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New pool’s debut set for 2015 BY DAVID SCHOUT

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THE opening of Ringwood’s new pool looks likely to be delayed until at least July 2015 as the cash-strapped Maroondah Council looks for external funding. Councillors were due to vote on a recommendation at last night’s meeting to delay construction of the centre until federal funding is secured. The recommendation states that, if funding is not granted, the council will ‘‘reconsider the scope of the project’’. The revelation overshadowed the council’s launch last week of the centre’s branding and new name — Aquanation — and confirmed speculation that the $46.5 million pool would not open in December 2014. Head of the Ringwood Pool Action Group Peter Morrissey lashed out at the ‘‘frustrating and disappointing’’ decision, saying the council had forgotten its ratepayers (see page 7). The council has requested $15 million from the federal government under the fourth round of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF). One of the eligibility conditions is that building must not have started before funding is granted — preventing construction from starting in January next year, as anticipated, even though the site is shovel-ready. Maroondah Council chief executive officer Frank Dixon said although the project was fully budgeted, the council had recently had to deal with the carbon tax and an unexpected $7.9 million local government superannuation liability that must be paid in the next year. Mr Dixon said these costs have ‘‘had a significant impact on council, its budget and ratepayers’’. ‘‘It would not be financially prudent to begin [building] now,’’ he said. Two other requests of $5 million in RDAF funding were rejected. The council has received only $3 million from the state government for Aquanation. Mr Dixon would not speculate on what aspect of Aquanation would be ‘‘reconsidered’’ if funding failed.

Delayed: Ringwood pool’s new look is unlikely to be seen before 2015.

■ May 2010: Review of Maroondah’s leisure facilities recommends that Ringwood Aquatic Centre, having reached the end of its life, be shut down, with a new centre to be built. ■ February 2011: Options discussed at community meetings. Ringwood Pool Action Group circulates petition with more than 2000 signatures to keep the existing centre. ■ April-May 2011: Four design options out for community consultation. They include renovating the centre, and rebuilding from the ground up. ■ May 16, 2011: Councillors vote six-three in favour of rebuilding. More than 6000 petitioners were in favour of renovating the pool.

It has also been revealed the former pool was a major safety hazard. Asked why the old pool was demolished before funding was secured for Aquanation, Maroondah director of community and leisure services Wendy King said patrons were in danger. ‘‘After more than 40 years of operation . . . it was structurally unsound to the stage that even during demolition things were literally falling apart. As a matter of public safety, the facility needed to be closed and demolished as soon as possible.’’ The council had previously maintained the closure was because it was unable to justify the centre running at a loss of more than $1 million each of the past few years.

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Call to retain youth service LOCAL teachers and youth workers are worried the move to shut down the School Focused Youth Service will severely affect the mental health of young people. The service, designed to reduce the risk of suicide through prevention and early intervention programs, is set to be axed in June next year. Assistant principal of Mooroolbark’s Manchester Primary School and former secondary teacher Phillippa Adgemis is a strong advocate of the service and says the government was ill-advised to cut it. ‘‘It’s been really great to be with kids who genuinely require this sort of help,’’ she said. ‘‘Now we won’t have the opportunity to do stuff where the kids are engaged within a school environment.’’ Ms Adgemis used the example of the ‘Girlfriends!’ program for year 9 girls as a key reason why the service should continue. The program looked to help at-risk students who were involved in self-harm, bullying or an eating disorder. ‘‘It’s hard to quantify, but I can safely say if it weren’t for the program we run, one girl

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Protesters aim to keep it polite BY DAVID SCHOUT TECOMA McDonald’s protesters should not let their passion get in the way of a good campaign, says a representative of one of Australia’s largest activist groups. GetUp! communications director Rohan Wenn said protesters needed to be careful when conducting public campaigns. He said some actions — like setting up the community garden next to the proposed McDonald’s site, and the recent ‘flash mob’ at Ferntree Gully McDonald’s — though harmless, were not the way GetUp! went about their work. ‘‘I absolutely admire their passion and willingness to stand up for what they believe — that’s what we’re about, too,’’ he said. ‘‘But trespassing to protest is inappropriate. You need permission to do those things.’’ Mr Wenn said the flash mob, where No Maccas in the Hills protesters ordered ‘‘no McDonald’s in Tecoma please’’ at the Ferntree Gully restaurant, was not effective practice. ‘‘We go out of our way to not interfere with innocent staff members who have nothing to do with it. ‘‘The key to a good campaign is passion and community support, which they seem to have.

Not backing down: Protesters turn their backs on councillors at a Yarra Ranges council meeting.

Making a stand: Protesters outside the Tecoma McDonald’s community garden site. Picture: John Weeks ‘‘But the most important thing when running a campaign is to be polite when making your point. You’ll lose credibility if you’re not.’’ Mr Wenn commended No Maccas in the Hills’ recent action in sending hundreds of emails to chief executive officer of McDonald’s Australia Catriona Noble, asking her to meet Planning Minister Matthew Guy. Mr Wenn said it was a ‘‘simple, effective cyber campaign that is done politely’’.

A spokeswoman for No Maccas in the Hills said reports stating they were hostile were simply wrong. ‘‘If you watch the footage of the drivethrough, it was one of the most friendly protests,’’ she said. ‘‘We’re essentially a huge part of the community, and you couldn’t get friendlier. I can’t think of an antagonistic way in which we’ve approached a person who is for McDonald’s. ‘‘We’re certainly vocal, but we’re not violent.’’

PAPER TRAIL A petition with 4007 signatures against the proposed Tecoma McDonald’s will be lodged in state parliament by Monbulk MP James Merlino next week. The No Maccas in the Hills initiative gathered signatures through door knocking and leaving petition forms with local traders. The same group is conducting a Tecoma-wide survey of all residents aged 18 and over. According to No Maccas in the Hills, about 90 per cent of locals have been asked, ‘‘Do you support the Tecoma McDonald’s development?’’ Survey results will be finalised in coming weeks.

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Australia Day celebrations Australia Day proceedings, including the Citizenship ceremony and the Maroondah Australia Day Awards, will be held at the Sound Shell at Ringwood Lake on Saturday 26 January 2013. The celebrations continue with free activities and entertainment at Ringwood Lake.

Croydon Memorial Pool now open Croydon Memorial Pool in Springfield Avenue, Croydon, is open for summer.

Wyreena Christmas Gift Exhibition Wyreena Community Arts Centre until Saturday 15 December Come along to this exhibition and sale of beautifully handcrafted gifts such as ceramics, jewellery, paintings, pottery, children’s toys, greeting cards and much more.

Service Centre hours During the Christmas and New Year period Council’s Service Centre hours will be: 24 December 25 & 26 December: 27 to 31 December 1 January 2013:

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Visit www.maroondahleisure.com.au for more information on opening hours, or collect a brochure from Council’s Service Centres and leisure facilities. And don’t forget if you have a Ringwood Aquatic Centre multi visit pass, you can use it at Croydon Memorial Pool as well as at Croydon Leisure & Aquatic Centre. 2013 Karralyka Centre theatre season Karralyka Centre, Mines Road, Ringwood East The 2013 Karralyka Centre theatre season offers a diverse range of comedy, drama, musicals, opera and cabaret. And don’t forget the children’s theatre shows and much-loved Morning Music program!

Mayoral Art Exhibition Wednesday 12 December to Saturday 22 December Maroondah Art Gallery The Mayoral Art Exhibition, presented by the Croydon Branch of the Bone Marrow Donor Institute, aims to promote the visual arts in Maroondah and raise funds for research into leukaemia and associated cancers.

