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INSIDE caseyweeklyberwick.com.au COVER: Sergeant Allen Inderswisch of Cardinia highway patrol, and all other police, are on the lookout for drivers dangerously distracted by their mobile phones. Picture Gary Sissons

Zooming in: A helicopter battles fires at Pakenham last month. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Firebugs beware: Police are on the look-out for arsonists.

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Phone danger: Richard Lee became a paraplegic when a driver using a mobile phone ploughed head-on into him. Page 8. Picture: Craig Sillitoe/Sunday Age

Clyde North and Berwick to contact them so they can be crossed off the list of suspects. Detective Senior Leading Constable Chris Russo of the Casey crime investigation unit said witnesses had reported several vehicles in the area at the time. ‘‘We’d urge anyone who was near the fires to contact police so we can identify whether they had a legitimate purpose in being there.’’ Detective Russo said both sets of fires were on the urban-rural interface, which made them potentially disastrous. ‘‘There was a high risk to property and even to life.’’ Since the start of the year, Casey and Cardinia firefighters have battled a rash of deliberately lit fires. Two 11 year olds have been charged with arson and a 12 year old cautioned over another fire. Detective Russo said it was unlikely children were responsible for the most recent fires because of the large area involved. He called on residents to be vigilant. Information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au. Informants can remain anonymous.

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BY CHAD VAN ESTROP and CATHERINE WATSON POLICE have called for the public to be on the watch for firebugs as concerns grow that arsonists are increasingly responsible for grass and bushfires across Cardinia and Casey. Senior Sergeant Trevor Vondrasek of Cardinia police has called on the public to be an ‘‘extra set of eyes for police’’ on days of extreme fire danger. He said police were willing to risk false alarms if it meant more vigilance against arsonists. ‘‘We’d rather have it reported and then discard it than not know about it at all,’’ he told the Weekly. The call comes as police investigate a spate of deliberately lit fires. Last Sunday week, there were two suspicious outbreaks. The first, about 7.45pm, involved three fires lit about 200 metres apart at Sweeney’s Reserve, Berwick. The second, about 8.50pm, involved eight fires lit over a 500-metre stretch of rural property bound by Thompsons, Pound, Grices and

Soldiers roads in Clyde North. And grass fires that threatened homes in Pakenham earlier last month included some that were lit at 100-metre intervals along Pakenham and Reynolds Roads, Pakenham Upper. CFA operations manager Trevor Owen said he had no doubt the number of suspiciously lit fires had increased this season, especially over recent weeks. ‘‘There has been a spike in deliberate activity this summer. That’s going against the trend over the last few years.’’ Mr Owen also expressed concern that some fires may be being lit by copycats. But dry grassland is making it hard for local firefighters to definitively say if some fires were deliberately lit, he said. ‘‘Because the fuel sources are so dry it only takes a little spark to ignite and often not many remnants are left after a fire. ‘‘Thankfully, this summer hasn’t had hot northerly winds. If we had those winds the results of deliberately lit fires could have been quite catastrophic.’’ Police are urging people seen near the fires in

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Time to reveal donations Congratulations to the council candidates who disclosed their financial donations. There were others who did not, in spite of the obvious spending on glossy promotions. Where is their money coming from, and why is it hidden from public scrutiny?

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Re: Food aid for wild survivors Good old animal activists again coming to the party. Where are the ‘‘paid animal welfare organisations’’? The ones always crying poor mouth. Good on you for being there, as always, to help the animals. I know I will be too! Bobbybree (via web)

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Education cuts deliver a blow Re: Dinkum family returns to Australia I am thrilled to have my good friends back home again. Naureen was a terrific secretary for the Casey Multi-Faith Network. She and her community helped to present our White Ribbon days also. Welcome home, Aussies!

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Last week, students right across Victoria returned from holidays and back into the school day routine. Of course, with the nerves and excitement of backto-school week comes the bills as well. Unfortunately, Ted Baillieu is making life even more difficult for Victorian parents, having cut $555 million out of our education system in his first two years in government, through cuts to the Education Maintenance Allowance, VCAL, the School Start Bonus, Fresh Fruit Friday and the Youth Focused School Service. Some families are really struggling to deal with

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Re: Council donation disclosure backed The whole thing should be looked at. Not only the amount of donations but also the assistance by the major political parties in getting signs and advertising leaflets for their candidates in bulk when independents don’t have the same funds to work with. This has come to light recently in the major newspapers. Russell Owen (via web)

Re: Casey rejects debate on Islam This is not a newly built mosque. An existing mosque 1.7 kilometres away is being moved to this site. It is in an industrial estate in a street with no houses in it. A church has recently been approved in the next lot. Raj (via web)

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Devoted to her cause BY CHAD VAN ESTROP WHILE others may baulk at a 16-hour working day, Jeni Mathieson approaches it with a laugh — and a prayer of thanks. It’s an optimistic attitude she has taken to working for some of Cardinia’s most disadvantaged people for more than 15 years. And on Australia Day, her tirelessness and devotion to others were rewarded when she was named Cardinia’s 2013 citizen of the year for her services to 4Cs — the Cardinia Combined Churches Caring crisis relief centre in Pakenham. Ms Mathieson, the centre’s director, said she was honoured to receive the award. ‘‘But I’ve never done it for the accolades. I’ve done it because I care about the community. ‘‘Its my passion and God’s calling for my life.’’ Announcing the award, mayor Brett Owen noted that Ms Mathieson was ‘‘always on duty, and volunteers her assistance above and beyond normal

working hours’’. He said she had played a pivotal part in establishing the centre and food bank. ‘‘Her enormous drive and ambition has resulted in an increase in volunteers [now more than 80] and the number of donations they get from local businesses and the community.’’ Workers at 4Cs say proof of that drive and work ethic was illustrated before Christmas when she packed 1000 hampers. Ms Mathieson said she devoted her time to 4Cs to ensure those who were struggling in the community always had a helping hand. ‘‘I want this to be a great community for my family and others. Any little thing I can do I’ll do it.’’ Under her leadership 4Cs has grown to provide no-interest loans, crisis housing and bill and food assistance, something she describes as a ‘‘natural progression’’. ‘‘Giving people food is only just a Band-aid — you have to provide other services. ‘‘People are starting to know we are

here but there are some issues arising. ‘‘We have to work on providing more programs and assistance.’’ Ms Mathieson t came to 4Cs in 1997 needing a ‘‘complete change’’ after many years working in afterschool care. ‘‘At the time I thought, ‘anyone could keep food on the shelves’ — now I feel like I have got this monster of an organisation. But I love it.’’ She said she was looking forward to the challenge of 4Cs’ new charity store, which has recently moved to Pakenham from Garfield. ‘‘It’s been exceptional so far and it’s bringing people to the main centre.’’ And after 15 years she doesn’t see any let-up in her devotion: ‘‘Until He tells me to stop I’ll keep going.’’ The 4Cs relief centre can be contacted on 5941 2268.

Top honour: Jeni Mathieson was named Cardinia’s citizen of the year at Australia Picture: Gary Sissons Day celebrations.

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A motorcyclist has died after hitting two parked cars in Narre Warren last weekend. The 29-year-old Cranbourne North man was travelling west in Fleetwood Drive when he lost control about 2.20am on February 3. The 2013 provisional road toll now stands at 18, 13 fewer than the corresponding time last year.

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Boots for all Melbourne footballer David Rodan is calling on all Casey and Cardinia footy fans to donate second-hand footy boots and other sports equipment. Fans can now make donations at Australia Post outlets. All donations go to Boots For All, a national not-for-profit organisation aiming to break down barriers in sport, and will be distributed to needy teams across Australia. Next Tuesday, David Rodan and teammates will visit the Pakenham post office to meet their fans and promote the initiative.

