Two men taken to hospital after car accident at Kirkconnell

Two men were taken to hospital aftera single motor vehicle accident at Kirkconnell this morning.
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Around 7:40am the menwere in a car crash on the Great Western Highway at Sunny Corner Road.

When paramedics arrived at the scene, the men were already outside of the vehicle.

The two men, both in their thirties were transported to Bathurst Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Two men were involved in a single vehicle accident on the Great Western Highway at Sunny Corner Road this morning. Photo: ANDREW MICALLEF, WIDE AREA COMMUNICATIONS

Two men were involved in a single vehicle accident on the Great Western Highway at Sunny Corner Road this morning. Photo: ANDREW MICALLEF, WIDE AREA COMMUNICATIONS

Two men were involved in a single vehicle accident on the Great Western Highway at Sunny Corner Road this morning. Photo: ANDREW MICALLEF, WIDE AREA COMMUNICATIONS

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Praise for the friendly people at Clunes Library

Catherine Hill does an awesome job of running the Clunes Library. On the way to our library, my 10-year-old son said; “The library is like another home.”
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Catherine is always very friendly and has helped to create an atmosphere for all children where they can feel safe to go, to enjoy all it’s wonderful resources and to be with their friends.

The lovely volunteers (CWA) also help greatly with this as well. A very big, warm thank you to Catherine and her volunteers for making the Clunes Library a great community space for all ages; indeed for my children and I, it is the hub of the town.

Kym Green

Clunes

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Online survey has highlighted concerns

This letter is in response to Ian MacBean’s (March13) regarding concerns of rate equity and “fair go” for the Trentham ratepayers.
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I believe the exposure from the Hepburn Council online “Our Say” has highlighted concerns of ratepayers across the shire and not so much a sympathy vote for the Trentham community.

Many small rural communities are struggling with rising bureaucracy and infrastructure costs which puts pressure to regularly raise resident rates.

A report this month by the Victorian Auditor-General has been scathing of rating practices of local government and called for regular strategy reviews and better communication with ratepayers on decision making. The report conveys that there is a lack of clarity, detail and direction. The differential rate system is being applied with broad interpretation and the farming sector is actively seeking a farm rate review.

I maintain that Trentham woes are symptomatic of a broad spectrum of unease over local government tax collection practices and the flow on of how these monies are then redistributed as services rendered to local residents.

On a seperate topic, “Vote for Rate Equity”, posted more than a week after Ian MacBean’s topic, was also voted in the top 10 most popular on “Our Say”. This topic concerns ratepayers with property affected by water authorities and planning policy which prohibits building a dwelling or sheds thus devaluing their landholding.

Council CIV rate valuations are underpinned by valuations reflecting the ability to have a dwelling. They believe council has been collecting rates based on the higher valuations. If they are refused a permit then rates should be significantly reduced. There are property owners who have invested many, many thousands of dollars only to be devastated by the current circumstances.

Read the online “Our Say” comments of Landowners expressing frustration that the denial of the right to build and the right to use their land effectively devalues their property significantly and council still tax at the higher rate.

Unfortunately I believe this topic will likely stay in the high 10. Why? Because if the Trentham community or other affected landholders benefit by a rate review, rather than keeping the dollars rolling in for the shire management, someone else has to pay more.

Ian Esmore

Daylesford

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Second time around for regional minister

THE Prime Minister has reshuffled her Cabinet following last week’s leadership drama, appointing an intercity member to look after the interests of regional Australia and local governments.
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Anthony Albanese will take over from Simon Crean, one of number of high ranking Cabinet members to step down as part of the post-challenge fallout.

Mr Albanese said he was passionate about Local Government and had a long history of advocating a closer relationship between local representatives and the Federal Government.

He said he would continue to advocate on behalf of regional Australia to make sure it benefited the growing economy.

“After all, regional communities are at the heart of our nation’s continuing economic success and prosperity,” he said.

But Mr Albanese’s appointment has been slammed by opposition Regional Development, Local Government and Water spokesman Barnaby Joyce.

“Ms Gillard has decided that the best place to understand regional Australia is from Marrickville (Sydney),” he said.

“It is a slap in the face of what the term regional means and nobody in regional areas can take this portfolio under (Prime Minister) Gillard seriously any more.

“How can this government possibly represent regional Australia when they do not have a single minister based in a regional area?”

Senator Joyce said it was Mr Albanese’s second time in the portfolio having held the position from 2007 to 2010.

“He managed to strip $1 billion out of regional programmes in the first budget alone and $500 million from the Regional Partnerships and Growing Regions programmes.

“Area Consultative Committees were abolished and along with it 500 voluntary committee positions and 150 jobs. After breaking his promise of retaining these programs Mr Albanese even refused to fund projects already approved for funding by the former Government.”

