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By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) The Aussie Backyard Bird Count starts next Monday, with Aussies encouraged to count the feathered fauna for a chance at one of three prizes. Participants can join the count from 12am Monday 19 October, to 12 pm on Sunday 25 October. Counters can tally up the birds they see in a 20-minute period on the Aussie Bird Count app on smartphones and tablets, or via the Aussie Bird Count website at aussiebirdcount.org.au/ submit-a-count/. The Aussie Bird Count app also functions as a field guide/ bird finder, making identifying any birds you see much easier. Those who want to participate but don’t have a backyard are welcome to count birds in any outdoor space, such as a park, farm or schoolyard.

By joining the Bird Count, participants will help BirdLife Australia – the country’s largest bird conservation charity – understand local birds in their area. By looking at the trend of common species in each area, BirdLife Australia can get an indication of the local environment’s health. Last year’s Bird Count saw 3.4 million birds counted across Australia in just seven-days, with the most seen bird being the rainbow lorikeet - over 400,000 were counted across Australia. In Victoria, the Rainbow Lorikeet (43,525) was knocked off its perch by the Australian Magpie with 44,374 counted in 2019. For the first time since the Aussie Bird Count began in 2014, a new bird made it into the top ten most commonly seen species. With thousands more spotted in urban areas this year, the White Ibis or ‘Bin Chicken’ moved from 13th spot in 2018, to 10th spot in 2019. To register as a bird counter, visit aussiebirdcount.org. au/#register.

Four lucky participants will win a prize for their efforts. One pair of EL 8x32 Swarovision Binoculars worth over $2,690 is up for grabs, as well as one $375 ‘create your own flock’ print, and two Marini Ferlazzo packs worth over $100, including book marks, fridge magnets, a hard cover notebook and a tote bag. Top 10 Bird Count Victoria 2019 Australian Magpie....................................... 44,374 Rainbow Lorikeet......................................... 43,525 House Sparrow............................................. 35,021 Noisy Miner.................................................. 31,499 Red Wattlebird.............................................. 27,905 Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.......................... 26,814 Common Myna............................................. 25,424 Common Starling......................................... 21,256 Silver Gull...................................................... 21,051 Common Blackbird...................................... 20,964

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New face at Gordon station By Caitlin Bewley (3rd Yr Swinburne Uni) There’s a new face manning the desk at the Gordon Police station, and she says she’s excited for the opportunity at hand. Leading Senior Constable Sally Fairweather, previously based at Bacchus Marsh, brings 14-years experience to the single-officer station with her. When asked what the driving factor was that influenced the move to Gordon, she said it was mainly just the change of scenery. “I can gain further experience [at Gordon], and I’ve only ever worked in 24-hour police stations. I’ll also get that one police officer experience,” she said. “There’s still backup about if need be, and you just need to make your assessments and go from there. Decide if you’re going to go on your own, and continue.” The Moorabool News asked Leading Senior Constable Fairweather what the main differences were between Gordon and Bacchus Marsh. “I’m thinking a lot more on my own feet, and not having to cross reference with other people,” she said. “I have to make big decisions on my own, and learning to be comfortable with the decisions I’m making. “There’s a lot more travel involved in ways of getting to a job. It takes up more of your day than when you’re working around a small township [like Bacchus Marsh],” LSC Fairweather said. “Gordon is one of the biggest police servicing areas in Moorabool, and it’s just getting used to that travel and distance to jobs,” she said. LSC Fairweather is at Gordon Police Station on a temporary basis but says she’s excited to use this as an opportunity for selfdevelopment and to continue to hone her skills for future roles.

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Plan early and be ready By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) The second of four community sessions took place last Wednesday night, and the main takeaway for anyone affected by AusNet’s Western Victoria Transmission Network Project was “get ready”. Entitled ‘Understanding compulsory land acquisition and compensation’, the session was held from 6 to 7 pm and comprised a 25-minute presentation, followed by 35 minutes of Q&A time. Three lawyers from Mills Oakley Law Firm spoke at the online meeting, hosted by Moorabool Shire Council: Tony Rutherford, Shaun Whittaker and Jackson Dyer. The trio seemed fairly sure AusNet would be allowed to pursue its overhead power line plan, but had advice for anyone who wished to dispute the amount AusNet offered to lease their land. “In our experience, it is worth getting an independent valuation. That gives you something to compare when they come knocking and tender the offer,” Mr Whittaker said. “We do tend to see positive outcomes if you negotiate earlier, rather than going the compulsory land acquisition route at VCAT or the Supreme Court. “You’re up for your own costs if you lose…they’re happy to pay to a point, but if you’re disputing and taking it all the way, they usually turn off the tap and you’re on your own up to those end proceedings,” he said.

“The idea behind this is to get everyone ready, and line up your team so to speak, and negotiate the best outcome for you as individual landowners.” Mr Rutherford added that any commercial losses incurred by AusNet’s use of land should be accounted for in the compensation offer. “If you have documentation, that can be taken into account for compensation. You’ll have to have evidence of that commercial interest, but they can still acquire it, taking into account the revenue that would’ve been generated by that commercial endeavour,” he said. “It [the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986] does take into account enhancement or depreciation in value due to the project…the main thing is to make sure you have an independent valuation and sufficient documentation. You want to have strong evidence. “A third-party evaluation can form a basis for negotiation, or for a case to dispute the compensation in Court.” Community Session 3 will be split into two parts. Part 1 - ‘Safety and High Voltage Transmission Lines’, will be held on Wednesday 21 October, from 6pm-7pm. Part 2 - ‘Farming and High Voltage Transmission Lines’, will be held at the same time on Wednesday 4 November. The full recording of ‘Community Session 2 Understanding compulsory land acquisition and compensation’ can be viewed online at https:// youtu.be/FDmxb6mLqLg.



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A local sporting club are taking one step a time during Mental Health Awareness Month, and are doing so the only way they know how, as a family. Darley Football Netball Club are asking members to participate in walking 10,000 steps a day for the month of October to raise awareness for mental health. Convenor of the event, Robyn Bewley, told the Moorabool News the club believe mental health is a very important topic and want to shine a light on the issues whilst keeping active. “We know there’s a lot of mental health issues in the community, so we wanted to raise awareness for it during the month of October,” she said. “The club decided that because everyone is in lockdown, and everyone needs something to work towards, we, as a club, would start an event to get people involved and raise awareness for mental health. “We’ve got a lot of our seniors and juniors participating in the initiative, and it’s a good way to get the whole club involved and stay active during lockdown,” she said.

