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(L-R) Emily Attard with Specialist Hoops basketballer Tarkyn, and Michelle Molenkamp from Bacchus Marsh Community Bank Branch. Photo – BM Comm Bank.

Seven is the lucky number

By Lachlan Ellis A local bank has celebrated its 7th birthday and instead of receiving presents they handed out seven cheques to seven community groups, and an all-abilities basketball organisation was one grateful recipient. In November, Specialist Hoops was the recipient of a $700 cheque from the Bacchus Marsh Community Bank Branch, with the money to go towards a sports wheelchair. Founder and Director of Specialist Hoops, Emily Attard, told the Moorabool News that the money was vital in helping expand the group’s programs.

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“This money is extremely important to Specialist Hoops as it helps us develop and provide programs for inclusion to the area. We are all about no one getting left behind, and the $700 will help us to take bigger steps in the outlay of our Wheelchair Basketball program in 2022,” she said. “Having the support from our local Community Bank is amazing and knowing the community is behind us only opens up the path for a more inclusive community.” Branch Manager Ian Prince said it is very important to the bank, and the community, to be able to help financially. “To be able to invest in local organisations creates opportunity for new groups to get established and for established ones to grow,” he said.

Mr Prince said the bank provides for all needs of the community. “We want to be an all-inclusive town and we are happy to be a bit part of that ‘unity’ in community.” Staff at the Community Bank Branch nominated organisations of their choice and cheques for $700 were also given to Young Street Kindergarten, Annecto (Merrimu Services), Bacchus Marsh Primary School, Darley Neighbourhood House, and Soul Food had two programs funded. Specialist Hoops Basketball makes the sport fun and accessible for people with disabilities, running weekly sessions at the Bacchus Marsh Leisure Centre and Melton Indoor Recreation Centre.

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Youth Fest BACCHUS MARSH I BALLAN

January 2022 ALL ABOARD!

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10 BENNETT STREET BACCHUS MARSH Skate! BMX! Scooter! Scoot on down to the Bacchus Marsh Skate Park! Show off your skills and learn all things skating from the professionals! No experience needed!

3 COWIE STREET BALLAN Skate! BMX! Scooter! Drop in to the Ballan Skate Park! Show off your skills and learn all things skating from the professionals! No experience needed!

TUESDAY 18 JANUARY 2022 1-3 PM @ BACCHUS MARSH SKATE PARK

THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 1-3 PM @ BALLAN SKATE PARK

POOL PARTY FRIDAY 21 JANUARY 2022 5-9:30 PM @ BACCHUS MARSH SWIMMING POOL

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GAMES NIGHT!

DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE EVENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 12 TO 25

55 GRANT STREET BACCHUS MARSH Dive in to the Bacchus Marsh Pool Party! Live DJ performance, food, games, prizes to be won! End the night poolside or floating away to a move screening! Entry Fee $10 per person

THURSDAY 27 JANUARY 2022 4-8 PM @ DARLEY COMMUNITY & CIVIC HUB 182 HALLETTS WAY DARLEY Calling all gamers! Squad up for the win! Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii! Minecraft, FIFA, NBA2K and more! Bring your friends, get the win, and have some pizza!

TUESDAY 25 JANUARY 2022 11-4 PM @ BACCHUS MARSH SKATE PARK 10 BENNETT STREET BACCHUS MARSH Skate! BMX! Scooter! Jump on down to Bacchus Marsh Skate Park for an action packed day full of lessons and skate comps! No experience needed!

ALL EVENTS WILL ADHERE TO THE CURRENT VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

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An image of excellence By Lachlan Ellis The last two years have been rocky at best for VCE students, from online learning, then back to the classroom, then online again – but local Year 12s have not just survived, they have thrived. Victorian Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) scores were released from 7 am last Thursday, giving closure to tens of thousands of nervous students across the state. At Bacchus Marsh Grammar, capping off a remarkable year of study was Ella Noorman from Bacchus Marsh, who received an ATAR of 99.6, and was named Dux of the School. Ms Noorman’s ATAR score puts her in the top 0.4 per cent of Victorian VCE students, and essentially gives her the freedom to pick whatever undergraduate course she wants to enrol in.

But the decision was almost made for her, when she received a call just hours after getting her ATAR. “I’ve got Medical Imaging at Deakin at the top of my preference list…but Deakin called me at about 10:30am and offered me a full scholarship there, so I think that’ll be where I’m going,” Ms Noorman told the Moorabool News. “This morning was crazy; I didn’t think I’d score that high. It’s a dream come true. I think with COVID, being at home a lot, I had a lot of time to study. During Year 11 it was hard, but after getting used to it and getting the routine, it became a lot easier. “Mum was really excited, all my friends are really proud… there were a few tears from Mum. It’s been really good…I’m still getting used to it, I think it’ll take a while to process.” Earlier this year, Ms Noorman was also named Dux of five subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, and English Language.