What has resulted from this extensive process is a name and brand which is symbolic of the unique facility, creating an icon that will put Ringwood, and Maroondah on the map in terms of high level aquatic and leisure facilities.

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Given the high level of interest in the facility it was important that we developed a name which really represents the unique nature of the facility.

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Throughout the development of this extensive project, Council has always known that we are working on a facility of significance, not only for our local community, but for the region and in some respect the state.

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Low and dry: scepticism over pool delay BY DAVID SCHOUT DELAYING the construction of Ringwood’s new pool, Aquanation, is ‘‘frustrating’’ and ‘‘short-sighted’’, says the president of Ringwood Pool Action Group. Peter Morrissey said he had no choice now but to feel negative about the future of the new aquatic centre. ‘‘Originally, we wanted to refurbish the old Ringwood pool. But when the decision was made for a new facility, it was better to support it,’’ he said. ‘‘We were told the project was fully viable and fully funded. That is clearly not the case. ‘‘The facts are we didn’t get approved for the first round of federal funding. I can’t see that changing. What are they going to do then?’’ Mr Morrissey said the decision meant locals were left out in the cold. ‘‘By putting it off they’re forgetting about the pool users themselves. Not one councillor has approached me as president of RPAG and I’m disgusted at being treated like that. It’s a short-

‘It’s a short-sighted group of individuals who have come down with a short-sighted decision.’ — Peter Morrissey sighted group of individuals who have come down with a short-sighted decision.’’ He said it was extremely worrying that the council would ‘‘reconsider the scope of the project’’ if federal funding was not assured. ‘‘There was a fear that when the old pool was demolished, it wouldn’t be reconstructed. That’s actually looking like a possibility now,’’ he said. Mr Morrissey said he had no problem with renaming the centre Aquanation. ‘‘I’m happy for it to be anything,’’ he said. ‘‘[It’s better to] let the marketing people look at things like that — they’re the professionals. ‘‘I’m happy to support it; I’m not precious about that.’’

Council reveals new names for leisure hubs MAROONDAH’S leisure facilities, including the new Ringwood pool, will all be rebranded with a ‘‘fresh, modern’’ look and name. Ringwood aquatic centre will now become Aquanation, while four of five other council facilities will also be rebranded in the next 12 months. Croydon Leisure and Aquatic Centre will now be known as Aquahub; the Maroondah Indoor Sports Centre will be named The Rings; and Dorset and Ringwood golf courses will be named Dorset Golf and Ringwood Golf. Croydon Memorial Pool will remain the same. The naming process of the new Ringwood aquatic centre did not recognise locality, mayor Nora Lamont said. Cr Lamont said although most local pools included a suburb within

Fresh look: An artist’s impression of the inside of the new Ringwood pool — now known as Aquanation. the name, that was inappropriate for Aquanation. ‘‘When I walked in [to the naming process] I thought it has to have the name Ringwood in it,’’ she said. ‘‘But going through I realised it wouldn’t have been reflective of what the facility had to offer.

‘‘The council has always known that we are working on a facility of significance, not only for our local community but for the region and for the state.’’ To date, the council has spent $30,000 on the rebranding.

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PARKWOOD Secondary College families will not receive enough money to cover the cost of moving schools next year, says a concerned parent. The Ringwood North school will close its doors on December 31, forcing students and parents to find a new place to learn next year. The parent, who contacted the Weekly by letter and has asked to remain anonymous, is unhappy that the $300 allocated to each student will be forwarded to the new school rather than the parents. ‘‘[This is] money that can only be spent at the discretion of the school and won’t be available for purchases outside of the school, such as textbooks,’’ the parent stated. ‘‘Uniform costs alone exceed that amount. ‘‘For current year 7 and year 8 students there are further significant costs in buying out the laptop contracts — more than $400 for year 8 and more than $700 for year 7 students, which we have only one week to pay.’’ The letter stated students moving to one particular local high school must buy their laptops outright

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Sammi, Emily and Lucy were among the many who turned out to Maroondah’s Carols By Candlelight event on Sunday night. The annual event had one of its highest attendances ever, with about 6500 locals enjoying the festivities. The night included performances by community choirs, soloists, a visit from Santa and a fireworks display. To see more pictures from the night, check out the online photo gallery at maroondahweekly.com.au.

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INBRIEF New push for Kilsyth Men’s Shed Yarra Ranges councillor Len Cox will attempt to save the Kilsyth Scout Hall for a Men’s Shed program yet again at tonight’s Yarra Ranges Council meeting. The council voted last month to demolish the hall to make way for the new Kilsyth Living and Learning Hub, despite strong community support for it to be retained for a Men’s Shed program. Cr Cox has been vocal in his bid to save the hall and will tonight move a motion to rescind the council’s decision.

Pedestrian project survey Lilydale residents are encouraged to complete a survey as part of the Lilydale Pedestrian Project. The project, funded by Yarra Ranges Council, VicRoads, the federal government and Department of Transport, aims to improve pedestrian access and safety in Lilydale.

York Road warning signs Mt Evelyn residents will benefit from pedestrian warning signs along York Road, set to be completed in late January.Yarra View Nursery employees, who have a range of disabilities, regularly cross the road to reach bus services on the other side. Mount Evelyn Christian School students also cross the road frequently. Evelyn MP Christine Fyffe said the road would be monitored by VicRoads ‘‘to determine the need for any road improvements in the future’’.

Serenade for the FReeZA crew BY EMMA KELLY IF Jayden Wilde ever becomes a successful band manager or musician, he has the Maroondah FReeZA program to thank for giving him a foot in the door. The 19-year-old was one of 10 FReeZA members to graduate from the youth development program at a formal ceremony last Tuesday. The 2012 group, Straight to the Pit, organised 10 all-age music events for Maroondah youth this year. Jayden says he joined the team to build management skills and make industry contacts. ‘‘Music is a huge passion of mine. It was a great opportunity to learn new skills and meet people in the business,’’ he says. ‘‘You can’t just get a job straightaway in this business. [FReeZA] opens doors.’’ His favourite event was a performance by hardcore metal band Dzz Nuts in April. ‘‘It was pretty awesome to organise a gig for a band I’ve been listening to for years.’’ The Straight to the Pit team approached each performance by splitting a number of tasks among themselves, including the coveted role of stage manager. In November, Jayden managed a hip-hop show called Rebeat. ‘‘It was easy for me,

In it together: The 2012 FReeZA crew with Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith and guitarist Patrick at an event earlier this year. compared with other people, because I was the only person who listened to hip-hop. I decided to make it a free gig at Croydon’s Y Space skate park. Anyone could come and listen for free.’’ Although Jayden is yet to decide which career path to follow, a job in the music industry is definitely on the cards. ‘‘I have other priorities, like sport, but I’m clearly interested in music. ‘‘Even if I don’t go down the music career path, I’ve learnt skills that are helpful for life. If you’ve

got the opportunity, give it a crack,’’ he recommends. The End of the World Underage Dance Party, the last FReeZA event for 2012, is on from 6-9pm at EV’s Youth Centre, Mount Dandenong Road, Croydon. Entry is $9 or $5 with a discount pass. Applications for the 2013 Maroondah FReeZA program open in January. More details: 9294 5709.