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“All we’ve asked of our members is to go out and get some exercise every day and send us a selfie so we can post it on social media.” The DFNC usually hold seminars and workshops for players and members to attend surrounding mental health, but Ms Bewley said due to the current climate, a monthly challenge is “the best they can do at the moment.” “The whole point is, we know how much our members are struggling without being able to see each other at the club, especially with no season this year. “We thought it would be a good way to get people to take some photos, get active and start the conversation about mental health,” she said. “We have a lot of people come out and talk to our members about mental health, but at this point in time, we can’t do that. “This is a good way to keep the club connected, and a good way to get people talking about important topics,” she said.

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Another 20-years of school camps By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) The partnership between the Victorian Government and the YMCA will continue for at least another two decades, after both parties came to an agreement on five camps last Wednesday. Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence announced the YMCA had secured a 20-year lease, to continue to manage the award-winning camps at Rowsley, Mt Evelyn, Mt Eliza, Falls Creek and Anglesea. “Our camps are inspiring more young people to embrace a healthier and active lifestyle, get connected with nature and importantly, have fun,” Ms Spence said. “We’re proud that the YMCA will continue to lead these important programs and we look forward to more innovative outdoor programs and initiatives leading to more healthy outcomes for Victorians.”

The YMCA has been in partnership with the State Government for 15 years, with more than a million Victorians visiting the camps and participating in healthy active programs since 2005. The camps contribute over $15 million to the Victorian economy and provide almost 400 jobs. The lease renewal couldn’t have come at a better time, with the Victorian Government announcing rural and regional schools are once again allowed to attend school camps, including YMCA’s Lady Northcote Recreation Camp in Rowsley. Lady Northcote Camp Manager Rob Cummins told the Moorabool News that this was an exciting time for the camp. “Finally, we’ve got a document signed…it means that we’ll be here for another 20 years, and we can continue to develop programs to engage the local community and the Victorian

community,” Mr Cummins said. “We’re all really excited, our first school comes back on October 19. It’s really lovely, after seven months of having noone on-site at all, which has been really hard for the staff and also the business. “A few local schools have already booked in. There’s still a lot of nervousness in the community about going on camp… but we’re following all the COVIDsafe protocols. We’ve developed and implemented a COVID-safe plan that far exceeds all government Department of Education requirements and Victorian Government requirements. “I think camp is so valuable to kids. They’ve been home-schooling, stuck inside, and unable to engage with their friends and peers. Camp gets school kids outside, active…doing activities like problem-solving. It helps kids to be resilient, independent, and grow and develop as young individuals.”

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Make your vote count Part of the charm of the Moorabool Shire is its residential amenity, strong services sector and farming areas. These are under threat. With the approaching Council Elections, ask the candidates: • Where do you stand on the potential of contaminated soil coming to Maddingley? • Where do you stand on the development of a ‘waste hub’ and an industrial area immediately south of the town?

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Speeding without a licence By Caitlin Bewley (3rd Yr Swinburne Uni) A man who lost his licence indefinitely fronted court on charges of driving without a licence. Riley Dart appeared before Magistrate Bob Kumar in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court on Friday 2 October. Police lawyer Paul Thomas told the court Dart was found to be travelling at excessive speeds whilst suspended, on March 18 this year. It was on this date the accused was travelling on Ballan – Geelong Road, Ballan when police detected his speed at 95km/h in an 80km/h zone. Police subsequently intercepted Dart and conducted checks, finding he was a holder of a suspended

probationary drivers’ licence. The court heard previously his licence was suspended indefinitely pending a medical review, after a high-speed collision which occurred around 12-months’ ago. Dart said he still needed to get sleep apnoea tests before being granted his licence. Magistrate Bob Kumar decided, because Dart had no priors, he would stick to the minimum licence suspension of one month. Dart was fined $750 without conviction. “This is a serious matter, you shouldn’t have been driving without a licence,” Magistrate Kumar said. “This type of offending carries a term of imprisonment.”

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From invincible to vulnerable By Caitlin Bewley (3rd Yr Swinburne Uni)

Tamara Camilleri is supporting her father Paul in walking a marathon during October for the Heart Foundation. Photo – Caitlin Bewley


A father-daughter duo are lacing up their runners this October to support heart health. Paul Camilleri is a 61-year-old Bacchus Marsh resident and has suffered through heart disease, severe bouts of angina and underwent quintuple bypass surgery. He told the Moorabool News he was overweight, a smoker and lived in denial, believing he would never have to face an illness like he has. “At 44 it hit me. I knew the signs of what was going to happen, and how a heart attack comes about, so I took myself to the doctors to get checked out. “After that, I was hospitalised for a short period of time to have my bypass surgery. I had five arteries bypassed,” he said. When asked if his health journey influenced his desire to cover 42km for the Heart Foundation, Mr Camilleri said ‘yes and no’, that it was his daughter who influenced him the most. “I was initially going to say no, but I decided I want to support her and do it with her,” he said. “It is about raising funds for much needed research and I’m hoping people can learn from my experience. “Especially men, they’ve got to read the signs of their own body and understand that when they’re not feeling well, it’s not ‘take a couple of Panadol and shake it off’, it should be ‘book into the doctor and go and get checked’, because it really can happen to you at any time,” he said. Mr Camilleri said along with his daughter, he will be walking 42km during the month of October, with a goal to of 10km by each weekend. He has already raised $431 and said he is “extremely blown away by the support received so far.” “It’s a very scary thing, and I put it down to going from feeling invincible to vulnerable in a matter of seconds,” Mr Camilleri said. “This type of challenge is something I would normally just walk away from, truly believing I would be wasting my time, that I would embarrass myself and no one would support me. “But I thought, what the hell, heart disease has a really deep meaning to myself and my family, and knowing your body is the key to fighting Heart Disease,” Mr Camilleri said. If you want to support Mr Camilleri and his daughter, Tamara on their October MyMarathon journey, head to https://www.mymarathon.com.au/fundraisers/ SquidlyInc. Any donation big or small would be greatly appreciated.