Ella Noorman from Bacchus Marsh Grammar received an ATAR score of 99.6. Photo - supplied

Policy “sends a message” Coming soon so much festival fun By Lachlan Ellis

If you are aged between 12 and 25, DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE EVENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 12 TO 25 TO THE CURRENT VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT live or study in Moorabool, then an up ALL EVENTS WILL ADHERE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS coming event is targeted at you. Moorabool’s Youth Fest is coming up fast and will have a range of supervised BACCHUS MARSH I BALLAN events on offer. The Moorabool FReeZA Group has five days of fun planned over the last two weeks of January, with all events strictly drug and alcohol free. The fun begins from 1pm – 3pm on Tuesday 18 January, with the All Aboard Skateboarding at Bacchus Marsh Skate Park. BMX’s and scooters are welcome too, and not only will you be able to show off your skills, you can also learn about all things skating from some professionals. No experience is required, and a second All Aboard Skateboarding day will run at the Ballan Skate Park too, from 1 – 3 January 2022 pm on Thursday 20 January. follow us on instagram @mooraboolyoungpeople And if you’re not all skated out from those two days, Tuesday 25 January will be an action-packed day of skating lessons and competitions at the Bacchus Marsh Skate Park, running from 11 am until 4 pm. On Friday 21 January, dive into the fun at the Pool Party, at Bacchus Marsh Swimming Pool. The event will feature a live DJ, food, games, and prizes. Finally, if you still have some energy left, Thursday 28 January is for the gamers, from Minecraft, FIFA, NBA2K and more, join in the four hours of fun on Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii at the Council building at 182 Halletts Way, Darley from 4pm until 8pm. For more information, contact the Youth Team by calling 5366 7100, or via email at youthservices@moorabool.vic.gov.au.

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An “acceptable setback distance” for high voltage transmission lines has been set by Moorabool Shire Council, in a policy approved just before Christmas, The ‘High Voltage Transmission Line Setback Policy’ was one of four items that came before the Special Meeting of Council on Wednesday 22 December. The policy states that Council “specifically seeks to limit the potential impacts on visual amenity, existing and future land uses, as well as adverse effects on human health resulting from EMF emissions characteristic of high voltage transmission infrastructure”. It aligns Council’s policy for high voltage powerlines to the Australian Energy Commissioner’s recommendations – specifically, recommendation 5.2.9.5 of the Commissioner’s 2020 Annual Report. This recommendation states that “a transmission line that is less than 220kV should have a setback distance of 100 metres from a residence, while a powerline that is 220kV or greater should have a setback distance of 200 metres”. “Transmission lines should also be set back from public roads, with the suggested setback distance of the transmission line towers measured as the tower height plus 20 metres,” the Commissioner’s report adds. Council CEO Derek Madden confirmed that AusNet’s current proposal for the Western Victoria Transmission Network Policy (WVTNP) breached the setback policy, and urged Councillors to back it. “Our policy is aligning with the Commissioner’s guidelines. We’ve looked at the proposal [for

the WVTNP] as it stands...some of the towers are in very close proximity to residences. This is the minimum setback, this is not what it [the setback distance] should be, this is the minimum that has been recommended by the Commissioner,” Mr Madden said. “We feel that if Council endorses this policy, it will send a message that Council are not willing to accept towers within such close proximity to residential housing.” While Council’s preference is for the setback distance to be measured from the easement, to align with the Commissioner’s recommendations, the distance will be measured from the centre line of the powerline. Council has identified at least 15 individual residences situated within 100m of the WVTNP’s 500kV powerline through Moorabool, and an additional 23 within 200m. Unsatisfactory setbacks also highlight landowner compensation concerns, given that compensation is related only to the acquisition of land for easements and not for impacts to amenity for neighbouring properties, even if the transmission infrastructure is geographically closer to their residence. The policy was approved unanimously by Councillors, and as such the High Voltage Transmission Line Setback Policy will be “actively considered when determining and making submissions to projects that involve high voltage transmission lines”. A planning permit for a sports and aquatic centre at 21 Taverner Street, Maddingley was also approved at the meeting. Two items titled ‘Culvert Rehabilitation Yendon-Egerton Road, Millbrook’ and ‘Australia Day Award Selection Panel Recommendations’ were marked as confidential, and discussed by Council in a closed meeting.

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Former doctor airs concerns By Lachlan Ellis Dr Rodney Stobart is a former doctor at the Ballan Hospital and told the Moorabool News of his concerns, following the facility’s acquisition by mecwacare. Ballan District Health & Care (BDHC), which operates Ballan Hospital, has transitioned to the ownership of mecwacare, a not-for-profit aged care and disability services provider, on 1 December. And while mecwacare Chief Executive Michele Lewis has spoken of “continuity of care for residents and clients”, Dr Stobart has his doubts. “The citizens of Ballan who battled so hard to get the hospital built will be rolling over in their graves,” he told the Moorabool News. Dr Stobart arrived in Ballan in 1977, when the hospital was struggling financially and had six beds. “Back then, Ballan had not been able to get a doctor to commit long term for many years. On occasions they were without a doctor, relying on doctors from Bacchus Marsh to visit,” he said. “Before I came, I asked the committee to purchase some equipment: a mist tent to treat kids with croup, a monitor/ defibrillator, and a humidicrib. All this equipment was put to good use…many kids with croup were able to be cared for close to home. “The hospital was making a lot of money. On occasions, we had 110 per cent occupancy.” Since leaving Ballan Hospital in 1983, Dr Stobart said the hospital had only managed to get one doctor to make Ballan their home. With the hospital to be run by a group from out of Ballan, he fears the community-oriented nature of the hospital is at further risk. “Ballan citizens have not had continuity of care by one

Dr Rod Stobart has concerns about ongoing care with no after-hours care available locally. Photo – Helen Tatchell doctor who knew them and their families, knew their struggles and their difficulties. This used to be the real joy of ‘family medicine’,” he said. “Ballan will have no after-hours care – children who have fevers, middle ear infections, croup, asthma et cetera, will

have to be taken to Ballarat.” In an August media release, Ms Lewis said mecwacare’s acquisition of BDHC would “provide long-term security and financial sustainability for the health service and local Ballan community”.