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Anguish over surgery A LILYDALE mother is frustrated her son has waited more than a week at Maroondah Hospital for corrective surgery on a broken finger. Cathy Skinner said her 19-year-old son, who wanted to remain anonymous, was feeding a tree into a chipper when a finger on his left hand was caught in a branch and pulled out of its socket on November 27. Mrs Skinner and her son arrived at Maroondah Hospital at 7am on December 1, expecting the procedure to be completed that day, but the surgery was cancelled shortly after 1pm. Since the first cancellation, Maroondah Hospital has booked and cancelled two more of her son’s surgery appointments. Mrs Skinner said while she understood more severe or life-threatening conditions needed medical attention first, she was disappointed with the service and lack of communication from the hospital. ‘‘I can see that it’s just a finger but it is broken. It actually needs pins in it,’’ Mrs Skinner said. ‘‘My concern is that it’s my son’s

left hand, his dominant hand. The doctor at Maroondah Hospital did say [on November 29] that if surgery was not done within a week it may cause inoperable damage in the future.’’ Mrs Skinner said she received a response from the hospital’s complaints department last Friday after calling the hospital twice in relation to the cancellations. When the Weekly last spoke to Mrs Skinner, her son was scheduled for surgery over the weekend. Maroondah Hospital’s associate program director of surgery Jenelle Linton said Eastern Health prioritised surgery based on urgency. “Some patients requiring nonurgent surgery may have their surgery postponed on occasion due to patients presenting with urgent, lifethreatening conditions. Patients are rescheduled at the earliest opportunity. Eastern Health treats all category 1 (urgent) patients within the clinically appropriate time of less than 30 days.’’ — Emma Kelly

YARRA Ranges police have charged more drink-drivers during an ongoing road blitz than any other police service area in Victoria. Statistics from the statewide Operation RAID, which began last month and runs until January 9, show the Yarra Ranges highway patrol has so far charged 49 drivers with drink-driving. More than 950 drivers have also been charged with other traffic offences — the fourth-highest number among all service areas. Last week alone, an individual officer charged a number of people with a staggering 29 offences. The offences between December 3 and 5 included speeding, drink-driving, using a mobile phone while driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, and driving an unregistered vehicle. One driver recorded a blood-alcohol concentration six times over the legal limit, after a collision in Mooroolbark on the night of December 3. Another motorist was caught speeding almost 50km/h over the limit in Lilydale the following night, while a second car was also caught travelling 50km/h over the limit on Wednesday night. Highway patrol unit commander, Sergeant John Morgan said it was no surprise that the Yarra Ranges featured prominently in collision statistics. ‘‘We have unprecedented numbers of police on patrols

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INBRIEF A Tecoma family was lucky to escape injury when a single gunshot was fired through their living room window last Thursday night. Police suspect a 22-calibre bullet was fired through the window of the Burwood Highway house about 10.15pm. The bullet cut through the glass and curtain and was found lodged in a bookcase. Detective Senior Constable Rod Newbery said there did not appear to be a motive. Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Hoon put off the road A Boronia man’s car has been impounded for 30 days after he was caught speeding in Coldstream at almost twice the speed limit last Wednesday. Police stopped the car after it was detected travelling 113 km/h in a 60 zone on Ingram Road just after 9pm. The car was found to be unregistered and unroadworthy. The 29-year-old is expected to face court at a later date.

Trove of art The 2012 Maroondah Mayoral Art Show officially opens at Maroondah Art Gallery at 6.30pm this Wednesday. The 16th exhibition includes paintings from 39 professional and amateur artists; all their works are available for purchase. The Bone Marrow Donor Institute’s Croydon Branch will receive 25 per cent of the

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Summer break Maroondah Council youth workers are available over the summer break despite the last two EV Shack drop-in sessions finishing this week. The last program for 18-25 year olds is this Wednesday and the last program for 12-18 year olds is on Friday. Youth aged between 12 and 25 are also eligible for a Maroondah Youth Card, which includes afterhours support numbers and discounts to businesses and recreational facilities. Details: 9294 5709, maroondahyouthservices.com.

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Back from brink: heaven can wait a while BY DANIEL TRAN DI Wilson remembers nothing from when she died. There was no white light, no heaven. But while the ‘nothingness’ was disappointing, waking up in hospital was not. Just over a year ago, Di was at her Wonga Park home after a long day in the city. Her daughter Melanie was getting married in February of this year and the pair had spent the day in the city picking up bridesmaids’ dresses. All Di remembers is having coffee with Melanie while they waited for the dresses. When they returned home, the bridesmaids came over to try on their wedding outfits — but everything else thereafter is a blank. Not long after they arrived, Di collapsed on the carpet. Within seconds, her husband Mark and their other daughter Vanessa had started CPR. ‘‘Because you’re under so much stress, you go into some sort of shock,’’ Mark said.

‘‘You can’t believe what you’re seeing in front of you and you have to get yourself out of that shock and put yourself into the training mode of survival. ‘‘If you’ve done the training correctly, you know exactly what to do and if you’ve got a team of people with you, there’s a better chance of survival. And, thank God, the family were there and it happened in front of the family and we all pulled together.’’ It was 15 minutes before the ambulance arrived, during which time Vanessa and Mark manually pumped Di’s heart. Paramedics tried three times to restart her heart while she steadily turned grey. On the way to the hospital, the ambulance was forced to stop in the middle of Maroondah Highway when another car was rear-ended after letting them through an intersection. With two paramedics in the back working on his wife, Mark watched as the driver stopped and parked the ambulance in the middle of the intersection to check on the condition of

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Festive faith: Phillipa and Rod de Haan with their children Piper, 3, Finn, 6, Ella, 10, and Lewis, 8.

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or the de Haan children, the clock seems to move at a snail’s pace on Christmas Eve. They’re hunched over, peering anxiously at the presents under the tree with their names on them. Ripping off the wrapping paper, their excitement turns to joy as they play with their new toys, then contentment as they are spared the interrupted sleep most children experience on December 24. ‘‘We open our presents up then to keep the focus of Christmas Day on Jesus,’’ their mother Phillipa says. The Narre Warren North family of six are devout Christians, and while they enjoy all aspects of the festive season, they are not consumed by it. ‘‘We celebrate Christmas just like lots of other families,’’ Phillipa says. ‘‘The kids love to put up the Christmas tree and decorate the house. They get so excited about presents. We enjoy good food and love getting together with family and friends. ‘‘But I suppose, for us, the significance of Christmas is spiritual rather than the presents, hype and trimmings. ‘‘The reason we celebrate is that God loved us so much that he sent his son to live with us.’’ Phillipa and husband Rod admit that trying to get this message across is not always easy. ‘‘It’s totally difficult not to get sucked into the commercial aspect of Christmas,’’ she says with a laugh. ‘‘Especially with kids that are ‘me, me, me’ — and I’ll admit that I’m the first person to love getting presents, and I love eating good food and having lovely decorations. ‘‘We try to make our kids aware that the ‘busyness’ and hype at this time of year doesn’t help us

For some, December 25 is a day to spiritually reflect on the birth of Jesus. For others, it’s just a public holiday. DAVID SCHOUT talks with Christian, Hindu and Jewish families about how they spend the festive season. look forward to and prepare for remembering the coming of the King. Those things are what our culture is telling us that Christmas is about, rather than what it is really about.’’ Phillipa says passing on the Christian beliefs to her children means Jesus, rather than Santa, is their Christmas hero. ‘‘Our kids have got into ‘trouble’ at kinder when they’ve told ‘believers’ in Santa that he’s not true. It doesn’t go down so well.’’ While the very essence of Christianity — Jesus dying on the cross to save the sins of man — means Christmas and the birth of Jesus is a significant date for them, families from other religions don’t share the same experience.

