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Follow the election campaign trail – November 7

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Coalition:$65 million to expand the Ballarat Base Hospital, including $10 million for a cardiac facility and $8 million for mental health services.Labor:$15 million redevelopment of Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium, as pledged earlier this year. Also made a pledge to develop a ethical clothing program in Melbourne.


“Consensus between Napthine and (David) Davis they’re not too fussed if a hard object drops onto Simon Ramsay’shead” – Shaun LeaneMP on a photo with the Premier and Health Minister wearing hard hats and Mr Ramsay opting to be hatless.

Shaune Leane’s tweeted photo.


Both PremierDenis Napthineand Opposition LeaderDaniel Andrewswere in the Eureka Stockade city to secure the all-important Ballarat vote. Napthine visited the Ballarat Show while Andrews returned to Melbourne in the afternoon. Transport MinisterTerry Mulderwas at Derrinallum, in his home electorate of Polwarth. Mining magnateClive Palmerwas at the swish Langham Hotel in Melbourne to launch Palmer United’s campaign.


“Buddy, you can’t sit here all day,” four-year-oldHarry Taskerto Dr Napthine when the Premier visited his family home.


Every election has its share of dodgy deeds, whether its vandalism or fights over election-day leaflet handlers. The carnival has started early down on the Mornington Peninsula with Liberal MPLorraine Wreford’selectorate office defaced by an unidentified source.


Number of seats Palmer United will win:

Two seats: $17

One seat: $8

No seats: $1.07


Controversial Frankston MPGeoff Shawwas confronted by a voter at the suburb’s main train station who told him “When are you going? The sooner, the better.” Mr Shaw told the disgruntled voter that he wasn’t going anywhere and they started an awkward debate about abortion law reform.

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No fly zone: panel knocks back Skydive building

Skydive the Beach’s new administration building would include a reception area, merchandise shop, offices and kiosk.Skydive the Beach’s plan to build a new administration building has hit a major snag, after an independent assessment panel said its planned location at the edge of Stuart Park was ‘‘inappropriate’’.
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The Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) met this week to hear concerns about the controversial building, with 15residents speaking against its approval.

They said the 400 square metre premises, proposed for the corner of Kembla Street and George Hanley Drive, would block views from their houses and was the only visible entry way into Stuart Park.

Beach Park Motor Inn owner Gabrielle Fraticelli also told the panel the new skydiving headquarters would affect her business, as it would block the views from her motel rooms.

An artist’s impression of the building.

‘‘I have operated this business for 25 years and people who come to stay with us expect views,’’ she said.

‘‘I love our park, our guests love the tranquillity of the park and this building will take that away.’’

Other people raised concerns about parking, cyclist and pedestrian safety, and said the private business facility should not be built on public land.

Before the IHAP meeting on Tuesday night, the four panel members visited the proposed site and viewed it from neighbouring premises.

Handing down their recommendation, panel members said ‘‘the area where the development is proposed is important as a visual link from George Hanley Drive into the park as well as a point of access for pedestrians and cyclists’’.

‘‘The panel notes that there are few locations along George Hanley Drive that provide view lines into the park.’’ Alternative locations that minimise the effects on views into the park and reduce conflict with pedestrian and cyclist movements should be considered, the panel said.

The administration building was to replace the ageing cottage from which Skydive the Beach now operates, and would have included a reception area, merchandise shop and kiosk, as well as offices and parachute packing and storage space.

IHAP has recommended the decision be ‘‘deferred’’ to allow Skydive the Beach to explore a different location.

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Stawell Wildcats fight to the finish

STAWELL Wildcats did their association proud last weekend when they fought to the finish against strong Mount Gambier teams.
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Both the ladies and the men’s tams went down to Mount Gambier as expected, but the margin did come as a bit of a surprise.

The ladies got the night underway and started in a blaze of glory.

Grace Bibby scored six points in the opening quarter and coach Rhi Davis scored four, to see the Wildcats in with a chance at quarter time.

It was a second quarter fade out that proved costly for the Wildcats as the Lakers went on a 9-0 run in the first two minutes.