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Underfunded semi-rural Councils can’t do everything. As a Councillor I want to find creaave soluuons from within Council and beyond to build our communiies. BLACKWOOD • GREENDALE Towns that need to have their heritage GORDON • BL protected. Gordon is growing and needs sensiive development to keep its historic charm. Gordon residents felt their recent street upgrade was under consulted and not transparent while being constructed. I will keep the community informed while town improvements are in progress. FOREST A commercial mine at the source of the Werribee and heritage Lerderderg Rivers, in a water catchment, makes no sense. Test drilling here may just be ccompanies, mainly foreign, trying to push their share price up. I kicked off No Wombat Gold to let them know we are ready to fight. FARMERS A huge rate rise last year for primary producers is not sustainable. We are green at the moment but drought could be around the corner. Other Shires have rate discounts for farmers, or the State Government needs to step up if they are serious about a foodbowl close to Melbourne.

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Call is out for young leaders

Members of the 2019 Youth Council visit Parliament House in Melbourne. Photo - submitted

Whilst ‘adults’ are nominating for local Council elections, one local politician is calling for youth to step up to the plate and join a Youth Council. Member of Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, has issued a call for youth aged 16 to 22 to stand for the 2021 Macedon Youth Council. Only 12 young members will be selected from across the Macedon electorate, which includes the Moorabool town of Blackwood. The Youth Council provides a platform for young people to voice their concerns, as well as the opportunity to learn about the democratic process and participate in decision-making processes. The inaugural Macedon Youth Council was established in 2019, fulfilling an election commitment Ms Thomas made in 2018. It was made up of 13 members from across the Macedon electorate, and discussed issues such as single use plastics, mental health, renewable energy and the process to Treaty with Aboriginal Victorians. Ms Thomas said there had never been a more

important time for young people to stand up and speak out. “Now more than ever, our young people are crying out to have their voices heard. We know that young people have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic – and I’m proud to be able to give them a platform to raise issues that are important to them.” Ms Thomas said. Oliver Bagin, a member of the 2019 Macedon Youth Council, said the experience had been wonderful. “The Youth Council was such an awesome way to get an insight into how politics and governments really work – and you’ll get to meet some amazing people along the way.” Mr Bagin said. Applications close on Sunday 23 November. To apply or read more about the Youth Council, visit mary-annethomas.com.au/campaign/ macedon-youth-council-2021/. *There will be a call for 2021 young nominees in the Buninyong/Moorabool area within the next two-weeks.

Top 10 recycling mistakes Cleanaway have compiled the top 10 improper items people put in their recycling bin, that can contaminate recycling and jam recycling systems. The list includes greasy bags and boxes, nappies and crockery. Anything that has been soiled or has grease or food on it is considered contaminated and belongs in general waste. Items that can damage recycling machinery include textiles, soft plastics (such as food packaging and cling wrap) and electronic devices (e-waste). E-waste can also pose a hazard to recycling workers, as it contains dangerous materials such as lead, mercury and chlorine. Moorabool CEO Derek Madden said these mistakes are what residents are making with recycling within Moorabool. “Plastic bags are just one item that cannot be processed at sorting facilities,” he said. E-waste such as computers, phones and printer cartridges can be safely recycled for free at the locations posted at techcollect.com.au/our-locations/. Garden waste, food waste and used tissues/paper towels are also commonly, and improperly, put in recycling bins. Garden waste belongs in a green waste bin, while food waste and used tissues and paper towels belong in the general waste bin. Ensuring these ten items stay out of recycling bins is one way to make sure recycling efforts don’t go to waste, and the health of recycling workers isn’t put at risk.

Top 10 improper items 1. Greasy Pizza Boxes 2. Nappies 3. Soft Plastics 4. E-Waste 5. U  sed Tissues or Paper Towels

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Get cash for cans By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) After being postponed since March, Bacchus Marsh Lions Club will finally be back in action with the Cash a Can trailer this month. The Lions Club will be accepting aluminium cans this Saturday 17 October, at the Council Car Park at the Village Green (behind the RSL), from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. Cans will be purchased for 60 cents a kilo, meaning can collecting kids can get some pocket money in the lead-up to Christmas. The proceeds that the Bacchus Marsh Lions Club make from selling the cans on will be invested in community projects.

Club Secretary Ralph Fletcher said they were eager to get back out into the community. “We make about $3000 a year [from the Cash a Can program], but it’s more a community thing, seeing as we don’t have deposit legislation,” Mr Fletcher told the Moorabool News. “In the short term, we’ve painted the room up at The Neighbour’s Place…but since COVID, we haven’t been able to physically meet. We want to get back out there now, and let people know we’re active in the community again and go from there.” Due to the Strawberries and Cherries Festival being cancelled, the Cash a Can trailer will also be collecting cans on Saturday 21 November, from 9.30 to 11.30 at the Council Car Park.

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Workshops for the workforce

By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) It’s been tough for young people to find and keep jobs during this year’s economic downturn, but Moorabool Shire Council is helping to make it easier with a series of job skills workshops. In partnership with Laurels Education and Training, Youth Services is providing online Job Skills Workshops for Mooraboolites under the age of 25. The sessions aim to impart essential jobseeking skills in young people, such as how to look for work, how to prepare a resume, and how to prepare for an interview.

The first session was held last Tuesday, while the second, titled “Let’s talk about what employers want and need”, will be held from 4 – 6 pm today (Tuesday 13 October). Session 3, “Let’s talk about how to give employers what they want and need”, will be held from 4 – 6 pm on Tuesday 20 October, while Session 4, “Let’s talk about getting the job!!”, will be held at the same time on Tuesday 27 October. To join these sessions or for more information, email the Youth Services Team at youthservices@moorabool.vic.gov.au, or call 5366 7100.


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Wife separates from husband Yes, I live in Central Ward and I feel that is already well represented, so thought I would throw my hat in the ring down in the East,” she told the Moorabool News.

