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MOSQUE VERDICT Tempers remain frayed after Hume council gives the green light for a Coolaroo mosque next to a church ■ PAGE 3


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mosque mayhem hits council meeting “A minaret on a mosque is a trauma trigger for church members”

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Hume council has never experienced anything like the extraordinary religious angst evident at last Monday night’s council meeting. More than 1000 people turned out at Broadmeadows to protest against a plan to build a mosque next to St Mary’s Ancient Church of the East in Coolaroo. Many were locals and many were from outside the area, including right-wing Australian Christians Senate candidate Vickie Janson. Ms Janson failed to declare her candidacy when she addressed the meeting, instead claiming expertise in trauma and “trauma triggers”. She asserted that the sight of a

Here’s hoping: St Mary’s devotee Switlana prays during the council meeting. (DARREN HOWE)

minaret on a mosque was a trauma trigger to St Mary’s church members, whose Christian sect is based in the former Persian lands of Syria, Iran and Iraq. It is also known as the Nestorian church. “I’m still shocked. I’ve never seen anything like it,” mayor Geoff Porter told the Weekly. Broadmeadows Progress Association spokesman John Rutherford, who led the charge of speakers against the mosque permit, said he was not aware of the church’s plans, even though these were clearly spelled out by finance committee representative Michael Eyar. “The economic impact on the church will be insurmountable,” Mr Eyar told the gallery. “The church … has a master plan which includes building a school and a reception

centre at the current location. If this planning permit [for the mosque] is approved, then these master plans will not be realised.” A spokesman for the Shia Muslim Al Sadiq Foundation confirmed church leaders had asked to buy the land earmarked for the mosque. Council planners say they have not heard of St Mary’s master plan, and the church’s current site is obviously not big enough to fit the wish-list. Reverend Peter Weeks, the head of Hume’s Interfaith Network, said the controversy presented an opportunity for the network to develop “a safe space” for dialogue between the parties. “If the [religious] leaders can find a way, they should have some influence on the way things go from here,” Mr Weeks said. “One of the things I would hope to point out is that at Meadow Heights, a church and a mosque were deliberately built next to each other. “They share car parking and there’s a community centre in between.” \ HELEN GRIMAUX Picture gallery »

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Family violence in Hume and Whittlesea is “shocking”, according to the Women’s Health in the North (WHIN) network, even though the figures are coming down. Inspector Tim Hansen said more police resources, such as the family violence team, and liaison with community groups and agencies had caused the drop. “In the short term, we are seeing increases in family violence, but long term it is going down,” Inspector Hansen said. The WHIN network, which covers

northern-region municipalities including Hume and Whittlesea, has called for an urgent investment to combat family violence after the release of annual Victoria Police crime statistics last week. Inspector Bob Dykstra told the Weekly that family violence continued to drive the rising number of assaults in Whittlesea. Statistics show assaults in Whittlesea jumped 19.3 per cent from 1218 incidents to 1453 in the last financial year. Inspector Dykstra said domestic violence accounted for more than half these, with 808 incidents included in the 1453 assaults.

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Tullamarine specialist textile manufacturer Textor Technologies has secured a $3 million federal government grant for plant upgrades that could slash its carbon emissions by almost 60 per cent. Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the clean-technology grant would upgrade manufacturing processes for the health and hygiene fabrics Textor makes, including disposable nappies.

“The upgraded production line will make a new product they’ve developed by working with the CSIRO and Kimberly-Clark Australia,” Senator Carr said. The product is a new extra-absorbent and protective fabric developed in conjunction with the CSIRO and marketed under the Huggies 3-D ultra-absorbent brand for newborn babies and infants. “[This company] has found success through constant innovation, collaboration, and re-investment in the company, products and

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processes,” Senator Carr said. “Textor exports about 50 per cent of its products throughout Asia. By working with the government to install this new equipment, there’s potential to expand this market even further.” Calwell MP Maria Vamvakinou said: “Textor employs about 50 local people, including 13 engineers and two PhD students. These jobs are incredibly important to our local economy.” Funding for the grant was provided for in the federal budget. \ HG

willing workers turn up in droves JOBS FAIR

The 2013 Craigieburn Jobs Fair has exceeded all expectations, with more than 1500 people visiting at the town’s global learning centre in the first hour after opening. The number climbed to more than 4500 by the end of Wednesday afternoon as representatives of 33 small, medium and large local employers set up stalls and held seminars to explain their businesses, the diverse skills sets needed in their workplaces and the jobs they had on offer. Hume mayor Geoff Porter said there were more than 600 jobs ready to be taken up by willing workers. “It was huge,” Cr Porter said. “there “There were people everywhere, were people and lots of school students.” everywhere” Main focus: Mainfreight’s Rachel Gallo speaks to Gagandeap Singh and Rupinder Kaur about job prospects at her company. (CHRIS HOPKINS) Hume’s economic development manager, George Osborne, said there were also 250 volunteer jobs, Hume and Whittlesea areas, including 1979 and now has sites around Australia, the which could help people develop the skills, Somerton, Campbellfield and Craigieburn, US, Asia and Europe. experience and confidence needed to get work. as well as two at Tullamarine, where its Ms Fage said the return on investment “We have had overwhelmingly positive import-export arms are based. in the jobs fair was in being able to broaden feedback from employers,” Mr Osborne said. The Mainfreight training and development people’s knowledge about the diverse job “Many have indicated an interest in being team’s Gabrielle Fage said many people opportunities the freight industry offered. involved in similar events. assumed transport and logistics meant trucks “We’ll be needing new teams at our “There was also greater than expected and forklifts but pointed out the huge amount warehouses, which will be the next round interest in volunteering.” of office work and customer relations needed of jobs,” she said, adding that Mainfreight Mainfreight, an international transport for every pallet of freight consigned. advertised via seek.com. \ HELEN GRIMAUX and logistics company, has five bases in the The company began in New Zealand in

