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COVER: The multi-ethnic, multicultural children of Cranbourne West Primary School, where harmony reigns in the playground and classroom. Picture: Gary Sissons

Happier times: Sam Aziz (grey suit), Wayne Smith (on his left) and Amanda Stapledon (white scarf) were among councillors celebrating a multicultural award presented to Casey Radio in June. Picture: James Taylor

City baulks at Islam debate

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CASEY councillors have overwhelmingly rejected deputy mayor Sam Aziz’s call for a discussion of the dangers of Islam before they decide on a planning application for a mosque in Doveton. At a meeting last Tuesday, mayor Amanda Stapledon said such a discussion would create a very poor perception in a multicultural community. Tensions between the mayor and her deputy, former close allies, were clear during a fiery debate in front of a large public gallery. The week before last, Cr Aziz offered to resign as deputy mayor. The pair patched things up — both explaining that it had been a matter of his other commitments — but last week’s debate revealed the cause of the tension. When Cr Stapledon said she would be proposing an alternative motion confirming Casey’s commitment to multiculturalism, Cr Aziz described it as a ‘‘ridiculous’’ motion that insulted him. ‘‘Are you aware that I would be deeply offended? That it would be suggesting I’m against multiculturalism?’’ Cr Stapledon: ‘‘I have had a week of discus-

as a vocal opponent of plans for the mosque. He told the Weekly he would seek to impose a planning condition ‘‘not to preach hatred’’ from the pulpit. Cr Aziz said such a debate had nothing to do with the planning application. ‘‘If the mosque is approved I’ll be happy to go down and participate in the opening because I believe in freedom of religion.’’ Cr Wayne Smith said a debate on the dangers of Islam would create a lot of controversy. ‘‘It will be the biggest general purpose meeting we’ve ever seen. It will attract the national media.’’ He said it could also be seen to influence a decision on the planning applicationwhich councillors will consider in January.


sions with you. The last thing I want to do is debate this with you in the council.’’ Cr Aziz: ‘‘I challenge you on a point of order. It’s not about multiculturalism — it’s about freedom of speech.’’ Cr Aziz’s original notice of motion proposed to invite Pastor Danny Nalliah, known for his strong views against Islam, to address the council ‘‘on the dangers of indoctrinated religious intolerance to the values, freedoms and stability of liberal and democratic societies’’. On Tuesday, he changed the invitee to Dr Mark Durie, an Anglican minister and author of The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom, and proposed that the council also invite a representative of the Islamic community to speak at a separate meeting. When it came to a vote, only Cr Rosalie Crestani supported him, with the other nine councillors voting against the motion. Earlier, Cr Aziz said his notice of motion was about having an open debate on matters that were clearly of concern to ‘‘the silent majority in our community’’. ‘‘I want to steer away from this silly banner of political correctness. All it does is bury things away.’’ Cr Aziz has been in the news in past weeks


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investigate this mess. The residents of Casey and Springfield Ward will be the laughing stock of Victoria’s councils. How much of this is Liberal-based stacking of dummy candidates? Flannery (via web)

Re: ‘It was just a dummy run’

Re: MP ‘chose’ council candidates

It means we, the public, are considered ‘dummies’, and Louise Berkelmans will never get very far if she tries in the future. We are not stupid. The candidates who get in should be prepared to do their time. Ms Berkelmans did not say she was just doing a ‘dummy run’ when she stood, and that was not honest of her.

So how is it relevant who Cr Serey is seeing? Has the Casey Weekly asked the same question of the male councillors or candidates or is this just some good old-fashioned misogyny? Appalling!

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Luke Donnellan should know that anyone can choose candidates but only voters choose councillors!

Fresh elections should be held across Casey. There were scandals in every ward. — Rupert (via web)

The Springfield Ward was shamefully stacked with dummy candidates. I came second on primary votes behind Sam Aziz without a dummy runner, and look what happens. The time has come for the state government to

Liz (via web)

This is an appalling article on new councillor Susan Serey. Nothing short of some good old-fashioned misogyny. How does it matter who Cr Serey is seeing or is not seeing? And does Catherine Watson and the Weekly ask every single male who they are seeing? Leonie (via web)

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Casey takes the lead on animal cruelty BY CATHERINE WATSON CASEY Council is ‘‘setting the standard’’ for prosecutions against animal cruelty, says a former RSPCA inspector. Barrie Tapp, now an investigator with the Animal Cruelty Hotline, said Casey was the most innovative council in Victoria in bringing its own cruelty prosecutions instead of waiting for the RSPCA to act. His comments came as a Tooradin dog breeder faced 115 charges under new laws designed to stamp out puppy farming in Victoria. In the Dandenong Magistrates Court last Thursday, Derul Van Hollis and his company Demfield Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to running an unregistered breeding business and failing to comply with the code of practice for breeding and rearing establishments. The prosecution, by Casey Council, was the first brought under ‘Oscar’s Law’, named after a puppy rescued from a dog breeding factory in central Victoria in 2011. Magistrate Brian Barrow blocked a media

request for access to the brief of evidence, after counsel for the council Brett Melke argued that although the defendant had pleaded guilty, a substantial number of issues were still in dispute. Mr Melke said the council would be seeking to have Van Hollis and his company prohibited from keeping or selling dogs in future, a key feature of Oscar’s Law. The case has already been adjourned twice and counsel for Van Hollis, David Starvaggi, sought a further adjournment to February 28, when the evidence will be presented. Although the prosecution argued against the adjournment, Mr Barrow granted it, saying that although the case had a lengthy history, Van Hollis was entitled to his day in court. Representatives of the Animal Cruelty Hotline were in court to observe the case. Mr Tapp praised Casey for acting against animal cruelty. ‘‘It’s the most innovative council in Victoria in that regard. It’s their locality and they know what’s going on. ‘‘They are setting the standard. We’re trying to convince other councils to follow their lead.’’

Factory farmed pup: Oscar, a dog rescued from a puppy farm, is the face of ‘Oscar’s Law’, the campaign to abolish puppy farming. Picture: Scott McNaughton Last month, council officers, police and RSPCA inspectors raided another dog-breeding business in Narre Warren. A council spokeswoman said inquiries were

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New centre in sight for blind students BY CATHERINE WATSON CLOSE your eyes. Better still, wear a blindfold. Then sit in a crowded place — an office, a railway station or shopping centre — and try to work out what’s going on around you. That, says Maria Franca Lachman, is what it’s like for blind students in mainstream schools. ‘‘You can’t expect a blind child to sit in a classroom and learn. ‘‘That’s not equal opportunity. They often don’t understand what’s going on. They need to touch all the time. They can’t learn any other way.’’ Last week, a long journey for Ms Lachman and her husband Alan reached a milestone when Education Minister Martin Dixon turned the first sod for the Insight Education Centre — which will be Victoria’s only specialist school for blind children — in the grounds of Monash University’s Berwick campus. The first intake will include the Lachmans’ youngest daughter, Francesca, who was born blind in Italy, where they were living.