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Station plans on track By Lachlan Ellis Initial designs for the restoration of Lal Lal Railway Station have been released, with the community given the chance to provide its input. In July, the State Government promised funding for the station under the Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program, with plans to make the disused building into a community hub and neighbourhood house. Photos of the proposed works were uploaded on the Lal Lal Community social media page, where a few locals gave their thoughts. “Looking great. Will be good to see this building getting some love. Now for the pub,” Carmel said. “Looks great but maybe the toilet could be better placed perhaps closer to the information room, so the public have better access to it?” Natalie suggested. “I think you have to go with the spaces that are there, not do too much structural change. You would also need to know where the water is,” Kay responded. In late November, the Lal Lal Community Hub Committee met to discuss proposed works, which include installation of fences along the roadway and platform, the removal of partitions for a new exhibition space, and the installation of a kitchenette. Under the proposed plans, the restored station building will also feature two meeting spaces/ offices, an office for the local Landcare group, a tearoom, and a visitor information centre. Lal Lal resident Geoff Hewitt said the community was excited to finally get the ball rolling on the restoration works. “Representatives of the Committee met onsite with Shire and VicTrack representatives in November to have a brief tour of the station, before meeting at the Lal Lal Hall to discuss a draft plan with the site architect. At that meeting a number of issues pertaining to the plan and the site were raised and discussed,” Mr Hewitt told the Moorabool News. “Broadly speaking, the Committee is happy with the proposed refurbishment because it retains or repairs the historic façade and interior and provides for a number of meeting rooms and office space, together with a visitor’s information room and exhibition space. That will provide a focal point for proposed tourism related projects in the area, a meeting place for community groups and opportunities for arts related activities and displays,” he said. Mr Hewitt said VicTrack aims to open the project for tender early in the new year and hopes to have the refurbishment completed by August – September 2022. The Lal Lal community has been campaigning for funding for the station for over a decade, with a commitment in 2018 of over $800,000 for the restoration, unfortunately this was not delivered. However, at the July funding announcement this year, VicTrack representative Jean Parson said there was a “firm commitment” from the State Government this time around, with $9 million to be shared between 10 projects including Lal Lal’s. “We’ve got the proposal, it has been accepted, you’ve got a letter in writing confirming that, so there’s no doubt about it, you are in the program for the second tranche which is for this current financial year,” Ms Parson said. According to VicTrack, all works under the Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program “are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2022”. A sign on Eaglesons Road states that Lal Lal Railway Station was “disestablished as a staffed station in 1983”.

Earlier this year, (M/News 27 July), Cr Paul Tatchell, Michaela Settle MP, and Gavin Barker celebrated the $800,000 funding announcement to renovate the historic train station into a community hub. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Lucky number seven for subdivision By Lachlan Ellis Seven is a lucky number for some, and after another approval at Council, a Gordon landowner will get a seventh permit to develop their land. The application for a three-lot subdivision and vegetation removal at 18 Lyndhurst Street, Gordon, came before Council’s 15 December Development Assessment Committee, and was approved unanimously. Previously, a permit for development of a dwelling and removal of vegetation was issued in 2011, a permit for a two-lot subdivision in 2012, and another permit for development of a dwelling and removal of vegetation in 2017. None of these permits were acted on and all expired, with three extensions approved on the 2017 permit, the last of which required commencement of work by 23 October 2021. The lot will now be subdivided into three lots: Lot 1 with an area of 954 sq m, Lot 2 with an area of 953 sq m, and Lot 3 with an area of 1,795 sq m. A poplar and two pine trees will be removed from Lot 2, however, 12 native trees will be planted to replace them. Two objectors wrote to Council, with flood risk a major concern of both objectors. However, a Flood Impact Assessment Report was completed and approved by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA), with conditions applied to mitigate flood risk on the three lots. “It is considered that the risk associated with the flood hazard can be managed to an acceptable extent to ensure that development of the site is not unreasonably impacted by flooding,” one of the Council Officer’s Responses read. All Councillors voted in favour of the recommendation before them.


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STORM AND FLOOD

BULLETIN

This regular bulletin provides recovery updates following the June 2021 storms and floods. Bushfire Recovery Victoria proudly works in partnership with council and the local community to support recovery.

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RESIDENTIAL STORM AND FLOOD CLEAN-UP RESUMES The Residential Storm and Flood Clean-up works resume this week. Clean-up after the storms is a big job and there’s a lot of work left to do. The crews are rested and ready for a new year. So far, the program has completed over 70% of residential properties. Check out the BRV Facebook or LinkedIn page for updates.

Primary producers located in 6 storm-affected communities may be eligible to receive a kilometreworth of fence posts for their property. Eligible local government areas include Hepburn, Macedon Ranges, Moorabool, Murrindindi, Cardinia or Yarra Ranges.

The Partners in Wellbeing Helpline ensures that sole traders, small business owners and their employees can speak to someone who understands them, and who understands their business. The helpline is a free and confidential service that provides support for small business owners and employees through trained wellbeing coaches, financial counsellors and business advisers. Call the Partners in Wellbeing hotline on 1300 375 330 or visit partnersinwellbeing.org.au/ small-business-support for more information and a live chat option.

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These fence posts are repurposed from stormdamaged trees obtained over the course of BRV’s Residential Storm and Flood Clean-up program. We’ve teamed up with Rural Aid and Macedon Ranges Shire Council to provide these fence posts.

