Moorabool News 12 January 2021

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THANK YOU – Lions members of Bacchus Marsh gratefully accepted the $2500 cheque from (L-R) Laura and Chris Hawken (BM Farm Supplies) and Gregg Baynon (Corteva) at their end of year (2020) barbeque. Photo – Helen Tatchell

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By Caitlin Bewley And a Happy New Year it was for a local volunteer club, receiving $2,500 in funding for their ongoing community contribution and support. The Bacchus Marsh Lions Club was nominated by local business, Bacchus Marsh Farm Supplies, to receive a surprise Christmas donation late last year, part of an Australia-wide initiative to provide funding to local not-for-profit organisations on behalf of sales representatives at CRT and Corteva Agriscience. Chris Hawken from Bacchus Marsh Farm Supplies said the Lions Club were nominated because they do a lot within the community.

“We are delighted to be gifting the club $2500, and with COVID, they haven’t been able to do a lot of fundraising to support their goals”, he said. “They are a very deserving recipient and we’re thrilled they won and that we can help them in this way.” Club President Russ Hendry said he received a call from Bacchus Marsh Farm Supplies on Wednesday December 16, and they told him they had a surprise waiting for him in store. “I went down to their Main Street store and they told me they had a big cheque waiting for me, which they did,” Mr Hendry said. “Farm Supplies told me they entered us in because they think we’re great and we do

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“We congratulate the Lions Club and thank them for all the incredible value they bring to their local community.” The surprise cash will go towards funding a camping experience for six children to attend Licola Wilderness Village for a week in late-January. This is a location the Lions Club have used for camps for over 50 years, sending underprivileged, deserving, special needs and disengaged youth for a week of activities and fun. The donation was part of a community support campaign that handed out 30 grants of $2,500 each to exceptional not-for-profit organisations nation-wide.

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Fines for feline felons By Caitlin Bewley Over $90,000 of ratepayer money will go towards keeping Moorabool a cat-free zone from sunset to sunrise. The ongoing issue for a cat curfew to be implemented in Moorabool was resolved at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 2 December. Cr David Edwards moved the recommendation and Cr Rod Ward seconded, to commence the curfew from July 1 this year. If a cat is found at large outside the owner’s premises or not securely confined to the owner’s premises during curfew hours, the owner will be guilty of an offence. That offence carries a one penalty unit ($165.22) for a first offence and three penalty units, just under $500 for a second or subsequent offence. Central Ward Councillor Paul Tatchell said the cat curfew has been trialled in many places and none have had great success. “To do this in an area that is 2,100sq/km of rural lifestyle, when it’s really only dedicated to one, or maybe two towns, the rest of the Shire has to subsidise the cost of something they’re not going to do compliance on anyway. “Imagine a Council compliance person coming out at ten o’clock at night because there’s a cat up a tree?” he said. “The costs are just ridiculous.” The estimated cost to implement the cat curfew sits at around $94,000 with $42,000 being dedicated to a sixmonth Education and Advice Program for members of the community. “We’ve got to spend $40,000 to teach people not to put their cats out after sunset,” Cr Tatchell said. “I don’t know how wealthy people are, but $40,000 will probably do a lot of other things in the community that are far better,” he said. Former Councillor Jarrod Bingham initially proposed a cat

curfew for the Moorabool Shire in 2019 and says he is happy with the outcome. “It’s a shame [the cat curfew] wasn’t implemented earlier,” Mr Bingham said. “[Working as a snake catcher] I see a lot of wildlife attacked by cats. “Because their teeth are so sharp, it’d take just one bite to pierce the animal’s organs leading to a slow and miserable death,” he said. “Cats don’t actually need to do significant damage to kill wildlife, just one bite is enough to kill another animal.” Mr Bingham said one cat kills over 100 wildlife species a year and the cat curfew won’t affect those already doing the right thing. “Responsible cat owners already bring their cats in at night,” he said. “Why not bring your cat inside if you love it?” During the December meeting, Woodlands Ward Councillor Ally Munari, asked if the “penalty units were included in community consultation.” The Coordinator for Community Health and Safety, Andrew Gaze, said he didn’t believe so. Council CEO Derek Madden said the dollar amount of the infringement was not included in the community engagement as the consultation was focused on the concept of a cat curfew rather than a compliance perspective. “The issuing of infringements is discretionary (the fee is not) and Council Officers have recommended a six-month implementation and education period to allow all cat owners the ability to seek support to meet compliance expectations,” he said. The penalty amounts are set by the State Government under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. Mr Madden said Council has no control over the penalties. “Under the Regulations, Council can issue an infringement of 0.5 penalty units for an offence or can choose to take the matter to court to seek the higher penalties for multiple offences,” he said.

CATS – lock-up or roam free? By Kate Taylor (M/News March 10, 2020)

If a cat curfew comes into force, a cat owner found to not be complying with the requirements would be guilty of an offence and liable to pay a $165 penalty for a first offence, increasing to $495 for any subsequent offences. A report noted there is considerable evidence that cats are a major threat to native wildlife and are at significant danger at night due to traffic. “Contrary to popular belief, cats do not have to roam. Providing their basic needs are met, cats can enjoy longer and healthier lives when safely contained to a property,” the report reads. Last year a council survey found of the people who responded, over 41 per cent were cat owners and of these, 74 per cent currently allow their cats outside. The majority of respondents, 78 per cent, were in favour of a cat curfew and 64 per cent of those were in favour of a 24-hour curfew. However, 75 per cent of these cat owners said they would be unlikely to comply with a 24-hour curfew and 39 per cent a night-time curfew. Those who responded supported a curfew principally to protect native wildlife. “The results show there is considerable desire for a cat curfew however cat owners are unlikely to comply with it; especially a 24-hour curfew.”

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Faces that care There are faces that care in the health sector and they can be viewed at an upcoming exhibition in Moorabool. Local photographic artist Karyn Leong is acknowledging the high standards of care by all staff at Djerriwarrh Health Services (DjHS) through a photography exhibition called Faces of Care.

experiences in regard to Djerriwarrh Health Services’ COVID-19 pandemic response. Belinda Scott (DjHS CEO) said the challenges of 2019-20 have been immense.

“Without the dedication, commitment and teamwork from staff, we would not have been able to achieve what we have as we responded to the challenges that the Ms Leong is also recognising the pandemic has placed on the health service.” Page 20 Theefforts Moorabool Newsduring – 7 July, extraordinary being made this2020 Ms Scott said with thanks to Karyn Leong, unprecedented health crisis and pandemic. the Faces of Care Exhibition is an excellent “I want Faces of Care to represent, honour opportunity to document their response to and thank workers from Djerriwarrh Health the pandemic. ADVERTISEMENT Services, and normalise and promote the use “It also publicly acknowledges the incredible of face masks within the wider community,” effort from all staff,” she said. she said. The Faces of Care Exhibition will be on Faces of Care – (L-R) Karyn Leong photographer, Belinda Scott (CEO DjHS) and Dr John Ballard (Board Administrator DjHS). Photo - submitted

The exhibition features 20 staff members from various departments, with each staff member sharing their reflections and

A steering committee has public display until January 29, 2021, at the Lerderderg Library, 215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh, during Library business hours.

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Underground or overhead? Debate continues Public Meeti

By Caitlin Bewley and Lachlan Ellis

The overhead high voltage transmission line saga continues with two community consultation meetings being held last December, discussing the possibility of going underground. An online meeting (Dec 3) was held with Moorabool Shire Council and Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) to discuss rules and restrictions related to agricultural practices near transmission lines. The following week (Dec 9) a fourth community session was held with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to discuss the Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T). The possibility of underground easements was discussed in both meetings, but ESV and the AEMO described the option as costly and tricky. Head of Electrical Infrastructure at ESV, Brett Fox, said in the December 3 meeting that regardless of whether the lines go above or below ground, there will be ‘No Go Zones’. “Underground lines would have No Go Zones that people would need to always keep a three-metre distance from,” he said.

The do’s and don’ts of both options were then discussed and found general grazing, non-metallic fencing, non-metallic piping, and traversing farm machinery were among things allowed under 500kV overhead easements. However, building structures (silos, scaffolding), flammable material (woodpiles), operations of large gun type water spray irrigators, swimming pools and parking or refuelling near easements would be prohibited. Underground lines had differing do’s and don’ts, with building permanent structures, installing swimming pools, dams, trees, and driving stakes into the ground not permitted. Grazing, crops, and grass would be allowed above the underground easements, however ploughing depth would be limited in the No Go Zone. A week later, in the AEMO meeting on December 9, Executive Director of Oakley Greenwood Greg Thorpe discussed two types of needs for a RIT-T, one being economic or market benefit and the other being technical need. “The Western Victoria project is a market benefit need,” he said.