Four years ago, the Lachman family returned to Melbourne because they wanted a better future for Francesca, then aged seven. They enrolled her at the Burwood Education Centre for blind children, operated by Vision Australia and soon saw a dramatic change in their daughter. She started to read Braille and to write using a Brailler. Her communication skills and independence improved dramatically. But two months later, Vision Australia announced it was closing the centre. Francesca’s only option was to return to mainstream primary school — where she quickly went backwards. So began the Lachmans’ quest to ensure that she and other blind students could receive dedicated education, in the company of other blind children and with specialist teachers and facilities. Over the next four years, they and a team of parents battled knockbacks, red tape and wrong turns. The first breakthrough was securing a funding commitment from the Liberal Party before the 2010 state election. The second was securing

Milestone: Alan and Maria Franca Lachman and Kay BerrySmith prepare to plant trees to mark the occasion. Australia’s most experienced teacher of blind students, South Australian Kay Berry-Smith, to become principal. The third came in October when, after several knockbacks, Insight was registered to operate a specialist primary school. Last Tuesday, about 60 patrons, supporters and friends braved freezing conditions at the site to celebrate. Ms Lachman said it had been a rocky journey

Long journey: Alan and Maria Franca Lachman with their daughter Francesca at the ceremony to mark Insight’s new home.

but she and her husband never gave up hope. ‘‘What sustained us was, first, the injustice that these were the only kids in Australia who didn’t have a special school, and second, the conviction that this was right. We wanted these kids not just to get by but to have the same opportunities as their peers to excel.’’ The Insight centre will open in the second term of 2013.



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Second ‘reluctant’ councillor elected BY CATHERINE WATSON CASEY’S marathon 2012 council elections saga is finally over. Louise Berkelmans is Casey’s 11th and last councillor, elected in Springfield Ward last week on countback. But the music teacher only reluctantly agreed to accept the gig. For almost 12 hours she looked like being the second successful candidate to baulk at the finish line. Ms Berkelmans was declared the winner in Springfield at 2pm last Monday after the countback prompted by the resignation of Jo Wass two days after the election. But within half an hour of the announcement, Ms Berkelmans told the Weekly that she had too much work to become a councillor. ‘‘I didn’t agree to be part of the countback and no one called me.’’ She said she had really only stood to gain experience for a serious tilt at the council at the next election. ‘‘I knew I wouldn’t get in. I went in very green.

‘‘I’ve learned a hell of a lot this time.’’ But she was persuaded to change her mind and her acceptance of the role was announced on fellow councillor Wayne Smith’s Facebook page late on Monday night. Ms Berkelmans told the Weekly she had reconsidered after speaking to her husband, a couple of the councillors and Casey chief executive Mike Tyler. ‘‘At first I thought it was four years too early, but when I sat down with my husband I thought this is meant to be. I’m really excited that I’ve been given this opportunity.’’ She was sworn in before last Tuesday’s council meeting. At the meeting, deputy mayor Sam Aziz criticised ‘‘misreporting’’ of Ms Berkelmans’ reluctance to take the position. ‘‘We were told she would not be taking the position and here she is.’’ Ms Wass stood down as councillor for the ward two days after she was elected in October, citing family reasons. The double resignation — and subsequent

Come aboard: Mayor Amanda Stapledon welcomes Louise Berkelmans to her first council meeting.

In the chair: Louise Berkelmans at her first meeting as a Casey councillor.

change of mind — has revived the debate over the widespread use of dummy candidates in the Casey election. In Springfield Ward, nine of the 11 candidates, including Ms Berkelmans and Ms Wass, preferenced incumbent councillors Aziz and Bob Halsall in their top two and newcomer Rex Flannery last. In Parliament last Thursday, Narre Warren North Labor MP Luke Donnellan accused upper

house MP Inga Peulich of turning the council into a family affair by organising a ‘‘B list’’ of dummy candidates to support the genuine candidates. He cited Ms Wass’s resignation to clear the way for ‘‘A list’’ candidate Bob Halsall, an incumbent councillor for the ward. Ms Berkelmans said she knew Mr Halsall through her involvement in the Casey arts world but denied she was a dummy candidate.










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It’s a small world, after all A decade ago, Cranbourne West Primary was a typical ‘white sliced bread’ suburban school. Today, it is proudly multi-ethnic and multicultural. CATHERINE WATSON tells how harmony reigns in Cranbourne’s schoolyards.


hanti, Kimberly and Courtney are best friends. All were born in Australia but Kimberly, 8, has a Scottish father and a Filipino mother; Courtney, 7, has Laotian parents; and 7-year-old Shanti’s mum and dad are Maori. At home, Courtney speaks Laotian but at school with her friends chatters in English, moving effortlessly between her two very different worlds. Nyibol, 10, is the fifth child of a family of 10 children born to South Sudanese parents. Ask where her best friends come from and she knows exactly: one was born in Australia but her mum and dad are from Greece, she says; the other is of German descent. Geography lessons at Cranbourne West Primary School take on a whole new dimension with 38 nationalities represented among the 640 pupils. Principal Andrew Bergmeier says that 10 years ago just three of the 600 pupils came from a non-Anglo background. Today 240 — about four in every 10 — speak a language other than English. ‘‘Some of the languages I’d never even heard of,’’ he admits. The 2011 census reveals how much the ‘white sliced bread’ suburb of Cranbourne has changed in a very few years. In 2006, just 20 per cent of residents were overseas-born; by 2011, that had risen to a third of the community. In 2006, 14 per cent of residents spoke a language other than English at home. By last year, 23 per cent spoke other languages, with Samoan topping the list, followed by Hindi, Italian, Dari — the modern Persian language spoken in Afghanistan — and Spanish. The changing demographics reached the school about five years ago with an influx of Samoans, Maoris and Cook Islanders. They were followed by pupils from Afghanistan, Somalia and South Sudan — refugees from the hot spots of the world. More recently, Indian and Sri Lankan families have come to Cranbourne in search of a better life. ‘‘We have a very rich and diverse multi-cultural school,’’ Mr Bergmeier says. ‘‘Every nationality brings its own background and its own way of looking at things.’’ Of course, there are many challenges in teaching pupils whose first language is not English, but the school’s parent liaison officer, Debbie Nobbs, says the sheer numbers make some things easier. ‘‘In the early days it was difficult because the children felt so different they found it difficult to settle in. These days they settle in quite quickly.’’ She says the staff have also learned a lot in the past few years. One of the teachers is trained in English as a second language. The school qualifies for extra support, including an English language unit. It has also had a refugee support

Sign of the times: Cranbourne West Primary School pupils Julie (Philippines), Tiong (Kenya), Kevin (Cambodia/Croatia), Nyibol (South Sudan), Sahib (India), Hamza (Afghan), Montell (New Zealand). Picture: Gary Sissons