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Victorians impacted by the June 2021 storms and floods can call the single, state-wide number for help.

AN UPDATE FROM MOORABOOL SHIRE COUNCIL After a huge and challenging year that saw our Shire hit by two major storm events, we’re looking ahead to continue the recovery journey in 2022. Once again, we thank everyone in the Moorabool community for your ongoing resilience and togetherness. How can we support you for the next six months? We are conducting surveys for the Storm Recovery Team’s future planning. Your input will help inform how we work alongside the community as we continue the recovery journey over the next six months. If you were impacted by the June and October storms, please take a moment to fill in the survey online via this QR code. We thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions, you can call the Storm Team on (03) 5366 1323 during business hours.

Operators can assist you with accessing your own Recovery Support Worker, mental health and wellbeing support, financial counselling, and information on available payments. The Recovery Hotline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Call 1800 560 760 today to access a Recovery Support worker.

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Lights signify season’s greetings By Helen Tatchell The Griswold’s are well known for their Christmas light displays in a 1989 movie however, one local business owner has taken out the Moorabool title, two years in a row. Rebecca Treadwell is the owner and operator of Springfields Garage in Ballan and was excited about being announced the back-to-back winner this year.

Best Shop Window - Springfields Garage, Inglis Street, Ballan.

“Springfields and Christmas has become a bit of a tradition for us in Ballan,” she said. “The community look forward to our lights every year and it is special to be able to light up the street at Christmas, that brings much joy to children and families.” Council said it was “another stellar effort by Rebecca and her team”. The competition was open to all businesses in Moorabool and was for the Best Christmas Shop Window and Best New Entrant. Run by Council’s Economic Development team, they thanked everyone who entered. “And those that didn’t enter, we thank them for just decorating shopfronts that make Christmas in Moorabool colourful, vibrant, and wonderful as it can be,” a spokesperson said. “Local businesses helped spread Christmas cheer and also helped to make our town centres an inviting place to spend time and spend local.” Best Shop Window - Springfields Garage, Inglis Street, Ballan. Best New Entrant - Devenny Payne, Main Street Bacchus Marsh. Both winners will be in receipt of a $150 dining voucher each.

Best New Entrant - Devenny Payne, Main Street Bacchus Marsh.

Breeding facility not ‘paws-ible’ By Lachlan Ellis Council has voted against a second application for a dog breeding facility in Greendale, with multiple objectors complaining of incessant noise from the existing dogs. The applicant, Warrick Boyle, appeared via livestream at the 15 December Development Assessment Committee (DAC) meeting, supported by Lori Giles from XYG Consulting. Four objectors also appeared online to discourage the approval of eight dogs on the property, and a written submission was also read out which asked for the facility to be rejected. Mr Boyle argued the improvements he had planned in his second application would mitigate noise and ensure the dogs were not a nuisance to his neighbours. “We live on approximately 19 acres of Rural Living Zone land and have been there since 2010. My wife and I both love animals dearly, especially our six Tibetan mastiff dogs, who are like our children,” he said. “Within the contents of the reapplication, we recommend up to $50,000 worth of upgrades to meet Council planning requirements as well as objecting party concerns. “This includes over 100 metres of solid Colorbond fencing to act as a visual, security and noise barrier, over 100 metres of chain fencing, significant new native planting screening, noise buffering and proposed whelping kennels, ultrasonic devices to control excessive barking, and CCTV systems to monitor.” Mr Boyle said he believes he has “spared no expense for upgrades”, and was surprised his application was recommended for rejection by Council planning, which he said would “result in a visit to VCAT”. The four objectors who addressed Council – Steve Norman, Carol Guthrie, Marty Blake and Garry Matheson – all shared concerns that the existing dogs

on the applicant’s property were easily set off, and barked continuously at irregular hours. “Since they’ve had dogs, we’ve had to endure incessant barking at all hours of the night. We’re in the valley below them and the noise comes streaming down to our property. It doesn’t matter where we are on our property...the barking can be at all hours,” Ms Guthrie said. Cr Tatchell moved the recommendation to reject Mr Boyle’s application, and Cr Dudzik dissented, prompting a debate before the final vote. “When these applications come into Council, those of us that love animals are touched by the circumstance it creates for the owner of the animals. But the reality is, we created a policy to make sure we’d give the very best guidelines, so the Planning Department can make the very best recommendations,” Cr Tatchell said. “We all know that when you put two dogs together, they multiply…at any one time you could have 45 or 50 dogs, all barking at the same time. We put these policies in place, sometimes decisions are tough, but they need to be made. Given we made the regulations, I think Planning have made the right decision [to reject the application].” Cr Dudzik said she had visited the proposed site and was “surprised by how large and well set up it was”. “I was there today, it was very peaceful. The dogs barked but it wasn’t very loud, I’d say my two tiny little dogs would bark louder than those dogs,” she said. “We have to get our dogs from somewhere, where will we get them if you’re not allowed to breed them anywhere?” Crs Berry, Tatchell, Munari and Sullivan voted in favour of the recommendation to reject the application, while Crs Dudzik and Ward voted against.

