Trainer Bjorn Baker boils the Billy for new two-year-olds season

Next crop: Bjorn Baker has a strong record with two-year-old performers. Photo: Fiona Morris Next crop: Bjorn Baker has a strong record with two-year-old performers. Photo: Fiona Morris
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Next crop: Bjorn Baker has a strong record with two-year-old performers. Photo: Fiona Morris

Next crop: Bjorn Baker has a strong record with two-year-old performers. Photo: Fiona Morris

Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing

Bjorn Baker is just about to crank up his third crop of juveniles since setting up base in Australia – and it is not hard to see why he is keen to again race two-year-olds.

Twilight Royale, which chased a $2.4 million bonus in the Scone Guineas earlier this year, and Magic Millions winner Unencumbered have already pocketed big purses for Baker and his connections.

Baker’s next crop of babies were laid low at the start of the 2014-15 season after a virus swept through his Warwick Farm yard, but there is finally a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

John Singleton’s colt Billy Big Brown, by Kentucky Derby hero Big Brown, in which the advertising mogul also has a stake, will make his debut on the Kensington track at Randwick in the first event on Saturday.

“I love the early fast two-year-olds and that’s what Australian racing is about,” Baker said. “I’ve been lucky enough to have Twilight Royale and Unencumbered.

“This is really my third crop of two-year-olds and I’m hoping something will come out of the woodwork in the next couple of weeks or couple of months. Maybe it’s Billy Big Brown?

“It’s hard to get a line on him because he’s a pretty laidback colt.

“He’s a lovely horse and it’s a big ask to go to Randwick first time out, but we’ll give him the opportunity and you never know if they can do it. If he can, we might be able to look at some targets in the autumn.”

Billy Big Brown has won both trials he has contested, the latest a smart effort at Hawkesbury in which he stalked the speed before strongly finding the line.

He is one of eight on debut in the autumn-shaping race at Randwick – only Domanus and Italy have race experience – and Baker admits the verdict is still out on Billy Big Brown’s sire.

“I’ve only had a couple [of Big Browns] and I guess he hasn’t set the world on fire, but Billy Big Brown is a lovely type of horse and I’ve got another [Big Brown] up at Newcastle on Saturday which should run well as well.”

Baker’s Randwick team will be spearheaded by smart sprinters Encostanati and Burbero in the last, while Cyclone and last-start winner Off The Rails are well found in early markets for the fourth and fifth, respectively.

“I think [Encostanati’s] first-up run was really good and I thought he was just a little bit short in terms of his fitness,” Baker said.

“He had only the one trial going into it, but since his last run he has come on really well. His work has been excellent and he was knocking on the door in terms of a Saturday race last time.

“Burbero is a cunning old fox and, really, if he puts his best foot forward he can be in the finish, too.”

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Wall collapse: Grocon subsidiary Grocon Victoria Street Pty Ltd admits it failed to ensure a safe workplace

The shrine commemorating three pedestrians killed in a wall collapse. Photo: Angela Wylie The shrine commemorating three pedestrians killed in a wall collapse. Photo: Angela Wylie
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The shrine commemorating three pedestrians killed in a wall collapse. Photo: Angela Wylie

The shrine commemorating three pedestrians killed in a wall collapse. Photo: Angela Wylie

A Grocon company has admitted it should have known of the risks before three people died in a Melbourne wall collapse, but argued its punishment for the safety failure should be limited to about a $250,000 fine.

Grocon Victoria Street Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the construction and building giant, admitted that it failed to ensure a safe workplace in March last year when a brick wall collapsed at a vacant Swanston Street site earmarked for development.

The company pleaded guilty to one charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and now faces a maximum penalty of $305,000.

But defence barrister Ross Ray, QC, told a plea hearing on Thursday that a fine in a range of $250,000 better reflected the level of the safety breach.

