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SEPTEMBER 18 | 2012

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TAFE in turmoil as 220 sacked agers would also lose their jobs. Another staff member said he was most concerned about the casual ‘‘sessionals’’. ‘‘They won’t get a package and they’ll be the first to go. There will be more cuts. They’re just peeling back the layers.’’ The well-regarded professional writing and editing course has a 25-year history on the Mornington Peninsula. In recent years, the course was reduced from two campuses with about 16 teaching staff and 400 students, to one campus, two full-time teachers and about 100 students. The once thriving program was finally put out of its misery last Thursday when students were informed the certificate IV and diploma of professional writing and editing would not be offered next year. The writing courses were not mentioned on a list of at risk courses provided to the media by Ms Peters, who said they had missed out on state ‘‘resource allocation’’ for 2013. Courses listed as ‘‘at risk’’ included business administration and legal services, sport and fitness, food and meat processing, marketing, liberal arts, ceramics and areas of hospitality and events. Although guaranteeing current students would have the opportunity to finish their courses, Chisholm representatives could not

BY ALECIA PINNER, CATHERINE WATSON and CAMERON LUCADOU-WELLS CHISHOLM Institute of TAFE will sack at least 220 teachers and scrap courses including the Frankston-based professional writing and editing course next year following savage government funding cuts. In further bad news for local students, the cuts coincided with the leaking of a cabinet-inconfidence paper from the state government stating Chisholm’s Mornington Peninsula, Cranbourne and Bass Coast campuses are at risk of closing next year and that Chisholm had budgeted to raise total tuition fees by 70 per cent. The paper, leaked to The Age, contradicts assurances from Chisholm chief executive Maria Peters last week that there would be no campus closures. Chisholm staff also fear the 220 job cuts announced by Ms Peters are just the beginning, with many more casual staff expected to go. Ms Peters broke news of the loss of 220 fixed-term contract and permanent positions to staff from the college’s south-east campuses last Tuesday, saying the job losses were in response to a $30 million cut in Chisholm’s budget since November. Most of the casualties will be teaching staff but a staff member told the Weekly about four directors and 10 man-

explain how this would be achieved in view of looming staff cuts, withdrawn funding and equivalent courses being discontinued at other institutes. Recently returning to Chisholm after taking time off to raise three children, professional writing and editing student Lisa Hendrych said that when she was told the course would not continue next year she ‘‘felt like someone had died’’. She said students had not received any written communication from Chisholm about the course being terminated or their future options. ‘‘I have a emotional affiliation with this course. When I enrolled in 2005 I had not completed my VCE. The teachers gave me so much more than an opportunity, they gave me something I had been missing for so long, a reason to believe in myself.’’ Another professional writing and editing student, Louise Zedda-Sampson, told the Weekly she expected she would be forced to travel for 1 1⁄ 2 hours to Swinburne in Prahran and put her children in childcare in order to finish her course. ‘‘My prospects of employment will be at risk, it will affect my family and my contribution to society. For a returning student, Chisholm provided a nurturing, encouraging, stimulating and well supported environment and everyone was there to learn.’’

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Masterful effort The artwork of proud Mahogany Rise Primary School pupils, including Swezie and Harvey (pictured), will be on display at the Frankston Arts Centre’s Cube 37 until Sunday, September 23. The children from the Frankston North school worked with staff from Polyglot Theatre to design and create their art installation Knock Knock Who’s There. In a number of workshops since May, children used animation, puppetry, shadow, drama and visual art to explore the theme of transition, before creating their own masterpieces. Polyglot Theatre’s artistic director Sue Giles said: ‘‘Mahogany Rise is an extraordinary school, completely pro-active and continuously inventive and welcoming. Our artists have had a most glorious time. We’ll be back.’’

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carnival area. Who is going to ‘police’ this event? I’’ll bet it won’t be anyone from Frankston Council.

In the lead-up to next month’s council elections, the Weekly requires all letters and comments on municipal issues submitted for publication, whether online or in print, to carry the author’s or commentator’s full address and telephone number, for purposes of verification only. The Weekly reserves the right to exclude material that is not fully identified. The editor’s decisions on such matters will be final.

Will (via web)

Begs belief Surely begging is illegal? Outside my local milk bar an unkempt person (smoking, of course!) asked me if I had any spare change. I emerge from Parliament station and a fat old man in a bathrobe and bare feet, asks me the same questions. The walk down Collins Street is refreshing, but a woman asks me the same question in Block Arcade. It’s happened on the train to Frankston too ... I always say ‘‘no’’. These people probably all receive handouts. They need advice too: on how to better handle the money they do receive.

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It would be interesting to know how many councils knocked back Showtime Events’ application before Frankston gave them the nod. Carnivals are renowned for their problems. I hope Frankston Council and the police have done all their checks before it’s up and running.

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As Frankston mayor, I am very pleased to announce that we have raised the $100,000 needed to secure additional state government funding for the Frankston Community Fund. Last year they set us the ambitious target with promise of a $200,000 investment in the fund

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if we raised it by the end of June. We did it! And thanks to the many generous donors since the fund’s inception and, of course, the state government, the fund now has more than $600,000 in corpus [trust] to support an annual grants program. The first of these programs was rolled out in May, with actual grant money expected to be distributed next month. Thank you to everyone who has supported this fund since 2009. I would like to especially thank the Frankston Community Fund management committee, fund-raising sub-committee and members of the council’s community development and marketing teams.

