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BY DAVID SCHOUT STUDENTS in the outer east may abandon post-secondary education altogether when the Swinburne Lilydale campus closes next year, a school principal fears. Mt Lilydale Mercy College principal Bernard Dobson said it would have ‘‘a drastic effect’’ if the Lilydale campus was sold off to other entities. ‘‘Some of our students travel from Healesville and beyond, so having to travel to, for example, Hawthorn is enough of a deterrent. ‘‘Added to this is that students that live far away enjoy places with a sense of community — and the Lilydale campus provides that. This is something they’re used to, so if that was taken away I could see them turning their backs on it altogether.’’ His comments follow projections by Yarra Ranges mayor Graham Warren that the Lilydale site may only fetch a quarter of its $27.5 million price tag should it be sold to another education provider. Cr Warren said Swinburne must now decide whether to sell the site to an external body , receiving a greater return to prop up its other campuses, or another educational provider — which he believes is its ‘‘moral obligation’’. ‘‘It’s hard to put a figure on it, but I’d say they would only be getting a quarter of its value should it sell to another educational institution,’’ Cr Warren said. ‘‘Swinburne would find it difficult to sell in its current [educational use] zoning, and will want that changed. If the site is rezoned to, for

Score: Doctor by day, AFL umpire by night. Page 9 Not happy: TAFE teachers gathered at treasury Gardens last Thursday to oppose the state government’s funding cuts. Picture: Simon O’Dwyer/The Age example, a residential zone, they would be able to sell for a much higher price.’’ Cr Warren said the Box Hill institute, Holmesglen TAFE and Deakin University had all shown interest in the site, but would not say who was a front-runner. The Weekly can also reveal that from 1992 to 2010, Swinburne was obliged under state legislation to ‘‘foster participation in a university of technology of persons living or working in the outer eastern region of Melbourne’’. However, this section of the

Swinburne University of Technology Act was removed in 2010 as part of wider state government changes — which means it is now not obliged to keep education at Lilydale. ‘‘Swinburne found a loophole, and they’ve effectively got a get out of jail free card now,’’ Cr Warren said. A public forum will be held at Mt Lilydale Mercy College tomorrow for residents to hear about the future of tertiary education and training in the outer east. Details: yarraranges.vic.gov.au.

Swinburne remains on board as Cobras basketball sponsor Last week, Eastern Metropolitan Region MP Shaun Leane submitted an adjournment to parliament questioning whether the sponsorship would continue due to TAFE funding cuts. However, Kilsyth Basketball’s business development manager Megan Martin said the sponsorship had been confirmed.

SWINBURNE University will continue as major sponsor of Kilsyth Cobras basketball club in 2013 — but beyond that is in question. The university has been naming rights sponsor for the men’s and women’s SEABL teams since 2009, and its contract has been renewed for one year.

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Re: Safety drive turns a corner Having lived in Bedford Road for two years and with my kids going to both Great Ryrie and Ringwood secondary schools, I agree that the intersection of Bedford Road and Great Ryrie Street is very dangerous. But another set of traffic lights is not going to help. With such close proximity to the railway line and the school crossing, it will only add to the chaos. I don’t know the answer, but perhaps in the short term, vehicles should be stopped making right-hand turns into and out of Great Ryrie Street at peak times (ie — morning and

afternoon school drop-offs and pick-ups). The disadvantage of this will be drivers seeking alternative routes via other local streets. The real answer is for the state and local governments to put all railway crossings under the roads.

question is — where is the rest of the money coming from? I hope it’s not coming from other sporting clubs in Mullum. East Ringwood and North Ringwood deserve funding as well. Marcus (via web)

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Re: Green signal for guards The community will not be any safer with protective service officers: the large amount of illegal activity will continue throughout Ringwood. The alcohol problem alone will not be eased or stopped. There are signs all over Ringwood already stating ‘no opened alcohol’ but Ringwood is scattered with smashed stubbies and the accompanying vomit and smell of urine. The alcohol problem will only go away if the three nightclubs are closed. You could place cameras on every street corner and nothing will change in Ringwood. The residents have to put up with a lot. Matthew (via web)

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Hi Marcus. The club is paying for a portion and the state government is also paying for the rest. I agree all the facilities need upgrading. Cr Nora Lamont (via web)

Re: Parking pain in Maroondah hospital zone The parking situation at Maroondah Hospital may be caused by the incredibly high demand on understaffed and underfunded public hospitals. Look at the waiting times for emergency and outpatient departments. Maroondah Council and government, residents and patients would all benefit from improvements to public health. Maybe we should petition the state government to do their bit, or the Prime Minister, instead of moving the problem from one street to the next. Susan (via web)

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Dementia service goes rural

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MAKING the outer east headspace site accessible for youth in Yarra Ranges and Maroondah is one of the first priorities for the youth mental health agency’s new chairman. Former Knox councillor Sue McMillan was nominated as chairman after her decision not stand for re-election on Knox Council at next month’s election. After the consortium’s first board meeting last week, Ms McMillan said making the headspace site at Knox Ozone accessible to young people from the neighbouring areas was one of the top priorities. She said the board wanted to ensure Maroondah and Yarra Ranges councils were ‘‘engaged and listened to’’ just as much as Knox. She said her passion for helping young people and her business expertise were what got her the job, as well as her involvement on Knox Council’s youth advisory committee. Her background is in marketing and finance, and she also holds a diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors which allows her to be a chairman for any of the Top 200 companies on the ASX. The centre is expected to open by the end of the year.

CALADENIA Dementia Care is expanding its specialist programs to people living in the more rural parts of Yarra Ranges. Manager Sarah Yeates said the Mooroolbarkbased service would now offer additional services to people with dementia and living in Wandin, Seville, Woori Yallock and Launching Place. ‘‘Based on the demographic of these areas, we knew there was going to be a lot of ageing people in the Wandin corridor, plus we are full to capacity at the centre, so it is about being mobile and taking the services to the people,’’ she said. The expansion announcement was made in the lead-up to Dementia Awareness Week, which runs until Friday. Ms Yeates said the programs benefited not just people with dementia but gave carers a break. ‘‘Programs like this are incredibly important. If the carers don’t get a break they won’t keep caring. Plus, for people with dementia, it is important to get out and have a laugh.’’ Caladenia provides social and active day programs for people with early dementia and more advanced dementia. Carers can access information and resources, carer support groups, referral to other services and social lunches.

Expanding services: Sarah Yeates with member Leonie looking at memorabilia from the 1950s. Picture: Lucy Di Paolo

‘‘We are hoping to expand into overnight respite care and are trying to fundraise for that at the moment,’’ Ms Yeates said. The service has so far raised $100,000 towards the goal of $1.7 million. Ms Yeates said they had received little funding support from the government. ‘‘They put a lot of money towards research and

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A POPULAR community meal evening has been saved thanks to the persistence of one committed volunteer. When the Lilydale Salvation Army closed in August due to funding cuts, the fortnightly mealtime at Matt’s Cafe was also in danger. The eastern Victoria division of the Salvation Army could no longer subsidise costs for the branch, and this popular meeting spot for lessfortunate residents looked likely to go with it. Former centre manager Neal Taylor told the Weekly in July, after learning the Lilydale branch would close, that continuing Matt’s Cafe was his biggest focus. ‘‘People who have been struggling the hardest, ensuring they have somewhere to go once we close — that’s important,’’ he said. But now, the community dinner, with the hard work of Mr Taylor, has shifted venues and will continue to operate every second Friday night. ‘‘There was a desperate need for this service, a place for people to connect with others experien-

cing tough times,’’ Mr Taylor said. ‘‘When the [Lilydale] Salvos closed, these people had nowhere to go and meet. They felt pretty angry and, in a sense, betrayed.’’ In his role as volunteer chairman for ministry group Holy Fools, Mr Taylor managed to move Matt’s Cafe to The Chapel in Lilydale. ‘‘We were fortunate to get a $6000 grant from Yarra Ranges Council, and are also relying on food donations to keep us going,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re aiming to engage with other local churches so they can get involved.’’ He said the meet-up, which is like a relaxed soup kitchen, was important for those on society’s fringe to interact. ‘‘The concept of Matt’s Cafe comes from the Bible story where Matthew the tax collector invites Jesus to have dinner at his house . . . ’’ Mr Taylor said. Matt’s Cafe runs every second Friday at The Chapel, 42-44 Castella Street, Lilydale, and all are welcome. Details can be found at the Holy Fools’ Facebook page.

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Stickers help slam door on sellers BY CLAIRE THWAITES

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DON’T bother knocking — that’s message to salespeople from Maroondah residents. People across the city are taking up the ‘do not knock’ stickers in droves. Placed on doors, gates or letterboxes, the stickers are designed to stop unwanted salespeople from doorknocking. Croydon resident Cheryl Moulton searched online and obtained stickers for all 33 units at the Tarralla Retirement Village where she lives as she believes the elderly and vulnerable are being preyed upon. She said doorknockers had mainly been from power companies urging residents to switch providers. ‘‘You are always seeing on TV or hearing on the radio about some woman who was pressured into changing power companies, or dodgy builders offering to fix someone’s roof and then taking them for a ride.’’ Mrs Moulton believes the stickers work but that a do-not-knock register is needed.