By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) It’s an unusual occurrence in an unusual time – a husband and wife both running as candidates in the upcoming Moorabool Council elections, but not in the same ward. Incumbent councillor and former Mayor Paul Tatchell will be running for his third consecutive term, while his wife Helen will be an inaugural runner. Mr Tatchell has nominated to retain his Central Moorabool Ward seat, while Ms Tatchell is running for one of the four East Moorabool Ward seats. Mr Tatchell told the Moorabool News he was proud of his record as a Councillor, and what he had helped deliver for the Central Ward. “I have been the [Central] Ward Councillor for eight years; four years as Mayor and one year as Deputy. I was also awarded Mayor Emeritus in 2018,” he said. “I don’t make promises I can’t keep; the last eight years have produced the largest infrastructure programs since amalgamation of Councils in 1996, with the lowest by percentage rate increases. “The main street of Ballan was completed, and a group of residents chose the design

“I believe I have the experience and knowledge of all things Moorabool that new candidates don’t possess, and I am already connected with many communities throughout Moorabool, including the Bacchus Marsh area.” Ms Tatchell said she was not campaigning with policies in mind, and she did not believe any candidate should do so.

by way of Committee. We fought to keep the CFA Training Camp in Ballan with a $31.7 million investment. The southern side of the Rail Station is now in the Ballan Structure Plan, Gillespies Lane has now been sealed and the natural gas lines put in for future growth. The Ballan Rec Reserve has its new hub funded along with ground works. The $4.5 million Ballan Library/community hub is now a priority major project, with $2.5

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million allocated in the current budget and $2 million being sourced through the State Government Library Fund...and the list goes on,” he said.

“No one should have an agenda. We are elected by the good people of Moorabool, in good faith, to be their representative. A good ear is required to listen and a good voice to communicate for those in our Moorabool communities is an asset. I believe I tick those boxes,” she said. “It is about what the people want.”

Ms Tatchell is the owner and editor of the Moorabool News and said that although she doesn’t reside in East Moorabool Ward, it is not a required tick to the box.

This year’s council elections will be done entirely by mail. The Victorian Electoral Commission has begun mailing out ballot packs, and Moorabool voters will have until 6pm on Friday, October 23 to vote for their chosen candidates.

“The VEC rules allow anyone to nominate in their shire, not just the ward they live in.

The results are due to be declared no later than Friday, November 13.


Moorabool North Wind Farm

• All turbine components have been delivered to site • Three (3) Main cranes now onsite to support turbine installa�on Look ahead • Ongoing turbine installa�on works will con�nue • Nightworks may take place as works progress • Road maintenance and repairs will con�nue as we monitor on weekly basis • Beginning of commissioning of turbines

Wife separates from husband Progress to date • Installa�on of all fi�y (50) turbines complete • Energisa�on of substa�on complete • Commissioning of forty-two (42) turbine complete Look ahead • Ongoing commissioning of turbines

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Telstra has expanded its 5G mobile network into Moorabool, with its latest sites in Bacchus Marsh and Darley switched on last Thursday. Telstra’s Regional General Manager, Steve Tinker, said Telstra planned to roll out the 5G network across Moorabool, with Bacchus Marsh and Darley the first step of that plan. “We’re pushing ahead with the roll out of Telstra 5G across selected areas of Bacchus Marsh and Darley and we’re reaching more and more people with the next generation of mobile technology,” Mr Tinker said. “We’ve made a commitment to roll out the new Telstra 5G network to more areas of




Victoria, so we’ll continue expanding our 5G network to new parts of Moorabool.” According to Telstra, 5G boasts faster download speeds and lower latency than 4G – at its 2018 Gold Coast trial, Telstra’s 5G hit a peak download speed of three gigabits a second, roughly 30 times as fast as an NBN 100 connection. Accessing the 5G network requires not only proximity to a 5G tower, but also a 5G mobile plan and a 5G-capable device. To find out what areas are covered by Telstra’s 5G network, visit telstra.com.au/ coverage-networks/our-coverage.

Djerriwarrh Health Services has conducted 536 COVID-19 tests in the past week, a cumulative total of 2020 25,069 Page 16 The Moorabool News – 13 October,  since the beginning of the pandemic. The Hospital in the Home program, which was set up to allow patients who would otherwise require hospitalisation get healthy from their home, is currently supporting 1 patient recover from COVID-19. The DjHS COVID-19 Melton drive through testing clinic is open from Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm, Sunday and Public Holidays from 9am to 12pm.


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Djerriwarrh Health Services has conducted 536 COVID-19 tests in the past week, a cumulative total of 25,069 since the beginning of the pandemic. The Hospital in the Home program, which was set up to allow patients who would otherwise require hospitalisation get healthy from their home, is currently supporting 1 patient recover from COVID-19. The DjHS COVID-19 Melton drive through testing clinic is open from Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm, Sunday and Public Holidays from 9am to 12pm.

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We’re extending the JobKeeper Payment until 28 March 2021. The Australian Government is extending the temporary JobKeeper Payment to the end of March 2021. From 28 September, businesses must meet the turnover test and submit their declarations by the 14th of each month. There will be two new payment rates – one for those who work more than 20 hours per week in the relevant period, and another for those who work less. The employee eligibility date has also changed to 1 July, meaning some businesses could claim for more staff. It’s part of our plan to keep business in business, and Australians in jobs.

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COVID pushes up crime stats The state’s criminal history over the last 12 months has been analysed. This years’ criminal statistics for Victoria were released by the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) at the end of September. In the last 12 months, leading to June 30 2020, criminal incidents increased 5.6 per cent, which is the highest since July 2004. This is an increase from 21,805 incidents to 407,768 incidents. This is a criminal incident rate of 3.9 per cent per 100,000 Victorians. Recorded offences increased six per cent and the offence rate in Victoria increased by 4.2 per cent, making it 8115.6 offences per 100,000 Victorians in 12 months. Incidences which contributed to the increase include steal from a motor vehicle (62,430 offences), public health and safety offences (6121 offences), drug possession (29,497 offences) and breach of family violence orders (48,071 offences). Alleged offender incidents increased by 12.5 per cent to 180,458 offences in the last 12 months, an increase of 10.6 per cent per 100,000 Victorians. Victim reports increased by 5.3 per cent to 316,186 and business/organisation victim reports increased by 4.6 per cent to 85,815. Person victim reports increased by 5.5 per cent to 230,371, while the victimisation rate increased by 3.8 per cent to 3435.3 incidents per 100,000 Victorians. Family related incidents increased 6.7 per cent to 88,214 incidents, making it the highest on record. The rate of family incidents recorded an increase of five per cent to 1315.4 per 100,000 Victorians. In June 2020, two new COVID-19 offence codes were introduced, and there were 6062 offences recorded, which led to the increase in Public Health and Safety offences. CSA Chief Statistician Fiona Dowsley said “in the last six months, there have been significant impacts from COVID-19 and the public health response. “Over 6000 offences were recorded for breaches of Chief Health Officers directions in the year ending 30 June 2020,” she said. “However, pandemic impacts will carry through to future crime statistics and be the subject of further CSA analysis,” Ms Dowsley said.

