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BY DAVID SCHOUT and DAN MOSS VACANT Maroondah school sites could end up in the hands of developers under a plan to beef up state revenue. Croydon South Primary School, which was closed at the end of 2008, and the recently closed Parkwood Secondary College may be sold off as the state government attempts to get maximum return for its land. The sites, now considered surplus to educational use, will be offered to government departments and local governments first, then to private buyers. Education Minister Martin Dixon said the government wants to sell off some 200 vacant Victorian school sites. ‘‘We don’t need it; we’ve made a judgment about that. Another government department doesn’t need it, local government doesn’t need it. ‘‘Disposing of it is a better thing because the money then goes back into the government.’’ Croydon South resident Ruth Crichton said the primary school was a ‘‘mess’’ with ‘‘graffiti everywhere’’ before it was eventually demolished in late 2011. Ms Crichton said the government would most likely sell the land to the highest bidder. ‘‘I think the government’s out to get as much return as they can for it because it’s a prime piece of real estate.’’ She feared the Napthine government may use the land for public housing or open up adjoining roads to make the area more accessible. Maroondah chief executive officer Frank Dixon confirmed the council would not be purchasing either former school site. Mr Dixon said the council received considerable negative feedback about the vacant site at the time and would now prefer that the land be utilised. ‘‘We want to have the site looked after and put to good use as soon as possible,’’ he said. A department spokesman said the sites were at different stages of consideration for future use.

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Barren buy: Croydon South Primary School closed in December 2008 and sat dormant for three years before being demolished. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

‘‘The department is exploring a range of options for the future of the former Parkwood Secondary site,’’ he said. ‘‘The former Croydon South Primary School has been declared as surplus to educational requirements and has been included in the department’s disposal program.’’ Kilsyth MP David Hodgett said in 2010 that, if elected, he ‘‘can promise that a Coalition government will immediately restore the [Croydon South] site and open it up for community use’’.

This did not occur. The unused school buildings were subject to thousands of dollars worth of vandalism before being demolished. It has sat as vacant parkland for more than a year while its future use is debated. Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said he doubted the money generated from the sales would be spent in the communities where the sites were sold. ‘‘It will be the first thing that looks like a capital works agenda out of this government if they do,’’ Mr Andrews said.

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Why did the ambulance call-takers or dispatchers not pass the job to the police or even the fire brigade to attend and report the situation to them? Even transferring the caller to the beyondblue group would have been some way to help this man. This is Australia. We don’t abandon our neighbours in an hour of need. It sounds to me this gentleman was ‘screaming’ for help. What is available if you can’t rely on the authorities for assistance? We failed this man! It is a crying shame what has been allowed to develop here. I am totally flabbergasted. Stephen Hutchins (via web)

we were forced to play sport in 40-degree heat. This generation will grow up to excel at nothing besides complaining, whingeing, sooking and laying blame. Grumpy (via web)

Re: Tecoma McDonald’s gets new franchisee Mr Currie — Howard Armitage has listened to the people of Tecoma and now it is your turn. He understands that the people of the Dandenong Ranges will not support this McDonald’s in Tecoma, ever. With no locals for customers, the business will not survive. Anne M (via web)

Re: Croydon men locked out of their shed Politics! Blah! It’s not what you know but who you know! Kay Whelan (via web)

Re: Maroondah parents steam as pupils sweat Poor dears. When I was at primary school and high school back in the ’70s and ’80s, we had no airconditioner either, just a dodgy old ceiling fan, and

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Re: Labelling isn’t analysing We would like to thank John Bond (Weekly, Your Voice, March 12) for his support for our article about voicing our right of freedom of speech on forestry to save the Leadbeater possums and other endangered species. Since that article we’ve had a number of threats like ‘we know where you live, we will come and get you’, but we will not give up as we are in a democratic world. Ray and Marion Lewis

THE Department of Education has told parents of Bimbadeen Heights Primary School they will struggle to get airconditioning at their school. Last week the Weekly reported that grade 5 and 6 students at the Mooroolbark school had been forced to sit in overheated, ‘eco-friendly’ classrooms during Melbourne’s hottest period in years. The classrooms were designed without airconditioning and relied on louvre windows, which open and close depending on the weather, to keep the pupils cool. After mother Kerry Mitchell put forward a petition with more than 200 signatures, a regional representative from the department met with parents last week to hear their concerns. Ms Mitchell said the department could not help their cause at the moment. ‘‘[The representative] said most schools were having these issues.’’ When the parents asked the representative what avenue they could use now, he said to approach local government ministers, something Ms Mitchell said was simply not working.


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THE state’s gambling regulator has refused a bid by Collingwood Football Club to increase the number of poker machines at its Ringwood venue. Gambling support groups have praised the move, saying Maroondah does not need any more machines. The football club had applied to increase the number of machines at its Coach and Horses venue from 80 to 88. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation refused the application, stating that the ‘‘likely detriment to the wellbeing of the community of Maroondah outweighs the likely benefits’’. Maroondah has the greatest gaming machine density of all 31 municipalities in Melbourne. It also comes in eighth in the top 10 for the amount of money spent on the pokies, with adults spending on average $786 a year, according to 2011-12 statistics. Manager of Gamblers Help Eastern (GHE) Jackie Bramwell said they supported the council’s submission arguing against the extra machines. ‘‘We’re of the opinion that we have enough and there’s not a need for further machines.’’ She said

the people who used their service struggled against the convenience of pokies in the area. ‘‘Without a doubt, they say access is just too easy. Having venues at every corner makes it hard.’’ Ms Bramwell stressed that GHE maintained good relationships with all 62 gaming venues throughout the eastern suburbs through its venue support workers. Maroondah mayor Nora Lamont said she was pleased with the result. ‘‘It’s a great outcome. If you have a look at what’s being spent in Maroondah — that’s a lot of money.’’ She said most people gambled responsibly, but it was important to not make machines even more accessible to those who struggled. ‘‘While the council recognises that not all gamblers in Maroondah are deemed problem gamblers, it’s important to stress that moderation is the key to keeping gambling under control.’’ Maroondah has 10 gaming venues, which operate a total of 712 machines. It is subject to a municipal cap of 806 machines. Meanwhile, Yarra Ranges Council will tonight ask for community feedback in relation to a new gambling policy in the shire.

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ENVIRONMENTAL protesters will be handed on-the-spot fines of up to $1400 for disrupting logging activity under new state government laws. Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh said the laws came into effect on March 13 to reduce disruptions to VicForests operations. Under the laws, the government hopes to prevent a repeat of ugly incidents like those in Toolangi State Forest, near Healesville, in August last year when loggers and protesters were involved in on-site brawls. ‘‘Timber harvesting coupes are dangerous work sites and protesters risk their own safety when they break the law,’’ Mr Walsh said. ‘‘Trespassers also endanger forest workers who are legally going about their jobs, as well as the enforcement officers who must attend to ensure their removal.’’ The introduction of penalty infringement notices follows changes to state forest public safety zones in December last year that prohibit access within 150 metres of operational timber harvesting coupes. Previously, trespassers faced charges only if they interfered with timber harvesting.

