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Walk organiser Henry Gassier, at the Courthouse Hotel courtyard in Main Street Bacchus Marsh; the Tuesday meeting place for their walks. Photo – Caitlin Bewley By Caitlin Bewley Their shoes are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do, all the way through the local landscape. The Marshans Walking Group laced up their shoes for the first time three years ago and now meet weekly to walk various local tracks for enjoyment and a healthier lifestyle. The group, comprised of about 14 locals, meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays and averages about 3.5km to 4kms every walk. Organiser Henry Gasior said the group size varies between six and 14 people each week depending on weather and their personal commitments. He also said the group was initially formed to promote heart health and keeping active, but soon transformed into a more social purpose. “Because most of us are getting on a bit and heading towards

pension years, we need the exercise,” he said, “That was a reason we started, but it’s gotten better than that because we’ve all become great friends. Mr Gasior said it’s a social thing as well. “You get there and you walk with different members of the group and chat, and before you know it, you’re finished.” The group is sponsored by the Heart Foundation and Bacchus Marsh Community Bank and recently started sporting matching red shirts. Mr Gasior said the walks vary every week, with some more common walks taking place along Moon Reserve, Peppertree Park and behind the Bacchus Marsh Golf Club. “It’s not about being a 30-year-old athlete or running a marathon, we just want to get people continuously walking,” Mr Gasior said. “Almost half of the group walk more than the two days; a

lot of the members are part of a bush walking group and use the weekly walks as a warmup for their large hikes on the weekends.” Mr Gasior said the group will continue to walk in 2021 and he hopes ‘The Marshans’ expands, adding to the little family they have already created. “The more locals we get the merrier,” he said. “We had a function (on December 22) and it feels like a family get together. “People bring their kids on the walks and I’d love to see more of that, there’s no such thing as age, you can bring you kids even in their prams,” he said. “The whole purpose is to socialise, and get exercise while you’re doing that,” Mr Gasior said. To join the walking group, head to the Heart Foundation website on www.walking.heartfoundation.org.au/walking/ group/the-marshans.

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The year ahead By Caitlin Bewley

Councillor Tom Sullivan. Photo: Helen Tatchell

He comes with a wealth of knowledge and the experience to match, and has his sights set on building upon and completing projects within Moorabool this year. Councillor Tom Sullivan has reigned supreme in the West Ward for over 20-years and now begins 2021 as Mayor, taking over from Cr David Edwards. It may seem daunting in a time of toxic soil and transmission lines, but Cr Sullivan said the next 12-months will be a period of consolidation and building upon what has occurred in the last four-year period. “There’s been a lot of projects initiated over that time, and I think it’s important that we finish and deliver those, and also set the division for the future of the shire,” he said. “We’re at a critical point where the decisions that are made now, or by the end of this period, will have significant ramifications into the future.” The most important projects he hopes to initiate and deliver during his time as Mayor are the Parwan Employment Precinct’s completion and the sewering of Bungaree and Wallace. Cr Sullivan said the Parwan Employment Precinct will create jobs and employment within the municipality. “Quite often towns grow, and people come into the municipality, which is great, but it would be nice for them to actually have employment in the municipality rather than just using the municipality as a dormitory suburb.” He said Bungaree and Wallace are towns with great existing assets and could easily cater for development, but the only real impediment is the lack of sewerage. “Council has a bank of projects that they are hoping will get funding from the State and Federal Governments, and leading into the 2021 election, Council will be working with the relevant parties to receive the best community outcomes,” he said. “We’ve had four returning and three new Councillors coming in for this four-year term, there’s a lot of ability in that group and I think we are well served to be able to take this municipality forward.”

Tom Sullivan has been a Moorabool Councillor since 1996 and served his first tenure as Mayor in 1999. He said it has been “interesting to see what has changed” since the beginning of his time as a Councillor, not just in the governments of Council, but also Moorabool itself. “When I first came on Council in 1996, we were practically broke, we had no money and the common theme in the first three years of that Council was that we can’t afford it,” he said. “We had significant carry over debt from previous municipalities and we had to set about rectifying that and I think it’s a credit to the Council, Council officers and staff over that period of time that had been involved in it, and have made it come to pass. “Every Councillor over that period of time has left it better than they found it, and the strong financial position we are now in and the projects we have on the go, are actually built on the foundations established by those earlier Councils,” he said.

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Working for Victoria, and Moorabool By Caitlin Bewley Mark Mangion worked in IT for 27 years before the COVID pandemic hit, but when it did, he was left without a job. He is one of 11,000 Victorians now employed under the Working for Victoria initiative launched by the Andrews Labor Government earlier last year. Moorabool Shire Council was involved in the initiative, creating over 50 local jobs in 2020. Mr Mangion said he wasn’t expecting a career-change, but because of the pandemic and the employment initiative, this led him to become the Assistant Greens Keeper at the Bacchus Marsh West Golf Club, and he couldn’t be happier. “I saw it as a new opportunity to broaden my horizons, meet new people and network a little, but it also gave me an opportunity to ride my bike a little bit more,” he said. The Melton West resident rides his bike two to three times a week the 17km to work and says working at the golf club has been great. “I’m surrounded by volunteers who are passionate about what they do.” As a pilot, Ben Coomb was in a similar situation to Mr Mangion and was hired by Council to work at BMWGC under the Working for Victoria initiative. He told the Moorabool News he had some time out of the sky but was able to get back and fly internationally during December 2020 and January whilst working at the BMWGC. A club spokesperson described the pair as an asset to the team and said they have maintained the greens, “cutting and rolling on a regular basis”, as well as performing labor intensive work which is unable to be carried out by volunteers.

Working for Moorabool (L-R) - Mark Mangion and Ben Coomb on the machinery used to maintain the lush greens at the Bacchus Marsh West Golf Club (BMWGC). Photo – Caitlin Bewley

CEO Derek Madden said the roles created and resourced under the program were spread across a wide range of Council departments. “For a small regional Council, this program has been invaluable and has enabled us to undertake important work that otherwise would not have been possible,” he said. East Moorabool Ward Councillor, David Edwards, said the initiative was a great success for the municipality and was offered to several volunteer organisations.

“It’s been a great outcome for many communities that rely on volunteer labour, and this is one of the Andrews Labor Government schemes we fully support,” he said. “Council have done a great job in generating jobs in the community, which is a great outcome and we have really benefited [from the initiative].” Over 50-local jobs were created by the initiative within the Moorabool Shire, by Council.

