A deal to get the wheels turning on a rail line to Melbourne Airport may not be brokered before the next Victorian election, the transport infrastructure minister admits.

The airport and state government remain locked in a stalemate over whether a station at Tullamarine should be underground or elevated as part of the Melbourne Airport rail project.

With construction halted and an independentmediatorappointed,theproject’s completion date has been pushed back at least four years until 2033.

Deputy Premier Ben Carroll raised hopes of a potential compromise, suggesting the state government could be willing to bend

on building the station underground if it was fully funded by the airport.

But Transport Infrastructure Minister DannyPearsonquicklytemperedexpectations when asked if the government would get a deal done before the 2026 state election.

“No, I can’t guarantee that,“ he told reporters at state parliament.

“I can’t guarantee that because we are dealing with a rapacious private operator that has shown no interest to date in doing a deal.“

In 2018, the Victorian and federal governments committed to contributing $5 billion each to the project, expected to cost between $8 billion and $13 billion.

MelbourneAirportwaspartofaconsortium the following year that offered up to $7 billion towards an underground airport station and express tracks from Sunshine to Southern Cross.

Mr Pearson said the deal was a “sham“ and flatly rejected by the then-coalition federal government and the state.

“It would have locked in super high rates for the travelling public of Geelong,“ he said.

“It was a dud deal - it stank to high heaven.“

Melbourne Airport’s land is leased by the Commonwealth to the Australia Pacific Airports Corporation Limited under a 50-year deal.

It means any planning application for

the Commonwealth-owned land must be submitted by the airport.

“We can’t get this deal done unless the airport give consent,“ Mr Pearson said. The minister met with the airport’s chief executive Lorie Argus in December and Mr Pearson said he was willing to sit down again.

He confirmed state government officials have met with the Commonwealth-appointed mediator, former Queensland transport department director-general Neil Scales. AMelbourneAirportspokesmansaidithad held “positive discussions“ with the mediator and remained fully engaged in the process. AAP

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Tapestry art for hospital

Two renowned artists have been chosen to design the artwork for the new Footscray Hospital, taking the form of two tapestries.

Maribyrnong local Maree Clarke said she and Mitch Mahoney have collaborated on a design that pays homage to local Indigenous culture and the Maribyrnong River.

“After looking at the brief we decided to make use of the work I have been doing with river reeds for a number of years,” she said.

Through her art, Ms Clarke works to pass on cultural knowledge which she does through the making of river reed necklaces.

“River reeds were historically given to peopleasasignofsafepassageandfriendship, so I continue to make necklaces for people passing through country,” she said.

“Last year I went into the historical department and looked at the river reeds under a microscope, so we selected one of those images for the tapestry.”

To tie in more of the local landscape to the project, her great nephew Mr Mahoney designed a waterway from the Maribyrnong River.

“He used other elements from the landscape in line drawings which are really beautiful,” said Ms Clarke.

“We used pinks and yellows which are really beautiful, gentle and soft.”

Ms Clarke said the custom of giving river reed necklaces to visitors was a key factor in designing the piece for the hospital.

“As the hospital is where most people are born these days, we thought it is a nice welcome to them,” she said.

“But also on the flip side, it is also the place where a lot of people’s lives end, so river reeds can extend safe passage to leaving this realm and going to the other.

“We thought it was nice to combine those.”

The Australian Tapestry Workshop are currently making the two five-metre tapestries at the South Melbourne workshop, which Ms Clarke said is open for people to view before the opening of the hospital in


“There are 10 weavers currently working on it, they are working on 10cm a week for the next 12 months,” she said.

“There is a viewing platform open where people can go see while it is being made.”

Cycling boost

Construction has begun on the state government’s new 2.5 kilometre cycling highway over Footscray as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project.

The first segment of the new veloway has been lifted into place, with the track set to be completely separated from traffic and suspended between Footscray Road and the new elevated road above.

Running between Shepherd Bridge in Footscray and the city side of Moonee Ponds Creek, the state government said the veloway will remove the need for cyclists to cross six intersections including busy port entries and exits, giving bike riders a safe, dedicated express off-road route to and from the CBD.

The cycling highway will contain two lanes, four-metres wide, and will be part of more than 14-kilometres of new and upgraded paths.

The state government said 195 individualsegmentswillbeindividually lifted to form the veloway’s suspended section and will weigh a total of 1700 tonnes once complete.

Closures along various lanes, walking and cycling paths Footscray Road will continuetoallowforworks tocomplete.

There will be lane closures on Footscray Road in both directions between Shepherd Bridge and Waterfront Way until late August, along with a continuous citybound closure from Dock Link Road to Appleton Dock Road for two weeks from late August.

A ghostly theatre experience

Two talented Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay artists will play a big part in the upcoming season of ‘Ghosts’ at Theatre Works.

Footscray resident Oliver Cowen and Altona Meadows resident Phil Hayden will be taking the stage in St Kilda to present this newest adoption of Ghosts.

Both Cowen and Hayden are part of a small but talented crew which will take the recognised Scandinavian sitting-room drama and turn it to the Australian landscape of the late 1800s.

“Everyone is so excited to be in this incredible production with such good actors,” Cowen said.

“They bring such interest which makes it all easier, having people bring you up helps and that is just really what I am feeling.”

Mr Hayden said he has also thoroughly enjoyed the experience working on a project of this kind.

“Working with Steven my fellow cast and the creative team behind this production is proving to be extremely rewarding,” he said.

“Ghosts is shaping up to be an epic, bold and vibrant production. This is one of the most exciting shows I have ever been involved with”

This production of ‘Ghosts’ has been adapted by Jodi Gallagher after Henrik Ibsen, directed by Steven Mitchell Wright.

“I think Steven’s vision is so exciting and brings a human, very proud to be Australian feeling which I think brings it home for audiences here,” said Mr Cowen.

“PeoplecanbefamiliarwithitwhichIthink is really good.”

The show will run until June 15.

Details: au/2024/ghosts

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Warming up in the west

Eachyear,theWestFootscrayNeighbourhood House hosts a winter clothing drive to give back to the community during the cold winter months.

This year, community engagement manager Shannon Snowdon said the neighbourhood house is lucky to be partnering with City on a Hill Melbourne West for the drive on Saturday, June 15.

“They have provided the hall for the day, the storage unit for the coats, and have been collecting donations from their 300-strong congregation,” she said.

“They have also provided us with all of the barbecues for the sausage sizzle and staff for the day.”

Those who attend the drive will have their selection from a range of items including adults and kids hoodies, coats, beanies, new wintersocks,sleepingbags,Doonasandmore.

Ms Snowdon said in addition to clothing there will also be a selection of non-perishable food items and pantry staples.

“We will be offering free essential support and assistance to those in need,” she said

“We understand that life can be tough and everyone needs a helping hand at times.

“They will have the opportunity to learn about the various services that West Footscray Neighbourhood House provides to support the community.”

Grateful for the Maribyrnong community’s support along this drive, Ms Snowdon said the centre now has more boxes of clothing than they can handle.

“We have boxes coming out of our ears, it is incredible it has reached so many people,” she said.

With lots of clothing coming from day care

centres and schools, Ms Snowdon said they have had the opportunity to select the best of the best for the drive.

“Weareonlytakingreallygoodconditioned items, we are being really picky this year,” she said.

“It is a great thing for the community, we are reaching out where we can and finding everyone is happy to help.”

The event will run at City on a Hill Melbourne West, 266 Ballarat Road, Footscray, from 10.30am-1pm.

Ride returns

Maribyrnong council’s ‘Empower Her Ride’ program will return this November, after securing additional funding through a state government grant. Council was one of 119 recipients of the ‘2023-24 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program’, whichaimstoinspiregreater female participation in sports.

First trialled during the ‘Spring into Summer Series’ last year, council said the program was designed to address a needidentifiedbytheAsylumResource Centre for programs to help women wanting to learn to ride a bike or gain more confidence on two wheels.

According to council, the pilot run as a collaborative effort between its Active Maribyrnong initiative and Maribyrnong Community Centre, attracted 10 participants.

Now hoping to expand the program, council said it will build on this by working with Wheel Women, a women-focused cycling group to encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyles through cycling.

Maribyrnong mayor Cuc Lam said by recognising the diverse community of Maribyrnong, the program provides a safe and inclusive space for women from multicultural backgrounds to cometogether,learntorideabike,build confidence, and support each other.

“This initiative is part of a broader effort to encourage more women and girls to participate in sports and recreational activities they love,” she said.

Community engagement manager Shannon Snowdon. (Damjan Janevski) 410680_02

More funds for champion project

GenWest will share in a pool of $1.2 million funding from the state government to help in promoting a culture that prevents violence against women and families.

Serving Melbounre’s western suburbs, GenWest provides services that help victim-survivors of family violence in Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham.

For the past two years, GenWest has been partnering with the Western Bulldogs CommunityFoundationandWomen’sHealth Grampians to run a community awareness

campaign that champions respectful relationships and prevention of violence against women.

The recent funding boost will allow GenWest to continue with their ‘Champions of the West’ program for another year.

ChampionsoftheWestco-ordinatorTheresa Stewart-Moore said the program is all about harnessing the power of footy communities in the west to prevent gender-based violence.

“In the prevention of gender-based violence sector for a long time we’ve recognised the massive influence sports plays in our culture,” she said.

“Sportingclubsarecommittedtoultimately contributing to happier and healthier

communities and when you do that you are also preventing gender-based violence. The more equal and respectful the spaces can be then we can create culture as a community and work together to prevent gender-based violence.

“It has been a really tragic start to the year – 31 women have been murdered this year so far. It’s a tragic situation and one we know if we work together as a community we can work to prevent this.”

