Victoria’s fire season outlook ‘potentially major’

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Victoria’s fire season forecast has been upgraded from average to “potentially major”, with authorities warning residents to prepare for a “long, tough summer”.

The updated Southern Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2014-15 was released on Thursday based on predictions that the state’s summer will be drier and hotter, with less rainfall, than initially anticipated.

“Record October warmth across much of southern Australia has caused a rapid drawing of moisture from the landscape which is raising expectations of high fire danger in the south eastern states,” the outlook says.

“Rainfall since August has been below average to very much below average across most of Victoria.”

The outlook indicates that all parts of Victoria, except the Mallee and East Gippsland, can expect “above normal” fire potential.

The “potentially major” fire warning has been extended to areas including Wyperfeld National Park in the state’s far northwest, the Otway Range south-west of  Melbourne and the foothills of South Gippsland, Latrobe Valley and Wilsons Promontory National Park in the state’s southeast.

The new outlook comes amid reports Victorian towns ravaged by bushfire are still without mobile phone coverage.

Minister for Bushfire Response Kim Wells told Fairfax Media on Thursday it was possible that someone who wished to report a fire in an isolated area may have to drive until they have mobile phone reception before contacting authorities.

However, Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley sought to assure residents authorities were well prepared for the fire season.

“We [have] held 17 multi-agency exercises and regional briefings across the state to prepare fire and emergency services and agencies in the lead up to the fire season,” Mr Lapsley said.

“We also have a record fleet of 46 [planes and helicopters] providing water bombing and air intelligence capabilities.”

Mr Lapsley also said fire and emergency services had improved their warning systems based on public feedback.

“This includes the addition of 85 new state-of-the-art automated Fire Danger Rating signs and emergency radio broadcasting for a further 35 Victorian towns,” he said.

Mr Lapsley said this fire season had started earlier than previous years’, but noted it was not unusual for grass fires to flare up in November.

“The message to all Victorians is not to wait and see – don’t hold off until the weather warms up or for a fire to start,” he said.

He also advised residents to familiarise themselves with the three different warnings: Advice, Watch and Act and Emergency Warnings.

“These may not be issued in any particular order and the first you could hear about an incident could be via an Emergency Warning,” Mr Lapsley said.

“You should never wait to receive an official warning before you leave. Bushfires can start quickly and threaten homes and lives within minutes. The safest option is to leave early on days of Severe, Extreme or Code Red fire danger.”

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Support Griffin Coal

STATE opposition leader Mark McGowan has slammed the Barnett Government for failing to provide support to Griffin Coal despite action taken to provide some relief to Premier Coal.
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Mr McGowan called on the government to provide a royalty holiday to both companies until the coal price rises, reinstate a Collie Futures Fund, create a taskforce to secure exports and take action to ensure a fair coal price is provided to Griffin Coal.

“Whilst action has been taken to provide some relief for Premier Coal no support has been provided to Griffin. That is unfair and discriminates in favour of one coal miner over the other,” Mr McGowan said.

Shadow energy minister Bill Johnston said the workforce at Griffin deserves the same certainty that workers have at Premier Coal.

“It was via a tender process that Premier Coal was selected over Griffin to supply Verve,” Mr Johnston said.

“So, how can it be fair that Griffin has been treated this way?

“There clearly needs to be action taken to assist Griffin in light of the fact the tender process has not been re-opened.”

Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray said it was unfair that Collie’s youth miss out on apprenticeships and jobs in the industry that is synonymous with their home town.

“In providing additional benefits to Premier Coal and potentially Griffin there needs to be action to help Collie youth. Collie people need to be the beneficiaries of Collie industry,” Mr Murray said.

“Households and industry depend on Collie and its workforce to a degree that most people probably don’t recognise.”

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Bullying awareness in cyber session

Parents learn about cyber safety from presenter Robyn Rishani. LOCAL students and parents took up the opportunity to become more cyber aware in a session hosted by Nannup CRC and Nannup District High School on Tuesday November 18.
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Thanks to funding provided by the Ministerial Council of Suicide Prevention on behalf of OneLife, speaker Robyn Rishani was invited to Nannup.

During the day students from years five through to 10 were entertained and informed about safety in the online world and how to protect themselves. Bullying, both in person and online, was discussed with the students, who were encouraged to support others who are being bullied and to tell an adult if it is happening. The students all said they had learned something from the sessions and thanked Ms Rishani warmly for coming.

