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AFTER two years of women holding the casting vote, the newly elected Hume Council has promoted incumbent Geoff Porter to lead it for the next year. The Meadow Valley ward councillor received unanimous support from councillors at a meeting to elect the mayor on Thursday night. Cr Porter said he was “over the moon” to receive the city’s top honour for a second time. He succeeds two female mayors, Helen Patsikatheodorou, who occupied the post last year and outgoing mayor Ros Spence. All 11 councillors were also sworn in on the night, following last week’s election. First-time councillor Casey Nunn, who rep-

‘‘I want to make sure that this great community gets the services and amenities it deserves.’ — Geoff Porter

Back home: Geoff Porter, the mayor in 2010, has won the unanimous backing of councillors to occupy the top post again. burn Emergency Response Team, said she was ‘‘thrilled’’ to be elected deputy. ‘‘I just really want to help build the council to be a really co-operative team. ‘‘I’ll work with Geoff as the mayor and make sure we’re all working really well together for the benefit of the city. ‘‘I want to ensure people that council is on their side and they know that we’re here working relentlessly to improve their lives.’’ Cr Porter said that in his year as mayor, he would oversee a number of major projects including completion of the $13 million

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INBRIEF Chase called off Police chased a driver on foot after he evaded them by driving at up to 210km/h on the Hume Highway at Campbellfield early on Sunday. They tried to pull over the car for speeding in an 80 zone, but the driver accelerated. When his speed topped 210, police called off the chase. Later they saw the car in Attwood and the 35-year-old driver ran off. Police caught him and charged him with various offences, including conduct endangering life and driving an unroadworthy and unregistered car. His car was impounded for 30 days.

Diverse cultures will be celebrated at the Broadmeadows Fiesta on November 18. The event will feature a range of free activities. It runs at the Civic Plaza on Pascoe Vale Road from 11am-4pm.

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BY STEPHANIE ZEVENBERGEN TULLAMARINE residents could find out by the end of the year whether an application for a 16-room motel will get the green light. In February, despite 17 objections, Hume Council gave the all-clear to an application from Neerod Designs to develop a double-storey motel between Londrew and Andlon courts on Mickleham Road. Residents occupying 18 houses near the proposed site appealed against the council decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). VCAT member John Bennett has decided to inspect the site before handing down a decision.

Andlon Court resident Warren McKelvie said: ‘‘We’d like to think that the board member would be open-minded and give the ratepayers a chance to have their points of view heard and oppose development for development’s sake.’’ Mr McKelvie said he did not know the exact date of Mr Bennett’s visit, but he hoped a decision on the motel application would be made by the year’s end. VCAT has told the Weekly that the final decision will be made within six weeks. Residents say the development will increase traffic and noise. ‘‘It would cause an increase in traffic. There would

be movement at all hours of the day and night,’’ Mr McKelvie said. ‘‘The motel is being built to accommodate the movements to and from the airport and, as we know, travellers leave early in the morning and late at night.’’ Londrew Court resident Sue Aikas said she hoped the VCAT member would visit during peak hours for traffic. ‘‘He said he had travelled [on] Mickleham Road to the airport and he knows it gets very busy,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m hoping for a good outcome; even a downsize of the motel would be beneficial. ‘‘I think the outcome could go either way. At the end of the day it’s inappropriate for the area.’’

Good karma: ‘don’t worry, be happy’ MEDITATION students Christina Ghobadi and Emily Kempson (pictured) are ready to explore ‘sustainable happiness’ at a Buddhist Spring Festival in Yuroke this weekend. The festival, at the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre, is expected to attract more than 1000 residents. Teachers from Tibetan, Sri Lankan and Zen traditions will talk about the Buddhist philosophy and there will be guided meditation sessions focusing on sustainable happiness. The topics will include how to meditate, develop love and compassion, and understand the nature of mind and karma. Other highlights are craft activities and story and meditation sessions for children. The festival, at 1425 Mickleham Road, is from 9.30am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Details: 9333 1770 — Stephanie Zevenbergen