Ms Stewart-Moore said sporting clubs carry a social responsibility to tackle issues like this.

“We need to recognise the power sporting clubshaveincommunitiestopromoteapositive

A generous delivery for the SES

The Hobsons Bay SES Unit was one of more than 150 grassroots community and not-for-profit groups across Australia to receive a grant from Australia Post.

As part of the annual initiative, The Hobsons Bay SES received $1662 from the People of AusPost Grant Program.

A SES spokesperson said the money would be put towards new emergency equipment to store on emergency response vehicles for use when responding to flood, storm and rescue emergencies.

“These include a hand operated hydraulics kit, socket sets, and lifting tongs for chainsaw operations,” the spokesperson said.

“This equipment will support our volunteers in responding to our core roles in rescue and storm damage.”

A SES spokesperson said the unit applied for the grant after being sponsored by an AusPost employee.

“We are excited to receive the support of Australia Post to purchase equipment for the unit,” the spokesperson said.

“It is heartening for our volunteers to receive this support so that we can dedicate our time to helping the community.

“The entire Hobsons Unit will utilise the equipment provided by this grant, which will benefit the Hobsons Bay community as well as intra and interstate communities.”

As the SES operates solely on volunteers and funding, the SES said it has launched a new campaign called FUNDVICSES.

“[Last month], SES volunteers launched our FUNDVICSES campaign, calling on the state government to commit to a long-term, sustainable funding model for VICSES,” the spokesperson said.

“SES volunteers rely heavily on community fundingsuchasdonationsandgrantsinorder to provide our services to the community.

“Hobsons Bay SES is a 100 per cent volunteer emergency service, and is not a funded entity.

“We receive an annual subsidy to assist with ongoing operating costs, however we are heavily reliant on community support, donations and grants to continue to provide excellent service to our community.”


culture. We do this through workshopping issues such as the impact of rigid gender stereotypes in driving gender-based violence, how to harness the influence of football to share these messages, and just making sure sporting clubs are welcoming and safe spaces and asking different people to contribute to what it looks like.”

“For us as a prevention of gender-based violence organisation, being funded for this work and in particular in the sports sector in thisgrassrootsway,it’sthefirsttimewe’vehad funding for this specific work and that means we can enter into spaces that we haven’t previously had those links and connections made.”

Comment on Seddon plan

Maribyrnong council has released a draft of its Seddon Neighbourhood Plan for community feedback, designed to guide and manage future growth in the suburb. Council said the draft considers opportunities and proposes actions to support a greener more connected Seddon with enhanced cultural and festival life, and activated and strengthened commercial spaces, as well as vibrant parks, streets and spaces.

“Recognising current land limitations, the draft Plan, informed by two rounds of community engagement in 2022 and 2023, considers a number of opportunitiestocreatealeafier,saferand more accessible suburb,” council said.

This includes proposed building guidelines for the Seddon Village and outlining a number of potential future public realm design concepts, such as the investigation of a new civic space on Austin Street; improvements to pedestrian safety and priority at the Pilgrim Street underpass, the northern end of Williamstown Road; and Seddon Station and greening initiatives across the suburb.

MayorCucLamsaid,“Oftheproposed public realm projects identified in the draft plan, we want your input to help to identify the ones you want prioritised to help with our future planning.

“Seddon is your home, so your insights have been and continue to be important to the delivery of the Seddon Neighbourhood Plan.”

You can provide feedback and comments on both draft plans by midnight, Monday, June 10.

Details: Seddon

University creates change by empowering west migrants

Victoria University’s (VU) Change Makers Melbourne’s West (CMMW) project is revolutionising the landscape of Melbourne’s west to uplift migrants and refugees in the community.

Teaming up with Volunteer West, Welcoming Australia, Brimbank council, and Wyndham Basketball, the project delivers a range of transformative initiatives to positively affect the lives of hundreds of migrants and refugees.

VU reports that Melbourne’s west has a high proportion of migrants and refugees who are under-represented in sport and physical activity. Community sporting clubs often express a desire to be more inclusive,

but change can be challenging due to barriers like racism, sexism, cost, and unwelcoming environments.

Former Volunteer West chief executive Thu-Trang Tran said her team benefited enormously from the collaboration.

“We were able to learn and incorporate inclusive practices and share knowledge between the partners. The partnerships we formed have endured and have positively impacted other ventures,” she said.

Led by VU’s professor Ramon Spaaij, professor Brent McDonald, associate professor Fiona McLachlan, and Dr Carla Luguetti, the CMMW research team collaborated with 66 leaders from 38 clubs

across 12 sports. These leaders engaged directly with their communities to rethink problems, develop positive practices, and transform their environments.

The outcomes of this collaboration are significant and have included the implementationofstrategiesandinstitutional changes towards greater inclusivity, such as hosting ‘come and try’ days in collaboration with community groups and producing club information in a range of languages.

The project has already seen tangible success stories including the Footscray Hockey Club which set up a youth advisory committee and instituted a gender equity policy which led to 50 per cent of members

being women and girls and 40 per cent of their board and coaches being female. As well as the Broadmeadows Basketball Association, which developed a diversity and inclusion action plan, which includes commitments to increase cultural and ethnic diversity among staff, coaches, players, and volunteers, and enforce a zero-tolerance policy towards racism.

“With the support of our partners, Volunteer West, Welcoming Australia, Brimbank council, Wyndham Basketball, local clubs, VU students, and community sport members, we have created tangible strategies that are already affecting positive change,” Professor Spaaij said.

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Focus on rail, roads, rubbish

During my term as councillor, I have advocated for better public transport in the western suburbs, particularly in my ward where the population in Altona North will continue to grow over the coming years.

We need more than just a better bus network.

In the May meeting, as part of council’s advocacy to the state government to keep Champion Road open, I proposed that we continue advocating for the reinstatement of a train station at Altona North.

Altona North’s Paisley Station was closed in 1985 but the old platform is still visible. Re-opening this station would cater for thousands of people who currently need to drive or catch a bus to Newport or Footscray stations.

Our community needs this station, and we are calling on the state government to make it happen.

It’s great to see $1.9 million allocated in council’s draft budget for an upgrade of the Altona ford bridge. This is the bridge on Racecourse Road that crosses the lower end of Kororoit Creek.

The road surface is in extremely poor condition and, as locals know, this bridge is notorious for flooding after even a little rain. News of an upgrade will no doubt be welcomed by our community.

The new bridge will be raised in height to prevent flooding and include a shared-user path for bikes as part of the Bay Trail, linking WilliamstownNorthtoSeaholmeandAltona.

I’m a big supporter of council not only prioritising, but getting the basics right.

Maintaining roads is a core function of council, so I’m looking forward to works getting underway in the next financial year.

Speaking of delivering on the basics, all Hobsons Bay properties who use council waste services can book one free hard waste collection each financial year.

The current hard waste collection year ends on 30 June so don’t miss out on using yours. Contact council on 1300 179 944 to book your hard waste collection now.


Trio arrested

Detectives have charged three children following an alleged high-speed incident in a stolen car through the western and northern suburbs of Melbourne on Tuesday, May 28. An allegedly stolen white Mercedes sedan was spotted by police on Melbourne Road, Spotswood, about 2.20am. Police believe the vehicle was stolen from Northcote on May 25 or 26. With the assistance of the Air Wing, police tracked the Mercedes across Werribee, Laverton, Point Cook, Tullamarine, Fawkner, Thomastown, Reservoir, Bundoora and Kingsbury. All three children were bailed to appear before a children’s court at a later date.

Billiards tournament

Maribyrnong residents will soon be able to attend The Yarraville Club as it hosts two billiards tournaments. The Pacific International Billiards Tournament will kick off the events, followed by the National Billiards Tournament taking place from Thursday, June 11, to Thursday, June 18. The state government is supporting the event which attracts top-ranking cueists from around the world including the United Kingdom, Singapore, India, New Zealand, and Australia.


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Help shape our new Housing Strategy

Over the next 30 years our community is expected to increase by 60,000 people. We need a new Housing Strategy to ensure there are enough homes in the right locations to meet everyone’s different needs.

We’re keen to hear your initial thoughts and ideas to help shape the future of housing in Maribyrnong.

Share your feedback by midnight Sunday 30 June 2024 online or talk to us in person. Find out more by scanning the QR code or visit

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Active boost for family sport fun

MaribyrnongcouncilhassecuredanAustralian Sports Commission’s Play Well Participation Grant for its Active Maribyrnong program.

Council said the grant will deliver the Go Family program, making it the first to deliver the program statewide and nationwide.

“In collaboration with Football Victoria and local football (soccer) clubs, the Go Family program underscores council’s dedication to promoting health and fitness, and strengthening familial bonds within the community,” said council.

Council said the six-week program will

allow children and parents to play football together, which will focus on fun, fitness, and building strong family connections, all aiming to increase involvement in sport and physical activity.

Maribyrnong mayor Cuc Lam said introducing Go Family to the community will provide families with a unique opportunity to bond over a shared love of football, recreation, and fun.

“Council is committed to reaching as many individuals as possible and creating a sense of belonging within our community,” she said.

Mural honours river life

AnewmuralhasbeenaddedtoMaribyrnong’s long list of bright and colourful pieces of art, created by local and non-local artists as part of Maribyrnong councils StreetWORKs program.

For this mural titled, ‘Navigating through time’, artist Hayden Dewar chose to honour the history of the Maribyrnong River and its ship building legacy.

“I did a little bit of research on the local area and I happened upon finding out that along the Maribyrnong river there was once a shipbuilding industry,” he said.