Later, an enthusiastic group of parents from Nannup, Balingup and Manjimup attended the evening session.

“As a mum of a teen and a tween and one who tries to have open discussions as to cyber safety and internet use, I was blown away in the first 5 minutes of the seminar,” Participant Jen Bornatici said.

“Presenter Robyn Rishani said that if I thought “friending” my children in social media sites increased their safety and my awareness of their activity, I was sadly mistaken. Later discussions with my kids proved her very right. If nothing else, the conversations with my girls after the seminar and the opening of discussions were of huge benefit to me and by follow on, benefit to my children.”

“We were fortunate to be able to have Robyn Rishani come to Nannup and provide students and parents with the knowledge and skills to be better able to address the effects of bullying and cyberbullying,” Cate Stevenson from the Nannup CRC said.

If you, or someone you know, needs assistance telephone support (24 hour) is available through Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or LifeLine on 13 11 14.

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LETTER: What a fuel rip-off

I LIVE in Port Macquarie anddrive a medium sized 4X4 andchoose to fuel it with high octanediesel fuel (recommended for myvehicle).
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This fuel is only available regularlyfrom Caltex service stations(and very few Shell service stations).

In Port Macquarie, currently,this fuel is available for 165.9cents per litre. In Wauchope,157.9 cents per litre. In Kempsey,157.9 cents per litre.

In Newcastle and Taree, 152.9cents per litre. In Macksville,150.9 cents per litre andCoolongolook, yesterday for149.9 cents per litre!!

That is 15 and 16 cents per litreless expensive in Macksville andCoolongolook than PortMacquarie.

I needed to make a number oftrips to Sydney early this year andin the last year I have travelledapproximately 40,000 kilometresand at that rate the differencewould be $660 per year.

Whyshould I have to pay $660 peryear more for fuel because Ichoose to live in Port Macquarienot Macksville?

I would like to spend mymoney in Port Macquarie but Imust admit I cannot rememberthe last time I filled my car here. Iput enough fuel in my car to getme to the nearest cheap fuel andalways fill my vehicle before I getback.

The old excuse that this extracost is cost of transport relateddoes not hold water any more. Itdoes not cost $4500 more to takea tanker of fuel from Macksvilleor Coolongolook to PortMacquarie.

Andy Pavlou,Port Macquarie

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High five as Shayne Cramp leads the pack

IT was another dominant display from the leading Shayne Cramp stable after achieving five wins, including Hand Of The King recording a new track record time, at the Mildura trots meeting on Wednesday night.
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Cramp was successful with Spokeswoman, Our Work Of Art, Your A Jet and Kimcandash, which he drove to victory, while Hand Of The King was driven by the stable’s local junior driver Reece Moore.

The stable equalled the track record last week when Spokeswoman joined Lord Coburn’s long standing record, but Hand Of The King went four-tenths of a second quicker to record a 1:56.4 mile rate with a career-best victory by a big 39.5m margin.

It was also one of the best wins local junior driver Reece Moore has been associated with during his short driving career.

“He was pocketed along the peg from his bad draw last week and he had nowhere to go at the finish, but this time he had the pole draw and he certainly took full advantage of it,” Moore said.

“He just kept running and I did not even pull the ear plugs at the finish. It was a big win.”

Hand Of The King has now taken his handy record to eight wins and six placings from 23 outings, and is raced by managing part-owner and prominent harness media personality Neale Donnelley.

The former New Zealand pacer started his career as an un-raced two-year-old with the Brent Lilley stable.

He made his debut with a fourth placing during the 2013 Mildura Pacing Cup Carnival.

He then had a short campaign in Tasmania, including a Launceston victory.

He returned from a spell as a three-year-old and after one start, he was transferred into the care of former SA trainer Ryan McMillan.

After five starts and two wins, he was then sent back to Victoria to join the Cramp stable in August.

Hand Of The King is racing in career-best form with five wins from his past eight starts, and he should continue to go through the classes this preparation.

The smart local mare Spokeswoman made it three consecutive wins after leading throughout to win the Mallee Bearings Mildura Pace by a 7.8m margin.

Spokeswoman has now won 15 races and should record her first metropolitan win this season.

The Geoff Lucas-trained Daylight Dan resumed from a short spell with a terrific effort to run second, after coming from near the rear of the field over the final lap.