He told the Melbourne Magistrates Court that the freestanding wall was built under a 1971 building permit and did not need to be re-certified when the company bought the former Carlton Brewery site from RMIT in 2008.

He said the company presumed the wall’s integrity due to the existing building permit and the fine should take into account the early guilty plea, which sees the company admit fault in assessing the risk, but not in causing the deaths.

“No one – no one – questioned the integrity of that wall,” he said. “All people in the industry have learnt due to this tragic incident.”

The Grocon company had contracted Aussie Signs to construct and attach advertising hoarding to a brick wall, which remained on the cleared and largely vacant site, he said. The majority of the buildings were demolished prior to Grocon purchasing the site.

Prosecutor Dr Gregory Lyon, QC, said the company’s failure to ensure Aussie Signs had taken steps to determine that the hoarding was safe resulted in a large number of people being exposed to the risk of injury or death.

“They had a responsibility,” he said. “This is a serious case.”

Teenage siblings Alexander and Bridget Jones, of Melbourne, and Frenchwoman Marie-Faith Fiawoo, 33, were killed when a 15-metre long section of the brick wall and advertising hoarding were pulled down in strong winds.

Mr Ray, for Grocon, said the risk of a wall collapse wasn’t picked up by the company’s normal processes because it wasn’t considered a construction site. The company, therefore, relied on Aussie Signs to assess the risk. “That reliance was not enough, he said.

Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg said he wanted to finalise the matter as soon as possible and would hand down his sentence on Friday morning.

A coronial inquest into the three deaths will be held at a later date.

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Mum caught drug driving with toddlers in the car

A 28-year-old mother has been caught drug driving in Melbourne’s west with three children, all under the age of four, in the car.
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The unlicensed woman, from Melton South, was stopped at a police drug bus on Furlong Road, Cairnlea, shortly before 4pm on Wednesday.

There were three children in the car, all under the age of four, when the woman tested positive for illicit drugs, police spokesman Senior Constable Paul Turner said.

The woman has been charged with unlicensed driving and drug driving and is due to face court at a later date.

Victoria Police is currently conducting Operation RAID, which targets drink and drug driving, as part of its wider Summer Stay road safety campaign.

However, five people have been killed on the state’s roads since the Summer Stay campaign was launched last Friday.

One man has been charged with culpable driving after he was allegedly involved in a fiery crash on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Dromana on Monday that claimed two lives.

A 60-year-old motorcycist was killed on the Monash Freeway on Monday and a five-year-old boy was hit and killed by a car on a Hawthorn street on Sunday evening.

And a 74-year-old man, who was struck by a car while riding his mobility scooter in the coastal town of Rye on the Mornington Peninsula, died of his injuries on Friday.

The state’s road death toll currently stands at 223, 20 more deaths than at the same time last year.

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Crosses on unmarked graves

Back from left: Dorothy Stubbs Mills, Doug Stubbs-Mills, Gil Daw, Rosalin Trethewey, Anthea Taylor, Chris Ward, Bev Ward, Jane Pendlebury, Jayne Bates, Joyce Holt, Ted Botham, Peter Denholm, Bev Willson, Hartley WillsonFront from left: Janet Haywood, John Haywood, Doug Willson, Sandy Brown, Beatrice Wilson, David Wilson, Lyn Firminger, Errol Firminger.On Sunday November 2, an historic ceremonytook place in Penneshaw Cemetery,with the dedication of 65 white crossesbearing the names of deceased, on whatwere previously unmarked graves.
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Visitors came from the island community,Adelaide and Melbourne to witness theceremony, with Gil Daw, president ofthePioneersAssociation welcoming everyone.“One of the core objectives was to preserveKI history,” he said.

In 2011, Kangaroo Island celebrated its175th anniversary of the landing of the firstofficial white settlers to South Australia.

At that time, a number of commentswere made regarding the state of the Penneshawcemetery, indicating that many old wooden grave markers had disappeared orwere randomly found on the ground.