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$30m driver training plan for Pakenham CARDINIA Shire could be at the heart of motor sport, road safety and driver education in Victoria, with a $30 million racetrack and driver training facility planned for Pakenham. Work is expected to begin soon on the Cardinia Motor Recreation and Education Park on a 50-hectare site in McGregor Road, Pakenham. Eight years in the planning and similar to the Eastern Creek Motor Sport Park near Sydney, it is expected to open in January 2016. A joint venture between Cardinia Council and Drew Price Engineering, it will be used by car, motorcycle and go-kart clubs, and as a driver education centre. The council, police and the Transport Accident Commission hope it will help reduce hoon driving and, hopefully, the high road toll. Cardinia Shire mayor Brett Owen said there would be a strong focus on training and road safety, particularly among young people in the south-east. ‘‘Cardinia and Casey have got a high road toll in relation to young people and previous years have been really

bad for us,’’ he told The Sunday Age. ‘‘This is an opportunity, working with the council and local police, to really educate young people about driver safety and run programs to try and reduce the road toll in our area.’’ Cr Owen, who is also a youth services officer with Victoria Police, said the complex would be a ‘‘quality, educational, road-safety park’’. ‘‘A lot of young people use motorbikes illegally — these monkey bikes or dirt bikes. This an opportunity for young people to be part of a club and place to do it safely.’’ The motor park is expected to include a main circuit of about three kilometres for cars and motorcycles, multiple go-kart circuits, a skid pan, motocross and quad-bike circuit, and a motorkhana, autocross and buggy circuit. Pakenham Auto Club and Koo Wee Rup Motorcycle Club are expected to use the park. Motorcycle club secretary Brenda Corkery club said it would put young people off the road and into a more controlled environment.

‘‘The amount of kids you hear tearing around the streets without any protective gear is concerning, we could get them into a safer environment.’’ She said a planned TAFE educational centre would let Cardinia’s youth take up automotive studies and be ‘‘a place where the kids wouldn’t have to travel to Dandenong or Warragul’’. Pakenham Auto Club president Leon Prosser said the facility would play an important role in driver training. ‘‘We have got kids starting as young as 12. We can put them into a car and they have got to have an experienced passenger with them. They get a really good understanding of what a car can do and just how dangerous it can be.’’ Cr Owen said the project would be completed at ‘‘minimal’’ cost to the council. ‘‘As soon as we have the go ahead from the Federal government we will work with our two local clubs and work out exactly what it will look like.’’ — Chad Van Estrop, with The Age

Vroom to move: John Hill of Pakenham Auto Club watches a member go through his paces on the club’s current course. Picture: Justin McManus/The Age

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Texting drivers: r u crazy? It’s inter-connected oblivion. More and more people are being caught using their mobile phones or texting while driving. It costs them a $282 fine. Sometimes it costs them — and others — their lives. CHAD VAN ESTROP reports. ichard Lee’s job is measuring people for their new wheelchairs. Some of them come to him after diving accidents or falls and others as a result of car crashes. And a few of that last group come to him because the person who caused the crash that crippled them was talking on a mobile phone or texting at the time. Mr Lee can put himself in their place. Ten years ago he was in a line of slow-moving traffic on a curve on Templestowe Road, Bulleen. A four-wheel-drive coming in the other direction failed to take the curve and ploughed into him. Its driver wasn’t looking, too busy chatting on his phone. He turned Mr Lee into a paraplegic. So he can honestly tell those clients he knows exactly how they feel. But recently a man came shopping for a wheelchair and left Mr Lee lost for words. He admitted that he had been driving while using his phone, oblivious and distracted, and it cost him the use of his legs. ‘‘He’s the only one I ever had who admitted to that,’’ says Mr Lee. ‘‘And you have to bite your tongue really. You might pass a comment like ‘Well, that was a bit foolish, wasn’t it’ — huge understatement. But really, what can you say?’’ Mr Lee is not usually so backward in coming forward. When he pulls up beside other drivers and sees them chatting on their mobiles — or, worse, texting — he winds down his window and gives them a spray. If they don’t get the message he points to his wheelchair on the seat beside him. Not that it does much good, he admits. Every week more than 1100 drivers are pulled up by police and charged with illegal phone use. During the most-recent police safety blitz — Summer Stay, which ran from mid-November to January 7 — 6077 motorists were charged with mobile phone offences. They face a $282 fine and loss of three demerit points. And worse. Some face a meeting with someone like Mr Lee, to be measured for a new seat of wheels: ‘‘Unfortunately, it appears mobiles are increasingly going to become a much more common cause of serious injury on our roads,’’ he says. ‘‘And, of course, death.’’ For years, a series of studies has shown the dangers of mixing mobile phones and cars. A British study in 2002 found using a hand-held mobile while driving was more dangerous than driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08. It said reaction time was 30 per cent slower than someone with that level of alcohol and twice as slow as a sober driver. In 2009, a Virginia Tech study in the US showed that dialling a mobile while driving increased the risk of a crash by almost three times. Simply talking on the phone made the risk of a crash 1.3 times as high. In heavy vehicles the risks multiply. A truck driver dialling a number is six times more likely

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You’re nicked: Allen Inderswisch of the Cardinia highway patrol is on the lookout for phone-distracted drivers.

Campaigner: Richard Lee was turned into a paraplegic when a driver talking on a mobile phone ploughed into his car. Picture: Craig Sillitoe/The Age to cause a crash as an undistracted driver and reaching for the phone makes it seven times more likely. Text messaging while driving is far worse. It increases the risk of a crash by 23.2 times, the study found. A simulator study by the Monash University Accident Research Centre found texting drivers spent 400 per cent more driving time with their eyes off the road. ‘‘You cannot read or write an SMS without taking your eyes off the road,’’ Transport Accident Commission road safety manager Samantha Cockfield told The Age in 2011. ‘‘In a 100km/h zone, in four seconds with your eyes off the road you’ve travelled about 200 metres. That’s a long way to travel without actually having anybody in real control of the wheel.’’ Yet today the potential for drivers to be

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distracted by such devices is at an all-time high, with social media, emails, texts and GPS technology all available on smartphones. TAC communications adviser Emily Bogue says increased technology and an “it won’t happen to me’’ mentality was fuelling the problem of driver distraction. The latest available police statistics show that 55,222 drivers — an average of 151 a day — were nabbed for mobile phone offences in 2011. But much of the problem seems to be attitudinal. A TAC survey in 2010 found 43 per cent of drivers said they believed driving with a handheld mobile was ‘‘extremely dangerous’’ and another 42 per cent said it was moderately dangerous — yet, despite knowing the dangers, one in five drivers admitted making calls while driving; 34 per cent said they would take a call; 32 per cent said they would read an SMS; and 18 per cent said they would write one. Inspector David Griffin of Victoria Police highway patrol says drivers have an “automatic reaction’’ to reach for their phones while driving and often disregard the dangers. “There seems to be this preparedness by drivers, particularly younger drivers, to take the risk. “People don’t seem to understand the risks associated with using a mobile while driving — or if they do understand they are willing to take a chance they might not get caught.” And even after being caught and fined many don’t seem to learn. Inspector Griffin says he is

surprised by how many reoffend. “We detect a lot of people who have had tickets for using their phones in the past.” In Cardinia, highway patrol officers booked 446 drivers last year for mobile phone offences. ‘‘People don’t like to be out of communication and as a result they are reluctant to pull over and take calls,’’ says Sergeant Allen Inderwisch of Cardinia police. ‘‘They see every call or text as the most important one they will receive.’’ Sergeant Inderwisch says he regularly sees drivers pulling out of car parks and driveways talking on the phone. ‘‘We can’t understand why people don’t just take that extra few minutes and take the call while stationary.’’ Inspector Griffin says Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has urged all sections of the force to increase the focus on road safety enforcement. “More than ever before we are seeing police from other areas focus on road policing. ‘‘There is an expectation for other police [outside highway patrol] to deal with road policing matters.’’ This meant phone users were more likely to be detected: ‘‘We have hopefully moved from the possibility to the probability of being caught.” While it is illegal in all Australian states and territories to use a hand-held phone while driving, many people don’t realise that in Victoria that extends to using the phone while the vehicle is stationary but not parked, such as at traffic lights, says Inspector Griffin. But he is also cynical about the selfishness and thoughtlessness of many drivers, saying that increasing the $282 fine would not necessarily change driver behaviour. “There is no evidence to suggest that if the penalty was $1000 people would do anything different.” While it is difficult to quantify the contribution of mobile phone use to the road toll, Inspector Griffin suggests that anecdotal evidence shows that distracted drivers might be as responsible for as much as 25 per cent of deaths on the road. Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, a Blackburn-based not for profit organisation, provides support and counselling for bereaved family members, witnesses, drivers and emergency service personnel who attend crashes, and also runs seminars and education for those convicted of traffic offences. General manager Cameron Sinclair has no doubt that there are people on both sides of that client-base because of mobile phones. ‘‘We don’t take a policing role but are concerned at any type of behaviour, whether it’s speed, alcohol or distraction through technology that puts passengers, drivers or anyone else at risk,’’ he says. ‘‘I have a five-year-old son and I’d hate to think that he is being put in danger — not to mention myself — by these people.’’


