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Jobs jolt from tech firm BY DANIEL TRAN MULGRAVE’S manufacturing sector has suffered a new blow as instrument maker Agilent Technologies moves its production lines to Malaysia at the cost of dozens of jobs. Agilent, formerly Varian Inc, last week confirmed that 70 jobs were likely to be lost over two years as its instrument assembly is shifted to Penang in an effort to maintain its competitive edge. The company said 280 staff would be keeping their jobs. Workers were told of the move recently. The jobs hits — Agilent’s second round of redundancies — are expected to affect factory floor and assembly staff. The company develops products such as atomic and molecular analysis equipment for engineers and scientists. About a year ago Agilent, which was hit hard by the global financial crisis, moved some of its production lines to Malaysia, but the recent announcement only weeks out from

Jobs slashed: Agilent Technologies has moved 70 Australian jobs to Malaysia. Picture: Joe Armao/The Age. Christmas is believed to have blindsided workers who thought there would be no more job losses. Agilent Technologies general manager, Philip Binns, said the company’s Australian arm was facing ‘‘fierce’’ competition from other regions of the world. The US-based company’s customers are moving to low-cost economies such as Asia and South America.

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‘‘We have a dedicated and talented workforce in Melbourne but, unfortunately, because of a major shift in our key markets and increasing international competition, we’ve had to reduce the number of people working in the assembly operation at our Mulgrave site,’’ he said. ‘‘The move will enable the company to continue pursuing growth in these regions while increasing investment in research and development, global marketing and the manufacture of core optical technologies in Australia.’’ Despite the job cuts, Mr Binns said the company had a strong future in Australia. The company recently announced it would spend $25 million on a new technology and innovation centre in Mulgrave that will open in mid 2013. “Our priority now is to support all employees during this transition period. We will honour all employee entitlements of those affected and offer them extensive outplacement and general counselling services.’’

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‘The government tells you how many drinks you can have, how much before you’re over. We actually have a drunk limit to drive at.’ — Penny Martin

THE driver who killed Penny Martin’s son told his mates that he hadn’t had a drink since 9pm. It was 3am and trusting the driver, a P-plater, Josh jumped in the car. He never made it home. More than a decade has passed, but Ms Martin is still unable to comprehend the horrific incident. ‘‘It may as well have been two years ago. It just never goes away,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s something that I don’t think you ever completely grasp. I don’t think you ever really believe it. My son could walk in the door tomorrow and I would be thinking, oh god, guess what I thought happened.’’ Since Josh’s death in 2001, Ms Martin has been a road safety campaigner in an effort to prevent her tragedy from being replicated. Ms Martin said it worried her that drivers were being taught that they could get behind the wheel while intoxicated. ‘‘The government tells you how many drinks you can have, how much before you’re over. We actually have a drunk limit to drive at. ‘‘There’s that many booklets and things on what constitutes a standard drink and everything. We teach them how to drink and drive, so of course we have drink drivers.

Gone but not forgotten: Penny Martin’s son, Josh, was killed by a drunk driver. ‘‘It’s not even like teaching the probationary drivers to be zero — it’s teaching them what they can drink and still be zero.’’ Ms Martin’s comments coincide with a Victoria Police blitz on drunk and reckless drivers in the approach to Christmas. She said she was dismayed at how blase some young drivers were

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about the risk they took when they got behind the wheel. ‘‘I’ve spoken to P-plate drivers who drink all day and try and work out how long before they’re zero so they can drive. They don’t work it out, of course, because it’s a guessing game.’’ She called on the state government to imple-

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ment harsher penalties and lower the bloodalcohol limit from .05. ‘‘We’ve banned mobile phones completely on the road, as they should, because it’s as dangerous as driving at .05. So why are we legally allowed to be on the road at .05? ‘‘There isn’t any evidence to say it’s safe — it should be zero — and the only people who would go against that would be people who prefer to drink and drive. It’s like asking a dopehead whether marijuana should be legalised.’’ Ms Martin warned drivers against getting in the car after a few drinks. ‘‘Most people look at crashes like it’s something that would never happen to them because they’re a better driver than that person. And you know the cemetery’s full of good drivers.’’ ‘‘It’s not about them as drivers — it’s about the other people in their car or in another car.’’