It should not be long before he wins again on the strength of the eye-catching performance.

Melton junior driver Zac Phillips, who is a regular visitor to the Mildura circuit, finished third behind the stable mate of Spokeswoman in Copthewrath.

Results:

1-DNR LOGISTICS VICBRED PACE 1790m: 10.30 RUN DIAMOND SON (b g 6y Run Albert Run – Diamond Cheer. Trainer: E J Sparkes) fr (K Hughes) 1, 11.40 RATTLENHUM fr (D R Wilson) 2, 21.00 SHEZACATCH fr (S J Hardy) 3. Then followed: 3.10 fav Robelles Art 3.50 Charlie Knew 100.00 Bee Court 35.50 Direct Art 5.90 Bronze Malibu 7.30 Kickeke To Jetta last. Scr: Mulholland, Pink Diamond Lombo. Hd, 2.6m. Time: 2:14.50 (rate 2:00.90).

2-MUCKINBAR LADY PACE 2190m: 3.30 fav CARMELLAS RIGHT (b m 4y Righteous Hanover (US) – Carmella. Trainer: B Devcic) fr (D K Douglas) 1, 4.00 ROCKPAPERSCISSORS fr (G Gee) 2, 13.40 BELLA CULLEN fr (N Cameron) 3. Then followed: 6.40 Skylarker 39.80 Oldmatefromthebush 14.50 Faenza 21.40 King Of Dreams 4.00 Squeaky Wheel 114.50 Wicked Isle last Scr: Rauschenberg, Something Spicy. 3.25m, 2.5m. Time: 2:47.73 (rate 2:03.25).

3-MY HOPE 3YO PACE 2190m: 2.00 fav OUR WORK OF ART (b g 3y Art Major (US) – Save Me Christian. Trainer: S J Cramp) fr (S J Cramp) 1, 18.00 SPORTZPAK fr (Z M Phillips) 2, 3.90 ATALANTA JEWEL fr (D K Douglas) 3. Then followed: 4.30 The Aerodyne 44.00 Blitzin Annie 7.70 Shadow Spar last. All Started. 4.8m, 4.6m. Time: 2:48.80 (rate 2:04.00).

4-JOHN HALL MEMORIAL PACE 2190m: 4.40 YOUR A JET (br m 4y Jeremes Jet (US) – Your Beautiful. Trainer: S J Cramp) fr (S J Cramp) 1, 14.60 ILLAWONG LIBBY fr (S J Rains) 2, 6.00 ELLIOTT BROMAC fr (L Watson) 3. Then followed: 2.00 fav Tommys Song NZ 39.10 Oils Jay Bee 5.00 Lis Mara Shadow last. All Started. 4.4m, sht 1/2 hd. Time: 2:45.50 (rate 2:01.60).

5-MOSQUITO GOLD PACE 1790m: 1.40 fav HAND OF THE KING NZ (br g 4y Mach Three Ca – Pita Pocket (NZ). Trainer: S J Cramp) fr (R J Moore) 1, 8.40 WELCOME TO VEGAS fr (S J Cramp) 2, 5.10 COLADA MACH fr (D K Douglas) and 12.40 YOUVEGOTOBELIEVEIT fr (M J Bellman) dh 3. Then followed: 82.40 Isajet 77.80 Par Three NZ 45.40 Horizon Miss 159.00 Noted Company NZ 82.60 Can But Dream 49.00 Ruthless Jack last. Scr: Mango Silhouette. 39.5m, hd. Time: 2:09.40 (rate 1:56.40).

6-BARBER SON PACE 2190m: 1.20 fav KIMCANDASH (br/blk m 4y Village Jasper (US) – Flying Aimie. Trainer: S J Cramp) fr (S J Cramp) 1, 11.60 ELLEHIGH fr (D K Douglas) 2, 24.40 HAYABUSA FLYER fr (J L Kerridge) 3. Then followed: 15.10 Did It Alone 55.20 Rose Harvest 71.40 Mayorofshinetown 11.30 Glenburns Ace 89.60 Georges Lad 30.90 Son Of Sassy 29.60 Woodlea Cosmos NZ last. Scr: Just Keep Safe NZ. 8.2m, 6.7m. Time: 2:44.80 (rate 2:01.10).