Wildcats called a time out and found their first score of the term when Bibby was on the end of a baseline play.

Davis scored with 47 seconds remaining on the clock, but that was it for Wildcats for the term.

After a positive first quarter they went into the rooms confident they could claw their way back into the contest.

The second half was much like the first quarter, Stawell remained in touch, but couldn’t make inroads into the deficit.

The final score for the match was 40-65.

Bibby finished with 15 points and was the best for Wildcats, while Lakers guard Briana Walters was the leading scoring on the court with 23.

Davis was happy with the effort and intent of her players, but said they needed to string together a full four quarters if they are to win a game.

“Our intensity from previous games certainly improved,” Davis said.

“It was the second quarter where we let ourselves down. We got lazy and you can’t afford to do that against good teams.”

Lakers backed up with a game against Horsham on Sunday where they won again.

Stawell will meet Horsham in just over a week.

Stawell men had Mount Gambier slightly nervous as they held a six point buffer over the Wildcats going into the last change.

While many in the Stawell team looked a little unsure under the immense pressure, the less experienced Eugene Omiona, Shane Field and Rory Jones showed no fear.

Omiona kepted the Wildcats in the game with a couple of clutch three pointers.

Field and Jones were tough in and under and provided the team with rebounds and scores from their bustling work, while Joel Freeland was consistent across both ends of the floor.

Wildcats started poorly and finished the same way, but throughout the middle quarters, they gave the reigning premiers a scare.

Mount Gambier’s coach was calm until the third term when the frustration of his team’s performance was getting the better of him.

Stawell coach Ben Leslie was happy with the overall performance despite losing what was a winnable game.

“We matched them for more than two quarters and that is a huge positive for us,” Leslie said.

“Their class shone through in that final quarter. A win against Horsham the next day sums up just how good they are.”

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Apprentice jockey Chelsea Hall lands her first win

STAWELL apprentice jockey Chelsea Hall rode her first winner at Mortlake last Saturday.
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Chelsea Hall aboard the Terry and Karina O’Sullivan trained Respect Me at Stawell on Tuesday. The young apprentice recently scored her first race win at Mortlake.

Hall, who is an apprentice to Terry and Karina O’Sullivan, began her racing career just over a month ago at the Gunbower Cup, where she placed third aboard Paul Jones trained Spanish Vixen.

Since that weekend, she has had several rides for many trainers, none she will remember more than race two at Mortlake.

Hall was on the back of Harold and Jamie Barry trained galloper, Act of Freedom.

Act of Freedom has had 25 career starts and was still a maiden, making it even more special for Hall.

“It was definitely very exciting to win,” Hall said.

“I was unaware that the horse hadn’t won until after the race and that just added to it.

“I knew he would be up on the pace early. I got to the lead without using too much petrol and let the horse go at his own pace to the finish.”

With Hall in the saddle, not only did he hold on, but he sprinted away and finished four and a half lengths clear of Tony Laidlaw-trained Urban Miracle and Wayne Walters-trained Memphis Flyer.

Hall’s mount was not heavily supported by punters, but returned a nice dividend of $11.40.

Hall had four other rides on the day including the Mortlake Cup, where she finished fourth.

At this stage every race is a learning curve for Hall, but she is pleased to get a race win on the board.

“The better your results are, the more opportunity you’re going to have,” Hall said.

“Winning gives you confidence and that helps with your development.”

Hall rode the Terry and Karina O’Sullivan trained galloper Respect Me at the Stawell Racing Club’s Melbourne Cup Day meeting on Tuesday and finished a brave second.

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Don hangs up his fire hat

IF THE HAT FITS, WEAR IT: Young NSW Fire and Rescue firefighter Ryan Terry will be strapping on the new captain’s helmet as of midnight tonight as Don Smyth steps down after 40 years, five of those as captain. “I’m shining my boots for the last time,” Young NSW Fire and Rescue captain Don Smyth said as he prepared for his photo with The Young Witness on Wednesday.
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The local firefighter is hanging up his helmet and uniform for the last time today, retiring from the service after 40 years – five of which he captained.