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From here to maternity BY ALECIA PINNER KARLENE Cooper has been lovingly taking care of children from the Langwarrin community for 14 years and thinks it is about time she had a baby of her own. The bubbly Carrum Downs resident works at a local childcare centre, where her mission to be a mother is well-known by parents and those she works with. Ms Cooper was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome in 2005 and her doctor told her it could make conceiving children harder. ‘‘I haven’t met that someone special but I’ve always wanted children and I’m 32 in February, so the clock is definitely ticking,’’ Ms Cooper said. In a life dedicated to other people’s children, Ms Cooper spends a lot of time with her friends’ children and babysitting when not at work. ‘‘It would be nice to have one of my own that I didn’t have to give back at the end of the day,’’ she said. Ms Cooper has paid for two unsuc-

cessful cycles of artificial insemination and a round of IVF at Monash Hospital, where tests showed there was no reason she should not be able to conceive. ‘‘Each time it hit me harder. I went down this road because I did not want to miss my opportunity of being a mum.’’ Ms Cooper loves her job and is an organised saver but admits paying for her mortgage and the fertility treatments has strained her budget. She was hesitant when her friends and parents from the childcare centre offered to organise two fund-raisers to help her pay for the next round of IVF. ‘‘The response from family, friends and strangers has been amazing. Their generosity has blown me away.’’ Ms Cooper has been caring for Kim and Kelly’s children for seven years and in a letter to theWeekly, they invited locals to the fund-raisers. ‘‘Karlene adores all of the children in her care as if they were her own and she is very much looking forward to that stage of her life and longs for the

day when she can share her time, love and affection with a child of her own. Money shouldn’t deny access to treatment but sadly, it does and this is our way of giving back to her,’’ they wrote. The Help us Make a Baby trivia night fund-raisers will be held at the Long Island Country Club, 165/235 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Frankston, on Saturday, October 6 and Saturday, November 10 from 7.30pm. Tickets are $15. To donate prizes or book a table, email helpusmakeababy@ outlook.com or SMS the word ‘Baby’ to 0409 149 234 with a name and best contact details.

Pregnancy push: Karlene Cooper with her friend’s daughter, Mairead Walsh. Picture: Gary Sissons

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NEWS ●

Cops call-out switch FRANKSTON Embona armed robbery taskforce police officers have offered to work for free after hours, after no longer being on call overnight. In early July, crime investigation unit detectives became responsible for attending armed robberies late at night, passing files on to specialist Embona detectives the following morning, if crimes had not been solved. The Police Association Victoria did not respond to the Weekly’s request for comment about whether the change was due to Victoria Police budget cuts before deadline. A Victoria Police spokeswoman told the Weekly the change of structure had not impacted service delivery related to armed robbery investigations. ‘‘Division 4, which includes Frankston and Mornington Peninsula police service areas, now has dedicated crime investigation unit detectives working 24-7 to respond to all serious crime, including armed robbery. These qualified detectives investigate these serious offences overnight, and will hand the investigation over to the Embona the following day if required.’’ Division 4’s Detective Inspector Shayne Pannell said that before the change, Dandenong-

Cardinia and Frankston-Mornington Peninsula police divisions spent alternate weeks working at night and would take turns covering both areas. Now, each area had CIU members available all the time. ‘‘Uniform would always respond first to these jobs and the end result was always managed by Embona. Embona hasn’t changed hours, their availability has changed. The only difference is we’re not getting someone out of bed and doing hand-over at 3am. I don’t believe it will affect the solvency rate. By taking him [the Embona detective] out we have still got what was originally there. I think we’ve got it covered.’’ Inspector Pannell said detectives were targeting recidivist offenders and were ‘‘not going to allow crime to creep up’’. The structural changes would be reviewed if the number of unsolved armed robberies increased under the new system, although they were not expected to. ‘‘They [Embona] are dedicated and prefer to be on call. They are happy to do it for free but our certified agreement does not allow that. Everyone in the region received training in crime scene management and the crime desk has been extended to cover the whole of the division including Rosebud and Hastings.’’

Funding boost: Geoff Shaw with Frankston Community Fund committee members Gillian Kay and Matthew Clayton, and, front, Sandie Baskin and Roz Moran. Picture: Daryl Gordon

Community fund’s big boost A $200,000 state government funding boost for the Frankston Community Fund was announced last week by Frankston MP Geoff Shaw. He said the bonus was on top of $100,000 government funding announced last year. “The Frankston Community Fund has engaged local businesses and community organisations who share responsibility for the future of the local communities they serve.”

Mr Shaw congratulated fund-raising partners, including the Magistrates Court of Victoria (Frankston region), Carrum Downs Charitable Network, St Kilda Football Club, Greater Frankston Business Chamber, National Australia Bank and Aidan J Graham Pty Ltd. The fund supports projects that will have the most benefit for Frankston residents as well as strengthening and developing the local community.

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be mailed to voters during the second week of October and residents who will be away during this time or have relocated since August 31 should have their pack redirected by mailing a request to the Returning Officer, Frankston City Council elections, Victorian Electoral Commission, Level 11, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000. Voters must include the address for redirection and sign the request. Alternatively, requests can be faxed to 9277 7126 or scanned and emailed to redirections@vec.vic.gov.au. Requests must be received by 5pm this Thursday. Details: 9783 3556.

The SES responded to 124 calls for help in the city of Frankston during wild weather between September 1-9. Most of the calls came from residents of Frankston, Frankston North and Frankston South, where the SES were called out 60 times to assist mainly with fallen trees, which were also the primary concern of 31 callers from Carrum Downs, 11 from Langwarrin, seven from Seaford, five from Mt Eliza, three from Skye and one from Baxter. Three buildings were damaged in Langwarrin, two in Patterson Lakes and one in Skye.

Pursuit ends in Carrum Downs A police pursuit occurred just after 4pm last Wednesday when a man applying for bail fled his court hearing in Moorabbin. The 31-year-old Laverton man made his way to Highett, where he allegedly stole a vehicle. He was located by police air wing and monitored while police units on the ground were directed to his location. There was a strong police presence in Frankston and Carrum Downs while they searched for the alleged offender. A man was arrested a short time later in Gamble Road, Carrum Downs, and remains in police custody.

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Water that’s not wanted Jubilee Park Aquatic Centre has been closed until further notice due to flooding in the plant room. Frankston Council’s insurance company is investigating the cause of the flood. Acting CEO Jane Homewood said it appeared a mains water pipe may have burst and the council was considering whether to relocate Jubilee Park patrons to the Pines Aquatic Centre.

Aquatic centre work to start Work officially began on the Frankston Regional Aquatic Centre last Friday morning, with mayor Brian Cunial and Isaacs MP Mark Dreyfus turning the first sod. The long-awaited, $46.3 million centre is expected to create about

300 construction and 50 ongoing jobs. Cypress pine trees have been removed from the front of Samuel Sherlock Reserve in Cranbourne Road and construction is expected to begin in November and be completed by mid-2014.