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‘‘They [the salespeople] are not always listening and they often argue back. ’’ Last week, a bill to create such a register was knocked back by Federal Parliament after a House of Representatives committee said the cost of creating the register would be too expensive. ‘‘The government is trying to get elderly people to stay at home for longer instead of being in nursing homes and this is a way they can make things safer for these people,’’ Mrs Moulton said. ‘‘I am only 63 but I know my family would be happier knowing that register was in place. There are all sorts of nasty people out there who target the vulnerable. ‘‘The do-not-call register does work. The do-

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not-knock stickers do work too but don’t go far enough.’’ Kilsyth MP David Hodgett recently sent more than 20,000 stickers to people within his electorate and has more available for anyone who is interested. Mr Hodgett’s spokesman, Steve Mann, said that since the stickers were distributed the feedback from residents had been positive,

proving it was an issue ‘‘even bigger than we thought’’. He said many people had come forward saying they found the tactics used by the salespeople intimidating — particularly for those who lived alone. A spokeswoman from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it could not comment on the legality of the stickers.

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Plotting for a more ‘sustainable’ burial BY CLAIRE THWAITES CEMETERIES in Lilydale and Healesville are leading the way when it comes to natural and sustainable burials. The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust controls 18 cemeteries in Victoria, and the two in the Yarra Ranges are currently the only locations offering natural burials. Trust spokesman Scott Samson said a natural burial meant there were no headstones, monuments or plaques. ‘‘We encourage that the casket is made from sustainably harvested wood or similar products that are currently available and we allow that the body is prepared without chemical preservatives and be buried in a simple shroud,’’ Mr Samson said. ‘‘The body is then buried in an environmentally sensitive area in a native parkland setting among native vegetation. ‘‘It fits in with the particular botanic arrangements of these places. ‘‘The grounds put aside a certain section of the

cemetery and keep the natural fauna of the area.’’ However, the burials — which have been on offer for a few years — have not yet been very popular, something Mr Samson believes is partly due to a lack of awareness that they are available and what they entail. ‘‘But also I think people want to know there is something they can be remembered by. People want to be able to come and visit,’’ he said. Instead of a monument, a name is placed on a plaque on a boulder that sits in the corner of the natural burial area. The trust is also looking into ‘green’ burials and sustainable burials . ‘‘It is a completely new process. The idea of a burial in which we might provide something more sustainable would be to go to a depth of burial that is optimum for the body to decompose at a faster and more natural rate. We don’t offer that yet. Lilydale Memorial Park currently has 15 hectares of undeveloped land, expected to last more than 30 years, but Healesville Cemetery has just half a hectare of land left for burials.

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Lunch the hit event Croydon business operator Gloria Ammerlaan — principal of Connect Business Agents Pty Ltd — got the chance to get up close and personal with Ita Buttrose at the Eastland BizWeek lunch last week. Maroondah BizWeek events were held from September 17-21 and the lunch with one of Australia’s best-known female media identities was the most popular event. Maroondah Council’s director of city development Phil Turner said BizWeek events attracted record numbers, with more than 700 of the region’s business leaders and representatives taking part.

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Doc’s weekend as a whistleblower BY CLAIRE THWAITES USUALLY the only time medicine and AFL mix is when a player is injured or unwell. But Dr Courtney Lai manages to combine the two every week. Weekdays he works as a hospital medical officer in orthopaedic surgery at Maroondah Hospital — but come the weekend he trades the stethoscope for white flags in his role as a goal umpire. The 25 year old studied at Monash University and started his internship with Eastern Health in January 2011, working across a wide range of its hospitals and departments. He started goal umpiring in 2003 after shoulder injuries cut his own playing career short. ‘‘I was never going to get to the AFL as a player, so this was as close as I was going to get,’’ he says. He was a goal umpire in the VFL before being promoted last year — he has now umpired 22 AFL matches.

‘‘I love it, you get to be close to the action.’’ The job involves training sessions twice a week from January until September, and appointments to games most weekends from late February until at least late August. ‘‘Most people in the public might be surprised to know how much running and fitness we have to do. We have to be able to run five kilometres in less than 231⁄2 minutes. ‘‘Speed, agility and reading the play are the key ingredients of a good goal umpire.’’ He says watching players take great screamers close up and kicking incredible goals from the boundary lines were highlights. ‘‘Juggling medicine and umpiring is challenging, but I’ve had exceptional support from Eastern Health and the AFL to enable me to do this. ‘‘My junior medical colleagues have been very helpful in agreeing to swap shifts to let me get to training and more matches.’’ He spends about 10-15 hours a week umpiring, including training, and works about 50 hours a week — and says he enjoys both roles for different reasons.

Goal: Dr Courtney Lai works as a hospital medical officer in orthopaedic surgery at Maroondah Hospital, a job he juggles with being a goal umpire for the AFL. Picture: Ted Kloszynski ‘‘Goal umpiring is probably the more fun one but you study for a long time to be a doctor. I don’t think there are many people who do both.’’ And what about the upcoming AFL grand

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the past year, and were thrilled to not only take out this same category again in 2012, but also the prestigious title of best function co-ordinators.

The 2012, 14th Victorian Annual Bridal Industry Awards attracted over 6,000 past brides who were invited to rate their best wedding suppliers based on the quality of product, quality of service, value for money and attitude of staff. A total of 303 suppliers across 37 wedding categories qualified for the ABIA Award. Mary-Anne credits “self-belief” and “passion” for the incredible journey the entire team have undergone to ensure Bram leigh has become a multi award winning venue located right here in Maroondah. Her experience on “The Apprentice Australia” was one that she will always cherish as “she gained a greater understanding not only of

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FOUR Upwey residents who proudly call themselves The Hillbillies are taking part in the 200-kilometre Ride to Conquer Cancer event next month. Team Hillbillies comprises friends Rebecca Wolske and Darren Clarke, his neighbour Ania Prokop and Yarra Ranges councillor Noel Cliff, who joined the group after receiving a letter asking to donate to the cause. For Rebecca, Noel and Ania, this is the first time they have done anything like this. All four have been in training since earlier this year. ‘‘Darren and I began training back in February,’’ Mrs Wolske said. ‘‘In the beginning after just going around the block on my bike I would be red-faced and gasping for breath thinking how on earth was I going to ride 200 kilometres?’’ But after initially riding three times a week, and now two times a week plus personal training sessions, Mrs Wolske said she was raring to go. ‘‘I just know I can do it,’’ she said. ‘‘You get over the daunting phase.’’

She said the health benefits had been great — not to mention the weight loss, a big plus of all their training. ‘‘Darren is half the man he used to be!’’ Mrs Wolske laughed. She said all team members had been touched by cancer in some way and each person had their own reasons for wanting to raise funds. ‘‘It is amazing how many people are affected and it is just not fair. I cannot wait to see the end of cancer.’’ The ride — on October 27 and 28 — starts from Albert Park. Participants ride to Healesville where they stay overnight before riding back to Albert Park the next day. Each team member is required to raise $2500 — with two members having already achieved this target. Money raised from the event goes towards the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre supporting cancer patients and families throughout Victoria. To donate to The Hillbillies team, visit conquercancer.org.au and search ‘The Hillbillies’.

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INBRIEF We’ve got council election covered Nominations for council elections close today with ballot packs for Maroondah and Yarra Ranges residents to be mailed out between October 9 and 11. The ballot packs should be completed and returned by 6pm on Friday, October 26. Yarra Ranges Council has nine wards with one councillor representing each ward. Maroondah has three wards with three councillors representing each. The Weekly will have extensive coverage of the elections including ward snapshots, candidate profiles and questions and answers with the council nominees. To keep up to date visit maroondahweekly.com.au.

Car rolls on Devil’s Elbow bend Police are investigating an incident where a driver rolled his car off the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road near Olinda at 8.30pm last Saturday. The car came off the road near the Devil’s Elbow bend, collided with two trees and dislodged some rocks. The driver and one passenger were taken to the Alfred Hospital and treated for non-life threatening head, neck and spinal injuries. A staffordshire bull terrier, also in the car, was cared for by local residents at the scene and is now at the Yarra Ranges pound.

Planning zone reforms extension Submissions on proposed planning zone reforms have been extended until this Friday. Planning

Minister Matthew Guy announced the extension late last Friday, saying intermittent technical faults had affected the Department of Planning and Community Development website. Maroondah and Yarra Ranges councils have spoken out against the planning zone reforms. Details: dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning or call 1300 366 356.