As a historically working class suburb, DewarchosetohonourthispartofFootscray’s heritageinapiecewhichtookhimonlyaweek and a half. “The centre-piece of the mural is a Sextant (a maritime navigation tool) as a reference to the ship-building industry that helped shape the suburb and also a visual metaphors for the idea of navigating through all of the changes that have taken place in

Footscray over time. It’s also a metaphor for navigating and finding your way,” he said.

“It symbolises navigating through changes and trying to make the best of everything as you go as things change and you experience different kinds of obstacles or hurdles.”

Thereisalsoareferencetotheenvironment, with the portrayal of native flora and fauna found at Newells Paddock wetlands reserve .

“You will see a Red-rumped parrot and a Brown tree frog perched on a river red gum branch, which are both native fauna species which can be found at the wetlands reserve along the Maribyrnong River,” he said. “I made sure to include the nature and environment in this work.“

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“With football growing in popularity Go Family is an opportunity to engage the whole family watching and playing together.

“This program hopes to inspire families to come together, stay active, and build lasting memories.”

Council said sessions will consist of skills training, mini games as well as practice matches. Football Victoria head of equity Sue Collins said FV is looking forward to the beginning of the program.

“We are excited by the opportunity this provides Football Victoria in partnership with

Maribyrnong council and local football clubs to enable participation options in a new, fun and innovative initiative,” she said.

Council said three local football clubs, Maribyrnong Swifts, Yarraville Glory Football Club, and Footscray United Rangers. are supporting the program, which will be rolled out from July.

Registrationsforthesixweeksessions,which will run throughout the year, can be made on the Football Victoria website.

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More glasses for children

An extra 70,000 Victorian students will benefit from vision screening and free glasses as part of the state government’s Glasses for Kids program.

Education Minister Ben Carroll and Williamstown MP Melissa Horne recently visited Altona North Primary School to see the testing in action.

great support for them.”

The state government said the program is expected to triple the capacity of the students it will aid with onsite vision screening and if needed, free glasses.

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Acting principal Lee Blunt said the visiting optometrist tested 71 of students, finding 22 who needed glasses.

“That will hopefully have a great impact on their learning because they will be able to see better,” she said.

Ms Blunt said as beneficial as it is for the students, it is also a huge help for the parents.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for the students, and in this day and age it is very helpful considering the financial difficulties many people are experiencing,” she said.

“Not only with the money cost but some families also find it difficult to get away from work to do those sorts of things, so this is a

Thestategovernmentsaidtheexpansionwill open the program up to an extra 473 schools, making it available to 74,000 more prep to year 3 students through to 2027.

The Glasses for Kids program is managed and delivered by State Schools’ Relief and offered to students from state government schools identified with high and medium levels of disadvantage, based on the school’s Student Family Occupational Education Index.

Williamstown MP Melissa Horne said she is pleased to see the program flourishing.

“It’s great to see this successful program being expanded to help even more kids access free glasses,” she said.

“Testing and fittings at schools means we make life easier for busy families’ schedules.” Jennifer Pittorino

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Nourishing lunchbox ideas for the cooler weather

Winter is a great time to pack hearty and nourishing foods in lunch boxes to keep kids warm and satisfied throughout the day. Here are some ideas for winter-friendly school lunches:

Soup in a thermos: Pack a thermos full of warm soup, such as chicken noodle, tomato, lentil, or vegetable soup. Pair it with some whole grain bread or crackers for dipping.

Hot sandwiches: Make sandwiches with warm fillings like grilled cheese, turkey and cheese, or meatball subs. Wrap them in foil to keep them warm until lunchtime.

Pasta salad: Prepare a cold pasta salad with hearty ingredients like whole wheat pasta, roasted vegetables, and grilled chicken. It’s filling and can be eaten cold or at room temperature.

Quiche or frittata: Bake mini quiches or frittatas filled with vegetables, cheese, and maybe some ham or bacon. They’re delicious served warm or cold.

Stuffed baked potatoes: Bake potatoes and fill them with toppings like cheese, broccoli, chili,orbacon.Wraptheminfoiltokeepthem warm until lunch.

Warmgrain salads: Make salads using hearty grains like quinoa, barley, or farro, mixed with roasted vegetables, nuts, and a flavorful dressing. They’re filling and can be enjoyed at room temperature.

Warm fruit: Pack warm fruit like baked apples or pears in a thermos with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. It’s a comforting and nutritious treat.

Homemade muffins or scones: Bake muffins or scones with whole grains, fruits, and nuts. They’re perfect for a cozy snack during the winter months.

Warm drinks: Pack a thermos of hot chocolate, herbal tea, or warm apple cider for a comforting beverage option.

Trailmix: Makeacustomtrailmixwithnuts, seeds, dried fruits, and a few chocolate chips for a sweet and satisfying snack that provides energy and warmth.

Remember to consider your child’s preferences and any dietary restrictions when preparing their lunch box meals.

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What happened to Alana Cecil?

Almost 28 years ago, 16-year-old Alana Cecil was found dead in Melton. Her death was ruled to be the result of a drug overdose, but that finding has never sat right with her family. Now a new podcast series is taking a closer look at what might have happened to Alana, as Tara Murray reports.

Peter Cecil has been living a parent’s worst nightmare, every day, for nearly the last 28 years.

On November 10, 1996, his 16-year-old daughter Alana Cecil was found dead from an apparent drug overdose.

Police at the time said they didn’t think the death was suspicious, but that didn’t sit well with Peter.

Since the day Peter lost his beloved daughter, he has dedicated his life to find out what happened to his girl.

“I haven’t had a chance to grieve,” he said. “I go to the cemetery and talk to Alana.

“It’s been difficult and I’ve had to hold it in all of this time. I’ve missed out on a lot of things with Alana … To live with that and not share things that normal fathers do with their daughters.

“I was robbed of that and also the fact the worst part about it was that she was treated like an animal, dumped like an animal.”

Alana was found at a vacant house on the cornerofBarrysandStationsroadsinMelton. She had been out the night before with friends. Some reports said she was last seen in Brimbank, other people say they saw her at the Djerriwarrh Bonfire Festival.

‘‘ Hopefully I finally get a chance to grieve and have peace, I’ve never had peace ’’ - Peter Cecil

There were drugs in Alana’s system and needle marks in both arms.

The autopsy report showed she hadn’t had drugs for three months beforehand, having successfully been through rehab.

Peter claims the initial investigation was botched. He said evidence was missed and statements from key people weren’t taken until years later and some never at all.

DNAfoundinandonAlanawasn’tmatched to two men for six years and Peter said the autopsy report proved that she was raped. One of those people, who was much older, was known to police and gave a no comment interview.Theothersaidtherewasconsensual interaction between the two.

Her belongings that were with her were never found and she was found near the house of one of her friends.

There were two coroner’s inquests and others delayed and postponed, which left the family with no answers and feeling that the systemhadfailedthemagain.Thefirstinquest gave an open finding which remains today.

AVictoriapolicespokespersonsaidareport was prepared for the coroner who determined the cause of death was heroin toxicity in a young girl with acute asthma.

Peter said there’s never been a criminal investigation and police said at the last coronial inquest that they didn’t think they would find anything 13 years down the track.

Peter said he missed the chance to seek and appeal, as he sought help for his mental health, which had deteriorated.

“Once I saw what was in the autopsy and toxicology report I needed to know what happened to her pretty quickly,” he said.

“I ended up chasing a lot of people and doing the investigation [for the police] which I shouldn’t have been doing.

“I put myself in a lot of jeopardy. The system has failed the family and Alana.

“As a father and a normal person in the community,thecommunication[frompolice] was shocking.”

A Victoria Police spokesperson said the matterhasbeeninvestigatedbydetectivesand reviews of the investigation have found it was thorough. Theysaidallegationsofwrongdoing

by the detectives were unsubstantiated.

Peter has spent the past 28 years searching for answers, most of that alone.

But not anymore.

Earlier this year, podcaster Ryan Wolf was looking for a top for his next series of Guilt, which looks at unsolved crimes.

He received an email about Alana’s story and it stuck with him.

“I was struggling to find a case to pick up, for me personally I emotionally invest so much into a case,” Ryan said.

“People had sent through tons of cases to lookatandIknewIwantedtodoanAustralian case, for some reason this particular case … it just connected with me.

“It was such a young girl and clearly something wasn’t right here.”

Ryan quickly made the trip to Australia from New Zealand and headed to Melton, a place he had never heard before.

He said there was a lot that had surprised him as he started to investigate the case.

Ryan, like Peter, has found there are “definitely” holes in the work that the police have done.

He said that Peter has taken this all on his shoulders until now.

“He’s been amazing really, in a way it has ruined his life. He’s lost his daughter, he has just dedicated his life to trying to find out what happened.”

He said the podcast was an ongoing thing and dependent on what new information comes available, but at this stage expects it to be about 20 episodes.

“I want Australians and locals to have the podcast make their blood boil,” he said. “Think what if that was my daughter?”

For Peter, he’s hoping this podcast will finally give him the answers that he has been after.

And, he doesn’t want any other family to go through what he has.

“Hopefully I finally get a chance to grieve and have peace, I’ve never had peace,” an emotional Peter said. “It’s also for Alana getting her justice for that they did to her.

“Talking about it like this, is pretty hard for me. This is what has happened to me an my family, I don’t want it to happen to another family.

“How we’ve been treated by the system ... It’s been unfair, it should have been solved by now.”

Episodes of the podcast are released weekly, with the eighth episode becoming available for free on June 3.

Speaking after the first three episodes had been released, Ryan said there had been people come forward with new information.

He has spoken with friends, family and those who spent time with Alana growing up. Some have never spoken before.

“It’s to give it a chance that there could be some justice for her after all these years,” he said. “It’s always good when people start coming forward, that is what I do this for, to make a difference, try and get a resolution.