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AEMO’s Chief System Design Engineer Officer Dr Alex Wohnas FTSE said an underground option “wouldn’t necessarily be a silver bullet solution.” “Other than the cost, it has some other drawbacks,” he said. “During the construction, it’s a much more invasive process. “There’s about ten times more truck movements, three times the effect on the land… there’s also longer disruptions to access, dust, noise and the like…when you lay the trenches, it can isolate properties,” he said. “The land above the underground cable needs to be sterilised, it needs much more access on an annual basis for maintenance. Dr Wohnas said it is not as easy as paying more and having a perfect solution, “unfortunately”. Written responses to questions asked in the December 3 meeting were published to the Moorabool Shire Council website, however, questions asked in the December 9 meeting are yet to be answered by AEMO.

THURSDAY 9 JU or SUNDAY 12 JUL “The tests for credible options in the Western Victoria project are included by AEMO in the final conclusions report.” Mr Thorpe said AEMO is obligated to demonstrate it has canvassed a range of options. “This is obviously where you can get some debate, and that’s no different here. “Undergrounding and partial re-use…this is where AEMO have considered alternative options that have been ranked highly,” he said.

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The love of volunteering

VALE Betty Osborn (1934 - 2020)

By Caitlin Bewley Actions speak louder than words and a local woman has spent the last ten years at a cricket club proving just that. Long-time volunteer and club-woman Jenny Jordan was awarded a Life Membership with the Darley Cricket Club (DCC) in December last year, after countless hours of volunteer work, including (but not limited too), the canteen and preparing food for functions, selection dinners and Saturday night bistro meals. Ms Jordan said she was honoured to receive the award but doesn’t do all of her volunteer work for the acknowledgement, she does it because she loves it. “We had [the DCC] presentation night a couple of weeks ago and towards the end of the night they pulled me up and gave a bit of a speech, it was quite a surprise,” Ms Jordan said. “But you don’t do all this volunteer work to get noticed,” she said. “I do it because I enjoy it and like to give back to the community.” Ms Jordan said she didn’t know how her work as a volunteer began, but rather she fell into it when her son started playing cricket. “My son played there since he was eight or nine years old and now, he’s 26,” she said. “Just to be involved in what your kids are involved in means a lot to me. “Things need to be done and you just get in there and do them. It really is a nice place to be,” she said. Ms Jordan began her involvement with the club back in 2003/04 when she would drive her son Liam to games. The post read Ms Jordan would always have a carload of kids and cart them from Junior

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Jenny Jordan doing what she loves, cooking and volunteering. Photo - submitted to Senior games, regularly. Food was always sorted, with the now Life-Member having afternoon tea ready no matter what Grade of cricket was playing, or where the games were held. Four years ago Ms Jordan won Cricket Victoria’s Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2016/17 and it is estimated she has raised approximately $60,000 for the Darley Cricket Club over the past ten years. “I’m looking forward to 2021 and just some normality in the sport,” Ms Jordan said. “Thankfully, the boys are playing now with [COVIDSafe] rules to follow, but hopefully we’ll get back to normal soon.”

Betty Osborn, a veritable pioneer for women’s journalism and local historical research, sadly passed away last month. Ms Osborn (née Roberts) was celebrated as a “young female journalist ahead of her time” by the Bacchus Marsh and District Historical Society (BMDHS), after her passing on 13 December 2020. She was a life member of the BMDHS and was also a member of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. In the 1950s, Ms Osborn was known as the ‘girl reporter’ at the Argus newspaper, where she won the Australian Journalists’ Association’s Montague Grover Prize for cadet journalists. She became a gallery reporter in 1956, being assigned to cover nearly every session of the Legislative Assembly. She also covered the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. After marrying Bruce Osborn, Betty moved to Bacchus Marsh and soon took a keen interest in the area’s history. In May 1969, Ms Osborn and fellow BMDHS members began researching the family history of Captain William Henry Bacchus, and were able to find his great granddaughter, an English woman named Mona Denny. Ms Denny donated Captain Bacchus’ Militia Badge, Mourning Ring and a family photo to the BMDHS in October 1969, as well as a $200 contribution to help preserve Captain Bacchus’ grave at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Bacchus Marsh. Ms Osborn published a historical book titled ‘A History of Holy Trinity, Church

Betty Osborn. Photo BMDHS of England, Bacchus Marsh’ in 1971, with copies sold for $1 and all proceeds dedicated to restoring Captain Bacchus’ grave. In 1973, she published ‘The Bacchus Story: A History of Captain W.H. Bacchus and his Son’. That same year, the Osborns moved to Maryborough with their four children: Robyn, Diana, Cathy and Philip. In 1980, the BMDHS established the Mona Denny Memorial Trust, which supported a number of the Historical Society’s endeavours and publications. Ms Osborn was one of the first trustees, alongside Bill Payne and Jean Oomes. Betty Olive Osborn was 86 years old.

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Dob in ‘Bacc’ in the day of the Marsh litterbug pests By Caitlin Bewley (3rd Year Swinburne Uni)

By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) The EPA has launched a campaign encouraging the community to be vigilant about litter and pollution this summer, as Victorians plan to visit campsites and beaches. The campaign comes after the Moorabool News reported dumping of rubbish in Parwan South last week (M/News 15 Dec), with the EPA providing a similar message – dispose of waste thoughtfully and report any incidents of littering you see. “With some of the state’s iconic camping destinations now open for bookings and many people gathering outdoors over the warmer months of the year, it’s a timely reminder that every Victorian has a responsibility for the waste they produce and dispose of,” EPA CEO Dr Cathy Wilkinson said. “Littering not only poses environmental and health risks; it drains money from vital public services such as maintaining our parks. Be the solution and help protect the health of our community and environment by signing up to report littering from a vehicle via the EPA Report Litter App today.” Last summer, the EPA issued 4367 fines for littering, compared to 2574 in autumn. The EPA receives about 20,000 reports of littering each year and works with communities, governments, and industry to find and prosecute offenders. Nearly 60 per cent of all litter consists of cigarette butts or packaging, with burning cigarette butts particularly dangerous fire hazards. Anyone caught improperly disposing of a lit cigarette or burning litter faces a $661 fine. To report littering from a vehicle to the EPA, visit the EPA website, use the EPA Report Litter app, or call the 24-hour hotline on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).

Community members seized an opportunity to get involved in commemorating a sesquicentennial anniversary of a local town in the heart of Moorabool. Next year sees the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the Shire of Bacchus Marsh and the event will be celebrated during the entire month of January. Moorabool Shire Council asked the community to submit their ‘slice of Bacchus Marsh history’ through family stories, old family photos, artwork, or anything that reflects the town’s history. There is one local man who had the privilege of serving on both the Bacchus Marsh and Moorabool Shires, Allan Comrie. The now 80-year old, saw the amalgamation of smaller Shires to make up what is Moorabool today. That was in 1996. Mr Comrie served as Bacchus Marsh Shire President in 1992, and twice as Mayor of Moorabool in 2002 and 2016. He said he had spent “about 25 years in Council”. When asked what his fondest memory of the town was before the amalgamation, he said it was the community spirit. “It was great [to serve Bacchus Marsh before the amalgamation],” he said. “The town itself was a great town, it wasn’t as big as it is now. “Everyone was really friendly, it was really a fantastic year,” Mr Comrie said. In the spirit of sharing stories from the early days of Bacchus Marsh, Mr Comrie said he had a funny memory from his time in Council that has stuck with him. “During one of the ANZAC Day marches it was pouring rain, I had to march up and down the main street with all the Mayoral gowns on, the gown filled with water and added an extra 20kg. It was a tough walk,” he said. All the photos, videos and stories submitted to the Moorabool Shire Council will be available for public viewing throughout January next year at a venue to be confirmed.