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Windermere’s new chief has big plans ONE of Australia’s leading child and family welfare professionals is the new chief executive officer at the southeast’s most enduring welfare agency, Windermere Child and Family Services. Lynette Buoy will begin at Narre Warren-based Windermere next week, after replacing outgoing CEO Cheryl De Zilwa. Dr Buoy has spent much of her career in organisations assisting vulnerable and disadvantaged families and their children. Since 2009 she has been CEO at the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, the peak organisation for almost 100 child and family services in Victoria. For three years before that she was general manager with The Smith Family in Western Australia and prior to that CEO at Melbourne’s Lady Gowrie Child Centre. Windermere is the oldest and fastest-growing community service organisation in Victoria, serving a

population of 1.2 million across 10 municipalities, but Dr Buoy has ambitions to embed its services into the community, in part by making them more accessible. ‘‘It’s about focusing on providing quality services for families and integrating them with what Windermere already does,’’ she said. Childcare would be one area where there would be added focus. That was already under way, with an early childhood learning centre opening in Frankston last week. Dr Buoy said the centre would be a learning opportunity for Windermere. ‘‘We will take what we learn from that centre and apply it to other areas in our organisation.’’ The 150-year-old service, which began with a boys’ home in Brighton, now works with children, families and individuals dealing with physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect, family violence and housing and disability issues. Dr Buoy told the Weekly she also planned to widen its focus into coun-

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Puffed out: Richard Foster, left, wants smoking banned from all public places in Melbourne. Picture: Joe Armao/The Age tended to drift into his cafe from outdoor areas. ‘‘Smoking in outdoor public areas should be banned 100 per cent,’’ he said. Michelle Matthes, owner of Cafe 127 in Main Street, Pakenham, said many cafes in Warragul had lost business as a result of a ban on smoking

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T’S a common pattern — youngsters with a disability playing for their local footy team until they reach their early teens and fall by the wayside. Mel Lindsay says that’s where Cranbourne Football Club’s all-abilities football team is so important. Now co-ordinator of the team, she became involved because as an integration aide she knew a lot of people with disabilities who loved their AFL football. ‘‘Some have played with local clubs as juniors but as they become older they no longer feel confident and they’re not encouraged. We give them the opportunity to keep playing.’’ The team is recruiting now for the 2013 season. It’s open to anyone aged 14-40, male or female, with an intellectual or physical disability. Prior football experience is not necessary. While the team is affiliated with the Cranbourne club, players are welcome from all parts of Casey, Pakenham and Dandenong. The players wear the Cranbourne Eagles jumpers and use the club’s social facilities.

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Able and willing: Guests including Casey councillors Amanda Stapledon and Geoff Ablett attended the all-abilities team’s presentation night last year. ‘‘Their parents and other family members carry the water or run the canteen, which all helps to create a sense of community,’’ Lindsay said. Students from mainstream schools are welcome as long as they are funded for an integration aide. The team trains once a week at Casey Fields in Cranbourne but training is not compulsory. Games

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Laptop/PC Repair Microsoft & Dell Certified Engineer • All Brands • Any Problem • No Fix - No Fee • Free Pickup & Delivery • 20 Years Exp • Free Quote

Concrete Products and Services

MOBILE 0419 332 270

G5389543AA-dc15Oct

G5396873AA-dc24Sep

3 outlets Auto Control/Dump Valve Winter Seal

Cabinet Makers

E & W Blinds & Security Doors

G5235767AA-dc2Jul

Gas Heating 6 outlets Auto Control

G5441497AA-dc8Oct

Respected family business with over 35yrs experience Evap Cooling

Cardinia Consulting Services 0412 643 548

G5550323AA-dc26Nov

A BETTER DEAL- BRIVIS CARRIER TOSHIBA

G5277854AA-dc24Jul

DISCOUNT ASPHALTING

Air Conditioning

G5664605AA-dc15Jan

Houses and Land Wanted ................. 20 EMPLOYMENT 20-21

GENERAL SERVICES 16,19-20

Roofing Services ............................. 19

Landscaping & concrete services also available

Lic 48169

LIFESTYLE 20

GENERAL NOTICES 19-20

Plumbing................................... 18-19

CELEBRATIONS 21 Accessories.................................... 21 Marriage Celebrants ........................ 21 Receptions..................................... 21 MOTORING 21 Car and Truck Hire ........................... 21 Cars New and Used.......................... 21 Motorcycles Scooters ...................... 21

Painters and Decorators................... 18

Trades & Services

D.L. Air

Pets and Pet Care ............................ 20

Personal ........................................ 19

Locksmiths .................................... 18

Asphalt

9755 5720

TRADING WORLD 20 Computer Services .......................... 20

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TRADES & SERVICES 17-19 Air Conditioning............................... 17 Asphalt .......................................... 17 Awnings Blinds Curtains ................... 17 Bricklayers ..................................... 17 Builders and Building Services .......... 17 Building Plans and Drafting ............... 17 Cabinetmakers ............................... 17 Carpenters ..................................... 17 Carpet Layers and Services .............. 17 Cleaning Services ........................... 17 Computer Service and Repairs .......... 17 Concrete Products and Services ........ 17 Electrical Services...................... 17-18 Excavations and Earth Moving ........... 18 Fencing and Gates ........................... 18 Floor Services ................................. 18

MERLIN’S ELITE SERVICES • Internal & external household cleaning

• Builders/ commercial/ industrial cleans • Window cleaning/ steam cleaning • Lawn mowing/Handyman services • 10 years experience/ Free quotes / Police check available Mile 0424 757 174 ~ merlin-services@hotmail.com Fax (03) 5995 7762 G4937096AA-dc27Feb

ELECTRICIAN

REC-13567

• Power Points • Lights • Sensor Lights • Safety Switches • Bathroom Light Heaters • Split Systems • Plus All Other Electrical Work 24 Hour Service - Free Quotes

Ask for John 0432 017 602 or 8774 4861

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Garden Services

ABACUS FLOORING Specialising in all electrical installations • Extensions/Refurbishments • Stove/Oven/Hot water repair • Switchboard upgrades • TV/Phone/Data G5462168AA-dc22Oct Free Quotes • House Rewires • Safety switches Lic 17824 Jason 772 17824 Shane0411 1300 300 644 Rec 698

• Mowing • Ride-On Mowing • Grass Slashing • Whipper Snipping • Weed Spraying • Lowest Rates

Dean: 9700 5898 or 0439 995 150 G5690437

Maurie - 0407 594 325

If You Are Thinking About Moving, PLEASE CALL 0412 301 596. ★ Local ★ Country ★ Interstate ★ 7 days a week ★ Free QuotesG5018043

Site Cleans, Trenches, Rotary Hoe, Post Holes, Soil Moving, Spreading & Levelling • Limited Access • Fully Insured

Benchtop replacement specialists. Specialising in kitchens, bathrooms, laundries & wardrobe fitouts.