As a result, KIPA decided to launch aproject to replace markers, and identify theburial locations of the deceased, many ofwhom were pioneers.

Mr Daw thanked Chris Ward who hadtaken on the task of research, and KIPAwas supported financially by donationsfrom Kangaroo Island Funerals, individualsand descendants of the deceased, and agrant from the Foundation for Rural andRegional Renewal.

Chris Ward and Jayne Bates during the moving ceremony.

Mr Daw thanked Kangaroo IslandCouncil and staff for their assistance installingthe crosses.

He also thanked KIPA patron VickieChapman MP who was unable to attend,and retiring Mayor Jayne Bates for her support.Councillor Peter Denholm and directorof business support, Ted Bothamwitnessed the ceremony as well.

Sandy Brown, well-known local historianand Uniting Church lay-preacher,listed the names of the grave-sites thatwere marked by the new crosses.

He explained that the deceased representedall walks of life, with ages rangingfrom infancy to 98 years, with the first childhaving been interred 134 years ago.

They came from the Dudley Peninsula,including Penneshaw and outlying areas.Sandy also mentioned Betty Thomas, an indigenouswoman, who was brought to the islandpre-official white settlement by thesealers.

Betty and Nat Thomas have a numberof living descendants.

Mr Brown welcomed Lyn and ErrolFirminger, who had travelled from Melbourne.

Lyn and Errol Firminger at the grave site of relatives.

Ms Firminger is the great, great, greatgrand-daughter of Donald McArthur, whowas assistant lighthouse keeper at CapeWilloughby in 1860, and subsequently, afarmer in the district.

Donald is the oldest known person to beburied in the cemetery. Sandy dedicatedthe new white crosses, and thanked God forthe peoples’ lives and the pioneering rolesthey played.

Jayne Bates, whose relatives wereamong those to receive white crosses, said“congratulations to the KangarooIslandPioneersAssociation. It was the ‘best project’that added huge importance to the peoplewho have gone before us, that helped shapeour community today”.

Others who attended the ceremony,whose relatives’ graves bear the new whitecrosses included

Coralie Brown (related to all the Batesand Chenoweth families and great aunts,Martha Davidson and Martha Bainbridge);Anthea Taylor (related to Robert Barr Taylor);Bev Ward (both of Bev’s great, greatgrandparents, Thomas Johnston and hiswife Eliza); Bev Willson (related to EllenWillson); and Rosalin Trethewey (whosegreat grandfather was Captain JamesRichard Murray and his wife Mary Ann).

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Third time’s a charm for Pomonal Hall

David Hanscombe takes a donation to the fund from Deputy Premier Peter Ryan.Pictures: PETER PICKERINGIT WAS a case of third time lucky for the community of Pomonal, as the Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals, Peter Ryan announced $485,000 towards the redevelopment of the Pomonal Hall.
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The highly sought after funding for the project has been in the pipeline for several years and after two false steps is finally guaranteed.

Almost $1 million has been invested to build the new 210 square metre hall which will include a stage, deck, toilets and meeting room.

Joined by The Nationals candidate for Lowan, Emma Kealy Mr Ryan said the $485,000 contribution towards the $985,000 Pomonal Hall Precinct Development was not election dependent.

“The Coalition Government’s $485,000 investment is being provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, and is locked in and available immediately,” he said.

“In small communities such as this, the local hall becomes the de facto hub for a wide variety of events, activities and celebrations.

“Over the years the existing hall has hosted its fair share of birthdays, weddings, engagement parties and funerals.

“While the much-loved and well-used hall has seen its day, the new hall will become equally as loved and home to many more local celebrations over the coming years and decades.”

The $985,000 project will fund demolition of the existing Pomonal Hall and recreation reserve building, to be replaced by a new multi-use community facility within the Pomonal community precinct.

At the old Pomonal Hall with Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, Lowan candidate Emma Kealy, Ararat Mayor Paul Hooper and Hugh Delahunty.