Architects appointed for big job South East Water has appointed BNV architects to design its head office in Kananook Creek Boulevard, Frankston, and which is due for completion in 2015. The announcement came amid community concern about the building’s potential height, which has not been officially confirmed. BVN company designs include the National Australia Bank and Myer head offices in Docklands, the Olympic Tennis Centre in Beijing and the Olympic Athletes Village in London. When the drafts are complete, they will be submitted to the office of the Victorian Government Architect for review.

Traffic lights approved The state government announced last week it would install pedestrian traffic lights on Edithvale Road, outside Edithvale Primary School. Carrum MP Donna Bauer said: “Sadly, there have been serious incidents and traffic accidents on Edithvale Road. This spot has been a huge safety concern for the school community and the wider local community.’’ The lights will be operational by May next year.

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Link set to finish ‘on time’ THE state government says it is confident the $655 million Peninsula Link project will open on time, despite its construction company being in turmoil. Last week, parent company Lend Lease took control of its subsidiary Abigroup after independent auditors found discrepancies in its financial reporting of two major projects, including Peninsula Link. The discrepancies relate to under and overreporting of anticipated losses and profits of the two projects, the other being the upgrade of the Ipswich motorway in Queensland. It is believed the investigation will look at whether finances were shuffled between the two to hide losses on the Victorian project. The financial status issue raised questions about the ability of Abigroup and its Southern Way consortium partners the Royal Bank of Scotland and Bilfinger Berger, to finish the job on time and on budget. Following the announcement on Monday last week, investors showed their unease as Lend Lease’s shares dropped 6.6 per cent. However, Linking Melbourne Authority

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said Abigroup was doing an excellent job and the project was on track to open early in 2013 as agreed. ‘‘The state has a contract with Southern

Way to deliver Peninsula Link in return for quarterly service payments upon opening, and the contract with Southern Way is unchanged,’’ LMA’s community and stakeholder manager Gemma Boucher said. Four senior executives have been stood aside while investigations are under way. In a statement, Lend Lease said even though investigations were still to be completed, there was no reason to believe that they would have any ‘‘material impact on the group’s 2012 financial position or results, or the group’s outlook’’. ‘‘Certain costs on the Peninsula Link project in Victoria anticipated as at 30 June 2012 may not have been appropriately accounted for in determining the financial results of that project, and key information was not disclosed to senior group management, the board or the external auditors. ‘‘As a consequence, the extent of the anticipated loss on that project may not have been adequately recognised,’’ it stated. Victoria’s heavy rainfall over the past two years is believed to have had a huge financial impact on the construction company, forcing it to hire more contractors to make up for days lost and keep on schedule.

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Fine feathered friend: One of the parrots in its new home. He said the next step was to join forces with other groups and raise money to establish breeding aviaries so the offspring could eventually be released into the wild. ‘‘The aim of the program is to get a population of 350 in captivity and make sure they are genetically stable,

which is a long-term process.’’ Mr Johnson said the parrots’ numbers probably started dwindling about 50 years ago. ‘‘Once a species has started declining, it’s hard to recover easily. They have been threatened for the past 30 years, so breeding and reintroducing them into the wild is very important.’’ Moonlit Sanctuary grew out of the childhood dreams of Mr Johnson, who was inspired by the British naturalist Gerald Durrell to create a place where people could experience rare and unusual animals that roam the Australian bush. The sanctuary is home to kangaroos and koalas, owls, dingoes, reptiles, birds, wallabies and possums and successful breeding programs have included the eastern quoll, southern bettong, squirrel glider and Julia Creek dunnart. Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park is at 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Road, Pearcedale.

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CATHY Dalton was beginning to think that she would never get a job after having a total knee construction. While the operation had relieved the osteoarthritis she had suffered for years, the Langwarrin 51 year old was still struggling physically and finding a job that would cater to her disability seemed impossible. ‘‘I tried all avenues, but job agencies didn’t even try to cater for my needs. That was until somebody told me about Job Focus.’’ Job Focus is a not-for-profit disability employment service covering Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. The agency finds work for people with an intellectual or physical disability within the region and provides ongoing support for both employers and employees. Employment co-ordinator Lee Ann Coburn said businesses were subsidised to employ clients and given as much support as required. ‘‘Clients usually do a couple of day’s work experience to make sure it is a good fit for everyone, and part of our role is to come in and help tailor the position to suit,’’ she said. ‘‘But while the client is supported, no allow-

In focus: Cathy Dalton, right, and Heidi Hunt are learning the tricks of the trade from head chef Picture: Daryl Gordon Rodney Agius. ances are made for their disability and they are expected to work as hard as other staff.’’ After a stint working at Job Focus, Ms Dalton has found a permanent position at Hastings restaurant MaQuay.

‘‘It’s been fantastic for me. I was getting quite down about not having a job and this has given me a whole new outlook on everything.’’ MaQuay’s owner and head chef Rodney Agius said he had been delighted with the work of Ms Dalton and Heidi Hunt, another Job Focus client who works for him. ‘‘Both girls are fantastic workers and I would definitely recommend the program to other employers,’’ he said. ‘‘I haven’t had to change any work practices. We find out what they are good at and go from there. It’s no different to anyone else. Even chefs have things that they are good at, and weaknesses in other areas.’’ Since leaving Peninsula Special Developmental School, Ms Hunt, 19, has pursued a career in hospitality and recently completed a certificate II in hospitality. She has been at MaQuay for a year. ‘‘Rodney’s an awesome boss and I love it here. I want to do a certificate III in hospitality and become a chef.’’ At any one time there are anywhere from 200 to 300 Job Focus clients looking for work. Employers wanting to find out more can call the Frankston office on 9784 5888.