Allan Comrie served as a Councillor on the Shire of Bacchus Marsh and Moorabool shire Council. Photo – Caitlin Bewley


New hearing expert in the Bacchus Marsh community Audiology professional Peter Vuong introduces hearing care to Bacchus Marsh Local qualified Specsavers audiology professional Peter Vuong is delighted to announce the introduction of a new audiology service in-store. Specsavers Audiology Bacchus Marsh is now open to help with any hearing concerns and to protect and support locals’ hearing health, through expert advice and caring service. According to research, around 5840 people in the Moorabool Shire suffer from hearing loss, and it can take 7-10 years for them to act on it. Peter is on a mission to get more people hearing better and provide the community with a supportive care-driven hearing service for years to come. “I became an audiology professional because it is so rewarding when you can help someone who may not be hearing as well as they used to. I enjoy the unique and varied challenges that are presented to me, the satisfaction of improving one’s hearing and quality of life and seeing the positive impact

it has on them and their loved ones”, Peter says. “I’m really excited to be a part of the Moorabool Shire community and I encourage all locals who might have concerns about their hearing to come in for a free 15 minute hearing check*. I THINK I MAY BE HARD OF HEARING – WHAT’S NEXT? “Our research found that 37% of Australians 40+ aren’t aware of the common signs of hearing loss. On top of this, those 40+ know at least two people they think suffer from hearing loss but almost half have never suggested a hearing test, mainly because they are worried it would hurt the person’s feelings. Often someone close to the person will notice before they do that they can’t hear so well, so it’s really important to look out for signs such as turning the TV up loud, putting their mobile on speaker

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Peter encourages anyone from the community who thinks they may be hard of hearing to come in store for a free 15-minute hearing check*. If further testing is required, a comprehensive, 60 minute, hearing assessment is then undertaken. During this appointment, Peter will carry out a comprehensive diagnostic assessment and will be able to determine if hearing aids would be beneficial.

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Merger one step closer By Caitlin Bewley Community consultation sessions for the proposed amalgamation of two health services have concluded. Now the wait begins. Moorabool residents were asked earlier this year to participate in a survey to provide feedback on the possibility of a merger between Western Health and Djerriwarrh Health Services (DjHS) . The initial consultation period was put on hold due to COVID-19 and recommenced in mid-November to recommunicate the messages delivered by Western Health and DjHS earlier this year (M/News Nov 24). Russell Harrison (Western Health CEO) said the feedback from the two rounds of community consultation sessions are being compiled and will be presented in late January. “The presentation will be the final piece of the engagement on the potential amalgamation before a report is compiled and presented to both health services to consider,” he said. “DjHS and Western Health thanks all the community groups for participating and for their passion for quality health services in their region.” Mr Harrison said all meetings were constructive, and an important opportunity to discuss potential benefits and to hear concerns. “This is a commitment we all share,” Mr Harrison said. In November, Moorabool Shire CEO Derek Madden told The Moorabool News Council’s main concerns were keeping community jobs local. The survey had two options for participation, both online and in the November 24 edition of The Moorabool News. The survey received more than 200 responses and will be presented virtually in mid-January on a date yet to be confirmed.

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New year, new book By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) Blackwood author Trudy Adams has released her fifth novel, ‘The A’zyon Warrior’, with a book launch introducing the epic story to the world. The A’zyon Warrior is written from the perspective of 17-year-old Adaliah, who wakes up in a river and has lost her memory. Little does Adaliah know, the fate of the warring kingdoms around her, and of the world itself, is in her hands. Ms Adams held a book launch in early December and told the Moorabool News that while she as an author has focused on writing for young adults, The A’zyon Warrior could be enjoyed by people from all ages. “I did start out writing for young adults, but it’s also a story for a general audience, that anyone of any age might enjoy probably from 12 upwards,” she said. “The A’zyon Warrior is about doing what’s right even when you’re afraid, because she experiences a lot of fear… it’s about that journey of rediscovery, thinking about who she is, and that giving her the strength and courage she needs to play her part in the war.” Ms Adams’ first published book, ‘Desolate Beauty’, took five years to reach store shelves after she wrote it but she said a passion for storytelling, and the bonds stories forge, inspired her to keep writing. “I’ve been writing since I was 17...I started my first book then, it didn’t get published until I was 22. So, I’ve been writing for a long time.

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Police hit the road A new initiative aimed at providing crucial crime prevention and safety awareness to rural and semi-rural Victorians has been launched by Victoria Police. The ‘Western Region Rural Safety & Security Mobile Display trailer’ was officially unveiled in December, and set to travel across the regions of Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Horsham, Warrnambool, Mildura and Hamilton. The trailer was donated by Heathcote Community House and refurbished through a local grant, alongside community donations from the local Lions Club, Heathcote & District Community Bank, Advance Heathcote Inc, Golden City Sheet Metal, and Crime Stoppers. A Victoria Police spokesperson said members will use the trailer to present regional-based shows, field days and other community events.

“It is hoped the face-to-face interactions with the community will help build relationships, gain valuable information, and help solve and prevent crime.” Regional and rural communities across Western Region will benefit through Victoria Police’s attendance at events such as Field Days. There are currently around 59 agricultural events in Western Victoria per year, with approximately 1.25 million people attending these events. There will be a wide range of information made available using the display trailer, including more rural-specific resources on how to report farm crimes, how to store firearms safely and more. “It will be an ongoing resource allowing Victoria Police to reach broader demographical and geographical communities,” the spokesperson said.

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Online access to history By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni)

A $7,000 grant from Bacchus Marsh Community Bank Branch has allowed years of local history to finally be archived online. Members of the Bacchus Marsh & District Historical Society’s Executive gratefully accepted the $7,000 cheque from Branch Manager Ian Prince last December, which will fund the digitisation of ‘Bacchus Marsh Express’ newspapers published from 1946 to 1954. (L-R) Cathy Pevitt, Chris Bronchinetti, Barb McMillan and Bruce Carboon from Historical Society Secretary Historical Society with Ian Prince – Branch Manager at Bacchus Marsh Barb McMillan told the Community Bank Branch. Photo – BM Community Bank Moorabool News the money was invaluable to local local community and continue to future generations understand 3the historical research. support so many worthy causes.” history of the town. This is being “This will strengthen the Society’s Bank Branch Manager Ian Prince preserved by their [the Historical ability to effectively support said the money was going to a great Society’s] good work.” individuals and the community cause, and he was delighted to be The grant will extend the range of with their research,” Ms McMillan able to present it. archived editions of the Bacchus said. “It’s brilliant…I become very Marsh Express, with editions from “The Bacchus Marsh and District emotional with the whole process. 1919 to 1945 already on the Trove Historical Society would love to historical archive website thanks say a big ‘thank you’ to the Bacchus I love giving the money back out to to an earlier grant from Public the community. It’s really good as a Marsh Community Bank Branch for their generosity in supporting Branch Manager to actually see the Records of Victoria. Unfortunately, the editions of the our Historical Society. They have town benefitting and prospering been very generous with their from the money we give,” he told Bacchus Marsh Express published grants for this project and our the Moorabool News. after 1955 cannot be archived yet, other projects. “It’s important to preserve the as they remain under the copyright “They certainly care about their town’s history and ensure that of Fairfax.

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Guns collected during amnesty

By Caitlin Bewley

Just under 50-firearms were handed into police, without penalty, from local community members last November during an amnesty on weapons. Victoria Police urged residents of Moorabool Shire and four other Local Government Areas to hand in their unregistered, unwanted, or illegal firearms to their local police station during the Firearm Amnesty period (M/News November 10). Last year Inspector Paul Bertoncello said, “there [were] 856,000 registered firearms across the state” but that it was the “unregistered firearms and dangerous weapons in the community that Victoria Police [were] constantly trying to reduce.” When interviewed after the Amnesty’s closing date (November 30), Mr Bertoncello said there were “48 firearms surrendered and 300 rounds of ammunition within the five Local Government Areas of Moorabool, Hepburn, Golden Plains, Ballarat, and Pyrenees.” “We were happy with this response as it decreases the opportunity for those firearms to make their way into the wrong hands,” Inspector Bertoncello said. Of the 48 firearms that were surrendered, six were long-arms and two were handguns, and Mr Bertoncello said this was in line with what Victoria Police expected to be handed in from the rural areas. The firearms had been transported to the Forensic Services Centre for secure destruction. “During the Amnesty, we also encouraged responsible firearm owners to review the security of their firearms and anecdotally we’re aware that many firearm owners did so,” Mr Bertoncello said. “We thank them for their ongoing support in ensuring community safety through responsible firearm ownership.” Mr Bertoncello said a date is yet to be set for future Firearm Amnesties but the community will continue to be informed on any future proceedings. “Our Division was the last of six Western Region Divisions to run a firearms amnesty and the Region is reviewing the results to determine if and when another firearms amnesty will be held,” he said.