The new 210 square metre hall would include a stage, a viewing deck overlooking the neighbouring reserve, male and female toilets and change facilities, a separate meeting room, a large kitchen and lobby, and storage areas.

Secretary of the Pomonal Hall and Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, Lorraine Rowe said the funding announcement is the culmination of a decade of lobbying.

“We are absolutely delighted. We first discussed plans for this project almost 10 years ago, in that time it slipped away and got shelved,” she said.

Ms Rowe said the announcement was timely given how disheartened the community felt after two previous funding promises were reversed.

She said interest had waned just prior to the formation of a new committee to advance the project three years ago.

“Our first priority was to get the 81-year-old termite ridden town hall replaced,” she said.

“Ararat Rural City Council recognised this as a priority project and in what is the fastest growing small town in the municipality this new hall will benefit generations to come.

“Should growth be greater than we anticipate the plans we have afford us the ability to extended the hall if needed.”

Ararat Rural City Mayor, Cr Paul Hooper said redevelopment of the Pomonal Hall was well overdue.

“The Pomonal community was first promised this facility after the Mt Lubra fire (2006), that money disappeared as a result of the Kinglake fire which occurred not long after,” he said

“They’ve had to deal with a couple of broken promises – from both sides of politics, however thankfully now there is no need to be wary, as this money is not election dependent.”

Cr Hooper said the Pomonal community would be rightfully ‘over the moon’ with the announcement as they shift focus to what they want the redeveloped hall to look like.

“A lot of the hard work starts now, as a community they have to agree on design elements and looks for the new hall,” he said.

Ms Kealy said people would make good use of the new facility once complete.

“The hall is currently used by a wide-range of groups including the progress association, cricket club, CFA, Pomonal Primary School and Pomonal Community Uniting Church, as well as the Australian Plant Society and Ararat Rural City Council,” she said.

“It also hosts health and fitness programs, neighbourhood safety meetings and is used as a local emergency staging area.

Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner thanked the Ararat Rural City Council for its $400,000 investment towards the project, but saved his biggest praise for the community of Pomonal which raised $100,000 towards the new hall.

“It is one thing for governments, whether they are local, state or federal to invest in projects such as this, but for a community of this size to raise $100,000 towards a new community hall is truly astonishing,” Mr Turner said.

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Australian Country Alliance candidate wants to fight for issues that matter

Australian Country Alliance s candidate for the seat of Ripon, Trevor Domaschenz.THE ELECTORATE of Ripon has nine contenders at this year’s State Election and the Australian Country Alliance’s Trevor Domaschenz ‘isn’t just in it to make up the numbers’.
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Mr Domaschenz has thrown his hat in the ring as a candidate for the hotly contested seat – likely to determine the state’s next government.

Mr Domaschenz said the decision to join the political race came on the back of some encouragement from his daughter.

“When the opportunity arose to be a candidate for Ripon I hardly had to think about it, it was an easy decision,” he said.

Mr Domaschenz said he intends to fight for the issues that matter in small towns across Ripon.

“Ripon is home to some of Victoria’s most iconic history and now in 2014 Ripon faces an apathetic centralised bureaucracy,” he said.

“Much of Ripon faces declining and ageing populations and declining jobs.

“Ripon has survived floods and droughts, but now it is time to thrive, not just survive.

“It is time for country Victoria to be in charge of decisions that affect country Victoria. For Victoria to be reminded how important the country is to our future, as it has been in the past.

“The Australian Country Alliance (formally Country Alliance) is the only party that stands for country people and their rights, way of life and decentralisation.”

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Access concerns raised over proposed local government act changes

THE state government might be trying to cut red tape for councils with its proposed changes to the Local Government Act, but the move is more likely to widen the gulf between local governments and the communities they serve.
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Instead of having a legal obligation to run printed notices in local newspapers about vacant senior staff positions, legal issues and proposals to sell land, councils will be able to choose which communication streams they use, if the changes are adopted.