TAFE apprentices shown the ropes Swinburne University’s Croydon campus last week hosted the Master Builders Association’s national Alink Road Show, specially designed for apprentices. More than 300 Swinburne TAFE apprentices attended the event which provided them with information and advice on wages and career opportunities. The MBA roadshows have visited TAFEs throughout Victoria over the past two years.

Help to get rid of roadside weeds Yarra Ranges Council has received a $85,374 roadside weeds and pests program grant to help it deal with the persistent problem. Evelyn MP Christine Fyffe said the grant would support the council in implementing a long-term management plan for plant and animal pests on roadsides. The recent Bailey Report recommended that local government were best placed to control weeds and rabbits on roadsides. The funding, under the RWPP, is part of a $7.8 million, three-year statewide program.

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Roll up for kinder fun THE greatest show on earth could be found right in the heart of Croydon last week when Brentwood Park Kindergarten hosted a circus day. Children dressed as ringmasters, lions, clowns, ballerinas, tightrope walkers and more. The three-year-old children got to try their hand at circus skills, listened to circus music and made popcorn. Director Helen Dundon said the day was a lot of fun. ‘‘They really enjoyed taking on the roles of the characters. It was great for social interaction and dramatic play,’’ she said. The circus day was held in the kindergarten’s new building which houses the three-year-old program, and a toddler group. Ms Dundon said the renovations and new programs added had been a great success. There are vacancies for both programs in 2013 with enrolments now being accepted.

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Public transport stop-start FASTLANE At peak hour, Monash and Eastern freeways are a crawl and passengers cram into overcrowded trains. But is there an easy, quick and affordable fix? CAMERON LUCADOU-WELLS asked transport experts and stakeholders how to get our transport system back on track. hatever your mode of travel, road or rail, there’s a high level of frustration in east and south-east Melbourne. Angelo D’Amelio of Beaconsfield knows the stop-start grind of weekday commuting by car. In peak time, a 30-kilometre trip along the Monash Freeway to Hawthorn takes on average 50 minutes. On a bad day, that can stretch well over an hour. At morning peak times, the average traffic speed is 55km/h. On the Eastern Freeway, the morning peak traffic slows to 51 km/h — about half the speed limit. ‘‘It gets a bit wearying after a long day at work,’’ Mr D’Amelio says. He was so sick of the commute, he organised a petition for the state government to widen an M1 bottleneck east of Belgrave-Hallam Road. It wasn’t difficult to enlist the 1600 frustrated signatories, nor to get the backing of Casey and Cardinia councils last year. But there is no indication that VicRoads will extend its $1.39 billion project — which added lanes to sections of the M1 — to clear the bottleneck. Many public transport advocates, including RMIT transport planning senior lecturer Paul Mees, argue building major roads isn’t the answer. The massive M1 spend was money wasted, he says. ‘‘It will be full again within 12-18 months. People have to realise those ideas aren’t going to work. ‘‘Once a city gets beyond a certain size, you can’t just transport by car. There’s not enough space.’’ But Mr D’Amelio says many in the outer suburbs don’t have a choice. ‘‘It’s fine to use public transport if you work within a 10-kilometre radius of the CBD because you’ve got a tram system to utilise or you’ve got a train station near your work. In the outer suburbs if you want to use childcare facilities and do drop-offs to school and then go off to work, public transport is no good to you. There’s a good reason why cars are on the road. It’s because people need them.’’ Many public transport advocates say the system is let down by gaping holes in the bus network.

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Seeking answers: Angelo D’Amelio organised a petition for the state government to widen the freeway bottleneck. Samantha Dunn, who chairs the Eastern Transport Coalition, says public transport is ‘‘so inadequate that many residents either don’t have a public transport option within a reasonable distance from their homes, or the option — usually a bus service — is so inefficient it ceases to be a real option at all’’. Regional Development Australia’s regional plan for Melbourne stated inadequate public transport was Melbourne east’s ‘‘most significant challenge’’. Yet Dr Mees says decent bus services ought to be ‘‘the easiest thing of all to fix’’. He says frequent bus links, co-ordinated with the rail timetable, will declog overcrowded car parks at rail stations. Cr Dunn calls for more bus transit lanes and traffic light priority to make bus trips ‘‘more competitive’’ with car travel. Dr Mees questions why governments are intent on costlier projects such as the multibillion-dollar eastwest link. The state government has spent $15 million on planning for the 18-kilometre east-west road between Eastern Freeway and Western Ring Road. It includes a tunnel between CityLink and Eastern Freeway. Dr Mees calls the project the ‘‘craziest, kookiest idea ever’’. Opposition roads spokesman Luke

Donnellan says the government is ‘‘selling the eastern suburbs a dud’’. “More than 70 per cent of traffic coming off the Eastern Freeway travels along Hoddle Street through to the city and southern suburbs,’’ Mr Donnellan says. ‘‘Congestion will never improve without a major treatment of Hoddle Street and further improvements in public transport.’’ RACV’s public policy general manager Brian Negus, who backs the link, says an improved treatment of the Hoddle Street and Alexandra Parade interchange and improved bus services for north-east Melbourne have to be ‘‘part of the package’’. He says the tunnel would take about 40 per cent of the traffic that is headed to the north and west. ‘‘The amount of congestion would reduce quite dramatically.’’ Dr Mees also condemns the government’s mooted nine-kilometre rail tunnel from South Yarra to Kensington South via the CBD. The government has assigned $49.7 million for planning the project. The extra tracks through the tunnel won’t translate to extra services into the south-east through South Yarra, Dr Mees says. ‘‘It’s not needed, especially for the Frankston and Dandenong lines. There are still the same number of tracks between South Yarra

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and Caulfield so it doesn’t increase the number of trains you can run [into the south-east].’’ Mr Negus says the tunnel has to be considered along with extra tracks on the Dandenong rail corridor. ‘‘Paul Mees has got it wrong. You will need extra tracks and to gradeseparate cross-roads so boom gates aren’t shut for 40 minutes in the hour. That will allow more train services across the corridor.’’ He says the rail tunnel is the key to unlocking the lack of capacity in the city loop. ‘‘What you need to do is run cross-city services which don’t rely on the underground loop.’’ Dr Mees argues the city loop is running at half capacity due to poor timetabling and organisation. ‘‘In the 1970s, there were 100 trains an hour coming into the city. With the introduction of the city loop, it was said they should be able to run twice as many as that. At the moment there are 108 trains running 8am-9am — the busiest hour of the day. That’s half the capacity.’’ No one argues against the need for more rail services on the BelgraveLilydale, Glen Waverley and Cranbourne-Pakenham corridors. Public Transport Victoria’s May 2012 report stated 40.7 per cent of train passengers in the Dandenong rail

IDEAS to unclog our transport gridlock PAUL MEES RMIT senior lecturer in transport planning ■ Drop big-ticket projects like the eastwest link and the metro rail tunnel. ■ Fix train timetables and build extra lines to Box Hill and Oakleigh and DandenongCranbourne to run more services. ■ Create more bus services to railway stations ■ Grade-separate level crossings in the south-east. SAMANTHA DUNN Eastern Transport Coalition chairwoman ■ Building roads is not a long-term solution. ■ Build rail links to Doncaster and Rowville. ■ More bus services. ■ Triplicate or duplicate Belgrave/Lilydale, and Cranbourne lines. ■ Third track from Caulfield to Dandenong. THANUJA GUNATILLAKE RACV public transport and mobility manager ■ Build east-west road link and Metro rail tunnel. ■ Make the Doncaster Area Rapid Transport bus services more frequent. ■ Upgrade the M1’s Warrigal Road interchange. ■ Lengthen trains and stations, upgrade signals and remove level crossings in Dandenong rail corridor. ■ Duplicate and triplicate the Belgrave line. ■ Upgrade Officer rail station, extend the Cranbourne line to Cranbourne East and Clyde. DANIEL BOWEN Public Transport Users Association president ■ Don’t build new freeways. ■ Build rail link to Doncaster (first step Victoria Park-Bulleen with bus interchange to CBD) and Rowville. ■ More rail services and betterconnecting bus services. ■ Grade separation of level crossings. ■ Duplication of Cranbourne line. ■ Lengthen trains to nine cars. LUKE DONNELLAN and FIONA RICHARDSON State opposition roads and public transport spokespersons ■ No east-west road tunnel. ■ Truck exclusion lanes on Monash Freeway. ■ Increased train and bus services.

corridor were on officially overcrowded trains during peak periods. On the Glen Waverley line, 13.7 per cent of peak-time passengers were on overcrowded trains. On the Ringwood corridor, it was 12.3 per cent. Dr Mees says in the medium term track quadruplication, at least between the CBD-Oakleigh and CBDBox Hill, will be required. ‘‘This would cost in the region of $500 million if done in conjunction with removal of level crossings. ‘‘This is a much more practical option than spending tens of billions of dollars we don’t have on pie-in-thesky road projects that won’t fix the problems anyway.’’ The office of Transport Minister Terry Mulder did not respond to emails and phone calls from the Weekly.