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King is queen of words By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) Three Moorabool writers have been awarded for their word craft, with first place winning $100. Alannah King, 15-years-old, was the lucky first place winner of the Youth Action Group’s (YAG) youth writing competition, winning a $100 gift voucher for her poem ‘The Positives of COVID-19’. Second place went to 15-yearold Caitlin Murray won a $50 gift voucher, and 16-year-old Kiara Massey took out third place, receiving a $30 gift voucher. The winners were announced by retired AFL great Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt on 14 December, in an online session. The theme of the competition was ‘What have been some of the positive aspects of your life during COVID-19?’, with a word limit of 500 words. Writers from the ages of 12 to 25 were given three weeks to submit their pieces, with the event beginning on 2 November and ending at 5 pm on 14 December, two hours before the Alana King. Photo supplied winners were announced.

The Positives of COVID-19 By Alannah King 2020 has been a rough year for all, And I bet you cannot wait to leave this long haul. But before we all jump into 2021, Let us reflect on the moments that were somewhat enjoyable and fun. To begin with, school was not a complete drag, At least we didn’t have the worries of a school uniform and heavy bag. We even got to do math class from our bed, And we all made sure that on our lunch breaks we were very fed. Wearing pyjamas to school was pretty cool as well, Because none of the other students or teachers could even tell. Despite the 112 day[s] we spent in lock down, It may not have been as difficult as we found ways to productively entertain ourselves and find many treasures buried deep in our old shelves. We were very fortunate to have technology to talk to friends, As they helped us navigate through the twists and bends. And I’m sure that we all slept in a little late, not to mention the overeating that helps gain a bit of weight. Overall, Victoria should be [proud] of itself and the obstacles we overcame, We can now move forward keeping in mind that things won’t be the same. We have created a healthier future for ourselves and the people around us, Even though this year was a bit of a bust. The last few months have been a bit rough, But we made it through alive and now we’re even more tough. So, enjoy the times we can spend face to face, And remember, we’re helping to make Victoria a COVID-free place. Alannah King

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By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) A Liberal Senator has taken a shot at the Victorian Government for its role in overseeing the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP) – and Victorian Labor MPs have fired back. Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson published a media release (8 Dec), calling on the Victorian Government to “ensure the concerns of regional Victorians do not fall on deaf ears”. “Let’s not forget that these high voltage power lines are necessary because of the Victorian Government’s poorly managed and rushed rollout of wind and solar farms across western Victoria. Victorian Labor’s reckless 50 per cent renewable energy target, without sufficient investment in dispatchable generation and storage, along with the closure of Hazelwood power station, has compromised Victoria’s energy supply,” Senator Henderson said. “I’ve taken up local concerns surrounding the planning process for WVTNP directly with the Federal Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor, stressing the need for improved consultation. Minister Taylor agrees that it is essential AusNet deliver a robust and a comprehensive consultation process and it must be supported by the Victorian Government.” Moorabool’s two Labor State MPs, Steve McGhie (Melton) and Michaela Settle (Buninyong), were quick to defend the Government’s energy policy, and reject the idea that the Government had allowed community concerns to go unheard. “Both myself and Michaela Settle called for Environment Effects Statement and consultations. The Victorian Government determined that an EES was necessary in order to get community feedback and give people an opportunity to raise concerns, while also requiring a thorough analysis of the proposal and its environmental implications.” Mr McGhie told the Moorabool News. Ms Settle said Ballarat has become a centre of wind energy. “We should welcome the massive investments we have seen locally as it creates jobs and prosperity for our region. “I know that Sarah and the Liberal Party are opposed to any action on climate change. We understand the critical importance of taking

real action to shift away from brown coal to clean energy.” Ms Settle also countered the implication that the power line decision would be Victorian Labor’s responsibility alone, telling the Moorabool News that “AEMO [the Australian Energy Market Operator which will choose the route and method of the WVTNP] is shared between all Governments in Australia, and is independent of the Andrews Government”. Senator Henderson also raised concerns over the risk that overhead lines pose to “the livelihoods and investments of so many farmers and farming communities”. An AusNet spokesperson told the Moorabool News the company was working with councils and landowners to ensure minimal impact was caused by the project. “AusNet Services began engaging with councils in March 2020, followed by landowners in April and the broader community in June,” the spokesperson said. “AusNet Services has heard the feedback from local communities and taken steps to enhance our engagement process in the second half of 2020. This enhanced engagement is focused on facilitating community input and ensuring community concerns are heard as the project progresses. “We are working with the information provided by community, industry and government to understand the constraints and minimise impacts to identify potential corridors and ultimately a preferred alignment within the Area of Interest.” The EES is not due to be completed until the middle of 2022, and its completion is a matter for Mondo, the commercial arm of AusNet Services.

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Pledge to help small business Moorabool Shire Council is signing up to help local business post-pandemic, registering as a Small Business Friendly Council. The Victorian Small Business Commission is working with councils across the state to implement the initiative, helping make it easier to run a small business. Small Business Commissioner Judy O’Connell visited Darley last Wednesday (16 Dec) to mark the pledge with Moorabool Shire Council and the Ballan Chamber of Commerce. “It’s so positive to see Moorabool Shire Council go that extra step in supporting the recovery of local businesses by committing to work with us to respond to local needs and help businesses to prosper.” Ms O’Connell said. By signing up as a Small Business Friendly Council, Moorabool Shire Council has committed itself to streamlining approval processes for people looking to start a business, paying small business supplier invoices within 14 days, helping prevent Council works from disrupting trade and more. Moorabool Shire Mayor Tom Sullivan said small business were vital to the community, and the pledge was just one-way Council could help them recover from the pandemic. “Small businesses are the heart and soul of Moorabool Shire and making the small business friendly pledge is an important way for us to further the supports we offer so they can recover and remain strong.” Cr Sullivan said. The pledge expands upon initiatives Council has already implemented to help businesses during the pandemic, including online training resources and ongoing support and information in response to COVID-19. Moorabool Shire Council is the 44th council to sign up, joining neighbouring City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong and Hepburn Shire Council. Over 2,800 local businesses stand to benefit from this new pledge across industries including education, agriculture, retail trade and hospitality.

Missing the annual car theft record in 2020 is one positive of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new podcast from Crime Stoppers Victoria explores the likelihood of a rise of vehicle crime this year. Geoff Hughes, Chief Executive of the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC), told listeners the restrictions in place during the pandemic last year had helped avoid a predicted record year. “The COVID-19 social restrictions played a significant part in curtailing what, in March, had looked like being the worst conditions for vehicle crime since the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2009.” he said. The podcast explores the relationship between home security and vehicle security, what models of vehicle are the most frequently stolen, and how advances in vehicle technology have caused criminals to adapt vehicle theft behaviour. One statistic is that 9 out of the top 10 most stolen vehicles in Victoria are stolen using the key. “With the exception of the Pulsar, all of our top 10 vehicles would have needed the key to be stolen,” Mr Hughes stated. “The Nissan Pulsar was in fact the most stolen car in Victoria over the past 12 months, with just over 370 thefts…the VE Commodore (2006 to 2013) came second with 304 thefts.” Mr Hughes was joined by Crime Stoppers Victoria CEO Stella Smith, giving advice on how Victorians can prevent vehicle theft. “If you leave your car keys on a hook or a bowl by the door, it makes your car an easy target for thieves. If you leave your car unlocked, anything inside is an easy target,” Ms Smith said. Mr Hughes says the NMVTRC recommends the following process to the community to prevent the theft of car keys: “Pop keys out of sight in the home, away from doors and windows Lock doors and windows; and Make sure everyone in the family is doing the same. It’s easy, Pop, Lock and Stop Sneak Theft.” The vehicle theft podcast was released early December last year, with other episodes on cybercrime, rural crime and international students’ experiences in Melbourne available on the Crime Stoppers Victoria website. Any information relating to offenders involved in vehicle-related theft or suspicious activity can be reported confidentially to Crime Stoppers at, or on 1800 333 000.