“I have a new witness that they’ve never had before and it could change this entire case.

“It’s not just about making content for me, it’s about the investigation first, podcast second. There are some big revelations to come in this case and I hope more people come forward.

“I know there’s more people out there that know more of what happened.”

Ryan said he feels like he’s getting to know Alana even though he has never met her. He saw some video for the first time recently and it was incredible to put a voice to her.

He said he wants to be able to do her justice and get the truth whatever that truth is.

Ryan started the podcast in February and said Peter’s research had made it a lot easier for him.

The police spokesperson said if new evidence,orwitnesseswerelocated,detectives would make an assessment as to their value before considering next steps.

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Podcaster Ryan Wolf. Alana Cecil, and inset, Alana as a child. (Pictures: Supplied)


Pirates Tavern

Drop anchor at Pirates Tavern, Williamstown’s very own pirate themed bar. Hidden behind Seaworks in a prime bayside location, the Pirates Tavern offers stunning city views over the bay. Enjoy vibrant live music every Friday and Sunday, unwind in the scenic beer garden or enjoy the kitchen’s offerings with dinner on Friday and lunch on Sunday. A proud part of the Williamstown Maritime Association, Pirates Tavern isn’t just a venue — it’s an experience. Join us and discover why we’re the most unique venue in Melbourne. Everyone is welcome at Pirates Tavern, for bookings please call Wendy on 0403 702 734.

Nonno’s Pizzeria

Experience the authentic taste of Italy at Nonno’s Pizzeria in Williamstown. Our old school pizza brings the nostalgia of traditional flavours,handcraftedwithlove.Whetheryou’re planning a corporate event, birthday party, or family gathering, let Nonno’s cater with our mouthwatering pizzas. Dine in and soak up the cosy ambience or order in the comfort of your home with our take-away option. From classic margaritas to gourmet specialties, our pizzas are made with the finest ingredients and a sprinkle of tradition. For a taste that transcends generations, visit Nonno’s Pizzeria – where every bite tells a story of heritage and passion.

Williamstown Specialist Centre

Williamstown Specialist Centre is located in the lovely seaside suburb of Williamstown. The centre is surrounded by free parking spaces bothonthemainandadjoiningstreets.All-day parkingspotscansometimesbefoundonLyon Street or Electra Streets. Specialists include ear nose and throat, cardiologist, endocrinologist, general paediatrician, orthopaedic surgeon, respiratory physician, sleep physician, vascular specialistandendovascularspecialist,urologist and musculoskeletal sports podiatrist. If you are considering renting one of the centre’s spacious spaces, rooms are available on a sessional basis.

Williamstown Automotive

Situated on Tennyson Street in Williamstown North, Williamstown Automotive is a trusted destination for automotive services. With a dedication to quality, the team offers a full range of services including mechanical repairs, electrical repairs, diagnostics, maintenance, log book servicing, and roadworthy certificates, tailoring efficient solutions to meet each customer’s specific needs. Whether you require routine maintenance, complex repairs, or specialised 4x4 upgrades and accessories, WilliamstownAutomotiveensuresexceptional service with meticulous attention to detail. For all your automotive needs in Williamstown North, Williamstown Automotive is the reliable choice.

Melbourne River Cruises

Melbourne River Cruises operates the Williamstown ferry, transporting passengers

betweenthecityandWilliamstown.Thisscenic voyage includes informative commentary, complimentary tea, coffee, and a fully-stocked bar for relaxation. Enjoy stunning views of the city skyline and the bay area throughout the journey. Departures are conveniently located at Southgate Berth 2 in the city and Gem Pier in Williamstown. Embrace the opportunity to bring along pets or bicycles, enhancing the experience as a delightful day excursion. Experience the charm of Melbourne’s waterwayswhilerelishingtheamenitiesaboard this iconic ferry service.

Atelier Art Supplies

Atelier Art Supplies is located off Champion Road in Williamstown North and has been offering an extensive range of high-quality art supplies to locals and interstate businesses and schools for the past 10 years. As a trusted supplier to schools across Australia and as an independent retail outlet open to the public we offer a combined depth of knowledge in the industryofover40yearsandhavetheexpertise and experience to ensure that you are able to embrace your every creative need! Come in and browse the wide range of art materials and speak to friendly staff to get the best advice.


Head Hotel

The recently renovated Stag’s Head Hotel offers a new menu, a cosy, welcoming atmosphere with open fireplaces, and great service. Focussing on fresh, seasonal produce, dishes are made from scratch and the attention to detailisevidentoneveryplate.Currentspecials include a free pot, glass of wine or soft drink with every main meal from the lunch menu, Monday to Thursday, 12pm – 4pm, kids eat free night on Mondays, Pot & Pie night on Tuesdays, steak night on Wednesdays and the return of live music on Sunday afternoons. Visit for more info or call 03 9100 1955.

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Call for health minister to visit

Footscray MP Katie Hall has called on Mental Health Minister Ingrid Stitt to meet with traders in Footscray to discuss health and wellbeing issues in the suburb.

Ms Hall raised the issue in state Parliament recently, stating that the meeting would be held to discuss support services available to people experiencing homelessness, mental health issues and alcohol and drug problems in Footcray’s CBD.

Ms Hall said she has previously mentioned theavailableservicesthatsupportpeopleinthe

community many times.

“FromMcAuleysocialservicestotheAsylum Seeker Resource Centre, cohealth or Reaching out in the Inner West,” she said.

“It is important to me, to traders and to the broader community that people receive the outreach services they need personally and thatFootscray’smallisanactive,cleanandsafe place to shop or dine out.”

Maribyrnongcouncilhasalsobeenconsulted on the issue, as Ms Hall said she has previously met with the mayor and chief executive.

“We have met to raise these issues and discuss better enforcement of local laws through regular attendance of compliance officers and the possibilities for urban design improvements through greater activation, which is engagement I will continue with,” she said.

“I have also met with local police and a seniors community outreach representative to discuss ideas that might assist traders.

“I look forward to having the minister visit Footscray to discuss the state government

Two Maribyrnong finalists shine

Two young Maribyrnong locals have been named as finalists in the 2024 Victorian Young Achiever Awards, recognised for their hard work and dedication to their causes.

West Footscray’s Catriona Vi Nguyen-RobertsonisafinalistfortheStrategic Alliance Network Career Achievement Award, while Maidstone’s Mohamed Semra is up for the Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award.

Ms Nguyen-Robertson said over the course of her career she has been involved in a range of different things, which she believes has led her to be nominated.

“I really want to get people passionate about science, both adults and children,” she said.

While studying, Ms Nguyen-Robertson has

continued working and volunteering with a range of organisations.

“I did a PhD in immunology and realised while I was studying that I really enjoyed sharing science with other people and doing science outreach,” she said.

“NowthatIhavefinishedmystudies,Iwork at Scienceworks to work with audiences of all ages and really get excited and curious about everything in the world around them.

“Alongside that I have volunteered to be the science communications officer for the Royal Society Victoria and Convergent Science Network.”

In these positions Ms Nguyen-Robertson wrote articles which explained scientific research and looked into public health

problems and global challenges like climate change.

Mr Semra works as a anti-racism campaigner and co-founder of Endeavour Youth Australia, working to help culturally and linguistically diverse students feel empowered.

Last year he was nominated for Victorian Young Australian of the Year and has since workedcloselywiththeVictorianCurriculum and Assessment Authority.

He has also worked with the Department of Education and Training to support students and staff on cultural competency and conversations on racism.

The winners will be announced on Friday, June 14, at The Sofitel Melbourne.

funded services that are available.”

A state government spokesperson said Ms Stitt welcomes opportunities to meet with localresidentsandtraderstobetterunderstand issues impacting the local community.

“Policeareoutengagingwiththecommunity every day in communities like Footscray, strengthening relationships and providing a visible presence to keep people safe and deter crime,“ the spokesperson said.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood will be returning to Williamstown with a pop-up blood donor centre.

Red Cross said one in three people in Williamstown will need blood during their lives.

“Without amazing locals like you spreading the word, that blood may not be there at the crucial moment,” they said.

“As one of our amazing supporters, you’re in an ideal position to let as many people as possible know that we’ll be popping in.”

The donor centre will be held at the Williamstown Town Hall at 104 Ferguson Street, from 12.30-8pm on June 18 and 24, noon-8pm on June 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27, 8am-3.30pm on June 20 and 8am-3pm on June 21 and 28. Details: au/blood/donate-as-a-group

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Red Cross will be returning to Williamstown with a pop-up blood donor Catriona Vi Nguyen-Robertson. (Damjan Janevski) 407677_04

Preserve memories and stories for future generations

Preserving memories for future generations is a meaningful way for older individuals to share their life experiences and wisdom. Here are some suggestions:

Write memoirs or autobiographies: Encourage older individuals to write down their life stories, including significant events, experiences, and lessons learned. This can be doneintheformofamemoirorautobiography, either through traditional writing or digital platforms.

Record oral histories: Set up recording sessions where older individuals can share their stories verbally. This could be done through audio recordings, video interviews, or podcasts. Capturing their voices and mannerisms adds a personal touch to the stories.

Createscrapbooksorphotoalbums: Collect photographs, letters, tickets, and other memorabilia to create scrapbooks or photo albums documenting important moments in their lives. Include captions or anecdotes to provide context for each item.

Compile family recipes: Gather family recipes passed down through generations and compile them into a cookbook. Include stories or memories associated with each recipe to preserve culinary traditions and family history.

Digitise documents and memorabilia: Scan old letters, documents, certificates, and photographs to create digital archives that can be easily shared with future generations. Consider creating a family website or online repository to store and organise these digital files.

