Month: May 2019

  • 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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