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Last line of defence: A CFA crew fought to save houses from a deliberately lit grassfire in Sunbury.

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On trail of serial arsonists BY TARA MURRAY POLICE are investigating five fires in the Sunbury, Diggers Rest and Macedon Ranges that they believe were deliberately lit. The fires occurred last Monday and Tuesday, with one coming within metres of homes near the Ashfield Estate in Sunbury. Three of the fires were in Sunbury, one in Clarkefield and one in Diggers Rest. Police are looking at the possibility the same person was responsible for all the fires. The largest fire last Tuesday started near the Calder Freeway between Moore Road and Baggy Green Street. The blaze started just after 1pm and spread to Keeper Street and the Ashfield estate. A CFA spokeswoman said 20 hectares were burnt and a shed, car and some fences were lost. About 28 CFA and MFB firefighters and a

helicopter fought the fire. Keshia, who lives near Keeper Street, said firefighters had been putting out a grassfire nearby. ‘‘I was with my partner. The fire brigade put a little bit of a fire out and they went away to get some water. All of a sudden the flames came up from nowhere and they were massive. ‘‘It jumped the fence and onto the house. I said ‘there’s a house on fire’ and people [nearby] said they had to get out of here as it’s their house. ‘‘It came up like a big ball of smoke and it was just crazy.’’ Luckily, no houses were damaged. About the same time, firefighters were also battling another grassfire in Sunbury, this time at Vaughan Street and the Nook. Last Monday, firefighters were called to fires in Sunbury, Diggers Rest and Clarkefield. Fires in Sunbury and Diggers Rest were lit within 20

minutes of each other. The fire in Sunbury was only 150 metres from the location of the main fire the next day. The fire site at Diggers Rest was at the intersection of Watson Road and Buckland Way. The fire on Settlement Road, Clarkefield, broke out about 5.30pm later that day. Sunbury senior sergeant Jeff Veriander said it was a concern that someone was deliberately lighting fires. Acting Inspector Ian Jones, of Hume police, said officers were looking at people known to them. ‘‘We’re looking at some persons of interest; just a list of people who like lighting fires. Information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.

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BY STEPHANIE ZEVENBERGEN FIFTEEN minutes is all it took to convince Scott Cornford to lose a massive 41 kilograms and prepare for his first Tough Mudder challenge. Last year at his workplace in Campbellfield, Mr Cornford, 33, underwent a free WorkSafe WorkHealth check. Employees completed a short questionnaire; had their waist circumference, blood cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose measured; and received immediate information and advice based on their results. It was then Mr Cornford discovered he had dangerously high blood pressure and was at risk of type 2 diabetes. At 136 kilograms and with his wife pregnant with his third child he knew it was now or never to make a change. ‘‘A couple of months after the check, when I found out my wife was pregnant I thought, this is not the way to bring up a child,’’ he said. Mr Cornford enlisted the help of a personal trainer and began eating more fresh fruit and vegetables. He’s now preparing for the challenge of competing in the Tough Mudder 20-kilometre obstacle course, in a team with six friends at Phillip Island on Saturday. ‘‘I’m a bit nervous,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve did a 10-kilometre run on Sunday to prepare for the course,’’ he said. ‘‘The last couple weeks I’ve been doing specific training sessions. My trainer has got me jumping into his pool fully clothed and then running. ‘‘When I started with him last year he was about to do Tough Mudder and I saw it all on television and I thought I’d really like to do it.’’ Mr Cornford said he had been obese all his adult life. For the past 15 years he had weighed more than 100 kilograms. Now at 93 kilos, he says he has more energy to play with his three children, and he aims to continue losing weight and gaining muscle.

Warning on the gift that hits back Hume Council is reminding residents about the dangers of incorrectly installed basketball rings, backboards and posts. The council said while the rings were a popular choice for Christmas gifts, they could be dangerous and have dire consequences if not mounted, fitted and secured correctly. For details on installing them, visit buildingcommission.com.au or hume.vic.gov.au, or phone the council on 9205 2200.