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Speak up: Women can improve self-confidence and have fun at the Penguin Club. Meetings at the Glenn Frost room in Croydon library. Details: 9439 8687.

Retirees meet: Eastern Ranges Retirees will meet this Thursday from 9.30am at Federation Estate, Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood. Guest speaker will be Max Tresise on the introduction of Lions clubs in Australia. Details: 9870 5508.

Learning fun: Arrabri Community House in Allambanan Drive, Bayswater North, has term four classes in computers, parenting and health and fitness, plus Seniors Week activities. Details, bookings: 9294 7530 or arrabri.org. History talks: Croydon Historical Society meets at

Delicious decorating: Learn to create sugar orchids at the Rowville Cake Decorators Association’s next workshop on October 14. Bookings also available for the November 11 Christmas cake decorating class. Details, bookings: Velma, 9763 8646, or Madeleine, 9870 5743.

Stallholders wanted: Village Independent Primary School’s 30th birthday celebration market is on December 8 in Croydon North. Stallholders wanted to sell quality products. Details: Lisa Marsden, 0419 135 980.

8pm next Tuesday at the Glenn Frost room at Croydon library when Eamonn Seddon will speak about railway history. Details: Jane Moore, 9723 3955 (ah). Carers needed: Wesley Do Care volunteers visit isolated older people living in their own homes. Details: Lynn Burke, 9794 3065. English help: AMES need volunteers to assist

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What: National Breast Cancer Foundation Pink Ribbon Breakfast. Where: Right across Australia. When: Throughout October. Activity: Pink Ribbon Breakfast is an annual nationwide fund-raising initiative, part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Register your event — be it breakfast, morning tea or some other type of get-together. If you can’t host one at your home or office, go online to find one locally that you can attend. In the past five years, Pink Ribbon Breakfast has raised $2.25 million nationally. Details: pinkribbonbreakfast.org.au.

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Healing art: Creative art and meditation classes at the Michael Centre, 37A Wellington Park Drive, Warranwood. Term-four dates now available, Fridays 1-3pm. Details, bookings: Jo, 0411 104 600 or jo.parkinson@healingart.com.au.

adult migrants and refugees with English and settlement skills. Free training starts October in Ringwood. Details: Gitta Clayton, 9847 0405.

Blessed animals: Owners are invited to bring their pets to the annual blessing of the animals at the Anglican Church of St John the Divine, corner Wicklow and Toorak avenues, Croydon. Blessing from 4-4.45pm on October 7. Details: Tim Gibson, 9723 0999.

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If the Yarra River could talk . . . ive into the murky waters that make up the exciting new touring exhibition, Yarra: Morgues, Murder and Mayhem, which has arrived in the Yarra Ranges from the Victoria Police Museum. The exhibition opened over the weekend and peers into the depths of the Yarra River’s past. The exhibition gives a snapshot of the different lives lived on the river’s banks and reveals the diversity of events and uses that have shaped the famous waterway. Exhibition visitors can explore and discover quirky and unusual stories about the Yarra River like how a linguistic bungle led to the naming of the Yarra, how Yankee Jim kept his discovery of gold in the Upper Yarra a secret, or why police decided to preserve the head of a murdered woman in a jar in 1898. ‘‘Our team here have added a section to the exhibition about the

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Revisiting the swinging ’60s udiences will be taken on a journey back to the swinging ’60s when popular Australian performer Wendy Stapleton takes to the stage at Karralyka Theatre next month, as part of the popular Morning Music program at the theatre. Swinging ’60s with Wendy Stapleton will showcase the best of pop including hits from Lulu, Petula Clark, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, Cher, the Supremes, Nancy Sinatra and more. Stapleton is a popular artist with Morning Music audiences, after winning the heart of many fans while performing with top Australian artists including John Farnham, Glen Shorrock, Jon English and Joe Camilleri. In 1979 she signed with Mushroom Records and formed Wendy and the Rockettes, touring Australia and overseas with acts including Bryan Adams, ZZ Top, and Hall and Oates. Stapleton also appeared as Delta Goodrem’s mother in long-running

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these stories bring local characters to life.’’ Yarra: Morgues, Murder and Mayhem runs until December 9. Admission is free. Yarra Ranges Regional Museum is at 35-37 Castella Street, Lilydale.

Singing sensation: Wendy Stapleton. soap Neighbours and appeared in several episodes of Blue Heelers, Halifax FP and Terence O’Connell’s short movie You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. Stapleton will be performing at 11am and 2pm on October 9 at Karralyka Theatre, Mines Road, Ringwood East. Tickets are $18 or $16 for concession or groups of 10 or more. — Claire Thwaites Details: 9879 2933 or karralyka .com.au.

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Spacious elegance This brick veneer house will impress every member of the family

STEPHEN TAYLOR PROPERTY EDITOR pace for the growing brood need not be an issue any longer. This impressive singlelevel house has a place for every member of the family — and then some. Secluded at the top of a private enclave, this quality home also offers privacy and serenity. Inside, three separate living areas illustrate the house’s practicality and versatility for everyday living. At the entry is a study, and further along an open-plan setting with semi-private rumpus and five-star outdoor setting. These create an expansive, practical indoor-outdoor living area. Off the lengthy hallway is a formal lounge room — more like a private retreat as it’s away from the main living areas. Cooks of any standard will appreciate the styl-

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ishly appointed kitchen with stone benchtops, stainless-steel Miele appliances and abundant storage space. The clever design has the children’s bedrooms tucked away off the main living area and away from the main bedroom at the front of the house. Outside, entertain in style and comfort in a show-stopping setting that’s sheltered and private. There’s space for a trailer, caravan or boat when this area’s not in use, thanks to its integration with the double garage. There’s plenty of lawn for children’s play, and a jacuzzi in the Balinese-style hut is perfect for summer nights. Solar panels, ducted heating and reverse-cycle airconditioning offer comfort, and the property has easy access to schools, including Yarra Valley Grammar, transport, parks and the vibrant hub of Ringwood.

4 Autumn Rise, Warranwood Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Living areas: Lounge, family, rumpus The rest: Study, entertainment area, Balinese-style hut Price: More than $700,000 Agent: Barry Plant Ringwood 9870 5555, Jen Harlow 0415 356 657 September 25, 2012 WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

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It’s warm and full of character ld and new have blended masterfully here. Current tones and polished floorboards create a crisp, modern feel blended with period-style features. The house oozes warmth and character. It has two double bedrooms, L-shaped family/meals area, contemporary kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and dishwasher. Features include airconditioning and gas heating. There’s a paved entertainment space, backyard, shed and lock-up single garage. The property is near schools, shops and transport.

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113 Croydon Road, Croydon Price: $415,000-plus Agent: Barry Plant Croydon 9725 9855, Pauline Ferguson 0402 335 842

Spare unit suits dual-family living his three-bedroom weatherboard on a landscaped and terraced block of 2116 square metres is ideal for dual-family living. It has beamed ceilings, open living areas, modern kitchen, bathroom and shower room. Features include ducted heating. At the rear is a self-contained and separately metered one-bedroom unit. It’s suited to an extra family member or young adult. Comfortable and well presented, the property has brilliant outdoor entertainment areas and ample parking space in the carport and double garage.

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15-17 Haynes Street, Silvan Price: $390,000-plus Agent: Greg Earney, Methven Real Estate Professionals Mooroolbark, 9726 8888

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Zoning ensures privacy for all ow-maintenance outdoor spaces and three open-plan living areas enhance this charming home. Zoned for privacy, it has a main suite with bay window and en suite away from the other bedrooms and formal and casual living spaces with large windows separated by the kitchen. Features include built-in wardrobes, alarm, airconditioning and ducted heating. The property, close to Silcock Reserve, has a paved courtyard and lock-up double garage. Walk to Main Street and drive to Eastland and EastLink.

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17B James Road, Croydon Price: Above $500,000 Agent: Philip Webb Real Estate Ringwood 8870 2888, Jay Carroll 0433 266 162

Railway station, schools nearby resh to the market is this solid, well-presented house in a treelined, no-through road. Close to schools and East Ringwood railway station, it has a spacious living area and updated kitchen with dishwasher and a modern bathroom. Four bedrooms have built-in wardrobes — the fourth with triple-computer workstation and main bedroom with en suite and walk-in wardrobe. Features include ducted heating and airconditioning. Relax in two outdoor entertainment areas. There’s a shed and double garage.