MOTHERTONGUES IT’S the biggest challenge for mainstream schools with immigrant students: how do you even start to teach those who don’t speak a word of English? For Cranbourne West Primary School, the answer was provided by its English language unit, a campus of the Noble Park Language School, which offered a six-month, intensive language course for pupils who had recently arrived in the country and who spoke little or no English. ‘‘It was a fantastic kickstart for them,’’ principal Andrew Bergmeier says. ‘‘By the time they were finished, they were proficient in English, oral and written.’’ But when the Weekly visited the school last week, he had just received a double dose of bad news — the school will lose its language unit and its refugee support worker next year. Mr Bergmeier acknowledged the language unit was under-utilised. About two years ago it had 14 pupils from South Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan. But numbers have fallen and it will now be relocated to an area of greater need. The pity, he says, is that schools in and around Cranbourne did not make better use of it. ‘‘Closing it is a short-term decision because in two years’ time, with the way the population is changing, it will be needed again.’’

worker two days a week. Recently, it started a multicultural playgroup. ‘‘A lot of the Afghan mums wanted to come along so they could learn to speak English too. We’ve got a Dari-speaking support worker and a school chaplain.’’ An influx of Indian and Sri Lankan children in the prep and years 1-2 classes are generally adapting well, though some of their parents are a little dubious about Australian school methods. ‘‘Schooling is so different here. In India, they’re often in classes of up to 70 and they don’t speak unless the teacher asks them to,’’ Ms Nobbs said. ‘‘ Our play-based way of learning in the early years looks very different to them. But we explain about the targeted teaching and independent learning, which is practising the skills they’ve learned. ’’ Cranbourne Secondary College has faced the same demographic changes. A decade ago, all but a handful of students were from an Anglo-Saxon background. Today close to half the 1320 pupils are from a non-Anglo background, with about 20 per cent from the Pacific Islands


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and about 100 students from Afghanistan. Principal Ken Robinson says the change has been good for the community. ’’I suspect that in the past Cranbourne’s community was quite isolated from those cross-cultural fertilisations. Now there is much greater diversity and it has really broadened their horizons.’’ The influx of refugees and migrants and their children has also benefited the school academically: ’’The Afghan students have a tremendous work ethic. They come from an area that’s really deprived and they thrive when they get into our schools. Every student in our school has a Netbook. That would only be a dream in Afghanistan. They provide a good positive role model. It’s a real plus for our community.’’ The school has several initiatives to promote understanding between cultural groups. There is a multicultural day, an annual performing arts festival called Polyhood and a program called Multipride in which students work together to tackle issues such as bullying and racism that might arise in such a mixed school.

In the early years, some Australian parents expressed fears that an influx of overseas-born pupils could hold back their own children. At Cranbourne West, the reverse has been true. ‘‘We were just looking at our NAPLAN results and our students from non-English-speaking background actually rated higher in the tests,’’ Ms Nobbs says. Understanding why that might be is not so difficult. ‘‘They come from cultures where they’re encouraged to do homework at night. And their families often have moved to Australia because they want a better education for their children.’’ At the secondary school, an after-school sports program was set up for Pacific Islander students to introduce them to both rugby codes. It wasn’t long before some of the Afghan youngsters came along and started playing soccer. The inevitable crossover occurred. Now you are just as likely to see Afghans learning to ruck and maul and Islanders learning the finer points of dribbling and the banana kick. ‘‘It truly is sport with no boundaries,’’ Mr Robinson says.


Freeway sensors ‘on the blink’

Aziz pushes for a mission to China


CASEY deputy mayor Sam Aziz has nominated himself for a business mission to China to promote public-private partnerships between the council and Chinese entrepreneurs. He said the mission team should also include mayor Amanda Stapledon and chief executive Mike Tyler. ‘‘I have included myself because I’m facilitating all the links and I have an interest in this area.’’ At their meeting last week, councillors unanimously supported his motion, which calls for the council to prepare a portfolio of Casey investment opportunities to spruik on their trip. They could include a domestic/international airport for the south-eastern suburbs, an international-standard ice rink and an indoor arena for motor sports. The council will invite the Premier, Cardinia Council, the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Monash University to join the delegation at their own cost. Cr Aziz said overseas investment could help Casey weather the economic downturn. ‘‘It would provide an opportunity to kickstart public-private partnerships, where Casey goes into partnership with a private company to provide infrastructure to take the pressure off our ratepayers.’’ — Catherine Watson

AN internal VicRoads report has revealed a costly epidemic of flaws in its installation of wireless traffic sensors during the Monash Freeway upgrade. A VicRoads product evaluation report in August found a ‘‘serious problem’’ with the Sensys-brand sensors, 2376 of which were installed as part of a $100 million freeway management system. The report stated it could cost more than $10 million over 10 years to maintain and replace the faulty devices, which are placed at access ramps and at 500-metre intervals on each lane to monitor traffic flow and control traffic signals. VicRoads chief operating officer Bruce Gidley defended use of the sensors, saying the report was the view ‘‘of one individual’’. But employees of companies that installed the studs have told the Weekly faulty sensors are being replaced daily en masse.. They said the wireless technology was not given ‘‘type product approval’’ by the roads authority before the installation. Mr Gidley said new products were often used before type-approval. He said the studs were

Sensing trouble: Cars wait at the on-ramp to the M1 at Hallam at lights controlled by sensors. chosen after being independently evaluated by Australian Road Research Board and La Trobe University and were trialled before being rolled out. Mr Gidley said M1 project director for Intelligent Transport Systems, Phillip Walsh, recom-



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INBRIEF Casey to study land offer Two landowners have offered to swap about 150 hectares of protected wetlands between Tooradin and Blind Bight in return for permission to subdivide some four-hectare blocks on the South Gippsland Highway. Cr Geoff Ablett passed on the offer to last week’s Casey Council meeting. He said it could lead to a boardwalk linking the towns. The council will investigate the proposal.

A house in Lyall Street, Cranbourne, was extensively damaged by smoke and water last Thursday afternoon when fire broke out in a bedroom. Cranbourne CFA duty officer Stuart Curnow said the residents, a mother and her two children, got out of the house but the woman was treated for smoke inhalation. He said neighbours tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose.

Casey CIU detectives have arrested three men over a series of fires in the Berwick area between June and August. Shaun Boxell, 18, of Mornington and John Bellette, 21, of Cranbourne were charged with nine counts of arson in Melbourne Magistrates Court last week. A 21-year-old Narre Warren South man was bailed to appear at Dandenong Magistrates Court. Arsonists targeted parkland, primary schools and kindergartens. One fire caused $200,000 damage to the Old Cheese Factory in Berwick.

Manslaughter charge after assault Homicide detectives have charged a man with

Mayor accuses MP Casey deputy mayor Sam Aziz has accused Narre Warren North MP Luke Donnellan of using ‘Coward’s Castle’ [Parliament] to criticise councillors. At last week’s council meeting he decried a recent parliamentary speech in which Mr Donnellan claimed Liberal MP Inga Peulich was extensively involved in selecting and organising candidates for the recent Casey election. The council will write to Mr Donnellan asking him to desist.