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Environment needs friends Hume City Council is on the lookout for residents who want to become ‘environmental champions’ to help create sustainable projects across the municipality. Residents are being invited to apply for the council’s environmental leadership training program. Details: hume.vic.gov.au

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VCAT stoushes to cost a pretty penny BY STEPHANIE ZEVENBERGEN HUME residents might think twice before taking disputes to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal in the wake of a proposed fee hike. Last week, the VCAT announced changes under a fee restructure that in some cases would triple the cost of disputing a matter. Many cases involve residents who are objecting to planning permits and disputes over restricted dog breeds. The current fee to take a matter to VCAT under the Planning and Environment Act is $322. That will double to $731.80 this year and reach $1007.40 in 2015. Administration fees under the Domestic Animals Act will go from $322 to $502.5 in 2015. Tullamarine resident Warren McKelvie went to VCAT last year to stop the development of a 16-room motel in his residential neighbourhood. He shared the administrative costs with 18 other neighbours, paying about $20 each. He said the fee increase would have a debilitating effect on residents. ‘‘People have a universal right to get redress on poor council decisions,’’ he said. ‘‘It makes it more important that the local government authority make better decisions that don’t

‘‘People have a universal right to get redress on poor council decisions’’ —Warren McKelvie require matters to be taken to VCAT. ‘‘VCAT wants to ensure frivolous claims are not made that clog up the process and I understand that, but it would be a pity to reduce the opportunity for other people.’’ Hume Council acting chief executive Daryl Whitfort said that although the fee increases would not deter the council from taking matters to VCAT, residents may have to think strategically about pursuing matters. ‘‘Most people will consider a range of factors before deciding to take a matter to VCAT — their position on the issue, how they believe they will be impacted, the length of time it may take to prepare and have the matter heard, and the costs involved,’’ he said. ‘‘If there are financial concerns, then the increase in fees may mean that some residents will have to group together so they can share the costs.’’ Mr Whitfort said the fee increases would not affect the council’s ability to appeal matters at the tribunal. ‘‘The council incurs VCAT fees only if it

is the initiator of the appeal,’’ he said. ‘‘If the council does initiate the appeal, which is very rare, costs will increase depending on the complexity of the matter. ‘‘At this stage, given that it is unknown which matters might be appealed in the future, it’s unclear how much this will amount to.’’

According to the VCAT’s Regulatory Impact Statement, the restructure stems from significant changes to VCAT’s jurisdictions since fees were previously assessed. Public submissions are now open on the fee restructure and must be in no later than 5pm on February 15.

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Ashton was among hundreds of residents taking a break from the hot weather as he splashed into the Sunbury pool. With high temperatures set to continue, residents are being encouraged to make the most of the extended trading hours at the Craigieburn Leisure Centre, Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre and Broadmeadows Leisure Centre. Casual swim entry prices are $5.90 for adults, $3.80 for children or $14.90 for a family. Visit hume.vic.gov.au for leisure centre opening hours.

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midwifery ‘‘She can have her other children around, hop into her own bed and go on with her normal life.” This emphasis on childbirth as a normal physiological process is the midwives’ mantra. “Midwives are experts of normal birth and obstetricians are experts of complications in pregnancy, so assuming everything is normal throughout pregnancy then midwives are the people to provide that care,” Pring adds. “It is really important that people know that pregnancy is not something to be cured. It is not an illness,” says midwife educator Kate Russell. “But we are not here to tell people what to do. If you want to have an elective caesar, formulafeed your baby and put it into creche at three days old, I don’t judge you. “It’s about informed consent. People put more research into their mobile phones or home insurance than they do into having a baby sometimes; you’d be amazed.” Of course, not every pregnancy has a happy ending and midwives are there for families on those occasions also. Midwife Brindie McPhee, had not long graduated when she volunteered to assist a family with a stillbirth. “It’s very, very sad and very hard to separate yourself from the family, but we have good support and there is always a debriefing.” As Russell puts it: “We are so blessed in what we do. We get the highest of the highs, but also the lowest of the lows. Thankfully the lows are infrequent these days.” Some people would be surprised to discover there are three male midwives on staff at Sunshine. “It has stopped a lot of conversations,” Ian Kenny laughs. However, while there are some obvious cultural sensitivities, women who baulk at having a male midwife might also want to consider the sex of their obstetrician — the majority being male. “I have birthed Muslim ladies,” Kenny reveals. “There are occasions where women don’t want a male midwife, but I find most women are more