“Reliable Service with Old Fashion Care”

Furniture Removals

AAA MINI DIGGERS

Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations

M&M Lawn Mowing

★ Sanding & Polishing ★ Dustless Machines ★ Non-Toxic Finishes Available 3yr warranty, free quotes, top quality & best price.

Excavations and Earth Moving

Kitchens

Ph Paul 0424 474 408

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Qualified Cabinet Maker

Locksmiths K.C. LOCKSMITH All Locks Supplied, Installed & Repaired Domestic ~ Commercial ~ Automotive 7 DAYS

Sinclair Garden Maintenance and Lawnmowing Lawns mowed from $25. Dont pay to much. Full garden maintenance with a friendly and professional approach, servicing South East Melbourne.

9547 3853 - 0403 133 960

G5584969

Call today for a free quote 0429 527 533

G5479118AA-dc22Oct

Tight Access Specialist, Access Any Back Yard

on automatic openers and garage doors

 Sales  Service  Repairs We will beat any genuine quote Free Quotes on all garage doors & remotes

R E M O T E S

Roller Doors and More • Over 18 years experience. • Remote controls for Sectional, Tilt & Roller Doors. • We beat written quotes on comparable products

» We mow, trim and edge all lawns » Windows expertly cleaned » Block slashing » Mulch mowing » Garden clean ups » Gutters cleaned » Pest control » Weed spraying

★ Champion Fencing ★

Economy Carpentry

G5543471AA-dc27Nov

Phone 0432 490 171

F ORREST

MOWING AND GARDENING SERVICES

• Lawn mowing x Lawn mowing • Ride on mowing x Hedge trimming x Garden maintenance • Hedge trimming x Pruning • Garden maintenance

x• x• x• x•

Pruning Landscaping Landscaping Gutters cleaned Rubbish removal Gutters cleaned Vegie Gardens Rubbish removal

• 9791 9877 • 0411 636 400 [ 18 ] WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

- PAINTER -

• Pergolas • Carports • Decks • Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations • Free quotes • Over 30 years experience • Pensioner discount Phone Guy: 0410 475 166 A/H 5940 0390

G5452970AA-dc16Oct

• Professional with years of experience • Residential / Commercial

Call Bob 0417 503 404 or 9798 1760 Where quality work still exists

HANDYMAN SERVICES • Painting, interior/exterior • General maintenance/renovations • Repairs to decking pergolas and existing fences • Free quote and affordable rates Call Steve: 0407 549 509 or after hours: 9702 5925

MIX MAINTENANCE

Pest Control Termite & Pest Control Termite Proofing, AEPMA member, Commercial & Domestic

• Ants • Bees • Wasps • Spiders • Mice • Rats etc

5964 3888 / 0412 990 372

Home Handyman & Odd Jobs Including: ●

Painting ● Gates & Doors Re-hung ● Tiling ● Decking & Patio Repairs ● Free Quotes

Call Mick 0419 628 657

Plasterers DS FAST PLASTERER ✧ New Homes ✧ Domestic ✧ Commercial ✧ Extension ✧ Renovation & Small jobs ✧ Cornice ✧ Insulation

G5738693

Free quote Kum 0405 985 960

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Custom Line Kitchens

Plumbing Aff ordable Plumbing

●Kitchens ●Cabinets ●Laundries ●Vanity

Free Quotes

Phone Aaron 0409 518 168

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FREE QUOTES

Ph: 9794 6706 Mob: 0412 503 390

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FREE QUOTES

METRO PAINTING & DECORATING 30 YRS EXPERIENCE

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Kitchens

Call Ronny 0412 529 554

ALL TYPES OF GATES & FENCES • Automatic & Sliding • Ballustrading • Pool & Garden Fencing

Mob: 0412 319 460 - AH 9548 4045

Lic: 20982

Email: tiptop_handyman@hotmail.com

Specialising In All Timber Fencing ★ Gates ★ Free Quotes

LOCK UP QUALITY GATES

 No job too small  Domestic/Commercial  Free quotes  All work fully guaranteed

G5478269

# Mowing # Weed spraying # Hedging # Gutter cleaning # Tree prunning/removal # Garden clean ups / make-overs

Tayne: 0402 339 263

"Choose the best, we'll beat the rest’’

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Call 0418 576 021 or 9702 9834

G5335906AA-dc21Aug

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9799 8049 or Mobile: 0407 633 532

MASTER PAINTER Oakwood Painters & Decorators

*Conditions apply

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 Treated Pine  Demolition & Removal  Gates  Picket Fences  Retaining Walls

9548 3000 or 0418 881 551

CASEY MOWING AND GARDENING

“All Aspects of Wooden & Colorbond Fencing”

TOPLINE FENCING

Call 9704 8046 or 0409 505 750

Homes, Businesses, Offices, Insurance Work

Specialising in Renovation, Carpentry, Rubbish Removal, Pergolas, All types of Plumbing, Tiling, Painting

G5736197

Mike: 0417 354 797 - Ph/Fax: 9703 1037

• All Types of Domestic / Industrial • New Home / and repaint / Plaster repair • Public Liability Insurance • Quality Work Guaranteed • Competitive Rates & Free Quotes

TIP TOP HANDYMAN SERVICES

9702 2421 or 0466 538 894

“Honest & Reliable”

A.A.UNIK PAINTING SERVICE

Handy Person Services

Garden Services

A SAWED FENCER

Ventures Pty Ltd

G5382570

GLASS REPLACEMENT 50% DISCOUNT* or cover $100 excess Windows... Doors... Shop Fronts...

0412 174 686 - 9727 4744

For All Your Paling, Picket & Colorbond Fencing Needs Removal Of Old Fencing Gates Made To Size, Free Quotes Call 0417 310 566 G5269116AA-dc16Jul

* Colorbond * Merbau Horizontal * Paling & Picket * Retaining Walls * Gates * Demolition & Removal of old fences

CALL MICHAEL - 9794 0964 - 0421 104 586

EASY GLIDE GARAGE DOORS 0409 000 026

Complete Garden and Home Maintenance

Fencing and Gates

GLASS REPLACEMENT SPECIALISTS GLASS AND MIRRORS CUT TO SIZE• GLASS SPLASHBACKS

30 Years Experience Low Price Interior/Exterior 10 Year Guarantee Immediate Start Pensioner Discount 0412 122 270 Free Quotes 9795 3274

G5615365AA-dc15Jan

JUNIOR EXCAVATIONS

ABN-41275657346

G5469301AA-dc22Oct

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•E Excavation ti • Demolition • Rubbish Removal • Clean Ups • Odd jobs large or small • 5 tonne Excavator Sam 0408 640 848 or Steve 0409 505 931

All aspects of fencing

A & A BOB BROTHERS PAINTING

Glazing and Glaziers ALL GLASS

********SUPER SPECIAL********

G5131417AA-dc21May

DEMO DIG

All Earthworks/Post Holes/Rubbish Removal. Excavator 680mm wide / bobcat + 5m tipper. Fully Insured, 17 yrs experience, free quotes. Richard 0431 464 377 or 5968 9991

Painters and Decorators

Registered

Garages Garage Doors and Carports GARAGE DOOR & REMOTES

• DOMESTIC • COMMERCIAL • AUTOMOTIVE DOUG AMOS Over 20 Years Experience 0434 499 239

G5428205AA-dc1Oct

Call Garry 0413 580 508

G5359801AA-dc28Aug

0430 342 441

G5164198AA-dc4Sep

G5313235AA-dc21Aug

Local, country & interstate. • 10 metre tipper • Site cleans • House Cuts Free quotes. • Trenches • Driveways • Leveling • Post and stump hole drilling Please call: 0438 809 223 • Jackhammer avaliable • 30 years experience.