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One big headache: hungover drivers BY DANIEL TRAN DRIVERS who get behind the wheel on the morning after a heavy night drinking are putting fellow road users at risk, one of Monash’s top traffic police has warned. Senior Sergeant Wayne Elston of the Nunawading highway patrol said myths circulating among motorists only compounded the dangers linked to drink-driving. There was, for example, the mistaken belief that a few hours of sleep is enough to sober up. ‘‘With three or four hours’ sleep, you might feel better, but you’ll still have alcohol in your system,’’ he said. ‘‘People take a great risk by having a big night and then thinking sleep’s going to go make them invincible and safe the next day. ‘‘The only thing that gets alcohol out of your system is time. You can’t eat a packet of Kool Mints, you can’t eat garlic. ‘‘The only thing that works is your liver processing the alcohol, and if your liver’s not working all that flash, it’s going to take longer to process.’’

Senior Sergeant Elston’s warning comes as Victoria Police announced the beginning of Operation RAID, which will saturate the state’s roads with officers to reduce road trauma. On the weekend before last, 209 drink-drivers and 11 drug-drivers were caught. In Monash, a 30-year-old woman from Lynbrook was nabbed for travelling at 132 km/h on the Monash Freeway at the Blackburn Road intersection. She was found to have a bloodalcohol level (BAC) of 0.123. Another driver, who already had a suspended licence, was caught doing 123km/h. Both will be charged on summons in the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court early next year. Senior Sergeant Elston rejected the idea that a driver could safely use their car after drinking alcohol. ‘‘You’re not 100 per cent in control of what you’re doing and then you choose to drive a car. If you’re going to drink, don’t drive.’’ TAC road safety manager Samantha Cockfield said about a quarter of all fatal crashes in the state involved drivers or riders with an illegal

0.05 or under: Victoria Police will be out in force in the lead-up to Christmas to catch drunk and reckless drivers. Picture: Paul Rovere/The Age

BAC. ‘‘Your BAC and driving impairment start to increase from your first drink — even at .02 BAC some of your driving skills are impaired,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s important for people to realise that they cannot accurately estimate their BAC by simply counting drinks. ‘‘Your BAC can also be affected by how quickly you drink, your gender, physical build/ size, your health and food.

‘‘What many people don’t know is that their BAC can continue to rise after their last drink. Senior Sergeant Elston said police would be out in force over the holidays to ensure people were doing the right thing. ‘‘It’s a time of year where you don’t need the knock on the door from the police to say that a loved one’s in a critical condition or deceased from a car accident. It’s just not necessary.’’

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Schoolies decisions As Victorian students prepare for final exams, it is timely to remind them that bad Schoolies Week decisions can follow them through their adult lives. For many, Schoolies will be their first taste of freedom as 18-year-old adults. A criminal conviction recorded as an adult can be a permanent stain on someone’s record. Most Schoolies Week offences start with alcohol, so the key message is to drink responsibly and avoid public drunkenness, consumption of alcohol in public and underage drinking, not to mention the deadly offence of drink-driving. Police will also be on the lookout for anyone engaging in violence or holding fake IDs, both of which can result in criminal charges, as can the production or distribution of photographs of nude or sexual images of a minor, or sexting. Schoolies should enjoy themselves without letting a lapse of judgement affect the rest of their lives.

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Raising the roof Tickets are now on sale for the annual Carols by Candlelight on Monday, December 24, at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. All proceeds from the event will go towards Vision Australia to help thousands of children who are blind or have low vision. Details: Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183.

A GLEN Waverley man unknowingly acted as the middleman for an overseas internet scam, helping defraud $100,000 from four victims. Police say the man was paid a 5 per cent commission for his part in the scam — about $5000 — and have seized items bought with the money. Detective Senior Constable Greg Sturrock of the Monash crime investigation unit said the man was himself duped by the fraudsters. ‘‘He was led to believe it was for a charitable organisation,’’ Senior Detective Sturrock said. ‘‘He believed he was doing the right thing by helping.’’ CIU detectives spoke to the 28-year-old when they were made aware of the scam, which tricks people into buying cars that did not actually exist, through marketplace websites like eBay. Victims, who were buying ‘cars’ unseen, were asked to send money to the bank account of an ‘‘independent officer’’. The officer would then remove the cash in order to send it overseas through an untraceable Western Union money transfer. ‘‘They never see the vehicle or their cash again,’’ said Senior Detective Sturrock.