As of midnight tonight his deputy captain Ryan Terry will be stepping into the role, for which Don’s been preparing him over the past two years.

“I’d like to congratulate Ryan for stepping up to the task. I believe the town will be in good hands,” Don said.

“Both Ryan and all the crew are well trained and they have plans to keep on the training.”

Don – who was born and bred in Young – has attended some 6000 fires over the four decades and has been the engine keeper for 10 years.

An official farewell will be held for Don in February – following which The Witness will publish a full story on his days as a firie.

The father of three and grandfather won’t be completely disappearing from Young’s scene – instead he’ll be using his spare time to continue his business, travel, fish and get to know his grandkids better.

Ryan – also born and raising his young family in Young – joined the brigade in 2006, spending the last two years as deputy captain.

“I’m excited to be able to lead such a great crew and help the community in any way,” Ryan said.

“And I’m excited for Don to have a break after 40 years.”

He said he was looking forward to the challenge and working with the community and other emergency services.

His focus at the moment is on improving their in-house training.

“I’m looking forward to getting the boys trained up and moulding them – in the last two years, we’ve had six new recruits with two or three to come,” Ryan said.

“I want to do more training outside what we do – that’ll be a big thing.”

One thing he said he’d love to implement in the near future is the greater use of FaceTime and the upgrade of technology for the brigade.

He discovered the big benefits of having an iPhone and using FaceTime during the Turners Furniture One fire on September 25.

While face-to-face with his fire inspector in Mittagong, Ryan was able to show what was actually happening on the ground, instead of verbally describing the conditions.

“Because we’re so remote… once we did face time it was a lot easier… it worked really well and I’d like to push this,” he said.

“This was my first major incident [as incident controller], this was what they call a fifth alarm, most house fires are one alarm.”

IF THE HAT FITS, WEAR IT: Young NSW Fire and Rescue firefighter Ryan Terry will be strapping on the new captain’s helmet as of midnight tonight as Don Smyth steps down after 40 years, five of those as captain.

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Stawell Golf Club hosts annual tournament

STAWELL Golf Club had plenty of golfing action on offer as they commenced their annual tournament last Friday.
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Laura Martin and Delcie Baggs were the best of the ladies fourball best ball stableford, winning with 47 points.

Robyn Iles and Leigh Johnston were runner up with 46 points.

Iles was the nearest the pin on the sixth hole, Dulcie Molan on the ninth, Mandy Male on the 13th and Jo Orr on the 17th.

In the men’s fourball best ball stableford it was Geoff Alborough and Brian St Clair taking victory from Graeme Trickey and Richard Lipovas.

Trickey and Lipovas were the runners up following a countback from Jim McKendrick and Alan Jamieson, Richard Hackwill and Shaun Allen and Geoff Blachford and Dave Fiscalini.

Nearest the pins in the men’s section were Col Apelgren on the sixth and Trickey on the ninth.

The 13th and 17th holes were unclaimed.

The second day of the tournament saw the 18 hole stroke events take place.

Kaye Skinner was the winner of the ladies division one section with a score of 90 while Lyn Willcock was runner up on 95.

In Division two Dot Russell was a clear winner with 97 and seven shots behind her was Kaye Ellen.

Handicap winners were Laura Martin in division one and Dulcie Molan in division two.

Nearest the pin winners were Lyn Willcock on the sixth, Kaye Ellen on the ninth, Martin on the 13th and Jill McInerney on the 17th. Kaye Skinner’s was the nearest second shot on the 10th.

David Hunter was the men’s stroke winner on 79.

Hunter finished the better of a countback from Max Waters who was the runner up.

Graeme Healy was the division two winner and Brian St Clair won division three.

The handicap section was won by Des Pickford, Brian Gale and Peter Sharp in their respective divisions.

Richard Hackwill was just one shot behind Pickford in division one, Alan Jamieson the same behind Gale and Matt Bunting was also only one shot behind in C grade.

The Sunday feature was the Drummond Golf Sponsored mixed pinehurst where Mal and Kaylene Cameron were victorious.

They had a gross score of 75 to win the scratch division.