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75 Gracedale Avenue, Ringwood East Price: $450,000-plus Agent: Barry Plant Croydon 9725 9855, Carl Payne 0413 589 800

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The Stunning, Exciting Seventies Individual three bedroom brick veneer home, with surprisingly spacious and angular design. There is gas central heating, formal lounge and dining, tidy kitchen with gas cooking and adjacent meals area. All bedrooms are timelessly spacious with robes. There is a double lock-up garage, and the property will be offered on a compact allotment; in a very select location. 246 Main Street Lilydale

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Touched up tradition

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6a Cradley Court, Kilsyth

In lush mature gardens of 894m2 with single garage and carport this well cared for 3 bedrooms plus study traditional brick veneer impresses. Double shower in ensuite, spa in bathroom, heating, evap cooling smart kitchen plus huge family and brilliant storage it offers updated and traditional comforts.

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51 David Road, Lilydale

Price $390,000 plus

Available: 15/9/2012

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With a hint of rustic cottage appeal, gloriously colourful compact gardens and its secure private rear setting this is the 3 bedroom home of escape and tranquility. On 427m2 approx block with double carport it offers immaculate comfort to living and dining room, hostess kitchen and family area, semi ensuite and more.

Price $380,000 plus

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‘Hand feed the magpies’

Family indulgence

9 Banool Avenue, Mt Evelyn

32 Alpine Way, Kilsyth

Close to village, school and bus in native setting on approx 1702m2 is the 4 bedrooms timber home at one with nature. Wrap verandahs on 2 sides, a bitumen circular drive plus 4 cars garage this charmer stars spacious open living, a stunning designer kitchen and bathroom, ensuite and more.

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Price $420,000 plus

Just the place for indulgent family living is the 4 bedroom double storey home excelling with 2 living zones, granite top hostess kitchen, formal casual and alfresco dining, plus ensuite and third toilet. With heating, cooling, fenced spa and terraced gardens this faultless home with double garage is just right!

Price $520,000 plus

Putting down roots

Price $400,000-$440,000

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Tasty timber

17 Highview Drive, Mooroolbark This is the 3 bedroom family home that’s ‘just right’! Gently stepped over 3 levels with kids bedroom zone, dual easy flowing open living areas so freshly painted and newly carpeted and neat cooks kitchen overlooking garden. Top corner locale close to schools with all comforts, ensuite and double carport.

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mooroolbark 46-48 brice avenue 9726 8888

The spacious living western red cedar ranch home offers low maintenance and convenience of location. In private road setting with verandah, rear deck, shed and carport the 3 smart bedroom home features rustic appeal with soaring timber lined ceilings, great kitchen, master ensuite and comfy ducted heating and cooling.

Price $340,000-$380,000

lilydale 111-113 main street 9735 0000

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Your search ends here!

83a Hereford Road, Mt Evelyn

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Stunning young 3 bedroom weatherboard home showcases sleek open living appeal. Custom kitchen and ensuite, every comfort plus sensational deck entertaining.

Price $380,000-$420,000

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7 Highleigh Court, Mooroolbark

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Spectacular architect designed 4 bedroom home of contemporary style in the Dress Circle. Outstanding granite features, soaring ceilings, vast living, dining, family and gourmet kitchen.

Price $610,000 Plus

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6 East Court, Croydon

Price $360,000 plus

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Rare 1 acre - Create your own lifestyle!

101 David Road, Lilydale This one acre 4000m2(approx) vacant land allotment with generous building envelope in fabulous rural surrounds. The unique block is located in the heart of the gateway to the Yarra Valley.

Mark Custance and team 9735 0000 Inspection By appointment

Impressive cutting edge townhouse

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Classic 3 bedroom brick veneer home that is re stumped and features high ceilings, cosy open fire, air conditioner and instant ducted comfort. Add to this a modern kitchen, bathroom and laundry

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Price $450,000 Plus

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Superior double storey executive residence with outstanding views.Two living zones, theatre room, ceasar stone gourmet kitchen, in ground pool, spa and gazebo, double garage, carport and workshop.

Price $860,000 Plus

Contemporary Sophistication

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3/3 Claire Court, Montrose

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2/7 Ryland Avenue, Croydon

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3 years young, featuring a Bali inspired courtyard. Includes custom gourmet kitchen, generous open living, stunning spotted gum flooring, ducted heating, air conditioning plus fans, merbau decking and more

Miles Howell and team 9725 8888

Price $450,000-$490,000

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Birds, trees and peaceful setting all on 1 acre

85 Edinburgh Road, Lilydale Sitting on an elevated 1 acre block in a lovely treed setting is this stylish 4 bedroom plus study quality home. Meander up the asphalt driveway, admire the fresh mowed lawn and smell the eucalypt from the gums that abound, this is a life style just waiting to be enjoyed. Sit out the back in the stunning paved and rock wall court yard, twi lighting sets a scene just ready for a quiet glass of red! The bell birds and rosellas keep watch from high above and kids are playing on the grounds about, at last you have found your own place of sanctuary. Step inside and admire the quality built kitchen, with stone bench tops, serious Falcon gas stove cooker, and an open plan just ideal for family living. A warm cosy coonarra and brilliant open fire in the lounge area with formal dining nearby, 2 ensuites plus main family bathroom coupled with ducted heating and evaporative cooling – it’s all available. Double carport, double garage, 3 phase power, and a lifestyle to be envied – Don’t delay, a home of this quality and in a location such as this is a rare find. Call now to inspect.

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Mooroolbark 5 Greenbank Drive Entertain In Style! Beautifully positioned in the ever popular Dress Circle estate and showcasing a stunning renovation with quality fixtures & fittings throughout. This large residence is set over 2 impressive levels, ensuring there is plenty of room for the growing family. Featuring 4 bedrooms, master with WIR & FES, formal & informal living areas, family bathroom & a designer kitchen with stone benches & SS appliances. If your desire is to entertain then this immaculate family home is sure to impress with a solar heated in-ground swimming pool, covered decking plus a large home theatre/ billiards room. Extras: GDH, cooling, DBL carport with the possibility of converting the theatre room into a DBL garage. This is sure to be a popular property and inspection will not disappoint.

4 A 2 B 2 C > VIEW > FOR SALE > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE > TEL > CONTACT

Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm 37 H6 Offers Over $530,000 Mooroolbark Shop 10, 91 Brice Avenue 9727 7888 Travis D’Altera 0401 338 619 Naiomi Bentley 0404 036 044

Mooroolbark 2 Waller Court

An Amazing Opportunity with So Much Potential! Situated within the esteemed Rolling Hills Estate, and prized for its exclusive location this outstanding block is 1904m2 (approx) in size. Gently elevating and commanding superb views to the Dandenong Ranges. Surrounded by quality homes in a well established family oriented estate, you can let your imagination run wild when designing your dream home.

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By Appointment Only 37 J7 Offers Over $335,000 Mooroolbark Shop 10, 91 Brice Avenue 9727 7888 Travis D’Altera 0401 338 619 Ken Chappell 0412 295 316

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13A Stuart 2/10 Deschamps Road Lilydale Street Lilydale

2/10Stuart 13A Deschamps Road Lilydale Street Lilydale

HOMEBUYERS First Class Executive & BUILDERS Townhouse BARGAIN!

First Class Executive HOMEBUYERS & BUILDERS Townhouse BARGAIN!

This free standing, Sensational dual occupancy 2BR plus site, study/3rd 319m2 BR (approx) with broad driveway townhouse has beenaccess meticulously to a near designed level, and rear backyard appointed for family with northerly living. Some views offor themiles. features PlanningRemote include: permitsgarage approved with toint build access, a 3 bedroom, caesar 2 bathroom, stone benchtops, singlequality storeycarpet, BV home PFB with to living open plan family areas, dbl BIR kitchen, to bedformal 2, dblelounge, glazed FES windows, & WIR to master split system, and double solar hot garage water with system internal & 2access. toilets. Close Set in to a quiet schools, street shops within and 6 all minlocal walkamenities. to train A great and station site shops. at the right price!

This free standing, Sensational dual occupancy 2BR plus site, study/3rd 319m2 BR (approx) townhouse with broad driveway has beenaccess meticulously to a near designed level, and appointed rear backyard for family with northerly living. Some views offor themiles. features include: Remote Planning permitsgarage approved with toint build access, a 3 bedroom, caesar stone 2 bathroom, benchtops, singlequality storeycarpet, BV home PFB with to living open areas, plan family dbl BIR kitchen, to bedformal 2, dblelounge, glazed FES windows, & WIR to split system, master and double solar hot garage water with system internal & 2access. toilets. Set in to Close a quiet schools, street shops within and 6 all minlocal walkamenities. to train station A great and site shops. at the right price!

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AUCTION For Sale Price Agent Inspect Agent

29 Sep @ 11am (Unless Sold Prior) Excess of $160,000 $350,000 In excess Max Manning 0419 777 595 Sat 10.30am-11.00am Max Manning 0419 777 595

AUCTION For Sale Price Agent Inspect Agent

29 Sep @ 11am (Unless Sold Prior) In Excess $350,000 excess of $160,000 Max10.30am-11.00am Manning 0419 777 595 Sat Max Manning 0419 777 595

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Lot B1/71-73 Albert Hill Road Lilydale Brand New - Construction Commenced A rare opportunity to secure a stylish single storey home in a unique new estate. Individually and practically styled with designer kitchen, open plan living areas opening onto covered alfreso area, master bedroom with WIR & FES, 2 other spacious bedrooms and contemporary family bathroom. 5 star energy rated, double garage, concrete driveway and landscaped garden. Own title and no body corporate. Buy now and save on STAMP DUTY. Completion late 2012. Ask about our early purchase incentive.