Mission accomplished: Irene Johnson, Cheryl Duncan, Kate Richardson, Margaret Slee, Caroline Symmons and David Powys view the new church in Cranbourne. Picture: Gary Sissons

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VCAL cuts ‘savage’: MP Labor state MP Judith Graley called on Education Minister Martin Dixon to reinstate VCAL co-ordinator funding after a ‘‘scathing’’ Auditor-General’s report. ‘‘I have always said that this government’s savage cuts to VCAL were a savage attack on the futures of children from good, hard-working families, especially those in my electorate of Narre Warren South.’’

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manslaughter following the death of a 31-year-old Carrum Downs man last Friday week. Scott Alan Parker, 26, of no fixed address, faced an out-ofsessions hearing at the St Kilda Road Police Complex last Sunday week and was remanded in custody. The charges relate to an alleged assault in Cadles Road, Carrum Downs, last Thursday week. The victim died next day in hospital.

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Sunburnt country: back into the furnace BY TARA McGRATH IT has been one wet winter, as far as recent memory tells anyway, and the city’s water storages are as healthy as they have been for a decade. But memory can be deceptive. It fails to remind us that those things to which we recently have become accustomed, like prolonged water restrictions and dry weather football, are at odds with normal. This year, weather and fire risk are returning to long term established patterns, much like those that preceded the fires during the summer of 1996-97. The previous winter had been a soggy one. But that didn’t stop the flames roaring through 400 hectares of the Dandenong Ranges and killing three people. Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley says that in hindsight, that particular fire was comparatively small: ‘‘But it had a very, very direct path.’’ Mr Lapsley, whose focus is on the warming summer months ahead, says that in areas like the Ranges with a dense population area and ample fuel, even smaller blazes can have dire consequences. ‘‘The thing that defines fires in those areas is that they don’t have to be very big. You can have a fire of a few hundred hectares but (it)

will still have an enormous impact because of how densely we live — the fire is always going to be near homes.’’ As people prepare to go on holidays to celebrate Christmas or the new year, they’re being urged to consider what they can do to protect themselves this summer. This year marks the introduction of several new initiatives suggested by the royal commission that investigated the Black Saturday bushfires. But despite the warnings — like sirens, text messages and community refuges — Mr Lapsley is urging residents not to be complacent. ‘‘The shared responsibility and shared obligation still has to be there. People have to take responsibility for themselves, their actions, their preparedness.’’ The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a return to a ‘‘normal summer’’ — like those of the late ’90s before the drought. That means aboveaverage maximum temperatures and aboveaverage minimum temperatures. In turn, this means fuels like grass don’t take on overnight moisture, so the next day they will be in a drier fuel condition. ‘‘January and February will be the peak of it, but people need to be conscious of what happens in December as well,’’ Mr Lapsley says.

‘‘We’re not saying it’s absolutely doomsday but fires will travel in the types of climates that are being forecast — travel and do damage.’’ One of the simplest things residents can do to protect their property is look over their backyard fence if they live adjacent to parkland, Mr Lapsley says. ‘‘See what’s over it — how many people dump their rubbish over the back fence, how many people put their own grass clippings over the fence — because it can be out of sight and out of mind.’’ John Schauble — manager of policy and planning for the Fire Services Commissioner and captain of the Sassafras-Ferny Creek fire brigade — said people in the suburbs can overlook the risks around them. ‘‘People have this thing of ‘I live in the suburbs, it’s not my problem’. Well, in fact it is, particularly in newer developments around Rowville and places like that because you are exposed to parcels of bush around you,’’ Mr Schauble said. He warned that anyone within 700 metres of a substantial bush area was at risk of a bushfire or ember attack. ‘‘Because a third of the population in the outer eastern suburbs changes every five years, it’s difficult to engage people who have only just arrived, [as] opposed to people who have been there [over the past] 1000 years — it’s

a challenge.’’ The state’s emergency bodies say they have learnt from the disasters of February 2009 — Black Saturday — and are trying to minimise those risks. Mr Lapsley says an array of warning systems is being introduced. If you’re in an area that’s been threatened by a fire and your mobile phone network is Telstra, you’ll get a text message alert. Messages would previously only be sent to users whose billing address was in the affected area. Now, even if you live in Mt Waverley and you’re enjoying a picnic in Sassafras, you’ll receive an alert. Sirens at various CFA stations across the area have also been activated this year — a fiveminute continuous siren signifies an urgent emergency in the area; a 90-second siren means a fire unit is responding to an incident. On the ground, community fire refuges will also be trialled over this summer. One refuge will be built in Mr Schauble’s home town of Ferny Creek — absolute coincidence, he insists with a laugh — and all three locations for the refuges have been chosen based on existing infrastructure. For now, he says, the area is tracking well come bushfire season. ‘‘But come late January, if we haven’t had much rain, people will need to be prepared.’’

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‘Imposter’ tag on navy speaker

A CRANBOURNE school principal says the axing of a state-funded school suicide prevention program will hamper efforts to help troubled students. Ken Robinson, of Cranbourne Secondary College, questioned the axing of the School Focused Youth Service as Casey schools were struggling with a spate of youth suicides. ‘‘This is going to do real damage. Our school psychologist and social workers have indicated they are horrified by the loss of this service. When kids come to school they don’t leave all the other stuff behind.’’ Another principal, who did not wish to be named, said the government appeared unaware of the impact of cutting the service. Professor Patrick McGorry, who founded the headspace foundation for youth mental health, said the closure was irresponsible. ‘‘The state government is clearly walking away from young people here.’’ The service was established in 1998 to provide prevention and early intervention programs to reduce the risk of suicide. Education Minister Martin Dixon said his department was ‘‘developing more effective responses’’ for at-risk youths.


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THE organiser of Pearcedale’s Remembrance Day service, Maureen Smollen, says she is surprised to hear a regular guest speaker has been unmasked as an apparent ‘impostor’. Lieutenant Commander Brian Ferrie, who works at HMAS Cerberus naval training school near Hastings, has represented the navy at the service three times. But he has now been accused of wearing service medals he had not earned and was convicted under the Defence Force Discipline Act of five charges of improper use of service decorations. A photograph on the the Australian and New Zealand Military Impostors website shows him with two rows of medals, including the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75, Vietnam Logistics Service Medal, Australian Active Service Medal 1975, Interfet Medal (East Timor) and Australian Service Medal 1975. The website states that Lieutenant Commander Ferrie has ‘‘falsely repre-

sented himself as a returned operational serviceman’’. It states he is the first serving commissioned officer recorded on the website. He was expected to be guest speaker at this year’s event but HMAS Cerberus sent someone else at the last moment. Mrs Smollen said she had always found Lieutenant Commander Ferrie very good to deal with. ‘‘I was surprised, yes. I always found him to be a lovely man.’’ The Herald Sun reported last Saturday week that serving officers and veterans were ‘‘furious that the officer is employed at the nation’s premier navy training school’’. Lieutenant Commander Ferrie later told the paper that he had been ordered not to discuss the matter.

At your service: Lieutenant Commander Brian Ferrie pictured at Pearcedale this year.