Thanks to the Working for Victoria program, Council has been able to benefit out community areas such as: - Development of new digital services and improvements to website readability and accessibility - Online support programs for our elderly and vulnerable residents - Additional weed control, fauna monitoring and exclusion fencing - The development of a Sustainability Framework for Council to follow as we work towards a Net Carbon future - The Road Management Plan for repairing potholes and defects in roads has now met its target, finally bringing the plan into compliance and highlighting the crucial need for more resources - The response to litter and graffiti in the shire has increased 150 per cent. - An enhanced Shire identity and tourism promotion has helped to establish Council to attract investment and jobs in the future - Extra maintenance of park furniture, footpath vegetation and reinstating playground sleeper edging

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EPA prosecutes to protect platypus By Caitlin Bewley Platypi aren’t the only one’s ‘on the rocks’ after a water corporation plead guilty in court to offending that occurred in 2018. Western Region Water Corporation is set to pay $110,000 to the Werribee River Association after being prosecuted by the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) last year. The charges, which were finalised in the Sunshine Magistrates’ court on 20 November 2020, followed a sewage spill which occurred in Eynesbury in April of 2018. The spill was caused by a split in a sewerage pipe that leaked for several days, sending sewage flowing across open land to a nearby drain that leads to the Werribee River. Western Region Water were fined without conviction in the Sunshine Magistrate’s court after they entered a plea of guilty to one charge of causing/permitting an environmental hazard. Bacchus Marsh Platypus Alliance President, Jodie Valpied, said any “sewage spill can impact platypus by killing off their food sources and increases the risk of infections and other problems,” but is pleased the water corporation is pumping money into saving the platypus’ natural habitat. “We collaborate closely with the Werribee River Association, and

are excited about the Progressing Platypus Project,” Dr Valpied said. “The funding will benefit platypus and their habitat throughout the Werribee River catchment, including areas in Moorabool Shire and all the way downstream to Port Phillip Bay.” The Progressing Platypus Project will enable a more comprehensive approach to platypus monitoring, water quality testing, habitat restoration and community education. Dr Valpied says this will “complement projects already undertaken by Bacchus Marsh Platypus Alliance and other organisations, in collaboration with Werribee River Association.” “We are very fortunate to have platypus in the Werribee River, including in Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, and other parts of the Moorabool Shire,” Dr Valpied continued. “Protecting the platypi and their habitat is very important, as platypus across Australia are in decline due to streams drying out, removal of streamside trees and vegetation, pollution, and urban development that isn’t sensitive to waterway health. “By protecting the platypus in our area, we can help preserve this unique, iconic Australian animal, along with other species, as well as keeping our waterways healthy and beautiful for humans to enjoy,” Dr Valpied said.

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Turbines not quite at turning point By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni)

Just 10-turbines at a newly completed wind farm in Moorabool are operating, less than ten per cent of the total already erected. Construction began on the Moorabool Wind Farm, south of Ballan, in July 2018 with the expectation to begin operation in early 2020, though construction was only completed last December. The site is alleged to have the potential to power more than 228,000 homes when fully operational – whenever that may be. Goldwind Australia, the owner and operator of Moorabool Wind Farm, announced the completion of 104 wind turbines at the site on December 4, but only 10 are currently operating. “Up to 10 turbines are operating up to 30 MW and progressing through the grid testing as part of the commissioning and testing process which includes several stages.” a Goldwind spokesperson told Photo: Helen Tatchell the Moorabool News. The spokesperson declined to comment on when all 104 turbines would be operational, and whether more works were planned at Moorabool Wind Farm. According to a Goldwind media release, when the wind farm is fully operational it will be capable of producing up to 1,050,000 MWh of electricity annually – enough to power around 10 per cent of Victorian homes.

Digging up dirt on theft The theft of a large orange excavator is not something that could be easily picked up, and detectives believe a truck with a lowloader trailer would have been required to remove the heavy machinery. Sometime between 23 December and 4 January unknown offender/s have attended the address in Primes Court Balliang, investigators were told. Moorabool Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the theft of the Hitachi excavator, model ZX200LC3, worth more than $130,000, from the rear yard of the address.

Police believe the unknown offender/s would have required a truck to transport the excavator away from the scene. An image of the excavator has been released in the hope someone recognises it or can provide information on its current whereabouts. A spokesperson from Moorabool CIU told the Moorabool News “the investigation is still ongoing”. Anyone with information is urged to contact Bacchus Marsh CIU on 5366 4545 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or, submit a confidential report online at www. crimestoppervic.com.au

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News Ending school with a big bang

The Moorabool News – 19 January, 2021 Page 7

By Caitlin Bewley

Drug offender ‘Savidges’ Dan Andrews By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni) A Colbrook man facing a string of driving charges has blamed the Andrews Government for his legal troubles. Peter Savidge appeared before Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt, in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrates’ Court on Friday 15 January, facing charges of cannabis possession and three separate alleged driving offences. Mr Savidge entered a guilty plea to possession of 0.8 grams of cannabis but blamed the alleged driving offences on law changes. “I lost my licence in November 2017, I served my time. I wasn’t charged with anything else, but my sentence was extended two and a half years. I still have an interlock for two years. I got my licence back on 19 November 2019, but the law was changed on December 1 … why do I still have to have an interlock?” Mr Savidge asked. “They told me I had to do a behavioural course, I did the course, paid the money … it took 12-months to get in at Ballarat.”

Magistrate Klestadt said the matter clearly had “some complications” that may favour Mr Savidge’s case. “The court may be very sympathetic to your situation. But it’s more complicated than perhaps you’re aware…Legal Aid may be able to provide more advice.” Magistrate Klestadt suggested. But Mr Savidge did not believe contacting Legal Aid would be worthwhile, nor attending a VCAT tribunal on the driving charges. “I’ve been there [Legal Aid] a few times, it’s pointless. They don’t do traffic offences. I wouldn’t go to VCAT, it’s sewn up by the Andrews Government,” Mr Savidge claimed. “I had a clean record for almost 17-years before this, not to mention Dan Andrews’ wife crashed her car while drunk and got shipped off to Europe for 3-months.” Magistrate Klestadt ordered the matter adjourned for a contest mention on 30 April, where Mr Savidge will be able to present his defence against the driving charges.