He said in a six-month period, four Victorian people had lost about $100,000 in total. Senior Detective Sturrock said the Glen Waverley man became involved as a middleman when he responded to a job advertisement the scammers placed on Gumtree, another marketplace website. As part of the deal, the man received commission on any sums transferred. The money had been transferred to Romania and cannot be recovered, Senior Detective Sturrock said. The Glen Waverley man has not yet been charged. Police have not found the original advertisement the man answered but believe there are similar versions elsewhere on the internet. The fraud has since been reported to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s SCAMwatch website. Senior Detective Sturrock warned against paying for items bought on the internet without using secure payment methods such as PayPal. He said people should avoid advertisements that asked them to move money for others. ‘‘Be aware of . . .purchasing any items, particularly vehicles, via eBay or any online forum, and using any payment method outside what they’re designed for.’’

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Trainspotter’s fear: is rail line shunted? BY DANIEL TRAN COMMUTERS are losing faith in the state government’s commitment to the Rowville Rail project, says the south-east’s key public transport lobby. Samantha Dunn, chairwoman of the Eastern Transport Coalition and a councillor with Yarra Ranges shire, says the community is concerned that the project will be shelved given the delay of the final report on a feasibility study. The report was due six months ago. ‘‘People want to have faith in the process. They want to know that it’s a genuine process and when we see delays like this, people do start to question the genuineness around that,’’ Ms Dunn said. ‘‘Public transport was clearly one of the key issues at the previous state election. I think any government that ignores public transport does that at their peril.’’ As part of the project, a station at Monash University would be established, but only if an upgrade of the Dandenong line is undertaken.

The Dandenong upgrade would mean two new platforms for Huntingdale station and a new track between Huntingdale and Caulfield with four grade separations in-between. The proposed station at Monash university would link to the Dandenong line at Huntingdale station. Mulgrave and Waverley Park would also get stations. The size of the project means Victoria will have to apply to Infrastructure Australia, the federal government’s adviser, for funding. The final report in the project’s feasibility study was to be released in the middle of this year. The study’s second phase, which was to include detailed proposals on the findings of the first phase, was to run between mid 2012-13. In March, Sinclair Knight Merz, the engineering firm appointed by the Victorian government to conduct the feasibility study, revealed the railway would not materialise for at least another decade. This, it said, was because of the size of the project and the improvements needed to existing networks. At present two tracks between Dandenong and

Train delayed: The Eastern Transport Coalition’s Samantha Dunn is calling on the government to speed up the release of the Rowville rail feasibility study. Picture: Ted Kloszynski Caulfield carry all Dandenong, Pakenham and Cranbourne services in addition to V/Line and freight trains. Peak services are regularly overcrowded. Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the state government would not commit to a new timeline but would wait for the final feasibility

study report. ‘‘The draft report released in March made a number of recommendations and findings that have been the subject of public consultation and feedback,’’ he said. ‘‘We will await the release of the final report to examine any final recommendations the report makes about public transport improvements.’’

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INBRIEF Two face fraud charges Fraud detectives have arrested two Clayton men for credit card skimming. Mun Keat Looi, 27 and Kim Chuan Jack Lee, 26, have been remanded and will face the Melbourne Magistrates Court at a date to be set, on charges of conspiracy to defraud and possessing equipment to make identification documents. The pair were arrested after a raid on a home at Belmont, near Geelong.

Tough penalties for car pursuits Hoons who make police patrols pursue them could face up to three years in jail under new laws to be introduced by the state government. Police Minister Peter Ryan said the tough new laws would mean that if a chase is abandoned and the offender is caught later, the offence of engaging in a pursuit still stands. Last year, there were more than 720 pursuits on the state’s roads. Premier Ted Baillieu said the new laws sent a message to drivers that reckless behaviour would be punished.

Locals share lottery prize Ten lucky locals will each take home more than $33,000 after buying a winning lottery ticket at Kerrie Lotto News in Glen

Waverley. The group was part of a syndicate that took out a first division prize in addition to other winnings.

Oakleigh street closure Chester Street in Oakleigh will be closed to traffic at night until Friday as part of the $2.2 million upgrade of Eaton Mall. The street will be closed from midnight to 7am between Hanover Street and Station Street for council contractors to replace road pavement and install new kerb and channel drainage. Essential deliveries will still be able to be made to businesses in the area. Details: Andrew Andonopoulos, 9518 3712.

Miracle worker Southern Health’s chief neurosurgeon Andrew Danks with 4-year-old Failyne from Vanuatu. Professor Danks operated to remove a brain cyst that was causing intense pressure in Failyne’s skull. The surgery saved her life. For his pro bono work, Professor Danks has been awarded the Rotary Club’s highest individual medal, the Paul Harris Fellow. Failyne is soon to return home.