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Jindera lands Essendon hopeful

A RESURGENT Jindera has landed one of the most prized recruits of the Hume league off-season by signing young gun Leroy Eggmolesse.
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Eggmolesse, 22, has spent the past two seasons with Merbein in the Sunraysia league and was invited to train at Essendon in the hope of gaining a spot on the Bombers’ VFL list.

The classy midfielder was also runner-up in the Gerald Clear Medal in 2010 for the best-and-fairest in the Farrer league when playing for Northern Jets.

The Bulldogs have also added depth by signing Michael Bain, Nick Brooks (Albury), Mitch Dempsey (North Albury), Taylor Schultz (Corryong), Tim Hayes (Border-Walwa) and Brett Davis (Belconnen).

In a further boost former best-and-fairest winner Daniel Cassidy, Tim and Sam Pierpoint and Nick Stubbs have been lured back to the club.

Newly appointed coach Josh Walker was happy with the way the list was taking shape while still mindful that the Bulldogs finished 10th last year with a 5-13 record.

“We are coming from a long way back but it has been a promising preseason,” Walker said.

“Our recruiting priority was to land some stronger bodies to rotate through the midfield with some experience to complement the exciting young talent coming through the club’s junior ranks.”

Walker said eight players for last year’s thirds grand final side including Blair Boyle, Mick Galvin, Danny Warren, Lewis Childs, Nick Bailey and Ethan Scholz all played seniors at stages last season and will benefit from the experience.

Strong marking forward Ash Murray has also re-signed and has been a standout during preseason training.

“I would like to think we will be far more competitive and hopefully challenge for finals,” Walker said.

“We realise there is still a lot of work to be done and that last year’s top-four sides look set to remain powerful.

“Several of the clubs who missed finals last year also recruited strongly and will also improve.

“But I can’t fault the commitment of the group and we have been averaging 35 plus at training and am excited for what challenges and hopefully success lay ahead.”

The Bulldogs clash with Howlong on Good Friday for their season opener.

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Could Kosi play in the Hume league

JUSTIN Koschitzke wants to play in the Ovens and Murray league when his AFL career is over.
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The Brocklesby-raised St Kilda star is about to enter his 13th AFL season.

“I’m really keen to give something back,” Koschitzke, 30, said.

“I’d love to play footy at its purest again, without that physical and mental drain.

“If I’m capable, I’m sure I will.”

Koschitzke is best mates with Lavington champion Kade Stevens and the Panthers are the obvious club to secure his services.

He has also flagged an interest in playing for home Hume league club Brock-Burrum.

Koschitzke, who is on track to play his 200th game for the Saints in round 5, recently said he was unsure when he’d call it quits.

Two of Koschitzke’s former clubmates — Jason Gram and Dean Polo — have joined the O and M straight off St Kilda’s list.

“It’s great to see,” Koschitzke said.

“I spoke to Deano not long ago and he’s loving the country life.

“He’s almost the blue-print for a country footballer, I reckon.

“He’s a competitor, he loves his teammates and has got that hard-edge to his game.

“Grammy’s obviously been an elite player at the highest level and it will be super for the people up there to watch him.”

And while he’s happy to see those arrivals continue, Koschitzke did admit he was concerned about the long-term impact those high-profile additions would have on the competition.

“It’s great for the league — it’s certainly getting a lot of attention,” Koschitzke said.

“I’ve got a lot of good mates at clubs there and I really like seeing country footy evolve but I guess it concerns me a little bit that most people seem to know already what the finals are going to look like.

“I do feel for Myrtleford and Corowa and the Wodonga sides.

“Coming from Brock — I think we had two wins in the whole time I was there. At that age you love playing footy but it’s not much fun when you can’t compete.”

Koschitzke yesterday revealed Brock-Burrum was on the verge of securing Lindsay Fox as guest speaker at their annual luncheon.

The event has hosted the likes of Shane Warne, Wayne Carey and Gorden Tallis.

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Hume beats league’s to heart-saving equipment

ALL Hume league clubs will be equipped with potentially life-saving defibrillators this season in a first for a league on the Border.
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The idea to purchase the automated external defibrillators is that of Hume League Trainers Association chairwoman Fran Jones.

Jones believes the machines are essential at all country footy clubs and she is hoping other country leagues follow Hume’s lead and purchase the machines for their clubs.

“We as a league decided we wanted these machines for each club,” Jones said.

“You never hope that you have to use them, as with stretchers, but it’s football and these could be the difference between saving a life.

“From what I can gather having all clubs equipped with an AED is a first around here and I’d love to see the other leagues take the initiative.”

The league paid for the 13 state-of-the-art machines, which retail for up to $2000, at a reduced price through the AFL.