His hobby is golf, and he has managed to snag a hole-in one, but not the sporting kind. 18-year-old Jarryd Martin from Maddingley, was declared DUX of Catholic Regional College Melton with an ATAR of 96.45 having studied specialist math, math methods, physics, chemistry, and English. The Year 12 scholar said his study schedule usually saw him hit the books for two to three hours a day after school but made sure he always left himself time to relax. When asked what he did during his time away from study, he said he would enjoy games of golf, watch TV, or sometimes enjoy the odd video game. “COVID made studying very tough,” he said. “Obviously, online learning wasn’t easy, and it made it really difficult to communicate with teachers effectively. “In saying that, I was able to work Jarryd Martin. Photo Catholic Regional College pretty well at home on my own, there were probably less distractions than if I was at school,” he said. Mr Martin received the Principal’s scholarship to study Science at Melbourne University, which he said was in his list of preferences, alongside RMIT. When asked what type of science he wanted to focus on, Mr Martin said he hadn’t decided, but wants to focus on math and physics. His advice to the next round of year 12s? Create a work, life balance. “Work hard and give yourself plenty of time to relax and spend time with your friends,” Mr Martin said. “Just make sure you focus and listen in school.” Mr Martin is set to commence his Science degree at Melbourne University on March 1. Bacchus Marsh Grammar and Bacchus Marsh College were also contacted for comment in regard to their respective DUX’s, but had not confirmed such before time of print.

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Family violence figures released By Caitlin Bewley

Works commence at the Melton water recycle plant where Western Water are creating a massive outdoor recycle water storage. Photo - WW

WIN is a win win for region

A major recycled water supply system is currently under construction for dryland farmers in the Parwan Balliang region. Western Water commenced work on the Western Irrigation Network (WIN) after $48 million in funding was secured from the Australian Government. The funding agreement was signed by the Western Water board and the Victorian Minister for Water, the Hon Lisa Neville MP, and was presented under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. The WIN is co-funded by Western Water with contributions from the farmers in recognition of the transformative benefits from accessing a reliable, year-round supply of recycled water. The $116 million project will include a major 1.1 gigalitre recycled water storage at the Melton Recycled Water Plant, and a recycled water pipeline

and pump station to connect supplies between the Melton and Bacchus Marsh treatment plants. Managing director for Western Water, Jeff Rigby, said the co-funding for the WIN demonstrates the national significance of the project. “Strong population growth presents many challenges for our region, including how to manage the increasing volumes of recycled water due to this growth,” he said. Mr Rigby said after years of planning, the WIN will address this challenge by delivering costeffective recycled water supply for large-scale, productive agriculture use. “The project will also protect the environment for future generations by avoiding excess recycled water releases into local waterways,” he said. “WIN is a genuine win-win solution for our region.” The project is projected to be completed by the second half of 2022.


Victoria Police responded to more than 90,000 family violence incidents over a 12-month period, and over 450 of those were in the Moorabool Shire. State-wide statistics showed police responded to 474 family violence incidents in the Moorabool Shire over a 12-month period to September 2020. “We know family violence doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone, and that family violence can take many forms,” a Vicpol spokesperson said. “In addition to physical violence, it can also take the form of coercive and controlling behaviour, financial abuse, emotional abuse, and elder abuse. Police respond to these forms of family violence in the Moorabool Shire, and across the state.” Victoria Police said they are concerned about family violence; however, they know victims living in regional Victoria experience unique challenges compared to those in metropolitan Victoria. “[Regional Victorian victims can experience] increased isolation, which can impact victims’ confidence in reaching out for support,” the spokesperson said. A recent study released by the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) on December 11, 2020 discussed collated police data looking at family violence perpetrators between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. During this time, CSA found there to be seven distinct types of family violence occurring across Victoria, with four groups showing violence against their intimate partner and three groups showing violence against a family member (not intimate partner). Overall, the research found that 74 per cent of recorded family violence perpetrators were male, with an average age of 35.5 years. Five per cent of offenders were Aboriginal. Perpetrators in regional areas of Victoria made up 23 per cent of offending, compared to 15 per cent of the population of Victoria. The most disadvantaged areas of Victoria were substantially over-represented, with 50 per cent of offenders living in the 30 per cent most disadvantaged areas of the state. 51 per cent of perpetrators had been recorded for at least one other family violence incident in the previous 12 years. “Our message to victims is that support is available,” the police spokesperson said. “If you believe you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence, please reach out to a support organisation or police.”

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Letters to the Editor

The Moorabool News – 19 January, 2021 Page 9 W R I T I NG LE T T E R S T O T H E E DI T OR 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 news@themooraboolnews.com.au

Dear Editor, I have noticed with the passage of time the number and emphasis placed on stories that are associated with Bacchus Marsh. I presume as a newspaper you go where the stories are. Having been away, I have just read the last six issues of your paper to catch up on local Ballan and district news and have concluded that the banner on your newspaper should be changed from “Serving Ballan and District Since 1872” to, “Serving Bacchus Marsh and District”. I can only further presume that this is a direct result of a once proud Rural Shire being forced to amalgamate with a rapidly developing suburban town tacked on to our furthest eastern boundary, that has become the seat of power, and as a consequence has the influence to be the major source of your stories. It is another example that demonstrates the erosion of influence of Ballan & district and/or the dominance of Bacchus Marsh. Tony Lynch Gordon

Dear Editor, Thank you for your article reporting on the success of the Reverse Advent Calendar Box Project in Bacchus Marsh (M/News 21 Dec 2020). Unfortunately, the work done by staff, parents and students of two of the local schools, Bacchus Marsh Primary and Darley Primary, was not acknowledged. Almost half of the final tally of 160 boxes were filled and distributed by the staff, parents and children from these two schools A fantastic effort. Iris Blythe (Chair of the Church Council, Bacchus Marsh Uniting Church)

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By Caitlin Bewley Two local bowling clubs are considering merging after 20 years of contemplation, with one of the club’s president’s saying it’ll make them bigger and stronger than ever. President of the Avenue Bowling Club, Peter Kay, said the amalgamation between his club and the Bacchus Marsh Bowling Club (Lord Street) is still in the early stages, but both clubs are considering the potential. “Our two clubs have been discussing this on and off for about 20 years and it never really took off,” he said. “The two clubs are getting smaller, and we don’t have as many players as we did in the past, but the costs keep going up. It’s getting harder and harder for smaller clubs to exist. “But not only that, this is an opportunity to get ahead of the game because what’s happening now with lawn bowls is there are more and more clubs [changing facilities to play all year round],” Mr Kay said. “This is something neither of our clubs could ever afford, we’ve never been big enough to do that.” If the merger proceeds, the two clubs may become the Bacchus Marsh Bowl-

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Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC) ing Club and will call the planned Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC) home. MARC will have all the amenities for the bowling club to grow, and will include a bistro, social/bowling club facilities, outdoor decking/dining, community function room and 2.5/3 bowling greens. Mr Kay said this will be beneficial for the club and could have the potential to bring a younger demographic of lawn bowlers to the town. “We hope to be able to attract some of the younger players to come [to Bacchus

Marsh], that’s one of the problems we have now with two separate clubs. “Other than playing bowls, we don’t actually have a lot to offer,” he said. “We don’t have other facilities we can offer. “We have to get younger people enthusiastic to play, and without the facilities, you’re not going to get that,” Mr Kay said. Although the bowling rinks may not be the first project completed, Mr Kay said the facilities in the project will “put Bacchus Marsh on the map.” “If we can ever attract Victorian Championships or

that sort of standard, it will bring people into the town,” he said. “Bowls Victoria are really interested in the potential merger because it’s never really been done before in Victoria, so they’re interested to see how it all goes. “This is going to be the trend with smaller clubs, they’ll merge together to become stronger and bigger,” Mr Kay said. MARC is planned to be located in Taverner Street and includes a 4-court Indoor Sports Stadium, Indoor Aquatic Centre and a Regional Bowls Facility.