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he Dedhias are a Hindu family of North Dandenong who naturally do not celebrate Christmas. Nimesh Dedhia says his religion is not antiChristmas. While it doesn’t celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it does adopt the positive aspects of the Christmas spirit. “It’s never considered as ‘you should not be celebrating this’ . . . it’s more of ‘yeah, just enjoy’,” he says. ‘‘It’s still a time to spend with family and friends.’’ However, the ‘family’ aspect of Christmas is virtually cancelled out for the Dedhias this year. Nimesh, wife Komal and two-year-old daughter Ishika have no other family (bar Nimesh’s brother) in Australia.

All their relatives are back home in India, and they will spend December 25 this year with friends. As Nimesh explains what this will involve, his daughter is using her father’s limbs as a playground. ‘‘Growing up now with Ishika we generally give gifts — that’s all she seems to want,’’ he says with a laugh. ‘‘Giving sweets is also a big thing. Have you ever had Indian sweets?” As Nimesh rushes off to the kitchen to grab an assortment of sweets, it is impossible not to notice the depictions of the Hindu deity Ganesha on the wall. ‘‘India is very multicultural,’’ he says on return. ‘‘There are a lot of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs. So there are a few people who say ‘No you shouldn’t be doing that’ or ‘This is not our religion’, that sort of thing. But generally, if you ignore those fanatics, we are taught to respect each other’s religion and get involved [in Christmas] if we can.’’ “What we’ve been brought up with, I think we’ve got more Christmas spirit and more feeling of Christmas in India than what we have here. ‘‘Kids get more involved. There are more things happening.’’

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nlike the de Haans and the Dedhias, the Kramers — a Jewish family of South Caulfield — do not share presents at all during Christmas. Jane Kramer and her husband

Ivan, daughters Nicole and Elise, and son Jared traditionally spend the day with friends. Their religion rejects the Christian view that Jesus is the son of God. ‘‘We recognise that Christmas is about Jesus, but Jesus was just a person, and we don’t believe in things like his resurrection,’’ Jane says. But like most religions that don’t celebrate Christmas, there is still a heavy emphasis on family, friends and food for the Kramers on December 25. This year, like most years, the Kramers will go to their fellow Jewish friends’ house for a barbecue lunch. ‘‘For us it’s a public holiday. We don’t totally reject celebrating Christmas and are often invited to have lunch or dinner with my daughter’s partner, whose family is not Jewish,’’ she says. Jane says growing up in a Jewish household, she noticed she was different at Christmas time. ‘‘There was a slight feeling of isolation. But as a young girl my parents owned a milkbar in Coburg and I would get gifts from many of the customers. Going to a Jewish school made it easier, too; none of my friends celebrated Christmas.’’ Every Friday night the Kramers and their extended family meet together to prepare for ‘Shabbat’, the Jewish Sabbath. Mrs Kramer says she loves her religion because it is ‘‘extremely family oriented’’, and scoffs at those who say they are missing out at Christmas time. ‘‘I say to those people, ‘Your Christmas only comes around once a year, but we have ours almost every week’.’’ It would seem that, although different cultures and religions choose to celebrate festivals in different ways, the notion of family, friends and food transcends any belief in a higher being.

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TIMEOUT ●

Punchy start to the year BY EMMA KELLY

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Spectacular spectacle: Porcelain Punch Travelling Medicine Show opens Karralyka Theatre’s bumper season of performances next year. Magic 2013 final farewell tour, both in July; and a stage show based on the football career of Ron Barassi, in August. Mayor Nora Lamont says an array of talented performers will leave audiences laughing, clapping and crying throughout the year. ‘‘The theatre season has something for everyone, and best of all you don’t need to travel far to be able to enjoy some of the best theatrical performances currently touring the country,’’ she said.

Australian tribute band BABBA will perform a number of ABBA hits at Monkami Rocks the Carols from 6.30pm on Thursday on the grounds of Monkami Centre, 2-6 Dixon Avenue, Croydon. Bring chairs, picnic rugs, nibbles, beverages and your best ABBA outfit. Tickets are $15 per adult and $40 per family; bookings essential. Details: bookings: 9725 8677.

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Carol time: Christmas carols will be held at the Silvan Wesleyan Methodist Church, 265 Monbulk Road, at 7pm on Christmas Eve. Packaged and tinned food will be placed under the Christmas tree and later distributed to families in need. Supper to conclude the evening. Details: 9762 7376.

Healing art: Creative art and meditation classes at the Michael Centre, 37A Wellington Park Drive, Warranwood. Details, bookings: Jo, 0411 104 600.

New term: Arrabri Community House in Bayswater North now has its brochure for term 1 available. New computer classes include digital literacy, MYOB and others. For bookings or information, call 9294 7530 or check out arrabri.org.

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Touch of elegance An appealing option to those wanting comfortable and stylish living

STEPHEN TAYLOR PROPERTY EDITOR he market can’t seem to get enough stylish townhouses. Demand is being driven by a steadily growing population and a realisation that townhouses have just about everything a traditional house has – minus the garden upkeep. This new townhouse is a case in point. It showcases the best of contemporary comfort, coupled with an array of premium appointments and innovative design to create a benchmark in townhouse living. And it has a 5-star energy rating. Neutral tones and contrasting brickwork lead to a covered porch entry. Downstairs, the stylish persona extends through the open-plan living/dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows. This area opens to the private paved courtyard ideal for relaxing and entertaining. The designer kitchen has granite benchtops, splashbacks and quality European appliances, including dishwasher. There are plenty of glossy cupboards. Also on this level is the laundry and powder room.

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The main bedroom with walk-in wardrobes and en suite is also on the ground level. It has a glass shower recess, toilet and vanity. Upstairs, the two children’s bedrooms with built-in wardrobes share their own retreat/study, ideal for teenagers, and tiled bathroom. High ceilings are a feature of this townhouse, as are the quality bathroom fittings. As well, there are decorative cornices in the main bedroom, living/dining and kitchen area. Polished floorboards enhance the living/dining area, kitchen and passage, and there are quality carpets in the bedrooms and retreat area. Creature comforts include ducted split-system heating and cooling. Park in the double garage with remotecontrolled door and an additional car space, and water the landscaped gardens from the water tank. The location is appealing, too: the property is handy to Croydon and Croydon South shops, Swinburne TAFE, bus and rail, parklands and sporting facilities. Unit 1 is also available for purchase.

3/54 Bayswater Road, Croydon Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Living areas: Lounge/family/dining The rest: Retreat, landscaped gardens Price: $495,000-plus Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Croydon 9725 2777, Chris Price 0412 590 441 December 11, 2012 WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

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AGENTS’CHOICE ●

Proud to call it your own

Impeccable, inside and out

here’s a certain charisma in this attractive bagged and painted home. Its designer paved courtyard is a standout feature promising grand entertaining. With extra parking, garage and street appeal, this front home on a subdivided block is perfect for downsizers and busy professionals. Stunning timber floors, huge picture windows and character charms infuse warmth to the living room, dining or third bedroom, well-appointed kitchen and dining area. There’s cosy comforts, a second toilet and a new bathroom.

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top the circular driveway in 0.60 hectares of landscaped gardens this large family home is at one with its native surroundings. Beamed cathedral ceilings, large windows, expansive decking and rustic appeal add charm to this adaptable five-bedroom home. The kids’ only loft bedroom with retreat is brilliant and the independent living zone with bathroom is a bonus. The original homestead is still here, and is being used as a studio/workshop. The property is minutes from Montrose central.