Share wisdom and advice: Record video messages or write letters to future generations offering advice, life lessons, and words of wisdom. These messages can serve as valuable guidance for younger family members as they navigate their own lives.

Createafamilytree: Research and document family genealogy to create a family tree tracing backmultiplegenerations.Includebiographical information and anecdotes about ancestors to preserve their memory.

Hostfamilystorytellinggatherings: Organize regularfamilygatheringswhereoldermembers can share stories and memories with younger generations. Encourage open dialogue and create a supportive environment for sharing.

Engage in creative projects: Encourage older individuals to express themselves creatively through writing, art, music, or other artistic mediums. Creative projects can provide a unique outlet for self-expression and storytelling.

Passontraditionsandrituals: Teachyounger family members about cultural traditions, rituals, and practices that have been passed down through generations. Participating in these traditions helps keep them alive and fosters a sense of connection to family heritage.

By actively engaging in these activities, older individuals can leave behind a legacy that will be cherished by future generations

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More scholarships offered at top sports academy

Victoria’s only government funded school sports academy will open the door for more students through the introduction of 26 new scholarships in 2025.

Maribyrnong Sports Academy usually does an intake of students when they enter year 7, with a very small number of scholarships for students in the higher grades each year to fill spots.

The academy from next year will introduce 26 scholarships which will be awarded to athletes going into year 9.

The academy provides a genuine high-performance environment for student-athletes to thrive in both sport and education, and achieve their dream to compete at an elite level.

Principal Mark McAllion said it was an opportunity to bring in more children at an older age, when they’ve got a better understanding of their talent.

“ObviouslywithtalentID,it’sdifficultatage 11 and 12,” he said.

“So an actual couple of extra years, gives us more information to make better informed decisions on the students that are fortunate enough to get the opportunity to come here on scholarship.

“So what we’ve been able to do is open up a whole class of year 9 as a whole class at once. It’s really exciting at that age.”

The academy has coaches for 14 different sports and also accepts athletes from outside of those sports.

The program includes high performance coaching, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and injury management, performance psychology, nutrition, and academic and personal mentoring.

Vice-principal Tayatea Mackenzie said they normally get about 300 applications for year 7, while they might have another 200-300

applicants for any open gaps across the rest of the year levels.

Therewillbenolimitonhowmanystudents there are per sport in the new group, with selection based on the best athletes and then meeting academic and character criteria.

Mr McAllion said in some sports the junior pathway hasn’t started by the time children are ready to start school and some haven’t found their talent.

He said it also gives an opportunity to those interested who had missed out in year 7 to

apply again.

Ms Mackenzie said when they speak to the kids that came in later, some hadn’t even started playing their preferred sport when they were 11 or 12.

She said that previously the academy had knocked back great kids just because they don’t have space for them, despite thinking they are a good fit and this will help give some of those students opportunities later on.

Among past students to join the academy in year 9 include Port Adelaide star Zac Butters,

A-League player Seb Pasquali, badminton player Gronya Somerville, athlete Celeste Mucci and Reba Stewart who represented Australia at the Olympics in taekwondo.

Ms Mackenzie said they are targeting that 50 per cent of all scholarships go to females.

Mr McAllion said the environment is an individual development model.

“It’s not about us winning school championships with the kids we bring in here. It’s actually what we can do for that individual to get to their highest level.”

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Police out in force over King’s Birthday long weekend

Operation Regal 2024 is a state-wide Road Policing Operation over the Monarch’s birthday long weekend period. It aims to increase driver awareness and journey planning, while reducing road trauma during this high risk time on our roads.

This 4-day Road Policing Enforcement Campaign will run from Friday 7 June to Monday 10 June 2024.

Road Policing Advisor Senior Sergeant Fletcher Pearson from Westgate Highway Patrol said the operation will be conducted throughout all operational Police Regions and Police Service Areas during the four days, using all available personnel from local road policing units, general duties, and other regional resources.

Police will be targeting the main causes of fatalities and serious injuries in crashes which are:

• Excessive speed

• Driverdistraction,&VulnerableRoadUsers (cyclists, solos & pedestrians)

• Restraint & seat belt non-compliance

• Fatigue

• Impaired driving (Alcohol and/or Drug) Police will be out in force both to educate drivers and to enforce road rules, with a view to preventing lives lost and serious injuries.

We’re watching your speed. Are you? Motorists are requested to stay within the speed limit, don’t drink alcohol or take drugs and drive, leave your mobile phone out of reach, wear your seatbelt and make sure you are well rested.

Fatigue is one of the biggest killers and is a major cause of the loss of life on Victorian roads. Drivers are requested to plan their trip, be patient and ensure that you take at least a 15 minutes break at least every two hours and don’t drive if you are tired.

Drivers planning to travel during this period can expect to see an increase in vehicles travelling on major freeways and highways throughout the state.

Road trauma isn’t just about the lives that are lost – it’s about the enormous impact on

the community, from the family members, to the emergency services workers who have to deal with these tragedies on a daily basis, to the police who have to deliver the devastating news to loved ones.

All the community has a responsibility and

a role to play in reducing road trauma.

RoadSafe Westgate Community Road Safety Council chairman Jim Giddings said it has been demonstrated time after time that speed is a contributing factor in most road crashes. Therefore stay within the speed limit and drive to suit the conditions you face.

Speeding affects both the risk of a crash happening and the severity of injuries sustained when a crash does happen.

Mr Giddings said to make sure you’re not putting yourself or others at risk on the roads, put your phone away where you can’t be tempted to use it, for example in the glove box or in the boot to avoid being distracted. He also said the work of his group along with initiatives like the Operation Regal during the 2024 Monarch’s Birthday long weekend wouldhopefullyreducethenumberofserious road crashes on our roads.

Heaskedthecommunitytoreportspeeding drivers to Crime stoppers number 1800 333 000.

“Holiday driving has its challenges and drivers should drive in the hours they are normally awake, take regular breaks to reduce fatigue and allow extra space between vehicles. Drivers need to adapt to the conditions of the road. The onus is always on the driver to suit the conditions they are facing, and that includes the quality of the road,” he said.

“If you plan to have a drink then plan not to drive, taking a big risk like drink and driving is just not worth endangering your live or the lives of other road users.”

Before embarking on any driving trips drivers should check their tyres, windscreen washers, brakes and lights.

Remember, travel so that you arrive at your destination safely and enjoy your King’s Birthday Holiday weekend.



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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

Heritage walks

Enjoy a leisurely one-and-a-half hour walk around historic Williamstown and nearby suburbs with guide John. Walks start at 9.20am each Tuesday outside the Visitor Information Centre in Nelson Place. Each week is a different week with a printed sheet with the route and points of interest provided each week. Walks are leisurely and usually end at a cafe for a tea-coffee.

■ John, 0418 377 336

Community morning tea

A free community meeting tea occurs every Wednesday at 11am in Joan Kirner House foyer, 14 Thompson Street, Williamstown.

? Tahlia, 9397 6168

Women Talk – Conversational English

The Women Talk Group will be held on Mondays at 10am for women to learn and practice speaking English in the classroom and the local area and make new friends in an all-women class.

■ 9391 8504 or

Altona Repair Cafe

The Altona Repair Cafe is looking for more repairers to help meet community demand for repairs at their monthly repair events. Repair cafes happen on the first Saturday of the month, noon-3pm.

■ Danielle, 0413 434 082

Hobsons Bay City Band,

Do you play any percussion, brass or woodwind instruments? The Hobsons Bay City Band is seeking musicians to join their community band. Rehearsals are held under the directorship of Wayne Bowden every Monday evening, from 7.30pm, at the Newport Bowls Club, 4 Market Street, Newport.

■ or www.hbcb.

Junior surf boat rowing

Wanting to hit the water and try rowing surf boats? The Williamstown Lifesaving Club is hosting come and try days for junior surf boats. Come and try this unique experience for juniors.



Maribyrnong Boxing Club has reopened. New and former members of the Maribyrnong Community Youth Club are welcome to attend training sessions on Monday, 6pm-8pm, Thursday, 6.45-7.45pm, and Sunday, 10-11am. Boxing for fitness classes, beginners, youth, adults and also competition available. The club premises are located under the grandstand on Maribyrnong Reserve, on the corner of Hortense Street and Middle Road, Maribyrnong

■ or 0413 495836

Small steps walking group

Are you looking for a fun and social way to stay active? Join the Braybrook Community Hub walking group. Get some fresh air, make new friends and enjoy the benefits of walking. Or join for social connections, bikkies and a cuppa every Wednesday between 10.30-11.30am. Meditation for stress management Meditate under the guidance of an experienced teacher through visualisation, breath and movement. A form of mindful planning combining the psychological process of visualising, preparing for the future, and assigning action steps. Held at the Braybrook Community Hub between

This week’s photographer’s choice picture is of St Monica’s College students Daniel, Seth, Natasha, Drew, Emilia and Isabella preparing for their Hairspray Musical. (Damjan Janevski) 409678_01

10-11am on Fridays. This class will also be live streamed for you to join from home. Cost is $60 per a 10-week term or $6 per session.

Book sale

Friends of Altona Library hold a monthly book sale on the first Tuesday, Friday and Saturday of each month at the rear of Altona Library 123 Queen Street Altona. access via Coles car park, from 10am-1pm.

■ https://libraries.hobsonsbay.

Altona Girl Guides

Altona Girl Guides currently have vacancies for girls aged five-plus who would like to learn new skills, gain confidence,and expand their friendship circle while having fun.

■ Girl Guides Victoria, 8606 3500- www.