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thorough studies. ‘‘Council undertook extensive research and preparation, based on available information from government agencies, dialogue with suppliers and through a specialist consultant, in modelling the impact of the carbon price.’’ He said ratepayers who were overcharged would be reimbursed. ‘‘Waste management charges are based on a full cost recovery. Any fluctuation in charges within a rate cycle will be reflected in the following year’s charges. ‘‘The carbon price needs to be applied to rates at the beginning of each rate cycle to ensure full cost recovery of services provided for each financial year.’’ Cr Cox said recent council debate about rate increases — which will average 5.6 per cent in the next three years — was inevitable. ‘‘Council could reduce rates by as much as ratepayers wanted to, as long as ratepayers wanted to reduce services,’’ he said. ‘‘Finding which service to scrap is exceedingly difficult and we don’t know how to do it without significantly inconveniencing people in the community. ‘‘There always will be rate rises, every year.’’

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Maroondah Council is calling on any community groups wanting to improve their facilities to apply for funding assistance through the third community grants by the April 17 deadline. Funding provides capital assistance for Maroondah organisations that operate on council-owned or council-managed land. To view the guidelines, visit maroondah.vic.gov.au or call the council’s sport and leisure community liaison officer on 9294 5719.

Police road blitz Lilydale and Croydon police stations have reminded locals that Operation Crossroads will begin Thursday and finish next Monday. There will be an increased police presence targeting drunk and fatigued drivers on major roads in the Maroondah and Yarra Ranges area over the Easter holiday.

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Fractured lives, guilty secrets Family violence incidents have increased in Melbourne’s eastern and south-eastern suburbs by more than 40 per cent in the past two years. DAVID SCHOUT asks why and speaks with the people directly. T became second nature — each morning as Pamela McConchie travelled to work, she would get ready to put on her ‘mask’. For more than a decade, slipping on that cool, calm exterior was just part of her daily routine. As the owner of a recruitment company and professional businesswoman, she knew this mask — the competent and savvy one — had to stay on all day. But when she returned home each night, the mask would come off revealing the woman underneath — someone scared, bracing herself for what could happen when she walked through that door. She knew that at any time, her partner may hit her. And during the bad times, he did. ‘‘There’s an incredible amount of shame knowing that you’re a professional person and you’re caught up in this sort of relationship,’’ Ms McConchie says. ‘‘So I kept it hidden. For the whole time I kept it hidden. I knew it was wrong but didn’t know how to change it.’’ Up until five years ago, when she finally mustered the courage to leave the relationship, the Ringwood East mother was one of the many family violence victims in the eastern and south-eastern suburbs. The most recent figures from Victoria Police show the number of reported incidents has risen dramatically in the past few years — up 43.6 per cent. In Maroondah, the number of reported cases has increased from 539 in 2009-10 to 722 in 2011-12. In Yarra Ranges it’s much higher — from

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Moving on: Domestic violence survivor Pamela McConchie kept her violent relationship hidden from everyone, including her friends and family. Picture: Rob Carew

675 to 1068 for the same period. For those working in the field — such as women’s support groups and police — the numbers show that new approaches to investigating the crime, and raising awareness of the issue are working. Victims are more willing to report cases to police or use the support services available to get out. Ms McConchie was with her partner for 13 years. The relationship became violent ‘‘very early on’’. After each time he hit her, a screaming voice inside her would insist she leave. But Ms McConchie, like most other women caught up in similar situations, found it incredibly difficult to leave the man she fell in love with. Eventually in 2009 after several attempts, she left the relationship for good, but not before there was much emotional damage to both her and her daughter, now 14.

Help at hand: Senior Constable Carol Williams talking to a woman at the Dandenong police family violence unit. Picture: Gary Sissons

THE FIGURES Number of reported incidents by local government area 2009-10 Cardinia: 608 Casey: 2264 Dandenong: 1459 Knox: 904 Maroondah: 539 Monash: 592 Yarra Ranges: 675 2011-12 Cardinia: 984 Casey: 3172 Dandenong: 1845 Knox: 1379 Maroondah: 722 Monash: 924 Yarra Ranges: 1068 Source: Victoria Police

Ms McConchie credits the help of her immediate family and then support groups, which she had avoided for years, as the reason why she could finally leave. She now works as a media advocate for Women’s Health East and regularly speaks about her experience to encourage other women to speak up about their problems. She believes the number of incidents is rising primarily because victims are more willing to report an abusive partner. ‘‘It’s become more open, that’s my opinion. There are advocates out there talking about it whereas before there was no one.’’ Dandenong police family violence liaison officer Sergeant Gary Gladwell says the spike in figures is down to a combination of factors. ‘‘We’re enforcing the reporting of family violence incidents more, and people are more prepared to report matters to the police as a result of better education programs out there.’’ The Dandenong police run a dedicated recidivist family violence unit, which launched as a pilot program in April last year. The unit can receive more than 100 call-outs a month — and many of those might be to the same address. Sergeant Gladwell says the Dandenong unit, and similar ones in Casey and Knox, have proved invaluable, but it was now down to the public to ensure intimate partner violence is eradicated. ‘‘We’re pretty much at the limit of what we can do. We need the cooperation of female victims; it’s very

hard to prosecute without their help.’’ He says it is not uncommon for a woman to be beaten by her partner, call the police and then back down at the final hurdle. There is a growing base of research on why men hit the person closest to them in the first place. While unemployment, work stress, upbringing and substance abuse are all cited as contributing factors, research overwhelmingly shows that gender inequality and power imbalances are the prime reason. A 2009 report from the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and Children found that domestic violence stemmed from ‘‘an ongoing pattern of behaviour aimed at controlling one’s partner through fear’’. Ms McConchie’s own attempts to reach into the male psyche lead her to suspect sexism is a big part of it. ‘‘I don’t know, from the male’s point of view. I don’t know why they hit the female in their life but they won’t go out and hit their workmate or their mates or anyone,’’ she says. ‘‘They have the anger, but they don’t actually lash out at others. They only lash out at us. And I don’t know why that is.’’ The children who witness violent acts within their home can also be severely affected. Ms McConchie says her daughter changed from a grade-A, affable student to a quiet and reserved person who took 80 days off school last year and spent much of her time alone. She has no doubt this was because