Time for fa-la-la-la-la The Monash Carols by Candelight will be held at 8pm in Jells Park on Sunday, December 16. Monash council is inviting residents to performances by the Monash Concert Band, Southern Voices Choir, Kristian Gregory and others. The event will be hosted by television identity Pete Smith. From 4pm, parents will also be able to bring their children to the Kids Zone for rides, craft activities, face-painting, photos with Santa Claus and more. Limited parking is available. For more information, call 9518 3636.

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This is no myna matter They are considered Australia’s most significant pest and are taking over backyards across Melbourne. NATALIE KOTSIOS finds out what is being done to combat the Indian myna and asks: why is this bird so hated? ohn Strachan is at war. The battleground is his Oakleigh South backyard. The enemy? Some 23 centimetres of brown and black feathers, piercing eyes and a screech to match. Or, as Strachan succinctly puts it, “the world’s most hated bird” — the Indian myna. There are just three of them left in his yard now, “the cunning ones”, Strachan says. “I had a plague of them around here. A neighbour was feeding them. I caught about 150 and haven’t had many since, except for these three . . . they become wise to it after a while.” Strachan is just one of many like-minded ‘suburban environmentalists’ taking the growing problem of these aggressive birds into their own hands. Indian mynas are in the top 100 of the world’s most invasive species, and were voted as the nation’s most significant pest in the ABC Wildwatch Australia Survey in 2005 — beating the cane toad and cockroach. Indian mynas were introduced to Melbourne in the 1860s to combat insects in market gardens. Now, it is estimated their numbers have swelled to the millions — they can lay up to seven eggs in one clutch, three times a year. Research based on 20 years of ornithologists’ observations recently proved what many birdwatchers had long claimed — that the Indian myna was squeezing out native species by stealing food and nesting spaces. But controlling the growing ranks of these socalled ‘flying rats’ is the choice of landowners. In Victoria, the Department of Primary Industries has yet to officially declare it a pest animal but people can capture and destroy them humanely. Enter the Yarra Indian Myna Action Group, one of the first community groups dedicated to controlling and reducing mynas locally. From humble beginnings in Melbourne’s north-east in 2010, it has led the charge in culling the birds. and now has about 380 traps in circulation, selling them right along Melbourne’s outer eastern and south-eastern corridor, from Ringwood to Ferntree Gully to Berwick. The purpose-built wire traps are baited with dry cat or dog food, luring in up to a dozen birds at a time. They are then humanely euthanased either by gas or having their necks broken. YIMAG’s vice-president Max Caithness says native bird species have declined 50 per cent in the past 15 years and part of this can be attributed to the Indian myna. “They are highly adaptable to their environment and there’s considerable loathing of them — people don’t like their aggressiveness. Once

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Most wanted: The Indian myna. their numbers grow, they certainly aren’t nice.” The mynas’ aggression goes much further than just driving other birds away — Caithness has heard reports of them throwing baby kookaburras out of nests, killing smaller birds and even driving possums out of their hollows. Home owners find them creating nests in eaves, or discover roof gutters clogged with the rubbish they gather and dump. Caithness estimates the number of destroyed birds is higher than the 3000 the group has on its records — but even still, it has barely made a dent in the population. “We’re hopeful of other groups forming so they can take control of their own areas, but for it to really take off we really need something happening in the council chambers. We’re not going to make an impact until we start catching thousands in each shire.” While YIMAG has had support from the Shire of Nillumbik, not many other councils have jumped on board in supporting community efforts. Yarra Ranges Shire is one of the few and has sponsored workshops teaching residents how to build their own trap and humanely kill the birds. Montrose resident Roger Rooks attended one such workshop to take the problem into his own hands. “We had about a dozen of them outside our bedroom window. They’d gotten into the eaves and were making such a noise and mess. November 26, 2012

Picture: Paul Jeffers/The Sunday Age.