A QUESTION OF SUNBURY Hume residents will go the polls twice in two months, the first time at the federal election on Saturday, and then the Sunbury out of Hume postal poll on October 25. Last week, Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell announced the Sunbury poll question: “To establish a new shire of Sunbury: Are you in favour of the proposal? Yes or No.” Full story: www.northernweekly.com.au \ roxburgh park pair on charges Two Roxburgh Park men have been charged with unlawful assault following an incident involving Sunbury paramedics in early July. They will appear in Broadmeadows Magistrates Court on October 15. Full story: www.northernweekly.com.au \ overdose warning Northern suburbs-based Youth Projects marked Overdose Awareness and Memorial Day in the Melbourne CBD on Saturday, the main message being that 83 per cent of overdoses last year happened as a result of people misusing prescription drugs. www.youthprojects.org.au \ a culture of well-being Two three-hour well-being sessions, including performances by the Brunswick Women’s Theatre Group, will be held in Broadmeadows this week. Arabic-speaking and Assyrian/Chaldean communities are invited to tomorrow’s session at the Gateway, 9.45am-1pm. Book at Victorian Arabic Social Services: 9359 2861. Tomorrow, Turkish people are invited to the Broadmeadows global learning centre. Phone 9351 1278 or 9301 7400. An all-cultures event will be held on September 11 at Meadows Primary School community hall. Phone 9309 2573 \ religions of hume Hume council has launched a directory of religious faiths, compiled by members of the Hume Interfaith Network. The directory will be distributed throughout the municipality, while electronic copies can be downloaded from www.hume.vic.gov.au \

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The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has criticised Hume council’s handling of a permit application for an animal boarding facility in Oaklands Junction. On March 25 the council approved a permit to M Hassan and others to house 148 dogs and 43 cats at 250 Wildwood Road. There were two objections to the proposal, including a petition with 21 signatures.

Residents who objected took the matter to VCAT, where Geoff Rundell overruled the council’s decision. Mr Rundell said there were two issues he had to address: whether an animal boarding facility was acceptable in a green-wedge zone; and what impact the proposed development would have on neighbours. In both cases, he found the applicants hadn’t provided the necessary information. Often in such situations I can be guided by the council’s professional officers through its

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internal referral system,” Mr Rundell said. “In this case, no written assessment was provided by the council’s health or infrastructure departments. They only recommended permit conditions. “I have no confidence in this scant assessment of the proposal. I concur with the applicants for review that given the proximity of nearby dwellings, the issue of noise, waste disposal, odour and drainage need to be addressed as part of the permit application rather than as a subsequent matter.” \ TM

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Craigieburn commuters have been hit with fines of more than $33,000 in the past financial year for parking outside proper bays in the train station car park. Metro Trains’ officers fined 238 commuters $33,160, placing the Craigieburn station car park among the top 10 revenue earners in the metropolitan train figures do network. not reflect Train travellers in neighbouring frustration Whittlesea share the woes, with inadequate station parking forcing commuters to park in the Westfield Plenty Valley shopping centre and face fines. Transport Department data shows that the Craigieburn station, which has 267 car spaces, blitzed the nine other stations with commuter parking on the Craigieburn and South Morang lines for the number of people fined. Nowhere to go: Nicole Lewis is frustrated at a lack of parking at South Morang station. Doreen businesswoman Nicole Lewis said South Morang station car park. In Keon the figures did not reflect the frustration of parking places and often halfway onto the Park, 20 people were fined a total of $1351, commuters forced to park outside the station roadway … between the aisles,’’ she said. Thomastown had 10 people fined $962 in car parks. “So, unless you drive to the bus stop, take total, and in Lalor five people had fines She was recently fined $70 for parking over a bus to the train, or take a taxi from home totalling $197. At Roxburgh Park the four-hour limit in Westfield Plenty Valley to the train, or get a lift, it is not possible for 34 people were fined $1856 in total, while at shopping centre opposite South Morang’s residents who live beyond walking distance Broadmeadows 10 people were fined $1072 in 450-space commuter car park. from South Morang station, to travel by train total. One $141 fine was issued at Coolaroo. \ “I arrived at 9.13am and there was nowhere after 7am.” SUE HEWITT to park in the station car park. [There were] Figures show Metro officers issued one shewitt@mmpgroup.com.au cars parked on concrete sections between $85 fine in the past financial year at the

Hume council’s proposed gaming policy will go back to residents, after councillors last week decided to make changes to it. As reported by the Weekly on June 4, gaming venues in Hume face stricter guidelines under the new policy. It has been based on the views of residents, community health and well-being agencies, and gaming venues from surveys carried out in 2010. Major points in the new policy are: • Gaming machines will not be approved if the council determines there will be a detrimental impact on the local community; and • The council won’t support new gaming venues on its land. At a meeting last Monday, councillors agreed to these two points but were divided on whether the council should be holding functions at gaming venues and whether the council would contribute funding for the development, extension or refurbishment of gaming venues. Under the policy, the council wouldn’t be able to hold functions at venues including the Sunbury Bowling Club and Craigieburn Sporting Club because they have gaming machines. Cr Jack Ogilvie said he didn’t agree with those conditions and wanted public feedback on whether they should be excluded. Councillors Jack Medcraft, Ann Potter, Alan Bolton and Geoff Porter supported Cr Ogilvie’s recommendation. Councillors Adem Atmaca, Drew Jessop, Casey Nunn, Helen Patsikatheodorou and Chandra Bamunusinghe voted against changing the policy, which has already been on public display. Cr Porter used his casting vote as mayor to send the policy back out for public comment with the exclusions. Cr Ogilvie said it was discriminating against the clubs with gaming machines to say the council wouldn’t hold any events at them. \ TARA MURRAY