Jones first got the idea to buy the machines after hearing the story of Sue Buckman who lost her son.

In 2010, Stephen Buckman, 19, died from a cardiac arrest during training at the Rupertswood Football Club in Victoria.

An AED wasn’t available for 22 minutes.

Buckman is now the director of the Defib Your Club, For Life program.

“Sue has made it her mission to get AEDs into as many clubs as possible,” Jones said.

“Football in the country is a major day on Saturday not just with footy but also netball and families.

“My club is Osborne and we’re quite a bit out of town.

“Us and other clubs, we have to wait quite a long time for an ambulance … having one of these machines could be life-saving.”

She urged anyone interested in being a trainer to contact the league.

“Along with umpires, trainers are the most important part of a football club,” she said.

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Picton’s tennis champs hit it out

PICTON Tennis Club’s 2013 champions were recently decided in a variety of categories.
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Thirty-six competitors competed in 11 finals, including a new category for junior players, the “hotshots orange ball” event, which was won by Jake Cutmore, who defeated Hunter Mordue 6-0 in the final.

Tournament organiser Krischan Keller described the tournament as one of the most successful championships in recent years.

Keller said the A1 men’s doubles and A2 and A3 men’s singles were not completed on the same day as the other finals “due to various reasons”.

Steve Jobson emerged triumphant in the top male category, the A1 men’s singles, defeating Ben Cosgrove 6-2, 6-3.

Catherine Griffiths beat Mona Fakhry 7-6, 6-2 in the female equivalent, the A1 women’s singles final.

“Steve’s superior and very accurate returning proved to be the difference in the final,” Keller said.

“But Ben Cosgrove gave a great effort and the score does not reflect the quality of the match that was played.

“The consistent play of Catherine throughout the women’s singles match proved to be too consistent for the hard-hitting Mona.

“However, this was one of the longest and one of the most entertaining matches of the tournament.”

Elaine Brockett and Alison Radford were too good for Mona Fakhry and Neda Vukomanovich, winning 6-2, 6-1 in the A1 women’s doubles final.

“The combination of Elaine’s powerful forehand and Alison’s low-bouncing, slice backhand proved to be the difference in the match,” Keller said.

“The match was played with great spirit, as everybody was enjoying themselves. And it was a pleasure to watch.”

In other finals, James Longa and Catherine Griffiths beat Krischan Keller and Mona Fakhry 6-1, 6-4 in the A1 mixed doubles final; Maighan Duck defeated Sue Ottesen 6-1 6-1 in the A2 women’s singles final; Jessica Cutmore and Chelsea Gerada beat Maighan Duck and Kirsty Lee Barcicki 6-1, 6-3 in the A2 women’s doubles final; Jessica Cutmore and Greg Tyler defeated Eamon Byrne and Pamela Davis 6-2, 6-2 in the A2 mixed doubles final; and Greg Tyler beat Eamon Byrne 6-4, 6-0 in the men’s A3 singles final.

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Festival a reminder of the past

SUNDAY’S Blessing of the Fleet festival is much more than simply another opportunity to celebrate and attract tourists to the region.
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It is also an opportunity to look back at the important role the commercial fishing industry, and particularly the mainly Italian families to build up the industry several decades ago, has played in providing the region with a sound economic base.

The economic base provided by fishing and farming, and the year-round jobs they have funded, have been integral to the region’s economic survival, allowing for the growth that tourism has been able to provide in more recent times.

That the commercial fishing industry has been largely forced out of existence by government regulation is a source of continued concern and debate, particularly as so much of the nation’s seafood is now imported from areas which are far less clean and environmentally sensitive than Australia’s fisheries.

However it seems there is a new sense of optimism for the commercial fishing industry.

Experienced commercial fisherman Dick Perese speaks with great enthusiasm about a new approach from government and the bureaucrats providing advice to politicians.

While some within the local commercial fishing sector do not share Mr Perese’s optimism, his approach is infectious and his vision presents great possibilities should there eventually oweverHbe some official acknowledgement about the sustainability of Australia’s fishing sector.

That would also be vital for the Ulladulla region’s economy, and provide hope of rebuilding the commercial fishing fleet operating in the area.

Until then, the Blessing of the Fleet provides a timely reminder about how commercial fishing helped shape the region, and provided traditions that continue to be followed.

Editorial by Glenn Ellard

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Penrith farewell to rowers

When the rowers leave Penrith after taking part in World Rowing Down Under Regatta they will take a piece of with them.
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As a gift to the athletes Penrith Council distributed 2500 Penrith Backsacks to every registered rower who competed.

The bright orange Penrith Backsack contained the official Penrith Visitor Guide, a map of the area and all its attractions, a ‘Mayoral welcome letter’ and coupons for local businesses.