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57 Humber Road, Croydon North Price: $345,000-plus Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Croydon 9725 2777, Paul True 0448 785 753

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1068 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose Price: $590,000-plus Agent: Rose Chafer, Methven Mt Evelyn 9736 3999

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Here’s the perfect introduction ovingly tended gardens and charming paned windows enhance this well-presented three-bedroom home. Rustic elegance impresses in the living rooms with soaring timber-lined cathedral ceilings with fireplace and built-in bar. There’s a tiled dining area and well-equipped hostess kitchen with high ceiling. The main bedroom has an en suite, ceiling fan and airconditioner, and ample wardrobes. Features include ducted heating and split-system cooling. There’s a double garage, garden gazebo and water tank.

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uilt over two levels, this three-bedroom house blends traditional features with modern open-plan living areas. It has a separate lounge room, country-style kitchen and meals area. Features include airconditioning. Two double-sized bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and TV room on this level. The ground level main bedroom has a new en suite and walk-in wardrobes and outdoor area. Relax in gardens and barbecue area. Park in the double garage. An artist’s studio/workshop has water and power.

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52 Country Club Drive, Chirnside Park Price: $410,000-plus Agent: Anni Atkinson, Methven Real Estate Professionals Mooroolbark 9726 8888

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13 Aqueduct Avenue, Mt Evelyn Price: $420,000-plus Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Lilydale 9735 3999, Max Manning 0419 777 595

Noble Knight Licensed Real Estate Agents, Auctioneers & Property Managers RENTAL PROPERTIES LILYDALE

Unit

2 BDR

$235

10-Dec-2012

Roof top apartment of 2 bedrooms. As freshly painted throughout, as new carpet to bedrooms, vertical blinds throughout. As new kitchen with all electric appliances.

LILYDALE

Unit

1 BDR

$240

Now

Impressive Ranch style 1 bedroom Villa brick veneer unit, that surely will tick all those wish boxes. Fabulously renovated with new neutral tones to carpet & paint work that compliments the open plan living style; giving a degree of practicality & space. The lounge area features gas heating, whilst the kitchen has a myriad of cabinetry, gas cooking & plenty of provision for appliances. Master bedroom features the bathroom in an ensuite effect manner, with ample built in robes. An adequate laundry opens out to a deck landing & a fully fenced plus sized rear yard; with sweeping lawns. A clear bonus is the single garage that can easily accommodate a vehicle & allow a large area at the rear for storage. Located within close proximity of all of the towns amenities.

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House

2 BDR

$300

Now

Older 2 bedroom brick veneer home, which is surprisingly spacious. Large lounge with gas heating, country style kitchen with an expanse of cupboards & electric stove. Both bedrooms are well sized with built in robes. Tidy art deco style bathroom, with adjacent laundry. Lovely near level allotment with mature gardens, single lock up garage. Rear deck with magnificent views of the Dandenong Ranges. Available on a six month fixed term.

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3 BDR

$310

Now

Located close to the main precinct, this 3 bedroom home features gas central heating, polished floorboards throughout & general living areas. The kitchen has electric cooking & there is a full ensuite & walk in robes to the master bedroom. The remaining bedrooms have built in robes. A large undercover rear deck faces majestic mountain views.

LILYDALE

House

3 BDR

$325

15-Dec-2012

Brick veneer home of 3 bedrooms, with a touch of style. Neutral colours throughout mesh perfectly with the hardwood polished floorboards. The living areas include a lounge with gas heating, separate large dining area; that flows to the massive & updated kitchen with gas cooking. All bedrooms are well sized with abundant light & 2 featuring built in robes. The bathroom is a full bathroom, & the laundry area features a double trough with ample appliance room. A rear patio overlooks a practical rear yard with established gardens. An old chook shed is located behind the single garage, featuring a separate work shed area.

246 Main Street Lilydale

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House

3 BDR

$325

Now

Fully renovated in light & bright tones, this 3 bedroom weather board has a refreshing new lease on life. Practical hardwood polished floorboards throughout, including gas heating & new thermal Holland blinds. The kitchen features hardwood bench tops & electric cooking. The key advantage of this property is its large corner allotment, with a large expanse of flowing lawns. An opportunity not to be missed.

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3 BDR

$330

Now

Located within a rural area, this 3 bedroom & study weather board; has been given a refreshing make over. Fresh paint work, high ceilings & well located windows; gives this home a feeling of space & an abundance of natural light. An impressive brand new kitchen features quality stainless steel appliances, with a dishwasher. A clear improvement to this home, is the 4 & a half star rated gas central heating system. The bathroom in this home is huge, which will well & truly cater for the extended family. Massive separate games room with kitchen, & adjoining double garage. Privately located with established gardens, & a rear deck to soak up those glorious valley views.

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House

3 BDR

$340

Now

This 3 bedroom brick veneer home is sure to impress. All bedrooms are of a good size, master has full ensuite & walk in robes. The practically designed floor plan, places the livings areas to the rear; to capture the private garden setting. The lounge room is a fantastic expanse of space, with the generous meals area & there is modern kitchen with dishwasher; just around the corner. There is split system air-conditioning & heating, tiles to main traffic areas. A double garage, paved entertaining area & easy care gardens complete the package.

YARRA GLEN

House

3 BDR

$350

Now

Extremely spacious 3 bedroom townhouse. All gas appliances including central heating, & a spacious floor plan featuring 2 separate living areas, The master features a private balcony overlooking the park, full ensuite & massive walk in robes. The further bedrooms are well sized with built in robes. There is a beautiful large courtyard, & double lock up garage with remote. All located within a short stroll of the township, with a gateway to the parkland surrounding. Pets will be considered upon application.

LILYDALE

House

3 BDR

$350

Now

Individual 3 bedroom brick veneer home, with surprisingly spacious & angular design. There is gas central heating, formal lounge & dining, tidy kitchen with gas cooking & adjacent meals area. All bedrooms are timelessly spacious with robes. There is a double lock up garage, & the property will be offered on a compact allotment; in a very select location.

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14 Palmer Avenue Croydon North Nature Inspired Family Haven AUCTION THIS SATURDAY AT 11AM! The picturesque private & serene setting of the 1,697sqm approx allotment, with fruit grove, captures the natural attributes of this unique family home. The striking well-lit interior is designed to cater for every member of a growing family with fireside lounge & vast casual living zone, St George kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, paved alfresco entertaining, enclosed gazebo, new carpets, ducted heating & auto 3-car garage with internal access & huge attic space – The perfect family retreat, close to all amenities. PRIOR OFFERS INVITED!

A5 B2 C3 Auction

Sat 15th December at 11:00am

Price

$540,000 Plus

Inspect

Sat 10:30-11:00am

Agent

Paul True 0448 785 753 Paul Fenech 0418 325 466

Land

1697sqm Approx.

1-33/7-9 Birch Street Bayswater BOUTIQUE ON BIRCH - Save on Stamp Duty OPEN FOR INSPECTIONS HELD AT DISPLAY APARTMENT 34/5-7 ALFRICK ROAD CROYDON - 6 ALREADY SOLD! These soon to be constructed residences offer a choice of 33 executive style apartments. Your choice of 1 or 2 bedroom +study, single undercover parking & storage facilities. Each has Caesar Stone bench tops & stainless steel appliances in kitchen, split system heating & cooling, Victorian Ash polished floors & premium fittings. All include a balcony except for ground floor which have paving & landscaped gardens.