Both the Avenue and Bacchus Marsh Bowls Clubs own the respective land on which their sporting clubs sit. This, along with another block of land in the same vicinity as the Avenue club, will be part of an exchange with Council to receive the new bowling club set to be built on Taverner street, Maddingley. Chairman of the Bacchus Marsh Bowls Club, Glenn Arthur, told the Moorabool News the blocks of land the clubs own had been valued and made-up just over half of the Council’s expected spend for the complex. According to Mr Arthur this expected spend was said to be around $12 million. The two clubs are still waiting for the Council to approve drafts for the building before a decision is met, which will then need to go before both clubs individually to make sure a decision is made fairly. Mr Arthur said the clubs both have their own strict Constitutions stating all members need to be given 21-days-notice before a meeting is held, and therefore, a meeting date cannot be confirmed until Council finalise the building drafts. “Council are still working on a draft for the design of the club,” Mr Arthur said. “Once that’s completed, we will call a joint meeting of both clubs and get the Council to do a presentation. “Both clubs have to vote individually if they want to exchange our land for the Council proposal. But until that’s done, it’s not a done deal,” Mr Arthur said.


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Tatts a Lott of ca$h When your number is up it usually means an end to your life however, for one Bacchus Marsh women, she had six numbers come up and will now be living life to the fullest. The happy woman held one of the seven division one winning entries in TattsLotto draw 4119, drawn Saturday 9 January 2021. Each entry takes home a division one prize worth $1,428,571.43. The regular player, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her winning marked 18-game entry at Bacchus Marsh Village Newslotto, and has declared she will have a ‘blissful retirement’. Despite recently discussing with her family what she’d do with a TattsLotto windfall, the thrilled woman confessed to the only firm plan for her windfall was enjoying her imminent retirement. When an official from The Lott called her to break the exciting news, the local Moorabool woman couldn’t contain her disbelief. “Is this a hoax call? Surely this is one of my mates pulling my leg?” she laughed. “Oh sh*t! Thank you. Oh my god! What amazing news, I’m stunned.” And she had absolutely no idea she had won. “I don’t check my tickets until I go into the outlet to put my next one on so I had no idea. “I work casually, and I thought the phone

call was my work calling me into work that day. “When I saw it was ringing, I thought ‘Do I really want to go to work today? Should I answer this?’. “I might not have to go to work ever again now,” she said. “This is more than lovely. It’s massive. I’ve never won anything, not even a raffle ticket. This is huge. It’s going to make my retirement blissful.” The thrilled woman confessed she still wasn’t sure how she would spend her prize. “You won’t believe this, but on Christmas Day my family and I were talking about what we would do if we won TattsLotto,” she explained. “One of my family members received a ticket for Christmas, so we were all talking about what we’d do if we won. “I said then that I wasn’t sure what I would do, and now it’s happened I’m still not sure. It’s completely unbelievable I honestly don’t know.” The seven division one winning entries were from New South Wales (2) and one each from Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. In 2020, TattsLotto created 122 millionaires across Australia.

The COVID-19 pandemic sadly forced its cancellation in 2020, but this year, Grow West’s annual Community Planting Day has the green light. The 2021 Community Planting Day is set to take place on Saturday 5 June at Kel Shields Flora Reserve, Bacchus Marsh. Volunteers will take to the six-hectare site to help Moorabool Shire Bush Crew and Port Phillip and Westernport CMA’s efforts removing weeds and invasive species such as peppercorns, boxthorn and prickly pear. The event is supported by a range of groups, including the Friends of Werribee Gorge and Long Forest Mallee, the Bacchus Marsh Lions Club, and Bacchus Marsh Community Bank. It regularly attracts over 200 volunteers who plant over 4,000 native trees and shrubs. The Community Planting Day is just one part of the Grow West project, which aims to “turn back the tide of environmental degradation” in an area of 50,000 hectares between Bacchus Marsh and Ballan. For more information on Grow West and Community Planting Day, sign up to their e-newsletter on the website – www.growwest. com.au

Grow West’s vision is to rejuvenate 10,000 hectares of land by connecting the Brisbane Ranges National Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and Lerderderg State Park through a mosaic of restoration works on private property.

Improving community health Online bingo, music and dance, a men’s group and trivia are just some of the activities set up by a Social Support team. Moorabool Shire Council is helping Active Ageing clients stay connected with a range of online programs that aim to help elderly Mooraboolites connect even during pandemic lockdowns. Moorabool Mayor Tom Sullivan said ensuring elderly and vulnerable members of the Moorabool community did not feel isolated was always important, but especially in a lockdown situation. “The program has enabled some members of our community who would have otherwise been alone in lockdown time to have some interaction with others and join in on fun activities via their computers or tablets,” Cr Sullivan said. “Another program Council has run previously is improving digital literacy for elderly people, which has helped enormously when delivering this online program.” Anyone interested in joining ongoing support groups at Council can contact Wesley Hutchesson, Social Support Team Leader, on 5366 7100.

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Face to face conversation heading south By Caitlin Bewley A local police officer says “communication is a skill we’re sadly losing in our society” as mobile phone use among children increases. Leading Senior Constable and Moorabool Youth Resource Officer James Ross says mobile phone use is becoming prevalent in social settings, and as a result, less face-toface communication is happening. “I see a lot of young people filming, photographing, and posting to social media about what they’re doing in that moment,” he said. “I think they’re missing out on great opportunities to just enjoy the moment rather than worrying about posting everything they’re doing to social media. “It’s creating social isolation,” he continued. “Even though they might be in a group of four kids, they’re all isolated because they’ve got their heads glued to their phones to some degree.” LSC Ross told the Moorabool News there’s an increased reliance on mobile phones and using social media for communication, and this may be the reason why kids might not be developing certain communication skills.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released a report last year on December 11, showcasing the growth of mobile phone usage among children in the last 12-months to June 2020, and trends since 2015. Statistics in the report found 33 per cent of Australian children aged six to 13 years old and 76 per cent of children aged 12 and 13, owned a mobile phone. Just under half (48 percent) of the 12- and 13year olds’ who owned a mobile phone, were female and 45 percent male. Mobile phone access for young boys rose from 38 per cent in 2015, and girl’s mobile phone use remained steady over the six-year period, the report stated. The most common reason for mobile phone use among young boys was for gaming, whereas young girls were more likely to use their phones to take photos and videos. LSC Ross said, as a society, “we need to get away from mobile devices and get back to talking (face to face) to people”. “Communication is a social skill we’re sadly losing in our society because we’re all stuck to our mobile phones.”