of the violence she witnessed and the fear that her mother may leave. ‘‘It breaks my heart to know that I have inadvertently done this to her and I am doing everything to put into place a solution for her.’’ She says her daughter still loves her father dearly but the violence and uncertainty of the past has changed her. ‘‘She is still the same beautiful child she was but there is a sadness for, and total disconnect from, everything around her. She is lonely and keeps herself hidden.’’ Pakenham mother Lisa Fothergill, a foster carer who looks after children who’ve witnessed severe domestic violence, says it is easy to tell the children who come from this sort of background. ‘‘Some of the boys have been disrespectful to me as a woman and called me names that most likely they’ve heard their mother been called,’’ she says. ‘‘I’ve found that the girls are also quite jumpy. For example, if you touch their hair they coil back and get worried very quickly.’’ The after-effects of domestic violence range from child to child. ‘‘Some are completely traumatised from the past and have nightmares, while others become completely desensitised to it. I see these kids watching TV and when something [violent] happens and you expect them to say ‘woah’, they just sit there.’’ If you are experiencing family violence, contact: ■ Eastern Domestic Violence Service: 9259 4200 ■ Men’s Referral Service: 1800 065 973 or 9428 2899 ■ Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service: 1800 015 188 or 9322 3555 ■ In an emergency, call Triple-O.

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INBRIEF Reach out to neighbours Maroondah Council is encouraging residents to say hello to their neighbours in support of Neighbour Day this Sunday. The day is an annual celebration of community to bring together people who live next door, across the street or in the same neighbourhood. The aims of the occasion are to build better relationships, create safer, healthier and more vibrant suburbs and towns, promote tolerance, respect and understanding, break down community barriers and protect the elderly.

Pet registration deadline Pet owners in Maroondah are being reminded that all pets over the age of three months must be registered with the council before an April 10 deadline. Renewal notices were sent out earlier this month. The maximum registration fee for most pets is $45, but discounts apply for pets that are desexed. For more information, or to make registration payments, visit maroondah.vic.gov.au, or phone 1800 223 388.

Reserve upgrade backed A recent survey conducted by Yarra Ranges Council has shown support for a multi-purpose facility at Kimberley Reserve in Chirnside Park. The plan would create a centre focused on early-years learning with upgrades of the Chirnside Park Community Centre. More than 600 responses were received from 4800 surveys sent out to residents in the Chirnside Park area.

Nurse jumps in the deep end BY YESSAR DAOU DESPITE always wanting to volunteer her medical expertise, Nicole Reed’s impending trip to Uganda has her anxious as to what she’s getting herself into. ‘‘I’ve always wanted to work in Africa,’’ says the Ringwood nurse. ‘‘I’m a little bit apprehensive, though, more so because of what I will see. The people will be much sicker than they are here.’’ The Epworth Hospital nurse is still excited to be getting out of her comfort zone. ‘‘I’m keen to see the different culture. I’ll be working at the medical clinic there and donating some stuff myself like syringes and antibiotics.’’ Ms Reed leaves for Uganda this weekend with friend and fellow nurse Kristie Hansen, who first notified her of the opportunity. The pair will help locals by sharing their knowledge at health education seminars and providing medical procedures for the two weeks they are there. They have entered the program courtesy of International Volunteer HQ, an organisation that helps place volunteers in developing countries.

Packed and ready: Nicole Reed will spend two weeks in Uganda providing medical assistance. ‘‘There was a lot of different work to choose from,’’ Ms Reed said. ‘‘I chose the medical clinic because, obviously, I’m a nurse. They pick you based on your qualifications; there is no real interview process, just a police check.’’ Ms Reed has been a nurse for six years, working at Epworth for the past two. Before that she

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worked at a nursing home, where she began as a 15 year old. As for Uganda, she’s most looking forward to simply ‘‘lending a hand’’. ‘‘Just helping underprivileged people is what I’m after. It’s good to be working for people who really need it.’’

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PARENTING CLASSES Be a Resilient Parent (Evening) Paediatric First Aid (Evening) PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT Arrabri Ink /Creative Writing (Day) Boxing skills & drills for fitness (Evening) Calligraphy (Day) Cardio Tennis (Day) Cupcakes for Special Occasions (Evening) Fabulous Photos (Day) Fitness for the Over 40’s (Day) Let’s Get Physical (Day) Sit N Sew (Evening) Social Tennis (Day) Arrabri Walkers (Day) What is a Doula? (Day) Yoga (Evening)

Tennis Open Day Friday 12th April 10.00am to Midday Free Activities and giveaways ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE Allambanan Drive, Bayswater North 3153 Melway Map Ref: 65 A1

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• Growing Into The Community • Internet Marketing • Introduction to Business Administration • Numeracy & Money Skills

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RECREATION

Carpentry Taster Starts 9th March-8th June 2013 (11 weeks) 9:30am-2:30pm Special Needs Woodwork Starts Fri 26 April-14th June 2013 (8 weeks) 9:00am-12:00pm

• Basic Car Maintenance • Crafty Chicks • Drawing for Beginners • Felt Flowers • Felted Bags/Hats

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• Felted Scarves

17th April-20th June 2013 (11 weeks) Wed 9:30am-12:30pm Wed 1:00pm-3:30pm (Afternoon) Thu 9:30am-12:30pm Fri 9:30am-12:30pm

• French Polishing • Genealogy • Guitar (Acoustic) Social Group for Adults

*SOCIAL PAINTING*

• Montrose Gardeners

Starts Tue 16th April-25th June 2013 9:30am-12:00pm

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*FREE BULLY PROOF CLASSES*

• Recorder Group for Adults

Friday 19th, 26th April & 3rd May 2013 *3 Sessions* 4pm-5pm *Revive2Survive  1300 000 112* Apply First Aid – Saturday’s 20/4, 11/5, 22/6, 13/7, 24/8, 14/9, 26/10, 16/11 OR 7/12/2013 * 9:30am-12:30pm Management of Anaphylaxis & Emergency Management of Asthma in the workplace Saturday’s 20/4, 11/5, 22/6, 13/7, 24/8, 14/9, 26/10, 16/11 OR 7/12/2013 1:00pm-5:00pm *All these workshops will be held at GPCC

• Refashion/Refit Your Op-Shop Purchases • Ukulele for Adults • Wednesday Warblers (singing) • World Religions HEALTH & WELLBEING • Pilates • Tai Chi • Walking Group • Yoga

*Seniors Transport Info Session*

• Zumba EARLY LEARNING CENTRE • Childcare (regular or casual bookings) • Playgroup for Families • Playgroup with Grandparents SPACE AVAILABLE FOR HIRE 13 Leith Road Montrose 3765

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Tue 16th April 2013 10am-12pm Comprehensive info on Myki, Concessions & Alternate modes of transport

**CAFÉ ON THE PARK** Mon-Fri 9am-3pm & Sat 10am-3pm Please contact the centre for further details: 30 Glen Park Road, Bayswater North VIC 3153

(03) 9294 7525 E: office@glenparkcc.com.au www.glenparkcc.com.au Monday-Friday:9.00am-4.00pm

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The Wyreena Term 2 2013 Course Program is now available offering a selection of wonderful new art and lifestyle courses: Drawing and Painting, Oils and Acrylics, Watercolour and Mixed Media, Pottery and Mosaics. Check out our School Holiday Program. We have Creative Writing, Robotics, Hula Hooping, Drawing Tim Burton Style, Pottery and The Owl and the Pussycat Please visit the website to view the full course program: www.artsinmaroondah.com.au

Chirnside Park Community Centre is situated in Kimberly Reserve just around the corner from Chirnside Park Shopping Centre.