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FRANKSTON Council will ask Premier Ted Baillieu and Energy Minister Michael O’Brien to meet community representatives to discuss concerns about the smart meter roll-out. In front of a packed gallery, councillors unanimously voted to support a motion by Cr Glenn Aitken that was inspired by community concerns about escalating power costs, loss of privacy, billing problems, safety matters and health issues. At a recent public meeting in Seaford, resid-

ents called on the state government to stop the roll-out until a proper investigation into concerns took place. They also said customers should be allowed to opt out of the scheme. Cr Aitken said the public had not been properly consulted before the smart meter roll-out and 80 people attended the latest meeting — ‘‘there has been more and more activism and public opposition and Frankston is one of the strongest points’’. Cr Aitken has been contacted by many people who have complained of health symptoms they believe are linked to smart meters being

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FEATURESTORY Thumbs up: Sam Appleford, 8, with mother Bianca, is thriving at a mainstream primary school, with extra tutoring paid for by his parents. Picture: Daryl Gordon

Funding row: Ethan, 11, with parents Adam Davis and Kellie Guinane.

Autistic children held Are autistic children being forced into mainstream classrooms without adequate support as a government cost-cutting measure? SANDRA BULL reports. dam Davis and Kellie Guinane thought the heartbreak was over when their muchloved son Ethan was born 11 years ago. Their second son had died soon after birth and the Langwarrin couple were thrilled to have a sibling for first-born Jackson, now 14. But gut-wrenching doubts that something wasn’t right started creeping in. Ethan was missing milestones, preferring to walk on tip-toe and making odd squeaks and screeches. ‘‘It was suggested to me by someone at family day care that he was possibly autistic. I guess we were kind of offended by it,’’ Kellie says. But as the worrying behaviour continued, and Ethan only used a few words instead of stringing sentences together, his parents had him assessed when he was about three years old. The diagnosis was autism. ‘‘It was very hard because no one likes to hear there’s anything wrong with their child and I guess I was instantly thinking about Ethan’s future: meeting someone, getting married, getting a job, and would he be able to live independently or be with us for the rest of his life?’’ Kellie says. ‘‘As part of the assessment process he had to have hearing tests to rule out deafness. I remember saying to Adam ‘I never prayed so much that my child was deaf’.’’ When the Weekly dropped by the couple’s home, Ethan was happy to have a brief chat. It’s

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easy to see why his parents adore him. A polite child, with flashes of dry humour, Ethan loves whipping up cakes, tenpin bowling and watching SpongeBob SquarePants on television. But he can be quite rigid, only wanting to step in the shower, for example, each night at precisely 7.50. There was no eye contact during the visit and when Ethan went to the den to use the computer his voice boomed out as he chatted away with just himself for company. Adam says Ethan is an anxious child who also talks to himself at school as a coping mechanism and was recently assessed by an independent expert as having the same academic ability as a much younger grade 3 pupil. These social and academic issues make his family bewildered and angry at a recent ruling by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development that Ethan must move from the publicly funded Naranga specialist school in Frankston to a mainstream school — without the support of a trained aide. They say Ethan is one of many children to fall through the cracks of a rigid state funding system. After doing well in an IQ test, he no longer meets the criteria to stay at Naranga under the intellectual disability funding category. ‘‘This is despite everyone involved in Ethan’s care disagreeing with this assessment and believing he will ‘flounder’, ‘suffer’, ‘perhaps become violent’ and ‘be lost in the system’, to

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quote just some of the comments made by Ethan’s psychologist, GP, paediatrician and current school teacher,’’ Adam says. Ethan’s only mainstream experience was fouryear-old kinder and his parents fear that, as with many autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) children, he could become a target for bullies. They also worry he will lose his confidence if treated differently by children who don’t have the experience to understand his quirks. School life can be challenging enough without being the last one picked for a team or ignored in the playground at recess. A department spokeswoman said all students attending Victorian government specialist schools who are moving from grade 6 to year 7 were assessed by experts, including an independent psychologist and speech pathologist, to ensure they continued to attend the best school for them. ‘‘Naranga School is for students with intellectual disabilities and can no longer best meet Ethan’s educational needs in providing him with the higher level of instruction that he requires,’’ the spokeswoman said. ‘‘The best school for a student is one where they can be challenged educationally and supported to achieve their best. This is never about funding, and is only ever about providing students with the most stimulating environment to meet their learning needs.’’ Nepean MP and Education Minister Martin Dixon did not respond to the Weekly’s requests for comment. But with Australia experiencing a surge in diagnosed cases of autism, the funding issue won’t go away for all levels of governments. Acting chief executive of Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria) Diana Heggie estimates one in

every 110 Australians have ASD, with 55,000 of them in Victoria. While autism is believed to have a genetic component in some cases, its cause remains a mystery as experts speculate on the reasons for spiralling cases in the Western world. Unproven, and often controversial theories, ranging from environmental toxins to harmful bacteria in a child’s gut are being investigated, while other experts point to better diagnosis and widening of diagnosis criteria. Whatever the cause, parents want access to the best possible educational system for their child. Ethan’s parents support the government’s inclusion push in principle, believing autistic children should be able to enter the mainstream schooling system if parents feel that is a good fit. ‘‘But I don’t think our son should have to be the guinea pig [for that policy],’’ Adam says. Kellie echoes his concerns. ‘‘He’s such a loving and caring, innocent child that I am scared of when he goes to mainstream whether that will be taken away and he will see the world for how harsh it is and how cruel people are from his own experiences. I don’t want that innocence taken away from him. ‘‘I worry a whole generation of children like Ethan will grow up as the guinea pigs of this integration and in 20 years, how many will be living on benefits or in therapy from bullying — after being taken from one school and thrown into something so foreign?’’ Lauren Moore is familiar with the heartache that comes when a child is diagnosed with autism. Her son Billy was diagnosed at the age of two, soon after she and her husband had moved to the Mornington Peninsula.