A2 B1 C1 D1 For Sale Price

From $270,000 Plus

Inspect

Sat & Sun 11:30am-12:00pm

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Map Ref

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159 Main Street Croydon

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27 Kingswood Drive Chirnside Park YOUR NEW HOME MADE EASY A private family home with an elevated position & sunlit Easterly appeal, this 3 bedroom/2 bathroom residence is ideal for families or first home buyers needing a little more space in a family friendly location. Offering an easy floor plan with the spacious lounge/dining, through to the quality kitchen/meals area connecting to the outdoor living, incorporating the covered patio. Extras include GDH, evaporative cooling, alarm, double garage with plenty of storage space, workshop, garden shed, established gardens & schools, shops & transport not far away.

A3 B2 C2 Auction Sat 15th December at 2:00pm Price

$380,000 Plus

Inspect Sat 1:30-2:00pm Agent

Sean Cantelo 0417 034 080 Ross Weaver 0402 762 424

Land

865sqm Approx.

3/54 Bayswater Road Croydon A CLASS ABOVE! This unique residence showcases the best of contemporary comfort. With open plan dining/living, private courtyard, designer kitchen with granite bench tops, splash backs & European appliances. The master bedroom has WIR, FES & is ideally positioned on the ground level away from the 2 upstairs bedrooms with their own retreat/study & bathroom. Other features include 2.7m ceilings, polished floor, quality carpets, full ducted heating & cooling, 5 star energy rating, remote to garage door, water tank & landscaped garden.

A3 B2 C2 For Sale Price

$495,000 Plus

Inspect Sat & Sun 11:30am-12:00pm Agent

Vin McHugh 0418 121 102 Chris Price 0412 590 441

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1-10/8-10 Humber Road Croydon Exclusive Humber Hill - 7 SOLD! *INSPECTIONS HELD ON SITE THIS WEEKEND* An exciting new development of 2 & 3 bedroom executive style homes in the ever popular area of Croydon North. Positioned close to all amenities & offering picturesque surrounds, these quality built homes will impress the most fastidious buyer. Close to completion and will be ready to move into in January. Ideal for investors, first home buyers and those looking to downsize. Another Quality Project by Erfanian Developments.

A2 B1 C1 For Sale Price

$345,000 Plus

Inspect

Sat & Sun 12:30-1:00pm

Agent

Sean Cantelo 0417 034 080 www.humberhill.com.au

Map Ref

9725 2777

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159 Main Street Croydon

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18 Darnley Way Mooroolbark WIN THE HEARTS OF YOUR FAMILY An impressive solution to your dilemma of trying to locate that perfect home that offers everything from a handy location to a home filled with family character & function. The facade has been enhanced by a freshly sprayed driveway, whilst the choice of 3 living areas and the inclusion of a timber kitchen/meals, 3 robed bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a study, complete the interior. Features: DH/DV/evap cooling, swim spa, covered patio and a DLUG.

57 Humber Road Croydon North ENTERTAINER’S DELIGHT! There’s classy charisma in this attractive home, with its designer paved courtyard being a standout feature promising grand entertaining. With extra parking, garage & street appeal, this front home on a subdivided block is perfect for downsizers & busy professionals. Stunning timber floors, huge picture windows & character charms infuse warmth to the large living room, dining or 3rd bedroom, well-appointed timber gourmet kitchen & adjoining tiled dining area. Cosy comforts, 2nd toilet PLUS an ultra-sleek new vogue bathroom. Wow!

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A3 B2 C2 D1 For Sale Price

$470,000 Plus

Inspect Sat 2:30-3:00pm Agent

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606sqm Approx.

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$345,000 Plus

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583sqm Approx.

We wish you all the best for the Festive Season and hope you have a safe and Happy New Year. From Paul Fenech and the team at Stockdale & Leggo Croydon

30 Moralla Avenue Croydon MINUTES TO CROYDON MAIN STREET Not only does this elevated 3 bedroom home pose a beautiful leafy backdrop, but the location is just as superb, and only minutes’ to Croydon central. The rear deck attracts the sounds of bird song, whilst inside is homely and characteristic, offering a sunken lounge with a feature stone wall, kitchen/meals, dining/study, semi en suite and a family bathroom. Extras: ducted heating, gas log fire, split system cooling, single carport and ample under house storage.

A3 B2 C1 For Sale Price

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This Saturday 15th December, 11:00am 60 Ferndale Road, Silvan Realisation auction Own your own 9.5 acre approx hobby farm Presenting a great opportunity to create the perfect size hobby farm of rich red undulating acres. Well located on made road only a short drive to the bustling Monbulk Township these glorious acres with existing 3 bedroom house enjoys views over gently rolling hills and farmland while boasting creek and tree lined dam plus very substantial recently built packing shed with kitchen. Surround your family home with berries and fruit trees or horses and gardens, whatever you heart desires. Terms: 10% deposit, balance 30/60 days Geoff Earney and team 9726 8888 Inspection By appointment

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Brand new inner city style living

98-100 Brice Avenue, Mooroolbark

Brice on the Park The park outlook from the balconies of the brand new state of the art townhouses and their town centre location make them exceptionally exciting. Choose your newly completed 3 or 2 bedrooms double storey townhouse with rear garage and experience the quality and crafted class of a state of the art caesarstone kitchen, reverse cycle heating/cooling, designer ensuite and bathroom, customized built in robes, a clever euro laundry plush carpet and floor tiles. Be in the hub of cafes, shops, the train station and amenities. Live the cosmopolitan inner city lifestyle right here!

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A drive to secure double carport plus second drive to single garage with office/workshop provides this charming court home an exceptional bonus. With 3 bedroom and study, cathedral ceilings in character inspired living room, grand timber kitchen with family zone and spa in ensuite there is much to love here.

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Price $385,000 Plus

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High and Mighty on Loughnan’s Hill 1 Pine Crescent, Ringwood North A rare find is the uniquely crafted Merchant Builders style Studio home sitting proud and high on a sought after pocket of Loughnans Hill. With Eastlink and Eastland so close by, this inspiring 3 bedrooms plus study nook home, charms with its soaring cathedral ceilings, vast timber beams, huge skylight to the stars and 4 levels of architect designed living. There are 2 stunning living rooms, open dining area, central kitchen with designer new ensuite and vogue bathroom. Red box timber floors, a sensational wood fire, convenient ducted heating and centrally located wine cellar are just a taste of its charms. And with double garage, native gardens and majestic mountain views, upgrade your lifestyle today!