A Tibetan mastiff dog at the Greendale property. Photo – Warrick Boyle Facebook


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Commi�ee Mee�ng Fast food, service Navigators Community Centre Incorporated Moorabool Shire Council Public Mee�ng station, and now, Employment a childcare centre Tenders

By Lachlan Ellis A new childcare centre in Bacchus Marsh will also feature an “ancillary multipurpose centre”, to be available for use by parents and carers. The next Ordinary Mee�ng of Council will be held The site on 101 Gisborne Road will feature a childcare centre with a capacity of on Wednesday July and 2021 the Council 15 Stead St 110 children, 25 car parking 7 spaces sixin bicycle spaces, asChambers, well as an electric Ballan,station. star�ng at 6.00 pm. vehicle charging The multipurpose centre will be designed for use by carers, for informal gettogethersFor or sessions on topics related or to to caring children, such asgo toilet details on a�endance the for view the agenda, to training and breast feeding. www.moorabool.vic.gov.au Vehicles will be able to access the childcare centre through a 6.4 metre wide accessway via the Hungry Jack’s lot. The site is located at the corner of Gisborne Road and the Western Freeway, between Hungry Jack’s and the freeway. There was one objection opposing the childcare centre on the grounds of “current demand for childcare centres, lack of people to serve the childcare centre, threat to current business close to the site, impact on occupancy and employment opportunities of current staff, and traffic impacts on the school bus services”. “Commercial considerations of existing childcare centre are not valid planning considerations,” the Council Officer’s response read. “The traffic impact assessment provides that the proposal does not impact on the surrounding commercial areas.” Council voted unanimously in favour of the motion to approve the childcare centre application.

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Moorabool Shire Council Tourism Grants Council Mee�ng Commi�ee Mee�ng Council Mee�ng Navigators Community Centre Incorporated The next Ordinary Mee�ng of Council will be held The next Ordinary Mee� ng of will be held on 15 Stead St Public on Wednesday 7Mee�ng July 2021 in Council the Council Chambers, Mee�ng Wednesday 2 February 2022, at 6.00pm. Ballan, Commi�ee star�ng at 6.00 pm. Details Employment about loca�on and a�endance will be available on our website: www.moorabool.vic.gov.au Navigators Community Centre For details on a�endance or to the view the agenda,Incorporated go to www.moorabool.vic.gov.au Public Mee�ng Tenders Employment Have Have Your Your Say: Say: Female Friendly Strategy Masterplan Tenders Bacchus Marsh Aerodrome CouncilPlanning is leading thePermit prepara�on of a Masterplan for HaveMarsh Your Say: to help guide its use and the Bacchus Aerodrome development over the next 20 Strategy years. Community feedback will Femalemade Friendly Order pursuant tofuture sec�on 25 of the greatly assist in guiding the aerodrome’s direc�on.

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Rates Payments Australia Celebra�ons 2021 CelebrateDay Australia Day 2022 with Moorabool Thank you! Shire Council Moorabool Shire Council invites you to join in the Shire’s official Australia Day Celebra�ons commencing at 9.30am at the Bacchus Marsh Public Hall, Bacchus Marsh. The fes�vi�es will include: • Musical Entertainment • Town Crier • Australia Day Ambassador • Flag Raising Ceremony • Australia Day Award Presenta�ons • Australian Ci�zenship Ceremony Please note as per Government health guidelines, you will be required to show proof of double vaccination and check in via a QR code. If you wish to wear a mask, you may do so.

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Logging plans threaten koalas By Lachlan Ellis Plans to harvest a local blue gum plantation have environmentalists concerned over the removal of koala habitat, despite plans to mitigate the impact on local koalas. The blue gum plantation on Cartons Road, Gordon is owned by woodfibre processor Midway Pty Ltd, on land leased from Central Highlands Water (CHW). Gordon residents were recently informed that the 16-hectare site was planned to be logged, raising concerns for the koalas that live in the plantation. A spokesperson for CHW told the Moorabool News that the company had engaged with the community and the relevant authorities, and was working on plans to care for the area’s koalas. “The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has provided approval to the plantation owner, Midway Pty Ltd, regarding their Koala Management Plan. This plan will ensure that any koalas identified in the plantation are cared for during the planned timber harvest,” CHW’s spokesperson said. “CHW have been in consultation with Gordon community members, which include representatives of the Friends of Paddock Creek, Gordon Residents Committee, Friends of the Canadian Corridor (Advisory Committee to the Woowookarung State Park) and the Bunanyung Landscape Alliance. The discussions from these consultation meetings have led to additional environmental commitments by CHW above the requirements of the Koala Management Plan and other associated regulations. “These additional commitments include a long-term revegetation project on the property for the enhancement of the biodiversity of the area and the retention of a buffer strip on the edge of the plantation while managing the treatment and recycling of reclaimed water. CHW look forward to implementing the first stage of the revegetation project next year.” But locals are not convinced the current plans do enough to protect Gordon’s koalas. Chair & Secretary of the Friends of Paddock Creek, Stephen Derrick, is one of these concerned locals. “The new vegetation [proposed by CHW and Midway Pty Ltd] will not provide habitat or food for koalas for many years – at least 10 to 20 years depending on the species mix planted.

An aerial shot of the blue gum plantation at Gordon. Photo - Stephen Derrick Also, the new vegetation is along an ephemeral creek along the northern edge of the site and a fair distance from the blue gums,” Mr Derrick told the Moorabool News. “In order to provide suitable habitat for the koalas and other fauna, there will need to be a substantial buffer strip left along the southern boundary adjacent to the Western Freeway and along Cartons Road. There are a wide range of views about how wide and extensive buffer strips should be in order to provide adequate habitat. Some research suggests 20 metres, but this is in circumstances where there are substantial surrounding areas of bush – clearly not the case at the Cartons Road site. “CHW have not been forthcoming about what buffer width they intend to leave in place.” Another concerned resident, Heidi Johnson, has been collecting evidence of koala sightings in Gordon for the last two years.