9735 3999

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A3 B2 C2 For Sale Price

$510,000

Inspect Contact Agent Agent

Robert Baird 0409 841 800

230 HEREFORD ROAD LILYDALE New or Off the Plan- STAGE 2 NOW SELLING Distinctive and fashionable homes complete with Tasmanian Oak Floors *Vogue kitchens with European stainless steel appliances *Solar hot water & gas ducted heating *Huge double lock up garages with remote doors OR double carports *Elevated decked entertaining areas Themeda offers an enviable community lifestyle that harmonises nature with modern affordable living options.

Lot B3/71-73 Albert Hill Road Lilydale Brand New - Nearing Completion Stylish double storey home featuring designer kitchen complete with quality appliances, spacious, open plan living areas, flexible plan that allows for 2 master bedrooms (one upstairs & one downstairs) or use one as additional living space - both with BIR & FES, 2 other spacious bedrooms and family bathroom. 5 star energy rated, double garage, concrete driveway and landscaped garden. 22sq including garage. Land size 567m2. Completion: late 2012. Ask about our early purchase incentive and save $1000â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

A3 B2 C2 For Sale Price

From $406,000

Inspect Saturday 11 am to 4 pm Sunday 11 am to 2 pm Agent

Sharyn Manning 0412052946

A4 B3 C2 For Sale Price

$520,000

Inspect By Appointment Agent

Robert Baird 0409841800 Sharyn Manning 0412052946

281 Main Street Lilydale

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Mason Court Bayswater North STOP! BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME HERE! The place you’ll want to be now and in the future! Positioned in a newly developed pocket of Bayswater North, away from the main road, & with a selection of 5 VACANT BLOCKS, Mason Court is well on the way to being a very prestigious & sought after pocket in the area. Huge iron gates & a feature stone wall give an element of prestige to the estate, with easy directed roads leading to the already built homes & those blocks waiting to be built on in the cul-de-sac. The 6th VACANT BLOCK has Bayswater Road frontage & is larger than the others offering an extensive 800sqm (approx). So whether you’re building for an established family, one in the making or searching for an ideal spot to retire, this is it!

For Sale Price

From $280,000 Plus

Inspect

By Appointment

Agent

Ross Weaver 0402 762 424 Paul Fenech 0418 325 466

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45 Norris Circuit Croydon AN EXCLUSIVE LIFESTYLE IS HERE WAITING FOR YOU! There’s an element of new beginnings in the air, offering families exclusivity and a stylish alternative in their home and surrounds, with a superior location that’s ideal for those who demand convenience in their lifestyle. The striking interior presents a warm blend of extensive living areas, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a stunning Caesar Stone kitchen with stainless appliances. Other details include ducted heating, evaporative cooling, alfresco, powder room, double garage and a recycled water supply which allows your garden to flourish all year round.

A4 B2 C2 Auction

Sat 13th October at 11:00am

Price

$550,000 Plus

Inspect

Sat & Sun 10:30-11:00am

Agent

Lee Fenech 0410 426 400 Paul Fenech 0418 325 466

Land

9725 2777

159 Main Street Croydon

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5 Gumtree Close Croydon

A3 B2 C2

CONVENIENCE ON ITS SIDE Walk to the end of the road to drop the kids off to school, hop in the car to find everything you need at Croydon Main Street, and take a peek inside to discover many possibilities, presenting ideal for young families, right through to retirees. The property features 3 bedrooms all robed, 2 bathrooms, casual and formal living areas, stainless equipped kitchen, ducted heating, split system cooling and a double carport. PRIOR OFFERS INVITED!

1-4/12 Berry Road Bayswater North TAKE YOUR PICK! Positioned minutes from Eastfield Shops in a no-through road location are these brand new, well designed quality townhouses. Features include 5 star energy rating, tiled roof, polished timber floor boards, tiles & carpets, quality 900mm stainless steel appliances, heating, air conditioning, landscaped gardens, rear deck & water tank. Select from 4 homes that all boast 3 generous bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, great open plan living, all with double remote lockup garages, generous sized yards & your choice of single or double storey.

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Auction Sat 6th October at 12:30pm Price

$395,000 Plus

Inspect Sat & Sun 10:30-11:00am Agent

James Steele 0468 962 039 Paul Fenech 0418 325 466

Land

871sqm Approx.

A3 B2 C2 For Sale Price

From $375,000 Plus

Inspect Sat 10:30-11:00am Agent

Lee Fenech 0410 426 400 Ross Weaver 0402 762 424

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107 Alto Avenue Croydon SOUGHT AFTER “ALTO AVENUE” LOCATION Take a street that is one of the most appealing in Croydon and combine it with a character home, on a large block that has been beautifully renovated, and wah-la, you get this! Inside presents high cathedral ceilings, a large extension and renovated style in the main bathroom and in the Blanco kitchen. There are 3 bedrooms, 2nd shower, formal lounge and dining room with open fire place, open plan family room, ducted heating, air conditioners, entertaining deck and a double garage/carport. PRIOR OFFERS INVITED!

1-10/8-10 Humber Road Croydon North Exclusive Humber Hill - 4 SOLD *INSPECTIONS HELD ON SITE THIS WEEKEND* An exciting new development of 2 & 3 bedroom executive style homes in the ever popular area of Croydon North. Positioned close to all amenities & offering picturesque surrounds, these quality built homes will impress the most fastidious buyer. Construction has commenced so get in now to save thousands on stamp duty. Ideal for investors, first home buyers and those looking to downsize. Another Quality Project by Erfanian Developments.

A3 B2 C4 Auction Sat 13th October at 12:30pm Price

$495,000 Plus

Inspect Sat & Sun 10:30-11:00am Agent

Vin McHugh 0418 121 102 Paul Fenech 0418 325 466

Land

1022sqm Approx.

A3 B2 C2 For Sale Price

From $360,000 Plus

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

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

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159 Main Street Croydon

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1-33/7-9 Birch Street Bayswater

1-15/10 Alfrick Road Croydon HIGH QUALITY APARTMENTS WITH ELEVATOR Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity that not only offers substantial stamp duty savings, but an exciting journey to watch your new home grow. 15 modern apartments are expected to be ready by mid 2013, with a choice of floor plan options including 1 or 2 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms with study & some with 2 bathrooms. Just the start of what to expect is the lengthy list of features, with Stainless steel appliances, Caesar stone bench tops, carpets in bedrooms, tiles through living areas, balconies & secure underground parking plus a brilliant network of shops, transport & schools.

9725 2777

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Boutique on Birch - Save on Stamp Duty

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For Sale

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

For Sale

Price

From $290,000 Plus

Inspect

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

Agent

Sean Cantelo 0417 034 080 Chris Price 0412 590 441

Map Ref

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Price

From $310,000

Inspect

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

Agent

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

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HEATHMONT 29 Balfour Avenue Charm, Grace and Family Space! Walking distance to schools & transport this home boasts weatherboard charm & a completely refreshed interior. Including separate lounge, modern kitchen/meals & family room, big yard, outdoor entertaining, gas ducted heating, ducted evaporative cooling, double garage & bungalow. PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

Heathmont Here you Come! Within walking distance to everything & featuring an attractive façade, this home boasts separate lounge kitchen/meals, robed bedrooms & delightful rear yard with covered outdoor entertaining. Extras include cooling, double garage, garden shed & polished timber floors! Be quick!

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A Treescape Haven! Native surrounds, walking distance to Heathmont Village/train station & a no through road location are some reasons this home has wide appeal! Featuring two living areas, new bathroom, rear deck, two open fire places, split system cooling to the family room, extra bedroom/office & carport.

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High On Lifestyle! This big family home sits on 1292m2 (approx.) & boasts updated kitchen/ dining, lounge, family room, study/sitting room, outdoor entertaining & huge rear yard! Exceptionally serviced by 3 bathrooms, big bedrooms, gas ducted heating, wood fired heaters, double carport & workshop/shed!

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$450,000 - $495,000 By Appointment Photo ID required Brenan McGann 0401 246 153 Heathmont 9722 7166

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$610,000 - $670,000 Sat 2:30pm-3:00pm Photo ID required Louise Carrigg 0414 827 652 Heathmont 9722 7166

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CROYDON 113 Croydon Road Period Charm Meets Modern Concept The blending of old and new has been handled masterfully here, including; master-sized bedrooms, L-shaped family/meals, contemporary kitchen, air-conditioning, gas heating, shed and single garage. Close to schools, shops and transport, take a trip down memory lane this weekend. PRICE GUIDE INSPECT MELWAYS CONTACT

Renovated and Sparkling! Renovated into a sparkling diamond, this home features; modern kitchen, robed master with split system air-conditioning, contemporary bathroom, gas ducted heating, shed and single carport. Close to amenities, this is a must see for the price-conscious buyer who expects the best!