‘They are highly adaptable to their environment and there’s considerable loathing of them — people don’t like their aggressiveness. Once their numbers grow, they certainly — Max Caithness aren’t nice.’ “I reckon since using the trap we’ve seen the return of the smaller birds, like the little blue wrens.” As much as he’s pleased with the results, Rooks says having to kill the birds himself was “no good”. “The first time you do it, it’s not pleasant. You have this inbuilt thing, I think, not to kill birds. It just doesn’t seem right. But once you realise the damage the mynas do, it’s easier. “I was surprised by the positive response we got when neighbours heard what we were doing.” Strachan agrees that councils and other levels of government need to get on board. “If people aren’t wanting to kill them themselves, they could take them to a council depot where they can be gassed,” he suggests. Strachan himself has no qualms about destroy-

ing the birds. He bought his trap through YIMAG directly, and as a plumber has seen his fair share of the damage they cause. “They’re a pest. It’s no different to getting rid of rabbits. “I reckon they’ve increased in the past two years. I just had to do something, they were driving me nuts with the mess and the noise. “I love the birds, I love to see them around – but not the foreigners.” Recent research by the Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre and Australian National University has shown significant decline in 11 species since the introduction of mynas — crimson rosella numbers had fallen from 5.9 a square kilometre to 2.4, sulphur crested cockatoos by 2 a square kilometre, and kookaburras by about 0.4. These figures could be the impetus needed to finally get the bird officially listed as a pest. The Department of Primary Industries is developing a new invasive species management bill due to be submitted to Parliament by 2014. If the myna is listed, it could pave the way for more government-sponsored action. Until that day, Strachan will continue his backyard crusade against those last three “cunning ones”. “I just can’t catch these last few . . .” Details: yimag.org.au.


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Haute off the printing press BY TARA McGRATH HE iconic styles of Carrie Bradshaw, Daisy Buchanan and Scarlett O’Hara are making their debut in Upwey. Whether you prefer a Danielle Steele epic, Nicholas Sparks tearjerker or Agatha Christie mystery, the Fashion meets Fiction exhibition at Burrinja Cultural Centre will delight. Curated from The Darnell Collection, the exhibition features 32 mannequins wearing outfits inspired by characters from the past 150 years. Author and curator Charlotte Smith inherited the vintage couture collection of dresses, hats, jewellery, and accessories from her Pennsylvania-based godmother, Doris Darnell, in 2004. It has grown to 8000 pieces stored in a Sydney warehouse and Smith says she knows where each piece is located.

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The idea for the exhibition followed a talk at Ferntree Gully library where Smith discussed her book Dreaming of Chanel. But curating the fashionista’s and literary buff’s dream exhibition posed some challenges. The dress chosen to style Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind turned out to be too delicate for display, so there was a last minute change to two bodices from the 1860s. ‘‘In the end they related much more. When you think of the movie or the novel, you envision Scarlett draped over her couch, laced into her corset.’’ There was also a quick change for The Stepford Wives. ‘‘I thought they were from the ’70s, but it was actually the ’50s, when women were still just a handbag to their husbands.’’ Smith often thought of a dress in her collection first, then decided which book best matched it. The cocktail

dress chosen for Carrie Bradshaw was a Dior classic she had planned to wear herself. It’s paired with Manolo Blahnik cherry heels. Fashion meets Fiction is the latest in a spate of fashion exhibitions, including the popular Grace Kelly show in Bendigo this year. Smith said it was an intimate show as most pieces weren’t behind glass and people could take photos. ‘‘It combines social and fashion history with literature. You don’t realise how much detail authors have to put in to their writing to make the characters believable.’’ Fashion meets Fiction is at Burrinja Cultural Centre until February 17. Details: burrinja.org.au.

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Got A Moment takes out ultimate prize group 1 winner Glen Gallon in 29.37 seconds. It was a tenacious win for the smallest greyhound to contest the TAB Melbourne Cup series, and her win came as no surprise to her trainer. “I thought she was the best boxed of our three but everything still has to go to plan,” said Thompson. “I thought a couple of times she was going to get checked out of it in the run but she’s got a big heart to push through the way she did and then hold off the fast-finishing Glen Gallon.” Got A Moment only arrived in the Thompson kennel eight weeks ago, having been sent down to the leading Victorian mentor by owner/breeder Dianna Buxton on the recommendation of mutual friend Reg Kay. Thompson knew from the moment she arrived he had something special. “She settled in so well. We only had her for two days and you’d have