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I am a Shia Muslim and I am against this idea. We can build our mosque anywhere else but not next to a church; this will just create problems. Islam is a religion of peace, not a religion of creating problems for others. I request all brothers to solve this issue wisely and be peaceful and nice towards our Christian brothers SABEE KAZMI \ VIA WEB

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When there is approval for these mosques to be built, the planning for cars should be priority. The mosque in Meadow Heights near the shopping centre brings too many cars to the area on Fridays. People park where they shouldn’t, block other shopping-centre patrons in and if anyone comments, they are verbally abused. I am not against mosques, but they need to be built in the right area, not next to a church of another faith. COOLKAT \ VIA WEB

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MEASLES OUTBREAK: HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUES WARNING (Weekly online, August 26) The government is in denial it’s spreading disease with its populate or perish policies. Those who refuse their children the inoculation should have the children taken away by docs because they are neglecting them. DINGOS BREAKFAST \ VIA WEB

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The debate over the construction of a mosque in Coolaroo saw the best and worst of our cultural diversity. Concerns by worshippers from St Mary’s Ancient Church, adjacent to the proposed mosque, deserved a hearing at Hume council. Regrettably they were inflamed by outside parties such as the ironically named Broadmeadows Progress Association and Australian Christians Party – which doesn’t seem to uphold the Christian values I was raised to follow. It’s not fanciful to hope the two places of worship can co-exist harmoniously. The first way to achieve this is by teaching children that religious diversity can be celebrated, not feared. One person, disgusted at the council’s decision to approve the mosque, yelled out “good on ya Australia?”. Take the sarcasm out of that comment and I agree 100 per cent. \ DAVID BONNICI \ EDITOR

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A northern suburbs driver who claimed it was his car’s fault, not his, for excessive speeding is not the only one to blame a “fully sick” vehicle or other bizarre circumstances for offending. The Mill Park man, 36, told Constable Dany Carbonneau he was travelling at 158km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Western Ring Road last Monday at 2am because “it’s the way the car works”. He was driving a powerful SS Commodore sedan, similar to the one driven by the police who caught him. Police said the man nodded toward the pursuit vehicle and said Constable Carbonneau would understand that the power of his vehicle made him speed. The officer impounded the car and the alleged offender will face court, but police said it was one of many lame excuses for speeding. Constable Carbonneau said the usual excuse offered by speedsters was they had to go to the toilet, but he added that blaming the car for going too fast, not because the driver had depressed the accelerator, topped the list. Senior Sergeant Tom Bentley, who heads the Epping highway patrol unit, said one of the worst cases of speeding was a youth clocked at 140km/h in Plenty Road, Mill Park, who was doing a “tribute” to five mates who

had died in a speeding accident on the road. The officer said he caught one male whose car had left 75 metres of black tyre marks on the road and claimed “his foot slipped off the clutch”, while many offenders, some with smoke still burning from their car wheel arches, say “who, me?” when asked about burn-outs. Leading Constable Andrew Dickson said 4283 people were issued with on-the-spot fines for speeding up to 45km/h over the limit in Hume in 2012-13. In Whittlesea, 2039 drivers were fined for speeding. \ SH

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Two Doreen mothers have launched a “donate to order” charity to help struggling families in the city of Whittlesea. They accept wish lists from families via charities and fill them through their social-media network. Belinda Hume and Jo Hutchinson (pictured with some goods received), mothers of two toddlers each, have helped dozens of families since they started the “Raising Mum Network Helping Hands” in June. “These are families in real need who can’t afford to buy goods at the op shop,” Hume says. “We have filled requests for quality goods like prams, toys, clothes for toddlers and babies and more – and we only give goods we would use ourselves.” \ SH » facebook.com/RaisingMum

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growth areas ‘damaged’ But now Ms Said said it was “too little, too late” for the government to rely on buses in A Mill Park resident has slammed the state the northern growth areas of Whittlesea and government for expanding Melbourne’s Hume. She called for the extension of the suburbs before infrastructure is in place. South Morang railway to Mernda. The comments by public transport advocate “I don’t think abandoning a train in favour Helen Said follows last week’s report by of a bus is a good idea,” she said. “We need a the Auditor-General outlining a severe train that goes all the way to the Whittlesea lack of infrastructure in Melbourne’s township.” metropolitan fringe. Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber The report, tabled in State said the report confirmed “years Parliament on August 21, states of public transport neglect have bus that Melbourne’s rapid population damaged growing suburbs”. services are growth in Cardinia, Casey, Hume, He said there had been “too little, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea and “decades of neglect” in public Wyndham has created a major transport in Melbourne’s growth too late” challenge for the government “to suburbs. provide the transport infrastructure A government spokeswoman said and services needed to sustainably support the bus routes 563 and 571 that Ms Said these communities”. wanted reinstated were replaced by the route It recommended a statewide framework 901 SmartBus or routes 562, 564 and 520 and for prioritising transport infrastructure in the 561 was introduced as a temporary service these growth areas and an implementation until the South Morang rail extension was and funding strategy to address the transport completed. backlog. She said Public Transport Victoria was Last year Ms Said protested against the developing a plan for Melbourne’s tram and removal of bus services 563 and 571 in bus networks “that will provide a blueprint for Epping, Mill Park and Bundoora, and the the future”. \ BRIDGET FITZGERALD route 561 bus stops in East Reservoir and bfitzgerald@mmpgroup.com.au Westfield Plenty Valley.