Clinical midwife Kate Russell and baby Aiden. interested in having someone who knows what they are talking about and is empathetic toward what they are experiencing.’’ Kenny switched to midwifery after nearly two decades working in critical care. “I’m very glad I did it, but for reasons I didn’t expect,” he says. “When I made the decision to do ‘mid’ everyone said it’s going to be so nice for you. You are going to get to hold babies and it is going to be beautiful to see new life instead of people dying. “And that’s all true and good, but what really got me is that in critical care you tend to do things to people. ‘‘There is not a lot of discussion, not a lot of negotiation, whereas midwifery is very much a partnership between me and the woman and her family.’’ The term midwife — which derives from old English and means literally ‘with woman’ — doesn’t bother him in the slightest. “As a male midwife I am still ‘with woman’. My longrunning joke is that if I was midhusband, I’d be taking dad down the pub for a beer.”

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Luggers to lagers, balmy Broome has it all BY REBECCA MILLER eaving Melbourne for Broome in winter was a sheer delight for two reasons: one, we were leaving rain for sun and, two, we were about to visit a place rich in natural beauty and history. Being up north, Broome has wet and dry seasons and unless you like humidity, travelling there between May and October is the way to go. We arrived at our hotel in Broome’s popular Cable Beach district and couldn’t have been happier with our accommodation, which had plenty of character, including a thatched roof and an outdoor shower. Not that we spent much time inside as Broome has plenty to see and do. The Broome Visitor Centre is a great place to start for ideas on where to go. A camel ride on Cable Beach — watch out for nudists in your path —

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is fun especially if it’s done around sunset when the ‘Staircase to the moon’— a beautiful spectacle of the moon rising over Roebuck Bay — occurs. Speaking of Roebuck Bay, I’d recommend a trike tour run by a local who fills travellers in on the history of the area, and if you’re lucky he’ll pull a mono while you’re on the back. My tip: hang on! Or hire a scooter — as we also did — and cruise around seeing the sights at your own pace. There’s no denying Broome is a hot place whenever you go, so a trip to

Matsos Brewery is sure to quench your thirst. Try their mango beer for a refreshing drink. Of course, what Broome is most famous for is its pearls. For anyone who loves the glamorous gemstones, a visit to the many jewellery stores and Willie Creek Pearl Farm and museum is a must. A bus takes tourists out to the pearl farm where a tour is conducted and travellers get to taste oyster meat and buy pearl jewellery. Remember, when buying pearls, there are two types: freshwater, which are very common and often of irregular shape (but an affordable alternative) and cultured pearls, which are rarer and of a higher quality with a brighter lustre. And for a relaxing night out after a busy day sight-seeing, visit Sun Picture Theatre for a movie under the stars.

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Falcons flounder as batsmen silenced BY TEO PELLIZZERI A BATTING horror from Roxburgh ParkBroadmeadows on Saturday meant its first match after the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association Christmas break was barely enough to know cricket had returned. The Falcons were rolled for just 68 and beaten by 10 wickets by a Moorabbin team that had started the round lower on the South-West first XI ladder. RPB (21 points) remains in a five-team tie from ninth to 13th on the 14-team ladder but suffered