BY MICK FLOYD DIMINUTIVE chaser Got A Moment created history at Sandown Park on Thursday night when she claimed the world’s richest greyhound race, the $500,000 TAB Melbourne Cup. The least fancied of Pearcedale trainer Jason Thompson’s three finalists, Got A Moment ($11.60) began cleanly from box 2 but was headed by Desalle Bale ($9.20) through the first turn. Got A Moment railed through to take the lead down the back straight before Hurunui Hitman swept around the outside to assume the lead. However, the Geelong Cup winner couldn’t open a margin of more than a neck, and on the turn for home Got A Moment again railed through to regain the lead. In a thrilling run to the line, Got A Moment prevailed by a neck over dual

thought she’d been at home her entire life. “Then she started trialling really quickly and we probably rushed her a little bit to get her here. But everything went to plan and she had enough time to have her right for tonight. Everything went perfectly.” Remarkably, Thompson met Buxton for the first time on TAB Melbourne Cup night. “I’d spoken to her a lot on the phone, but tonight was the first time we’d met,’’ he said. “She’s a real character. She’ll certainly enjoy this win, having bred the greyhound and doing all of her early preparation. ‘‘She deserves a lot of credit, she did a really good job.” The win was Got A Moment’s fourth in as many starts at Sandown Park and 13th in 28 starts for her career.

Cup glory: Trainer Jason Thompson celebrates his Melbourne Cup win with greyhound Got A Moment last Thursday.

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s the tribe becoming too big for the faithful family sedan? Look no further than the Subaru Liberty Exiga seven-seater wagon. Based on the Liberty platform, the Exiga started life as a six-seater wagon. Now, due to popular demand says the maker Subaru, an extra place has been set for someone in the 2013-model vehicle, which went on sale in July. The seven-seater comes in two models — the Liberty Exiga 2.5i, which includes a DVD, and the top spec Liberty Exiga 2.5i Premium (our test vehicle), which adds leather trim, satellite navigation, reversing camera, Bluetooth compatibility, eight-way electric driver and front passenger seats, and a new 17-inch alloy wheel design and new-look door mirrors. The former is priced from $37,990, the latter costs from $42,490, both plus on-road costs. With a model upgrade midway through 2012, the entry-level Exiga added a reversing camera plus dusk-sensing headlights and steering wheel Bluetooth controls, voice command, audio streaming, USB connectivity and AUX jack.

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Four in, one misses out on big day BY ROY WARD OAKLEIGH Chargers region manager Mark Smart believes his club has sent a future leader to Melbourne while the rest of the AFL has left a promising talent hanging in the wind after the AFL draft. The Chargers had four players taken in the draft on Thursday night — Jack Viney joined the Demons via the father-son rule, Jackson Macrae moved to Western Bulldogs, Kristian Jaksch was selected by Greater Western Sydney and Jason Ashby got the call-up from Essendon. Smart said the Chargers had predicted they would have four to six players selected, so they walked away pleased. ‘‘The club is really happy about that achievement,’’ he said. ‘‘[Out of the four players selected] I think they all ended up going where we predicted. ‘‘Personally I think Viney was worthy of a top-10 pick. He is a ready-made player for round 1 and a possible future leader.’’ While Smart believes the Demons got a bargain with Viney coming as a second round pick, he was disappointed to see Chargers’

premiership captain Ryan Exon missing out after an impressive season. ‘‘I would have thought Ryan would have found a home. ‘‘He had an outstanding year and deserves to be drafted. ‘‘Hopefully he can find somewhere as a rookie. We rate him very highly. He’s a terrific young man and has great character, plus he’s a fierce competitor.’’ Smart said Exon’s reaction to missing out showed he had the mental strength to play AFL football. ‘‘I touched base with him and the way he reacted was testament to his character. ‘‘Internally he will be disappointed, just like a number of other boys would be. ‘‘But his attitude was ‘OK, let’s get on with it’.’’ Ruckman Chris Prowse was one of a number of big men not taken in the draft as teams look to make their ruckman more versatile in the wake of changes to the AFL’s ruck rules. Key defender Sam Collins is another player Smart hopes to see taken in the AFL preseason draft or AFL rookie draft. Both are scheduled on December 11.

Happy times: Jason Ashby was drafted by Essendon on Thursday night. He is pictured at home with sister Jessica, mum Jo, dad Scott and the family dog Gypsy. Picture: Stephen McKenzie