NEW CLASSES Check web site for full program • Help us celebrate Neighbourhood House Week by Yarn Bombing! • Cheese Making-Soft Blue/Quarg • Crystal Awareness • Heal Your Life • Live Your Life With Ease and Flow • Living In the Present • Machine Quilting • Reducing Stress • Senior Warriors Active Training • Smoking & Drying Foods • Voice: Sending & Receiving Messages Verses Inner Messages • Women’s Assertive Self Protection ARTS & CRAFTS • Art Classes with Gert • French Polishing/Basic Upholstery • Leadlight & Copperfoiling • Mosaics • Patchwork ACCREDITED COURSES • First Aid: CPR & Level 2 • Follow Workplace Hygiene Procedures (Food Handling) • Responsible Service of Alcohol GENERAL INTEREST • Cheese Making / Cider Making • French for Beg; Italian • Get more from your Digital Camera • Growing Heritage Fruit Trees • Men’s Hobby Group HEALTH & WELLBEING • Boxing for Fitness • Pilates (day & evening) • Relaxation & Meditation • Rhythmic Bar Resistance • Strong People Stay Young • Tennis Coaching • The Chakras • Wonga Walkers • Weigh In, Walk and Weights • Yoga (day & evening) SELF HELP GROUPS • Natter, Knit & Sew; Sit & Stitch • Oil & Acrylic Painting; Patchwork CHILDREN’S SERVICES • Hey Dee Ho Music for children • Wonga Wombats for 3-5 years CHILDCARE available each morning OTHER ACTIVITIES • Wonga Belles Book Group;Red Hat Society

The Community Centre offers a range of programs and services for children through to the elderly. Programs include occasional care 5 days a week, maternal and child health, playgroup, senior citizens as well as a variety of programs including health and fitness, art and craft, computers, photography and more.

THE GIFT SHOP WINDOWS The Gift Shop Windows are full of handcrafted artwork by talented artists including Michelle Lewis and Rhonda Hunt THE WYREENA GALLERY 3 April – 28 April: Textiles, Jewellery and Beads in “3 Generations” 1 May – 1 June: Paintings and prints by Marja – Leena Montonen 5 June – 29 June: Ceramics by Claire Sunderland

We have some exciting School Holiday activities this year including Magic show and Workshop, Circus, Drama & Art.

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC CAFE: 7.30pm – 9.30pm $28 per person, includes a delicious supper. Bookings are essential. 26 April: Marissa Yeaman – Folk/Blues 31 May: Cheek to Cheek – a tribute to “The Sound of Music” 28 June: Stiletto Sisters: Gypsy Trio THE CONSERVATORY CAFE Open Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 3.00pm. Set in lovely gardens with an adventure playground and serving delicious food, the ideal venue for your next function, phone 9725 0992 for more details.

In Term 2 2013 we have Zumba, Tai Chi, Yoga, Belly Dancing, Boxing, Fitball, Art for kids, Photography, Spanish, Self-Defence. All Courses start in the 15th April - 28th June. For more info and bookings please contact us.

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OCCASIONAL CHILDCARE Fee Relief through Childcare Benefit Available CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES Kids Guitar Classes (Day) Family Playgroups Supported Playgroup

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Basic Bookkeeping Word Beyond Basics Excel Beyond Basics

Resume & Employment Preparation & Parent to Paid Course 1: 15th April-29th April 2013 Mon, Tue & Wed *7 Sessions* 9:30am-3pm Course 2: 28th May-4th June 2013 Advanced Interview Skills & Techniques Course 1: 30th April-7th May 2013 Mon, Tue & Wed *4 Sessions* 9:30am-3pm Course 2: 28th May-4th June 2013

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COMPUTER TRAINING PACKAGES • Computers for Beginners • Back to the Office • Further Office Skills • Internet, Email and Security • M.Y.O.B. v19 + Payroll • BYO Laptop Course (Beginners) • Learn to use your iPad HEALTH AND FITNESS • Yoga with Sophie 9.30am - 10.30am Wednesdays • African Dancing Fridays 5.00pm, 6.00pm Saturdays 12.30pm LANGUAGES and CULTURE • Spanish – Beginners 7.00pm - 8.30pm Thursdays • Italian – Beginners Thursdays 4.30pm - 6.00pm ARTS and LIFESTYLE • Guitar 7.00pm - 9.00pm Thursdays • Crochet Wednesdays 7.00pm - 9.00pm Thursdays 1.00pm - 3.00pm • Oil or Acrylic Painting Tuesdays 9.30 am - 12.00pm Thursdays 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm • Watercolours / Pastels Tuesdays 12.30pm - 3.00pm • Needlecraft Thursdays 10.00am - 12.00pm • Paper Tole Tuesdays 9.30am - 11.30am Fridays 9.30am - 11.30am • Patchwork Wednesdays 1.00pm - 3.00pm • Parchment Craft Wednesdays 12.30 - 2.30pm • Meditation Wednesdays 7.00pm - 9.00pm SATURDAY WORKSHOPS • Wool Dyeing Saturday 10.00am - 3.00pm • Cheese Making Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm MOTHERS GROUPS FAMILY PLAYGROUP Tuesdays 9.30am - 11.30am

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CHILDREN’S SERVICES Occasional Care Monday - Friday 3 Year Old Group Tuesday 1-4pm & Wednesday 1-3pm ACCREDITED & WORK SKILLS Apple Mac for Beginners Apple Mac for Small Businesses Apply First Aid Level 2 CHCPA301B Deliver care Services using a Palliative Approach CHCPA402B Plan for & Provide Care Services using a Palliative Approach CPR Intermediate Computers Introduction to Computers MYOB with Payroll SPECIAL INTEREST Broadband for Seniors Program Budding Authors Consumer Affairs Scams & Con-men Garden pruning & propagation Creative Writing Declutter your Life Digital Photos Fab 50’s Social Group Guitar Lessons Intro to Apple iPad Intro to Ebay Pinterest Ricotta Cheesemaking Workshop Wiser Driver ART & CRAFT Creative Craft Morning Furniture Restoration Intro to Watercolours Leadlighting Mosaic Glass Workshop Porcelain Dolls LANGUAGES French Beginners Italian Begin/Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Begin/Advanced HEALTH & FITNESS Boxing Skills & Drills Bush Nomads Circuit Boot Camp Hatha Yoga Meditation - stress reduction Pilates Strong People Stay Young Tai Chi for Health 120 Oban Road, North Ringwood Mel Ref: 49 J2