7-MALLEE BEARINGS MILDURA PACE 2190m: 1.30 fav SPOKESWOMAN (b m 5y Art Major (US) – Fatalistic. Trainer: S J Cramp) fr (S J Cramp) 1, 31.20 DAYLIGHT DAN fr (N L Cameron) 2, 16.70 COPTHEWRATH fr (Z M Phillips) 3. Then followed: 62.40 Our Flyin Jazz NZ 6.50 Have A Bender 52.60 Willoughby NZ 22.20 Christensen last. 10.10 Our Walden Bury NZ failed to finish. All Started. 7.8m, 13.7m. Time: 2:44.00 (rate 2:00.50).

8-LENNY BROMAC PACE 1790m: 2.80 fav GIVSIRABONE (br/blk g 8y Our Sir Vancelot (NZ) – Mother Hubbard. Trainer: J L McGinty) fr (M J Bellman) 1, 3.00 INDIGO SMILE fr (D K Douglas) 2, 7.10 ITSMENTAMOTA fr (N W Weightman) 3. Then followed: 3.20 Gotango 36.70 Wrinkle Knutt 61.30 Cyclades last. Scr: Fineandsunny. 7.8m, 1.3m. Time: 2:11.80 (rate 1:58.50).

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UniSA’s generous boost to Country Fire Service

DONATION: Country Fire Service Region 4 crew has given been a boost as it gears up for a busy fire season with a donation from UniSA staff. Pictured is Kerre Willsher presenting the cheque to Bluey Devine with UniSA staff members, Sharon Kilpatrick, Lisa Shaw, May Walker-Jeffreys, Sherryl Craston, Lee Martinez, Michelle Theeuf and Rosanne Crouch.With fire season upon us, Country Fire Service Region 4 has been given a $344 boost from a University of South Australia’s Whyalla campus staff.
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Spokesperson for UniSA Whyalla staff Kerre Willshersaid staff chose to donate to the CFS Region 4 crew in the aftermath of the Bangor fire with the start of the next fire season now here.

Ms Willsher said the devastation from the Bangor fire was visible from this side of the Spencer Gulf and UniSA staff members were inspired by the sense of community in the small country towns affected.

“You often see this type of devastation in the news, but not so close to home; it became more realistic and we could see the impact it was having on the communities affected by the fire,” she said

“We just wanted the CFS to know how much we appreciate the work they do and recognise the risk involved in responding to such emergencies as well as the impact this has on their lives.

“We are hoping that this donation will help the CFS heading into the next fire season.”

CFS Region 4 regional commander Bluey Devine accepted the donation at a UniSA staff morning tea on Wednesday, November 19 and spoke about the Bangor fire.

“It’s certainly the largest fire we’ve seen in the southern Flinders Ranges for the last 50 years, the weather conditions for that month were horrific,” he said.

“When we get a fire like that, basically everyone is helping out in one way or another.”

Hundreds of CFS firefighters and countless other volunteers tackled the Bangor bushfire that burned for 31 days covering a perimeter of 195 kilometres withmore than 35,000 hectares of land burnt.

“We’re gearing up for potentially another busy fire season; any donation is greatly appreciated by our 2000 volunteers,” Mr Devine said.

“We’ve received a number of donations as a result of the Bangor fire and that’s getting collected and will be put towards our volunteers.”

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Bulli’s shining star back in the Opera House

Alto soprano Ben Johnston has landed his second Opera Australia role as one of the three spirits in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR.When a summer holiday suggestion of a backstage tour of theSydney Opera House was foiled because of his age, Ben Johnstonnever imagined he’d soon be working there.Reporter JODIE DUFFYcaught up with the young Opera Australia soprano.
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Ben Johnston was irritated and frustrated and rightly so, he had thought.

It was most unjust, believed the 10-year-old, that his brilliant out-of-the-box idea of a backstage tour of the Opera House had been thwarted because of age. He’d have to wait until he was 12, for safety reasons, before he’d be allowed on the guided walk of Australia’s most iconic building.

Father Christmas made up for it though sending him an impressive Lego set of the Opera House – the legendary man in red knowing just the right gift to put a smile on the face of a passionate young thespian and singer.

Ben didn’t have time to open the box and start building until the end of March as the young soprano landed a role in the Children’s Chorus of the Opera Australia production of Carmen at the start of 2014 season.

Carmen, of course, was playing on one of the most famous stages in the nation – the Joan Sutherland Theatre – in the country’s most famous building, the Opera House.