Draft’s a Don deal for Charger BY EWEN MCRAE AFTER a stellar year in which he picked up a TAC Cup premiership, Oakleigh Chargers defender Jason Ashby can now call himself an AFL-listed player. After being overlooked for Vic Metro, and then claiming the TAC Cup with the Chargers just two months ago, Ashby was snapped up by Essendon with pick 34 in Thursday’s AFL draft. “It’s surreal. I’m really excited, ” said Ashby, who was at home with his family while the draft was happening on the Gold Coast. On a night when dreams are made and broken, the running half-back who grew up barracking for Richmond insisted he

wasn’t too nervous. But the emotions spilled over when his name was called out. “Everyone just lost it, screaming. All the neighbours flocked in and all the boys were at a mate’s house close by and they walked across, which I didn’t even know about. “I just hope I can just get in there [at Essendon] and improve and become a seasoned AFL footballer.” Jason’s father, Scott, was delighted, especially now his son will stay close to home. “I’ve been very lucky to have the journey with him and it’s good to see him get there after all his hard work,” he said. Ashby isn’t the only Charger heading

to the AFL. Balwyn’s Jackson Macrae was taken by the Western Bulldogs at pick six and Kristian Jaksch heads to GWS at pick 12. Both Macrae and Jaksch were invited up to the Gold Coast for the draft, and Macrae said he was glad he didn’t have to wait long before hearing his name. “But I’m still going to go about my footy the same way, whether I was pick 100 or pick six.” Jaksch could barely contain his excitement at joining the AFL’s newest team and will move to Sydney within days. “If you’re going to move interstate GWS is probably one of the best. ‘‘I’m just excited to be a part of something up and coming.”

Sporty couple’s amazing adventure BY YESSAR DAOU IT’S not about the finish time but the journey that brings Glen Waverley couple Lisa and Jake Dale back to the Kathmandu Adventure challenge at Lysterfield Lake each year. Despite taking four hours, 59 minutes and 14 seconds in the 2012 race on November 10, Lisa Dale believes it’s the challenge of the course that will bring husband Jake and herself back in 2013. “It’s our cup of tea. We’ll definitely try again next year to beat our score,” she said. More than 3000 adventure enthusiasts have competed in the 2012 series at remote locations across Australia and New Zealand.

The event at Lysterfield Park earlier this month was the 11th and last race of the year. Dale explained that there was no specific training needed, but she and her husband could have done with a few orienteering classes. “We just did gym work, but the last month or so we did outdoor training up and down hills,” she said, “as well as a lot more bike work. “We love camping and the outdoors stuff, but we didn’t have any orienteering experience, so it took a while at the start.” Two-person teams compete in the roughly 40km event and face varying legs of kayaking, mountain biking, running and orienteering. It’s a test of both mental and phys-

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ical strength as well as strategy. The key is for teams to plot the fastest and most efficient route as they read maps and locate hidden checkpoints. The Glen Waverley pair hadn’t planned on competing in such events, but after joining the gym a year ago, they were happy to test themselves in such gruelling circumstances. “We joined up at the gym 12 months ago, and it was nice to work towards something,” she said. “I’ve never been a marathon runner, but this really appealed to me. “We decided to jump on board after seeing that we had everything available to compete.” Describing the actual experience, Dale was happy with the course, but

Rough riding: Glen Waverley couple Lisa and Jake Dale at the Kathmandu Adventure challenge at Lysterfield Lake. found mountain biking the most difficult leg. Although she enjoyed the event, she laughed off suggestions of competing

in the most iconic mind and body test, Tough Mudder. “Maybe some overnight stuff, but definitely not Tough Mudder.”


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BY ROY WARD HAWTHORN-Monash University got its first win of the Premier Cricket first XI season with a Twenty20 victory over Camberwell at Wangaratta on Saturday. The Hawks made 129 against the Magpies with Rob Keogh making 67 before they bowled out their opponents for 73 with Grant Westgarth (3-6) and Daniel O’Shea (3-9) leading the way with the ball. The Hawks now await the arrival of Sri Lankan superstar Lasith Malinga, who will play in the Hawks’ bumper Twenty20 clash against Footscray-Edgewater at Monash University Oval this Sunday at 2.15pm. With wins in all grades on Saturday, the Hawks players now look forward to lining up alongside Malinga when he plays on Sunday. Hawks president Petar Ivetic said the Hawks were excited to have the Sri Lankan bowler wearing their colours and were just as excited to have notched a much-needed win. ‘‘It was a fantastic result and the boys celebrated because it was well deserved,’’ he said. ‘‘The win was a long time coming. We have been very, very close in a few earlier matches this season. ‘‘Some of those could have gone differently. We have been very competitive.’’ The Hawks lost their earlier Twenty20 game on Saturday to Richmond but again were close to a result, losing by 10 runs. ‘‘We should have beaten Richmond as well,’’ Ivetic said. ‘‘We were 3-98 and needed 42 from six overs, then collapsed.’’ With Malinga expected to draw plenty of supporters from around Melbourne, Ivetic urged fans to go early to the match to get a good viewing position and avoid any disappointment. ‘‘Please get to the game early because we are expecting a big crowd,’’ Ivetic said. ‘‘We will have plenty of food and drink available and there will be other activities on around the university. “I know our coach Keith Jansz and assistants, Saliya Ahangama and David Alleyne, along with the entire club, are looking forward to a great day of cricket – with, of course, the right result.’’ The Hawks also visit Shepley Oval to play another Twenty20 match against Dandenong this Saturday. Richmond has set itself to make the Premier Cricket Twenty20 finals, winning its two opening matches on Saturday. It beat the Hawks and