Handicap winners were Ross and Ruth Hutton with 96-273<2044>8-685<2044>8 and Richard Hackwill and Joan MacPherson were runner up.

Nearest the pin for the men were Mark Kuypers on the sixth, Ross Hatton on the ninth, Colin Cullen on the 13th and Graeme Trickey on the 17th.

In the women’s nearest the pin Lyn Willcock claimed the six hole and Kaye Ellen claimed the 13th.

Rounding out the four day tournament was the fourball best ball stableford played on the Tuesday. Leonie Bailey and Ruth Hatton won on 48 points and Dot Russell and Delcie Baggs were runner up on 44 points.

Jane Delley was the nearest the pin on the sixth hole, Bailey on the ninth and Hatton on the 13th.

In the men’s Mark Rooke and Matt Bunting took home top honours with 47 points from Phil Matthews and Richard Hackwill 45.

Brian Iseppi was the nearest the pin on the sixth hole, Rob Blachford on the ninth, Richard Hackwill on the 13th and Brad Hubble on the 17th.

Dulcie Molan was the nearest the pin for the overall tournament just 1.97 centimetres while Graeme Trickey was the nearest for the men 47 centimetres away.

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Athletics training returns to new North Park track

STAWELL Amateur Athletic Club will revive weeknight track and field events at North Park next Tuesday after a lapse of more than fifteen years.
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In its heyday, the club had as many as 30-40 runners competing Tuesdays on the old track.

Impetus for the return is the opening of the new North Park running track, a facility the club is proud of and one they are determined to utilise.

“Competition stopped through a lack of numbers,” Stawell Amateur Athletic Club president, Keith Lofthouse said.

“The deterioration of the old track into something you wouldn’t want to run on had to be a factor.”

Bob Freeland has been the main man behind getting the competition back up and running.

Already conducting Monday night training sessions at Central Park he will back up again the next day and that shows how dedicated he is to the revival

Races will be conducted over a variety of distances from 70 metres to three kilometres from 6.00pm right through summer.

Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to pit themselves against the clock.

Discus, shot put, long jump and triple jump events will be organised for those interested and walkers are welcome.

Freeland will offer training advice and programmes and the only costs will be a $5 registration for non-members and a gold coin donation on the night. For details phone Bob Freeland on 53583300 or the club on 53562493.

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Tragedy at Murray Mouth

A Willunga man drowned while fishing at the Murray Mouth on Thursday, November 6.Tragedy unfolded at theMurray Mouth on Thursday, November 6, when 48-year-old Willunga man, Iain McNicol, drownedwhile fishing.
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Mr McNicol was pulled from the waterunconscious while fishing off the beach at theMurray Mouth. Police and emergency services crewswere alerted to the incident just before 5pm.

Desperate attempts by other fishermen toresuscitate Mr Nicol failed and he died at the scene.

Mr McNicol was a father of three – to Daniel, Amyand Alysha – and a husband of almost 25 years toLisa.

He had owned Audiomotive Car Audio atWillunga for almost six years, and was involved as asponsor with the Willunga Football Club, whereDaniel played.

Mrs McNicol described Mr McNicol as a caring,loving and devoted husband and father.

She said he was “everyone’s friend” and a“generous and giving person”.

Mrs McNicol said the Coorong was one of herhusband’s favourite places and “since he could walkhe was holding a fishing rod”.

Mr McNicol’s death is not considered suspicious,and a report is being prepared for the State Coroner.

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Indoor soccer players excel outdoors

SEVEN of Stawell’s better indoor soccer players recently represented Stawell in the annual South West Games outdoor seven-a-side tournament.
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The team, comprising players from indoor soccer ranks, defied all expectations by winning through to the final and receiving runner up medallions on the day.

Stawell started the day well, using pace to their advantage in the open spaces, with a hard fought 3-0 win over an experienced Brunswick side. With regular midfield supply from Wes Oosthuizen and Rob Lembo, the elusive Andrew Cameron led the way up forward with two goals and was supported by the talented Ike Zanos.

The second game resulted in Stawell’s only group loss with a 0-2 scoreline against a strong Monbulk outfit, who regularly compete in state level ranks.