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After victory sinks in, it’s down to business BY STEPHANIE ZEVENBERGEN IMPROVING public transport, lowering rates and advocating for safer roads are among the key issues the new Hume councillors will focus on over their four-year term. The council has three new faces. Casey Nunn, Chandra Bamunusinghe and Alan Bolton will begin their first term on the council, representing the Aitken ward, while Jack Medcraft is back on the council with his victory in the Jacksons Creek ward. There are 11 councillors, up from nine on the previous council, following changes to the electoral boundaries. Cr Nunn, a longtime Craigieburn resident, said she was delighted to be elected. ‘‘I’m hoping to achieve what I campaigned on, ensuring all residents get a fair go and that infrastructure and services keep up with the growth.’’ Cr Drew Jessop said he would like to see a

$30 million aquatic centre in Craigieburn completed and roads improved. ‘‘I would like to see Aitken Boulevard extended through Roxburgh Park and Craigieburn and we need rural road upgrades in Mickleham, Kalkallo and Yuroke.’’ Cr Medcraft said that being elected in the Jacksons Creek ward was a humbling experience. ‘‘The main issues I intend to address are the lack of parking available throughout Sunbury, traffic management and public transport services that are available . . . keeping rates to a manageable level and providing residents with a voice on council that will be heard.’’ Cr Anne Potter said: ‘‘My priorities are having a Global Learning Centre built in Sunbury and ensuring the Victoria University site in Sunbury is retained for community usage.’’ Cr Adem Atmaca, who represents the Meadow Valley ward, said he would focus on improving youth services, sports facilities and cleaning up the city. Cr Victor Dougall said he would advocate on

Meet the new councillors: (Back left) Chandra Bamunusinghe, Jack Medcraft, Vic Dougall, Adem Atmaca, Drew Jessop, Alan Bolton and Jack Ogilvie and (front, from left) Casey Nunn, Geoff Porter, Helen Patsikatheodorou and Anne Potter. behalf of residents to improve major roads and infrastructure. ‘‘I will [also] keep advocating strongly on behalf of the community to protect and expand community services, build genuine job opportunities in Hume for all working people, especially young people and protect our community from over-development.’’ The voter turnout in last week’s Hume Council

election was 72.56 per cent, the fourth-highest in the north-west of Melbourne, behind Moonee Valley (77 per cent), Macedon Ranges (74 per cent) and Moorabool (73 per cent). Informal votes totalled 5228 in Hume. Councillors Helen Patsikatheodorou, Jack Ogilvie, Chandra Bamunusinghe and Alan Bolton did not respond by deadline.

New jobs created, but 6.8 per cent still in the queue cent, and professionals 12.9 per cent. Mr Isola said there was good news for some suburbs in Hume, with the unemployment figure dropping in Craigieburn and Sunbury. “Unemployment in Craigieburn has fallen from 7.6 per cent in June 2011 to 7 per cent in June 2012 and in Sunbury from 4 per cent to 3.7 per cent over the same period.’’ The average weekly income for a single person in Hume was $477, lower than the state average of $561. The average weekly income (family) was $1309 compared with the state average of $1460. — Stephanie Zevenbergen

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THE Tullamarine Toxic Dump Action Group (TTDAG) claims toxic chemicals from the Tullamarine landfill are being spread through groundwater into the nearby suburb of Westmeadows. Auditor Anthony Lane has prepared a report for the Environment Protection Authority on the groundwater and liquid waste management at the landfill. The former dump operated between 1972 and 1987 and received more than 30 million litres of liquid waste. It is now managed by Cleanaway, a recycling and waste collection service. Western Region Environment Centre director Harry van Moorst last week said the auditor’s report showed groundwater within five kilometres of the landfill was unfit for animals to drink or for watering parks and gardens. It could not be used for swimming pools as it could pose a health risk to children. He said pollution was spreading quicker than predicted. EPA spokeswoman Tanya O’Shea said the authority had initiated an audit process to determine appropriate use of the land. ‘‘The site will need to be actively managed regardless of the outcome of this audit report.’’