Laverton Community Education Centre

Laverton Community Education Centre has started free AMEP classes in Williamstown Community Education Centre at the Joan Kirner House, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday,s from 9.30am-3pm.

Participants can build English, digital and employability skills with the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).

■ 9369 2726

Computers, crafts, conversation

Whatever your learning interests and needs, Outlets Newport Community Education Centre has hands-on, face-to-face classes for you or a friend. Contact the centre today to find something for you.

■ 9391 8504, or outlets@outletsco-op.

Carers’ walk and talk

A collaboration between the state government, Interchange Outer East and Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL), the Pathways for Carers program is launching a monthly walk in Footscray on the third Thursday of each month. The goal of each group is to provide carers with peer-based support, information, services and resources, opportunities to be active and connect with other carers, connect with nature and connect with their local community.

■ or www.

Seeking stories

Award-winning local author Dr Dominique

He is writing a book on Newport Lakes, tracing its history, its impact and its contribution. The book will outline the story of its development, highlighting the role of consensus, courage, vision and working with nature to create a beautiful ecological and social place. Weaving in theories of biophilia, regenerative development and placemaking with local stories, it aims to provide inspiration for other communities looking at what they can do in their neighbourhoods. Locals are asked to come forward with any stories, photos, memories to be included in the book.


Williamstown book sale

Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries hold a book sale every second Saturday of each month, 9.30am-12.30pm. The book sale is held in the friends’ room. Cash only sales. ■

Walking group

The Altona Meadows and Newport Heart Foundation Walking Group is a local community of men and women committed to walking and socialising together with a post-walk coffee and chat and enjoying the natural beauty and birdlife that is to be found throughout Hobsons Bay together. Anyone is welcome to join the group on Mondays, 10am, at Altona Beach, Wednesdays, 10am, at Altona Meadows (Jolly Miller Cafe) or on Fridays, 10am, at Newport Lakes.

■ Ian Watson, 0411 566 862 or https://

Computer classes for beginners

Computer classes are run Every day of the week. Choice of morning or afternoons. At Altona North and Williamstown.

■ Lynne on 9397 6168.

Altona North Combined Probus

The Altona North Combined Probus Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Altona Sports Club. Includes a speaker, organised trips and outings, and a friendly atmosphere.

■ Lesley, 0414 481 442

Friendship group

Altona Day Voice Interest and Education of Women [VIEW] Club meets at 11am on the third Wednesday of the month at Altona RSL.

■ Janet, 9394 6522 or 0412 010 176

Diabetes support group

The Westgate Diabetes Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Altona Bowling Club at 10am.

■ Elaine, 0415 030 996

AeroSpeakers Toastmasters Club

Would you like to develop confidence in communicating, competence with language and clarity in writing?

AeroSpeakers Toastmasters Club would like to invite any and all residents to join them on the first and third Thursday of every month to help develop public speaking, communication and leadership skills. The group meets at the Laverton Community Hub, 95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton, from 7-9.30pm.

■ Vimi Gaoneadry, 0411 530 944

West Footscray Rotary

The Rotary Club of West Footscray meets at the Medway Golf Club in Maidstone for lunch, fellowship and guest speakers each Wednesday, from 12.30-2pm.

■ Mike 0417 622 372

Cherry Lake Market

Set between Millers Road and the stunning Cherry Lake in Altona, this market has something for everyone. The market hosts more than 60 stalls, selling plants, bric-a-brac, handcrafts, hot jam donuts, tools, clothing and much more. There is live music every month from the Cherry Lake Cultural Series, showcasing local musicians from across Hobsons Bay. From 9am-1pm on the first Sunday of every month.

■ Whats-On/Altona or cherrylakemarket@

Point Gellibrand Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand meets at Customs House Hotel, 161 Nelson Place, Williamstown, on the first and third Tuesday of the month, from 6pm, for a dinner meeting. The club has some great speakers and needs new, energetic, enthusiastic members who want to make a difference in their community.

■, Pam, 0418 347 691, or rotarypointgellibrand@

Altona Day View Club

The Altona Day View Club meets on the third Wednesday each Month at 11am, at the Altona RSL 31 Sargood Street, Altona.. ■ Marion, 9394 6557


Two journeys explored on stage

The Bowery Theatre is set to host a thought-provoking performance this June withOuterUrbanProjects’criticallyacclaimed theatre work, The Audition.

This compelling production, inspired by the journeys of two young Iranian immigrant artists, Milad Norouzi and Sahra Davoudi, offers a unique and intimate look at the parallels between the audition process and seeking asylum in Australia.

Directed by Outer Urban Projects’ artistic director Irine Vela, The Audition delves into the uncertainties faced by both actors and asylum seekers.

“Inbothcases,applicantswaitwhilesomeone more powerful determines their future, often

basedoffasingleencounter.Theasylumseeker, just like the actor, is an expert at being patient with a force that keeps them waiting without having their hopes dashed,” Vela said.

When The Audition premiered in 2019, Norouzi and Davoudi were doubly displaced within Australia and on its stages. They now have permanent Australian residency and are enjoying their artistic pursuits.

Outer Urban Projects aims to connect new and established artists based in the northern Melbourne fringes. It provides an open door forcollaboration,whereartistlivedexperiences shape the content of the stories that it shares.

Norouzi and Davoudi didn’t have to audition. Instead, they were invited to create

The Audition in collaboration with Irine Vela and writers Christos Tsiolkas, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Tes Lyssiotis and Wahibe Moussa.

Vela said the Melbourne-metro tour of The Audition ends during Refugee Week, which this year has the theme of ’Finding Freedom through Family.’

“The Audition offers a sharp and insightful perspective into the protocols and powers that permit or veto entry into our country and onto our stages,” said Vela.

The Audition will be on at the Bowery Theatre on June 21. Tickets are priced between $18 and $30. Details: works/theaudition

Woodend’s Winter Arts weekend

Music, discussions, and fireworks will fill the streets of Woodend for the 19th Winter Arts FestivalovertheKing’sBirthdaylongweekend.

Running from Friday, June 7 to Monday, June 10, the festival program features a diverse rangeofmusicalperformancesanddiscussions at multiple Woodend venues.

Over 100 musicians will perform during the festival, which will showcase both local and international artists across several genres. The program includes Southern Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Lara and dancer Deya Miranda Giner, Australian jazz great Paul Grabowsky, and twice ARIA-nominated Nat Bartsch.

For the piano enthusiasts, London-based pianist Piers Lane will perform a recital, and Woodend’s own Jacqueline Ogeil will lead

Accademia Arcadia’s ‘Early Solo Concertos’ on the Cristofori piano.

Ogeil is also the executive and artistic director of the festival, and said she is excited about this year’s line up.

“The quality and diversity of the program is evident in how well ticket sales have gone … withseveraleventsexpectedtoselloutoverthe next week,“ she said.

“Personally,Iamverymuchlookingforward to the performance of Bach’s St John Passion, which celebrates the 300 year anniversary of this great masterpiece.”

The‘Words&Ideas’programincludesaseries ofdebatesanddiscussionsfromaneclecticmix of speakers, such as immunologist and Nobel laureate Peter Doherty; journalists Gideon Haigh, Elizabeth Finkel, George Megalogenis;

and author0screenwriter Don Watson. Andrew Ford will reveal his latest book, and ABCRadiopresenterRobynWilliamswilllead a discussion on ‘Sex, Science and Singing’ with geneticist Jenny Graves.

“We’ve … included a feature on science as well as several talks which cover music in our Words & Ideas program – all of which promise to be entertaining and engaging discussions,” Ogeil said.

Fireworks will light up the sky at 6.30pm on the festival’s opening night, at a free and all-ages event at the Woodend Buffalo Sports Stadium.

Details: https://woodendwinterartsfestival.

Williamstown Literary Festival is set

The Williamstown Literary Festival is returning for another year to bring readers together for a weekend of literary celebrations.

President Hugh Jones said the festival aims to bring together readers, writers and book creatives of all sorts for a wide range of activities.

“We are aiming to have a big, wide breadth of sessions so that we can appeal to as many people as possible,” he said

Now in its 21st year, the annual celebration will host a range of activities through story-telling, author talks, panel discussions and writing workshops, all across two days.

Roar into the school holidays

Victorian kids can go to the zoo for free over the July school holidays and embark on an unforgettable journey back in time aszoosacrossthestatebecomeprehistoric playgrounds.

At Melbourne Zoo, visitors can venture along paths not normally open to visitors to discover 16 huge dinosaurs, their nests, and newly hatched young. For budding palaeontologists, there’s the chance to uncover a fossil in the sandpits, watched over by the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

In an Australian first, Dinos at the Zoo will also provide unprecedented access to the deaf and hard of hearing community, withExpressionAustraliacreatingaseries of videos in Australian Sign Language (Auslan) to provide information on every exhibit, which is instantly accessible by scanning a QR code.

At Werribee Open Range Zoo, expect the unexpected as you encounter 14 awe-inspiring dinosaurs, smoking volcanoes, bubbling swamps, dino footprints, and unearth life-like dino fossils.

Within the Yarra Valley, step back in time along Healesville Sanctuary’s bushlandNatureTrailwhere16dinosaurs roam,orforthosewhopreferaguide,join a free walking tour with a ranger. Entry to all zoos is free for children under 16 years on weekends, school holidays,andpublicholidays.Dinosatthe Zoo will be free with zoo admission and will run until July 14.

to turn another page

For her second festival, program director Emily Westmoreland said she has included several specialist writing workshops and increased the number of children’s sessions among the usual trove of author talks and panel discussions.

“Willy Lit Fest is different from other Victorian literary festivals in that we acknowledge our unique seaside setting and create a program to celebrate that,” she said.