Swap you a gift card for a tower – Go Fish By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) AusNet Services thought they may bring some Christmas cheer to Moorabool last year, offering $1000 gift vouchers to landowners, with some lucky revellers proposed to receive an 85-metre-tall pylon in their backyard, as a bonus. Those living along the proposed route for the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP) have reported being offered up to $2000 in gift vouchers, in return for signing over access to their land. Emma Muir, a fifth-generation farmer from Myrniong, said she has been offered two $1000 gift vouchers by AusNet. “I believe that AusNet are trying to coerce landholders into signing up for ‘surveys’ for money. However, these agreements are not just for surveys, we encourage all landholders to read these agreements, ask a friend to look at them, or seek legal advice before deciding whether to sign,” she told the Moorabool News. “We will personally not be signing these agreements. We are extremely disappointed with AusNet’s heavy-handed

tactics, especially when AusNet have assured us that their engagement with the community would improve. “It seems that nothing has changed.” The gift voucher offers were brought to light by a social media post from protest group ‘Stop AusNet’s Towers’. Concerned locals shared their experiences online. “I was called today about my property in Stone Hut Lane… she [an AusNet representative] said she could offer a couple of $1000 vouchers, I still said no. She kept trying to convince me, saying that if I know they can access the land anyway, why would I say no to thousands in vouchers.” Emma Schlieff said. “They came to our property in Dean/Newlyn about 5-6 months ago, trying to get access to our property for ‘soil/ environmental/location’ reasons. Offered a $500 VISA voucher for us to sign a heap of paperwork for them to freely enter our property whenever they pleased.” Sam added. Stop AusNet’s Towers accompanied their post about the gift vouchers with a photo of Darryl Kerrigan from The Castle, captioned “Tell ‘em to get stuffed”.

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Rebecca Treadwell, from Springfields Garage/Ballan Trailer Hire, took out the winning Christmas Best Shop windows competition, run by Moorabool Shire Council Business Growth & Innovation. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Best in show for decorations

By Caitlin Bewley If you noticed the main street of Ballan looking a little brighter at night last year it may have had something to do with the winner of a Council run Christmas competition. Moorabool Shire Business Growth and Innovation announced the winner of their Christmas Best Shop window competition ten days prior to December 25. Springfields Garage Ballan took out the inaugural prize after transforming their shop front into an abyss of multi-coloured Christmas lights with a tall Christmas tree on the shop’s roof, that unfortunately only lasted one day due to unprecedented wind gusts. Santa even made an appearance in his hatchback vehicle to deliver a large silver present to the local garage, covered in lights of course. Owner Rebecca Treadwell said she decorates the shop front every year and enjoys getting into the Christmas spirit. She also said decorating the store annually holds more meaning to the team than just its festive aesthetic.

“I like to do it, I like to give the community something to look at during Christmas, but it’s just my contribution to the community to make it more festive,” she said. “We just want to give back to the community where we can.” Not only did they decorate their shop front to the nines, but the team also held a colouring competition with the winners announced on Christmas Eve. Ms Treadwell said she felt excited to win the Christmas Best Shop window competition, but doesn’t get involved in community events to get noticed and to be named. “Everyone at Springfields has helped with the decorations, and it’s nice to get compliments from the community, but with our decorations and what the Wombats and the Economic Development team at Council have done in the street this year, it’s really made the town very festive,” she said. The winning prize included a professional production of a 30-second video and other media formats to promote their business, valued at $990.

The ability to include

By Caitlin Bewley An intimate ceremony was held in December to acknowledge the work a 16-year-old girl and a local radio station do for the disability sector. The Moorabool Shire Council Access and Inclusion Awards ceremony was held at the Quamby Centre in Bacchus Marsh before a small crowd. Mayor Tom Sullivan presented the awards and said there were 12-nominations across three categories. The Individual Category was awarded to 16-year-old Keeley Johnson for her strong community leadership for people with disabilities and increasing inclusion. “Since 2017, Keeley’s Cause raised over $70,000 and presented 103 iPads, with many of those recipients being children from Moorabool Shire,” Cr Sullivan said. “It’s a fabulous effort for someone so young to be standing up for the rights of others,” Cr Sullivan said the assessment panel for the Moorabool Shire Access and Inclusion Awards noted the incredible ongoing contribution Keeley, through her foundation, has made to people with disabilities. Local community radio station Apple 98.5FM received the Organisation Award, for the ongoing opportunity provided to community members living with a disability

to be involved in a range of activities associated with the radio station. “This program has enabled Karellyn and the other station volunteers to build strong relationships and friendships with many groups, and a strong understanding of the way many people of this group function, and how they participate in society,” Cr Sullivan said. “The assessment panel again recognised the ongoing commitment made by Apple 98.5 FM in supporting and engaging the people living with disability in the community, and also enabling participants to develop new skills,” he said. President Karellyn Danger accepted the award on behalf of Apple 98.5 FM and thanked the Council for the award they had received. “It’s been a fantastic journey for all of us, I couldn’t do it without the team, and our fabulous Secretary,” Ms Danger said. Sharon Murphy, Keeley’s mother, spoke on behalf of her daughter and thanked the Council for the “phenomonal honour”. “We are so proud of the journey she’s chosen to take, through her own personal journey and struggles,” Ms Murphy said. “What started as two sausage sizzles to help two children has become a national charity, her story is an inspiration,” she said.


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No bull for Bacchus By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) Jobs will be lost when, with a heavy heart, owners of an iconic local bull stud move their business out of town. After more than 60 years in Bacchus Marsh, Genetics Australia (GA) is moving to a newly purchased facility at Camperdown in the Western District. GA can be seen by train travellers heading into Melbourne, with their bulls in paddocks within clear view of the tracks – they are Australia’s largest artificial breeding supplier, supplying half of the genetics used by Australian dairy farmers to improve their herds. Last December, GA announced it had acquired Total Livestock Genetics (TLG) for $5.8 million, and would transfer “bull management, semen management and semen collection and production services” to TLG’s existing Camperdown site. Genetics Australia CEO Anthony Shelly told the Moorabool News that while there would regrettably be redundancies as a Genetics Australia CEO Anthony Shelly. result of the move, merchandising jobs would remain in Bacchus Marsh. “We still have a merchandising warehouse where we’ll continue to manage and distribute our merchandising portfolio, which is here in Bacchus Marsh,” Mr Shelly said. “It’s hard to say for sure at this stage [how many job losses there will be], because there are already a number of staff who have committed to moving across to Camperdown. There’ll also be a little bit of redeployment…but there’ll definitely be some job losses.” Mr Shelly said the move was a tough decision to make, but ultimately the right one for GA’s future. “The key reason is not so much around the physical or geographical location, it’s more around the infrastructure available at the site in Camperdown, and the ability to combine our bull and semen resources for a level of scale that’s required for future sustainability and profitability,” he said. “It’s not so much that we want to move from Bacchus Marsh – I’m born and bred here, so I’d love to stay here – but the reality is, we needed to create some greater efficiencies for the business. “It’s bittersweet…you’ve got colleagues that you’ve worked with for many years. To see potentially some people redeployed or essentially made redundant is not a pleasant situation, but ultimately, it’s not going to suffice any of the employees if the business doesn’t continue because of its inability to be profitable.” Genetics Australia will continue under its existing name. TLG will become the production facility for GA, with all bull and semen assets expected to be moved to Camperdown by the end of March. GA’s main facility at Bacchus Marsh will be sold during the next two years. What is now the Genetics Australia Co-operative was originally known as Victorian Artificial Breeders, purchasing Parwan Park in 1959.

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Time to reflect on 2020 By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) It was a wild year 2020, with lockdowns, protests, natural disasters and a massive shake up in the way we all live – and one local author has released a guided journal to help keep the crazy year on record. Tor Roxburgh lives in Ballan, and while she’s best known for her non-fiction books and young adult romance titles, her latest work, ‘And That’s How It Went’, aims to help chronicle 2020, personally and historically. Ms Roxburgh first came up with the idea in October last year, when she realised the details of 2020 were escaping her. “I started a journal in April, because I thought this was a really important year to keep a journal, but like a lot of people, it kind of fell off and I only made about four entries. I thought, there’s got to be an easier way… and it hit me, that you could ‘retro journal’, if you had the right sort of prompts,” Ms Roxburgh told the Moorabool News. “I did that work for other people…I sat

down and went through every week of the year and looked at the news for that week. I made up a summary of what happened in the world, Australia and the US…so you could sit down and refresh your memory through all the different weeks of the year.” Each double page spread of ‘And That’s How It Went’ has lined spaces for reflective writing, and gives a summary of what happened each week of 2020, alongside a question relating to the week’s events. For example, from March 23 - March 29, when the first lockdowns were beginning, the prompt asks about how the local community reacted. “It really allows you not to lose what happened in the year, and it’s a good way to get ready for 2021. It’s designed for people for themselves, but I also think in the future, their families will value knowing what happened, and what 2020 was really like.” Ms Roxburgh said. ‘And That’s How It Went’ is available for purchase from Fabulous Flowers, 148b Inglis Street Ballan or Amazon online.