Star turn: Rob Keogh starred with bat and ball for the Hawks on Saturday. Camberwell at Wangaratta. The Tigers host Essendon for another T20 match at Central Reserve this Saturday at 2.30pm, then visit Casey-South Melbourne at Casey Fields on Sunday at 2.30pm.

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Batsman’s second century leads St Paul’s to win No. 2 BY BILL WEEDEN ST PAUL’S Glen Waverley recorded its second win since being promoted to the Southern Cricket League’s Menzies Shield with a five-wicket first innings victory over St James Malvern Valley on Saturday. Jake Attwood starred with the bat for St Paul’s, making 101 and recording his second successive century of the season.

Also in the league’s premier grade, Glen Waverley returned to the winners list by taking firstinnings points over Notting Hill Brandon Park, while Toorak-Prahran batted all day to overcome a competitive 197 set by Mt Waverley Catholics. For the Combine, Jeremy Skiba (85) and Hugo Trotter (53) laid the foundation for a three-wicket first innings victory. In Mackay Shield, Notting Hill Brandon Park achieved an outright win over Glen Waverley

despite trailing by 55 runs on the first innings. Menzies Shield results: Cavaliers 8-189dec (C Herft 3-42) d Salesian Old Boys 107 and 4-139 (G Skandakumar 45no, C Herft 41), St Paul’s Glen Waverley 5-200 (J Attwood 101, S McNish 37) d St James Malvern Valley 198, Mt Waverley Uniting 209 d Chadstone Harlequin 139, Glen Waverley 9-224 d Notting Hill Brandon Park 180 (C Baldwin 64), ToorakPrahran 7-199 (J Skiba 85, H Trotter 53) d Mt Waverley Catholics 196.

MOUNT Waverley will look to No. 3 batsman Navin Perera to lead the side to victory in an evenly poised clash with Bayswater at Mt Waverley Reserve this Saturday. Perera will return to the crease on 23 not out when the two teams resume play this Saturday, but four of the home side’s batsmen have already been sent to the sheds. The Waters got the wickets in the final 12 overs to leave the score at 4-33 at stumps. Mt Waverley captain Dhugal Bedingfield was disappointed with his batsmen but happy his side was chasing only 172 after the Waters were well placed with only three wickets gone at tea on the first day. But the lost wickets left Perera and the middle and lower order plenty of work to do. “Navin looked pretty good, didn’t he,” Bedingfield said. “We played a few good cover drives. He has threatened to make a big score this year and hopefully this is the match. “As long as we get a few good partnerships then we should be fine.” The home side’s bowlers struggled to take wickets early in the match until spinner Milan Fernando (5-40) put several wickets together after tea to bowl the Waters out in 61.4 overs. “After tea, young Milan Fernando just bowled brilliantly. He ripped through their lower order,” Bedingfield said. “Our game plan during the break was to be pretty defensive, because they had Flynn in there smashing them and Connell was on 50, so we were in a bit of trouble. “But we went from defence to attack very well, I think. Milan got good support from Navin, who bowled tightly at the other end.” Opening bowler Ben Jackson got the first wicket for the Waters. Grey-haired veteran Darryl Stranger (2-5 from three overs) and 15-year-old left-armer Tim Sugumar (1-6 from three overs) took three scalps in the final six overs to leave their side in the match heading into the second day. Waters captain Sean Flynn said the winner of the first hour on the second day would go a long way towards winning the match. “It’s very evenly poised,” he said. “They need 134 or so and we need six wickets — the first hour will be vital.” Elsewhere, Oakleigh is well placed to beat Brunswick, bowling out the Wickers for 153, then getting to 1-53 with Brendan McGuinness on 37 not out. Mount Waverley hosts Bayswater for the second day of the clash at Mt Waverley Reserve from 1pm this Saturday. — Roy Ward

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