What it’s all about JUST what is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? It’s a developmental condition that affects three main areas: the ability of the individual to communicate, socialise and think flexibly. It affects the way they are able to interact with others and they often find the world to be a confusing place. The term ASD includes autism/autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder — not otherwise specified. No two people with an ASD are alike. Some will be able to live independent lives while others will always need assistance and support. ASDs affect about four times as many boys as girls. While it is a lifelong disorder and there is no cure, early intervention can have tremendous results in helping those affected to live to their full potential. For older individuals, timely and meaningful support, advice and information can also be critical to quality of life outcomes. Individuals with ASDs feel like they are bombarded with sensations. They are often very visual and learn in different ways from others. Their difficulties with communication mean that they often miss nuances and jokes and take what people say very literally. Some people with ASDs have other conditions as well, such as speech and language difficulties, intellectual disabilities, sleep problems, attention problems, epilepsy, anxiety and depression, and difficulties with fine and gross motor skills. Source: Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria) Adam Davis and Kellie Guinane have collected more than 1900 signatures on a petition calling for high-functioning autistic children to get enough government funding to stay at specialist schools if their parents consider this the best environment for them. Go to change.org/en-AU/petitions/the-prime-minister-ofaustralia-fund-educational-placements-for-children-with-autism-spectrumdisorder For information about the foundation being established by Bianca Appleford, email bjnapples@gmail.com Picture: Daryl Gordon

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back by funding crunch Billy, 15, is still non-verbal, only communicating by pointing to pictures. But hundreds of hours of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapy have allowed him to develop his potential. A student at the Peninsula Specialist College in Dromana, Billy enjoys the company of youngsters his own age and is less frustrated after learning to communicate with images. The ABA technique offers early intervention by breaking down skills into achievable levels in a one-on-one environment with a trained therapist. Fun, repetition and lots of positive reinforcement are the keys to those skills being able to be drawn on at home, Lauren says. She was so impressed by the results of ABA — and dismayed with the lack of consultants on the peninsula — that in 2008 she and her husband set up the not-for-profit Abacus Learning Centre for children with ASD. Billy was among the first intake of pupils and the Hastings centre has had about 55 youngsters go through its doors. Some 16-20 children are usually there at one time. With an emphasis on early intervention, the children are aged two to six, although some 15-yearolds have been assisted. Abacus’ ABA therapists also visit mainstream schools. ‘‘There’s some children in grades 2 and 3 who have managed so far in school but are finding they’re falling behind their peers. We offer them more tutoring: they can top up here or we’ll go to the mainstream school they are attending.’’ As the centre has only been open a few years, its staff have not yet dealt with secondary school students, although this is expected to change as the current intake grow up and move through the education system. In 2011-12, the state government provided

more than $529 million to the Program for Students with Disabilities, up from the $501 million provided in 2010-11 and $335 million provided in 2005-06. But as parents of autistic children know too well, the cost can be enormous, with federal and state government funding quickly gobbled up by school expenses, speech pathology, psychologists and extra therapy. ‘‘When the funding runs out, some people have to leave Abacus. It’s awful but we’re a not-forprofit organisation and operate as low-cost as we can,’’ Lauren says. Families have moved from interstate, including far north Queensland, so their child can attend and receive the one-on-one support. Pupils also come from south-east suburbs as well as Frankston and across the peninsula. Lauren strongly supports the inclusion of ASD youngsters into mainstream schools — if there is sufficient support. ‘‘[Integration] is not well enough supported by the government. Parents are paying for us to help their child in a mainstream school. They need to be better supported through trained aides.’’ Billy made a good start at a mainstream school, despite a vice-principal initially commenting: ‘‘Don’t you know there is a special school up the road?’’ ‘‘I was pretty gutted when we had to resort to a special school because prep went really well. We pushed to get him into that school. But in hindsight, I would tell other parents if the school is initially resistant to your child, go somewhere else ... because it won’t work [if the teacher is not supportive].’’ As the mother of a teenager, Lauren is now having to contemplate Billy’s future after he

leaves school when turning 18. An upbeat, positive person, Lauren concedes that even a trip to the supermarket can pose challenges if she is feeling tired. ‘‘I try to get out and about with him as he otherwise becomes anxious when faced with going into a shopping centre. He’s very noisy for a non-verbal child. He hoots and hollers at the supermarket and jumps around like a galoot because he’s excited. ‘‘He loves the rows, the lights, the food — he’s like someone else going to their favourite rock concert. He’s that pumped,’’ she says before lovingly adding: ‘‘He’s absolutely adorable.’’ The hard reality is that despite therapy having enormously helped Billy, he won’t be able to work and will always require full-time care. ‘‘I’m hoping he can go into some supportive living arrangement. I just hate to think of it because then you think what will happen when I’m gone and all that. I can’t even go there.’’ Bianca Appleford, a Rye mother of four, says Lauren has been an inspiration for her own journey in helping an autistic child reach their potential. When the Weekly met Bianca at Boneo Primary School, her son Sam, 8, was busy at a tutoring session with a visiting Abacus therapist whose services are paid for by the Applefords. As a reward, he eagerly ran out to join an energetic game of ‘‘fruit salad’’ in the playground with fellow pupils. Bianca says Sam, who is considered ‘‘high functioning’’, is keeping up with his peers academically and has made lots of friends. While the keen Carlton supporter is aiming to be a footy star, Bianca has been told that if that ambition doesn’t come off, he has the ability to aspire to professions ranging from computer programming to building. September 18, 2012

Bianca and husband Sean have spent thousands of dollars on ABA therapy and she wants to help other parents ensure their child has the best possible future. ‘‘This is bigger than me wanting the best for Sam. I want the best for all kids. I have seen a lot of families struggling and feeling unsupported and we could have a world where it doesn’t have to be like that.’’ She is in the final stages of starting a foundation that would subsidise ASD children who are attending mainstream primary schools on the southern peninsula, with the $6000 a year each needed for them to have the support of an ABA therapist in the classroom. Bianca hopes to start off with a small pilot program after a fund-raising effort to get donors, including sponsors, aboard. She supports parents being able to pick the school system that best suits their child — ‘‘there’s a large range of kids on the spectrum, so we need a broad range of options for them’’. Sam’s experience, bolstered by support from Abacus, has been overwhelmingly positive, both academically and in being able to enhance his language and social skills by modelling other children. ‘‘I feel that with the right intervention, Sam is going to be a normal person, live independently and have a very happy life.’’ Diane Heggie, who would like greater financial assistance made available to children across all disability types, agrees that parents are the best judge. ‘‘Funding tools are great. But we also have to listen to the families within the context of a child’s support needs,’’ she says. ‘‘I think for ASD kids who have support needs, it’s critical they are supported in mainstream schools, or they can’t cope.’’