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Rangers look for answers BY ROY WARD DANDENONG Rangers have met their toughest opponent in their quest for a second straight WNBL title. Now the team has to learn what it needs to do beat new title favourite Bendigo Spirit. The Rangers shot terribly and made crucial errors in their 79-72 loss to the Spirit at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday night yet were still in the running with three minutes to go before Spirit superstar Kristi Harrower made two key baskets to seal the win. Harrower was the game-high scorer with 20 points, while Kath Macleod led Dandenong with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Jenna O’Hea, despite shooting just 3-13 from the field, added 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for

the Rangers. The Spirit’s win gives it a two-game lead over the Rangers at the top of the WNBL ladder with two rounds to go until the Christmas break, and with the Spirit facing two matches against Logan and one against Townsville, they should reach the holidays without incurring another loss. At the same time, the Rangers now face a tricky clash with in-form Sydney University Flames at Dandenong Stadium this Saturday night. The Rangers will be aided by the Flames having to battle Bulleen the night before their visit to Dandenong. Against the Spirit, the Rangers shot just 38 per cent from the field and 0-11 from the three-point line, and missed eight free throws. Add to that 11 of their 14 turnovers coming after half-time and it’s no secret why they

lost to the Spirit. Rangers coach Mark Wright said his side had to do better from now on. ‘‘We just made a lot of errors out there, passing to the wrong option or not seeing where the open player was,’’ Wright said. ‘‘Bendigo’s defence should get some credit for that as well. You can’t do that against a team as good as they are.’’ The Rangers also had several players out of form on the night. Steph Cumming, Tegan Cunningham and import Monica Wright all struggled to contribute. ‘‘We usually get points from Steph; she is usually rock-solid for us but she struggled tonight,’’ Mark Wright said. ‘‘Monica got too many fouls too early in the game so she couldn’t contribute and we didn’t get much from

Tough battle: Dandenong’s Tegan Cunningham battles with Bendigo’s Gabrielle Richards on Saturday night. Picture: Jodie Donnellan/Bendigo Advertiser Tegan. We’ll go back and look at this match and we will get better.’’

The Rangers take on Sydney University Flames at Dandenong Stadium from 7pm this Saturday.

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he turbocharged version of the Hyundai Veloster, tagged the SR, has only been in Australia a few months but is already generating plenty of sales. When launched in non-turbo format in February, the Hyundai that looked like a coupe on one side and a five-door hatch on the other created a huge number of stares and comments during our entire test period. Some felt it needed more power, though others said it had the sort of engine performance that pleased drivers who enjoyed the decision making necessary to keep their Veloster in the correct gear to get the best out of the 103 kilowatts of power on offer. They also appreciated the low price tag of the non-turbo — it began at an appealing $23,990 in six-speed manual format. In any case, there’s now a choice in Veloster engine power thanks to the introduction of a high(ish) performance SR model. With a 46 per cent increase in power and an even more impressive 60 per cent more torque, it has a lot more poke.

The Veloster SR has minimal turbo lag and a smooth push in the back. But if you’re looking for a drag racer, the Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo may not be your best bet. As this isn’t a full-blown sports coupe, Hyundai has kept the price of the Veloster SR down by restricting engine torque to the front wheels to prevent wheel spin and understeer. Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo is even more striking in appearance than the standard Veloster, as it’s even more radical in its shape. The front grille is bigger and bolder, the foglights have futuristic shaping to their surrounds, side skirts give the lowered look and the dark glass sunroof adds to the overall effect. The rear windscreen glass is directly above the back seats and created discomfort during the day in our home area of the Gold Coast. We strongly suggest looking at this aspect of the car if your plan is to regularly cart kids back there. Prices for theVeloster SR Turbo start at $31,990, not including government or dealer delivery charges.

Striking appearance: Fascinating styling of the Hyundai Veloster draws stares from all directions.

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X factor: A neat facelift has the latest BMW X1 styled in the manner of a family wagon.

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Rams self-destruct in modest run chase BY BRAD McGRATH and ROY WARD RINGWOOD captain Ben Osborne has not given up hope of playing in the Premier Cricket Twenty20 final despite the Rams’ loss to North Melbourne at the Junction Oval on Wednesday night. The Rams need a big victory over Carlton in the final round of the competition on Wednesday night while praying that three teams out of Geelong, Melbourne, Richmond and St Kilda lose. The grand final, to be held on Sunday, will then be decided by net run rate.

“For the Twenty20 table it was one that we needed to win to keep our finals chances alive,” Osborne said. “We’re probably still a chance if we win next week. We play Carlton, who are on the same number of points as us.” North Melbourne won the toss in perfect batting conditions and it didn’t take them long to assert their authority as they piled on 6-139. Matt Love blasted 67 at the top of the order as North Melbourne scored at 10 runs an over. “All of our spinners bowled really well. Daniel King came on after they got off to a flyer and bowled four overs for 19,” Osborne said.

“To come on and go for under five an over was a real credit to him.” David King was also economical with 27 runs coming from his four overs, while Patrick Ashton snared some late wickets to finish with 3-30 from four. Osborne said the Rams had bowled well. He put the loss squarely at the feet of the batsmen. Four out of the Rams’ top five batsmen made double figures, but Osborne with 18 posted the highest score. “The pitch was fantastic. The Junction Oval was in immaculate condition and 139 was definitely gettable on that pitch,” Osborne said.

“We just didn’t get off to a good start and kept losing wickets regularly.” The Rams are also locked in a tight battle with Melbourne after the first day of their two-day clash at the Albert Ground on Saturday. The Rams batted first and made 231 from 81.4 overs with Nathan Walsh making 62 while Ian Holland scored 45 and David King 43. The Demons had to bat out five overs and finished on 0-11 with play to resume this Saturday. Ringwood plays Carlton in a Twenty20 match at Russell Lucas Oval on Wednesday at 5.15pm.

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TWO Ringwood Cricket Club teenagers received the best possible early Christmas present when they were selected in the Victorian under-19 squad on Friday. Rams leg-spinner Pat Ashton and fast bowler Matthew Fotia were both named for the young Bushrangers in the under-19 national championships in Adelaide from January 7-17. The side will also have to arrange an alternate player for all-rounder Jack Taylor and batsman Meyrick Buchanan in case either is selected for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash. Buchanan is a contracted player with the Renegades, while Taylor is on their supplementary list. The team will be coached by former first-class player turned coach Shawn Flegler. Australia A spinner Jon Holland, now recovering from a serious shoulder injury, will join the side as a mentor to the players. Flegler said his side was ready to make its mark on the championships. “It’s a well balanced squad,” he said. ‘‘The guys have jelled pretty well and they seem like they are fairly close-knit. It will be a good opportunity to have Dutchy [Holland] there as a bit of a mentor; he should be good.” The championships will include two one-day matches and three two-day matches. Victorian under-19 squad: Meyrick Buchanan, Barwon Rockets; Scott Dixon, Barwon Rockets; Jack Paynter, Mallee Murray Bulls; Ben Ashkenazi, South

The AFL will host its preseason draft today. The preseason draft starts at 11am with only a handful of clubs having selections before all clubs turn their attentions to the rookie draft, which will follow.The sides that don’t have picks in the preseason draft have already filled their playing list for season 2013. Greater Western Sydney Giants will pick first followed by Western Bulldogs, Port Adelaide, Brisbane Lions, Richmond, Essendon, Carlton and Fremantle. The Giants, Carlton, Fremantle, Collingwood and Sydney Swans will then have second round picks, with the Swans having an additional third round pick.

Successful schools Spinning Bushranger: Ringwood leg spinner Pat Ashton was named in the Victorian under-19 side last week. East Country Sharks; Sam Kerber, Western Waves; Tom Russ, Inner East Emus; Mark Phelan, Northern Falcons; Pat Ashton, Outer East Eagles; Matthew Fotia, Outer East Eagles; Jack Harper, Outer East

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Cobras sign three starters, and a newcomer KILSYTH Cobras have announced four key signings for the 2013 South East Australian Basketball League season. The Cobras have re-signed respected starting trio Tim Lang, Matt O’Hea and Auryn Macmillan, while also signing point guard Tiri Masunda from the Hobart Chargers. Lang and Macmillan were the starting centre and power forward last season and look likely to fill the same positions again, while O’Hea was a starting guard. Lang and O’Hea are both former NBL players with [ 38 ] WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

Melbourne Tigers, while Macmillan is playing with NBL club Wollongong Hawks. All three players are excited for the season ahead and want to help take their side to an elusive SEABL championship after several years of close losses in the play-offs. Masunda is looking forward to his move to Melbourne, telling Cobras Media he feels that ‘‘coming to Kilsyth will be the best option in terms of my own development’’. Cobras coach Grant Wallace said he looked forward to adding the Masunda to his side.