The Sydney International Rowing Regatta will bring an estimated $5.3 million* tourism dollars into Penrith in a real economic boost for the area.

The Penrith City Centre Association and Penrith Chamber of Commerce played key roles in organising the coupon booklet which featured 25 local businesses.

It was also an outstanding effort by the staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly for weeks to put together so many bags at the Penrith Visitor Information Centre.

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Third time lucky

Poise: Kirby Mathieson knocks a short ball through gully with good balance and control.Women’s cricket
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MORWELL Cricket Club bounced back from two consecutive grand final losses to claim its sixth Women’s Gippsland Cricket League title over Bairnsdale at the weekend.

After finishing the home and away season in second position, with just the one loss to Bairnsdale, the Valley based team had to make the toughest road trip in the league to Peppercorn Park in order to claim the title.

Morwell captain Robin Fitzpatrick sent Bairnsdale in after winning the toss in overcast conditions and her bowlers were tidy from the outset.

Lynda Walker (0/17) and Simone Clymo (1/15) stifled the home team, who after 11 overs had crawled to 0/14.

The pressure forced an error of judgment and a mid-wicket scramble saw Kelly Farley run out for five after some slick fielding from Megan Clymo.

At 3/44 Bairnsdale star Becky Stevens entered the fray but her stay was short-lived thanks to another brilliant run out from Lisa Bowring.

With 4/45 on the board from 20 overs, the East Gippslanders fell to ruin when Hayley Jones was smartly caught by Wendy Mathieson off Bowring (2/10).

When Paula O’Neill’s (24) resilient stand was broken, the floodgates opened and Bairnsdale’s innings was ended on 94 in the 39th over.

Chasing a small total, Kirby Mathieson and Fitzpatrick saw off the new ball and reached 0/5 from six overs before the skipper fell for three.

Walker joined Mathieson and the pair scrapped to 1/21 after 20 overs, before Walker took to Fiona Morrison’s medium pacers in the 26th over.

Walker smashed nine off the over and the pressure valve was released. Mathieson’s (12) resolute innings finally came to an end when she was bowled, but the platform was set at 2/55.

Walker was in fine form and hit the ball to all corners of the ground in a chanceless and controlled innings that pushed Morwell ever closer to victory.

AJ Bury (19*) showed great maturity in her partnership with Walker (53 retired) before the latter was forced to retire with victory in sight.

Bowring (2*) and Bury scored the winnings runs in the 37th over.

Walker was awarded the Glenda Jagoe player of the match award and Fitzpatrick was announced as the runaway GCL female player of the year for the third time.

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Paint the town red

Rapid fire: House of Cards in action against Basscoast Raiders. photographs laura ferguson Breakout: H2O Blue facing off against club mates H2O. photographs laura ferguson
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HARD 2 Overcome dipped into its paint pellet palette to take on the nation’s finest to win the Victorian Paintball Championship at its home turf in Newborough on Saturday.

The Adrenalin Paintball Club A-team lived up to its name and overcame South East Cartel in the final of the ‘race to three’ tournament, while their Latrobe Valley club mates H2O Blue finished fourth.

Will De Bono was named most valuable player of the tournament after nearly leading H2O Blue to an elimination final victory against Tension, a side containing two players, Ringo Ng and Ben Simpson, from Australian paintball powerhouse Sydney SWAT.

Ahead 2-0 in the best of five format, H2O Blue was unable to land the finishing blow and bowed out after a nail-biting 3-2 loss.

Adrenalin Paintball Club president and H2O Blue player Richard Cameron said the result painted a picture of how far the club had come in four short years.

“It was a massive result for the club. The club is growing, the teams are getting more experienced and learning all the tricks of the trade,” he said.

“It was the first time we’ve played this format, so to make it to finals (was huge).”

A field of 50 players took to the state of the art Newborough facility for the championship, with 100 games completed throughout the day and policed by Refs Inc, arguably the country’s best officials.

Cameron said visitors were left raving about the quality of the host club, with the Sydney contingent pledging a return with its full SWAT team in future.

“The feedback from the event has been incredible,” Cameron said.

“The club really does have a fairly high profile in the paintball community in Victoria now.”

The toll of continuous play told on Cameron and company in the wake of the weekend’s warfare, but the avid player said the thrill of battle was well worth it.

“When you’re standing there, first game of the day and you’re at your breakout point… the referee calls 10 seconds… the adrenalin starts pumping, the hands start shaking and your stomach starts to get those butterflies… it is really a massive rush,” he said.

The club’s next hitout is round two of the 2013 PAV series in Wonthaggi on 27 April.

To get involved with Adrenalin Paintball Club visit www.adrenalinpaintball南京夜网.au or the club’s Facebook page.

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