TOP OF THE TOWN LAWNMOWING • Lawns mowed • Small trees removed • Weeding - Spraying • Pensioner discount • Cheap rates from $20

G5339811AA-dc21Aug

Bobcat Excavator

G5684144AA-dc22Jan

MCCL TRANSPORT REMOVAL Pty Ltd

G5558068AA-dc27Nov

G5670171 G5122871AA-dc15May

G5728943AA-dc4Feb

• 3 Meter Tipper • Honest & Reliable

Call David 0438 055 166

G5684775

   

For all your plumbing needs

G5685242AA-dc21Jan

www.jlhuttelectrical.com.au

Electrical Services

Hot Water Service Replacements Hot & Cold Water Replacements Lic. 47089 Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations Burst Pipes, Sewer Blockages, Gas Installations On time every time OR discounts given For a friendly service Call Ross on 0417 128 536


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New Ridge Roof Restoration

Andrew 0431 150 866 All your plumbing needs

ENDEAVOUR PLUMBING PTY. LTD. (Lic. 31398) Blocked Drains, All General Plumbing, Hot Water Services * Quality Workmanship Guaranteed * No Job Too Small

Incorporating Koowerup Bin Hire 3

3

3

Windows

WINDOWS 1 Aluminium, Timber and UPVC Windows Free Measure and quote

Servicing all of Greater Melbourne

G5452317AA-dc16Oct

G5720875AA-dc29Jan

*You will give our quality the thumbs up*

Adult Phone Talk ALL FETISH! Anything goes! from 99c/min 1300 700 904 1902 226 323 Chat now! $5.45/min pay/mob extra

COOLTOUCH SERVICES AU-30413 Domestic & Commercial Repairs & service of refrigeration ★ Air conditioning ★ Washing machine ★ Work guaranteed ★ Pensioner discount

0410 508 766 G5356899

SPECIAL:: SPECIAL Full service 20 minutes $

80

9793 5289

For all your tree services.. • Tree removal • Stump grinding • Hedging & pruning • Landscaping • $10m liability insured

Mick 0418 131 374 • Trees & Stumps Removed • 20 Years Experience • Free Quotes.

1300 440 651

G5182526AA-dc25Jun

Cougar Ladies The best of 30's, 40's & 50yo. We're eager to please & a total tease Ph: 9495 2738 swa4281be

FREE QUOTE

30 % DIGITAL ANTENNAS THIS WEEK OFF

G5673106AA-dc14Jan

CALL OUT FEE $0

POINTS + BOOSTERS

% 40

f of

ANTENNAS

HD/Digital ready Extra TV / Phone points TV Mounting/Home theatre

I Love My Job 0421 210 232

Music

9708 5555 swa3420b

A wide range of guitars & musical instruments on display

9769 9252 The Music Centre BERWICK 65 Enterprise Ave, Berwick

Piano/Keyboard, Guitar, Bass, Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Recorder, Singing. Any age & level. Jazz - Rock - Classical Specialty lessons for preschool children. Instrument sales available. Pianoforte Music College & Sales EXCELLENCE SINCE 1975 Narre Warren 9796 7090 Weekdays 11am - 8pm, Sat 10am - 5pm

Education and Tuition

Musical Instruments

G5235922

MUSIC LESSONS

AFFORDABLE Tutoring by qual exp tutor in Maths, Phys, Chem & Bio for VCE, TAFE & Uni. PAYG. 0431 650 277 or 0430 631 249. TUITION In your home. Grade 1 to Year 12, most subjects and suburbs. Also online tution from $10ph all suburbs. ✆ 9028 2060.

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PH - 1300 ESCORT swa4281be

Slim 23yo Will visit you. Available till late. 9775 3210. swa224e

ESCORTS R US Ladies Welcome.

Above ALL

Music

All Ages & Levels Welcome!

Open 10am 7 Days

Jessica Elegant, attractive, slim lady. Private and discreet. Daytime only. 0418 307 487 swa918xe.

Georgous size 8. Hot little figure. swa4945xe

Personal MALE WANTING To meet female for friendship or relationship, to have a good time. Phone 0421 861 194.

Pampering MUSIC LESSONS PIANO - KEYBOARD - GUITAR - DRUMS - VIOLIN

IMOGEN - Hot, hot, hot. Ex swimsuit model. 32yo size 8. Tall, toned, busty and blonde. I visit you. 9495 2723 swa4281be

No sms

142-144 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Dandenong 3175

CLASSICAL GUITAR Tuition. Treat yourself to a new experience in 2013 with quality classical guitar lessons. ☎ Werner 0402 570 415.

SENSUAL

★ MIRANDA 0422 438 583

TV and Home Entertainment Services

26 Rhur St, Dandenong. Open 7 days

G5671537AA-dc14Jan

Adult Services

The Competition and Consumer Act provides that advertised prices for goods and services which attract GST should be GST inclusive. Prices should not be quoted as being 'excluding GST' or 'plus GST' or by the use of words or phrases conveying similar meaning. Readers are entitled to expect that the advertised prices are the actual prices at which they can purchase the particular goods and services. Metro Media Publishing will not knowingly accept for publication any advertisement which may be in breach of the Competition and Consumer Act or any other relevant law.

Adult Services

Tree Services

0409 888 228

Refrigeration

9794 7913

General

24hrs/7 days

Lic 45093

G5675971AA-dc21Jan

Window Replacement Service

Servicing Shire of Cardinia and the Berwick area

AAA ANTENNAS AERIAL INSTALLED TODAY

THUMBS UP PLUMBING

9755 5720

3

For a free quote call

 Maintenance  Water Service Renewals  Gas Fitting  Hot Water Units  Free Quotes  Pensioner Discounts  Wall Hung Split Systems  NO CALL OUT FEE

For any domestic plumbing Call Jarrod 0418 134 277

3

0409 232 286

0411 615 815 or 9700 3539

Call Simon 0448 668 036

3

5m , 6m , 8m , 10m , 12m , 20m , All walk in bins

G5702901AA-dc28Jan

G5448705AA-dc9Oct

• Roofing • Water • Blockages • Gas Fitting • Drainage • Renovations Lic No. 35221 • Hot Water Service Change Overs

PAK BIN HIRE

Ph: 9798 3074 or 0417 582 601

G5548436AA-dc14Jan

• no job to small • leaking taps/toilets • burst/leaking water/gas pipes • hot water repairs/replacements • blocked drains • 24/7 emergency repairs • fully insured Lic#51646

Rubbish Removal

G5677057AA-dc15Jan

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL ADVERTISERS

SWA3337BE

G5720552AA-dc29Jan

lic. 22766

G5156138AA-dc29May

0412 226 955

G5478308AA-dc22Oct

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FOR ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS Prompt & Reliable Service

G5103033AA-dc14Jan

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BRUCE MORGAN PLUMBING

Phone 13 24 25

G5710431

 30 years experience i  A full recover service  Lounge suites made to order  Free quotes  Free pick-up & delivery

9700 1899 - 0439 931 138 - 5940 9663 ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ ★ ★ ★ TAYLOR & SON ROOFING ★ ★ ★ ★ ● Will fix and improve any tiled roofs ★ ★ ★ ★ ● From a small leak to a new roof ★ ★ ★ ● Qualified roof tilers ● 30 years experience ★ ★ ★ Free quotes ● Pensioner discount ★ ★ ★ ★ 9796 9232 or 0402 439 107 ★ ★ G5312874 ★ ★ ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ ★

Friday 5.00pm Monday 10.00am

APB UPHOLSTERY

# Pensioner Discount # No job too small

NO CALL OUT CHARGE

All general plumbing maintenance and gasfitting

Upholsterers

# Qualified Roof Tiler

Call Adam 0415 456 563 For fast friendly & reliable service Roofing / Drainage / Blockages / H.W.S / Renovations / Maintenance and ALL your plumbing needs

Proof deadline: All Classifieds:

8.30am-5.00pm, Monday - Friday. All major credit cards accepted.