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E-portfolio: Lyrebird Community Centre, 203 Lyrebird Drive, Carrum Downs, is offering classes in buying and selling online, tai chi and creating an e-portfolio including web design and digital imagery. Details: 9782 0133. Chorus line: Southern Sounds Chorus seeks members who love to sing. Rehearse from 7pm each Tuesday at St Jude’s Parish Hall,

10am-1pm on Friday, September 28. Cost: $4 each family. Details: 9786 1445. Sing along: Frankston Sings meets at 5.30pm each Monday at The Nave, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 26 High Street, Frankston. Enjoy singing as a tool to break down barriers and improve health, learn English, make friends and find work, all welcome. Details: 8679 6088. Croquet lessons: Frankston Croquet Club is seeking new members and offers free tuition on Tuesday mornings. Details: Angela, 0418 141 729. CWA: The Country Women’s Association Frankston branch meets on the third Wednesday of each month in the CWA hall, 33 Beach Street, Frankston. Activities include a choir, craft classes, outings and social gatherings. Details: Joy, 9789 3803. Cemetery walk: The Friends of the Sorrento Cemetery will present a walk, guided by Peter Munro, from 11am on Sunday . Learn about the first burial, oldest headstone and the graves of politicians and celebrities. Cost: $5. Details: 0407 562 504.

This little piggy: Polly the pig (pictured) will squeal into Mt Eliza farmers’ market on Sunday. Hailing from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary near Kilmore, Polly, her trusty sidekick Timmy Sheep and their human companions will be on hand to spread their message of kindness for all animals. The market runs from 9am-1pm at the corner of Mt Eliza Way and Canadian Bay Road.

Warrandyte Road, Langwarrin. A new members’ night will be on Tuesday, September 25. Details: 9775 4464. Mild exercise: Langwarrin Community Centre, 2 Lang Road, has classes in mild, slow-paced exercise suitable for arthritis sufferers, as well as in computers, MYOB, digital photography, craft and exercise. Details: 9789 7653. Seaford classes: Belvedere Community Centre, 36 Belvedere Road, Seaford, has classes in meditation and drama and children’s cooking. A brochure details activities such as knitting, gardening and a friendship group for outings. Details: 9776 8922. Learn bridge: Frankston Bridge Club has lessons for beginners and intermediate players. Details: Lyn, 8751 3020. Play time: Mahogany Neighbourhood Centre, 26 Mahogany Avenue, Frankston North, has ‘healthy playtime’ for ages 3-7 from

Future men: Orwil Street Community House, 16 Orwil Street, Frankston, has classes in art therapy for children with separating parents. The ‘future men’ program is designed to develop communication skills, healthy relationships, stress management, team work and self-esteem for young males aged 12-16. Details: 9783 5073. VIEW club: Mordialloc-Chelsea VIEW Club meets at 7pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Patterson River Country Club, The Fairways, Carrum. Details: Joy, 9798 4850. Child care: Karingal Neighbourhood House, 103 Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston, has a preschool cooking class for children and parents. Classes include computers, internet and email. Details: Lisa, 8786 6656. Parkinson’s support: Frankston Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 10am on the third Monday each month at Karingal Place, 103 Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston. Details: Pamela, 0408 135 488.

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Hairy good show BY CAMERON LUCADOU-WELLS ats and dogs reign in a stage adaptation of the long-running children’s book series Hairy Maclary at Frankston Arts Centre next week. The book’s New Zealand author Lynley Dodd had no hand in writing and staging the adaptation Hairy Maclary and Friends, but retains the right to correct any straying from the books’ intentions. She told the Weekly there was a special pleasure in seeing her books played out in front of an audience of children. ‘‘It’s tremendous fun. It’s the best thing being in an audience with children. ‘‘There’s plenty of audience involvement. They love to shout out and give answers.’’ The show, which sold out at the Sydney Opera House and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is produced by Scottish company Nonsense Room

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Productions. Dodd says the main difficulty for the company was re-creating her characters as ‘‘human dogs’’. ‘‘They had to produce costumes that fit the actors and at the same time look right.’’ The show relies on narration because her animals don’t talk — not that the motley crew lack character. Dodd says the cast, including Dalmatian Bottomley Potts (who’s ‘‘covered in spots’’) and dachshund Schnitzel von Krumm (‘‘with the very low tum’’), are loosely based on animals she’s known. The book series has stretched to 20 volumes, including a recently released book about a mischievous black cat, Slinky Malinki. From the outset, the award-winning author was intent on making the books’ rollicking rhymes a good read for adults as well as children. ‘‘As a child I loved the musicality of language. It’s got to be fun and have rhythm,’’ Dodd said. Hairy Maclary and Friends is at the Frankston Arts Centre for three sessions on Monday, September 24. Bookings: 9771 6666.

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Comfortable in all seasons his red clinker brick residence in a quiet cul de sac is on a large allotment of about 702 square metres. Pebble gardens in the front yard have been designed for low-maintenance living. Four good-sized bedrooms ensure ample room for the family. Timber walls and plush carpets feature in the lounge and dining area, while the kitchen has a tiled floor, gas hotplates, a wall oven and dishwasher. Ducted gas heating ensures comfort in the cooler months, while there’s also a split-system airconditioner.

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troll to beach from this modern brick veneer unit in the heart of Seaford. Surrounded by established gardens, it is ideal for those looking to downsize, first-home buyers or investors. The unit is well designed with three good-sized bedrooms. An open-plan living area incorporates the lounge, dining and kitchen. The lounge room features a ceiling fan and the kitchen has gas hotplates, wall oven and dishwasher. Outside is a large covered pergola and a garage with automatic door.