She said Cartons Road was a vital area for the local population that needed protection. “It's vital that we look after these isolated pockets of healthy populations and do everything possible not only to preserve their habitat, but put in place mitigations against road trauma. The Cartons Road Overpass is crucial to helping our koalas and other small animals such as echidnas safely cross the Western Freeway,” Ms Johnson said. “Blue gums provide excellent long-term food and shelter for koalas, and are less prone to being damaged by strong storms than manna and swamp gums.” A community alliance called Save Gordon Koalas has formed to raise awareness of the threats faced by Gordon’s koalas. If you have photos of koalas in Gordon, you can help by sending them via email to ecosystems@bigpond.com, with details of location and date.

Does Council culture need to improve? The Local Government sector and community members are invited to have their say on the Local Government Culture Project Discussion Paper.

CULTURE – ‘role, responsibilities and supporting mechanisms’

The Andrews Labor Government commissioned the Local Government Culture Project earlier this year and the paper, released in mid-December 2021, will guide discussions about practical methods to improve culture at Victorian councils.

‘councillor journey’

Three main themes have been identified for discussion including ‘role, responsibilities and supporting mechanisms’; ‘councillor journey’; and ‘dispute resolution and resolving conflict’. The Local Government Culture Project will promote a more positive environment at councils, create more representative councils, improve governance and enhance public trust. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane said Victorians deserve the best from their elected representatives. “This is an opportunity for the local government sector to work towards improving the culture of councils across the state so that they can best serve their communities,” he said. “Councils do not get enough credit for the great work they do in their communities, sadly the poor behaviour of a few can taint the whole sector if not properly addressed.” This work has been undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in partnership with eminent academics Professor Graham Sansom, Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney, and Professor Anona Armstrong AM, Emeritus Professor at the Victoria University College of Law and Justice. Feedback on the discussion paper is open until 28 February 2022. To read the discussion paper and make a submission visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au.

‘dispute resolution & resolving conflict’.


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Hope for historic Hudson A local passion project is asking for anyone with photos or information about a model of car that is nearly a century old. The Bacchus Marsh & District Historical Society reposted the request and photos on their social media page, from a man named James, whose father is trying to restore a car from the 1920s. “My father is in the process of restoring a 1926 Hudson, which was a Bacchus Marsh RACV vehicle at some stage. He is hoping to get it close to original, and we are hoping there may be photos of it filed away somewhere, and that we might be able to find some more information on the car,” James wrote. “Do you think there may be anything in your archives that could be relevant? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

“Apparently, it did some time on the Western Highway and as mentioned was based out of Bacchus Marsh. We think it was most likely between 1935 and 1950, as it had been cut down, into a tow vehicle, which most likely would not have been done to a new vehicle, and could have been done due to petrol rationing during the war.” Three photos of the vehicle under restoration were also shared, including the door with an old, faded RACV emblem. “It would be amazing if we could find a photo of it to have a clear idea of how it looked in its heyday.” If you have any photos or information that could help, contact ‘Bacchus Marsh & District Historical Society Inc.’ on Facebook, or email - enquiries@bmdhs.org.au

Make bike riding a Hikers rescued from gorge long-term trend Over the last two years there has been a boom in bike riding and there is a call to keep the wheels turning. RACV is calling for Moorabool Shire cyclists to maintain the trend that has seen the increase in bike riding, citing benefits for health, daily commuting, and the economy. On the back of significant infrastructure spending and lifestyle changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns, bike-riding is on the rise. While cycling in the city dropped off due to working from home arrangements, bike use outside the city doubled compared to prepandemic numbers, according to We Ride Australia. RACV General Manager arevo Mobility Elizabeth Kim said the “perfect storm” of events had inspired a surging interest in one of societies oldest forms of transport. “The pandemic, in addition to some work that has gone into bicycle infrastructure, has created an ideal atmosphere for people to

either get on a bike for the first time, or dust off the one in the garage,” Ms Kim said. The surge in bike riding was not limited to just Victoria. A 2021 study from We Ride Australia showed that 1.7 million bikes were purchased across the nation in 2020, with a further 4.1 million Australian adults spending money on cycling-related goods and services. According to We Ride, exercise and fitness was the most common reason to ride a bike at 82 per cent, while 41 per cent used their bike as their main mode of transport for work, school or shopping. “There’s a clear message being sent that people are looking for affordable, sustainable ways to not only get from A-to-B but also to exercise and enjoy the incredible views around the state,” Ms Kim said. “RACV is here to foster that enthusiasm and lend our voice and services to ensure that those who jumped on a bike for the first time during the pandemic make bike riding a part of their weekly routine long after COVID-19 restrictions are over.”

The Victoria Police Air Wing were busy just before Christmas, rescuing five people in one night – including two locally at Werribee Gorge State Park, west of Bacchus Marsh. On Monday 20 December, two hikers – a 25-year-old Mill Park man and a 36-yearold Doncaster woman – became stranded on a ledge around 150 metres high. The pair set out to walk to Falcons Lookout at around 8pm, but became stranded on the ledge at about 10:40pm, with police told the terrain was “precarious, with the track at times only 30cm wide with degrading edges”. Police believe the pair wandered from the main track onto a trail with sheer drops and without handrails, getting lost in the dark and rough terrain. Local police attempted to reach the pair by foot without success, with the airwing then called in, winching them to safety in difficult conditions. In a second incident in Glenmaggie saw three children unable to make it across the Macalister River to a campsite where their family were staying. The trio, aged 15, 13 and 10, had launched an inflatable ‘donut’ into the river at around 7pm, which got caught in the strong flow of the river and caught on a rock. Local police, Water Police and the Air Wing coordinated a rescue and were able to safely rescue the children. No-one was injured.