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If the year 9 students at Parade College ran the country, Australians would be healthier, greener, more generous and receive harsher punishments for violent crime. Led by teacher Vanessa Fox, students in the defining law elective class held their own election on August 28 at the college’s Preston campus after shaping their own issue-based political parties. Four parties emerged from the class of 17 – Healthy Living, The Legend of Poverty, Locked Up and the Environmental Conservatives.

The Locked Up party advocated for harsher penalties for violent crime, while the Environmental Conservatives party was committed to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change. The Legend of Poverty party wanted to “make poverty a myth”. The Healthy Living party won with its policies on making healthier food more readily available. The students presented their policies before Victorian Electoral Commission community education officer and engagement officer Danijela Spoljaric. \ BF

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raigieburn boxer Michael Zerafa runs 10 kilometres every morning and trains three times a day to stay at the top of his game. The 21-year-old boxer is the state number one in the light middleweight division and ranked number three in Australia. “To be the best, you have to train like you’re the best,” he says. “There’s no point in doing a half-arsed job.” Pretty Boy Zerafa, as he is known, had his first professional fight as soon as he was eligible – the day after his 18th birthday – and he is on track to be the best. He won the Australian Academy of Boxing’s Golden Gloves competition in 2010 and has been selected for state and national teams, and the 2010 Commonwealth Games team. It was a challenging eight-round match against Faisal Fayad – a fighter more than a decade his senior – that won Zerafa the Victorian light middleweight title in November, 2011. That kickstarted a successful career for the young

boxer, and his next two fights will be a big step up. Zerafa will fight 34-year-old David Galvin in the main supporting undercard fight at the World Boxing Council Youth World Super Middleweight Title on September 21 at the Croxton Park Hotel, Thornbury. He will get his chance to take on his first big international match on November 8. He’s bracing himself for a fight against world number four, Indian fighter Pradeep Singh at the World Boxing Council Asia Continental Middleweight Championship in Bangkok. Zerafa has been offered the chance to fight in Mexico, China and the US. But so far has turned them down because he knows the best thing to do is build himself up and make sure he is ready to take the big hits. The state’s undefeated light middleweight champion defeated Rey Anton Olarte in June to win the 2013 Bob Rose Cup at the Malvern Town Hall, despite a knockdown in round three. This was his second Bob Rose Cup. The former Craigieburn Secondary College student has been boxing since he was 11.

Punch perfect: Victoria’s top boxer in the light middleweight division, 21-year-old Michael Zerafa, at his boxing gym in Cragieburn. (michael copp)

He was 14 when he entered his first fight. He had never been hit before. “I was nervous, scared, worried,” he says. “But I trained hard, I’ve always trained hard.” Zerafa knows the sport is as mentally demanding as it is physically tough. He explains that it’s a “lonely sport” – all down to the individual. “On a football team, you can turn to another player,” he says. “But in a ring if you win you’re a hero, if you lose no one wants to know you.” Zerafa says it is important to surround yourself with positive people. His parents are very supportive. His father even drives behind him at 4 am when he is running along the side of a freeway, to light his path. “Wherever I am, they are always there with me,” he says of his parents. Then there is his dedicated trainer of four years, Daryl Ford. Zerafa hopes to start a charity with Ford for disadvantaged youth when his professional career takes off. “Me, Daryl and God, we’re going to go all the way.” \ bfitzgerald@mmpgroup.com.au SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 \ NORTHERN WEEKLY 9


   

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issues to the Whittlesea council. “This is an exciting opportunity for young people’s thoughts to be challenged and to share opinions about what’s important to them,’’ Brittoni says. Emma Shelton, a youth worker at the council’s Edge Youth Services, says a representative from Project Rockit, an anti-bullying organisation, and Rob Hyatt, an indigenous man who raises awareness of Aboriginal culture, are among the outside facilitators to lead the workshops. She says the group will make a DVD of the summit to give to the council. \ shewitt@mmpgroup.com.au

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DIGITISE YOUR MUSIC Do you still have cassettes and vinyl records that you’d like to listen to in a more practical format? Then this session is for you. Learn the best ways, tips and tricks to transfer music onto CDs in this easy-to-understand workshop. Friday, September 13, at Hume Global Learning Centre, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows, from 10am-noon. Bookings required. Free. ■ Call 9356 6999 OUT AND ABOUT WATTLE ON Join plant expert Russell Best on this informative Wattles of Whittlesea walk. You will explore the diversity of plants and learn how to identify some of the common species. Sunday, September 8, from 10.30am-12.30pm. Address will be provided when booking. Bookings required. Free. \ ■ Call 9217 2042

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From the get-go, the track doesn’t beat around the bush (pardon the pun). From Cooks Mill car park, enjoy the short descent to Jawbone Creek before the long and relentless climb up Cathedral’s eastern slope. Three-quarters of the way up is The Farmyard hike-in pause point/camp spot. This small plateau, with a well-used fire pit, is the overnight stop of choice for people walking both circuits in two days. When the bush finally opens up and you step out onto the seven-kilometre long Cathedral Ridge, you learn quickly to keep your footing. This is definitely the highlight of the hike as some sections feel as narrow as a metre wide with almost sheer drops on either side. The traverse, almost a kilometre above sea level, involves some pretty athletic boulder hopping and the orange guiding pointers, which by now will be familiar, are much less conspicuous up here, so keep a sharp eye out and do not rush it. Apart from staying on the track, it’s also worth slowing the pace to appreciate the constant