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HEATHMONT 9722 7166 September 25, 2012

The Cosmopolitan You! This contemporary stunner will reflect the cosmopolitan you, featuring; highly-functional kitchen, master with en-suite-effect bathroom, gas ducted heating, split system air-conditioning and single garage. With amenities nearby, this gorgeous home is worthy of your utmost attention.

LILYDALE 9735 3300

Surprisingly Spacious! Set back from the road for privacy, this stunning abode features; functional kitchen, robed master with en-suite, gas ducted heating, evaporative cooling and double garage. Close to amenities, if you’re looking for a lifestyle of comfort, this home will exceed your expectations.

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$330,000 Plus Sat 12-12:30pm Photo ID required 50 H5 David Jennings 0414 588 823 Croydon 9725 9855

CROYDON 22A Diana Street

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$345,000 Plus Sat 10-10:30am Photo ID required 37 D9 James Brougham 0412 620 498 Croydon 9725 9855

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CROYDON 2/8 Alfrick Road The Sweetest Things About Me! Situated close to amenities, this conveniently-located townhouse features; open plan living, modern kitchen, master with two double robes, familysized bathroom, storage, gas ducted heating, courtyard and single garage. Life is about making choices – let this choice make your life! PRICE GUIDE INSPECT MELWAYS CONTACT

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CROYDON 4/50 Lusher Road The Ultimate Lifestyle! This lovely residence, with irresistible appeal and close to amenities features; open plan living, robed bedrooms, contemporary kitchen, gas ducted heating, courtyard and single garage. This cheery abode provides all the elements for a relaxing and comfortable lifestyle. PRICE GUIDE INSPECT MELWAYS CONTACT

$300,000 Plus Sat 10-10:30am Photo ID required 51 A4 Pauline Ferguson 0402 335 842 Croydon 9725 9855

$310,000 Plus Sat 12-12:30pm Photo ID required 50 H5 Pauline Ferguson 0402 335 842 Croydon 9725 9855

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CROYDON 4 Donald Street

Tranquil Lifestyle – Serene Outlook! Build your dream home on this outstanding quarter-acre allotment (1067m2 approx). Existing plans for a three bedroom home are available upon request. Close to amenities, if you’ve been looking for a picturesque pocket, this is the place to be!

1922 Californian Bungalow! Sub-division Potential! An opportunity exists to acquire this original bungalow, also with the possibility to subdivide (subject to council approval). Featuring; quaint kitchen, gas ducted heating, robed master and single garage. Close to amenities, come and inspect the benefits on offer.

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RINGWOOD 3/67 Warrandyte Road A Real Charmer Situated in a block of five units, this low maintenance single-level unit is poised to prick the ears of first homebuyers, downsizers or the astute investor. Nestled in a superb location just down the road from Eastland, modern living has never been so convenient! PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

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SPORT ●

Golden win for Chargers as one point is enough BY ROY WARD UPWEY Tecoma junior Sam Raru was a long way from home on Sunday as he played his role in the Oakleigh Chargers’ TAC Cup premiership win at Etihad Stadium. The 18 year old was running hard in the Chargers’ forward line in pursuit of his man deep into the final quarter when teammate Jackson Macrae kicked the game-winning golden point to give the Chargers a one-point win over Gippsland Power. Under TAC Cup rules, finals matches which are tied when time is up in the final term continue going until someone scores. The Chargers were briefed during

the week about the need to get a score if the game was tied past 24 minutes in the final term. Raru said he was getting ready for the kick in following Macrae’s behind as he wasn’t sure if time had expired. ‘‘I was in the forward line following my man so he couldn’t get it on the rebound,’’ he said. ‘‘When the siren went it was the best feeling I’ve ever had.’’ Raru said he was close to exhausted when the siren went but was confident his side had the stamina to keep playing as long as it took to get the golden score. ‘‘In the last quarter I was just running as hard as I could and giving it everything I could get, using up the

whole tank,’’ he said. ‘‘I knew the boys could stick it out. We’ve been in similar positions this season and managed to pull through. To the boys’ credit we fought back today and won it.’’ TAC Cup grand final Oakleigh Chargers 3.3, 7.5, 9.7, 12.10 (82) Gippsland Power 3.2, 4.3, 8.5, 12.9 (81) Oakleigh Chargers best, goal kickers: Goals: K. Jaksch 2, J. Billings 2, E. Walmsley , T. MacMillan , J. MacRae , A. Franetic , T. Cutler , J. Kennedy-Harris , J. Toohey, C. Vearing. Best: A. Franetic, J. MacRae, T. MacMillan, T. Cutler, J. Collopy, J. Kennedy-Harris.

Premiership win: Oakleigh Chargers’ Sam Raru attempts to smother the kick of Dandenong’s Tim McGenniss earlier this year. Picture: Ari Hatzis

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Croydon VSDCA 2012-13fixture October 6 and October 13 Croydon v Endeavour Hills, venue tba, 1pm October 20 and October 27 Mt Waverley v Croydon, Mt. Waverley Reserve 1pm October 30 (T20) Croydon v Bayswater, venue tba, 5pm November 3 Croydon v Brunswick, venue tba, 1pm November 10 and November 17 Preston v Croydon, Preston City Oval 1pm November 13 (T20) Croydon v Oakleigh, venue tba, 5pm November 18 Croydon v Noble Park, Croydon Oval 3.45pm November 24 and December 1 Croydon v Ivanhoe, Croydon Oval 1pm December 4 Ormond v Croydon, Ormond Reserve, 5pm December 8 and December 15 Plenty Valley v Croydon, A.K. Line Reserve 1pm December 18 (T20) Mt Waverley v Croydon, Mt Waverley Reserve 1pm December 22 Croydon v Balwyn, Croydon Oval 12.30pm January 12 Oakleigh v Croydon, Warrawee Park, 12.30pm January 19 and January 26 Croydon v Bayswater, Croydon Oval, 1pm January 29 T20 semi final February 2 and February 9 Box Hill v Croydon Oval, Box Hill City Oval 1pm February 16 and February 23 Croydon v Coburg, Croydon Oval 1pm February 20 T20 final March 2 Kew v Croydon, Victoria Park No.1 12.30pm March 9 and March 10 semi finals 1pm March 16 and March 17 preliminary finals 1pm March 23 and March 24 grand final 12pm ■

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New skipper: Former Premier Cricket batsman Hagan Shakespeare will lead Croydon in the VSDCA this season. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Croydon signs bard with the bat BY ROY WARD AFTER a horror second half to last season, Croydon needed more than words to lift itself up the Victorian Sub District Cricket Association ladder this term. New Kookaburras captain Hagan Shakespeare hopes to bring plenty of runs along with a few sage words to his new club. The signing of the 28-year-old former Ringwood and Northcote player is a major move for the Kookaburras, who will also return to their home ground, Croydon Oval, in late October after the ground has been resurfaced over the past year. For Shakespeare the move brings him closer to home in Wonga Park and gives him a chance to help a local club while staying at a high level of cricket. “I suppose playing with Northcote towards the end of last season, circumstances outside of cricket left me feeling like I couldn’t commit to Premier Cricket any more,” he said. “I wanted to stay on turf still and as I had played Hatch cricket with Croydon, I spoke with them and it worked out from there.” Kookaburras president Alan Doherty said the skipper had already made his mark on the young side. “He is a good young man and the enthusiasm he is generating is really good,” he said.

“We have put in a lot of work over preseason and having some more consistency and continuity of form Hagan Shakespeare will help us.’’ Shakespeare played his junior cricket at Wonga Park in the RDCA before moving onto Premier Cricket and his return to his home area, plus the lack of constant travel into the city, should set him up for a stellar season. “I live in Wonga Park and I park my car at Croydon Station every day before heading in to work, so now I can get off the train and head to training,” he said. “That was one of those outside factors, the extra travel of heading off to training across town.” Shakespeare is expected to fit “somewhere” into the team’s top four and he may also open the batting in one-day matches. In his first season as captain, Shakespeare said he wanted his side to become more consistent and show their talents at VSDCA level. “The guys went into Christmas at 5-2 last year, had a win first up after Christmas, then didn’t put win on the board from there,” he said. “We have put in a lot of work over preseason and

having some more consistency and continuity of form will help us. We need to get off to the same start this season, then go on with it.” Shakespeare said his side would again base its strengths on its bowlers while improving its batting. “Bowling is our strength at the moment,” he said. “The batting, based on what I’ve seen, is something we need to improve on.” Croydon Oval is in need of more sunlight to help the new grass grow following Melbourne’s wet winter but Doherty said he hoped the club would be back playing on the ground by November after being told the club couldn’t play on the ground for the first four weeks of the season. “The council has been doing great work on the ground,” he said. “We might not have access for the first month of season as the new grass needs warmth and sun. “We have new drainage, a new turf wicket and practice facilities which are all now the equal of anyone in association.” After playing his whole junior footy career on Croydon Oval, Shakespeare said he looked forward to playing cricket on the ground this summer. One thing Shakespeare is unlikely to be doing is bowling much, defining himself as a “batsman only”. “I’m a typical batsman – I think I can bowl but I doubt I will,” he joked.