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Busy old St Nick He’s making a list. Checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice . . . not that Santa seems to have any doubts about eight-month-old Tyler of Berwick. He couldn’t be anything but good, for goodness’ sake. Tyler had his first encounter with jolly old Saint Nick at Westfield Fountain Gate, where Santa and his elves have been ensconced for a couple of weeks. But there’s still time to sit on that ample lap — he’ll be there from 9am Monday through Saturday and 10am4pm on Sundays. Makes you wonder how he gets to all those other shopping centres.

Sitting pretty: Olivia Hajigeorgi and sons Andreas and Petros settle in for Lynbrook’s Moonlight Cinema on the primary school oval. Picture: Vanessa Watson reas and Petros enjoyed The Lomax with 400 friends and neighbours on a giant inflatable screen on the Lynbrook Primary School oval. ‘‘The boys loved it,’’ she said. Lynbrook’s first Moonlight Cinema was organised by the residents association, which also has a babysitting club, a coffee club and a social page with about 300 members. With Lynbrook railway station opening this year, and a community centre in the offing, the residents are counting their blessings. Lynbrook’s Moonlight Cinema will screen Arthur Christmas on Saturday. Entry is free and guests can buy a barbecue supper. Details:


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arrum Downs Secondary College year 10 student Alycia Maher has won a place in Melbourne University’s prestigious Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program. In the coming weeks, she will be attending lectures at Melbourne University as a very worthy recipient of this award. Alycia consistently demonstrates the college values in all of her pursuits. In a school that prides itself on academic performance and achieving your personal best, she has succeeded in finding a balance between her academic studies, athletic career and part-time job. After achieving second place in the under-17 national titles for javelin this year, Alycia was selected to attend the Australian Institute of Sport training and development squad in Canberra to train with the nation’s best athletes. While she has been training and taking part in her sport, she has undertaken 3 VCE subjects as a year 10 student and will be presented with a prize for overall academic excellence at the college annual awards night. Alycia aspires to a career in sports science as a

s an alternative to Schoolies week, St Peter’s College offers its students an immersion and cultural exchange experience with Bishop Epalle College in the Solomon Islands. On November 21, following the completion of year 12 exams, eight students left Melbourne under the supervision of two staff members for the 14-day exchange program. The students apply to join the program at the beginning of their year 12 studies and then commit to raising funds for the Bishop Epalle Community during the course of the year. Along the way they extend their own knowledge of the culture and language of the community they will visit. Through a trivia night, raffle and other fundraising activities the students raised $10,000 for Bishop Epalle College to buy a much-needed mini-bus for student transport. During their stay, the students will help at classes in the college, present lessons about their own community and school in Cranbourne, attend a school excursion to the national parliament and take part in all facets of school and



High achiever: Alycia Maher. way to encompass her passion for sport with her studies. Although very busy, Alycia is still able to find time to support community groups such as the Pink Ribbon Foundation, a charity that she helped raised funds for this year. Carrum Downs Secondary College has congratulated her for these achievements.

Cultural lesson: Some of the St Peter’s College’s year 12 students who took part in the program. community life. One of the highlights of the exchange for students will be staying with Bishop Epalle students and their families in their local communities. The foundational values of St Peter’s are faith, education and service, and through this immersion and cultural exchange experience the students have the opportunity to put those beliefs into action. St Peter’s goal is that each year a number of year 12 students will take up this exchange opportunity and that in the next few years it be able to assist students and staff from Bishop Epalle College to make a return visit to the college and community in Cranbourne.

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Pair propelled to achieve

ranbourne Secondary College is proud to affirm two exceptional students in senior school who constantly give their all academically. Ema Stefanovic has most successfully studied two year 12 VCE subjects as part of her year 11 studies in 2012. She is also a Kwong Lee Dow Scholar, a prestigious and highly-sought after accolade as awarded by the University of Melbourne. She was recently awarded the Monash Prize which carries a $1000 scholarship as dux of year 11, which is supported by Monash University, with which Cranbourne Secondary College enjoys a close and ongoing connection. Ema is an extraordinarily determined, diligent, resilient and eager learner, who has also found the time to be a year 11 leader and City of



Power it up: Ahmad takes the wheel of the vehicle with a little help from Hoj. As part of the HPV team, Ahmad and Hoj spent six months in training, included academic studies of sustainability, mechanics and aerodynamics. They also took endurance training involving running, riding and circuit training.



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Casey Youth Ambassador. Gerard Usaraga, a year 10 student, has also recently been made a Kwong Lee Dow Scholar, awarded by the University of Melbourne.

Gerard has, since year 9, been undertaking VCE units, seeking to challenge and extend himself. He has also performed lead roles in college musicals over the past three years.

Cranbourne Secondary College nurtures a learning environment where our students are actively encouraged to aim to achieve well beyond their comfort zone, and so successfully achieve to the very best of their ability. In keeping with this, there is a strong emphasis with a commitment to the traditions of a well-rounded education encouraging all students to develop themselves in a range of areas and expertise including academic pursuit, the arts or on the sporting field.

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We concentrate on one Value each semester through our Social Competencies Program. Students are awarded Values certificates throughout the year to show that they have been successful in living a particular Value. All parents are provided with a copy of our Values booklet on enrolment. Students are constantly reminded about their manners and courtesy while they are at school. School behavior and language are reinforced daily. At the start of each year we provide all students with a dedicated Social Competencies Program which explores all aspects of how to get on with each other and what is required to live their lives as effective and valuable citizens.

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Kevin Tangga Year 12 Leader: Youth Ambassador for ‘Foundation for Young Australians’ & City of Casey Awarded an ADF Long Tan Leadership Award 2012 Community Spirit and Leadership Award State finalist in the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award 2012 Ema Stefanovic Year 11 Leader: Youth Ambassador for City of Casey Awarded the Monash Prize $1000 Scholarship, supported by Monash University Kwong Lee Dow Scholar, a prestigious and highly-sought after accolade, awarded by the University of Melbourne

Gerard Usaraga Year 10: Kwong Lee Dow Scholar, a prestigious and highly- sought after accolade, awarded by the University of Melbourne Vanessa Fairburn Year 12: Awarded the Transition Grant for $1000 supported by Deakin University Melanie Gackenheimer Year 11: Awarded the 2012 Acquisitive Art Prize Kate Nolan Year 12: Awarded VCAL Valedictorian Jemma Harley Year 12: Awarded VCE Valedictorian


hmad Mohammadi and Hoj Nasirie are just 11 years old. But the Cranbourne West Primary School pupils demonstrate enthusiasm and determination to succeed in everything they aspire to. Both pupils moved to Australia from Afghanistan, Ahmad as a refugee who knew no English when he arrived aged seven. Hoj came as a migrant and spoke just a few words of English when he was five years old. Over the past few years, Ahmad and Hoj gained a fluent grasp of English and took advanced mathematics classes. They’ve also excelled in sports. This year, Ahmad competed in district and division athletics competitions, taking out first place in district and third place in the 800 metres in the division competition. Hoj, like Ahmad, hopes to be a soccer player when he grows up and he is grateful for the diverse sports and recreation programs available through school. Recently, Ahmad and Hoj competed in the Victorian HPV (human powered vehicle) competition.