Mention this ad for $10 discount www.escortsrus.com.au ☎ 9775 3210 swa224e G5730219

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G5685904AA-dc30Jan

# Flexible Pointing # Respraying Lic. 48953

For Casey Weekly Berwick, Pakenham Weekly

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For all your roofing needs # Rebedding & Pointing # Pressure Cleaning

131 546

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G5350108AA-dc27Aug

Call Savas 0412 707 212 or 9795 4516

Same Day Response Local Technicians All 100% Guaranteed Home Theatre Installations FREE on-site Signal Test and Quote Government Endorsed Installers

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WE RESTORE YOUR ROOF AS ITS OUR OWN!

• 10 Years Guarantee • Free Quotes

APN Plumbing

Public Notices

DIGITAL TV SPECIALISTS

$1290 G5667597AA-dc15Jan

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M FRO

TV and Home Entertainment Services JIMA002r

Roofing Services

G5735067AA-dc4Feb

Plumbing

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Garage Sales

PC LAPTOP Mac, wireless, internet, network, virus etc. repair, 23yrs exp. Charge $40-$120 neg. ✆ 9769 2006 or 0401 018 489.

SPRINGVALE 28 Peter Street, Saturday 9th February, 9am-3pm. Everything must go, something for everyone. Dont miss out.

JUNIOR REGISTRATION DAY

Dry split Red Gum $280 per ton, Dry split Yellow Box $350 per ton, Split Mallee Stumps $330 per ton, Mountain Ash $250 per ton.

G5293376AA-dc30Jul

108 Doveton Ave, Doveton. Sunday 10th February, 11am - 3pm.

Come on down and be part of a great club.

Garage Sales DANDENONG Salvation Army, 55 James Street, Dandenong, Saturday 9th February, 8am-12pm. Great bargains!

We are looking for players of all ages from

Mobile Dog Wash and Dog Training

All natural shampoo’s. clipping and washing service. Also home of Koo Wee K9 Bootcamp Group dog training.

Contact Carol 0412 076 095

Shared Accomodation

Accounting Services and Tax Agents TAX RETURNS BOOKKEEPING & ACCOUNTING BUSINESS CONSULTING

R.W. UMBERS & CO

To Let

DANDENONG Close to station, very clean large furnished room, $150pw, non-smoker, student or employed. Call: 0402 052 345.

0416 864 429

Registered Tax Agent Public Accountant Business Consultant

G5403566AA-dc18Sep

• TAXATION - All types of Tax Returns - Individual, Business, Partnership & Company Tax Returns - Tax Advice - Past Year & Late Tax Returns - Electronic Lodgment & Refunds Back Within 14 Days (Subject to Australian Taxation Office Processing) • GST & BAS - Preparation & Lodgement • BOOKKEEPING & ACCOUNTING SERVICES

Contact: Ron Umbers 13-15 Hillsmeade Drive, Narre Warren South, 3805 Phone: 9704 8167 Mobile: 0419 315 019

DANDENONG NORTH Gloria Avenue. Furnished room including bills, $140 per week. Bond $200. Please call George 0415 963 861.

ROOMS AVAILABLE Single rooms. Gents only. 48 Hammond Rd/45 Hemmings St, Dandenong. Call John mobile: 0417 336 906.

To Let

HAMPTON PARK $290 per week. Neat and tidy 3BR house with carport in quiet court. Phone 9844 3185 after hours. NOBLE PARK 6 rooms, 4BR, all gas cooking and heating, close to schools & transport. $340pw. Call 0431 036 906.

We Buy Houses Looking for houses to purchase in local area by private investors For a fast solution to selling your house

Call Julie 0405 678 489

CLASSIFIEDS

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THAI LADY Massage, $65 per hr. Air cond. For relaxation please ph for appointment 0413 503 748, 9am-8pm. Mon to Fri. Somerville.

Phone 9769 9025 for an interview www.pridedetailing.com.au

Massage Therapy

Eligibly Criteria Applies.

G5734531AA-dc4Feb

To apply please call 8398 1722 or email your most recent resume to mmano@miss.vic.edu.au

• Relaxation & Deep Tissue • New Staff Friendly & Welcoming Shower facilities now avail Springvale South 9546 9999 Open 7 days

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Attention Qualified Mechanics UP TO $34.00 P/H

And First Year Apprentice Mechanics

REGISTERED NURSE

4 Day Working Week, 3 day weekends

We are an accredited Medical Centre in Endeavour Hills looking for a Registered Nurse to join our team of Practice Nurses for approximately 10 hours per week, with flexibility to cover annual and sick leave. Your experience in immunisations, care plans and knowledge of accreditation would be advantageous. Please forward application to Fax 9706 1934 Or Email: rmmc@rmmc.com.au or G5730268

Leading Victorian wholesale Nursery has three full time positions available in Narre Warren North, applicants should have an interest in or knowledge of general horticulture. Two positions will involve working with succulent plants and the other with Bonsai, positions will involve all aspects of nursery work. Hours are 7.30 am to 4 pm weekdays. Applications by email to jeno@paradisia.com.au fax to 9706 1425 or post to Paradisia Nurseries, 103 Heatherton Rd, Narre Warren North 3804.

Hospital and Medical

Full Body Massage

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Relieve stress & tension. Mobile service available. Live life well. Call Frank: 0421 926 492.

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G5721378

• All overtime paid at double time • Opportunity to join close knit effective team

An opportunity awaits for a Qualified Diesel Mechanic to join a busy team in Dandenong South. Variety, stability and opportunity for future advancement for the right person. JJ Richards is a family owned, nationwide company. Due to an increase in fleet numbers and positive reputation, we are looking to welcome a Qualified Diesel Mechanic to assist our current workshop staff in maintaining their south eastern based fleet. This is an afternoon shift role, consisting of a four day week between the hours of 2pm-midnight. The role cover all facets of maintenance and repairs of heavy rigid vehicles including hydraulics, servicing and welding. Suitably qualified trades people with current driver licence, excellent communication skills and a proven work ethic will be well placed for this position. Become part of a dynamic workshop with very low staff turnover, friendly team members and a three day weekend everyweek! Please send your application to: Michael.Saunders@jjrichards.com.au

Dental Assistant Our busy specialist practice requires an enthusiastic Dental Assistant in Dandenong. Excellent sophisticated surgery and dedicated, professional staff make this a delightful place to be. This full time position will be varied and exciting. If you have completed year 12 and decided the health profession are your chosen career path then this may be your dream job. You will bring your great organisational skills and outgoing personality each day. You will be required to undertake study towards a Cert III in Dental Assisting. Applicants holding a Cert III are welcome to respond. To apply, submit your resume with names and contact details of 2 referees by email: hrspecdent@gmail.com or facsimile to 9794 0558 This position is not suitable for Dentists/Dental Technicians. G5733398

February 5, 2013

G5428329AA-dc1Oct

$99 Kickstarter

Day Dream Massage

Detailing experience necessary. Buffing experience preferred. ✦ Driver Licence essential. ✦ ✦

NURSERY HAND POSITIONS

Email: classifieds@yourweekly.com.au

Massage Therapy

Applications to: Jon Anstey Email: jon.anstey@gorapid.com ☎ 0418 882 522

Car Detailer Required

Div 2 Medication Endorsed

Houses and Land Wanted

DANDENONG 1 bedroom unit. Great location. $990pcm plus 1 month bond in advance. Phone 0412 232 955 after 11am.

Health and Wellbeing

PRINCESS CHINESE Medical Centre. Acupuncture, deep tissue massage & waxing. Appointment only. Ph: 0405 271 745.

G5722478

Our client based in Pakenham has multiple cleaning positions available across their industrial site. Afternoon positions available. No experience necessary as full training will be provided. All applicants must be prepared to attend information session. MUST be Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident & have own reliable transport.