a percentage hit with the heavy defeat and now sits 12th. The top four have escaped the rest of the division, with fourth-placed Ormond (39 points) well clear of fifth-placed Brighton (27). RPB’s innings lasted just 27.4 overs as Moorabbin’s Dinesh Kurukulasooriya (3-17) knocked over the Falcons’ top three bats for single figures to start the rot. Only Simpson Obed (14) and Mitch Streiff (12) reached double figures amid the regular fall of wickets. Moorabbin needed just 9.5 overs to

pick off 0-71 and seal victory. RPB starts a two-dayer at Werribee (third, 39 points) this Saturday at Chirnside Park. In North West Metropolitan Cricket Association, top four battlers Gladstone Park and Buckley Park remain tied on points after they both recorded wins on the return of Luscombe Shield at the weekend. Top trio Pascoe Vale Central (45 points), Kealba-Green Gully (43) and Sydenham-Hillside (39) remain in a close battle for the minor premiership, ahead of Gladstone Park and Buckley Park (27 each).

Strathmore Heights’ 197 was not enough to challenge Gladstone Park, which blazed to 3-203 off just 32 overs in reply. Buckley Park’s 6-207 batting first against Roxburgh Park-Broadmeadows would prove more than enough against the sixth-placed team, bowling out the Falcons for 123 in reply. Sydenham-Hillside tightened up the race for top spot by chasing down Pascoe Vale Central, 8-144 in reply to 9-143. Kealba-Green Gully (5-211) put too many on the board for Aberfeldie-St John’s (7-122) in the weekend’s other match.

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VMCU SCORES Under-12 Keith Mitchell Shield Game 1 – NWMCA 6-196 (S MihelakosJames 40no, J Bustard 40no, F O’Neill 40no) d North Metro 9-95 (A Cesarios 2-12, H Robertson 2-12, A Price 2-18). Game 2 - NWMCA 4-177 (A Cesarios 42no) d Eastern 9-71 (A Cesarios 3-12). Game 3 – NWMCA 5-224 (J Bustard 41no, D Brasher 40no) d Diamond Valley 105 (L D’Cruz 3-12). Game 4 – Western Region 8-123 (D Brasher 2-15, A Price 2-16) lt NWMCA 5-128 (J Bustard 32no). Under-12 Josh Browne Plate Game 1 – NWMCA 8-140 (J Lind 40no) d City Of Moorabbin 138 (C Winchester 2-11, W Blair 2-15). Game 2 – NWMCA 5-178 (M Taylor 40no, J Deasy 40no) d Eastern 86 (H Syson 3-18). Game 3 – NWMCA 4-158 (M Taylor 40no, J Deasy 40no) d Western Region 9-84 (J Disipio 3-6). Game 4 – NWMCA 7-145 (M Kurban 30no, J Deasy 28) d Diamond Valley 5-88 (J Lind 2-4). Under-14 Russell Allen Shield Game 1 – NWMCA 8-169 (J Newman 28no) d North Metro 127 (G Vasilakakos 2-22, A Shukla 2-25). Game 2 – Diamond Valley 9-147 (L Brock 2-6, A Cafari 2-12) d NWMCA (A Cafari 40, C Croswell 33no). Game 3 – NWMCA 7/122 (C Aitken 40) lt Eastern 8-124 (A Cafari 5-19) Game 4 – NWMCA 4/135 (A Cafari 45no, T Thomson 37) d Wester Region 8-97 (V Khosla 2-10, G Vasilakakos 2-27). Under-14 Des Nolan Cup Game 1 – NWMCA 8-108 (M Carburn 26 no) lt Eastern 3-109 (D Sullivan 2-19). Game 2 – NWMCA 6-138 (C Bibby 43no) lt Diamond Valley 6-170 (A Boundy 2-14).