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jaw-dropping view of Lake Mountain, Sugarloaf Peak and the farmlands on either side. As you pass Cathedral Peak and eventually branch off from the ridge, take the time to visit Little Cathedral Peak. It involves another steep climb, but it is arguably the best view on the entire walk. Descending back on the eastern slope to Neds Gully, a dense rainforest setting on soft, mossy terrain is a welcome relief for the ankles and knees after a couple of hours navigating the uneven boulders of the ridge. The remainder of the hike is a leisurely stroll along the Little River Track from Neds Gully back to your car. But it is here where the most dramatic scenery change takes place – hectares of tree logging fields rotting under the façade of Jawbone Peak. Admittedly, it is not what you’d expect at the end of what is otherwise a very untouched and organic trek, and it just highlights how dramatic and contrasting the landscapes are here. \ emorton@theweeklyreview.com.au

footwear \ The majority of this hike is on loose rocks, uneven sandstone, boggy mud and giant boulders, so you will not be able to complete this hike in a pair of runners. Waterproof boots with ankle support and quick-dry mountain socks are a must. water & fooD \ Even on a cool day, you will power through your water supply so carry at least two litres, more if you can. That said, do not overpack your bag and try to stay as light as possible – maybe have a good breakfast and hold off for a feast afterwards. gear \ Hiking poles will come in handy as an extra pair of hands for people not used to such steep and demanding terrain. Always bring a lightweight raincoat or poncho; the weather moves fast on the peak. safety \ Always tell someone when and where you are going. \

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Recently upgraded motel-style units offer comfortable, clean lodgings a thong’s throw from Geoffrey Bay. But the real draw of the Arcadia pub is that it’s the social hub of the island. Cane toad races on Wednesday nights, bingo Friday and Sunday and live music at weekends keep the place pumping. There are also two pools, regular market stalls and Caffe dell’Isola, an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria and gelateria. \

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My favourite thing to do on Magnetic Island is nothing. But if you insist on being active, the island is your oyster. The four main settlements – Picnic Bay, Nelly Bay, Arcadia and Horseshoe Bay – are linked by a regular bus service that also stops at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village, a backpacker resort where visitors can cuddle koalas and get up close to crocs. Cute. Maggie’s total population is barely more than 2000, and almost 70 per cent of the island is national park, so it is best explored on foot. Horseshoe Bay is a sweep of golden sand on the north shore offering watersports of every inclination. Beautiful Balding Bay Beach, one of Maggie’s three unofficial nude beaches, is a short, worthwhile hike over the point. Have the bus drop you off at The Forts, a two-hour return walk of gobsmacking views. This is also the starting point for a sweaty but rewarding walk to the postcard-pretty beaches of Florence, Arthur and Radical bays. Highly recommended. Geoffrey Bay is a marine reserve, popular for snorkelling and the dive site of the Moltke wreck. At the northern end of the bay, at Bremner Point, wallabies descend en masse at dusk in the hope of being fed by tourists. Great photo ops. \

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Cannons fall short kicked two goals each to lead the scoring while Geelong had a trio of players with three goals each; Hugh One quarter at finals-like intensity wasn’t enough for Goddard, Patrick McCartin and Scott Dixon. Calder to stick with Geelong as the Falcons won by 40 Regular names in the Cannons best this season Jedd points at Princes Park in the TAC Cup qualifying final Clothier, Mitch Jensen and Jake Lever stood up as better on Saturday. players. The Cannons led at quarter-time but fell off the pace But the stand-outs in the defeat were ruck-forward thereafter in the 13.11 (89) to 7.7 (49) defeat. Reilly O’Brien, Errol McConnell, and Tom Donoghue. The loss sends Calder to a semi-final against the “It was O’Brien’s best game for us by a long way,” Jago winner of Sunday’s elimination final between said. Western Jets and Murray Bushrangers played “McConnell kept trying and trying, his after The Weekly went to print. pressure was incredible. Donoghue was very “the boys Calder’s win against Geelong two weeks disciplined.” kept having earlier was the Cannons’ best performance Finishing fourth means Calder gets a a go” of the season but could not be reproduced double chance and the opportunity to make against the minor premier on Saturday. amends. Things started promisingly enough, with “Our pressure had us in the game, we Calder up by two points after exchanging three certainly never threw it in and the boys kept having goals each with Geelong in the first quarter. a go,” Jago said. But kicking under finals pressure became an issue as “It’s a matter of sustaining it ... we’ve got a lot of the game wore on, with Geelong able to better feed its lessons to learn from three of those four quarters.” forward line while Calder’s attacks lacked direction. Third-placed Dandenong Stingrays upset Within 19 points at the long break, Calder fell out second-placed Eastern Ranges in Saturday’s other of the contest with two goals to Geelong’s five in the qualifying final. It means Dandenong will be waiting third term. for a potential preliminary final meeting with Calder, “We were still right in it at half-time but Geelong’s should the Cannons bounce back and win their skills took over as our pressure dropped off,” Cannons semi-final against either the Jets or Bushrangers this coach Andrew Jago said. weekend. “Our midfield didn’t deliver well to the forward line. Northern Knights played Gippsland Power in an “Geelong’s key forward got on top of our backline a elimination final on Sunday for the chance to meet little bit.” Eastern Ranges in a semi-final this weekend. \ TEO PELLIZZERI Cannons targets Peter Wright and Jason Cooke TAC CUP

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15.9 5.9

17.9 (111) 7.11 (53)

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ABERFELDIE GREENVALE

6.8 0.3

7.11 4.6

9.20 12.22 5.7 8.11

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Goals: Moonee Valley: N/A. East Keilor: D Hill 3 S Baxter 2 P Grampas R Davis R Balla S Ujcich D Neville D Da Silva. Best: Moonee Valley: N/A. East Keilor: J Madden H Phillips D Lysaght D Hill J Dawson P Grampas. Grand Final Hillside v Moonee Valley, 2:15pm, Saturday 7th September.