Whether they deserve it or not, many councils are magnets for complaints because many issues they deal with strike at the heart of their community.

The changes are far from being a done deal but, if it goes ahead, each council will be able to make a final decision on how it will get important information to its ratepayers.

Removing print notices would be a backward step for the relationship between council and ratepayers.

While the Port News readily acknowledges that this view is also in our best interest, our research, as one with a foot in both the newspaper and digital world, tells us that many people still look to the newspaper, rather than go online, for their local news.

If people have easy access to important information from council, they are likely to trust local government more.

A council serves a community and should first and foremost have the interests of that community at heart.

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Looking back at 2014PHOTOS

Looking back at 2014 | PHOTOS In April Whyalla News reported that the city was still waiting for the installation of a MRI machine to be carried out. The lack of a MRI machine in Whyalla resulted in 17-year-old Casey Mashford having to travel to Adelaide to have an MRI scan.
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In April it was reported that more people than ever before are receiving chemotherapy treatment locally. Benefiting from being able to access chemotherapy treatment locally was resident Brian Azzopardi being attended to by registered chemotherapy nurse Helen Phillips.

In April Whyalla City Council announced it would spend $150,000 to develop a dog park. The council later reduced the funding commitment to $30,000. Richelle Bond and her dog Bear welcomed the news that the council develop a purpose built park for dogs.

Resident David Borlace secured a place in a ballot to attend Anzac Day events in Gallipoli next year.

On August 18, 2014 long serving Whyalla Football League president Jim Hewitson passed away after a battle with ill health. Community members joined together to honour Mr Hewitson’s legacy.

True Blue Netball Club’s Letitia Crettenden was awarded the 2014 Whyalla News medal after a stellar second season in the competition.

In September we recognised the journey that local man Dave Pearce was been on, who is a local Whyalla icon, routinely seen walking and reading across Whyalla. Next time you see Dave say g’day.

North Whyalla midfielder Sam Flanegan was named 2014 Whyalla News Medal winner. Flanegan polled 27 votes to take out the medal in North Whyalla’s season of dominance.

Money may not grow on trees but thanks to funding from the state government the City Plaza will see upgrades such as tree planting. Welcoming the funding were city plaza traders (from left) Dave’s Art and Frames owner Dave Mann, U-Pedal Cycles owner Jenny Odgers and Simply Good Health manager Judy Johns.

A mini tornado left a local family shocked and surveying damages after it ripped through their street in January, damaging much of their property. Pictured in front of the damage at their family home were Tori, Nick and Kelsey Warner.

Local resident Xuan and husband Benjamin Bray welcomed their first child, Charlotte, at 12:30pm New Year’s Day. Charlotte is a first child for the couple and was the first baby born in Whyalla for 2014.

Legislation implemented in early in 2014 was aimed at increasing pool safety. Pictured utilising a safe pool were Oscar Evans and Ruby Turner. Oscar’s Mum Chelsea Pearce is vigilant in supervising him when near water.

Hard working and dedicated resident Carol Craney was named Whyalla’s 2014 Australia Day Citizen of the Year. Mrs Craney is a dedicated volunteer representing a number of local organisations.

As summer hit, locals did whatever they could to cool down. Pictured cooling down after a hard, hot day at work was Jarrad Dunbar.

Thousands flocked to the Whyalla foreshore to celebrate Australia Day. Getting in the spirit were (from left) Erin Zubrinich, Allirra Reddaway-Worth and Holly Walsh-Smith.

The Whyalla Surf Life Saving Club will see an increase in funding over the next four years thanks to a move by the state government. Happy to receive the funding were 11-year-old Surf Life Saving Club nipper Ryan Braithwaite and Whyalla Surf Life Saving Club publicity/junior activities officer Kate Brocklehurst.

Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said he was disgusted at the council’s decision to dump “contaminated” mulch near a protected marine site in July.

Whyalla Cycling Club president Ross Campbell welcomed the city council’s proposed $400,000 upgrade to bike paths around the city, announced in July.

Whyalla City Council supervisor parks and gardens Anthony Van Zeeventer, executive manager assets and engineering Ravi Joshi and landscape environment officer Sam Bourne celebrated Whyalla City Council’s big win at the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches Awards with a dip at Whyalla foreshore in July.

Local man Ryan Perry’s participation in Big Red Run was generously supported by the community. Pictured were Ryan with his biggest supporters, wife Kathryn and (front) daughter Mia.

Local man Dave Wade has become a success story, with his film Welcome to Iron Knob being shown on international screens throughout the year.

Mount Laura Waste and Resource Recovery Centre has a number of recycled products for sale. Pictured with clean green mulch were team leader Ricki Litton and weighbridge officer Kym Taylor.

In its fourth year, SciWorld attracted a staggering 3500 people to its event. Pictured were Sammy Thiele (left) and Harrison Lindholm (right) assisting Rachel Conway with an experiment with liquid nitrogen.

A new government website provided centralised access to aged care accommodation information. Taking a look at the website were Whyalla Aged Care chief executive officer Juanita Walker and Else Hermes.

Carolyn Kittel’s photo of a Whyalla sunset was voted as this year’s winning guide cover.

Mayor Jim Pollock and Disabled Peoples Incorporated Whyalla president Greg Byrne re-opened the new kitchens at Amaroo Lodge in June.

Jennifer McDonnell was recognised as 2014’s Business Woman of the Year, receiving the award at the 2014 Enterprising Women Business Woman of the Year awards evening in March.

Labor candidate Eddie Hughes was elected as the new member for Giles following the 2014 state election in March. Sharing in the win were (back, from left) Liam Hollingworth-Hughes, Kathryn Hollingworth, Ciaran Hollingworth-Hughes, Sinead Hollingworth-Hughes and (front) Eddie.

Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ announced the purchase of vacant land on Wilsdon Street as the new site of Samaritan College’s combined primary school. Pictured were (from left) Father Jim Monaghan, co-principal Terissa Shepherd and co-principal Damien Judd.

Foreshore Users Group members Annette Kirby and then deputy mayor Joanne Marshall were looking forward to implementing new changes at the foreshore.

Local mother Amy Quist began a campaign in May for Bennett Oval to become a more family friendly environment. Mrs Quist was pictured with her son Oakley.

Residents reported incidences of people rummaging through their bins in May 2014. Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock said this behaviour breached council by-law.

Andrew “Cosi” Costello visited Whyalla in 2014 after hearing wonderful things about the city’s fishing. Pictured during his visit were Charli Stainer, Cosi and Jaikara Stainer.

Mission Australia Whyalla shared in $450,000 to deliver a support program for vulnerable young people. Delivering the program will be Mission Australia program manager Jodie Poschkens and case manager Shaun Rouse.

Whyalla residents David Schrapel, George Dunbar, David Sherwen, Ross Campbell, Ted Lavender and Geoff Ettridge moved to put a vote of no confidence in Whyalla City Council to Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock in May.

OPAL Whyalla received a national award for its Kids Cuisine Initiative May. Celebrating the win were OPAL manager April Horn and OPAL project support officer Rachel Hill.

Muradel had its grand launch of its Whyalla demonstration plant in November. Pictured were (back, from left) ARENA chief financial officer Ian Kay, member for Giles Eddie Hughes, Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock and Muradel board executive chairman Ollie Clark and (front) Muradel chief executive officer David Lewis.

Emily Ernesti returned to school in November after being diagnosed with a brain tumour at the beginning of the school term.

A committee was formed in October to campaign for funding of wheelchairs suitable for use on the local beach. Pictured discussing the benefits of beach access were Rachel Barlow with one-year old daughter Isabella, group chairperson John Smith, secretary Joanne Waters and Cyanne Westerman.