Life’s twists and turns had landed in Ben’s favour and the Bulli Primary School student was excited that the stars had aligned.

Not only did Ben now get to soak in the backstage atmosphere at the Opera House, he also sat in the Green Room, among some of the world’s most acclaimed performers, waiting for his own curtain call. As one of 14 children in the Carmen chorus, he was being paid for what he’d always done for free – sing.

“That’s me in the middle with the drum around my neck,” says Ben, pointing to the Opera Australia public relations photograph. “It was pretty cool to be the one with the drum.”

It’s even more impressive to sing in a professional opera company – an opportunity few singers ever achieve.

Ben and the chorus performed 23 shows over two months, with at least one night free between each performance.

Ben, centre, with the Children’s Choir in Opera Australia’s production of Carmen. Picture: BRANCO GAICA

At the end of the night, Ben would sleep in the car on the drive back to Bulli, arriving home at midnight. He’d attend school the next morning with his teacher giving him the grace of arriving late, at 10am.

“So he’d get a decent amount of sleep on those performance nights,” explained mum Robyn Johnston, who was Ben’s chauffeur and moral support.

Ben is now on to his second production for Opera Australia and is rehearsing for Mozart’s pantomime The Magic Flute.

Ben plays one of a trio of spirits known traditionally as the three boys – although this year, for the first time, Opera Australia is using both girls and boys for the role.

The Magic Flute, which was Mozart’s last opera, is a family-friendly production which awakens the magic of childhood and the world of fantasy.

Ben plays the third spirit and will sing the alto soprano role. He has a line to sing on his own. The three small spirits, who resemble miniature Mozarts with their white hair and costumes, are mythical creatures. Ben and the other spirits have to sing perched high on the shoulders of dancers. Even thought they will be harnessed, it’s still no easy task, particularly in front of an audience of 1500 people.

“In the audition we had to practise singing on someone’s shoulders in case our voice wavered as we moved,” Ben says. “That was pretty cool.”

There aren’t too many children who have classical music on their playlist, but Ben has eclectic taste. He not only listens to classical music, but also likes other genres including musical ballads and contemporary pop. Guy Sebastian is his favourite artist.

”The atmosphere at Opera Australia is incredibly supportive for kids. They’re not put under any pressure.”

“I like how he writes and sings his own songs,” Ben says. “I’m learning the piano and am working towards being able to play and sing at the same time.”

Ben began singing lessons at the age of eight with Carmel Lennard at Mt Pleasant and attributes much of his success to her.

He is currently being coached by singing teacher Karen Cummings at her Coledale studio. Karen has previously worked with children with roles in The Magic Flute and has been associated with Opera Australia.

“Ben’s a really spontaneous performer and very musical,” Karen says. “He communicates directly which is unusual for someone of his age. He doesn’t have a lot of self-consciousness and has an incredible energy.”

She said Opera Australia would have auditioned hundreds of children for both productions.

“It’s not easy to get these roles,” she says. “You have to be very musical because the harmonies and rhythms are complex. Ben is a soloist in The Magic Flute and it’s actually a big deal to be singing a line on his own.

”But the atmosphere at Opera Australia is incredibly supportive for kids. They’re not put under any pressure. It’s a very nurturing environment.”

Ben was in the vocal ensemble of Schools Spectacular and competed successfully in several eisteddfods over the winter months.

“I’m very proud of him,” Robyn says. “Sometimes when we’re at the Opera House it’s hard to believe where we are and what he’s doing there. Ben’s very modest, but it’s a great achievement for any performer.”

When he grows up, Ben would like to be an architect or a musician.

“I like building and love to watch Grand Designs, especially the Australian version,” he says. “Maybe I can do both – music and building.”

Opera Australia’s The Magic Flute is on at the Sydney Opera House January 2-30.

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OPINION: The problem with procrastination

Procrastination is what some teens opt to do now when they do not wish to do a task that needs doing. I understand from talking with family and friends that procrastination is a universal problem that is not age bound. This sucks because I was hoping that this was a teen thing I could escape with age.
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For me procrastination is a powerful tool to determine the need to do something else instead. Everything but the task that needs doing seems terribly attractive, very alluring.

For example, weeding or watching TV; washing the dishes or texting back a reply to one’s best friend; folding the laundry or baking a chocolate cake; a no brainer for me really. I prefer to do what I like doing, what I enjoy.