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Carpentry Taster Starts 9th March-8th June 2013 (11 weeks) 9:30am-2:30pm Special Needs Woodwork Starts Fri 26 April-14th June 2013 (8 weeks) 9:00am-12:00pm

*ARTSTREAM* 17th April-20th June 2013 (11 weeks) Wed 9:30am-12:30pm Wed 1:00pm-3:30pm (Afternoon) Thu 9:30am-12:30pm Fri 9:30am-12:30pm

*SOCIAL PAINTING* Starts Tue 16th April-25th June 2013 9:30am-12:00pm

*FREE BULLY PROOF CLASSES*

*Seniors Transport Info Session* Tue 16th April 2013 10am-12pm Comprehensive info on Myki, Concessions & Alternate modes of transport

**CAFÉ ON THE PARK** Mon-Fri 9am-3pm & Sat 10am-3pm Please contact the centre for further details: 30 Glen Park Road, Bayswater North VIC 3153

(03) 9294 7525 E: office@glenparkcc.com.au www.glenparkcc.com.au Monday-Friday:9.00am-4.00pm

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Community Cottage Inc

Community Arts Centre

Community Centre

The Wyreena Term 2 2013 Course Program is now available offering a selection of wonderful new art and lifestyle courses: Drawing and Painting, Oils and Acrylics, Watercolour and Mixed Media, Pottery and Mosaics. Check out our School Holiday Program. We have Creative Writing, Robotics, Hula Hooping, Drawing Tim Burton Style, Pottery and The Owl and the Pussycat Please visit the website to view the full course program: www.artsinmaroondah.com.au

Chirnside Park Community Centre is situated in Kimberly Reserve just around the corner from Chirnside Park Shopping Centre.

NEW CLASSES Check web site for full program • Help us celebrate Neighbourhood House Week by Yarn Bombing! • Cheese Making-Soft Blue/Quarg • Crystal Awareness • Heal Your Life • Live Your Life With Ease and Flow • Living In the Present • Machine Quilting • Reducing Stress • Senior Warriors Active Training • Smoking & Drying Foods • Voice: Sending & Receiving Messages Verses Inner Messages • Women’s Assertive Self Protection ARTS & CRAFTS • Art Classes with Gert • French Polishing/Basic Upholstery • Leadlight & Copperfoiling • Mosaics • Patchwork ACCREDITED COURSES • First Aid: CPR & Level 2 • Follow Workplace Hygiene Procedures (Food Handling) • Responsible Service of Alcohol GENERAL INTEREST • Cheese Making / Cider Making • French for Beg; Italian • Get more from your Digital Camera • Growing Heritage Fruit Trees • Men’s Hobby Group HEALTH & WELLBEING • Boxing for Fitness • Pilates (day & evening) • Relaxation & Meditation • Rhythmic Bar Resistance • Strong People Stay Young • Tennis Coaching • The Chakras • Wonga Walkers • Weigh In, Walk and Weights • Yoga (day & evening) SELF HELP GROUPS • Natter, Knit & Sew; Sit & Stitch • Oil & Acrylic Painting; Patchwork CHILDREN’S SERVICES • Hey Dee Ho Music for children • Wonga Wombats for 3-5 years CHILDCARE available each morning OTHER ACTIVITIES • Wonga Belles Book Group;Red Hat Society

The Community Centre offers a range of programs and services for children through to the elderly. Programs include occasional care 5 days a week, maternal and child health, playgroup, senior citizens as well as a variety of programs including health and fitness, art and craft, computers, photography and more.

THE GIFT SHOP WINDOWS The Gift Shop Windows are full of handcrafted artwork by talented artists including Michelle Lewis and Rhonda Hunt THE WYREENA GALLERY 3 April – 28 April: Textiles, Jewellery and Beads in “3 Generations” 1 May – 1 June: Paintings and prints by Marja – Leena Montonen 5 June – 29 June: Ceramics by Claire Sunderland

We have some exciting School Holiday activities this year including Magic show and Workshop, Circus, Drama & Art.

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC CAFE: 7.30pm – 9.30pm $28 per person, includes a delicious supper. Bookings are essential. 26 April: Marissa Yeaman – Folk/Blues 31 May: Cheek to Cheek – a tribute to “The Sound of Music” 28 June: Stiletto Sisters: Gypsy Trio THE CONSERVATORY CAFE Open Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 3.00pm. Set in lovely gardens with an adventure playground and serving delicious food, the ideal venue for your next function, phone 9725 0992 for more details.

In Term 2 2013 we have Zumba, Tai Chi, Yoga, Belly Dancing, Boxing, Fitball, Art for kids, Photography, Spanish, Self-Defence. All Courses start in the 15th April - 28th June. For more info and bookings please contact us.

13-23 Hull Road 3136 MEL REF 51 B3

Kimberley Drive Chirnside Park VIC 3116

9722 1944

9294 5590

9727 2243

E: wpcc@bigpond.com.au www.wongaparkcommunitycottage.org.au

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Country gals come to town BY DAVID SCHOUT he family that plays together stays together — so goes the adage, and country music trio the McClymonts are proving the truth of it. Following their recent success at the ARIA awards, sisters Samantha, Brooke and Mollie are travelling to Mount Evelyn next month for an intimate acoustic show. The three sisters from country NSW will play at the York on Lilydale on April 13 as part of their recently announced Acoustic Harmony Tour. The trio have worked together since 2006, when they released their debut EP. Their rise through the country music ranks saw them awarded with an ARIA and coveted Golden Guitar for the highest-selling Australian country music album of 2012 for their second album, Two Worlds Collide. Samantha, the middle sister, says playing at outer-city venues like Mount Evelyn is special. ‘‘In previous tours we’ve done a lot of city shows and everyone has to drive in to see us, so it’s nice to be able to come to our fans,’’ she says.

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Executive director Kelly Hinton suspects many more women who have come through her doors were also trafficked.“This is trafficking for the purpose of exploitation,” she says, adding that Jessica was tricked into harsh conditions and forced to sign a contract.“She was in debt and wasn’t allowed to use condoms and she could never decline to do a service because once she signed the contract she thought she had no rights.”