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Determined Stonecats keep hopes alive FRANKSTON YCW has held off a spirited Karingal, winning by 25 points in their MPNFL Peninsula League preliminary final at Frankston Park on Sunday. The Stonecats now advance into the grand final to defend their title against a revitalised Mt Eliza, who managed only two wins last year. The Stonecats kept a firm grip on the game for most of the day, the Bulls being forced to play catch-up after a slow start left them 28 points down at the first change. The Bulls forced their way back into the game but Frankston YCW made them earn every shot at goal, Bulls forward Chris Hay doing what he does best booting five majors to finish his season on 96. Frankston YCW coach Tony Barry lauded Karingal’s work rate, the Bulls being unwilling to lie down at any stage of the match. ‘‘We kept them at bay but I love the way they go about their footy,’’ Barry said. ‘‘You can’t afford to let them play their running game.’’ Ash Eames was pivotal in the win. The Stonecats big man kept control of the ruck all day with

midfielders Ben Tellis and Adrian McIntyre making good use of his handiwork. Duncan Proud was a pillar of strength for Karingal, the key backman not allowing any easy scores from the multi-pronged Stonecats forward line, while providing plenty run. Frankston YCW appeared to have all of the answers going into the final term, Karingal being held at arm’s length. David Hirst and Bevan Malloy pushed hard to bring the Bulls back into the contest with Chris Hay getting a couple of late goals. However Frankston YCW forward Brad Ulms and Ben Tellis had other ideas, the pair creating two quick goals to extinguish the Bulls’ hopes of consecutive grand final appearances. Frankston YCW will be searching for its third straight flag against Mt Eliza on Saturday after suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of the Redlegs in the semi-finals. ‘‘The boys were pretty committed to getting another go at Mt Eliza,’’ Barry said. ‘‘We just need to make sure that we are right mentally and physically.’’ For more pictures from the preliminary final visit frankstonweekly.com.au

Party time: Frankston YCW pair Dylan Hoare and Brad Ulms celebrate a goal against Karingal in Sunday’s Picture: Gary Sissons Peninsula League preliminary final.

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Champions: Sorrento celebrates its third straight Nepean League premiership on Saturday.

SORRENTO has won its third straight flag with an emotional two-point victory over Dromana in its MPNFL Nepean League grand final at Frankston Park on Saturday. The lead-up to the match was shadowed by the tragic death of former Sorrento junior and Port Adelaide player John McCarthy. A minute’s silence was held before the game to honour his memory. Sharks midfielder Leigh Treeby was named best afield with the former Woodville WestTorrens gun earning the praise of coach Nick Claringbold. ‘‘Leigh Treeby’s four-quarter effort was just phenomenal,’’ Claringbold said. Dromana came out baring its claws and keen to break a 41-year premiership drought and took full advantage of a slow-starting Sorrento. The Tigers were on the front foot early, choking any attempt by the Sharks to move the ball past half forward, defender Adam Hunter not allowing any free movement. The Tigers forward half was busy early with Paul Minchington and Anthony Bruhn making the most of their opportunities, Bruhn

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getting two of his three in the first term. The Sharks made up some ground in the second quarter with Dalton Sanderson doing his best to keep the Sharks in touch, but the Tigers held sway taking a 16-point buffer into the main break. The midfield battle was an arm wrestle. Liam Hogan and Damon Lawrence fought it out for the Tigers while Treeby worked tirelessly. The momentum changed hands when the Sharks’ playing coach Troy Schwarze made his way into the centre. The former St Kilda defender gave the Sharks a strong edge in the middle. ‘‘Troy going into the middle in the second half was pivotal,’’ Claringbold said. Sorrento surged in the final term, getting two quick goals through ruckman Scott Cameron and Leigh Poholke as the Sharks threatened to take complete control. Unwilling to lie down, Dromana countered with forward Toby Banks willing his side back into the contest with an inspirational goal. The defining moment came through Sorrento midfielder Daniel Grant, who kicked the matchwinning goal. The vice-captain remained composed despite the intense pressure. Dromana coach Gavin Artico was devastated

Emotion charged: Sorrento players after the grand final victory show how the death of John McCarthy rocked Picture: Simon O’Dwyer/The Age the club. Scott Cameron, right, hugs Troy Schwarze. with the loss but lauded his team’s work to make their way into the grand final and challenge the Sharks, who have dominated the past five years. ‘‘Sorrento are a quality side, so we knew it was always going to be a test,’’ Artico said. ‘‘It got down to being one of those games where in the wash-up you hope you’re in front, and unfortunately we weren’t.’’ ■ Frankston Bombers defeated Somerville 11.6 (72) to 7.10 (52) in the Nepean League reserves grand final on Saturday. The Bombers’ victory was set up by the dominance of Harley Mclenaghan, Shannon Campbell and Travis Reints. Nick Brown and Ben Crowe were the best for Somerville. Somerville defeated Red Hill 15.14 (104) to 10.5 (65) in the final of the under-18s. The best for the victors were Daniel Marshall and Samuel Adams. For more pictures from the MPNFL Nepean League grand final visit frankstonweekly .com.au

Best on ground Leigh Treeby marks in front of Picture: Rob Carew a Dromana opponent.

Amid joy of victory, emotions overflow for a lost mate IT was clear in the emotional aftermath of Sorrento’s MPNFL Nepean League grand final victory just how much the death of John McCarthy had shaken the club. Tears were flowing as supporters and players milled around all with the same thing on their mind — their former teammate McCarthy. The Port Adelaide midfielder tragically died in an incident in Las Vegas last week, with many of his close friends lining up with the Sharks on Saturday.

Sorrento coach Nick Claringbold hopes the victory can bring his grief-stricken team some joy, but kept the victory in perspective. ‘‘It [premiership] means something but the reality is it doesn’t change things,’’ Claringbold said. ‘‘There are some boys that are really hurting so if this can put a smile on the boys’ faces for just a little while it’s a good thing.’’ Star recruit Leigh Treeby capped off his first season at the Sharks in stellar fashion, being

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named best on ground, and the former Woodville-West Torrens player didn’t waste any time paying tribute to McCarthy. ‘‘It’s really just such a shame,’’ he said. ‘‘The people you speak to, you can see how it has really touched everybody.’’ The talented midfielder was chased by a number of Victorian clubs, having a well-decorated career at Woodville, winning the club best and fairest and 2007 and being a member of its 2006 premiership side.