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HUME residents are being put on notice: clear the fire hazards from your properties in the leadup to the summer or face fines. Hume Council staff will begin an inspection of homes, businesses and vacant lots in the municipality this week. They will hand out hefty fines to residents who don’t clean up their properties. The state government has increased fines from $282 last year to $1410 this year. The council’s city infrastructure director, Steve Crawley, said residents and land owners needed to ensure their properties were free from potential fire hazards such as long grass, tree and garden waste and general rubbish. ‘‘Residents don’t have to be living in a fireprone area to be affected by fire this summer and it’s vital that everyone takes time to consider their individual fire risk,’’ he said. ‘‘Council officers will conduct an inspection of properties right across the municipality in November and issue a notice to comply to owners at high risk of fire. ‘‘Owners will then have 14 days to clean up their properties, and if they fail to do so [they] face the prospect of an infringement notice of $1410.’’

Craigieburn CFA senior station officer Paul Elfo said there was a lot more fire fuel across the municipality this year. ‘‘There’s been above-average spring rainfall that we’ve had and that’s led to a huge rate of grass growth,’’ he said. ‘‘There’s a lot of fuel around this summer, so we’re predicting more grassfires than bushfires. ‘‘So where there’s areas with grass around

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council] is $390,000. I think I’d get $340,000-$350,000.’’ In a letter to Ms Aikas, the council said her rates bill would be lowered because her block was an irregular shape and did not have the potential to be subdivided. She said the council should not be valuing houses on their subdivision potential as many residents did not want to develop their properties. ‘‘The council is valuing properties on their potential to develop, not on their actual value. ‘‘Old people don’t want to sell to develop. The council wants people to sell and wants the development to go ahead, because if five townhouses are built on one block it gets five times the rates.’’ Ms Aikas said the fight for lower rates in Hume would continue. ‘‘A group of us will still be looking to get better rates and a fairer system. ‘‘There’s still some elderly people who have to pay a $1000 extra because of the hike.’’

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Cream of the While most teenage footballers enjoy an off-season break, a select few have maintained their fitness and intensity in a bid to make the big time. TARA MURRAY looks at what it takes to make the AFL grade. T’S the middle of September and the football season is over for the Calder Cannons, but a group of about 12 players continues to train three times a week at Highgate Reserve in Craigieburn. Long, tough sessions under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach Steve Forcone are the order of the day. For these players, it’s all about ensuring they’re in top condition for the first week of October and a shot of AFL fame in pre-draft try-outs, including the NAB AFL draft combine (formerly the draft camp), state screening sessions and the AFL ‘DraftStar’ camp. Star at one of these and your stocks rise, along with the chances of being drafted to an AFL club on November 22. Cannon midfielder Jonathan O’Rourke, who hails from the Gisborne Rookies, has been selected to take part in the draft combine. Widely touted as a top 10 pick at next month’s AFL draft, the 18-year-old has been joining his 11 teammates three times a week to prepare for the physical grilling at the camp. ‘‘I’m just trying to go there and have a consistent base in all the testing,’’ O’Rourke says. ‘‘We do gym stuff on the outside, but pretty much we’re doing three nights here and having a rest in between.’’ The Cannons players aren’t alone. Around Melbourne, draft prospects from the TAC Cup teams are working just as hard, including a group of Western Jets players, among them Jake McKenzie. Originally from the Altona Vikings, McKenzie has seen his older brother Trent, a Gold Coast Suns player, go through it all before him ‘‘Hopefully, all the hard work will pay off,’’ McKenzie says of his combine selection. ‘‘I’m doing two running, three weights and three swimming sessions a week; it’s pretty full-on. I reckon I’m fitter now than I was preseason.’’ Jets captain Ashlin Brown is preparing to show his wares at the state screening. ‘‘Towards the end of the year, the training backed up as the games got more intense,’’ the Hoppers Crossing Warriors protege says. ‘‘We’re training harder, getting fit and trying to beat our times from the start of the year.’’ Jets strength and conditioning coach Mathew Pell says this is the time for the players to shine. ‘‘Obviously there was a large drop-off by the time we had finished the season,’’ he says. ‘‘We really tried to adjust their physical preparation and keep that level of fitness and intensity up for what is the expectation at the national combine. ‘‘We really had to challenge them with their energy system training and some interval-based training.’’ Pell says many people don’t realise the work the players put in before the draft. ‘‘These guys are walking into some pretty big