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he had signed up to work in a brothel. But when Jessica arrived in Australia from south-east Asia, the young mother didn’t expect that her passport would be confiscated or that she would have to work off a debt to her traffickers. She didn’t know that she would have to live inside the brothel, on-call 24-hours a day, forced to have unprotected sex with countless men. If she had, she says, she would have continued working at the brothel in her home country, where she was barely earning enough to pay off rising medical bills. “They said it would be the same as in my country,” Jessica recalls. “They said it was safe. But I had to do everything. All of this with no condoms.” Jessica had a valid student visa when she arrived. It had been arranged by the traffickers who were well aware of Australian laws that allow international students to earn a living as sex workers. After receiving directions via a payphone at the airport and parting ways with the young women she travelled with, Jessica made her way to a legal innercity brothel. When she arrived she gave $1000 the trafficker had given her to the brothel owner; a transaction she now believes was a finder’s fee payment. She was then forced to sign a contract that would effectively have her working as a sex slave for the next three months. Jessica is now safe, but her story is not uncommon. The federal government’s Support For Trafficked People program has assisted 191 people since 2004, the majority of whom were forced into the sex industry. But due to the nature of sex slavery, the number of women trafficked to Melbourne and Sydney’s inner-city and suburban brothels is likely to be much higher. Melbourne support group for women in the sex industry, Project Respect, has supported 20 trafficked women in the past 12 months.

Two weeks ago, officers from Victoria Police’s newly-formed Sex Industry Co-ordination Unit (SICU) swooped on a business in Melbourne’s south-east.The taskforce was established on February 29 to coincide with legislative changes that made police the lead agency for investigations into the multi-million dollar illegal prostitution industry. They charged a 66-year-old Bentleigh woman and a 64-year-old Ormond woman with forcing a child to have sex for money. The business was one of about 100 licensed brothels in the state. The legal sex industry estimates there are 300-400 unlicensed brothels across Victoria with links to human trafficking, tax evasion and organised crime. Government corruption has also been a problem. City of Yarra planning enforcement co-ordinator

Ken Wolfe last year pleaded guilty to taking more than $130,000 in bribes from illegal brothel operators. It was Wolfe’s job to enforce sex laws and shut down illegal brothels from Fitzroy to Richmond. An enforcement officer from Darebin council was also stood down in 2011 after it was revealed that he was involved in the illegal sex trade. According to a Productivity Commission report released last month, local councils responsible for brothel planning, zoning and workplace health and safety, continue to identify illegal brothels and co-ordinate further enforcement with state and federal government agencies.The job of investigating illegal brothels has traditionally been split between councils, local and federal police, consumer affairs and the tax and immigration departments. Port Phillip council conducted eight investigations into illegal and legal brothels in the 2011-12 financial year.Three legal brothels were found to be breaching their permits and the council pursued two cases at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Echoing the findings in the report, Port Phillip council and the Australian Adult Entertainment Industry, the body that represents Victoria’s legal brothels, want police to take a more active role in the crackdown against illegal brothels. Port Phillip mayor Rachel Powning said council officers continued to investigate illegal brothels before referring them to the police.“Police are better

positioned to investigate and pursue allegations around illegal brothels due to the broader issues such as criminal activity and other related offences,” Cr Powning said. “Any action taken under planning legislation for illegal land use generally results in an operator moving to another premise.” Under local laws, councils have the power to prohibit the use of a premises where an illegal brothel is run for up to three months. But the legal sex industry claims this does nothing to deter illegal brothel operators who easily set up shop somewhere else. AAEI spokesman William Albon commended Port Phillip council on its work against illegal brothels but conceded local laws were too restrictive.“Regrettably, the council can only use planning law and go after the owners of the land where the illegal brothel is sited,” he said. “Rarely is the owner of the land the illegal brothel operator.”

Since it was set up, SICU has investigated three illegal brothels. One of them is located in the City of Port Phillip, where South Melbourne has 10 per cent of Victoria’s licensed brothels. However, the taskforce has failed to identify a new breed of brothel, which began promoting its prostitution racket through website Sweetybabe.net. Sweetybabe clients access photo galleries and descriptions of sex workers “available today”, who are promoted as a mix of students, office ladies and clubbing girls in their late teens and early 20s.The

website details the sex services provided and costs, starting at $350 an hour. Contact with the brothel operator is made via a 24-hour customer service hotline or Chinese social networking website QQ. The illegal brothel employs at least 19 sex workers and was set up the day before SICU launched. Six new sex workers have been promoted online in the past week. The racket, allegedly run by a Chinese syndicate that has spread from the suburbs to inner-city hotels, has recently made inroads across state borders to Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. A mobile phone app to complement the website is under construction. Victoria Police Inspector Trevor Cornwill, who lead SICU until last week, said the taskforce was not investigating any brothels operating out of Melbourne hotels or Sweetybabe.net. “We are investigating one illegal brothel in Melbourne CBD based at a fixed address,” he said.“We haven’t looked at any hotels.” Asked whether he suspected an illegal brothel was running out of Melbourne hotels, Inspector Cornwill said he wouldn’t be surprised.“Yes, it’s possible because these illegal brothels are quite fluid in that they’ll set up in one place and then move to another place. It wouldn’t surprise me at all.” Sweetybabe clients are not told which hotel will be used until the day of the rendezvous; they are typically met by staff in the hotel lobby and given a key pass to access the elevators and hotel room. In some cases the illegal brothel operator uses one hotel room as a reception area, showing clients a line-up of sex workers and providing pre-booked rooms. A customer who attended the mobile brothel operating out of rooms at Crown Towers on four occasions since March said he was offered sex each time and told he could request different women. He was asked to pay $350 an hour or $550 for two hours in return for sexual services. The customer attended West Melbourne’s Flagstaff City hotel last month, where he was introduced to five women who were providing sex services out of two rooms. He was also offered sex at the Grand Chancellor in June. In a members-only forum on Chinese dating website CatchGod, another client of the mobile brothel described his encounter

with a Sweetybabe sex worker at Crown. He wrote that the sex worker charged $350 an hour for sexual services without a condom. “It’s worth the money,” he wrote. “This weekend I’m very satisfied. Thanks to the Sweety girls for providing a high-quality girl.” The hotels have denied any knowledge of brothel activity.