Letters to the Editor W R I T ING LET T ER S TO T H E EDI TOR Each letter must be accompanied with the writer’s full name, address and phone number (name and suburb for publication only) and be limited to 300 words. Letters to be received via post or email (preferred option). The Editor has the right to limit the amount of words in each letter received and published letters are at the discretion of the Editor. Send your letters to Dear Editor, I’d like to congratulate the quality of work done in your paper by the journalism students from Swinburne and Deakin University throughout this year. They have covered difficult situations well and have kept us up to date with some of the important community developments as they unfold, in particular, the toxic soil storage issue at Maddingly Brown Coal, and the proposed high voltage transmission towers. Mara Hayler Darley Dear Editor, With the recent relaxation of Covid regulations I hope our wonderful health workers and other essential workers have had a chance to rest and enjoy their families, but no doubt they are still on standby in case of future emergencies. There is one group of health workers who - unless you have need of their services - may not come to everyone’s mind, and that is Ballan and

District Nursing Service. Throughout the long months of restrictions, they have daily gone from one patient’s home to the next, wearing protective gear, caring not only for their patients’ needs but helping in many other ways. I am one of the older members of the community and cannot speak highly enough of these dedicated nurses. I would also like to mention our Ballan U.F.S. Pharmacy, whose staff always ‘go the extra mile’. The special arrangements made by our stores and traders have all been part of the service to keep us safe and well fed. I do not get out very much and appreciate so much the efforts of family and friends who get my shopping and keep me in reading material, and the neighbour who regularly puts out my rubbish bins. The many kindnesses shown to me by the Ballan community are very much appreciated and I think we should be extremely proud of our community. Shirley Joslin Ballan

Technology providing industrial solutions

By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni)

A local company that has been “working with its head down” for the last decade has opened its doors to Councillors, showing off current and future plans for environmentally sustainable technology. Calix Limited opened its Maddingley site in 2010 and welcomed Moorabool Councillors Tonia Dudzik and Moira Berry to the facility last December for a two-hour tour. The core technology is being used to develop environmentally friendly solutions for advanced batteries, crop protection, aquaculture, wastewater, and carbon reduction. The Councillors were shown the work and planning underway at Calix, including the Calix Flash Calciner (CFC) – which Calix calls “a re-invention of the kiln” – as well as BOOSTER-Mag, AQUA-Cal+ and ACTI-Mag. The latter three products protect crops sustainably at low cost, condition water for aquaculture producers safely, and neutralise acidic wastewater for re-use for food, wine and more, respectively. Two CFCs are in operation at Maddingley with one making magnesium oxide for ACTIMag and BOOSTER-Mag, and a smaller one called ‘BATMn’, makes advanced materials for high-performance, affordable and recyclable lithium-ion hybrid batteries. In Europe, BOOSTER-Mag has seen great results for crop yield, and in Asia, AQUACal+ has improved water quality for aquaculture producers. However, approval and adoption of Calix’s products in Australia has been a slower process. Business Development Manager Michael Wheatside showed the Councillors how safe the magnesium hydroxide used in ACTI-Mag is, dipping his finger in some and putting it in his mouth. One of the main alternatives for water conditioning, caustic acid, is corrosive and can cause chemical burns. The CFCs also capture carbon dioxide produced during the manufacturing

process. Lime and cement manufacturing, for example, is the highest industrial emitter of carbon dioxide globally, producing around 7 per cent of human CO2 emissions annually. Cr Dudzik and Cr Berry shared the Calix representatives’ hopes and optimism for the technologies being adopted domestically in the future. Calix’s Operations Manager, Vincent Nguyen, said without Bacchus Marsh, Calix’s work wouldn’t be possible. “It’s no overstatement to say Calix wouldn’t be here without the help from the local community – we’re dependent on the town, and when we grow, we’re going to grow with the town.” Mr Nguyen said. “We couldn’t have chosen a better town. It’s a growth corridor, and a massive growth area for industry…the infrastructure here is great,” Mr Wheatside added. “We’re a bit militant when it comes to keep the products Australian-owned – we want to keep the technology here and that’s why we installed the battery plant on site. We want to keep it Australian-owned and Australian-produced.” Calix is situated in Rowsley Station Road Maddingley.

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WHELAN, Barbara June 14/7/1941 - 29/12/2020 We will look for you in the stars! In our hearts forever. Beloved Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother.

DEATH NOTICE WHELAN, Barbara June 14 July 1941 - 28 December 2020 Loved Sister of Maureen & sister-in-law to Gordon. Now in the arms of her loving son Bruce. Our love goes out to David, Maurice & Janene & families. Sleep well lovey, we will never forget you, XO

DEATH NOTICE KNOX – Ian Robert Passed away peacefully on January 1, 2021 Aged 76 years. Dearly loved husband of Dawn for 41 wonderful years. Loving father of Wayne and father-in-law of Natalie. Devoted Pop of Corey and Kayla and their partners. Great Grandpa to Mila-Rose and Phoebe. Till We Meet Again

DEATH NOTICE ROBINSON, Anne Dollina 25.10.1936 - 02.01.2021 Passed away peacefully aged 84. Dearly loved wife of John (dec) for 61 years. Loving Mother of Billy, Terry-Anne and Kate. Mother-in-law of Broni, Darren and Chris. Nanny of Vanessa, Tom, Catherine, Gabrielle, Stephanie, Jack and Angus. We acknowledge with many thanks the wonderfully kind and gentle care she received from the staff at Grant Lodge Aged Care Bacchus Marsh. In keeping with Anne’s wishes, a Private service will be held. Sadly missed. Rest in Peace






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Ballan Hardware$3is a Purchasing Officer 19 looking for Hills Premium 8 Line Clothesline •A pplicants must have experience withRotaryPurchasing, preferably in the Hardware industry. • Strong computer skills. Ballan True Value Hardware 119 Inglis Street, Ballan Ph 53 681 230 • Ability to build and maintain relationships with key suppliers. Visit instore or online at • I s well organised, a good communicator and is capable to work within a small team. • Understands the important of great customer service. • Maybe required to assist with Shop Sales Applications close Wednesday 27th January 2021 Please hand resumes in at 119 Inglis Street Ballan Or email to 4m head diameter. 58m of line space. Ocean Breeze, Forest Glade or Basalt. Prewired for easy installation. 7 Line $299 6 Line $289

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Ballan Farmers Market 2021 & Beyond Would you love to be part of running the Ballan Farmers Market and to help give back to your community? Do you see the value in championing the hard work of local producers? This is your chance! Ballan Farmers Market is seeking new skills-based volunteer committee members to run the Farmers Market from January 2021 onwards, but with handover to occur during December. Several roles are available seeking the support of volunteers with a variety of skill-sets, inclusive of the roles of Chair, Treasurer, and through to coordinating stallholders, and general volunteer support. For more information Email: or call 0408 823 184


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Ballan Hardware is looking for a Full Time / $319 Hills Premium 8 Line Rotary Clothesline Part Time Sales staff • Applicants must have Retail/Trade experience within the hardware and/or trade sectors (paint, plumbing, timber, building, etc) Ballan True Value Hardware 119 Inglis Street, Ballan Ph 53 681 230 • Have outstanding customer service skills and a strong work ethic. Visit instore or online at • Ability to work in a small team environment. • Available to work weekends. • Manual car licence and Forklift licence an advantage. • Some heavy lifting required. Applications close Wednesday 27th January 2021 Please hand resumes in at 119 Inglis Street Ballan Or email to 4m head diameter. 58m of line space. Ocean Breeze, Forest Glade or Basalt. Prewired for easy installation. 7 Line $299 6 Line $289

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Pykes Creek Reservoir The dam and reservoir are located on a tributary of the Werribee River and impound 22,119 ML of water when full, as seen in the picture above

Western Water Report Reservoir levels Pykes Creek Reservoir at 31 Dec 2020 95.0% Water level this time last year 91.0%