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Dr Jeff Cave Grampians District Veterinary Officer There is no argument that working dogs are a valuable and helpful asset to farmers and it stands to reason, if your dog travels on the back of your ute, you need to take extra care to avoid exposing them to heat stress on hot days. While it is legal to allow appropriately restrained dogs to travel on the back of utes, dogs being left in the sun for long periods can quickly dehydrate or even die from heat stress. Adequate shelter, for example a fixed canopy, needs to be provided to protect tethered dogs from extreme temperatures. A lot of utes and tray backs these days are made of metal and will heat up quickly and could easily burn dogs’ paws. New regulations introduced in Victoria in December 2019, require that when the temperature is 28 degrees or above that an area of insulating material be placed on the metal tray to protect the dog from the metal surface.

Ensure dogs kept in cages have adequate ventilation, particularly when the vehicle is not moving, and ensure all dogs are given regular access to cool water. Victoria’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act requires dogs travelling in the back of utes, trailers or open tray trucks to be tethered or caged in a manner that prevents them from falling from the vehicle. The only exemption is when dogs are actively working livestock. The tether should only be long enough to permit the dog to stand, lie down and move about but not so long that it could potentially let the dog fall off the vehicle and be dragged or strangled. Tethering dogs should always be regarded as a temporary, short term method of restraint. In addition, it is an offence to leave an animal unattended inside a motor vehicle when the outside temperature is 28 degrees or above, so be sure to make appropriate arrangements when you are travelling with animals. For further advice please contact the RSPCA, your local veterinarian or Agriculture Victoria veterinary or animal health officer. (www.agriculture.vic.gov.au)

Author declares 2021 will be splendid By Lachlan Ellis (3rd Yr Deakin Uni)

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A local author is helping Moorabool document the year ahead, with her new guided journal declaring that 2021 “will be splendid”. Tor Roxburgh released ‘And That’s How It Went’ late last year, to help refresh journal-writers on the events of 2020 – but now she has published ‘And It Will Be Splendid’, inviting writers to jot down the events of what will hopefully be a better year. “I wanted to help people to keep writing about their lives in these unusual pandemic times, and to offer a creative path for those who’d like to begin writing about their lives for the first time,” Ms Roxburgh said. “I’ve always found ordinary lives are very interesting. In my family we have some journals and letters dating back to the nineteenth century. They make you realise how important it is to keep a record of daily life.” The journal includes over 100 prompts that Ms

Roxburgh hopes will help jump start the journalkeeping habit for new writers. Beginning with a prompt about both farewelling 2020 and bringing good habits ahead into this year, ‘And It Will Be Splendid’ runs all the way from the week of 28 December 2020 to 3 January 2021, until the week of 27 December 2021 to 2 January 2022. While she acknowledges the worries of 2020 won’t vanish in 2021 – as much as she’d love them to – Ms Roxburgh said she hopes journaling will provide benefits to the Moorabool community. “Hopefully, our Moorabool community, our friends, and our family will write a little this year. If not for posterity, then for good mental health there are lots of studies that show that expressive writing and journal writing have psychological benefits. Some studies even suggest there are physical health benefits too.” ‘And It Will Be Splendid’ can be purchased at Fabulous Flowers in Ballan, or online at amazon. com.au/dp/0980524970.

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The past comes back to life By Caitlin Bewley Much like the Madness song ‘Our House; in the middle of the street’, a local community has something similar occurring however, it is the church in the middle of the town. Restoration works at the Blackwood Uniting Church uncovered an historical bell holding links to an international icon. Nick Dear is the restorer the Church and said the bell had been in the ceiling for many years, but no one had seen it before. He said the bell was built in 1854 by John Warner and Sons, and that they were the people who built the first bell for Big Ben in London in 1856. “It could have been in the same workshop as Big Ben,” Mr Dear said. “How it got here I don’t know, but if it could talk it would tell quite a story.” Although the bell has been in the ceiling

for years, Mr Dear said he has never heard it ring. “My kids went to Sunday School in the early 90s and I had never heard it ring,” he said. “The older people remember it and say they’d heard it, but I hadn’t.” Mr Dear said this has since changed with the bell being restored and now ringing for the community to enjoy. The Blackwood Uniting Church are celebrating 125 years in 2021 and there’s big things in store for the community. “It will remain a Church, but we’re hoping to create an additional space for the community, it’ll become the Blackwood ‘Sydney Opera House’,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s an iconic building in the centre of town and we’re hoping to get a monthly market there as well.” A date for the 125th anniversary of the Church is yet to be confirmed.

The Fire Danger Period is in force and that means residents need to be prepared to action their Fire Plan if necessary. Local fire brigades are concerned, not with residents being under prepared but the brigades themselves, as evidence rises, they are lacking training when it was revealed last December by Labor’s Minister for Emergency Services, Lisa Neville, the Andrews Labor Government failed to prioritise the state’s fire preparedness and fire services in 2020, according to the Oppositions. Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Nick Wakeling MP said Minister Neville confirmed the reclassification of 4,000 operational Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteers was largely a result of a lack of training because of COVID-19 restrictions. Ballan CFA volunteer Ian Ireland said the number of paid Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) members is evidently having an impact on volunteer firefighters and the funds they receive. “The government are telling us that there is going to be no impact on our spending, but there will be because the cost for providing the supplies for Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) has increased. “Does that mean there’s a decrease in funding for volunteers? We struggle to get

trucks now, we struggle to get equipment, if we don’t get something through funding it’s very hard,” he said. Mr Ireland said nothing is being done to create interoperability between volunteers and MFB because a wedge has been driven between the volunteers and career staff. “Volunteers drop off because they don’t want to be involved in it anymore, they don’t want to come back. [The changes are] politically motivated, for sure.” Mr Wakeling said the CFA’s 2019-20 Annual Report revealed the Andrews Government failed to meet its overall CFA volunteer target by 8,155 volunteers. In the 2019/20 Post Season Debrief Program Report, various aspects of the bushfire response were reviewed, and out of 98 areas that were reviewed, performance was only satisfactory in 18. “Labor’s failure to meet its CFA volunteer targets, together with its reclassification of some 4,000 operational CFA volunteers due to COVID-19 restrictions on training, is only one of many areas where Victoria’s fire preparedness is not up to scratch,” he said. “The Andrews Labor Government’s failure to balance its pandemic response with Victoria’s fire preparedness has left Victoria dangerously exposed this summer. Mr Ireland said it is a sad state of affairs. “Volunteer brigades are getting left behind.”