Sex industry sources say they are concerned that the new police taskforce is too focused on illegal brothels operating in the suburbs to shut down the mobile brothel operating in the city.The owner of one of Port Phillip’s 12 legal brothels, who asked not to be named, was doubtful a small team of police officers could effectively crack down on operators.“I’ve heard about the new team, but there are not enough of them,” the owner said.“The problem is so big – illegal brothels are booming.” One former brothel manager said he knew many Chinese sex workers who quit their jobs in legal brothels to work for the mobile syndicate. He said the women earned more money working for the mobile brothel because the customers, mostly young Chinese students, were prepared to pay more to avoid going to street-front brothels. Since 2009 there has been a push to introduce signs in the reception area and all rooms of legal brothels that describe what sex slavery is and provide the phone numbers of local and federal police. However, unless the signs are displayed in languages other than English and unless the state government is on board, critics argue they will be useless. Through an interpreter, Jessica said she was forced to sign a contract when she arrived in Australia. She believed she was not allowed to leave the brothel and with no understanding of local laws, she went to work. “When a customer came in we all came out from the room and line up.” Jessica said she paid a cut of her wage to the brothel owner, the trafficker and the Malaysian agent who recruited her. Along with the Malaysian, Chinese and Korean women she lived with, some who were also trafficked, Jessica was available for sex 24-hours a day, seven days a week before she finally escaped. (Jessica’s name has been changed)

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SPORT ●

Cobras drop the ball at the buzzer BY ROY WARD KILSYTH Cobras failed to execute in the final seconds and paid the ultimate price against archrivals Knox Raiders at the State Basketball Centre in the South East Australian Basketball League on Saturday night. The Cobras had the ball and trailed by just a point with 24 seconds left in the match, with Cobras coach Grant Wallace calling time out to sketch out a final play. After a Raiders’ foul with 10 seconds left, the Cobras had one last chance to find the matchwinning basket but new point guard Tiri Matsunda inexplicably picked up his dribble and passed to centre Brad Bridgewater, who in turn was doubleteamed and passed out to young guard Adam Knott with just a second left, forcing Knott to send up an

off-balance three-point on the buzzer. It missed the mark, allowing the Raiders to win 76-75. The loss was the Cobras’ second straight to start the season. With sharpshooting import E J Kusnyer shooting 26 points and centre Tim Lang adding 15, the final play was expected to go to one of them, but instead they were stranded on the far side of the court. Matsunda was also good with 16 points and five rebounds. Raiders star C J Massingale had a game-high 27 points and John Philip (14 points) and Sean Carroll (13) made key baskets in the final term. Philip’s threepointer with one minute left proved the decisive basket. Wallace said the loss was hard to take as his side was in the game for the whole night despite being without injured starting guard Matt O’Hea and

forward Auryn Macmillan, who is finishing the NBL season with Wollongong Hawks. ‘‘We had some good, positive signs out there but down the stretch we are just not executing,’’ Wallace said. ‘‘We did everything right up to the last couple of seconds. Tiri picked up his dribble and passed to Brad. That wasn’t scripted, I can tell you that much.’’ Wallace said O’Hea, who hurt his groin at training, would be fit to play and he hoped Macmillan could return from Wollongong in time to suit up for the Cobras after Easter. The SEABL has a league-wide bye for Easter, then the Cobras have a crunch weekend double the following round, visiting Geelong on April 5 and then hosting Albury-Wodonga Bandits at Kilsyth Sports Centre at 8.15pm on April 6.

Ariels locked down by Monash Uni defence YARRA Valley Grammar Ariels dropped to their second straight loss as an in-form Monash University Central easily accounted for them in the Victorian Netball League championship division on Wednesday night. Central cut out its errors and reaped the rewards with its best win of the new season while the Ariels couldn’t break through Central’s pressure defence. Central beat the much-improved Ariels 58-46 at the State Netball and Hockey Centre and in the process took its win-loss record into positive territory with a second win in three matches. The Ariels have just one win from three matches. Central coach Leesa Maxfield said her side was beginning to come together. ‘‘Our defensive pressure was again very good and our attack really stepped up,’’ Maxfield said. ‘‘Overall we’re just starting to jell as a team and be disciplined in what we do. ‘‘We’ve cut out our errors and didn’t have the drop in concentration that we had in earlier games. ‘‘That made a big difference.’’ Shooter Steph Tyrell (32 of 38 shooting) had an exceptional game, as did the rest of Central’s goal circle, who made good use of the turnovers forced further up the court. Sophie O’Shea shot 29 goals from 39 attempts for the Ariels and goal attack Candice Adams shot 14 of 22. ‘‘Steph Tyrell really stepped up,’’ Maxfield said. ‘‘She has come up from division 1 this season and she’s now used to the speed of the game and the players around her. ‘‘Helen Barclay in defence was as consistent as ever and Nat Tommasini at wing defence was on their strongest player and kept her quiet.’’ In division 1, Central and Ariels drew 38-38 and in under-19s the Ariels had a 47-31 win over Central. — Roy Ward

Kilsyth ‘pushed around’ KILSYTH Cobras women’s coach Peter Gay has questioned his side’s toughness after it was soundly beaten by arch-rivals Knox Raiders at the State Basketball Centre in the South East Australian Basketball League on Saturday night. The Raiders won 62-51 but dominated the Cobras in the paint with new centre Gabrielle Richards having a bumper debut for Knox scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds while power forward Emily Fryters pulled down 14 rebounds to go with her four points. The Raiders dominated the glass 44-35 and also took in 15 offensive rebounds to just 10 from the Cobras. In a scrappy game in which both teams showed they needed plenty of polish offensively, Richards’ ability to make space close to the basket left the Cobras with little chance of winning the game. Kelly Wilson had 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Raiders and teamed well with Richards with the pair coming off a WNBL championship with Bendigo Spirit earlier this month. Carley Mijovic had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Cobras but was the only player from her side to reach double figures. Gay said his players weren’t game enough to fight Richards for position. ‘‘They pushed us around and we weren’t game enough to push back,’’ Gay said. ‘‘It’s something we have to work on.’’ Gay said the Cobras looked like a team which was still learning to play together and they had to learn fast. ‘‘We just didn’t get it done,’’ he said. ‘‘We struggled to play as a team, they didn’t let us play as a team either. ‘‘We didn’t shoot the ball well and we didn’t do the little things like boxing out or closing down players. ‘‘We are still getting that familiarity with each other.’’ — Roy Ward

VNL championship ladder: Southern Saints 12 points, 163.09 per cent; Peninsula Waves 12, 139.65; VU Western Lightning 8, 128.57; City West Falcons 8, 105.40; Monash University Central 8, 101.52; Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels 4, 99.25; Boroondara Genesis 4, 99.18; UB Ballarat Pride 4, 60.43; North East Blaze 0, 93.07; Geelong Cougars 0, 66.25. [ 22 ] WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

Shooting Ariel: Yarra Valley Grammar’s Sophie O’Shea shoots the ball against Monash University Central on Wednesday night. Picture: Rob Carew

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Short and sweet day out for Ringwood BY DANIEL PAPROTH A QUARTER of an hour was all Ringwood needed on Sunday to make its way to the Premier Cricket grand final with a crushing victory over Prahran. Ringwood needed 185 to win on Sunday and reached the target with ease, losing just one wicket. The Rams will play Melbourne in the decider this Saturday, Sunday and Monday and have sent an ominous warning to the Demons with a powerful run-chase. Ringwood captain Ben Osborne won the toss and sent the True Blues in to bat. The decision proved a masterstroke as the Prahran top order – bolstered by the inclusions of Victorian batsmen David Hussey and Chris Rogers – collapsed.