G4968355AA-dc26Nov

G5728475AA-dc4Feb

U9’s, U12’s, U13’s & U15’s. Eftpos Available For all enquiries contact Craig on

Experienced Panel Beater required for our modern Panel Shop in Knoxfield, specialising in small to medium repairs. We offer very competitive working conditions including large floor space, the latest hydraulic lifting equipment, a clean and safe working environment and a great team of tradespeople. We also provide weekly meal cards and are flexible in negotiating wages, dependent on skills and experience. Immediate start available.

CLEANERS REQUIRED

U5 - U16 Welcome Coaches Required for

We currently have an opportunity for an experienced Spray Painter at our busy Panel Shop in Hallam. Very competitive wages on offer, along with great working conditions.

SYLVIA'S DOG GROOMING 15 yrs exp. Breed-clip, pet care in all breeds. Not a mobile service. Ph: 9700 6030 / 0411 049 774.

Free delivery in the Dandenong metro area.

Ph: 9706 4685/0419 304 555

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Ridges hits its straps as home stretch looms BY ROY WARD BUCKLEY Ridges captain-coach Marc Calkin believes his side is hitting top form as the DDCA turf 1 finals approach. The Ridges won the Churchill Maintenance & Fabrication Twenty20 grand final last Wednesday, beating Lyndale by 59 runs on Wednesday then put 4-375 on Springvale South on Saturday, expanding from their first-day total of 1-169. Calkin said he liked what he was seeing from his side as the season enters its most important weeks. ‘‘We really knuckled down with the bat on Saturday. We are starting to peak at the right time of the season,’’ he said. ‘‘After making the runs last week we wanted to give the boys a good bat on Saturday and put some runs on the board.’’ Ridges batsman Greg Todd was in exceptional touch, making 158 not out after starting the day on 75 not out. Calkin made 94.

Todd also top-scored in the Twenty20 grand final with 58. ‘‘Greg is a class bat,’’ Calkin said. ‘‘He is hitting the ball well and plays the ball nice and straight. He is patient as well; he would have faced 300 balls on Saturday.’’ Calkin said the Ridges were also happy to come away with the Twenty20 title after falling short in the statewide competition earlier in the summer. ‘‘It was good for the club to come away with something from the season and we celebrated pretty well, as you would expect.’’ The Ridges took home a cheque for $1000 and the premiership cup. Lyndale won $600 and losing semifinalists Cranbourne and Heinz Southern Districts received $200 each.

Winning knock: Buckley Ridges’ Greg Todd hits a drive against Lyndale in the final of the DDCA Churchill Maintenance and Fabrication Twenty20 competition on Wednesday night. Picture: Rob Carew

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Hard work pays off for Swans all-rounder BY BRAD McGRATH CASEY-South Melbourne star Nathan Freitag has been named in the Victorian 2nd XI to tackle the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy at Casey Fields starting tomorrow. The gun all-rounder learnt on Wednesday he had received the promotion after playing a starring role for Casey-South Melbourne in its upset victory over Melbourne. He said he was surprised to receive the call from a Cricket Victoria representative telling him he had been named in their 2nd XI, which will be coached by his Swans teammate Damien Wright.

‘‘I took a few wickets and made a few runs last weekend and it’s nice to be acknowledged,’’ he said. Casey-South Melbourne coach Mark Ridgway has openly backed the talented Traralgon product to one day represent his state. Ridgway believes he is a ‘‘special talent’’ and was clearly disappointed when Freitag was forced to miss last cricket season with a knee injury suffered during football season. But Freitag, who began his cricket journey with Centrals Cricket Club, has impressed this season with 142 runs at 23 and 13 wickets at 25.85.

‘‘I had a knee reconstruction at the end of 2011 and missed last season,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s nearly back to normal now and I don’t really notice it.’’ Freitag, who has no plans to move from Traralgon, said Ridgway told him to seize the opportunity with both hands. ‘‘He was pretty happy when he found out and just said something like play your hardest and do your best,’’ Freitag said. Ryan Carters will skipper the side with Bushrangers teammates Meyrick Buchanan, Michael Hill, Ian Holland, Alex Keath and James Muirhead also in the line-up.

Opening in 2005, the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy was established to help emerging international players improve under Australian conditions. England internationals Monty Panesar, Phil Mustard, Ajmal Shahzad, Samit Patel, Joe Root and Alex Hales have all spent significant time at the academy. This year’s squad includes nine-Test English paceman Liam Plunkett, Darren Gough’s 18-year-old son Liam, and Mike Gatting’s nephew, Joe. The match begins at 10.30 tomorrow morning.

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decided to bat,’’ Casey-South Melbourne captain Jake Best said. ‘‘It was a hard pitch to score on and our bowlers bowled fantastic. I don’t think the pitch was as bad as the scoreboard suggests.’’ While Hawthorn-Monash’s finals hopes are dashed, Casey-South Melbourne’s strong second half to the season has it on the edges of the top eight. ‘‘We’ll be pushing as hard as we can to get the outright win and be a chance of getting into the finals,’’ Best said. The Hawks will resume at 0-12 in their second innings after surviving 11 overs late in the day without losing a wicket.

HAMPTON Park Basketball Association has been left in limbo with its stadium desperately needing repairs. The stadium’s management was recently taken over by Hampton Park Secondary College, which closed the facility because it believed it was unsafe. But the closure means Hampton Park Basketball Association and the South Eastern Filipino Basketball League of Australia have nowhere to play their competitions, due to begin over the weekend. Hampton Park Secondary College principal David Finnerty said the school was doing everything in its power to get the stadium to a level where play could resume. He said limited funding and Basketball Stadiums Victoria’s lack of maintenance during its tenure had left no option but a temporary closure of the stadium, which is on the school’s premises. ‘‘The roof of the stadium poses a threat to the people in the hall. We’ve already sought quotations and as I indicated we’re working with Hampton Park Basketball Association and the council to get this situation fixed.’’ The Weekly spoke to several association members who believe the school is holding them to ransom. They say the school is demanding they foot the bill for the stadium repairs and public liability insurance. Association committee member Colin Sires said it was crucial for the area that the stadium was reopened quickly. ‘‘The games are due to start this weekend but they won’t go ahead this weekend,’’ he said. ‘‘The junior competition is what we’re more concerned about — a lot of the kids walk to the stadium and those kids will probably end up playing around on the streets.’’ Mr Finnerty said a meeting was due to take place with all parties this week in an attempt to remedy the situation. ‘‘There is not a lockout of anyone and the facility when we took it over was absolutely filthy,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re trying to work with all parties with very limited funding to get it right. ‘‘Sport, particularly in this area, has a crucial role to play and it gives kids an outlet where they can absolutely enjoy themselves.’’

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Day out: Casey-South Melbourne’s Andrew Perrin snared five wickets on day one of their clash against Hawthorn-Monash University.