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Group 1s see out 2021 By Michael Howard and Tim O’Connor (HRV) Superstars reinforced their status and new champions emerged on a night of fireworks at Tabcorp Park Melton on New Year’s Eve, where the Vicbred Super Series finals served up a memorable 12 Group 1s on the card. Ladies In Red again stole the headlines with a stunning performance in the breeze to be one of three Emma Stewart winners and, along with Honolua Bay, part of a Group 1-winning double for owner/breeder Lauriston Bloodstock and reinsman David Moran. It was also an unforgettable night for Tony and Pam Coniglio, owner/breeders of both of Matt Craven’s winning pair Queen Of Crime and Heza Son Of Agun, while Kerryn Manning also produced a double that included Plymouth Chubb, who put an exclamation point on his powerhouse season. SUGARS MAGIC TAKES MAAJIDA TO TRIPLE CROWN Myrniong local Greg Sugars, produced a stunning drive to help Maajida race into the Vicbred Super Series history books at Tabcorp Park Melton on New Year’s Eve. From the inside of the back row, Sugars was quickly off the pegs on the Emma Stewart-trained pacer and had her in front of key rival Spellbound (barrier seven) in the blink of an eye. Soon after she had found the lead and was able to control the race before dashing home in 28.5sec and 27.4sec quarters for a six-and-a-half metre success. Sugars pumped his fist as Maajida cruised to the line over runner-up Spellbound (Nathan Purdon/Stuart McDonald) and third-placed Sew What (Lance Justice). “It was just enough to let you know it was a special one for me,” Sugars said of his celebration. Maajida’s win in the Vincent VSS 4YO Mares Final means she is now the first female pacer and sixth horse overall to win Group 1 Vicbred finals at ages two, three and four. She joins Noopy Kiosk (1995-97), Table Card (1987-89), Spidergirl (2012-14), Claudys Princess (2013-15) and Colbruce (1996-97) as those to have achieved the feat.

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Email - news@themooraboolnews.com.au LEO—July 23-August 22

Your realistic approach and sense of humour may help a loved one cope with a health worry. Although intuition is strong in romance, rely also on logic and past experience.

Stars & Puzzles VIRGO—August 23-September 22

Your workload expands but the key is not to accelerate your speed. Details are important and it may be time to recruit a helper. The domestic scene becomes brighter all the time.

QUICK PUZZLE

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

Don’t be overeager to say no to an offer or veto a plan. There could be some hidden benefits. Allow added time when visiting loved ones. Your counselling on an important subject could be very important. TAURUS—April 21-May 22

Your advice is taken to heart, so dispense it responsibly, especially where finances and relationships are involved. Business ideas benefit from refinement. Be sure to keep relatives up to date where necessary. GEMINI—May 23-June 21

If challenging a friend, or an idea, the key is to hold on to your sense of perspective. Careerwise, you get wind of a new opportunity. A travel idea may materialize.

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

ACROSS Mournful (11) Formerly (4) Retire (8) Rush (6) Spice (6) Confused (6) Curb (6) Old coin (8) Want (4) Game (5-6)

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 11. 13. 14. 15. 16. 18.

DOWN Flower (8) Retort (6) Bleach (6) Dressed (4) Graze (6) Madness (5) Petty (8) Outlines (6) Chauffeur (6) Musician (6) Hair (5) Musical instrument (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE

ACROSS 6. Can it enhance one’s mental picture of something? (5,2,4). 7. Watches going to and fro (4). 8. More than satisfied! (8). 9. Not moving the building (6). 10. Putting the ship in the study does make it look gloomy (6). 12. A little knock about number: that’s obvious (6). 15. He made everything go hazy (6). 17. “A drink!.” you gasp, being frivolous (8). 19. Sprain yourself in a hay-field? (4). 20. Dressed to the nines for the shoot? (3,2,2,4). DOWN 1. Not bad, but not good enough necessarily to maintain the lead? (8). 2. How distant a meteor might be (6). 3. Leaving a tip does insult one (6). 4. Call the pass a path (4). 5. Information one gets about 506 (6). 6. What the shipping magnate was quick to acquire? (5). 11. Hold back while the others take to the water (8). 13.Claim everything, for instance, should be increased by a quarter (6). 14. Catches a number entering the ships (6). 15. The proposal is that it should be sent up in a satellite (6). 16. Out of a hundred, point fifty do very well (5). 18. The head man is given the key (4). CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Frame of mind. 7, Sees (rev.). 8, Overpaid. 9, Stable. 10, D-ark-en. 12, Pa-ten-t. 15, Mister. 17, Flippant . 19, Rick. 20, Got up to kill. Down - 1,Passable. 2, Remote (anag.). 3, Off-end. 4, Lisp. 5, A-dvi-ce. 6, Fleet. 11, Rest-rain. 13, All-E.G.-E.