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contracts if they are potentially drafted. They have to be doing everything in their physical power to put their hand up. ‘‘Unfortunately, the normal person going through at this particular age group just simply drops off in their training [at the end of the season] and has a good rest without addressing the long-term needs. ‘‘If they don’t shine now, then realistically they’ve missed the boat to play AFL.’’ Hitting the track isn’t the only thing on the minds of the players, particularly those studying for exams: they include Cannons and Macedon Cats star Lachie Plowman. ‘‘During the year I found out I would be going to the draft combine which is pretty cool,’’ says Plowman, an athletic backman also tipped as a high draft pick. ‘‘It’s hard to fit school and training. ‘‘At the start of the school year, I’ve had to concentrate on school, and training had to fit

‘If they don’t shine now, then realistically they have missed the boat to play AFL.’ — Mathew Pell around that. ‘‘As school is finishing up, I’ve been able to do a bit more fitness stuff and still study at the same time.’’ The national draft combine at Etihad Stadium has the best 120 footballers invited to spend four days in the one place. They stay together as a group and concentrate on one thing: football. They are measured, weighed, medically tested and interviewed by the media and club recruiters before they even take the field. Then the real testing begins; jumping, sprints, agility tests, ball skills, goal kicking, endurance running and the dreaded beep test. Western Jets and Spotswood spearhead Spencer White has a point to prove at the combine, after originally missing out on selection. ‘‘I was pretty disappointed not to get it,’’ he says after day two of the combine, ‘‘so I wanted to prove that I belong here by getting a good result. I was hoping to go all right on the jumps but didn’t know how I would go.’’ White, who has been likened to Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin, topped the list for the running vertical jump with a leap of 100cm, only two centimetres short of the record held by AFL stars Nic Naitanui and Jared Brennan. He also finished third in the standing vertical jump. Cannons best and fairest winner Rory


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Atkins is another to take part in the combine. After the first two days, Atkins, a gun midfielder from Maribyrnong Park, was disappointed with his results. ‘‘It’s good to finally get to this stage of the year and get together with the top 120 blokes from across Australia. ‘‘So far I’ve been middle of the road with everything . . . not too good, but not too bad. ‘‘I’ve had a couple of meetings with teams while I’m here, so I will see how I go.’’ Putting the disappointment of the first two days behind him, he was equal-first in the kicking test with 29/30. State screening gives 115 players a chance to

test in front of clubs for one day, doing the same tests as those at the combine. Western Jets best and fairest winner Josh Bench was among those selected. ‘‘I didn’t get it [picked for the screening] straight away but ended up getting the selection, which was pretty good,’’ says the hard-nosed midfielder from West Footscray who made a name for himself at Albion. ‘‘It was pretty disappointing not to get a spot at the screening and I kept coming down for training for the young guns’ game and eventually got picked.’’ Most players recruited this year will come from either the combine or state screening. For

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those who haven’t come through the traditional under-18 competitions, there’s another alternative — the DraftStar combine. In its second year, this includes a mix of players invited from the TAC Cup and others from other leagues who choose to attend. According to Pell, who ran the DraftStar, many of the players were more determined as they saw it as their last opportunity. ‘‘These are the guys who are putting their hands up, playing for, in some cases, local-level football or at a state level. ‘‘They have put their best foot forward and this is a secondary way for them to get noticed.

Pell says players at DraftStar were recording times just as good as those at the national combine. Cannons and Strathmore midfielder Darcy Bailey, son of former Melbourne coach Dean, says going to DraftStar is a bit of an unknown. ‘‘I’m very lucky to be given an opportunity to test well at DraftStar. ‘‘From all reports, it’s similar to the state screening and national. It’s all the same tests, and I’m really looking forward to it. ‘‘Hopefully, I’ll do pretty well.’’ With the testing over, the players have done all they can. Now it’s a waiting game to see whether their dreams will come true.

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Soccer Football Federation Victoria will need a new CEO next year after announcing last week that incumbent Mark Rendell will stand down before the Christmas break. Rendell, recruited from Bowls Australia in 2007, leaves with the structure of state league football set to undergo a major restructure to fall into line with Football Federation Australia guidelines. FFV president Nick Monteleone said FFV would seek to appoint an acting CEO until the recruitment of a full-time replacement for Rendell.