Whyalla Players performed a successful performance of the Phantom of the Opera throughout November, with community members welcoming the quality performance.

Whyalla Gliding Club closed its doors in October, much to the disappointment of treasurer and secretary Adrian Faulks, who said he was devastated the association would fold because of Department of Defence’s Cultana upgrades.

Whyalla City Council was awarded a 2014 KESAB Award for Appearances, Amenities and Facilities at Whyalla Airport. Pictured with the award were (from left) general manager engineering and infrastructure Adil Jamil, executive manager engineering Ravi Joshi, project coordinator Howard Aspey, project manager Joshua Sampson, landscape manager Sam Bourne and manager business services and sustainability Alexander Poulton.

Ford King was named 2014’s Graeme Jose Spirit of Whyalla award winner in August.

After many years writing for Whyalla News, beloved sports writer Ian “Spider” Saunders said farewell to Whyalla News as he pursued retirement in September.

Throughout 2014 community members rallied behind seven-year-old Harold Garcia and his family as Harold battled with a brain tumour. Sadly, Harold lost his battle in December. Pictured enjoying family time together earlier in the year were Hannah, Maribel holding Harold, Henry and Heleina.

Whyalla City Council was recognised for its contribution to tackling heart disease at the 2014 Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards in September. Pictured were (from left) Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock, OPAL project support officer Rachel Hill, former healthy communities coordinator Joanne Peden and Whyalla City Council research project officer Ann Ryan.

Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock enjoyed Whyalla’s beach, while reading up on potential names for its renaming.

Phoenix Society and Bedford Group announced an amalgamation to strengthen their service provision in September. Pictured are Phoenix Society Whyalla employees (clockwise, from left) Fiona Roberts, Brooke Siegmann, Samantha Muscat and Penny Tudhope.

Resident Alan Hall hit out at Whyalla City Council’s increase from $8 to $10, saying it would leave people out of pocket. Mr Hall described the price increase as ridiculous”.

Nick Petropolis was unsure about the future of his business at Beach Cafe when Whyalla City Council put the operating up for tender in September.

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Masons help out to the tune of $10,000

THE RIGHT CHORD: Nowra Unity Masonic Lodge head mason Lauri Ball, Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra manager Allison Cameron and regional Masonic manager Brian Willis celebrate the $10,000 donation to the community music group as Caleb Illesca, Suzie Glenday, Jacob Antonio, Andre Deys and Isabelle Cork play for guests.THE Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra has been given a $10,000 boost thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the Nowra Unity Masonic Lodge.
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A recent celebratory dinner showcased the talents of Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra members Caleb Illesca, Suzie Glenday, Jacob Antonio, Andre Deys and Isabelle Cork, who played classical pieces throughout the evening for guests.

Nowra Unity Masonic Lodge head Mason Lauri Ball said the Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra was an important community group to the Masons because of the skills it teaches the local youths.

“This year the Masons have donated $5000 and a further $5000 was raised through community fund-raising efforts,” he said.

“It’s important to get the youth involved in music.”

Orchestra manager Allison Cameron said she was thankful for the generous donation.

“Music is great for the mind and the soul,” she said.

“I can assure you this money will not be wasted.”

After dinner, guests enjoyed music from the Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra.

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15 year old Reid Brown wins Wingham Cup

15 year old Wingham High School student, Reid Brown
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REID Brown is a name to watch out for in golf circles.

The young Wingham High School student has been playing junior handicap since he was aged three, and now has a handicap of 4.5, though he proudly says he has been down to three.

The Wingham Cup was held at Wingham Golf Club on Saturday November 15, and was won by 15 year-old Reid.

Earlier this year Reid also won the Junior Club Championship, and beat his father, Rod, who won the Senior Championship, to take out overall Club Championship.