Openers Sam Coates and Nick Morrey and first drop Daniel Salpietro all fell cheaply as Prahran was 3-18 early. It was at that point Hussey and Rogers came together at the crease and the pair moved the score along to 42 before Blair Allen got the day’s big breakthrough when he had Hussey caught behind for just 18. The catch to Joe Loorham was the first of five for the wicketkeeper on the day. Dimitri Mascarenhas and Rogers shared a 33-run stand before Mascarenhas was caught for six. Neil Schlittler followed soon after for four to leave the True Blues in dire trouble at 6-87. Steve Seymour and Rogers went about resurrecting the innings but not even Rogers could hold on long enough and he was eventually caught behind for 69.

His wicket sparked another collapse as Prahran lost 3-15. Last-wicket pair Rhys Adams and Bryce McGain put on 36 before McGain was caught behind as the True Blues finished at 184 from 48.2 overs. Blair Allen took 3-31 from 11 overs and David King (2-37), Michael Topp (2-52) and Ian Holland (2-60) also took crucial wickets, leaving the Rams with plenty of time to get a head start, and that they did. By stumps, Ringwood was 1-172, needing just 13 runs on Sunday for victory. David King continued his remarkable run of form with 108 not out, his fourth century in just six weeks and second consecutive in the finals. He was ably supported by Tom Stray, who finished 64 not out. Osborne said his team was flying and feeling very confident heading into the grand final.

‘‘We’re feeling fantastic at the moment. It’s always exciting to make a grand final, but I’m more excited with the way we’re playing our cricket at the moment. ‘‘The bowling was exceptional. Topp and Allen set the standard for the day and to get Rogers and Hussey out as quickly as possible was a very, very good effort. "The partnership between David and Tom was as good as I’ve seen — it was clinical. That was a class above. They took it to the bowlers, didn’t allow them to settle and it was a very pleasurable afternoon watching them chase it down quickly and comfortably. "We’re very confident [against Melbourne], the way we’re playing, building constant pressure with the bowlers. We’re getting a lot of runs out of the top four and it’s been different blokes all the time."

Payback time as Hawks maul Tigers

A tangle: South Croydon’s Glyn James bowls against Wantirna South in the RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield final on Saturday. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Wantirna South wraps up second flag WANTIRNA South claimed its second RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield in five seasons on Saturday, storming to victory over South Croydon within a day at Walker Reserve. South Croydon won the toss and batted but was soon in trouble, with the Devils’ opening bowlers Drew McKay (5-60) and Joel McGown (4-43) reducing them to 4-38. With star batsman Michael King still at the crease and Travis Degenhardt (59) heading up a solid lower order, the Bulldogs were still capable of posting a score. That soon changed when McGown bowled King, opening the door for the Devils to knock over the rest of the side at a rapid rate. The Bulldogs ended 117 all out from 40 overs, leaving enough time for the Devils to snare the win, which they did. Wantirna South lost an early wicket, but a second-wicket partnership of 103 between captain Matthew King (58 not out) and Andrews Jorgenson (42) put the issue beyond doubt, and when the Devils passed

the Bulldogs’ score the game was conceded with the Devils on 2-118 from 33 overs. Bulldogs captain Josh Stewart said his side was disappointed but would turn its attentions to next season. ‘‘It was a very poor day, our worst day of the year,’’ he said. ‘‘Full credit to Wantirna South, they were much better on the day. ‘‘Drew [McKay] is a good finals player and always seems to find an extra yard of pace.’’ Stewart said he wanted to lead the Bulldogs again next season as they again push for the flag. ‘‘We’ll look to consolidate our group and then recruit the right people to grow the club. There’s room for improvement in our current players as well.’’ In Wilkins Shield, St Andrews took home the title with an opening partnership of 94 in 28 overs between Cameron Sharpe (55) and Dwayne Paisley (48). It ended up a match-winning union as the Saints posted 209 against Montrose. The Wolves tried hard in reply with Andy

Mirams compiling 51, but they were bowled out for 160. In Newey Plate, the Devils’ second side also saluted, making 131 before bowling out Chirnside Park for 98. The Parkers were 3-13 overnight and never recovered. — Tony White and Roy Ward RDCA grand final results Trollope Shield South Croydon 117 (T. Degenhardt 59, D. McKay 5-60, J. McGown 4-43) d Wantirna South 2-118 (M. King 58no, A. Jorgenson 42). Wilkins Cup St Andrews 209 (C. Sharpe 55, D. Paisley 48, S. Vankoll 4-60) d Montrose 160 (A. Mirams 51, M. Edwards 42, J. Cairns 4-14.) Newey Plate Wantirna South 131 (M. Jones 53, R. Clarke 6-43) d Chirnside Park 98. Pascoe Shield Templeton 5-138 (M. Weerden 53no) d East Ringwood 136 (C. Richardson 45no, J. Hudson 4-18).

RINGWOOD Hawks women made the most of their immediate opportunity to avenge last round’s double overtime 70-54 loss to the Melbourne Tigers in the Big V state championship women’s competition on Saturday night. Hawks import Amber Hegge scored the first basket of the game on her way to an impressive double (13 points, 17 rebounds) and from there the Hawks were never headed. Unlike the season-opener, when Ringwood’s offence was perimeter-focused, for this game there was more balance, resulting in a good spread of scorers with four Hawks in double figures: Tara Blair (13 points), Emma Beddome (12 points, 12 rebounds) and import guard Jadee Rooney (10 points) all stepped up. The Hawks men had a tougher time of things in their grand final rematch against Corio Bay Stingrays on Saturday night in Geelong. The Hawks lost 89-87 and in the process ended their 18-game winning streak, which extended from the previous season and came to a halt on Saturday night. Imports Bryan Dougher (26 points) and Sam Belt (22 points, 10 rebounds) showed their quality for the Hawks,

while veteran guard Matt Snowball (12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists) stood firm for his side. Hawks centre Mark Whitehead’s match ended early when he was sent to hospital after breaking his nose. Dougher fouled out late in the fourth quarter and Luke Egan missed the match with a calf injury, leaving the Hawks undermanned in the last term. Against all odds, the Hawks still had possession of the ball for the final play. Snowball set a screen that freed up Belt to fire a matchwinning three-pointer. The show, however, hit the front of the rim, bounced high on the back board then landed back on the rim before rolling off as the buzzer sounded. Hawks coach Ken Harrington said his side could leave the game with their heads high. “It was a tough night at the office, no doubt about that. Nothing fell our way and Corio Bay is very good. “The winning streak is done, but we do know we are again competitive with the top teams in the league even when we are not at our best.” The Big V will pause for the Easter long weekend and matches will resume on April 6 and 7.

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