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Darley Cricket Club - By Todd Whelan Darley must overcome their winless ‘away’ record in season 2020/21, and quickly, if they’re to be any real chance of defending their BCA title. The Lions made it four losses from four outings ‘up the highway’ at the weekend with a disappointing seven wicket loss to Golden Point. Ironically, the Lions remain ahead of the ledger with six wins (all at home) in fifth place on the table, two games clear of Buninyong and Ballarat-Redan. But, given the Lions play five of their remaining eight games on the road, such breathing space cannot be guaranteed come finals time if their ‘away’ results continue. To assess if the pattern is real or an overreaction, let’s take a look at the quality of opposition for a start, before looking at the Lions returns on the road with bat and ball. - The spread of ‘away’ loss is consistent throughout the season (Rounds 2, 6, 8, 10) against opposition not necessarily indicative of ladder position. The Lions have lost to East Ballarat (1st), Wendouree (4th), Golden Point (8th) and Napoleon-Sebastopol (9th - their only win of the season so far) - The Lions average 151 with the bat (away) and have been bowled out in all four games bar one inside 50 overs. The opposition average 202 with the bat and haven’t once been bowled out by the Lions. - Of all opening bowlers used (away) only Madushanka Ekanayake (2) has taken a wicket. Rahumatullah Khwaja (7) and Danza Hyatt (7) are the Lions leading wicket takers away from Darley Park. - Danza Hyatt is the only Lions player (away) to have made 50 runs in a single innings. In fact, Hyatt is the only batsman to have made more than 70 runs in total (151) from the four ‘away’ games. Rahumutallah Khwaja 69 runs @ 23 avg, Brodie Ward 60 @ 20 avg are next best. On the flipside the Lions at Darley Park are a different proposition altogether and remain unbeaten this season with six wins. No team has been spared at the Lions Den with Golden Point (8th), Ballarat-Redan (7th), Buninyong (6th), North Ballarat (3rd), Brown Hill (10th) and Mount Clear (2nd) all falling victim. - The Lions average 173 with the bat (home) while opposition clubs manage just 124 (avg). Hyatt has 236 runs @ 47.2 avg inc 3 x 50s, Anthony Taylor 227 @ 37.8 inc 2 x 50s while Bradley Barnes is next best 114 runs @ 22.8 inc 1 x 50. - No opposition has batted their full 50 overs against Darley at Darley Park. The Lions bowling attack averages maximum wicket returns at home (10) but only 6.5 wickets away (per innings). Hyatt and Hasi Wickramasinghe are the leading wicket takers on the home deck with 11, Ekanayake and Dayle Locke (8) are next best while Khwaja has (7). Strangely, Hasi has just the one wicket from his four away games from 21 overs (1/93). The difference is palpable - the numbers tell a story. Evidently, there were some positives to draw from Saturday’s loss to Golden Point. Hyatt’s patient 64 led the Lions recovery after they were reeling early at 3/10. Drew Locke (21) and Brodie Ward (25) gave Hyatt and the Lions some much needed support at the other end to see the score

through to a competitive 165. An inform Anthony Taylor at the top of the Lions batting order was a notable absentee, stuck in Queensland due to Covid restrictions. In reply with the ball the Lions looked some chance early having the home side 3/40 as Dayle Locke (2/21) and Khwaja (1/38) struck. But that was all she wrote as Golden Point went wicketless for the remainder, comfortably passing the Lions total with 43 balls to spare. Lions coach Brian Wheelahan is already looking ahead to Saturday’s showdown with top side East Ballarat (P10 W7 D1 L2). “They taught us a lesson last time which remains well and truly in our memory bank,” he said. “We need to respond, that I’m sure we will, if we are serious about what we want to do in the back end of the season.” Darley has not lost at home since November 2018. Action begins from Midday at Darley Park. Results – Round 10 BCA FIRST GRADE Darley 165 All Out, Overs 49.4. D. Hyatt 64, B. Ward 25. Golden Point 3/166, Overs 42.5. Da Locke 2/21. Darley lost by 7 wickets. Darley (now) 4th - (P10: W6 L4). BCA SECOND GRADE Darley 7/133, Overs 45. M. Ingvorsen 55, L. Havelburg 36. Burrumbeet 7/97, Overs 39. M. Ward 2/21, M. Seager 2/23. Darley won by 36 runs. Darley (now) 14th - (P10: W2 D2 L6). BCA THIRD GRADE Darley 8/178, Overs 40. R. Densley 56, J. Monagahan 45. Brown Hill Bulls 148 All Out, Overs 31.3. R. Hoey 3/12, BACCHUS MARSH L. Jordan 2/32. Darley won by 30 runs. Darley (now) 12th - (P10: W4 B1 D0 L5). BCA FOURTH GRADE Darley 4/188, Overs 40. T. Gallagher 42*, S. Cornford 38*. Napoleons-Sebastopol 6/192, Overs 35.3. G. Martindale 2/25. Darley lost by 4 wickets. Darley (now) 10th - (P10: W3 D1 B1 L5). BCA FIFTH GRADE Lucas 165 All Out, Overs 38.3. K. Bessell 3/24, A. Morton 2/30 Darley 116 All Out, Overs 33.5. B. Azzopardi 38*, J. Hunt 26. Darley lost by 49 runs. Darley (now) 12th - (P10: W0 D1 L9).



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Sergio broke a 20-year-old Discus record.

Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics After a four week break over the Christmas period, Little Aths returned to Masons Lane last Saturday. Conditions were a little cool; not your typical summer day and although attendance numbers were slightly down, athletes recorded some fantastic results for the meet. Two new Centre records were set in the field. Under 14 athlete, Sergio Arrivillaga broke a 20-year-old Discus record, previously held by Jason Hooper. Sergio bettered the record by 0.82cm throwing a new Centre record distance of 37.42m. Tamara Henry also set a new Centre record, leaping 1.50m in the Girls Under 16 High Jump. At the conclusion of competition Relay Squad members participated in relay training, in preparation for the upcoming Relay Championships. The Under 9-12 athletes will be competing at the Regional Carnival to be held on Sunday 28 February at Werribee. The Under 13-16 relay teams will be direct entry to the State Championships on Sunday 28 March at Casey Fields. Centre Training recommences this Thursday from 4.30-5pm for the Under 6-7, 5-5.30pm for the Under 8-10 and 5.30-6pm for the Under 11-16 athletes.