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VOTE 1 Central Moorabool Ward Ballan – Balliang – Balliang East – Beremboke – Fiskville – Glenmore – Ingliston – Mt Wallace – Parwan – Pentland Hills – Rowsley PRIORITIES • • • • • • • • •

DEALING with the effects of the pandemic in Moorabool DELIVER the Ballan library now it has been prioritised as one of Council’s Major Projects DELIVER the Mill Park redevelopment DELIVER the Ballan Recreation Reserve redevelopment DELIVER the State funded Scout Hall DELIVER the Rural Living amendment to the State Planning Scheme CONTINUE to invest in the southern growth zone as part of the Ballan Structure Plan. RESTRUCTURE of the differential rates scheme (the perceived wealth tax) DELIVER the transmission towers where they should be, underground

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Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics

The Centre 2020/21 season kicks off this Saturday morning at Masons Lane Reserve commencing at 8.30am. After last season was bought to an abrupt end due to the global COVID pandemic, the Centre was unable to celebrate their end of season Championship Day and the State Championships were unfortunately also cancelled. After a long period of the State being in lockdown and kids unable to attend school or participate in any sport, the athletes are super keen to get back into little aths and release their energy into the sport of running, jumping and throwing. The season will be conducted in line with the Victorian Little Athletics protocols being adhered to. All attendees will be required to sign in via the QR app. The 1.5m distancing requirement will be monitored while all those over the age of 12 will be required to wear facial masks. Events will be run in no more than groups of 10 as stated by the current State restrictions. Registrations are online via the LAVic membership portal, a link can be found on the Centre website www.bacchusmarshlittleathletics.org.au Registrations should be submitted by Thursday. New athletes are welcome to a free 2-week period and must register via this link selecting new member, trial athlete. Registration enquiries to the Centre Registrar, Alli Grant on 0409 322983. Training, for registered members only, will commence this Thursday at Masons Lane Reserve with the following times slots - Under 6-7 at 4.30pm, Under 8-9 at 5.00pm and Under 10-16 at 5.30pm. The 2020 Little Athletics Victoria Conference took place online in August and while Centre representatives could not gather together in person due to COVID-19 restrictions, this was an opportunity for Centres to share learnings, fostering connections and forging a future for athletics. The Conference culminated in the Little Athletics Centre Excellence Awards. The Bacchus Marsh Centre was awarded the Membership Award for large Centre in the Western Metro Region.

Dear Editor, It is my understanding that a high voltage transmission line moves electricity. It is also my understanding that electricity is ENERGY. It is also my understanding that when building an above ground high voltage transmission line, there is a requirement to build towers on somebody’s land. I have seen very few overhead transmission networks held up by constantly flying helicopters or raptors. So the owner of the land on which an above ground transmission tower is constructed, I would consider is, a stakeholder in that transmission line. The Energy Minister – MP Lily D’Ambrosio happily meets all other stakeholders in the proposed new transmission line from Bulgana to Sydenham. However, after requesting a community stakeholder meeting of landowners, with the Energy Minister – MP D’Ambrosio, I have been advised by the Member for Buninyong – Ms Michaela Settle, that MP D’Ambrosio believes “it is inappropriate for


the Energy Minister to meet” the community stakeholders. Of further concern is the fact that MP Lily D’Ambrosio is also the Minister for the Environment. When AusNet is planning to put bulldozers through our creek systems, bushlands, farmlands and grasslands, does the Minister for the Environment (her cap number two) still believes it is “inappropriate for her to meet” the community? It may be wise for Ms Michaela Settle, MP Lily D’Ambrosio, Dan the Man, and MP Richard ‘Wynner’ to understand that the Hobbits that inhabit this region are ready, waiting and unhappy. Ignore this country community at your peril! If we can’t get our elected representatives to hear our concerns, then it is time to change our elected representatives. They should not underestimate the hornets’ nest that they are presently ignoring.

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In these uncertain a candidate who is I have over times 40 years experience as a Civil Engineer working in public and private organisations. I liveand in the Pentland experienced and qualifi ed willHillsmake a difference and have a love of the rural life style and understand the issues we have in our rural and small town communities’.

• If re-elected I will do everything in my power to ensure that the I amright community minded and the 500 kV transmission lines proposed to cut through theover centre of the journey I have been involved in many Woodlands Ward, go underground and in aorganisations locationsuch that has theHillsleast impact as Pentland Landcare where I was secretary for a on our community. number of years and I have also been involvedstandard in the Heritage Advisory • Ensure that all sand mining complies with world best practice. Committee, Western Highway Action Committee, West, Chair of the • Ensure that sand mines, once worked out, don’t Grow become depositories for Moorabool Environment and sustainability commercial or municipal rubbish. advisory committee, Moorabool Committee • Ensure the satisfactory completion of the Emergency Gordon Management bicycle path and Paddock and Footscray Football Club, just to name a few. Creek Reserve upgrade strategy and implementation. Over the last fourGordon, years, I haveBlackwood and • Ensure that any future townscape improvements within proactively worked to deliver a number Greendale have meaningful community input to reflwithin ect Moorabool their unique character. of projects including the upgrade of our small towns such as • Place a greater emphasis on the construction of footpaths and bicycle paths. Gordan , Myrniong and Blackwood. • Ensure that any park upgrades includes the provision for children of all abilities. I am a strong advocate for the Perri Urban Region and want regional change • Ensure that council policies reflect the need to adapt to toasee climate Victoria get a fair go. environment. If re-elected I will do everything in my • Ensure the extension of small town sewerage projects. power to ensure that the 500 kV transmission lines, proposed to cut right through the centre of the Woodlands Ward, go underground and in a location that has the least impact on our Authorised by John Keogh 74a Mortons Road, Pentland Hills community.