Reid’s accomplishments also include a junior team win at the 2014 Regional Golf Championships in Muswellbrook in August as a member of the Lower North Coast team, which comprises players from the Manning Valley, Buladelah, Kew, Port Macquarie and Camden Haven.

The team also competed recently in an under 16 shield competition at Gloucester, where they tied with the Hunter team, but lost on a count back.

This winter Reid competed in a schools event in the Blue Mountains, which was open to year 7, 8 and 9 students in all schools in NSW. Reid came second by only one shot.

Reid’s overall dream is to be a professional golf player, and hopes to represent Australia in the Olympics “one day”, but ,for now, he hopes to get a place in the Hunter or State teams.

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Election rewind – Democrats bring three-corner contest in 1979

Election rewind – Democrats bring three-corner contest in 1979 The new Victorian Ministry poses with the Governor, Sir Henry Winneke, after the swearing-in ceremony.
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MOOMBA 1976: The Chinese dragon heads down Swanston Street during the Moomba parade.

MOOMBA 1979: ‘Norm’ from the LIFE BE IN IT! fitness campaign is pushed along in his arm chair in the Moomba parade. PICTURE: John Lamb

If Clive Lloyd couldn’t reach it … nobody could. The WSC West Indian captain uncoiled to his legendary length in a desperate bid to snap up the wicket of Australian bowler Ray Bright. Bright survived this one, but Lloyd went on to catch him soon afterwards. The WSC Australians set the West Indians 252 to make in 2 1/2 hours (with the compulsory 15 overs in the last hour). A crowd of 9796 were at VFL Park to see the last day of the Supertest fizzle out in a draw. At stumps the West Indians were 2 for 126, never really having chased the Australian total.

Premier Hamer dropped a bombshell when he announced May 5th 1979 as the date for the state election.

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Throwback Thursday – November 20 l PHOTOS

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Committee recommends legal protection for medicinal cannabis users

THE state government has quashed the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry calling for the decriminalisation of medical cannabis.
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A Legislative Council committee investigating legalised medical cannabis urged the government to take immediate action to provide legal protection to those using the medicine or administering it to sick children.

The inquiry found evidence of a significant number of Tasmanians using medical cannabis for serious conditions where other medications had failed.

“These individuals and those involved in the supply and administration of this medication are at risk of prosecution under Tasmanian law,” the report said.

However, Health Minister Michael Ferguson immediately ruled out making the necessary legislative changes.

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“We have previously said we will not be moving to legislate . . . as advice from Tasmania Police is it’s not necessary and could potentially create a new set of problems including opening up the risk that people would self-medicate, with no licensing or limit to quantity,” he said.

“The Police Commissioner has said Tasmania Police will not seek to criminally pursue terminally ill users of cannabis, or people who have appeared before the Legislative Council inquiry, or commented on the benefits of medicinal cannabis.”

Greens health spokeswoman Cassy O’Connor said the government had “copped out” on the recommendations.

“The very reasoned recommendations contained in this interim report must be implemented by government as a matter of priority,” Ms O’Connor said.

“There is no good reason to delay the report’s first recommendation that legislation be immediately introduced to provide Tasmanians currently using medicinal cannabis from criminal charges.”

Mr Ferguson said the government was supportive of both medical trials and the potential use of medicinal cannabis in Tasmania, “subject to a proper evidence-based approach, strong local regulatory framework and appropriate approvals from national regulators”.

The committee’s interim report called for the government to work with other states and territories in relation to the “legalisation of the prescription, administration, possession and cultivation of cannabis for medicinal use”.

It also recommended the government engage with sufficiently qualified Tasmanian companies to “progress the cultivation, extraction and processing of cannabinoids within the existing and/or future regulatory framework”.

Shadow attorney-general Lara Giddings said the opposition welcomed all recommendations put forward by the committee.

“The Legislative Council report is consistent with Labor’s policy on medicinal cannabis,” Ms Giddings said.

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