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Saturday, 15th December 10:00 – 10:30 157 Narre Warren Road, Cranbourne 3 Walnut Court, Cranbourne North 13 Connawarra Crescent, Clyde North 15 Appaloosa Grove, Clyde North

CLYDE NORTH 37 Hackney Circuit




If you are looking for a modern house which is less than a year old and built in a tranquil location and an estate offering family friendly living, then you have found what you were looking for. This quality Carlisle Home measures app. 28 squares under roof and is nestled on a spacious block and is within a brief drive to major shopping facilities and freeway access.


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1:00 – 1:30 2 Forest Oak Court, Cranbourne 16 Island Circuit, Lyndhurst 1 Wilson Court, Cranbourne 27 Lorna Street, Cranbourne West 5 Flametree Circuit, Cranbourne North 8 Meribel Way, Lynbrook 2:00 – 2:30 8 Moreton Bay Boulevard, Lyndhurst 14A Fleur Court, Narre Warren South 14 Islington Avenue, Cranbourne North 13 Station Creek Way, Botanic Ridge 231 Monahans Road, Cranbourne West 2 McKern Place, Lynbrook 3:00 – 3:30 88 Duff Street, Cranbourne 104 Majestic Boulevard, Cranbourne 14 Elda Court, Cranbourne North 15 Jirakee Close, Botanic Ridge 32 Callista Street, Botanic Ridge 4:00 – 4:30 64 Aleppo Place, Cranbourne 3 Ogle Way, Cranbourne North 24 Providence Drive, Cranbourne West 5:00 – 5:30 20 Heywood Crescent, Cranbourne North


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Narre Warren South 11 Ardenne Court





When Only The BEST Will Do! OUTSTANDING is the word that comes to mind when describing this masterpiece of a home, which provides an abundance of space, fantastic color tones, and open bright living areas without sacrificing on quality. Four enormous living zones give this feature home the right living areas to raise a grand family in. As you make your grand entrance you are met with a large formal lounge and dining to the right and to the left is the STUDY, meander through to the open meals area, which is overlooked by an exception quality kitchen that has S/S appliances, dishwasher, 900mm upright cooktop, granite bench tops, cupboard space galore and a walk in pantry for extra

Eumemmerring 1 Llewellyn Place


storage. The Rumpus room and meals area open up to the superb alfresco, which is beaming with ambience and provides an intimate setting for the get together with family or friends. Upstairs the master bedroom is oversized with a huge walkin-robe & full ensuite, the 3 other bedrooms are mixed with their own WIR’s and BIR. The upstairs retreat is a fantastic space to give children room to play and parents time off from the kids. Manicured front and back gardens,3 bright toilets and bathrooms, REFRIGERATED COOLING, ducted heating, private balcony and Cat 5 cable run throughout the property.

1B 1C

Superb Double Story Townhouses With Modern Inclusions! Only 2 left!... Hurry in and snap up the remaining double story, 2 bedroom townhouses in this chic, modern and well positioned complex! Due for completion by December 2013, a small deposit will secure you one of these extremely affordable, low maintenance apartments. Massive Savings on Stamp Duty, First Home Owners Grant Savings, Fantastic Opportunity for the astute Investor or first home buyer.

For Sale $249,000 Plus Buyers View By Appointment Contact Liron 0425 776 622

LJ Hooker Hampton Park 9702 8388 Shop 20, 166 Somerville Road

Narre Warren South 18A Fleur Court

For Sale $550,000 Plus Buyers View Saturday 12.30-1.30pm Contact Metin 0439 955 526

LJ Hooker Hampton Park 9702 8388 Shop 1, 166 Somerville Road


2B 1C

A Touch Of Class It is young, it is fresh and it offers enough room for the whole family and your guests. It is equipped with all necessities to enjoy comfortable living. Located in a quiet court location and close to schools, shops and public transport, the home boasts 3 bedrooms, master with ensuite, built in robes to all bedrooms, separate lounge, hostess kitchen with stainless steel appliances, family meals area and ducted heating.

For Sale $310,000 Plus Buyers View By Appointment Contact Aren 0403 613 988

LJ Hooker Hampton Park 9702 8388 Shop 20, 166 Somerville Road All information contained herein is gathered from sources we consider to be reliable. However we cannot guarantee or give any warranty about the information provided and interested parties must solely rely on their own enquiries.


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Hampton Park 3 Bellvue Court Location Location Newly renovated; this four bedroom home would cater to any first home buyer or investor. On offer is a generous size lounge which flows through to the newly renovated kitchen with gas cooking.

For Sale $290,000 Plus Buyers View Saturday 12.00-12.15pm Contact John 0411 873 123 LJ Hooker Hampton Park 9702 8388 Shop 20, 166 Somerville Road



Narre Warren South 56 Tangerine Drive


Hampton Park 1 Bluegum Way This home is located close to Hampton Park and Narre Warren schools, shops and public transport, and will suit all buyers including investor’s, first home buyers or those looking for somewhere to retire or renovate. The home boasts three bedrooms - the master with an ensuite and walk in robe - and a lounge room.

For Sale $280,000 Plus Buyers View Saturday 11.20-11.40am Contact John 0411 873 123 LJ Hooker Hampton Park 9702 8388 Shop 20, 166 Somerville Road


2B 2C

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A Great Starter





Featuring 4 generous sized bedrooms, the master with full ensuite and a lovely bay window, tiled meals area, fully equipped timber kitchen offering plenty of cupboard space, ducted heating, TWO separate living areas, such as the large lounge room and rumpus/ children’s retreat, ceiling fans, remote control double garage with rear access, a remarkable 650m2 low maintenance block and centrally located to all amenities.

For Sale $350,000 Plus Buyers View Saturday 11.40-12.00pm Contact Metin 0439 955 526

LJ Hooker Hampton Park 9702 8388 Shop 20, 166 Somerville Road




Narre Warren South 13 Alderley Court

Narre Warren South 2 Forrester Walk

Value For Money in Hillsmeade Estate!

Extremely Affordable...Three Bedrooms +

Comprising of a large formal living area with feature wall and split system air conditioner, a separate spacious family room overlooking the hostess kitchen with walk in pantry and dishwasher, meals area, rumpus room, a split system air conditioner, a study with internal access from the double garage and 4 bedrooms.

This immaculately presented 3 bedroom plus study home offers a master bedroom with ENS & WIR, spacious lounge, open study or third living area, generous sized family/ meals area, remote tandem garage with rear roller door access, ducted heating, air conditioner, floorboards and ceiling fans.

For Sale $450,000 Plus Buyers View Saturday 12.40-1.00pm Contact Liron 0425 776 622

For Sale $320,000 Plus Buyers View Saturday 12.00-12.20pm Contact Liron 0425 776 622

LJ Hooker Hampton Park 9702 8388

LJ Hooker Hampton Park 9702 8388

Shop 20, 166 Somerville Road

Shop 20, 166 Somerville Road







Narre Warren South 112 Langbourne Drive

Hampton Park 5 Sandhurst Mews

Four Bedroom Family Home

A Place To Call Home

With freshly painted walls, and brand new luscious carpet this home offers a large master bedroom comprising of a large WIR and FENS with an oversized shower, the formal lounge area, kitchen meals area with stainless steel gas appliances, a glass splash back, filter tap, large family room and large pergola area.