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Congratulations to Paul Tatchell on having the backbone to stand up to the militant LGBTIQA+ brigade. He says that to pledge support to them would be divisive. He is correct.

We also have the Safe Schools program which teaches children as young as 5 that gender is fluid and that they can choose whether they want to be a boy or a girl. Science clearly states that we are either male or female; that our chromosomes are either XX or XY. Imagine how confusing this is for Preps.

Ever since the Same-Sex Marriage debate, the LGBTIQA+ activists have been divisive by not allowing people to say what they think. This can be seen in the number of people who have been dragged through the court system. Here is a short list of people who have been or are in trouble simply because they would not say what the militant LGBTIQA+ lobby wanted them to: - Bernard Gaynor from QLD who has been dragged to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board over 37 vexatious complaints lodged by gay activist Gary Burns. Mr. Gaynor simply stated on his blog that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. - Tess Corbett from Victoria who has also been subjected to vexatious complaints to the same NSW Board by the same activist, Gary Burns. She said the exact same thing that Mr. Gaynor did. - Archbishop Porteous from Hobart who distributed a leaflet to the parents of children in Catholic schools in his diocese. The leaflet simply stated the Catholic Church’s reasons as to why marriage is between a man and a woman. - Katrina Tait from QLD who simply signed a petition on Facebook against Brisbane libraries having drag queens reading to little children. - Senator Claire Chandler from Tasmania who has recently been called before the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Board for saying that trans-women (biological men) should not be allowed to play sport against women, nor should they be allowed to use women’s change rooms or toilets. - Israel Folau who was sacked by Rugby Australia and banned from playing rugby for life due to a private post he

QLD and ACT recently passed “conversion therapy” bills joining Victoria who already has this legislation. This forces people, counsellors and organisations to be affirming of those with same-sex attraction, even those who are struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction. Rather than being able to talk through their struggles, these people have now been abandoned due to the passing of these laws.

candidate for a contact number in order to have that important one on one contact. All candidates must not use using social media as a weapon to bully, threaten and intimate or spread unsubstantiated information. Candidates need to remember the way that candidates react to each other during this campaign could mean a dysfunctional council. Robert Reid 17 Riverview Drive Hopetoun Park

The LGBTIQA+ activists do not bring peace; they bring division and hate. They do not allow freedom of speech; they bully, harass and cancel anyone who disagrees with them.

Dear Editor,

So, Paul Tatchell has just got himself the No. 1 spot on my ballot paper for being a courageous man who speaks for the majority of Australians.

Her own boss Michael O’Brien is regarded as woefully ineffectual. That is if people know who he is. Who else in the senior ranks? Matthew Guy? What a disaster he was as the former leader.

Katie Lindorff

So Beverley McArthur MP thinks Premier Dan is irrelevant. Wonder what she thinks of her own party leadership?

And let’s not forget the last time the Lib/Nats were in power... the Baillieu/Napthine era. How inept and short-lived that Government was.

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Dear Editor, With the upcoming council elections it is perhaps time to reflect on the past performance of the current councillors and how satisfied one is with their interaction with rate payers. There are a large number of new candidates standing, promising to do great things but without providing a tangible action plan. Covid-19 has prevented face to face interaction so I would suggest rate payers contact all new candidates by phone and if no phone contact is provided email the

I believe the role of any Opposition is to hold the Government to account. Yet it’s disappointing that even with the political ‘gift’ of the hotel quarantine debacle Beverley McArthur’s party has not been able to land a knockout blow on the Labor Government. It should have. If you can’t be an effective Government at least try to be an effective Opposition. Otherwise it’ll be your party that may end up irrelevant. Wayne Jones Blackwood

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Powerline drop-in sessions By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) Residents of Moorabool Shire have been invited to a series of community drop-in sessions, hosted by energy company AusNet Services. AusNet has been planning to construct a 190-kilometre corridor of overhead power lines from Bulgana to Sydenham, 70 kilometres of which would run through Moorabool Shire. The Moorabool sessions in Gordon, Ballan and Darley will be held on Wednesday October 14, Thursday October 15, and Wednesday October 21 respectively. A second Darley session will be held on Thursday October 22. Sessions will also be held outside Moorabool, in Stawell, Beaufort, Ballarat and Creswick. A session in Melton is planned, pending COVID-19 restrictions being lowered in metropolitan Melbourne. The drop-in sessions will all run from 2 pm to 6:30 pm, and AusNet says they are “informal” and “open to everyone”. According to AusNet’s media release announcing the sessions, each meeting will be “facilitated with strict COVID-19 safety precautions in place”. All who attend must wear a mask and socially distance, and the sessions will be held outside. AusNet Services Project Director, Francisco Vizcaino, said the company valued community input on the project. “We know there are a lot of questions, concerns and insights out in the community that we need to hear, explore and address as we continue this project planning phase,” Mr Vizcaino said. “We genuinely want to work with landowners and residents to minimise impacts the project may have on families, properties, businesses and communities.” Emma Muir, a fifth-generation lamb and cattle farmer and President of the Moorabool and Central Highlands Power Alliance, told the Moorabool News she was hopeful the sessions would provide direct answers to community concerns. “I hope to attend the Ballan drop-in session and I hope that as many members of the community attend these meetings to voice their concerns and have their questions honestly answered,” Ms Muir said. “I do not think that the consultation process has been very fair with the COVID restrictions and the limitations of Zoom, it feels very one sided and scripted by Ausnet. Face-to-face meetings will suit our community more,” she said. Ms Muir said she looks forward to having all their concerns honestly answered by Ausnet representatives and “to put a stop to the misinformation that has been provided to date.”