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“Tiri is a welcome addition to the Cobras line-up,’’ he said. “He’s an impressive person who will fit into the Kilsyth family well. ‘‘Tiri is an extremely quick and explosive point guard who very well complements the roster we have assembled. ‘‘The squad that’s being assembled for the coming season is one that has the potential to do a lot of damage.’’ The Cobras start their preseason in mid January and play their season opener on March 17.

Melbourne’s Caulfield Grammar and Coffs Harbour’s John Paul College claimed the men’s and women’s championship division titles at the Australian Schools basketball championships last week — they were jointly hosted by Kilsyth and Knox basketball associations. Caulfield beat ACT school Lake Ginninderra College 81-71 in overtime to win the men’s honour, while John Paul College had a resounding win over Melbourne’s Rowville Senior College, 86-49. The championships brought together almost 150 teams and more than 1400 students from around Australia, while many of the country’s best up-and-coming referees also visited Melbourne to officiate at the matches.


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Hot Bulls maul Mooroolbark BY ROY WARD and TONY WHITE NORTH Ringwood continued its dominant start to the RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield season with a five-wicket win over Mooroolbark on Saturday. The Bulls had to chase the Barkers’ 9-195cc and with the temperature passing 35 degrees, they looked to set up their innings early with openers Daniel Humfrey and Matt Stoikos (79) making an aggressive start. Then Stoikos made himself the rock of the innings sharing a further partnership with Simon Gray (27) and a 61-run stand with Even Jones (39). Jason Watts took 2-47 for the Barkers, while Dylan Williamson and Matt Whittaker had one wicket each. The Bulls made the runs with 10 overs to spare. Bulls coach Jeton Rexhepi said his side had shown great poise and confidence to make the runs against the respected Barkers’ bowling attack. ‘‘It was a comprehensive, complete batting performance,’’ Rexhepi said. ‘‘Our top order is starting to bat like they should and we never seemed under threat out there.’’ Rexhepi said the Bulls’ aggressive start led to the batsmen further down the order needing only to score one or two runs an over. ‘‘The openers were going at five or six an over at the start and it really took the heat out of their attack,’’ he said. ‘‘The balls just fell into their zones and they hit them.’’ Rexhepi said Stoikos was the pick of the Bulls batsmen so far this season, but the team was yet to reach full strength with Stuart Moore and Kerry Arthurson still to return. ‘‘We haven’t been full strength all season. Someone always seems to be injured or at a wedding or something.’’ With wins over Mooroolbark and South Croydon, the Bulls are starting to catch the eye of the rest of the RDCA although they still haven’t

Bull rush: North Ringwood’s Simon Gray defends against Mooroolbark on Saturday. Picture: Sam Stiglec

faced Wantirna South, a battle to come later in the season. Wantirna South’s Andrew Jorgensen (112) and Cameron Smith (101 not out) put on 139 for the third wicket to easily overtake Warranwood’s 181. When Smith brought up his century, the game finished with the Devils sitting on 3-250. Ainslie Park didn’t add to its overnight score and was dismissed for 182, with Justin McConchie (5-18) the destroyer. In reply, Bayswater Park’s Marcus Adams (100 not out) batted throughout the innings for the

Sharks to finish on 7-201. Scott Panozza (4-67) took bowling honours for the Parkers. Chasing South Croydon’s 8-234, Norwood was well placed at 2-120 with David Hester (82) the mainstay. The Bulldogs then fought back, taking 5-16 to put the Vikings on the back foot. Partnerships were then formed between Luke Raggett (31), Bruce Sansom (27 not out) and Ben Sansom (22), but with two overs remaining South took the game by 10 runs, dismissing Norwood for 224. South Warrandyte easily won its game by chas-

ing down Croydon North’s 119. David Cutler (102 not out), Josh Barrett (56) and Ben Neagle (40) enabled the Hawks to declare at 6-250. Batting a second time, the Knights fared better by reaching 4-155, with Nazir Shafiq 46 not out. LINDSAY TROLLOPE SHIELD: North Ringwood 40 points, 1.49; South Croydon 32, 1.40; Wantirna South 28, 1.75; Mooroolbark 20, 0.77; Bayswater Park 16, 1.00; Ainslie Park 16, 0.89; South Warrandyte Hawks 16, 0.88; Croydon North 16, 0.69; Warranwood 8, 0.88; Norwood 8, 0.77

Coldstream faces big challenge in resurgent Healesville BY CHRIS ANDERSON COLDSTREAM will need every wicket it can get when it returns to the field against upstart Healesville in the YVCA’s DJ Strachan Shield this Saturday. At Queens Park Oval, the Bloods hosted reigning premier Coldstream, both sides having had only one loss. In a day of attrition, the Crocs batted and worked hard to post a moderate 156. Although the total looks below par, it will probably take some getting. Starts from Matt Johnson (32), Liam Doughty (23), Chris Dobson (33) and Nick Tucker (20) didn’t amount to anything significant. Chance Burridge returned to the Bloods’ bowling line-up, taking 3-14.

To add to the Crocs’ disappointment, occasional bowler Steven Campbell collected two wickets. At Warburton, the Burras hosted the fastimproving Yarra Junction in a key match. The Eagles batsmen battled hard early against disciplined bowling from the Burras. David Lever (61) anchored the visitors’ innings for the second consecutive week, showing the discipline that he lacked early in the season. Slow bowler Adam Humphrey (4-50) kept the Eagles in check with a marathon 30 overs as the visitors dug out the total to 184 with a lastwicket fightback. Yarra Junction will be reasonably pleased with the total. League leader Seville hosted the struggling Woori Yallock and quickly proved it is the team

to beat, posting an impressive 234 on home turf. Despite the best efforts of Tigers pace trio Jackson Wright (3-28), Simon Young (3-56) and Jarrod Bayliss (3-66), the Blues had consistent contributors right through the order to post the solid total. Ranga Yasalal (59) continued his good recent form, after a wretched start to the season, to build the foundations of the score. With the artillery the Blues possess in their bowling line-up, it is hard to see the Tigers challenging the score. However, they do possess an explosive batting line-up. Hoddles Creek hosted Mt Evelyn and struggled to get its innings out of a slow crawl as the Rovers’ bowlers maintained a disciplined attack on the home side. Despite looking relatively comfortable for

most of the day at the crease, none of the Wombats batsmen looked willing or capable of taking the attack to the Rovers, and with the loss of consistent wickets across the innings, they were finally dismissed for 76 in the last hour. In the remaining overs of the days play, the visitors wobbled to 2-29. DJ Strachan Shield: Coldstream 156 (C Dobson 33, M Johnson 32, L Doughty 23, N Tucker 20, C Burridge 3-14, S Campbell 2-20) v Healesville, Seville 234 (R Yasalal 59, A Kay 27, S Young 3-56, J Wright 3-28, J Bayliss 3-66) v Woori Yallock, Hoddles Creek 76 (B Jones 4-13, K Jones 3-14, C Anderson 3-15) v Mt Evelyn 2-29, Yarra Junction 184 (David Lever 61, A Humphrey 4-50) v Warburton Millgrove.

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