What this home has to offer is three bedrooms, a semi ensuite off the master bedroom, a light filled formal lounge room as you enter which leads to the family meals area and the hostess kitchen, pergola that has been fully enclosed to give you a rumpus room which is perfect for entertaining.

For Sale $350,000 Plus Buyers View By Appointment Only Contact John 0411 873 123

For Sale $310,000 Plus Buyers View Saturday 2.00-2.20pm Contact John 0411 873 123

LJ Hooker Hampton Park 9702 8388

LJ Hooker Hampton Park 9702 8388

Shop 20, 166 Somerville Road

Shop 20, 166 Somerville Road All information contained herein is gathered from sources we consider to be reliable. However we cannot guarantee or give any warranty about the information provided and interested parties must solely rely on their own enquiries.

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Tim Selimi 0411 989 344 All information contained herein is gathered from sources we consider to be reliable. However we cannot guarantee or give any warranty about the information provided and interested parties must solely rely on their own enquiries.


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Cranbourne Evans Rd

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Pakenham Princes Highway

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While the Aussies were getting thrashed in Perth last Monday, Shane Warne showed he still had the magic touch at a Melbourne Stars practice match in Cranbourne. The following day he said he was still good enough to play Test cricket if he wanted to. About 1000 children from surrounding schools watched Warne and teammates including Bushrangers David Hussey and Cameron White and local star Clive Rose. Also watching was West Indian legend Vivian Richards, official ‘‘mentor’’ to the Stars, who lost to Melbourne Renegades on Friday night.

club securing the awards. The club’s branding award has been linked to its attempts to revamp its image by redesigning its logo, stationery and the application of these new designs. Cranbourne general manager Peter Paccagnan said the branding award came from the club’s decision to revamp its logo and establish a ‘brand style guide’ to help officials promote the club. The awards are the highlight of the community club sector and are assessed by a panel of 16 independent judges. The process involves the judges developing a list of finalists and the clubs assessed by the panel, which makes numerous visits. The panel eventually makes the decision.


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Spirit leaves Rangers looking for answers

Hanging out with heroes of yesteryear BY ROY WARD AMONG Clive Rose’s treasured childhood possessions is a picture with of him as a boy getting an autograph from cricketing legend Shane Warne. Now the 22-year-old Narre Warren South resident is playing alongside Warne in the Melbourne Stars team in the Big Bash Twenty20 competition. Rose said he was soaking up every part of the experience from playing with the Stars including spending time with Warne and the team mentor, West Indian great Sir Viv Richards. “I went into camp and you find yourself hanging around guys like Warne and Sir Viv,” Rose said. “When I was growing up I got a picture and an autograph with Warne and now I’m playing with him, it’s pretty special.” The Casey-South Melbourne all-rounder said he was relishing the time he got with his experienced teammates at the Stars. “Warne said the other day that he had never been around a team with such a group of talents and support, which is a pretty big thing for someone like Shane to say.” Rose said he was taking the chance to learn as much as he could from his international calibre teammates and coaches. He said he had already picked up some helpful pointers from former England spinner and Stars sports psychologist Jeremy Snape and fielding coach Trent Woodhill. “Just yesterday I was working with Jeremy and he was telling me there is not only different balls to bowl but the way you act before you bowl the ball, your body language and what you do with your field to make the batter doubt himself. “Those things can be quite big in Twenty20 cricket and that’s something I’ve learnt a lot from him.” Rose is no certainty to get a game for the Stars, with Warne and Victorian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in the Stars squad. But he has pledged to do everything he can to use his Stars time to earn a contract with Victoria or one of the other state teams. “I’m definitely living the life of a pro cricketer at the moment and I’ve got a taste for doing it as a career,” he said. “Every day we have something to do whether it’s a school appearance or clinic as

New star: Clive Rose is loving life with the Melbourne Stars.

Youth hero: Clive Rose, centre, pictured with Shane Warne. well as training sessions and meetings. I’m more hungry than ever to get a state contract and push my claims.” Rose also confirmed he hadn’t bothered Warne for any more signed memorabilia.

DANDENONG Rangers have met their toughest opponent in their quest for a second straight WNBL title, now the team has to learn what it needs to do beat new title favourite Bendigo Spirit. The Rangers shot terribly and made crucial errors in their 79-72 loss to the Spirit at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday night yet were still in the running with three minutes to go before Spirit superstar Kristi Harrower made two key baskets to seal the win. Harrower was the game-high scorer with 20 points while Kath Macleod led Dandenong with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Jenna O’Hea, despite shooting just 3-13 from the field, added 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Rangers. The Spirit’s win gives it a two-game lead over the Rangers at the top of the WNBL ladder with two rounds to go until the Christmas break, and with the Spirit facing two matches against Logan and one against Townsville, they should reach the holidays without incurring another loss. At the same time the Rangers now face a tricky clash with inform Sydney University Flames at Dandenong Stadium this Saturday night, with the Flames coming off a 46-point win over Canberra Capitals in Sydney on Friday night. The Rangers will be aided by the Flames having to battle Bulleen the night before their visit to Dandenong, but with Flames star import April Sykes scoring 29 points and point guard Katie Rae-Ebzery also dominating, the Rangers cannot afford another rough offensive night. Against the Spirit the Rangers shot just 38 per cent from the field and 0-11 from the three-point line, and missed eight free throws. Add to that 11 of their 14 turnovers coming after halftime and it was easy to see how they lost to the Spirit. Rangers coach Mark Wright said his side had to do better from here on in. ‘‘We just made a lot of errors out there, passing to the wrong option or not seeing where the open player was,’’ Wright said. ‘‘Bendigo’s defense should get some credit for that as well. You can’t do that against a team as good as they are.’’ The Rangers also had several players out of form on the night with Steph Cumming, Tegan Cunningham and import Monica Wright all struggling to contribute. ‘‘We will go back and look at this match and we will get better,’’ Mark Wright said. The Rangers host Sydney University Flames at Dandenong Stadium this Saturday night at 7pm. — Roy Ward

Champagne breaks out bubbly for trainer CRANBOURNE trainer Greg Eurell’s promising four year old Champagne Ruby ended her preparation with a dominant victory in the $35,000 D’Urban Handicap (1600 metres) at Sandown on Wednesday. Champagne Ruby had been the strong flavour at the track after moving in from $2 to $1.60 before the jump. Her victory followed the win of stablemate Zombie Dancer, who scored a similarly easy win at an identical starting price in the $35,000 Schweppes Handicap (1600m) that launched the card.