Ballan Hardware is looking for a Part Time $319 Hills Premium 8 Line Rotary Clothesline Delivery Driver • Applicants must have current medium rigid licence or greater and forklift licence. Ballan True Value Hardware 119 Inglis Ballan Ph 53 681 230 • Tasks will include loading andStreet, unloading trucks as well as customer Visit instore or online at deliveries and pickups •D emonstrate a safe driving history and adherence to safe driving practices. • Be flexible with hours worked. • Have the required physical capacity to perform manual handling tasks. • Self-motivated and disciplined to work autonomously and the ability to follow schedule commitments. • Will be required to assist with Shop Sales and yard duties. Applications close Wednesday 27th January 2021 Please hand resumes in at 119 Inglis Street Ballan Or email to 4m head diameter. 58m of line space. Ocean Breeze, Forest Glade or Basalt. Prewired for easy installation. 7 Line $299 6 Line $289

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2007 JAYCO DESTINY Pop top, shower, toilet, air con., house battery, HWS, large bed, 4 burner stove, 2 x gas bottles, rangehood, microwave, TV/DVD, elec. brakes, many extras, excellent condition. $26,500 Ph 0428 870 067


Levin 2004 hatch auto. Mechanically VGC, minor dents. Odometer - 265,000 kms, 12 months. reg. (TDC 072) $3,900 ono – 0408 508 654

Sport/Classifieds Ballan Golf Club

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Results - Week ending Saturday 26 December Wednesday - Stableford Winner - Bob Arklay (8) 38 points. R/up - David Leach (13) 36 points on c/b from Kev Lockman (13). NTPs - 12th Bob Arklay, 15th Aggy Germon. Magpie - 14th John Costello. Saturday - Stableford A GRADE Winner - Barry Sims (12) 37 points. R/up - Anthony Moore (7) 34 points on c/b from Kev Lockman (13). B GRADE Winner - Ian Bragge (16) 34 points. R/up - Jimmy Walsh (18) 32 points. NTPs - 12th David Leach, 15th Barry Sims. Magpies - 14th Jimmy Walsh, 18th Anthony Moore. Results - Week ending 2 January


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Wednesday – Stableford Winner - Jimmy Walsh (9) 38 points on c/b from John Costello (20) on c/b from Bill Pickering. NTPs - 12th Barry Sims, 15th Josh Sergeant. Magpie - 14th Denis Conroy. Saturday – Stroke Monthly Medal. A GRADE Winner - Bob Arklay 68-8-60. R/up - Peter Di Fiore 69-8-61.


AUDI TT QUATTRO COUPE 3/2010, DSG automatic, regular servicing, new tyres, rotors, brake pads, transmission service. Excellent condition. 118,000 km, (Rego YMI-680), $15,000 ono – 0437 96 00 85



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OFFICE 15 Haddon Drive, Ballan, 3342 Moorabool PHONE (03) 5368 1966 News EMAIL Editorial Advertising Ad copy EDITOR Helen Tatchell GRAPHIC DESIGN Glen Martin PUBLISHED BY The Ballan News Pty Ltd PRINTED BY Latrobe Valley Express Published by Helen Tatchell, 15 Haddon Dv, Ballan, 3342 for The Ballan News Pty Ltd, 15 Haddon Drive, Ballan, 3342. Printed by Latrobe Valley Express. Responsibility for electoral material is accepted by the editor, Helen Tatchell, of 15 Haddon Drive, Ballan 3342. ABN 84 115 355 461.


The Bacchus Marsh Soccer Club will hold their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 4 February 2021, 7pm at the Darley Civic & Community Hub Pavilion. (located behind the Moorabool Shire Council offices on Halletts Way Darley) All members are encouraged to attend. For further details please contact the club via or call 0434 917 429

B GRADE Winner (Medal) - Les Martin 74-16-58. R/up Peter Clifford 77-15-62. C GRADE Winner - Stuart Miller 86-25-61. R/up - Athol Love 84-21-63. NTPs - 12th Bob Arklay, 15th Kev Lockman. Magpies - 14th Bob Arklay, 18th Ian Bragge. Balls 6, Cut-off 62 Les Martin, Peter Clifford, Bob Arklay, Peter Di Fiore, Stuart Miller, Don Wickson. December 2020 Medal Play-off Winner - Athol Love def Rick Roden Results – Week ending Saturday 9 January Wednesday - Stableford Winner - David Leach (13) 37 points. R/u - Hugh Miller (14) 36 points on c/b from Rick Roden (10). NTPs - 12th Denis Conroy, 15th David Leach. Magpie - 14th David Leach. Saturday - Stableford A GRADE Winner - Barry Sims (12) 40 points. R/up - David Leach (13) 38 points. B GRADE Winner - John Costello (19) 38 points. R/up - Rob Brown (9) 34 points. C GRADE Winner - Travis Preston (20) 43 points. R/up - Greg McAloon (29) 39 points. NTPs -12th Anthony Walsh, 15th Bob Arklay. Magpies - 14th Frank Raffaele, 18th Anthony Moore - Eagle. Balls (8), Cut-off 36 points Barry Sims, Kev Lockman, David Leach, John Costello, Travis Preston, Greg McAloon, Andrew Carton, Vic Buttigieg.

Ballan Bowling Club

Results – Week ending 10 January Last Saturday saw the commencement of pennant after the Christmas break. Division 3 played an away game against Victoria Bowls Club in perfect summer conditions. Ballan got off to a great start taking an early lead which they were able to hold onto, eventually winning by 54 shots. Best rink for Ballan - M. Conroy, L. Mullane, C. Love and skipper D. O’Hanlon. Division 7 were unfortunate not to be able play a game as their opponents Webbconnca Bowls Club, were unable to field a team.



Email: Phone: 5368 1966 *Ads must be emailed by Friday 12 noon. Ads by phone must be between 9.30am–12pm Tue–Thur. MAXIMUM 3 ADS PER PERSON. PRIVATE ADS ONLY (NO BUSINESSES, NO ANIMALS, HAY OR BULK ITEMS). ADS REMAIN IN FOR 4 WEEKS UNLESS NOTIFIED SOLD. ANGLE GRINDER Hitachi $45 0408 677 745

ANTIQUE, Edwardian dressing table, length 107cm, $95, Ph 0412 869 304 BED, single, Queen Anne, bed head and foot, $45, Ph 0412 869 304 BED, double, Queen Anne, bed head and foot, $95, Ph 0412 869 304 BAKE & GRILL, Mini, Sunbeam, as new, $40 Ph: 0417 110 261

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BICYCLE TYRES, all sizes, $10 each. Ph 0410 012 749 BUNKS single top & QS bottom, white tubular ex Harvey Norman EC $100 – 0401 215 596

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CHAIRS (6) dining, wrought iron with white fabric cover $30 - 0421 337 432 COUCHES (2) 3 seater couches, Navy blue, velvet $100 lot - 0460 569 964

DARLEY PS sport uniform winter trackpants, skort, size 12 $50 - 0425 852 073

DOLL, porcelain, 65cm high, nicely dressed, $25, Ph 0417 110 261 DOUBLE BED frame with timber slat base. VGC $50. - 0407 176 699 DOORS x2, sliding, suit shed, 3m x 3m, with tracks, Marino colour, $100 each Ph 0408 380 737

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FISHING RODS, Reels & Soft Plastics, $100 the lot Ph: 0418 318 164

FOOT bubble spa massager, Instruction booklet included, Heating element and bubble control, Hardly used, $15, 0438 156 668 GOLF Books Jack Newton, Greg Norman biography, Greg Norman Shark attack & more $15 lot - 0437 737 300 GPS – Garmin eTrex 10. Hardly used, comes in box & manuals VGC $60 – 0423 230 702

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PICNIC TABLE, Fold-up, x2 seats each side, $20 Ph: 0418 318 164 PORTACOT Steelcraft. Clean, barely used. Series B-036. Includes bassinet & change table inserts $40 -0405 003 487 PRESSURE CLEANER, good con-dition, 2 for $60, Ph 0410 012 749 RECORD PLAYER with speakers, turntable, cassette deck, working order FREE - 0401 215 596 ROLLERBLADES, Size 7, $50 Ph: 0456 243 956

TABLE, Blackwood Kitchen Table 1700 cms x 112cms suit renovator $100 - 0408 677 745 TABLE dining, wooden with glass top $60 - 0421 337 432 TEDDY BEAR, Traditional, in box, $40 Ph: 0417 110 261 TOOLBOX, Tradesmans Utility Toolbox 1200cms x 56cms x 40cms Galvanised $75 - 0408 677 745 TOYS, sand/water play buckets, spades, sifters, moulds & mini watering can. EC $5 – 5367 4956

SADDLE adult stock 18”, range rider deluxe VGC $100 - 0423 230 702

TOYS, Farm Animals, Sheds, Fencing, Milking Sheds, $100 the lot ONO Ph: 0418 318 164

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VEHICLE FLASHING LIGHTS, yellow rotation dome lights, x2, $100 Ph 0408 380737

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Race 2 Winner: Jiliby Rhythm (6). Trainer: Marg Lee. Driver: Glen Craven.