COUNCIL STANDS FIRM ON UNDERGROUND LINES Moorabool Shire Council remains determined in its preference for an underground alternative to AusNet’s overhead power line plan. Moorabool Shire CEO Derek Madden spoke on ABC Radio Ballarat last Monday about an independent report commissioned by Council, that showed underground lines were viable. “We had an external agency do that report, it took us a long time to find one because there were a lot of companies that were conflicted with the power lines,” Mr Madden said in an interview with Sarah Jane Bell. “It wasn’t Council staff or anyone associated with Council that completed the report. It goes into quite a lot of detail…I suppose from our point of view, the purpose of the report was primarily to deal with that issue that had been said to us, that ‘it’s not technically feasible to take the power lines underground’. “What we did was we commissioned a report on that basis, to see if it was viable. The report found that there have been a number of cases around the world where they have underground power lines at 500 kV. What we have identified - it is more expensive, and we knew that all along,” he said. “What we’re looking at now is the life cycle cost regarding the power lines with the maintenance and everything else…the initial cost is higher, but we’re unsure whether the life cycle costs associated with maintaining those power lines is higher above ground or underground.” Helina Lilley, External Corporate Communications Manager at AusNet, also spoke on ABC Radio Ballarat, addressing the community and Council’s concerns. “We do recognise that underground is a preferred option for many people, and we certainly welcome that independent report commissioned by the Council,” Ms Lilley told ABC presenter Gavin McGrath. “We have acknowledged in some of our online sessions that undergrounding these lines is technically possible…but we have also said that it is significantly more expensive, it’s disruptive to the ground soil, and the report even did say would take up to three times longer to build.” Ms Lilley said it’s true that costs are a major driver for the use of these overhead lines – and “that’s really so the project’s economically sustainable for all Victorians who are funding this project – overhead lines have the additional benefit of limiting the impacts on the environment, and the use of land, and cultural heritage.” “There’s lots of things to weigh up, but we’ll continue to talk with communities to make sure that we plan and deliver this project with the least amount of impact,” she said.


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The Moorabool News – 13 October, 2020 Page 21

Scams … hang up

By Caitlin Bewley (3rd Yr Swinburne Uni) Some age demographics are more susceptible to online crime than others, but the advice is always the same; block, hang up and don’t interact. Leading Senior Constable and Youth Resource Officer for Moorabool, James Ross, told the Moorabool News online criminals tend to target the elderly due to their vulnerability. “Online crimes targeting the older population usually occur via fake phone calls from banks, government authorities, anonymous voices saying a warrant is out for their arrest, or misleading emails,” LSC Ross said. Due to the vulnerability of the elderly, and the calls causing great fear, people tend to feel as though they need to interact with callers. LSC Ross said people should just “hang up.” But this is not the only form of online crime occurring in Moorabool. Children are also falling victim to cyberbullying offences. “It’s just a matter of a young person ignoring, blocking and not participating in conversations with those people,” he said. “I hope that parents do engage with their kids when it comes to online activities, to ensure they are safe from cyber bullying, because it can have a devastating effect on young people.”

When asked if he thinks cybercrime has escalated in the Shire since the beginning of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, he said he doesn’t think so. “I don’t know if it has actually escalated [during the pandemic], it’s been business as usual and I haven’t seen any reports [or cybercrimes]. “But my advice to those that do experience these incidences is to block, hang up and don’t engage in any type of conversation over emails or phone calls,” LSC Ross said. “If you get a call and it’s intimidating or threatening to your safety, hang up.” Leading Senior Constable Ross will take part in an online panel of discussion about online safety and digital wellbeing on October 21 at 7pm.

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CANCER—June 22-July 22 Email - news@themooraboolnews.com.au Avoid weekend risk-taking as you tend to be accident prone. Legal negotiations swing in your favour. Your romantic instincts are sharp - follow your heart, not your sense of logic.

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Stars & Puzzles LEO—July 23-August 22

Selectivity is the week’s keyword. There are many choices on the platter - pick those which are beneficial in the long term. Thrift pays off now. A loved one is ready for commitment. VIRGO—August 23-September 22


★★★★★★★★ ★★★★★★★★ ARIES—March 21-April 20

Avoid financial or other potentially costly risks, for your hunches are weak right now. This is a great week for decoration and creating something out of nothing. TAURUS—April 21-May 22

An optimistic outlook helps you over a domestic obstacle and on to more cheerful horizons. Meeting the increased demands of a superior is beneficial in the long term. GEMINI—May 23-June 21

The keywords now are simplification and cutting back. Doing this will lead ultimately to expansion. Formerly impractical plans can be put to use. The weekend offers a chance to see new places.

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CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across - 7, Glancing blow. 8, La-men-t(ter). 9, Pra-I-se 10, R-all-ied. 12, Shock. 15, St-R-ew. 16, Pen-dan-t. 18, Change. 20, Pick-up. 22, Eternal youth. Down - 1, Plea-sant. 2, On-c-e. 3, Ditties (anag.). 4, AG-ape. 5, Bleac-he-d. 6, Owns. 11, Lie in bed. 13, Conducts. 14, Leopold (anag.). 17, Lean-t. 19, Heel. 21, Coop.

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CANCER—June 22-July 22 Avoid weekend risk-taking as you tend to be accident prone. Legal negotiations swing in your favour. Your romantic instincts are sharp - follow your heart, not your sense of logic. LEO—July 23-August 22

Selectivity is the week’s keyword. There are many choices on the platter - pick those which are beneficial in the long term. Thrift pays off now. A loved one is ready for commitment. VIRGO—August 23-September 22

Cheerful news from out of town highlights a busy work week. You can help friends unearth hidden talents and enhance their self confidence. LIBRA—September 23-October 22 Neighbours are buzzing with news - take much of it with more than a grain of salt. A loved one seems cool but your first impression, here and elsewhere, may prove far from correct.


SCORPIO—October 23-November 21


New and younger acquaintances, foreign visitors and distant relatives find their way into your world. Friends take you in their confidence - but don’t let them tell all.


SAGITTARIUS—November 22-December 22

You are given to excesses now, but don’t go overboard expressing emotions. Search for the right word and wait for the perfect moment. Sports and cultural events could introduce you to a new friend. CAPRICORN—December 23-January 20

Your friendship circle is enlarged now. Your financial status can be upgraded when you combine hard work with creativity. Out of town guests may drop by on the weekend. AQUARIUS—January 21-February 19

Reluctant acquaintances go out of their way to accomodate you - check for strings that could be attached. A mini windfall may strike by the end of the week. PISCES—February 20-March 20 An enterprising Pisces can make a lot out of a little this week. Your imagination is unusually active. Try not to resist change.

BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK A polished conversationalist, your verbal skills give you the edge over the competition - but while you are sensitive to the needs of others, you can be a little vague and a little secretive. The accent for the rest of this year is on ideas and intellectual relationships.