Winning horse: Trainer Greg Eurell had success with his horse Champagne Ruby at Sandown last week. Picture: Pat Scala/The Age


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Champagne Ruby’s win came at her final start for 2012 and took her career record to four wins from nine starts, giving Eurell reason to get excited about what 2013 might hold for the four year old. “The owners have been terrific, they’ve allowed me to place her in the right races to hopefully get the right result and we’ll have a good look at what’s coming up next year for her and try and keep finding the right races for her to progress,” Eurell said. “I think she’ll run 2000 metres and if she can do that it will probably open things up even a little bit more for her.” Champagne Ruby ambled home by three lengths, the same margin that Zombie Dancer had to spare over the nearest of the beaten brigade in the opener. Like Champagne Ruby, who raced outside the

leader until straightening, Zombie Dancer settled in a prominent position before taking over early in the straight and put the result beyond doubt a long way from home. Zombie Dancer was partnered by Brent Evans, while Jamie Mott had the honours aboard Champagne Ruby, who was the first leg of a running double for the hoop. Mott was quickly back in the winners’ stall after the Mike Moroney-trained Between The Beats provided him with a pick-up success in the $35,000 Thomas Sabo Plate (1800m). The $8.50 chance’s victory gave bookmakers some respite after a trying start to the Sportingbet Park card, which saw the heavily backed Adjuster ($3.70 to $3 favourite) score a 2 1 ⁄ 4 -length win in the Perri Cutten Plate in between Eurell’s two victories.


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Steaming in: Casey South Melbourne fast bowler Andrew Perrin sends down a delivery against Frankston-Peninsula on Saturday.

Picture: Gary Sissons

Swans all set for a fair chase BY ROY WARD CASEY-South Melbourne openers Jake Best and Jolyon Leaver will aim to batten down the hatches against Frankston-Peninsula’s fast bowlers when play resumes in their Premier Cricket match on Saturday. The Swans are 0-9 chasing the Heat’s 9-219 declared at AH Butler Oval. The first hour of play will be crucial to the Swans’ chances of earning a much-needed victory. Best, the Swans captain, said his job was to bat through the difficult morning session and make sure his batsmen had the chance to score as the pitch flattens out over the day. He said the Frankston pitch usually gave the

bowlers lots of help in the early overs. ‘‘We have played there in the past and it [the pitch] has done the same thing,’’ Best said. ‘‘We’ll just try to get through the new ball and protect the boys who come later on. ‘‘We know we will have to bat well. There’ll be a fair bit in the wicket early.’’ With hot weather on the cards last Saturday, the Swans were disappointed to lose the toss, but Best said his side walked off happy to keep the Heat to 219, although that total could have been lower after the home side fell to 5-59. ‘‘They got away from us a little, but at the start of the day you would take that total after losing the toss,’’ Best said. Swans spinner Clive Rose held down one end

for much of the day, taking 2-94 from 32 overs while Best kept his quicks in short rotations at the other end. Ash Perera (2-15), Nathan Freitag (2-30) and Andrew Perrin (2-58) were all in the wickets. Veteran Damien Wright bowled without luck with 0-14 from 11 overs. Before the game, the Swans did have some misfortune with English import Richard Jones pulling up sore late in the week with a back injury. Best said the injury was still being assessed and he doubted whether Jones would play again until after Christmas. The Swans resume against the Heat at AH Butler Oval, Frankston, at noon this Saturday.

DANDENONG and former Chadstone resident Jack Taylor got the best possible early Christmas present when he was selected in the Victorian under-19 squad on Friday. Taylor, who plays for Premier Cricket side Prahran and is a supplementary player for Big Bash side Melbourne Renegades, will take one of the all-rounder positions in the young Bushrangers when they play in the under-19 national championships in Adelaide from January 7-17. The side will also have to arrange an alternate player for Taylor and batsman Meyrick Buchanan, who is a contracted Renegades player, in case they are selected in the Big Bash side. Hawthorn-Monash University top-order batsman Liam Tonkin is also in the squad as a bottom-age player. The team will be coached by former firstclass player turned coach Shawn Flegler. Australian A spinner Jon Holland, currently recovering from a serious shoulder injury, has agreed to join the side as a mentor to the players. Flegler said his side was ready to make its mark on the championships. “It’s a fairly well balanced squad,” Flegler said. “The guys have jelled pretty well and they seem like they are fairly close-knit. “It will be a good opportunity to have Dutchy [Holland] there as a bit of a mentor, he should be good.” The championships will include two one-day matches and three two-day matches. Victorian under-19 squad: Meyrick Buchanan, Barwon Rockets; Scott Dixon, Barwon Rockets; Jack Paynter, Mallee Murray Bulls; Ben Ashkenazi, South East Country Sharks; Sam Kerber, Western Waves; Tom Russ, Inner East Emus; Mark Phelan, Northern Falcons; Pat Ashton, Outer East Eagles; Matthew Fotia, Outer East Eagles; Jack Harper, Outer East Eagles; Lincoln Edwards, Sth East Bayside Breakers; Liam Tonkin, Sth East Bayside Breakers; Jack Taylor, Southern Metro Pioneers. — Roy Ward

Bloods miss outright win but still aiming for top-four spot SPRINGVALE South aims to be in the top four of the DDCA Turf 1 competition by Christmas despite missing out on an outright win over North Dandenong on Saturday. But to do that the Bloods need to win their final two matches before the holidays with a twoday game against Heinz Southern District over the next two Saturdays and a make-up one-day game against Hallam-Kalora Park this Sunday. Bloods captain-coach Craig Slocombe said his side was playing well enough to win its remaining matches before the break but he rued missing out on the outright win. The Bloods had bowled out North Dandenong for 40 on the first day and then made 7-208dec

and put North back in to bat. Unfortunately for the Bloods, North showed much more resolve in its second innings to make 215 while batting through 78 overs. When North was bowled out, there were enough runs on the board to leave the Bloods with the impossible task of making 48 in three overs. The home side finished 0-28 at stumps. ‘‘We were very disappointed,’’ Slocombe said. ‘‘We thought we were a big chance but the wicket was flat and a few things didn’t go our way. ‘‘They [North] knuckled down much more than they did in the first innings.’’ Bloods bowler Tim Ford showed he has found a good line to bowl on, taking 10-56 for the

match while Sri Lankan import Jeevantha Kulatunga made 64 and Jackson Sketcher 51 in the first innings. ‘‘Tim bowled with his brain and not with any other part of his body, so to speak, and got some well-deserved wickets,’’ Slocombe said. ‘‘Kulatunga is a class above the rest of the competition and it’s only a matter of time before he makes a big hundred. He just needs to stay at the crease because the longer he bats the more he will dominate.’’ The Bloods could lose Sketcher in the coming weeks, with the talented footballer considering a possible move to Western Australia to play in the Western Australian Football League.

Slocombe said Sketcher was in Perth talking to a club and he would learn more about his star allrounder’s plans this week. Hallam-Kalora Park was unable to defend 144 against Buckley Ridges with the Ridges getting to 6-148 when play ended. Top side Dandenong West also made sure it passed Heinz Southern Districts’ 163 with Alex Roberts making 100 while Michael Davies was the best of HSD’s bowlers taking 2-25. Narre Warren got a much-needed win just squeezing past Berwick’s 188 to finish on 8-190. Steve Spoljaric’s 88 not out guided Parkfield to 3-120 and victory over Doveton, who made 119. — Roy Ward


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