4.3 1.2

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Goals: Bundoora: C Cloke 4 G Moorcroft 2 J Lord 2 K Delbridge 2 S Mamone A Papaluca B Shaw. Heidelberg: J Kennedy 4 M Favrin 2 B Miller G Nabbout L Hodgkin C Sargeant. Best: Bundoora: M Dennis A Papaluca B Carlyon D Mitchell J Palazzolo R Dyson. Heidelberg: J Kennedy M Lynch M Brunelli D Nolan B Harvey W Drapac. Div 2 Semi-final FITZROY STARS 1.0 WHITTLESEA 4.6

8.5 6.8

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Goals: Fitzroy Stars: B Sibosado 5 P Hood 3 P Davis 3 C Wanganeen 3 J Hayes 2 M Dow 2.K Brown J Brennan L Proctor J Burns. Whittlesea: A Fairchild 5 L Hobbs 3 R Dyson 2 P Harrison B Briffa M Webb T Behan. Best: Fitzroy Stars: K Morgan J Wanganeen M Dow C Thorpe D Walker B Sibosado. Whittlesea: A Fairchild S McAuliffe B Toll J Page C Horman L Hobbs. Div 3 Prelim final WATSONIA 4.1 THOMASTOWN 7.3

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Div 2 Reserves: Whittlesea 17.8 d Diamond Creek 11.13. Under-19: St Mary’s 11.13 d Whittlesea 10.6 Div 3 Reserves: Panton Hill 9.6 d Thomastown 7.6.

2.1 2.2

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Goals: Hampton Rovers: L Dallas 5 D Corp 3 K Pinto 2 A McNeil 2 S Burggraaff 2 J McPherson J Ting. Williamstown CYMS: B Gray 4 J Vanderloo 2 Z Read 2 S Barlow T Murphy. Best: Hampton Rovers: M Devereaux R Atkins D Corp R Lynch M Fletcher J Lovig. Williamstown CYMS: J Bencich J MacKenzie M Carland N Holdsworth R Danaher C McCracken. Div 2 YARRA VALLEY THERRY PENOLA

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Second elimination final

First qualifying final 3.6 3.1

7.11 6.2

12.13 14.16 (100) 7.3 8.3 (51)

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12.8 10.7

16.9 (105) 12.8 (80)

Goals: Pt Melbourne: Rowe 4 O’Farrell 3 Galea 3 Bonaddio 2 Valenti Batsanis Scipione Langford. Collingwood: Paine 2 Martin 2 Hellier Ferguson Williams Gray Collopy Witts Wallace Mooney. Best: Pt Melbourne: Pinwill Skipper Rowe Pleming Batsanis Hughes. Collingwood: Hellier Martin Yagmoor Frost Williams Mooney. At North Port Oval. Second qualifying final

BOX HILL 2.2 WILLIAMSTOWN 3.4

7.5 5.8

8.7 7.10

13.8 7.14

(86) (56)

Goals: Box Hill: Tobin 3 Grimley 3 Cust 2 Retzlaff 2 Iles Simpkin Ceglar. Williamstown: Addison 2 Veszpremi Anastasio Johnstone Casley Wheeler. Best: Box Hill: Cheney Iles Osborne Simpkin Gordon Tobin. Williamstown: Talia Johnstone Charleston Jolley Wood McNamara.At Box Hill City Oval.

TAC CUP - FINALS WEEK 1 First qualifying final GEELONG CALDER

VFL - FINALS WEEK 1 GEELONG CASEY SCORP.

Best: Geelong Cats: Sheringham Brown Horlin-Smith Corrigan Hunt Banjanin. Casey Scorpions: Gent Pedersen Petropoulos Plummer Tynan Riseley. At Simonds Stadium. PT MELBOURNE COLLINGWOOD

VAFA Div 1 HAMPTON ROV. W’TOWN CYMS

Still in form: Calder’s Paul Ahern continued his strong season even though the Cannons lost by 40 to Geelong Falcons on Saturday.

3.1 3.3

7.6 4.5

12.8 13.11 6.5 7.7

(89) (49)

Goals: Geelong: McCartin 3 Dixon 3 Goddard 3 Bond 2 Thompson Maishman. Calder: Wright 2 Cooke 2 Clothier Ahern Christensen. Best: Geelong: Maishman Russell Tsitas Adams Cameron Fort. Calder: McConnell O’Brien Donoghue Clothier Jensen Lever. At Visy Park

Second qualifying final DANDENONG EASTERN

4.1 1.2

8.3 2.5

13.5 6.7

14.5 8.8

(89) (56)

Goals: Dandenong: Egan 3 Rennie 2 Pickess 2 McCartney 2 Gardiner Jones Bastinac Lonie Mullane. Eastern: Keedle 2 Apeness 2 Hannon McStay Petracca Roth. Best: Dandenong: Foote Jones Harmes Pickess Bastinac McCartney. Eastern: Nielson Cavarra Apeness Petracca Welsh O’Sullivan. At Visy Park

Q NETBALL NORTHERN

Semi-f: Sec 1: Diamond Creek 37 d Lakeside 34, North Heidelberg 43 d Fitzroy Stars 38. Sec 2: Heidelberg 35 d Whittlesea 16, Greensborough 27 d North Heidelberg 22. Sec 3: St Mary’s 32 d Bundoora 25, South Morang 28 d Thomastown 19.