Coach of the year returns to take Cobras to the next level SOUTH East Australian Basketball League women’s coach of the year Peter Gay will continue to coach Kilsyth women in 2013. The Cobras announced Gay’s reappointment last week. In his first full season as Cobras coach, Gay led the team to a 20-6 record as the Cobras made the

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women’s south conference final before losing to arch-rivals Knox Raiders. Gay coached the Cobras for several matches in 2011 when then coach Cheryl Chambers was away coaching an Australian junior team. Gay said he looked forward to taking the Cobras further in 2013.

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“I’m really excited to be back at such a great supportive club like Kilsyth,” he said. “I am especially looking forward to using what both the team and I learnt in 2012 as well as watching the group progress and hopefully develop some young stars. “I believe that next year will be a good chal-

lenge for the group . . . both the players and the coaches will need to improve if we are to take the next step.” The Cobras women are currently in their offseason but Gay and the club will soon begin assembling a team for 2013. — ROY WARD


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No room for new clubs, EFL chief insists BY ROY WARD EASTERN Football League chief executive Rob Sharpe has dismissed rumours a new club would join the league in 2013. Northern Football League power Heidelberg has repeatedly been linked with a move to the EFL since its failed attempt to officially transfer several years ago. The Tigers feature several former AFL players and were in dispute with the NFL earlier this season after the league stopped them signing sacked Richmond midfielder Daniel Connors after the transfer deadline. The NFL was formerly known as the Diamond Valley Football League.

In an interview with the Weekly, Sharpe said he couldn’t see a way for Heidelberg to join the EFL. “They have always indicated they would like to play here since they first asked in 2006 or so,” he said. “They have maintained an interest to play here but there is not an opening at this time and the NFL wouldn’t be likely to release them. “We are not going to fight that battle again; it caused too much grief last time. “So nothing will change unless there was an amicable parting of the ways between them and the NFL.” Sharpe also said no other clubs were in line to join the league in 2013 although he still received calls “quite often” from outside clubs inquiring

about the EFL. The EFL announced two weeks ago its four divisions would stay the same in 2013 with 12 teams in division 1, 10 in division 2, 12 in division 3 and 11 in division 4. “Fundamentally we kept the same sizes because no new clubs were coming in,” Sharpe said. “We did have a bit of thought about making division 2 bigger and making division 4 smaller. “But that would leave division 4 with nine teams and the great fear is what happens if you lose a side. ‘‘Someone could merge or go elsewhere, then you only have eight sides in division 4.” Sharpe also revealed the EFL was considering playing an opening-round game under lights

at Bayswater Oval next year. Sharpe said he believed the EFL’s promotion and relegation program had made divisions 2 and 3 the most even they had ever been. Division 4 still featured a few struggling sides this year such as Surrey Park. But Sharpe said Surrey Park had made great strides to improve off the field and had a good under-19 side, which showed some cause for confidence in its future. “They have come along in leaps and bounds off the field and sometimes it just takes time for the on-field side of things to show it,” he said. “But if you look at Glen Waverley Hawks, it wasn’t long ago that they were getting belted and now look at them.’’

Auskick chat leads to key role in Woori Yallock upset victory A CASUAL chat with some dads at Auskick led to Nick Tennant playing in his third senior premiership on Saturday. Tennant was named best player in Woori Yallock’s 35-point win over minor premiers Gembrook Cockatoo in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League grand final. The result was a 150-point turnaround from the semi-final between the two sides when an undermanned Woori team was thumped by Gembrook Cockatoo. But for Tennant, he never expected to find himself in the middle of Woori’s premiership celebrations. His season started in the Eastern Football League as interleague coach for the division 3-4 side and coach of division 3 club Ringwood, but his time with the Redbacks ended early in the season when the two parted ways. It was soon after that Tennant was chatting with a couple of dads at Lilydale Auskick, where he is also a coach. One of those dads was Danny Ryan, Woori Yallock’s coach. ‘‘It was a more a passing sort of ‘what are you doing with your footy’ sort of chat,’’ he said. ‘‘They needed a forward pocket, ruckman. They would have been half expecting me to say no but it went on from there. ‘‘Considering I started the year as coach of Ringwood, I’d have never thought I’d be in that situation. It was fantastic to head up there and play.’’ Tennant played the rest of the season with the Tigers, a move he has loved despite having never played in the YVMDFL before. He compared the standard of football in the YVMDFL to ‘‘midsecond division EFL’’. ‘‘I wasn’t looking to play with anyone but they were going OK and looked as though they would be in the finals, which made them more appealing,’’ he said. [YAR]

Grand final day turned into the perfect storm for the Tigers as Healesville’s big ground and the bright sunshine set the ideal conditions for the Tigers’ running game. ‘‘Besides myself and a couple of others, we are a very young side and the team just ran,’’ he said. ‘‘We were a goal down at half-time but our run was too much for them in the second half. ‘‘Comparing flags is like comparing your kids, each one has got their own special feelings and experiences attached to them. ‘‘When you look at the turnaround we made from the semi-finals, it was a very satisfying result.’’ While Tennant was named best player by the Tigers, Hayden Smith won the VCFL medal for best on ground. Tennant has kept his options open for next season. He said he would sit back and consider whether he would play, coach or even take a season off. But he will still have Auskick to keep him engaged, at least until the next dad wants to have a chat. YVDMFL division 1 grand final Woori Yallock 3.6, 7.6, 12.9, 16.15 (111) Gembrook Cockatoo 5.3, 8.7, 8.13, 10.16 (76) GOALS, Woori Yallock: D. Lewis 3, N. Tennant 3, J. Matthews 2, K. Busoli 2, J. Williamson 1, J. Williams 1, B. Sneddon 1, F. Elliott 1, H. Smith 1, M. King 1 Gembrook Cockatoo: S. Gough 2, R. Clark 2, A. Shipp 1, C. Vernal 1, D. Main 1, A. Walker 1, C. Clarke 1, S. Williams 1 BEST, Woori Yallock: N. Tennant, H. Smith, D. Ryan, K. Busoli, J. Williams, T. Williamson Gembrook Cockatoo: R. Clark, A. Walker, T. Whytcross, C. Clarke, S. Gough, S. Williams. — Roy Ward

Champion club: Mount Evelyn’s A grade, B grade and B reserve sides celebrate their premiership wins on Saturday.

Mt Evelyn takes overtime win MOUNT Evelyn returned to the summit of the Yarra Valley Mountain District Netball Association winning the A grade premiership at Healesville on Saturday. After losing last year’s decider, Mt Evelyn was desperate to get back on top this year but needed overtime to beat Wandin in the grand final, winning 52-50. The win was Mt Evelyn’s fourth premiership in five years while the club’s B grade and B reserve grade sides also won their respective grand finals on Saturday while the A reserves fell just short. A grade side co-captain Lauren Tesoriero said her side had to battle to beat Wandin. ‘‘Neither team could get a lead on the other, it was just back and forth the whole game,’’ she said. ‘‘We didn’t get our lead over them until the final two minutes of overtime. Before then it was just neck and neck.’’ Centre Gaby Duncan was named best player for her efforts in playing the whole match at centre while Tesoriero in wing defence, Shannon Gray at goal shooter, Kate Youlten at goal keeper, Ella Priestley at wing attack and Sarah Hogan goal attack all played key roles.

Gray and Hogan shot 24 goals each while Rachael Hickey scored four goals. Tesoriero said the day as a whole was very rewarding for the club. ‘‘Everyone is very close throughout the club,’’ she said. ‘‘We certainly worked hard for the whole year and are a good bunch of friends who love playing together. ‘‘It was a nice reward for our hard work.’’ Mount Evelyn has named Brian Chamberlin as senior football coach for the 2013 YVMDFL season. Chamberlin, a long-time Eastern Football League player, replaces Chris Murphy. YVMDNA A Grade grand final Mount Evelyn 52 d Wandin 50 Goals: Mt Evelyn: Sarah Hogan 24, Shannon Gray 24, Rachael Hickey 4; Wandin: Melissa Martinov 40, Sharmini Philp 10. Best: Mt Evelyn: Gaby Duncan, Lauren Tesoriero, Shannon Gray, Kate Youlten; Wandin: Melissa Martinov, Kathleen Mcmahon, Beth Chiuchiarelli, Rebecca Tilley.

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