GETTING kids into cricket is proving a blast for budding players after a recent introductory day to a new format of the game. Hundreds of years 3 and 4 children packed Fairbairn Park in Ascot Vale to take part in the introductory game, known as Milo T20 Blast. The format is for boys and girls aged 8-12. Milo T20 Blast is a form of cricket where up to 80 girls and boys play simultaneous games of T20 on the one field. With only eight players per team, all participants have greater involvement in the game. Milo T20 Blast games are much shorter than traditional games of cricket, with each session lasting between 60 and 75 minutes. Softer balls are also used to help alleviate the fear factor involved in playing cricket. The format allows parents and coaches to interact with participants throughout, ensuring the skills of the game are taught in an explosive, action-packed hour. The recent gala day held at Fairbairn Park acted as a promotion for the new T20 Blast Centre opening at Windy Hill, Essendon, on November 30. The program will last for eight weeks over the summer and will take place on Friday nights in conjunction with the Essendon Cricket Club. Parents interested in their children becoming involved in the program can contact Rohan Obst of Cricket Australia at rohan.obst@cricket.com.au or register at t20blast.com.au

VSDCA Werribee showed no mercy to Roxburgh ParkBroadmeadows as it ripped through the Falcons’ batting order and won by 10 wickets in the opening Legends and Heroes T20 match on Tuesday. Rolling RPB for 96 was just the beginning for Werribee, who then knocked off 0-99 in reply. The emphatic result puts RPB in a tough position to qualify from the West Group, but it does have three more chances to make amends. RPB’s next assignment is at Altona on Tuesday, November 13. The Falcons played in South-West first XIs at the weekend after The Weekly went to print.

Bowls Tuesday Womens and Mixed. Women Premier: Berwick 2-54 lt Glenroy 14-63 (J Heggart 11 lt S Whana 24 P Thompson 21 lt J Hurst 25 K Lewis 22 d S Salmon 14). Open Div 1 Sec 2: Kingsbury (2) 0-53 lt Broadmeadows 16-60, Montmorency (3) 2-46 lt Craigieburn 14-55. Open Div 3 Sec 1: Gladstone Park 2-52 lt Moonee Ponds (2) 14-62.

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First swing: Jess Martin, of Cricket Victoria, and Zac, 9, at a T20 Blast clinic held recently.

Wolves on the prowl, and winning NORTH West Wolves continue to build through the off-season with its academy group recently completing a tour of NSW. The club is going from strength to strength in its junior ranks after securing the club’s first premiership at under-14 level recently. The under-18s have announced next season’s coach, with Tyson King taking on the role. ■ The Wolves’ ‘Kick It’ touch-rugby league program is up and running through summer, and organisers are looking for more players. For information email wolfkickit@hotmail.com

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Footy will continue through summer with AFL 9s returning to the park at two venues in the west of Melbourne. All teams that register a side in the summer season go into the draw to play in a side to be led by Hawthorn great Robert Dipierdomenico against the SEN All Stars at Kevin Bartlett Oval. The game is played between two teams of nine players, with the option of interchange players. The playing field dimensions of 100 by 50 metres are divided into three zones: a mid zone and two scoring zones. AFL Victoria general manager Grant Williams says AFL 9s is quickly growing in popularity. “Nationally, numbers have grown rapidly in AFL 9s over the past year, with nearly 13,000 people now playing the game. “AFL 9s enables people of all ages and ability levels to take part in male, female or mixed competitions that fit around their busy lives and provide a social and fitness outlet,” Williams said. The Keilor Park-based competition starts on Monday, November 12. For more details, call the Essendon District Football League on 9338 4854. The Point Cook Reserve-based competition also starts on the same date. For details, contact the Western Region Football League on 9315 5400.

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NORTH WEST WOLVES MVP AWARDS Under-12s: John Maui Under-14s: Liam Christensen Under-16s: Greg Leleisiuao Under-18s: Dee Samasoni Tag: Fusi Tuuaga Reserve grade: Jonathan Sakaria First grade: Peter Iese

History makers: North West Wolves’ under-14 premiership team.

The worst fears have been realised for reigning Victorian Women’s Premier League gold medallist Louisa Bisby and W-League young player of the year Ashley Brown after both were diagnosed with torn knee ligaments last week. Both players were injured in Melbourne Victory’s 1-0 loss to Brisbane Roar last Saturday week at the Veneto Club in Bulleen. November 6, 2012 HUME WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

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