Q RUGBY UNION DEWAR SHIELD

Prem 1: P House 15 d Footscray 12. Prem 2: Melbourne Uni 20 d Footscray 17. Prem 3: Moorabbin 48 d Endeavour 7. Prem 4: A Grade: Northern 79 d Monash 14, Geelong 29 d Melbourne 15. B Grade: Maroondah 22 d Northern 17, Melbourne 35 d Geelong 15, Melton 34 d Eltham 10. Third Div: Puckapunyal 28 d Warrnambool 0, Bendigo 56 d Ballarat 8. Masters: Women: Endeavour 28 d Northern 0. U-18: P House 31 d Sth Districts 18, Moorabbin 43 d Endeavour 34. U-16 A: Northern 38 d Moorabbin 22, Endeavour 33 d P House 19. U-16 B: Melbourne 33 d Foots/ Geel 7, Sth Districts 46 d Maroondah 17.

Q CLUB GOLF SATURDAY

NORTHERN: AMCR 71 S’ford A: A McMahon (10) 40. B: F Agius (16) 40. C: B Fitzgerald (27) 43.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 \ NORTHERN WEEKLY 21


Sport

glenroy rallies for flag tilt edfl division 1

Depleted Glenroy rallied against the wind-assisted end of Coburg Recreation Reserve to overrun Tullamarine on Sunday and win a spot in the Essendon District Football League division 1 grand final. Tullamarine was 11 down and coming home to the scoring end but Glenroy’s three-goal rally early in the last quarter set up the 11.14 (80) to 8.12 (60) win. It means Glenroy advances to the grand final against Northern Saints this Sunday. Things looked grim for the Roys at half-time as Tullamarine swept to the lead

and Glenroy lost two key players to injury. A shoulder injury ended ruckman Keegan Shrimpton’s day while key forward Aaron Kite was lost to a hamstring strain. It looked like the absentees and a lack of discipline would cost Glenroy dearly, failing to kick a goal with the wind in the first 15 minutes of the third term. Tullamarine opened an 11-point lead when John Bakopoulos kicked a goal to the aquatic centre end in the middle of a string of spot-fires and brawls that typified the spiteful game. But sharp-shooter Rodney Carruthers (four goals) stepped up with a steadying

goal mid-way through the quarter, before a 40 metre set shot 21 minutes into the term put Glenroy in front. A Billy Morrison goal had the Roys up by 11 at the last change but defending against the wind in the last quarter. A burst of three goals in nine minutes was enough to put Glenroy in a winning position, with desperate soccer kicks off the ground by Blair Cronin and Travis Dulic and a set shot from Jayden Borg. The lead got out to as much as 24 points, with Tullamarine battling in the remainder of the quarter but unable to kick goals in quick succession.

Carruthers proved to be the most accurate player on the ground in front of goal. Tullamarine’s second-quarter comeback to take the lead was filled with numerous wasted opportunities and inaccurate shots. Danny Campbell and Heath Woodhouse were Glenroy standouts along with Carruthers. John Tate, Adam Sayers, Colin Laurie and Scott Doyle were Tullamarine standouts. Sunday’s EDFL division 1 grand fi nal between Northern Saints and Glenroy will be played at Windy Hill from 2.15pm. \ TEO PELLIZZERI

vfl

bombers knocked out

Finger tipper: Essendon’s Jason Ashby takes a one-handed grab against Werribee’s Will Sullivan. (DARREN HOWE) 22 NORTHERN WEEKLY \ SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

Essendon was eliminated from the Victorian Football League on Sunday, beaten 17.14 (116) to 15.7 (97) by a determined Werribee outfit. The Bombers, kicking with a strong breeze at North Port Oval, had a hot start against the Tigers, booting six goals in the opening term to lead by 28 points at the first break. Cory Dell’Olio was electric up forward, bobbing up for three goals, while Patrick Ambrose, Matthew Bate and Travis Colyer were also among the goalkickers. Notable players missing from the side included Joe Daniher, who is having knee surgery, and Jason Winderlich, still struggling with a hamstring injury. Essendon’s pressure was relentless early, choking the Tigers and preventing them from getting any significant run. Josh Freezer did a fantastic job on dangerous forward Ben Warren, wearing him like a glove and restricting him for much of the afternoon. second But the second quarter turned the game on its head. Werribee slotted eight goals for the quarter, quarter maximising its opportunities when it went turned the forward – which was often. game The Bombers struggled to stop the Tigers’ run, and with several goals slotted from the boundary lines, fell behind. The few times Essendon went forward it was repelled quickly. Trailing by 24 points at half-time Essendon began the third term brightly, Alex Browne getting the first goal of the quarter with the wind still blowing. Will Hams and Dell’Olio added goals and the lead was cut to four points. Scott Gumbleton had a chance to put the Bombers in front but missed. Werribee then lifted its intensity and got a run of goals against the wind. Dell’Olio added his fifth late in the term but crucially for Werribee, Ben Speight dribbled one through seconds before the siren to give the Tigers a 16-point lead at three-quarter time. Ambrose and Matthew Firman both had shots on goal early in the last quarter but missed. Warren finally broke free of Freezer and got a goal, giving the Tigers a 21-point lead. When Ben McKinley got his fourth midway through the term it put Werribee 27 points up. The Bombers kept attacking but struggled to match Werribee. Gumbleton goaled after the siren, cutting the final margin to 19 points. \ DANIEL PAPROTH dpaproth@mmpgroup.com.au online »

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Sport

BRIEFS runaway first quarter the decisive blow

abers into the big one edfl

A runaway first quarter was the decisive blow as Aberfeldie downed Greenvale on Saturday to advance to the grand final of the Essendon District Football League premier division. A 41-point quarter-time lead was challenged but never seriously threatened by the Jets, as Aberfeldie won the qualifying final 12.22 (94) to 8.11 (59) at Craigieburn’s Highgate Recreation Reserve. The match certainly didn’t start like a one-sided affair, with a tough first 17 minutes yielding just one Aberfeldie goal. But a withering burst from the 19 to 31-minute mark netted Aberfeldie 5.6 to no Greenvale score and ultimately decided the contest. Aberfeldie will now meet either Greenvale or Airport West on grand final day after the