“The amazing Jawbone Reserve will feature inasession,aswilltheYarraandMaribyrnong rivers, the local botanic gardens for bird watching and forest therapy, and Willy beach

itself for our now famous early morning swimming salon.”

Hoping to keep the festival as local as possible, Mr Jones said they have many local authors coming to speak.

“Itwasreallyimportantforustohavelocally represented authors from the west come in,” he said.“ThebeautyabouttheWillyLitFestisthat its local, and it is one of the things that really guide us in the promotion of the program.“

Morethan60individualsessionswillbeheld at the Williamstown Town Hall from June 14 to June 16. Details: au/weekend-pass/

Southern Spanish flamenco duo Paco Lara and Deya Miranda Giner. (Supplied) Williamstown Literary Festival vice president Lis Grove and program director Emily Westmoreland. (Damjan Janevski) 406538_01 (Zoos Victoria) The Audition will hit the stage at the Bowery Theatre in St Albans on June 21. (Darren Gill)
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It was footy, footy and more footy for Star Weekly photographer Ljubica Vrankovic on Saturday. Here’s some of the action that she shot.

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Clubs could die: Senior coach warns the WFL

Clubs could face death if something doesn’t change in the Western Football League, says one division 2 senior coach.

One coach has expressed that serious discontent is rife among its senior playing group,andsaidthe14-teamdivision2structure is causing former division 3 clubs to lose more than just games on Saturdays. He is the second coach to speak out about concerns for clubs and the competition.

“What the league doesn’t look at as well, no one wants to train before games against these top sides, so when Thursday comes along, you do team selection and are lucky to get half a dozen staying back, so you’re losing money behind the bar, you’re losing money with dinners,” they said.

“Then on Saturdays, after the game everyone goes home because when you lose by 200, who

wants to stay back and talk?

“We’ve got functions during the year, but morale’s dead so there’s no money coming in then as well, it’s killing clubs.”

Thecoach,whodidn’twanttobenamed,said it has been hard to keep fronting up to training nights and game days, as it feels as though nothing they can do or say will change the fate when coming up against top tier division 2 clubs.

“I woke up on Saturday, I’ve got my bag, I’ve got my coaching stuff, and I just thought what am I doing?“ they said. “Like what am I even going to do as a coach?”

They said the merging of divisions has killed the league as being an option for top division club’s junior players seeking more senior football, as well as older players looking for a lower league to play in rather than retiring or


In division 2 this season, the average margin per game is 102 points.

In matches between a side that would have featured in division 3 if the league didn’t restructure this season against a side that would have been in division 2, the average margin is 165 points.

Last year, the average margins in division 2 and3were54pointsand71pointsrespectively.

As per a report sent to clubs late last year, the league said it understood that 2024 may be a teething period as clubs settle into the new structure.

“Following the club transfers of Deer Park andStAlbanstotheEssendonDistrictFootball League (EDFL) at the end of the 2022 season, the league engaged an independent consultant to complete a thorough review of the current

Vikings’ effort rewarded

Altona finally got some reward for effort in the Western Football League division 1 competition.

Having been in all but one of their matches so far, the Vikings have just fallen short on a number of occasions.

On Saturday, the Vikings were able to put it together for longer against Parkside, much to the relief of coach Travis Varcoe.

“It was good reward for our boys,” he said. “We’ve put in a power of work and we were able to reap some rewards after being so close.

“We were able to put all the bits together.”

The Vikings started slow and trailed by 17 points at quarter time. From that point on they were able to kick 13 goals to five to come away with a 13.6 (84)-8.3 (51) win.

Varcoe said the biggest difference for them in the win was being able to score, something they have struggled with.

“We’ve generated enough opportunities to challenge to win games but we haven’t been able to finish it off,” he said.

“They’ve been able to stay the course and fix

some bits and pieces. They are a young group that are exciting to work with.

“We’ve implemented some things and some success was coming. We are still finding our best mix.””

Varcoe said even though they started slowly the group was able to stick with the game plan and get their mojo going.

He said when they play their best football they can score quickly and look really good.

“You learn as you go and it’s like nuts and bolts and we’re tightening them.”

Spencer Johnson and Jake Whybrow kicked three goals each for the Vikings. Varcoe said the move of Johnson up forward freed up some other players.

He also highlighted Kyle Crooks, Luke Whatman, Stefan Martin and Ethan Taylor as some of the others who stood out as everyone played their role.

For the Magpies, Jackson Barrett and Dean Simmons were named their best.

The win moves the Vikings off the bottom of the ladder and now percentage ahead of Point Cook Centrals.

Parkside sits above the two teams, also on

WFNL football competition structure,” the report said. “This review was also instigated by a number of clubs who were adamant that significant changes were required to the divisional structure model. There was a large amount of feedback through both workshops and surveys that supported a move to a two division model of football with 80 per cent of the clubs indicating that this would be the preferred model for 2024.

“Furthermore, 70 per cent of clubs also indicated that the ideal number of teams per division is 10 and then the next highest response was 12 teams.

“We will also be able to reassess division 2 and potentially a Division 3 beyond 2024 upon further movement of clubs or teams.”

Furphy ready for draft

Former Maribyrnong Sports Academy basketballer Johnny Furphy is all in on this year’s NBA draft.

Furphy, who headed to America last year to play college basketball at Kansas, announced last week that he was staying in the NBA draft.

He had previously kept his options open to whether to stay in the draft or look to head back to college for another season.

Furphy took to social media to reveal his decision after many draft boards had him going in the top 20.

“Playing in the NBA has always been a lifetime goal of mine, with that, I’ve decided that now is the time to pursue that dream.

“I can’t say thank you enough to coach [Bill] Self, the entire coaching staff and every single person associated with our basketball program.

“I have the most amazing teammates I could have asked for and I want to wish them the best of luck going forward.”

In his one season with Kansas he worked his way into the starting line up, averaging nine points, 4.9 rebounds and one assist per game.

HewasvotedintotheBig12freshman’s all star team.

FurphyjoinedKansasafterbeingalate bloomer having but small growing up.

He made his first Victorian state team in 2022 in the under-20s, before earning a scholarship at Centre of Excellence at the AIS.

the same amount of wins.

Varcoe said with the closeness of the competition, every match is crucial.

“Anything can change in one or two weeks,” he said. “Majority of the games are eight point games to be honest.

“You can close a gap or you can create a gap. It’s nice to have that in our competition, anyone can challenge anyone.”

The Vikings have this week off, with just one match on the King’s Birthday weekend.

Varcoe said if he was playing, he would have wanted to continue to playing on, but said it can go either way.

In other results, Spotswood wasn’t able to go with Werribee Districts, losing 17.14 (116)-6.13 (49).

Yarraville Seddon faces Point Cook this Saturday in a standalone match.

In division 1, Braybrook lost to Albanvale by 10 points, North Footscray got the win against Western Rams, Laverton beat Tarneit, Newport lost to Albion and West Footscray was well beaten by Sunshine.

Before he headed to the AIS, he attended the Maribyrnong Sports Academy having long dreamed of attendingthecollege.Hefinishedyear12 at the academy while he was at the AIS. He was this year named in the Australian Boomers squad for the Paris Olympics, but was cut when the squad was reduced.

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Falcons are perched on top of the VNL ladder

City West Falcons moved to the top of the Victorian Netball League championship ladder with a solid win against Boroondara Express on Wednesday night.

The Express entered the match on top, but having played one more game than the Falcons, and having won the first grand final match by one goal in round one.

The Falcons were able to control the game for the most part getting out to a solid 10 goal lead.

They let the Express back in the third quarter before steadying and running away for a 64-55 win.

Falcons coach Marg Lind was fairly happy with the performance.

“It was a good win,” she said. “We had our moments.

“We had a bit of a conniption in the third quarter. I thought we did really well to value the ball in attack and make sure that we allowed Jane [Cook] a little bit of extra time and that paid off on the scoreboard in the second.

“I think we just got mentally lazy. We were

10 up, had a conniption and that got back on track.”

Lind admits that they do get crazy with the ballattimesandarerisktakers,butsometimes they push it too far like they did in the third quarter.

“I like it… But at the same time it can put you in a tight position like it did tonight at times.

“I thought we did pretty well. We have to iron out those periods of craziness.“

Lind said they had shown a lot of improvementfromthefirsttimetheyfacedthe Express,buttherewasstillmoreimprovement to come.

Cook shot 52 goals for the Falcons in the win as they used just eight players.

Lind said it was a hard performance to pick a standout player from.

“I think Cookie has still been really solid this year,” she said. “Our attack end, Mon [Holmes] and Maggie had great moments and then some moments of conniption.

“Sophie [Hanrahan] the same. We didn’t really have anyone that put the four quarters

together. I thought Soli [Ropati] had five minutes where she lagged off too much, apart from that she had a really decent game.

“She did a good job like she covered hard tonight and ran the ball out of the d. That’s when we got that 10 ahead.”

Lindsaidshethoughttheyranthedefenders clever fully as well and were able to readjust with the Express rolling plenty of rotations.

The Falcons under-23s returned to the winners list, beating the Express 48-43.

Lind said after losing the last two weeks to the teams she believes are at the top, it was good to get a win like that.

Lind said it was good to bring Elisa Butterworth-Gonebale up from their development team.

The Falcons sit in fifth spot, percentage outside the top four.

The Falcons this week face the Wilson Storage Southern Saints.

Sejranovic off to Paris

After months of hoping he had done enough, Leon Sejranovic finally has the confirmation that he is headed to the Olympics.

The Maribyrnong Sports Academy coach was one of three athletes named in the Australian taekwondo team for the Paris Games.

He will compete in the 80 kilogram men’s competition.

Sejranovic said it was pretty special to finally get the phone call he had been waiting for.