But in the end his close friendship with Sharks’ gun Ben Schwarze was enough to lure Treeby to the David McFarlane Reserve. Treeby and Schwarze played together at the SANFL club for several seasons. ‘‘I’m a Melbourne boy originally so it’s good to get home and move down the coast,’’ Treeby said. ‘‘I always said if I was to come home and play I’d play with mates. That’s what its all about.’’ — Morgan Cole


PENINSULA Waves have appointed Claire Houben as their championship coach for next season. Houben takes over from Robynn Pym, who stood down after guiding the Waves to their first top-flight Victorian Netball League finals series last season. Houben coached the Waves’ division 1 team last season and has more than 25 years’ experience in coaching, with stints at association, region, state league and state levels. Before coaching at the Waves, Houben coached Wangaratta in the Ovens and Murray League and the league under-17 representative team. ‘‘I’m really looking forward to next season, to be honest,’’ she said. ‘‘We have a lot of depth at Waves now and we had a very good season.’’ The Waves are expected to have a similar team, with the club deep in negotiations with import Mwai Kumwenda to return for a third year. Emma and Kellie Somerville are both weighing up their futures and are yet to commit to the club for next season.

New face: Peninsula Waves’ new coach Claire Houben, right, with under-19s coach Shelley Haynes and outgoing championship coach Robynn Pym.

‘‘My goal is to definitely build on where Robynn left off — it’s unfortunate that she had to leave,’’ Houben said. ‘‘I will have the same championship assistants [Steve Murray and Meagan Dell], so it should all be similar. ‘‘I think the Somervilles struggled a bit with

the travel and their study commitments.’’ The Waves kicked off their selection trials yesterday, with the championship, division 1 and under-19 teams to be chosen over the next fortnight. ‘‘After today I should have a better idea of what the teams will be like,’’ Houben said. ‘‘The main group should be there again.’’ The Waves also announced Maxine Wauchope would be continuing in her role as Waves’ head coach, overseeing the entire coaching structure and providing mentoring and guidance when required. Fitness coach Nathan Bonney has also been signed up for a second season after impressing in his first year in the job. The Waves’ division 1 team will be co-coached by Jessica Whitfort, who coached the division 1 team in 2011 to its first finals appearance before having a season off in 2012. Her coaching partner is yet to be announced but former South Australian player Wendy Frost has agreed to a part-time specialist coaching role with the division 1 team. The under-19 team will again be coached by Shelley Haynes, with Kaye Tomlinson to be a specialist coach for next season.

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Spring in the step Mornington trainer Jason Warren and his injury-prone star Bel Sprinter got their spring off to a perfect start with a first-up win in the group 3 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday. It was a big day for the Mornington trainers, with Sam Pritchard-Gordon and his stable headliner Buxted winning the $120,000 Japan Racing Association Trophy (2500m).

Blues juniors make it a whopping year FRANKSTON Blues’ junior program showed it is going from strength to strength with nine teams playing in grand finals over the weekend. Blues general manager Bill Runchey said the juniors had excelled this season and he expected the club to continue its record of producing home-grown senior players. ‘‘We’re trying to make it as seamless as possible for players to move from a juniors to seniors,’’ he said. ‘‘Not everyone is going to make it to senior level but we just want to have a clear path that they can follow.’’

When the Weekly went to print the Frankston 4 girls had taken out the under-12 division with a 30-21 win over Cranbourne on Friday night. The Frankston 3 girls notched up a 44-37 win over Hawthorn in metro 3 and the under-16 girls were beaten 30-15 by Waverley. The remaining teams were due to take the court on Sunday at Chelsea. Runchey said several VC teams were due to play their grand finals this Friday. Meanwhile, Runchey, who doubles as the SEABL men’s coach, was due to have his coach-

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ing future decided last night when he fronted the board. Runchey has coached the Blues for 20 years but on Sunday he was unsure if his contract would be renewed. ‘‘I am not sure,’’ he said. ‘‘I am due to front the board tomorrow night.’’ The Blues bowed out of the SEABL finals with a hard-fought loss to Bendigo in the opening week but they were strong in second half of the season. Runchey said the club was yet to begin recruiting for next SEABL season. — Brad McGrath September 18, 2012

BY ROY WARD THE best teams in Australian basketball will play in south-east Melbourne from this Thursday night. Both the National Basketball League and Women’s National Basketball League will play their preseason tournaments at Dandenong Basketball Stadium from Thursday until Sunday. China’s development side, known as China B, will also play in the WNBL tournament. Basketball Australia officials are touting the event as the first time the two leagues have combined their preseason tournaments at the one location. The NBL tournament begins on Thursday night with games each night up until Saturday. The WNBL tournament begins a night later on Friday, and on each night until Sunday. Dandenong Basketball Association chief executive Graeme Allen said the tournaments would be fantastic for Dandenong and for Victorian basketball. ‘‘It’s becoming a regular occurrence to have these major events at Dandenong Stadium,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s a great opportunity to see our elite basketball players on court at the same time. ‘‘All the NBL and WNBL clubs will be playing in one place on the one night. You will have four courts going with plenty of games.’’ Dandenong had originally asked WNBL clubs to come and play their preseason tournament at the stadium before last season, but a weekend when all clubs were available couldn’t be found. This year that changed. ‘‘We ran out of time to organise it last year, this year we raised it again and the NBL jumped at it as well,’’ Allen said. ‘‘We have had great support from the City of Greater Dandenong and we look forward to seeing all these games under one roof.’’ Australian WNBA players such as Lauren Jackson and Jenna O’Hea are uncertain starters for the preseason tournament as they may still be playing in the US when the tournament begins but NBL clubs are expected to field full or near full sides. Melbourne Tigers will play Cairns on Thursday at 7.30pm; Perth on Friday at 8pm, with final round matches on Saturday night decided by ladder position. Dandenong Rangers WNBL side will play Canberra on Friday at 8pm; Adelaide on Saturday at 6pm, with ladder position deciding their final round match on Sunday afternoon. For tickets to the preseason tournament contact Dandenong Basketball Association on 97347192 or go to dandenongbasketball.com.au for more information.

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