U14 Rep game Jan 2021: Three Ballan cricketers played in the Ballarat Representative Girls U14 Western Cup competition in Hamilton. They won the Western Victoria’s Girls Shield. (L-R) Assistant Coach - Anthony McIlwaine, Sarah Burton, Clover McIlwaine and Beth Davenport. PHOTO – Max Burton

Local girls make up winning team Ballan Cricket Club This year the Ballarat Cricket Association (BCA) decided to enter an inaugural representative team into the Western Victoria Girls U/14 Shield, conducted in Hamilton for three-days, and it involved local players, Ballan Cricket Club were excited to have three of their players selected to be part of the team following trials in December and included Sarah Burton, Beth Davenport and Clover McIlwaine making the team. Throughout the Championship, the girls were accommodated at Monivae College, Hamilton and played six games during the Championship in the surrounding areas. The entire event was a fantastic celebration of female sport and was a brilliant display of how far female cricket has evolved in recent years. The BCA girls played some outstanding cricket throughout the championship with Beth, Clover and Sarah all making valuable contributions to the team. On the last day of the championship, BCA made it through to the final with a win against Sunraysia in the morning, setting up a place in the final against Warrnambool. The BCA girls brought their ‘A’ game to the final keeping Warrnambool to 6/55 from their 20 overs and then chasing down the total to be 1/56 from 11.2 overs and claim the Western Victoria U/14 Girls Shield. A club spokesperson said the girls were ecstatic with the win and “cannot wait to return next season to defend their title”.

Tamara’s record performance high jump. Photos - submitted

Ballan Bowling Club A cooler day on Saturday saw both divisions play top of the table games against Creswick and BMS. Division 3 played their home game against top team Creswick at the Creswick green. Ballan let Creswick get away to an early start and spent the rest of the afternoon playing catch up. While they all put in all day, Ballan was unable to close the gap eventually going down by 23 shots. Best rink - Scott, Couch, Candy and skip was P. O’Connell Division 7 was also playing a top of the ladder clash against BMS at their home green. Both sides battled hard all day with Ballan making a big comeback towards the end but unfortunately, was not able to close the gap losing by 17 shots. Best rink - L. Hodge, Cornell, Pitcher and skip D. Martyn.

Jack McGregor takes a catch from and inside edge off Sam Dehnert’s bowling.

Ballan Captain Michael Snaith brought the 2nd grade team home to a win with 42 runs not out. PHOTOS – Chris Thom

Mark Kennedy opened the batting with Lachie Snaith and scored 31.

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Glory by a country mile By Michael Howard The TAB Summer of Glory narrative had its first chapter written at the weekend, when legs three and four of the Trots Country Cups Championship were won by horses with bold ambitions. Lochinvar Art will enter this Saturday night’s $110,000 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup a shortpriced favourite after obliterating his rivals on his home track of Shepparton last Saturday, while Fourbigmen reaffirmed his standing among the next tier with a commanding win at Hamilton on Sunday. The performances only fuelled the fire for what shapes as a terrific month’s racing, which will culminate with the $500,000 Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup on February 6 at Tabcorp Park Melton, when interstate raiders King Of Swing and Chicago Bull will battle Lochinvar Art for what’s essentially the nation’s heavyweight title. Though for some it may be disputed, others will argue that title currently rests with Victoria Cup winner Lochinvar Art. They would have had their position reaffirmed by his performance on Saturday when he cruised to victory in his home-town Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup, in the process matching the track record despite being largely untested. Trainer/driver David Moran admitted post-race “it’s pretty scary really”. “He had a pretty easy lead time, but to do it the way he did it (was) pretty arrogant,” he said, after Lochinvar Art stormed home in a 54.9sec last half to win by 16 metres. “He’s pretty basic. He’s not too perturbed by a lot of things. I always refer to him as Mike Tyson, he pulls the black trunks up and he’s pretty happy go lucky, he doesn’t care, he’s just out there to fight.” Making the result all the more significant for Moran was that it was his first victory in his home cup. “Not only is it good to win your home cup on your home track, but it’s great to do it in front of everybody involved,” Moran said. “I’ve got a lot of friends and family here tonight, there are a lot of local people that seem to follow this horse. It’s great for the industry.” Lochinvar Art is among nominees for Saturday’s Ballarat Cup along with Bendigo Cup winner Wolf Stride, Cobram Cup winner Perfect Stride and Hamilton Cup winner Fourbigmen, meaning all who have claimed a Trots Country Cups Championship this season could be on a collision course. The last of those to salute, Fourbigmen, was impressive in confirming his favourite status in the Hamilton Cup by sitting in the breeze for the last lap and holding off all comers. In only her second drive on the Emma Stewart-trained five-year-old, following on from a last start second in the Bendigo Cup, Kate Gath advanced Fourbigmen to the front of the running line with a lap to go and rattled home in 54.9sec outside leader and stablemate Struve. “When Struve had to give a little bit to find the front and then backed off it was the perfect opportunity to put ourselves in the race and then ease off once we got there,” Gath said. “He was really good up the straight. He was the class runner of the field and that’s what he did to them today.”

Shepparton Gold Cup Winner: Lockinvar Art (1). Trainer and Driver: David Moran. Photo: Stuart McCormick

Tabcorp Park Friday 15 January Race 4 Winner: Arocknatthepark (9). Trainer: Tony Romeo. Driver. Tony Calabra. Photo Stuart McCormick

Tabcorp Park Friday 15 January Race 6 Winner: Madena Bay (1). Trainer: Joe Abela. Driver. Jodi Quinlan. Photo Stuart McCormick

Tabcorp Park Friday 15 January Race 7 Winner: Tinder Surprise (4). Trainer and Driver: Kerryn Manning. Photo Stuart McCormick

Tabcorp Park Friday 15 January Race 3 Winner: Silent Reverie (1). Trainer: Joe Vassallo. Driver. James Herbertson. Photo Stuart McCormick

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LEO—July 23-August 22

Stars & Puzzles Watch a tendency to avoid making difficult phone calls. Make a point of congratulating others for jobs well done. Your responsibilities increase and bonuses may be in the picture. VIRGO—August 23-September 22


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

This week the accent is on money matters. A small windfall may compensate for recent surprise expenses. Thursday - Friday highlights romance and friendship. A colleague proves his/her loyalty. TAURUS—April 21-May 22

You hear different sides from different parties and you may find it impossible to mediate. Health matters may require a prompt and thorough review. Your willpower is strong so make overdue resolutions. GEMINI—May 23-June 21

This week sees you engaged in a labour of love. Hobbies and skills are highlighted. New interests may include everything from computer courses to quilting. Travel is accented at the weekend.