SOLUTIONS - CROSSWORD NO. 9228

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Delphinium. 8, Alto. 9, Stun. 10, Inter. 11, Tiff. 12, Greenhorn. 16, Calaboose. 20, Thus. 22, Tiara. 23, Norm. 24, Solo. 25, Rheumatism. Down - 1, Better 2, Spanner. 3, Finish. 4, Bitter. 5, Smart. 7, Stiff. 13, Owl. 14, Bonnets. 15, Shook. 17, Amazed. 18, Alarms. 19, Stress. 21, Story.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Melancholic. 7, Once. 8, Withdraw. 9, Career. 10, Nutmeg. 12, Addled. 15, Bridle. 17, Farthing. 19, Lack. 20, Table-tennis. Down - 1, Bluebell. 2, Answer. 3, Whiten. 4, Clad. 5, Scrape. 6, Mania. 11, Trifling. 13, Drafts. 14, Driver. 15, Bugler. 16. Locks. 18, Tuba.

CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Fore-ground. 8, A-way). 9, Dine (rev.). 10, Going. 11, Eyed (I’d). 12, Una-mended. 16, Utter-most. 20, Pass. 22, Towel. 23, Ape-x. 24, S-aga. 25, Fireeaters. Down - 1, No-ti-on. 2, Red-eems. 3, Drag-on. 4, Pumice. 5, A-dage (rev.). 7, Hated (anag.). 13, Dot. 14, Impar-t’s. 15, Mad-.A.M. 17, To-we-rs. 18, Ei-Lee-n. 19, Sh-err-y. 21, Staf-f.

CANCER—June 22-July 22 Decisions related to domestic life should involve all concerned parties. In other areas too, a shared effort brings generally better results than a solo approach. LEO—July 23-August 22

Your realistic approach and sense of humour may help a loved one cope with a health worry. Although intuition is strong in romance, rely also on logic and past experience. VIRGO—August 23-September 22

Your workload expands but the key is not to accelerate your speed. Details are important and it may be time to recruit a helper. The domestic scene becomes brighter all the time. LIBRA—September 23-October 22 Suspicions should be checked out before you make a key move at the work place. Travel accents spontaneity. Domestic responsibilities increase. An invitation may arrive unexpectedly.

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SCORPIO—October 23-November 21

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This week could find you in a new and unexpectedly comfortable environment. At the workplace, there is more room for ANSWER negotiation than you once thought. BELOW SAGITTARIUS—November 22-December 22

Your charisma is strong at the work place, but consider it a bonus only. Be sure to come equipped with hard facts. The domestic situation brightens. Financial news means you may need a thorough review. CAPRICORN—December 23-January 20

Promoting your special talents could lead to significant strides at work. There may be more than meets the eye where a community project is concerned. The motto in romance is “handle with care”. AQUARIUS—January 21-February 19 This week may prove favourable for implementing moneymaking ideas. A new neighbour could share a common interest that’s worth exploring. An employer may be usually demanding - you rise to the occasion. PISCES—February 20-March 20 Don’t hesitate to seek out contacts as you hunt for a job, home or the like. A difficult friendship situation shows signs of improvement. If comtemplating a surprise gift for a close friend - the gift could mean more than you realize.

BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK You are a natural leader, a splendid role model and an influential and determined worker. Sometimes you are reluctant to share the limelight. Ahead accents a greater number of joint ventures than you are used to. Hard work and bright ideas begin to pay off.

LIBRA—September 23-October 22 Suspicions should be checked out before you make a key move at the work place. Travel accents spontaneity. Domestic responsibilities increase. An invitation may arrive unexpectedly. SCORPIO—October 23-November 21

This week could find you in a new and unexpectedly comfortable environment. At the workplace, there is more room for negotiation than you once thought. SAGITTARIUS—November 22-December 22

Your charisma is strong at the work place, but consider it a bonus only. Be sure to come equipped with hard facts. The domestic situation brightens. Financial news means you may need a thorough review. CAPRICORN—December 23-January 20

Promoting your special talents could lead to significant strides at work. There may be more than meets the eye where a community project is concerned. The motto in romance is “handle with care”. AQUARIUS—January 21-February 19 This week may prove favourable for implementing moneymaking ideas. A new neighbour could share a common interest that’s worth exploring. An employer may be usually demanding - you rise to the occasion. PISCES—February 20-March 20 Don’t hesitate to seek out contacts as you hunt for a job, home or the like. A difficult friendship situation shows signs of improvement. If comtemplating a surprise gift for a close friend - the gift could mean more than you realize.

BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK You are a natural leader, a splendid role model and an influential and determined worker. Sometimes you are reluctant to share the limelight. Ahead accents a greater number of joint ventures than you are used to. Hard work and bright ideas begin to pay off.

SOLUTIONS - CROSSWORD NO. 9229

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- Maintenance, Servicing & Repairs to all Small Engine Equipment Low profile design for

Low profile design for safety, stability and ease of operation - Onsite Mondayease to Friday of operation stability and - Drop off / Picksafety, up Service

TWM Fire Fighting Pump TWM Fire Fighting Pump Fire protection for your farm,

Fire protection for A your farm, home or property. portable home or property. A portable unit with no need for electricity. unit with no need for electricity.

- Reasonable prices Your Local Your Local Dealer Dealer

Your Local Dealer

Hours: and Monday to Friday 8am–5pm ForTrading all your Livestock Real Estate needs Phone your Saturday 8am–4pm Sunday 10am–2pm Local Elders Agent Bernie Shanahan 0429 184 996 461 Old Melbourne Road, Ballan

Telephone: 5368 1199


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