BOWLS VICTORIA SATURDAY PENNANT Div 1 Sec 2: Glenroy 16-109 d Eltham 2-58. Div 2 Sec 2: Broadmeadows 18-94 d Buckley Park 0-71, Lalor (3) 15-76 d Craigieburn 3-62. Div 3 Sec 2: Clifton Park 16-94 d Gladstoe Park 2-66. Tuesday Women & Mixed Women’s Premier: Glenroy 2-57 lt Yarraville-Footscray 14-78 (J Salmon 23 lt P Glynn 24, S Whana 23 d J Nardella 19, J Hurst 11 lt J Smith 35). Open Div 1 Sec 2: Fawkner 0-38 lt Broadmeadows 16-68, Thornbury 2-42 lt Craigieburn 14-89. Open Div 3 Sec 1: Sunshine City (3) 2-58 lt Gladstone Park 14-78.

Lucky escape: NWMCA ‘keeper Alex Hussey and bowler Dalton Pearce can’t combine on this occasion to snare a chance from Ringwood District’s Nick Johnson Picture: Michael Copp Game 3 – NWMCA 5-143 (R Paligaru 45no, M Carburn 46no) d Western Region 9-85 (six bowlers, one wicket). Under-16 Jim Beitzel Shield

Game 1 – NWMCA 3-191 (B Moss 75no, R Murgod 63no) d Eastern 159 (D Pearce 3-34). Game 2 – NWMCA 129 (J Kean 37) lt

Ferntree Guly & District 4-131 (R Blair 2-13). Game 3 – Ringwood District 129 (N Lynch 3-12, R Blair 3-17) lt NWMCA 6-140 (A Davies 51no).

North West juniors on a roll THE future looks bright for North West Metropolitan Cricket Association as its youngest age groups started play in Victorian Metropolitan Cricket Union representative cricket last week. The NWMCA’s under-12 teams won eight matches from eight in VMCU interleague last week and will push on in search of grand final berths this week. The under-12s, under-14s and under-16s have enjoyed a largely successful first week for the NWMCA

with a number of promising individual performances. But the under-12s, winners of last year’s Josh Browne plate, have been the standouts as they push to go backto-back and take home the Keith Mitchell Shield. ‘‘We have seven players coming back from the Josh Browne side that went through unbeaten,’’ coach Peter O’Neill said. In Under-14s, the Russell Allen Shield team squared its series at two wins and two losses on Friday, putting

it in the box seat to make tomorrow’s quarter final. In Des Nolan Cup, the NWMCA bounced back from two defeats in its opening two games to defeat Western Region on Friday. In Under-16s, NWMCA’s Jim Beitzel Shield team has two wins and one loss with two matches this week to try and win its way into Friday’s top four and semi-finals. Read the full story at hume weekly.com.au

GREENVALE got a new-year reminder that there is a long way to go in Victorian Turf Cricket Association Senior Division with a lopsided loss to South Caulfield on Saturday. Greenvale made it to the Christmas break unbeaten and top of the ladder but could not defend 179 on Saturday as South Caulfield batted out its 40 overs to make 3-215 in reply. Jeremy Brown (62) and Tarek Moughanie (39) shared a 68-run partnership for the fourth wicket after a 3-37 start but no other batting pair could stick as long. Regular wickets left Greenvale allout 179 with two overs of its 40 unused. Greenvale’s 68.83 points still gives it a big buffer from second-placed Yarraville Club (54.23). In North Division, Tullamarine’s bowlers started the new year in fine style by rolling Keilor Park for 96, only to capitulate for 56 in reply. David Zahorodni (3-9) led the bowlers as Tullamarine won the toss and returned Keilor Park to the sheds in just 33.3 overs. But batting conditions remained tough with only Nick Zajac (19) and Shane Windridge (17) reaching double figures as Tullamarine bowed out in 28.1 overs. Westmeadows (4-247) enjoyed a far better day with the bat as it easily chased down Youlden Parkville’s 129 before batting out its overs. The results mean Strathmore (72.96) extended its lead to secondplaced Tullamarine (66.54) while fifth-placed Westmeadows (54.13) remains on the verge of finals action behind Laverton (58.98). In North A1, Jacana maintained its big lead at the top of the league after making 8-174 against Merlynston Hadfield and bowling out the Hawks for 129 in reply.

January 15, 2013 HUME WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

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