Race 1 Winner: Top Play (6). Trainer: Jody Woodham-Murdock. Driver: Michael Bellman.

Race 8 Winner: Namoscar (4). Co-trainers: B Ainsworth & A Ainsworth. Driver: Ashley Ainsworth. Photo: Stuart McCormick

Race 6 Winner: Rockasaki (4). Trainer: Emma Stewart. Driver: Jack Laugher.

Photo: Stuart McCormick

Photo: Stuart McCormick

Photo: Stuart McCormick

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Butt cracks Cup double By Michael Howard Co-trainers Anthony Butt and Sonya Smith took giant strides into the new Trots Country Cups Championship season with a picture-perfect weekend, sweeping the Bendigo and Cobram double-header that signalled the launch to the great race series. Wolf Stride burst past an even field to claim the Garrards Horse & Hound Bendigo Pacing Cup on Saturday night and then, on Sunday, Perfect Stride won an eventful Jim Phillips Memorial Pacing Cup, with Butt emerging from the fray at the bend to win by a head. The Melton driver’s success was also a memorable double for key backer, owners Emilio and Mary Rosati, who swept the respectively $70,000 and $35,000 cups, with more riches to come as the season continues with this weekend’s Shepparton-Hamilton double-header. “(Bendigo’s) a great race,” Butt told Trots Vision on Saturday night. “I’ve been coming here for quite a few years, especially when I was back in New Zealand, trying to win it. I think I’ve run second a few times. It’s taken a while, but I finally got there.” He had to be patient to get his hands on the cup, with Wolf Stride’s sitting at the rear or the field from his poor draw while leader Forty Thieves and second-favourite Our Uncle Sam dictated terms at the front of affairs. When Greg Sugars began three-wide on Im Anothermasterpiece before the bell it provided Butt the perfect arm-chair ride into the race, and then he advanced four-wide at the final turn off a 28sec third quarter. While Emma Stewart’s pair Fourbigmen (second) and Somewhere Secret (fourth) boxed on and Sirletic (third) flashed home, Wolf Stride was quickest to the line in the 28sec final quarter to register his 1.5-metre win. “Good fields, very even, and when he drew out the back like that, he was always going to need a bit of luck, but he’s progressing really well,” Butt said. “He’s going to have to keep improving to take on the big boys, but he’s heading in the right direction at the moment.” Butt outlined an ambitious path for the five-year-old, who will now be directed towards the January 23 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup, a $110,000 classic that’s likely to lure some of Australia’s leading pacers. “This year won’t be easy for him, he will probably go to the Ballarat Cup now and the Hunter Cup, if he’s good enough for them I wouldn’t mind taking him up to Sydney for the Miracle Mile carnival,” Butt said. “I think this year will stand him in good stead for next season – it’s always good to have a year on the Grand Circuit against the big boys. It toughens them up and if they’re good enough they step up, and put in a really good year next year. “It’s going to be a step up to Lochinvar Art, King Of Swing and those sorts of horses. He’s at that grade now where you’ve got to take them on and he’ll let us know if he’s good enough.” There are also lofty aims for Perfect Stride, who reminded of his class with victory in Sunday’s Cobram Pacing Cup, the 11th of the just-turned four-year-old’s career. Like his stablemate, he wouldn’t find the front until the closing strides of what was a terrifically run Group 3 race, which was turned on its head when $1.60 favourite Western Sonador broke in the score up. That left driver/co-trainer Rebecca Bartley playing catch-up from the back of the field, but with a mid-race moved she advanced to the lead ahead of Alpine Stride (leader) and tiring A Fair Ol Dance (breeze). Butt had camped on Greg Sugars (Malcolms Rhythm) back in the running line and when an opening emerged at the final bend he pounced, grabbing lengths in the 28-sec last quarter to win in a blanket finish. Second-placed Malcolms Rhythm and third-placed Western Sonador finished within a half-neck while Always Fast flashed home for fourth and continues to look on the cusp of something special. “I was keen to get on (Malcolms Rhythm)’s back early and just play it by ear, we ended up getting a really good run through sitting pretty close,” Butt told Trots Vision post-race. “(Perfect Stride)’s one of those horses who can follow speed, he’s always raced well in good races. When he gets a better class of opposition it doesn’t worry him, he’s still got that fast quarter. “He’s a bit of an opportunist, needs things to go his way. First step up to this grade this year and he did a great job.”

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Bendigo Pacing Cup (Group 2): Winner: Wolf Stride (13). Co-Trainers: Anthony Butt & Sonja Smith. Driver: Anthony Butt. Photo Stuart McCormick

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LEO—July 23-August 22

Stars & Puzzles This a great week for travel, provided you leave ample time for detours. Pets figure in the picture - you might be picking up a stray. Some good news on the financial front may arrive by the end of the week. VIRGO—August 23-September 22


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Be sure not to make decisions rashly and without the consultation of an involved party. This a great week for entertaining but remain within your budget. Partnership activities prove generally favourable. TAURUS—April 21-May 22

A pleasant finacial news brightener may arrive, but don’t reveal too much. Correspondence is unusually lively. Romance remains upbeat. Sports and recreation are on the list this week. GEMINI—May 23-June 21

Your taste is impeccable. This is a good week for renovating and designing. A partnership venture may prove favourable, provided the division of work is set out clearly.

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This a great week for travel, provided you leave ample time for detours. Pets figure in the picture - you might be picking up a stray. Some good news on the financial front may arrive by the end of the week. VIRGO—August 23-September 22

A favourite aquaintance may be trying too hard to impress you. It may be time to bring him/her down to earth gently. Financial ventures may require further research. LIBRA—September 23-October 22 Goals are clearly defined and you find it easier to arrange your priorities. A family member is unusually generous with time and/or gifts. Avoid committing yourself to too many obligations.


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This is a good week to keep abreast of events at the work place. News from a friend could require prompt clarification. Your partner seems pre-occupied this week. A new interest could end up profitable in the future. ANSWER BELOW SAGITTARIUS—November 22-December 22

Watch a leaning towards extravagance. A conservative approach could lead to accomplishments at work and at home. Shared activities, though not on a perfect 50-50 basis are highlighted. CAPRICORN—December 23-January 20

Maintaining a sense of perspective is particularly important this week. Financial dealings require attention to the smallest details. Last minute travel opportunities may materialize. AQUARIUS—January 21-February 19 Professional development is accented through the week. New academic interests are highlighted too and may include studies in languages or the arts. Romantic reconciliations are favoured.

PISCES—February 20-March 20 Family issues occupy a good portion of your time. Results may not be immediate, but there are signs of progress. The workplace could offer more unexpected excitement than expected. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK You are compassionate and sympathetic. Your emotions run high. You adapt easily to changing surroundings and changes are accented through the coming months. A new direction in career or education is quite possible.

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This is a good week to keep abreast of events at the work place. News from a friend could require prompt clarification. Your partner seems pre-occupied this week. A new interest could end up profitable in the future. SAGITTARIUS—November 22-December 22

Watch a leaning towards extravagance. A conservative approach could lead to accomplishments at work and at home. Shared activities, though not on a perfect 50-50 basis are highlighted. CAPRICORN—December 23-January 20

Maintaining a sense of perspective is particularly important this week. Financial dealings require attention to the smallest details. Last minute travel opportunities may materialize. AQUARIUS—January 21-February 19 Professional development is accented through the week. New academic interests are highlighted too and may include studies in languages or the arts. Romantic reconciliations are favoured.

PISCES—February 20-March 20 Family issues occupy a good portion of your time. Results may not be immediate, but there are signs of progress. The workplace could offer more unexpected excitement than expected. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK You are compassionate and sympathetic. Your emotions run high. You adapt easily to changing surroundings and changes are accented through the coming months. A new direction in career or education is quite possible.

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