Cheerful news from out of town highlights a busy work week. You can help friends unearth hidden talents and enhance their self confidence.


LIBRA—September 23-October 22 Neighbours are buzzing with news - take much of it with more than a grain of salt. A loved one seems cool but your first impression, here and elsewhere, may prove far from correct. SCORPIO—October 23-November 21

New and younger acquaintances, foreign visitors and distant relatives find their way into your world. Friends take you in their confidence - but don’t let them tell all. SAGITTARIUS—November 22-December 22

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Your friendship circle is enlarged now. Your financial status can be upgraded when you combine hard work with creativity. Out of town guests may drop by on the weekend. AQUARIUS—January 21-February 19 Reluctant acquaintances go out of their way to accomodate you - check for strings that could be attached. A mini windfall may strike by the end of the week. PISCES—February 20-March 20 An enterprising Pisces can make a lot out of a little this week. Your imagination is unusually active. Try not to resist change.

BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK A polished conversationalist, your verbal skills give you the edge over the competition - but while you are sensitive to the needs of others, you can be a little vague and a little secretive. The accent for the rest of this year is on ideas and intellectual relationships.


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SPROULE (nee Kilpatrick), Joan Marjorie 3/12/1959 – 7/10/2020 In loving memory of a very special lady. Dearly loved and will be sadly missed by Grace and all the Johnson family. Sleep peacefully.

DEATH NOTICE SPROULE (nee Kilpatrick) Joan Marjorie 03.12.1959 ~ 07.10.2020 My Beautiful Mum. You were my strength, my rock and my number one supporter. You defied the odds time and time again. You can rest pain free now. You showed myself and the world anything that strikes you down, you can get up and try again. Your determination to live was the most admirable attribute about you. I love you so much, and promise to keep making you proud. ~ Meagan Adored Mum of Meagan. Loved Sister of Billy, Alan, Cathie, Auntie of Danny, Debbie, Carrie, Cassie & all their families. Joan was never going to be ready to say goodbye but she would have wanted to say to all those, who in various ways, shared their lives with her - THANK YOU Privately Cremated. Joan’s family wish to advise that there will be a Memorial Service at a later date to Celebrate her Life.

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That really is Art By Michael Howard David Moran and Lochinvar Art took the best punches of Craig Cross and Luke McCarthy’s extraordinary New South Wales team and answered every challenge to claim the Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup. After being swamped early trainer-driver Moran stayed cool and allowed Plan B to play itself out, showing the patience and more than a little magic reminiscent of his driving hero the late Gavin Lang, who he paid tribute too immediately post-race. “Before Gavin passed I went and saw him in hospital and he said, ‘do me one favour and drive that horse yourself’,” Moran told Trots Vision. And, boy, did he. The reinsman and Lochinvar Art clawed over the top of DelRe National A. G. Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile winner King Of Swing in the final 100 metres, saluting to the sky as he recorded a first Grand Circuit victory in a track record 1:51.4 mile rate. Lochinvar Art now holds both the 2240-metre and 1720-metre track records at Tabcorp Park Melton, following on from January’s 4YO Bonanza win in 1:48.6. “He’s a horse that amazes me still as a trainer,” Moran said. “His never-say-die attitude.” It was certainly on display tonight, when Moran had to quickly abandon Plan A and any thoughts of a lead all-the-way victory. Few speed maps would have forecast that Cross’s horse Alta Orlando, driven by Mick Stanley, would spear away from the gates quickly enough to roll straight past Lochinvar Art and hem the favourite into the running line. Worse was to come for Moran, as lead rivals Cash N Flow and King Of Swing advanced forward to the breeze and lead respectively, with Cross’s other runners Balraj and Bling It On stacked along the valued peg line. “It didn’t turn out quite like I would have thought,” Moran said. “They burnt the gate pretty hard. When Alta Orlando got across it got a little bit tight there, which put us into a downward position where Cash N Flow and King Of Swing had the jump on us a little bit.” Through a 42.5-second lead time and

29.5-second first quarter, team Cross had the first five runners until Moran advanced Lochinvar Art to the breeze for a seasondefining final lap. And then the script flipped again, this time by an inspired Moran move, with the reinsman realising Balraj was struggling to hold the leader’s back and swooped in when the opportunity presented. “Just as I got to the breeze I heard Balraj touch his knee a couple of times,” Moran said. “I thought he was more than likely to lose a bit of ground on the turn, so the plan was just to try and hang off him and when he dropped away a little bit to try and spear to that position.” And that he did, then tracking King Of Swing through a 28.6-second third quarter and into the final bend, emerging just before the straight and advancing to the outside as the chasing pack lost touch. It became a race in two and by the 100-metre mark the Victorian nosed ahead and advanced to claim the cup by 7.1 metres, with King Of Swing a meritorious second, reigning champion Bling It On running into third and Rishi finishing fourth. “Little bit chuffed actually. Feels a bit surreal,” Moran said post-race. “To everyone that helped out back at home, I can’t thank you enough, friends, family and all the people who have said ‘good luck’ or ‘well done’ in the past, I can’t thank you enough.” Moran saved special mention for David and Colleen Aiken. “They’ve been great mentors to me and, practically, like my second mum and dad really,” he said. “I love them to bits, they’re just great people and they couldn’t be more happy than seeing someone else get a winner.” And he also thanked owners Kevin and Leonie Gordon for the faith they showed in him to select the horse, who has rewarded his connections with $885,376 in stakes and 21 victories from 42 starts. “Kevin has no input whatsoever on what I buy, he just says you go and do whatever you need to do or whatever you think’s best and if it wasn’t for Kevin and Leonie we would never have got him.” The owners parted with $29,000 on December 5, 2017, for the then two-year-old

Lochinvar Art (4) wins the Victoria Cup. Photo Stuart McCormick

Trainer and Driver David Moran. Photo Stuart McCormick Modern Art colt out of Ponder In Paris, who caught Moran’s eye at a ready to run sale. “He just run up good. He run up in quick time, which I wasn’t too concerned about, but it was how he did it,” Moran said. “I think he ran his last quarter in 26 and a

half or something like that as an early twoyear-old, but the way he did it it looked like he ran the quarter in 31. That was pretty impressive. Just on type he looked like he had a bit of scope to go.” And so he did, capturing his fourth Group 1 victory.



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