6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 12. 15. 17. 19. 20.

ACROSS Bird (5,6) Metal (4) Mixed (8) Hit (6) Harangue (6) Artistic dance (6) Parent (6) Game (4-4) Shape (4) Protest (11)

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DOWN On time (8) Comment (6) Hound (6) Leading actor (4) Mean (6) Lift (5) Sensible (8) Large bird cage (6) Troublesome (6) Powerful (6) Dodge (5) Plucky (4)


ACROSS 6. What one gets from the hollow eyes? (6,5). 7. The animal centre spoken of (4). 8. Organisms found on wood not treated (8). 9. A way a boy has of getting lost (6). 10. Spot, the dog, is inside, safe (6). 12. Rot! He’s prepared to supply further ones (6). 15. What to do when things become unbearable? (6). 17. A work on palmistry? (8). 19. Make, from holding a straight (4). 20. Drop back when you find you can’t control the dog (4,3,4). DOWN 1. Without paying a bawbee? (4-4). 2. Quick to become irritable (6). 3. Awards with big limousines (6). 4. What dogs sometimes do is scratch (4). 5. It means a change , of course (6). 6. Almost all of the lavish assortments of bottles (5). 11. Pass by an upturned communist vessel (8). 13. Follows the track into a back street (6). 14. Puts on the good eggs (6). 15. Maintenance needed it something’s not to fall down? (6). 16. A minor prize (5). 18. Quickly write off a letter - just a short line (4).


CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Vacant stare. 7, Hart (heart). 8, Plank-ton. 9, A-St-Ray. 10, Se--cur-e. 12, Others (anag.). 15, Unload. 17, Hand-book. 19, Ne-a-t. 20, Lose the lead. Down - 1, Scot-free. 2, Snappy. 3, OS-cars. 4, Bark. 5, Detour. 6, Vials (anag.). 11, Col-an-der. 13, T-rail-S. 14, Sports. 15, Up-keep. 16, A-ward. 18, Dash.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Contrition. 8, Avon. 9, Opal. 10, Alter. 11, Erse. 12, Ceasefire. 16, Silver-fox. 20, Plus. 22, Tunic. 23, Type. 24, Saga. 25, Introduced. Down - 1, Couple. 2, Stylish. 3, Pilaff. 4, Winter. 5, Snare. 7, Rouse. 13, Ill. 14, Fretful. 15, Bleat. 17, Ignite. 18, Victor. 19, Osprey. 21, Stain.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across - 6, House martin. 7, Zinc. 8, Assorted. 9, Struck. 10, Tirade. 12, Ballet. 15, Mother. 17, Ping-pong. 19, Oval. 20, Remonstrate. Down - 1, Punctual. 2, Remark. 3, Basset. 4, Star. 5, Intend. 6, Hoist. 11, Rational. 13, Aviary. 14, Thorny. 15, Mighty. 16, Evade. 18, Game .

CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Dumb blonde. 8, Well. 9, Stag. 10, Ros-I-e. 11, Does (doze). 12, In-Di-gnant. 16, Lashed out. 20, Clog. 22, Rocks. 23, I-O-ta. 24, Fi-re. 25, App-reh-ends. Down - 1, But-ton. 2, Abiga-I-l. 3, F-L-or-in. 4, Uni-son. 5, Sewed. 7, Fleet. 13, (l)Ass. 14, Advised. 15, Plain. 17, A-cc-ept. 18, Has-ten. 19, Untidy. 21, G-re-at.

CANCER—June 22-July 22 Redecorating and renovating prove rewarding experiences. You surprise even yourself with the breadth of your talents but major repairs, however small, should be left to the professionals. LEO—July 23-August 22

Watch a tendency to avoid making difficult phone calls. Make a point of congratulating others for jobs well done. Your responsibilities increase and bonuses may be in the picture. VIRGO—August 23-September 22

Your partner is ready to express his/her most innermost feelings but it’s up to you to provide the right setting. Team projects are highlighted so long as all responsibilities are clearly defined. LIBRA—September 23-October 22 Thursday - Friday accents travel planning and household improvements. Buying or selling may prove favourable on the weekend. A loved one may surprise you with a display of artistic temperament.


SCORPIO—October 23-November 21


Best artistic efforts are joint efforts, especially in the areas of writing and the visual arts. Your romantic partner is in a scholarly mood. News from abroad could clear up a mystery.ANSWER BELOW SAGITTARIUS—November 22-December 22

News from faraway puts you in a travelling mood. This is a good week to plan for a trip, but give extra thought to your choice of travel companions. The visual arts are highlighted. CAPRICORN—December 23-January 20

Debates are highlighted through this week. You may not win every argument, but your intellect is working overtime. Playing the matchmaker is everybody’s favourite hobby this week. AQUARIUS—January 21-February 19 Trips to new destinations may be among the week’s highlights. Property transactions require extra checks of facts and figures. Home maintenance should be attended to by reputable tradespeople. PISCES—February 20-March 20 Your partner is in a secretive mood and a despondent relative may respond positively to your encouragement. You may be gullible so don’t sign on any dotted lines until you are sure of all the facts.

BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK Your independent personality works as a major asset as well as a liability. Avoid being independent for it’s own sake. A cautious approach also has both positive and negative results. Creativity and business blend especially well.

Your partner is ready to express his/her most innermost feelings but it’s up to you to provide the right setting. Team projects are highlighted so long as all responsibilities are clearly defined.

LIBRA—September 23-October 22 Thursday - Friday accents travel planning and household improvements. Buying or selling may prove favourable on the weekend. A loved one may surprise you with a display of artistic temperament. SCORPIO—October 23-November 21

Best artistic efforts are joint efforts, especially in the areas of writing and the visual arts. Your romantic partner is in a scholarly mood. News from abroad could clear up a mystery. SAGITTARIUS—November 22-December 22

News from faraway puts you in a travelling mood. This is a good week to plan for a trip, but give extra thought to your choice of travel companions. The visual arts are highlighted. CAPRICORN—December 23-January 20

Debates are highlighted through this week. You may not win every argument, but your intellect is working overtime. Playing the matchmaker is everybody’s favourite hobby this week. AQUARIUS—January 21-February 19 Trips to new destinations may be among the week’s highlights. Property transactions require extra checks of facts and figures. Home maintenance should be attended to by reputable tradespeople. PISCES—February 20-March 20 Your partner is in a secretive mood and a despondent relative may respond positively to your encouragement. You may be gullible so don’t sign on any dotted lines until you are sure of all the facts.

BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK Your independent personality works as a major asset as well as a liability. Avoid being independent for it’s own sake. A cautious approach also has both positive and negative results. Creativity and business blend especially well.

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