Eagles beat Avondale Heights by 58 points in the elimination final. Greenvale’s repeated attempts at a comeback would get no closer than 19 points, while Aberfeldie stretched the gap as big as 48 points in the last quarter before the difference settled at 35. The first-quarter burst was largely thanks to the Hislop brothers, Tom and Jacob, with the latter booting two goals for the term. It took until the seven-minute mark of the second quarter for Greenvale to kick a goal, with Aberfeldie providing far stronger resistance when defending the wind-assisted southern end. A courageous mark with the flight for Matt Smith yielded his second goal of the day 15 minutes into the third term, getting Greenvale within 19. But Aberfeldie, peppering the goals and at

Constant pressure: Greenvale’s Eric Kuret gets his kick away under Aberfeldie attention. (STEVE LIGHTFOOT)

one stage having the inaccurate score of 7.19, straightened up with goals to Tom Hislop and Patak Wayne to lead by 35 at the last change. Tom Hislop marked a Daniel Ratcliffe pass three minutes into the last quarter to make the margin 42 points before a Daniel Connors goal on the run had Aberfeldie players and fans celebrating their progress to the season decider. On-baller Josh Cubillo and defender Xavier Norden were Aberfeldie standouts while Chris Spinella was best for Greenvale on a day where no one individual put together a strong four quarters. \ TEO PELLIZZERI tpellizzeri@mmpgroup.com.au online »

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rock ignores form guide what the coaches said

Past form counted little for Greenvale on Saturday and coach Anthony Rock will be hoping it’s the same for this Saturday’s preliminary final against Airport West. Greenvale won comfortably against Aberfeldie in early August and then suffered a season-high defeat of 55 points against Airport West the week after. Rock conceded that Saturday’s qualifying final was out of control after Aberfeldie’s five-goal burst late in the first quarter. “We got back into the game but really the tone was set in the first quarter,” Rock said. “It was hard for us to get one-on-ones . . . we didn’t work hard enough.

“We did some undisciplined structural things, gave away stoppage goals. “Out of the centre (Aberfeldie) were really strong, probably similar to our first meeting at Clifton Park where they really dominated.” Rock said there would be changes for this weekend’s preliminary final against Airport West and the match review would be an important part of the week. “Obviously Airport West played really well against us last time but we’ll have a completely different team,” Rock said. Greenvale will be sweating on the fitness of Paul Lenne (hip) and Rhys Johnson (ankle) with the former missing Saturday’s game and the latter out of the match injured before half time.

At Coburg City Oval, Airport West kicked the first five goals of the game unanswered against Avondale Heights and put the result beyond doubt with a five goals to zero third quarter. The Eagles won 17.9 (111) to 7.11 (53). Airport West coach Adam Contessa said his team wouldn’t be reading too much into beating Greenvale at Hansen Reserve last month. “It’s more a point of getting everything right,” Contessa said. “There wasn’t a lot that went wrong today and we turned a seven-goal loss last time we played Avondale into a 10-goal win.” Saturday’s EDFL premier preliminary final between Greenvale and Airport West is at Coburg City Oval from 2.15pm. \ TP

EDFL The Essendon District Football Leauge’s best and fairest count was held on Monday night, after the Weekly went to press. For results in the Reynolds, Hutchison and Division 2 medals and reaction from the winners go to northernweekly.com.au \ SOCCER Bwundoora United women’s team showed the gap between itself and runaway minor premier South Melbourne was not as big as the table suggests with a 2-2 draw at Lakeside Stadium on Saturday. Bundoora took a late 2-1 lead before South striker Laura Spiranovic converted a late penalty to earn a draw for the home team. Tiffany Eliadis gave South a 1-0 half-time lead before a 68th-minute equaliser from Bundoora’s Caitlin Friend. Gulcan Koca put Bundoora in front in the 82nd minute but Ebru Hasan’s foul on Eliadis in the last minute gave South a penalty to level the game. South (56 points) is well clear on top from Sandringham (44), Box Hill (43) and Bundoora (41). In men’s state league 3 north-west, Sporting Whittlesea lost 2-1 to relegation-threatened Hume United. In state 4 north, Whittlesea United beat Plenty Valley Lions 2-0, North City Wolves beat Lalor United 3-2 and Northern Roosters won 5-4 against Old Carey. North City Wolves (34 points) can now move to within a point of second-placed Old Carey (second, 38) by winning its catch-up round game this weekend. In state 5 north, Meadow Park Eagles won 2-1 against West Preston, Bundoora United men won 3-1 against Heidelberg Eagles and Oak Park edged Keon Park 1-0. \ NORTHERN FL Bundoora advanced to a second semi-final against minor premier Montmorency with a 10-point win against fast-finishing Heidelberg on Saturday. The Bulls led by 51 points at three-quarter time but had to hold on at Preston City Oval as Heidelberg reduced the final margin to 13.10 (88) against 10.18 (78). Cameron Cloke kicked four goals for Bundoora. In division 2, Fitzroy Stars beat Whittlesea by 51 points in the second semi-final while in division three, Watsonia advanced to the grand final with a 36-point win against Thomastown. Watsonia will play Panton Hill in the division 3 decider this Saturday. \ EDFL DIVISION 2 Moonee Valley roared home with five unanswered last-quarter goals to roll East Keilor and advance to this Saturday’s grand final against Hillside. Down by 30 points at the last change, The Valley won 11.10 (76) to 11.7 (73). The division 2 grand final between Hillside and Moonee Valley is at Windy Hill starting 2.15pm this Saturday. \ SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 \ NORTHERN WEEKLY 23


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