So I fall into the gap of something else and it takes precedence over what needs doing. I surprise myself in how I persuade myself unconsciously and at times consciously with a number of mind comforting reasons why something else has more priority. Something else is always easier to do than what I have to do right now.

My mother points this out to me and I deny this is so. Later as part of my daily reflections before falling asleep, I think about the validity of her observation.

Sometimes it is the last minute adrenaline rush which pushes me to answer homework questions more efficiently, to remember facts more clearly, complete assignments quickly. However this process is also stressful. By procrastinating, I find myself rushing. This can sometimes be more stressful, less exhilarating. Why am I doing this?

I decide to take a radical stance and ditch something else in favour of Nike’s three powerful words, “Just Do It”. A few minutes are wasted as something else wrestles just do it. I give myself an incentive – a wonderful bar of chocolate if I do it the Nike way. It has sweetened the deal.

I also negotiate with something else and tell myself I will enjoy it more once I do what needs to be done. Unfortunately, once the task is completed, the chocolate consumed just too quickly, I find the allure of something else disappearing as quickly as my chocolate, which by the way had generous amounts of crunchy almonds. Looks like I will just do it, ahem, later. Now where can I find more chocolate?

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Squash teams battle it out for final four spots

Squash results 11/11/14
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The end of the Spring Pennantcompetition is near and last week’smatches saw the penultimate roundin the minor series with all teamsvying to avoid the dreaded fifth spoton the ladder.

As it turned out it was the toptwo and the bottom two teams playingeach other. The middle team hadthe bye.

The contenders for the woodenspoon Super Soakers and Dingbats,took over the show court which wasgood for viewing the enthralling battlebetween Dan the Man andBenno.No one cares who the winner isas long as there is blood and a goodchance the back glass wall will atsome stage shatter into pieces.

It was another close contest withDan taking the honours. The othergames were just as intense but withoutthe special effects.

Brennie had a close win overSoaker, and Richard left young Jasonwondering what happened after thefirst game.

Stu played well but not goodenough against the Groover.

In the other match, it was Devilswinning on games from theKoolKats.

Captain Damon led the chargewith a whitewash over an outclassedBlondie.

Amy looked like storming hometo an unlikely win but fell at the lastgame and Ron continued to be outclassedagainst Marty, who has beenrunning on empty for the last fewweeks.

Results11/11/14

DEVILS 2-9-110 defeated KOOL KATS2-6-88

D HAGERSTROM v D WEST 3-0; ASORENSEN v C WHITHAM 2-3; RHANDLEY v M POTTS 1-3; C GROVESv S WEIR(SUB) 3-0.

SUPER SOAKERS 3-11-130 defeatedDING BATS 2-6-88

A BELL v B FLORANCE 2-3; D NEWMANv A BENNETT 3-2; R GOVAN v JBARRETT 3-1; C GROVES (SUB) v SWEIR 3-0

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Husband-wife team aim high in world gliding stakes

Lisa and Peter Trotter from the Sunshine Coast soon after finishing one of their first runs at the Australian Gliding World Qualifiers Grand Prix held at Lake Keepit this week.
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GLIDING:

Peter Trotter touched down in the state’s North West packing a ‘not so secret weapon’ in his arsenal as he seeks out a third gliding world championship berth.

The Sunshine Coast glider pilot was one of an elite few from around the country who launched into the Australian Gliding World Qualifiers Grand Prix at Lake Keepit this week.

At stake is one of three spots on the national team bound for the world gliding grand prix in Italy next year.

But unlike his rivals, Peter has the advantage of being able to regularly call on the assistance of wife and fellow world championship contender, Lisa, when high in the sky.

“Who ever is out front sends back a bit of information how it’s going,” Peter said.

He uses this information to pinpoint where the ideal flight path and where the race-winning thermals patterns, lie.

It’s these thermals, or warms updrafts of air, which assist in lift and speed necessary for racing.

“So you’re competing but not competing,” Peter said of his family rivalry.

“Everyone is interested who wins each day between the two of us.”

Designed with the spectator in mind, the grand prix is considered the F1 of the gliding world and the ultimate in gliding competition.

Glider pilot, Peter Trotter“It’s a real privilege to be in the air because it’s pretty amazing what we do, floating around in one of these things without an engine.”

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