Defenders Liam Andrew and Tom Grace worked overtime to prevent Monbulk from scoring in the second half.

Stawell recorded their second win against Warrnambool B 2-0. Under the guise of a leg injury, Oosthuizen drifted forward to open the scoring with a well timed header from a searching Zanos pass. Cameron followed up by booting his third for the day.

The final group fixture saw some tired legs hold on for a nil all draw against Catalonia.

Stawell did not have a substitute on the day and the 30 minute games were starting to take their toll.

The result was good enough to see Stawell finish second in their group and qualify for the semi final stage where they ran into group B winners, Warrnambool A.

The semi final was another tight affair ending at nil all after normal time and leading to a penalty shoot out. This is where goal keeper David Holmes came to the fore.

With a fourth clean sheet under his belt, Holmes soaked up mounting pressure to make six crucial saves on the way to an eventual 3-2 win.

Goal scorers were again Zanos with two and Cameron with one.

The final pitted Stawell against an undefeated Monbulk team.

Stawell came out blazing early and managed to dent Monbulk’s confidence with a goal from Cameron, who walked the ball into the back of the net after defeating the keeper one-on-one.

Monbulk struck back late in the half to level the scores by the break.

Unfortunately, fatigue set in and Stawell was unable to go on with it against a well drilled, highly skilled team.

Monbulk scored another four goals in a onesided second half to win the competition for a second year in a row.

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Up To The Stumps – Early Cricket Finishes

In cold and showery weather on Saturday there were some lopsided results in the GCA A grade competition at the weekend with all three games finishing very early.
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Youth Club, who expected a better showing, were dismissed in the 23rd over, Chalambar were overrun in just 27 overs and in the game which many saw as being a close one, Tatyoon lasted only 23 overs.

If this persists, we may well see teams being outrighted on the first day of the two-day games.

There was one washed out game between Pomonal and Navarre at Pomonal in the “B” Grade because of the rain, but you’ve got to wonder, as just a lofted drive away, at Halls Gap, the full 80 overs were bowled, perhaps a case for an official umpire.

There were some spectacular performances on Saturday, including Adnan Rasheed’s 5/13 against Chalambar, Marc Brilliant’ 6/8 against Youth Club, which gives him 11/37 for the season so far, and Harry Ganley’s 135 against Tatyoon.

Harry’s 266 runs at 88 will surely see him selected for the Central Highlands Region to play Barwon at North Geelong on November 16.

This week’s featured father/son is Trevor (father) and Nathan (son) Quick from Rhymney/Moyston, who put on a 150 run partnership for the second wicket against Halls Gap.

Unfortunately this valiant effort didn’t get their team over the line, falling 30 runs short of the daunting task of chasing 237.

Apparently Pyrenees had arranged a Saturday/Sunday round for last weekend which prevented them fulfilling the scheduled KenMac game last Sunday.

At the moment officials are trying to find another date that suits both Associations.

Grampians next match is against Grenville on November 30 at Grenville.

Here’s hoping all players are available again, because the team selected against Pyrenees looked to be a good one.

Interesting to note that the Ballarat District Association has made a late entry in the competition, but because only two rounds are played in the KenMac, won’t face Grampians until next year.

The dictatorial Victorian Athletic League, who administer professional running in the state, which encompasses both the Stawell and Ararat Gifts, have informed the Ararat Highland Sports Society that they have been allocated Saturday, December 20 as their date, instead of the expected Sunday 21st.

This of course interferes with GCA scheduling of the draw.

Aradale were due to play Buangor at Alexandra Oval on that day, but I believe negotiations are taking place to see if the match might be re-scheduled for the Sunday.

There go the Christmas parties.

Sunday sees the U/17 Grampians side take on Grenville in round two of the Kirton Shield at the Snake Valley Recreation reserve.

After a good win in round one against Gisborne Green, Mitch Wood and his team will be hoping for another victory to get them a little closer to the top of group one which would see them qualify for the final in February.

Ballarat Gold defeated Grenville in round one, so the boys are a chance.

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