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Hawks still in with chance as bowlers rule CASEY-SOUTH Melbourne has claimed first innings points but now look set for a dogfight, with Hawthorn-Monash University also a chance of securing an outright victory. The Premier Cricket match is delicately poised after the Swans dismissed Hawthorn-Monash for 79 on a pitch offering the seamers plenty of help at Monash University. The Hawks then destroyed Casey-South Melbourne’s top order to have them six down when they passed their total. The Swans were eventually dismissed for 92 with Nathan Freitag making a valuable lower order 18 to guide them home. Debutant Caleb Grant (3-14), Daniel Rogers (2-30), Simon Black (2-28) and spinner Vinay [ 22 ] WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

Tripathi (2-0) were the pick of the bowlers for the Hawks. Hawthorn-Monash coach Keith Jansz said both teams had batted poorly in conditions that were not overly bad. ‘‘If the bowlers were prepared to bend their backs and bowl in the corridor, maintain consistency — both team’s bowlers were on top — there was something there,’’ he said. ‘‘But it was not a sub-100 pitch.’’ Seamer Andrew Perrin was the hero for the Swans with 5-18 while Freitag (2-16), Englishman Richard Jones (2-3) and Damien Wright (0-20) were also dangerous and most importantly frugal. ‘‘It was a bizarre day, we lost the toss and they

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CLAYTON coach Ben McGee believes he has landed one of the recruits of the Southern Football League season, although how many games he gets from former Dandenong Stingrays star Jake Calvert remains an unknown. The Clays have signed Calvert for the coming season but will only have his services when he is not selected for Victorian Football League club Frankston Dolphins, where he has also signed. Nonetheless, McGee said signing Calvert, a versatile and strongly built key position player, was a coup for his club, especially after losing reigning SFL division 1 best and fairest winner Aaron Purves to Port Melbourne. Calvert was one of the players considered to be on the cusp of AFL draft selection last November before being passed over. ‘‘He could be the best recruit in the league this year,’’ McGee said. ‘‘I think he will push into the Dolphins’ VFL side and become

regular player. ‘‘And when we can get him into our side he knows he will be a big part of our game plan.’’ McGee said he also hoped to form a partnership with the Dolphins in which younger Clays players get sent to the VFL club and players looking to come back to suburban football could come to the Clays. The 19-year-old Narre Warren North resident Calvert said he decided to make Clayton his second club because of his connection with McGee, who coached him in Hallam Secondary College’s football academy. ‘‘Ben asked me if I wanted to go and get a coffee and we talked about footy and about Clayton,’’ Calvert said. ‘‘Benny has always been there for me and done everything he could for me when he coached me in school footy and the Stingrays under-16 side so I was happy to head to Clayton.’’ After missing out on a list place or rookie list position in the AFL, Calvert wants to spend 2013 working on the areas of his game that didn’t impress recruiters.

Winta Chiller gives trainer a warm glow ROSS Pecora is thankful he ignored Dale Smith’s advice, celebrating his maiden city success following Winta Chiller’s win at Caulfield on Saturday. In-form jockey Smith suggested after the daughter of Artie Schiller won at Werribee last Sunday week that she had reached the end of her campaign and would benefit from some time in the paddock. Cranbourne-based trainer Pecora understood where Smith was coming from, but decided to give Winta Chiller one more run and the three year old responded with a strong win in the $80,000 Toorak Toff at Rosemont Stud Handicap (1400m). “It was a bit of yes and no coming here today,’’ Pecora said. ‘‘I was going to tip her out because the jockey said I should tip her out, but I thought I’d give her one more crack. “It’s been a long time coming [this city win]. This is fantastic.” Winta Chiller settled back, then accelerated impressively when asked by Smith in the straight to take control of the race. The $9 chance held off a late challenge from Hai Lil ($16) to score by a neck with Are There Any ($10) a long head away third. Smith was happy to be wrong and suggested even better wins could be in store. “She’s still a little bit new and she was a little bit tardy away today, but she travelled good through middle stages and when the split came she went through it without any hesitation,” Smith said. “There are signs there of a nice filly on the up.”

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Moving up: Jake Calvert is pictured playing TAC Cup football for Dandenong Stingrays last season. Picture: Gary Sissons He impressed in three matches for the Dolphins last year under the VFL ‘‘23rd man rule’’ in which a VFL club can play a TAC Cup player so the player can gain exposure to senior football. Calvert said he was working hard in the Dolphins’ pre-season program and wanted to stake his claim for a highly prized place in the Dolphins senior side, which has helped several players earn AFL places in the past few seasons.

‘‘Hopefully, I’m playing at Frankston but they will have a strong side this season, so if not I’ll be happy to go back to Clayton and play there,’’ Calvert said. McGee said he would keep an open mind on how he used Calvert and would seek out instructions from Dolphins coach Simon Goosey. ‘‘Jake can play ruck, centre halfforward or centre half-back, so where I play him will be decided by which position Simon wants him working on.’’

Run chase for 121 ends in tie HALLAM Kalora Park and Mordialloc tied in a thrilling Dandenong and District Cricket Association clash at Hallam Recreation Reserve on Saturday. Hallam Kalora Park was chasing a meagre 121 for victory but a disastrous batting display kept the visitors hoping for a miracle win. Hawks captain-coach Johan Vorster was disappointed with his team’s batting performance, with only Leigh Booth (61) showing any resistance in tough batting conditions. ‘‘You just have to take it on the chin,’’ he said. ‘‘There is a reason why Mordialloc are in a finals spot and we always knew they wouldn’t give up the 80 runs we needed easily. ‘‘They managed to pull out a draw, which is I suppose better than not getting any points. ‘‘Myself and a couple of other senior players didn’t score runs when we needed to and it was left to the young guys.’’ Mordialloc opening bowler Chathura Athukorala was the star with 7-37 in one of the best bowling displays seen this season.

Thriller: Hallam Kalora Park captain Johan Vorster throws the ball in from the outfield earlier this year. Picture: Lucy Di Paolo

The Hawks were cruising at 7-118 before Athukorala snared the last three wickets for just three runs to tie the scores. ‘‘It’s the first time in my life that I have played in a draw,’’ Vorster said. ‘‘I’ve got this funny saying that a tie must be like kissing your sister.’’ Buckley Ridges easily eclipsed Springvale South’s 131 with Greg

Todd (158) and captain Marc Calkin (94) leading the way. Dandenong West belted 5-365 in response to Coomoora’s 159 with Alex Roberts making an unbeaten 129. Doveton successfully chased down Narre Warren’s 9-257 with Jason Arnberger (78) the catalyst for their three-wicket win. Parkfield’s decision to declare its first innings just nine runs ahead backfired on it spectacularly in its clash against North Dandenong. Despite dismissing North Dandenong for 100 in its second innings and needing just 92 for victory, Parkfield was bowled out for just 68. Heinz South Districts defeated Berwick by four wickets. DDCA Turf 1 ladder: Dandenong West 42 points, 2.34 per cent; Buckley Ridges 36, 1.79; Heinz Southern Districts 36, 1.24; Mordialloc 36, 1.13; Berwick 34, 1.11; Springvale South 30, 0.83; Parkfield 25, 1.15; Narre Warren 24, 0.81; Coomoora 24, 0.67; Hallam Kalora Park 18, 1.00; Doveton 15, 0.72; North Dandenong 12, 0.45.

Hockey Victoria is offering scholarships to promote women in coaching and umpiring. HV is looking to develop the skills and confidence of 10 female coaches aged 16-30 and 10 female umpires aged 14-20 by putting them through several development sessions. The umpire scholarship holders in 2012 attended professional development sessions with elite umpires and officiated at junior country championships and junior state championships, getting one-on-one feedback from coaches. The coaching scholarship holders were given the chance to coach or be assistant or apprentice coaches with leading junior sides in the lead-up to major tournaments. They also attended VIS squad training sessions. For more information, go to hockeyvictoria.org.au.

Athletics boss exits Former Athletics Victoria chief executive Nick Honey will leave the role to become the chief executive of Basketball Victoria. Honey has led AV for 91⁄2 years. His tenure included leading Athletics Victoria’s move from the old Olympic Park stadium to its new home at Lakeside Stadium in co-operation with Little Athletics Victoria, Little Athletics Australia and the Victorian Athletics League. Honey will end his time with AV on Wednesday next week. Hamish Beaumont has been named acting general manager for AV until Honey’s successor is found. The AV board has begun its search for a new chief executive.

Academy coach named Former Dandenong Stingrays region manager Darren Flanigan is the new AFL Victoria VFL Academy coach. Flanigan oversaw a golden era at the Stingrays between 2001-10 with the TAC Cup club having more than 40 players drafted to AFL clubs. He was part of the Stingrays program when Tom Scully, Shane Savage and Steven Milne graduated. Flanigan replaces Nathan Bibby, who has taken up a new role with the Western Bulldogs co-ordinating the Whitten project. Flanigan will soon be contacting VFL clubs, TAC Cup clubs and AFL recruiters to start getting nominations for this year’s intake for the VFL Academy.

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