“It feels incredible,” he said. “It’s definitely a dreamcometrueandIthinkforeveryonethat does taekwondo or most Olympics sports as a young kid, the dream is always to become an Olympian one day and to represent Australia, do Australia proud.

“So to have the opportunity to be able to do that is surreal.”

Sejranovic really put his name into Olympic contention last year when he won bronze at the World Taekwondo Championships.


at a world championships in nearly 25 years.

While he had the standout performance, he still needed to wait to see if he made the Olympic team.

Hesaidtherewasasenseofreliefbecausehe expected that he had done enough, but there’s always a bit of doubt in the mind

“ImeanallIcoulddowasreallythinkabout what was in my control, which is to continue performing at the highest calibre that I can,” he said.

“I feel like I did but to finally have it be official and they’ve announced it and stuff, it takes a big weight off the shoulders.

“Instead of worrying about qualifying now, I can just put all eyes on performing at the Games.”

Sejranovic said after his breakthrough performance last year there were definitely some tournaments where he wanted to do better, there were moments in the following six months that he felt like he did really well.

He said for him now it’s about getting more consistent performances and believes that he could medal at the Olympics.

“I think that I know that when I’m at my

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Williamstown Imperials have signed Victorian Turf Cricket Association division 2 team of the year player Joshua Van Zyl. Van Zyl, who is a solid opening batter and wicketkeeper, has been playing with Point Cook the past couple of seasons. He is known to be a powerful batter in the shorter format. He’s the first new signing for the Imperials which won the division 3 premiership last season.


Yarraville’s Josh Hahnel fell just short of taking out the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association Val Holten Medal. The star batter finished equal third on 20 votes, three votes behind winners Sahan Perera and Glen Parker. He was also named in the team of the year along with Spotswood’s Jarrod Martignago.


Williamstown CYMS continued its good form in Victorian Amateur Football Association premier B women’s competition. Undefeated this season, the CYs beat Beaumaris, 9.4 (58)-1.3 (9). Loren Mills kicked five goals, while Camyrn Tyrrell was named their best. Meanwhile in the men’s premier B competition, the CYs lost to Old Trinity, 13.12 (90)-3.9 (27). There are no matches this Saturday with the King’s Birthday long weekend.

absolute best, I feel like there’s not anyone that I can’t beat,” he said.

“I feel like when I’m at my best I have the ability to beat anyone that’s in that bracket at the Olympics.

“To be at my best requires me to have that consistency, like making sure you do everything right leading into the tournament, so you are primed on fight day.”

Sejranovic said he was hoping the college would get behind him in his push for Olympic glory.

“I don’t really talk about it,” he said. “I would assume they took at me as a role model in some sense. That’s how I looked at my coach Ryan Carneli, who is one of the coaches at MSA.

“Was always my coach at Maribyrnong when I was training here and he is one of my national team coaches.

“As a young kid I always looked up to him because he was an Olympian and he had these results as well and that is part of what made me buy in 100 per cent to everything he said.

“He knows what he is talking about.”

Carneli, will also make the trip to the Olympics.


Parkside Spurs rebounded from a forfeit last week to beat Wyndhamvale in the Western Football League women’s competition. The Spurs were dominant in the 16.20 (116)-0.2 (2) win. West Footscray was also on the winners list, beating Laverton, 8.9 (57)-0.0 (0). Kathleen Gannon and Emily Craig were named the Roosters best. Yarraville Seddon had a tough day out against the Suns, losing 8.6 (54)-1.0 (6). The Spurs sit in fourth, the Eagles in fifth and West Footscray in sixth spot. There is no action this weekend with the long weekend.


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Jane Cook. (Robbab Photography) Leon Sejranovic (right) is going to the Olympics. (Australian Taekwondo)

El-Hawli joins the Bombers in draft

Altona premiership player Saad El-Hawli has realised his AFL dream after being selected by Essendon in the AFL mid-season draft.

The Bombers selected El-Hawli with pick 13, impressed with his form in the Victorian Football League with the Northern Bullants.

Hehadaveraged25.7disposalsagame,while alsotaking6.2marksandaveraging3.1tackles.

Essendon national recruiting manager Rob Forster-Knight said El-Hawli is a ready-made prospect who can make an immediate impact.

“He’s an exciting player to watch, he’s got some really good traits that will transfer to the AFL system,” he told the Essendon website.

“He’s got speed, power, can mark over his head and he’s quite versatile as well. We think there’s a chance he might be able to put selection pressure on in the immediate future, but that depends on how well he adapts to our

environment as well.

“He’s played in all parts of the ground this year, he’s not pigeon-holed to one position. He played halfback initially, he can roll through the wing, has a real high-end running ability and he’s creative with the ball as well.

“We think with the versatility he offers he’ll give Brad (Scott) and the coaching staff some options.”

Altona Football Club commented on the Bombers’ Instagram post.

“You have drafted a fantastic boy from a wonderful family. We have been very lucky to have him play for us for a few years and regardless of the level he works tirelessly.

“He deserves this opportunity and won’t let you down.”

El-Hawli played his junior football across three Western Football League clubs, starting

with Newport Power before joining Spotswood and then Altona. He was part of Altona’s 2022 division 1 premiership.

He also played with the Western Jets before playingfivegameswithWerribeeintheVFLin 2022 before making the switch to the Bullants last season. He has had a break out season this year.

El-Hawli told his new Bombers he was extremely grateful for the opportunity.

“I’m ready to hit the ground running boys,” he said in a video shared on the Bombers website.

ThathedidasheturnedoutfortheBombers’ VFL side on Sunday.

While the Bombers had a big loss, El-Hawli had 25 disposals, third most for the Bombers and only behind AFL-listed players Will Setterfield and Dylan Shiel.

Jets knock off Knights

The Western Jets showed the improvement they’ve made this season, beating the Northern Knights on Saturday in the Coates Talent League.

Having lost to the Knights in round one after scores were level in the third quarter, the Knights got some revenge in the round 10 match.

The Knights led throughout the first three quarters, taking a 14 point lead into the final break.

The Just were able to save their best for last, kicking five final quarter goals to get a, 13.6 (84)-12.9 (81) win.

JackGerardikickedsixgoalsfortheJetsand was named their best alongside Lucca Grego.

Speaking before the match, Jets coach Trent Dennis-Lane said it wasn’t all about wins and losses.

“Playing them the first time I think it was 65-all deep into the third quarter before they kicked away,” he said.

“It’stwotothreemonthslaterandwecansee if the development is there or not. I don’t care if we win or lose, I want to see improvement in

performances throughout the year.”

Dennis-Lane said they had been working hard on a lot of things and they were slowly turning in their favour.

He said they had an advantage with not as many players in the private school system as some other clubs.

“It helps with training and continuity at training week in, week out,” he said.

“You can lose them from three quarters of the season and you then get all the team together [late in the season].

“We have worked a lot on our offensive in the pre-season. We were going inside forward 50, but we were having a lot of turnovers.

“The stats are slowly shifting our way.”

Dennis-Lane said he was also happy with the mindset of the guys despite not necessarily getting the results they were after.

He highlighted the Eastern Ranges game as one they could have won but they didn’t. He said the group didn’t drop their heads and were able to respond the following weeks.

“It could have gone one way or the other and we could have thrown the toys out of the cot,” he said.

“They are more than capable and they are

Seagulls on top after win

Williamstown has moved to the top of the Victorian Football League women’s competition with a thrilling win against Port Melbourne.

After having lost the first match up with last season’s premiers, the Seagulls werehopingtocontinuetheirgoodform on Sunday and knock Port Melbourne off this time round.

Port Melbourne jumped out of the blocks and led by four goals at quarter time.

The Seagulls didn’t panic and had reduced the margin to five points at the main break. Had the Seagulls kicked straight, they could have had the lead.

The game became a tough tussle in the second half.

The Seagulls kicked the only goal of the third quarter to take the lead by two points heading into the final break.

The first goal of the last quarter went to the Seagulls. Port Melbourne got one back through Kaitlyn O’Keefe to reduce the margin back under a goal.

The Seagulls were able to hold on, winning 4.12 (36)-5.4 (34).

Sharnie Whiting kicked two goals for the Seagulls, while Emily Eaves led the possessions with 14.

The win moves the Seagulls to top, percentage ahead of the Western Bulldogs.

better than we were at the start of the season, that is pleasing.

“In a development league you will have a couple of games where you drop off on a few little things, but hopefully they are better players than when they started the year.”

Dennis-Lane said they were hoping that some of their over age players would get an opportunity in the Victorian Football League in the back part of the season to help further their games.

In terms of Vic Metro, just Lucca Grego made the final squad.

Dennis-Lane said they were confident that he could take his game to that next level.

He said dependent on the mid season draft picks, Lucas Impey could also receive a call up.

The former basketballer star has started to find his feet.

“The amount of improvement has been amazing,” Dennis-Lane said.

“Lucas is one of those overage guys at Williamstown. Wedon’thaveaspecialistruck coach so he gets a little more development there.

“He is really cashing in.”

The Seagulls this week face 11th placed Southern Saints.

In the VFL, Port Melbourne had a big win against the Seagulls.

TheBoroughjumpedoutoftheblocks and led by 27 points at quarter time and increased the margin to 38 points at half time.

The margin continued to grow in the second half with the Borough winning, 20.9 (129)-10.9 (69).

Brodie McLaughlin kicked five goals for the Seagulls in the loss.

Jake Greiser had 22 possessions, while Jack Toner and Will Fordham had 21 each.

The Seagulls sit in fourth spot, one of three teams sitting on 28 points along with second placed Geelong and third placed Werribee.

The Seagulls this Saturday face Southport.

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